Debra J. Saunders

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.

Posted December 28, 2014

Carly Fiorina is gearing up to run for president. National Journal reports she already has begun hiring staff.

Posted December 21, 2014

The needle already was in the haystack. That essentially is the message embedded in the Democrats' Senate Select Committee on Intelligence report on CIA interrogations and detentions, approved without a single Republican vote and released by committee Chairwoman Dianne Feinstein of California.

Posted December 18, 2014

I have a theory as to why Americans don't worry all that much about global warming: High-profile purveyors of climate change don't push for reductions in greenhouse gases so much as focus on berating people who do not agree with their opinions. They call themselves champions of "the science" yet focus on ideology more than tangible results.

Posted December 16, 2014

The intelligence was obtained illegally.

Posted December 07, 2014

When California Gov. Jerry Brown was pushing Proposition 30 in 2012, he sold it with the promise that the income and sales tax increases in his measure would put off sharp tuition increases in the UC and CSU systems.

Posted December 04, 2014

Thanksgiving week, GOP House aide Elizabeth Lauten posted an admonishment of first daughters Sasha and Malia Obama on her Facebook page: "I get you're both in those awful teen years, but you're a part of the First Family, try showing a little class," it began.

Posted December 02, 2014

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell won't become majority leader until next month, and already he is cracking the whip. He's making senators work on Fridays -- or at least they're supposed to work on Fridays, as the Senate will be in session.

Posted November 30, 2014

I do not believe that Brown deserved to die. I also don't think Wilson deserved to die, as he says he feared would happen if Brown overpowered him.

Posted November 27, 2014

Aaron has been part of my holiday season every year since Bush left the Oval Office and Barack Obama succeeded him.

Posted November 25, 2014

When President Barack Obama chose former Republican Sen. Chuck Hagel to serve as his third secretary of defense, most Republicans were not amused.