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Worst-case Sscenarios aren't the only scenarios

From the Right / Debra Saunders /

WASHINGTON -- In February, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention held a conference call on COVID-19 and warned, as The New York Times reported, that 160 million to 214 million Americans could become infected and 200,000 to 1.7 million might die.

On March 3, the World Health Organization noted that globally 3.4% of those infected with ...Read more

Notes from my dining room table

From the Right / Debra Saunders /

WASHINGTON -- In 2020, people talk about "two Americas." During the coronavirus outbreak, there is one America, a sheltered America, with people who -- like me -- can work at home. And another America, an edgier America, that stands to be devastated by coronavirus closures.

There is also a third America that can be seen in the three states ...Read more

Can science lead to dumb panic?

From the Right / Debra Saunders /

WASHINGTON -- Can science lead to dumb panic? It's a question I've been asking as the stock market cannibalized itself in response to the coronavirus outbreak, academia shuttered classrooms and other interests did their utmost to convince their customers that they could get along just fine without them.

There is no question the coronavirus is a...Read more

Schumer's threats to justices not just idle talk

From the Right / Debra Saunders /

WASHINGTON -- Unlike President Donald Trump, Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer tends to be precise in his language.

So when Schumer stood before the U.S. Supreme Court on Wednesday and called out two justices by threatening they would "pay a price" if they ruled contrary to his preference on a case that could affect states' ability to ...Read more

There is a double standard, but Trump has staff issues

From the Right / Debra Saunders /

WASHINGTON -- In 2010, when Gen. Stanley McChrystal and his aides were quoted in a Rolling Stone piece belittling top officials in President Barack Obama's administration, including Vice President Joe Biden, The New York Times went into high dudgeon.

A Grey Lady editorial asked if Obama could trust McChrystal, his top Afghanistan commander, ...Read more

Trump's own criminal justice reform

From the Right / Debra Saunders /

For decades, a small cadre of reformers pushed whichever president occupied the Oval Office to use his pardon power more frequently and put a lid on draconian federal sentences that put low-level and midlevel offenders away for decades, even life.

The problem they face on the week President Donald Trump issued pardons and commutations to 11 ...Read more

The four lawmen of the apocalypse

From the Right / Debra Saunders /

WASHINGTON -- President Donald Trump is turning his base into hardcore civil libertarians and turning the left into brutal authoritarians. Although, to be fair, he's not doing it alone. Overzealous federal prosecutors are the big drivers.

Exhibit A: Roger Stone, the GOP bad boy found guilty in November on seven counts of lying to Congress, ...Read more

Romney impeachment vote turns tables on Trump

From the Right / Debra Saunders /

Two words leaped to mind just before Sen. Mitt Romney, R-Utah, announced that he would vote to convict President Donald Trump on one article of impeachment: frog's legs.

Frog's legs were on the menu as then-president-elect and Romney dined at Jean-Georges, a high-ticket eatery inside the (where else?) Trump Hotel in November 2016. After having ...Read more

All the President's Henchmen

From the Right / Debra Saunders /

WASHINGTON -- Lev Parnas, the Ukrainian-born American who has photos and video to prove that he knows President Donald Trump, showed up outside the Senate impeachment trial on Wednesday.

Parnas couldn't get into the chamber because the indicted associate of Rudy Giuliani was wearing an ankle monitor as a condition of his bail. But he was able...Read more

Fact-checkers only looking at one side

From the Right / Debra Saunders /

WASHINGTON -- Google "fact-check Senate impeachment" and you can read about all the factual errors made by President Donald Trump's team of lawyers. What about those of the House impeachment managers? Apparently, this week, head prosecutor Adam Schiff and his colleagues cannot tell a lie. Or even a half-truth.

Factcheck.org rattles off the ...Read more

Donald Trump and the Company He Keeps

From the Right / Debra Saunders /

WASHINGTON -- In the first half of January, Americans saw President Donald Trump at his best.

Trump ordered a Jan. 3 drone strike that killed Iranian terror leader Qassem Soleimani in response to Iranian proxies who rushed the U.S. embassy in Baghdad and killed a U.S. contractor serving in Iraq. It was an appropriate response.

While some ...Read more

Tech lacks a diversity of thought

From the Right / Debra Saunders /

WASHINGTON -- When the Consumer Technology Association announced that Ivanka Trump, elder daughter and adviser to President Donald Trump, would be a keynote speaker at CES 2020, some of the very people who had been pushing for more female speakers, and more diversity in general, at the country's premier tech confab actually protested.

Some, ...Read more

'Cancel culture' candidates don't make the cut in Democratic primary

From the Right / Debra Saunders /

WASHINGTON -- Former Housing and Urban Development Secretary Julian Castro announced Thursday that he was bowing out of the 2020 Democratic primary. The only reason to notice or care is that Castro was one of the more shrill candidates, so it's good that he never found purchase in the crowded field and hence had to "suspend" his campaign.

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