Susan Estrich from Creators Syndicate Creators Syndicate is an international syndication company that represents cartoonists and columnists of the highest caliber. en Tue, 17 Oct 2017 22:09:37 -0700 Susan Estrich from Creators Syndicate 7f382eda4479153f91dba67f97606423 Be Well for 10/13/2017 Fri, 13 Oct 2017 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>He's at it again.</p> <p>The Trumps have nothing to worry about. They have federal-government insurance &#8212; one of the best plans that money can buy, with the most options and the most comprehensive coverage. <p>Updated: Fri Oct 13, 2017</p> 33ff56844dd5eecfb870c60e9ae568c4 Old Dogs for 10/11/2017 Wed, 11 Oct 2017 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>Old dogs teach you the meaning of love.</p> <p>Judy couldn't get up this morning. She's 14, my oldest, and she's named after my best friend, who died. A brilliant idea, it seemed, at the time. I was missing her, and this would be a way to talk to her every day. The first Judy taught me not to be afraid of dogs. It sounds silly, but my mother raised me to fear them. She couldn't bear the thought of losing a dog, so we never had one; my mother was so afraid of life that sometimes it seemed she hardly dared to live.<p>Updated: Wed Oct 11, 2017</p> fde1a901de744eac4b91be780fd8159e Here We Go Again for 10/04/2017 Wed, 04 Oct 2017 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>Fifty-nine dead this time, according to the latest reports.</p> <p>The collective handwringing; the thoughts and prayers; the stories of lives tragically lost crowding the news; funerals to come; politicians spouting mournful messages.<p>Updated: Wed Oct 04, 2017</p> 3d267d09b07153da42f0758039cd0e1c Where, Oh, Where, Is Gen. Kelly? for 09/27/2017 Wed, 27 Sep 2017 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>I feel like yelling at the screen: "Stop. Just stop." </p> <p>I have never felt this way about a president of the United States.<p>Updated: Wed Sep 27, 2017</p> 8df57216adcf5ff1f99774527218382c The High Holidays for 09/19/2017 Tue, 19 Sep 2017 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>This week, Jews around the world will celebrate Rosh Hashana, the New Year, the high holidays. </p> <p>It is a very strange time to be Jewish in America. <p>Updated: Tue Sep 19, 2017</p> 70274d929ebf3544a791ec94eb962421 Broken Dreams for 09/09/2017 Sat, 09 Sep 2017 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>When my kids were growing up, I couldn't bear to see them cry. I always did anything I could to make it better.</p> <p>I keep thinking of that as I see the pictures of the "Dreamers" and their mothers. <p>Updated: Sat Sep 09, 2017</p> cf38bcff9b7a94d71231ee35785d5106 Life in the Swamp for 09/07/2017 Thu, 07 Sep 2017 00:00:00 -0700 <p>Poor Gary Cohn, the Goldman Sachs banker who was standing next to Donald Trump at Trump Tower for that awful press conference in which Trump defended his statement blaming "both sides" for the violence in Charlottesville, Virginia. The president's top economic adviser, who is Jewish, reportedly told associates that he was "disgusted" by the president's remarks. Cohn said publicly that the White House had to do better to fight racism.</p> <p>But he didn't resign in disgust as some, yours truly included, thought he should. He wanted to change things from the inside, some said. He wanted to replace Janet Yellen as Federal Reserve chair, more said.</p> <p>On Tuesday, Trump let it be known to The Wall Street Journal, which then let it be known to the world, that the president was not "likely" to appoint Cohn as Fed chair. Not "likely"?<p>Updated: Thu Sep 07, 2017</p> d0e03cef759c3669d6e1c55f84c75b53 Getting Along With People for 09/02/2017 Sat, 02 Sep 2017 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>It's pretty basic stuff.</p> <p>Getting along with people you agree with &#8212; or, in this era of yes-persons, people who always agree with you &#8212; is remarkably easy.<p>Updated: Sat Sep 02, 2017</p> 3dd12b0e9605ade1829fdee25a881fcc High Heels and Higher Ground for 08/31/2017 Thu, 31 Aug 2017 00:00:00 -0700 <p>It was bad enough when someone handed Melania Trump one of Michelle Obama's speeches to give &#8212; again. Bad staff work, extraordinarily bad.</p> <p>But who was in charge of telling her what to wear to a disaster? Or rather, who was in charge of telling her that this was <i>just not a moment for high heels?</i></p> <p>Who thinks "stilettos" for a hurricane?<p>Updated: Thu Aug 31, 2017</p> 876cea68befd813ebc90f3dc1e5a8a03 Speaking Truth to Power for 08/18/2017 Fri, 18 Aug 2017 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>Speaking truth to power: Nothing is more difficult, especially in politics. </p> <p>In business, after all, people have contracts and stock options, and if nothing else, at least they can find similar jobs at other companies.<p>Updated: Fri Aug 18, 2017</p> 4f31a795a58d7ac9ab64d0bf1571d12c 'Is It George Washington Next?' for 08/15/2017 Tue, 15 Aug 2017 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>I could not make this up. Who would want to? Having behaved like a normal president might on Monday, condemning racism by the Klan and white nationalists, Donald Trump could not restrain himself. </p> <p>In an angry exchange with reporters on Tuesday, he refused to acknowledge the gross insensitivity of his remarks Saturday and in fact returned to weekend form: blaming "both sides" for the violence and the murder of an innocent woman during a white supremacist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia.<p>Updated: Tue Aug 15, 2017</p> 540b76f4e2fb2c88abdf81e74525af04 Free Speech for 08/09/2017 Wed, 09 Aug 2017 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>The thing about free speech is how often it's just plain wrong &#8212; wrongheaded, factually wrong, deceitful, even. That's always been true.</p> <p>And there have always been two schools of thought about what you do about it. One is that you pronounce yourself, or like-minded others, to be the ruler of the universe, and you only allow people to say, write and broadcast what you agree with.<p>Updated: Wed Aug 09, 2017</p> 4834d7a053dd94954e3fc173cc4532c3 Arrogance and Ignorance: the Story of Mooch for 08/02/2017 Wed, 02 Aug 2017 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>He lost his job before he even started, which comes as no surprise to anyone who has spent any time working in Washington. Which, of course, the president's choice for communications director had not. </p> <p>The story of Anthony Scaramucci should be a cautionary tale for the Trump presidency, but there is no indication that Donald Trump has any intention of learning from his nonstop mistakes.<p>Updated: Wed Aug 02, 2017</p> 19862578306e9dde4ce766fec1bda53b How to Impeach the President for 07/28/2017 Fri, 28 Jul 2017 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>"Will he be impeached for this?" people ask me every day. All that changes is what "this" is: It might be Donald Trump Jr.'s "love" for the Russians; or Jared Kushner's four meetings; or their failure to disclose such meetings; or Donald Trump's threatening to fire the attorney general and replace him with a recess appointment; or worst of all, Trump's repeated comments that show how determined he is to fire Robert Mueller.</p> <p>What else can you say when you see our president behaving so badly. He turned the Boy Scout Jamboree into a partisan political rally for himself &#8212; contrary to all the presidents before him, who always spoke about service and patriotism, not their personal enemies. He sent out an absolutely outrageous tweet attacking transgender people who are risking their lives for our country (which earned the whiner in chief a rare rebuke from the Joint Chiefs of Staff, who announced that they would ignore his tweet). He continues to try and stymie the investigation of his ties with the Russians and of all the secret meetings that no one disclosed and secret deals and dirty tricks that have yet to be disclosed. He continues to attack the attorney general (can it be that I'm really defending Jeff Sessions, a man with whom I disagree about almost everything except his decision to recuse himself from the investigation?) and threatens to replace him with a recess appointment (which Supreme Court precedent actually doesn't allow, should the president care). And of course, he remains most determined of all to fire Robert Mueller. <p>Updated: Fri Jul 28, 2017</p> f857683c51bf5df9a04ecd4becfd8795 The Whiner in Chief for 07/27/2017 Thu, 27 Jul 2017 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>One thing you can say for this president: You know what he is thinking, even at 6:12 a.m. on a Tuesday. He is not thinking about health care for his supporters, many of whom would lose all access if he had his way. He is not thinking about the threat of terrorism. He is not thinking about you.</p> <p><span class="column--highlighted-text">He is thinking about the one and only subject he thinks of constantly: himself as a victim. </span><p>Updated: Thu Jul 27, 2017</p> 354a3522b3574efdf42b8ca9dc590adf The President and the Attorney General for 07/20/2017 Thu, 20 Jul 2017 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>"It's Bobby," President-elect John F. Kennedy supposedly whispered, announcing that he had chosen his brother as his attorney general.</p> <p>A brother or sister is what every president wants. The attorney general is the only Cabinet member who can effectively take the president's job away.<p>Updated: Thu Jul 20, 2017</p> 8772c1c6c9e46b724713a6e4e6bb8fa6 'That's Politics' for 07/18/2017 Tue, 18 Jul 2017 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>SUSAN ESTRICH</p> <p>FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE<p>Updated: Tue Jul 18, 2017</p> b7eb5d24ec5b5a067a90fca98d321a0d Be Outraged for 07/12/2017 Wed, 12 Jul 2017 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>If his love letters with the Russians weren't bad enough, Donald Trump Jr.'s sarcastic non-apology makes clear just how much he deserves what he is about to get. </p> <p>Trump Jr. tweeted: "Obviously I'm the first person on a campaign to ever take a meeting to hear info about an opponent..."<p>Updated: Wed Jul 12, 2017</p> 3316d79296004fd65ddde011b98f03d1 California and the President for 07/06/2017 Thu, 06 Jul 2017 00:00:00 -0700 <p>Donald Trump has new words for an old song: "California, here I <i>don't</i> come."</p> <p>The president has made it to Eastern Europe, but he hasn't made it to Hollywood. </p> <p>Something tells me he'd rather sit down with Vladmir Putin than with California's extremely popular governor, Jerry Brown.<p>Updated: Thu Jul 06, 2017</p> 4826d3fe94f7d9cd404c67249b854bdd This Has to Stop for 06/29/2017 Thu, 29 Jun 2017 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>Sen. Susan Collins is right. After President Donald Trump's vulgar tweet Thursday morning that TV and radio host Mika Brzezinski ("low I.Q. crazy Mika," according to Trump) was "bleeding badly from a face lift" while staying at Mar-a-Lago, the Republican Senator from Maine said, "This has to stop. We don't have to get along, but we must show respect and civility." </p> <p>She was talking about the president of her own party. Shame on him. <p>Updated: Thu Jun 29, 2017</p>