Debra J. Saunders

Posted April 05, 2015

Imagine a government energy program that is such a disaster that the Environmental Working Group and the American Petroleum Institute both oppose it.

Posted April 02, 2015

In commuting the sentences of 22 federal drug offenders Tuesday, President Barack Obama has begun to take the unfettered power of executive clemency embedded in the Constitution to the place where it belongs.

Posted March 31, 2015

"There's something very dangerous happening in states across the country," Apple chief executive Tim Cook warned Monday in a Washington Post opinion piece against Indiana's newly passed Religious Freedom Restoration Act.

Posted March 29, 2015

The libertarian-leaning me believes an American employer should be able to hire pretty much anyone he or she wants to hire. But the taxpaying me believes that if the federal government limits immigration yet creates a special visa program for highly skilled foreign workers with the assurance that the program will not cut into the wages or jobs of American workers, then Washington ought to keep its promise.

Posted March 22, 2015

San Francisco's board of supervisors is considering a proposal to allow 16- and 17-year-olds to vote in some city elections, showing how desperate the left wing of the city's left wing is to retain their ebbing power in City Hall. Clearly Supervisor John Avalos and ally Supervisor Eric Mar fear they need to register minors to win elections.

Posted March 19, 2015

Back when political polls were reporting that Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was likely to lose power in Tuesday's election, I figured that Bibi must have overplayed his hand when he spoke before Congress at the invitation of House Speaker John Boehner and against the wishes of President Obama. I assumed he had miscalculated, and that the gambit would backfire with Israeli voters.

Posted March 17, 2015

Last year, Congress passed an amendment that barred the Department of Justice from using federal dollars to prosecute medical marijuana dispensaries in states that have legalized them.

Posted March 15, 2015

I understand why University of Oklahoma President David Boren chose to expel two students for singing a vile, racist ditty at a fraternity event. There is nothing funny about lyrics that make light of lynching and repeat the N-word. If students did that at a university that I administered, I'd want to toss them out, too.

Posted March 12, 2015

As Hillary Clinton took questions from the media about the personal email account she used as secretary of state, I felt a flashback coming on.

Posted March 10, 2015

Orinda, California, Mayor Steve Glazer says that he is running for a state Senate seat vacated by now-Rep. Mark DeSaulnier "as a pragmatic problem-solver rather than a partisan." In my line of work, I hear that sort of stock phrase all the time; I take it with a grain of salt.

Posted March 08, 2015

Former four-star general and CIA chief David Petraeus pleaded guilty to one count of retaining classified information for handing over information in personal notebooks to his biographer girlfriend in 2011.

Posted March 04, 2015

Bibi's speech gave a strong reason not to trust the deal being negotiated with Tehran. Not a single nuclear facility would be destroyed. Inspectors document violations; they cannot stop them.

Posted March 03, 2015

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie gave his first-date speech at the California Republican Party's spring convention in Sacramento on Saturday.

Posted March 01, 2015

"I am under 'investigation,'" professor Roger Pielke Jr. of the University of Colorado Boulder posted on his blog Wednesday.

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.



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