Debra J. Saunders

Posted February 26, 2015

I can't tell you how many times I've had out-of-towners tell me they think San Francisco is a breathtakingly beautiful city -- so why is it that City Hall hasn't done more about baseball pitchers chewing tobacco at city ballparks?

Posted February 24, 2015

For even if she failed to win the White House in 2008, Clinton surely has crashed the glass ceiling.

Posted February 22, 2015

This week, a Republican congressman from Orange County, California, joined Oakland medical marijuana dispenser Steve DeAngelo to urge President Barack Obama, a Democrat who started out as a critic of the war on drugs, to curb his Department of Justice.

Posted February 19, 2015

hen Republicans challenged Obamacare in the courts, they sought to overcome the hurdle of persuading the U.S. Supreme Court to overturn a program passed by Congress and enacted by a president.

Posted February 15, 2015

The University of California Student Association has approved a resolution to direct UC regents to divest financially of the governments of Brazil, Egypt, Indonesia, Israel, Mexico, Russia, Turkey, Sri Lanka and the United States.

Posted February 12, 2015

I work on a treadmill of shameless self-promotion. Most mornings, I've tweeted before 6 a.m. When I'm not working on my column, I'm often blogging, posting on Facebook, jabbering on the radio (less often on TV) or speaking at a venue such as the Commonwealth Club of California.

Posted February 10, 2015

What happened to California's death penalty?

Posted February 08, 2015

Thursday morning's "Building community trust" roundtable discussion in Oakland, California, with Attorney General Eric Holder, local law enforcement, elected officials and community leaders was designed to "build trust between law enforcement and the communities they serve."

Posted February 05, 2015

I believe that parents should vaccinate their children. Because children are vulnerable, the media have a responsibility to inform parents about the risks involved when they don't vaccinate their children. Instead, I see news outlets turning vaccines into a political issue starring anti-science Republicans in need of correction by pro-science Democrats.

Posted February 01, 2015

"Many people were inconvenienced by the Montgomery bus boycotts. Do you think Rosa Parks should pay restitution for that?" Mollie Costello hectored the Bay Area Rapid Transit board at a recent hearing.

Posted January 29, 2015

First lady Michelle Obama made an important statement when she showed up in Saudi Arabia with her husband Tuesday to mourn the death of King Abdullah and meet successor King Salman. Though the first lady dressed in a fashion respectful of Saudi custom -- in black pants and a long, loose jacket that fully covered her arms and legs -- she did not don a headscarf. Saudi women do not have that choice. Thus, the first lady made a fashion statement that sent a politely assertive message to the all-male Saudi delegation.

Posted January 27, 2015

Jeb Bush may be the front-runner in the GOP 2016 primary. He is the son and brother of former presidents and can tap into their vaunted fundraising machines. In some eyes, the former Florida governor always was the more disciplined, thoughtful and worthy son. Maybe. But Jeb Bush also has a problem: He is a boring speaker.

Posted January 25, 2015

"I don't believe I'm poking anyone in the eye," House Speaker John Boehner asserted Wednesday. That was after His Speakership told the media that he had invited Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to speak before a joint session of Congress about "the grave threats radical Islam and Iran pose to our security and way of life."

Posted January 22, 2015

As President Barack Obama delivered his State of the Union speech Tuesday night, I saw all of 2015 flash before my eyes.

Posted January 18, 2015

After what became known as the Moonlight Fire burned some 65,000 acres in the Sierra Nevada in 2007, the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection decided that Sierra Pacific Industries was responsible for the damage.

Posted January 16, 2015

Mitt Romney is thinking of running for president in 2016. According to The New York Times, that's what Romney told a group of big donors last week.

Posted January 08, 2015

Here's what I love about the French: They've long understood the dangers presented by radical Islam. French President Francois Hollande swiftly called the deadly Wednesday shooting at Paris' Charlie Hebdo magazine "an act of exceptional barbarity," without doubt a terrorist attack.

Posted January 07, 2015

New York Mayor Bill de Blasio lambasted the hundreds of police officers who turned their backs on him outside the funeral of assassinated officer Wenjian Liu in the same defiant spirit displayed outside the funeral of Liu's partner, Rafael Ramos.

Posted January 04, 2015

It sounds like one of those only-in-San-Francisco tales: San Francisco's sheriff cannot carry a gun because he is on probation. "That doesn't handicap me from being a sheriff," Ross Mirkarimi told me.

Posted December 30, 2014

"The Interview" is a funny movie that does a stand-up job showcasing how a not particularly serious or informed person would deal with Kim Jong Un -- and evil itself, with all its blandishments.

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