Susan Estrich from Creators Syndicate Creators Syndicate is an international syndication company that represents cartoonists and columnists of the highest caliber. en Tue, 20 Mar 2018 20:53:18 -0700 Susan Estrich from Creators Syndicate 4663a394b7f040b82cc6ba269283efbc And Now There Are 3 for 03/21/2018 Wed, 21 Mar 2018 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>Stormy Daniels is ready for her close-up &#8212; which is to say, her appearance on "60 Minutes." In New York, Summer Zervos is moving forward with her defamation suit against the president for calling her a liar and saying he was going to sue her for accusing him of sexually assaulting her, an accusation she made shortly before the election. And now former Playboy Playmate Karen McDougal seeks to void her nondisclosure agreement with a tabloid so she can finally tell her story, too.</p> <p>Meanwhile, the esteemed former chair of international law firm Latham & Watkins resigned on Tuesday amid word that he had sent inappropriate messages to someone outside the firm. Imagine that. And yet the president of the United States rolls on.<p>Updated: Wed Mar 21, 2018</p> 05147c3e4c9be26bb362f76356aaf5d8 The Curse of March 7 for 03/14/2018 Wed, 14 Mar 2018 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>On March 7, 1977, my father died. He had suffered a major heart attack, his first, 10 days before. He was 54. I never quite recovered.</p> <p>On March 7, 2000, my best friend, journalist Judy Jarvis, died of lung cancer, having battled her stage 4 diagnosis with courage and dignity that took my breath away and (I believe) added precious months, maybe even a year, to her life. <p>Updated: Wed Mar 14, 2018</p> 1cbc7a443dd90295aea259a96898a8d2 Guns and Cards, or: Why My Son Is No Longer a Republican for 03/07/2018 Wed, 07 Mar 2018 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>It was Donald Trump's position on guns that did it. To be more specific, it was President Trump's proposal to address violence in schools by arming schoolteachers that finally made a Democrat of my son. Until then, he'd been holding out hope for the Republican Party. But when the president decided that my son's girlfriend &#8212; a student teacher dedicated to teaching science to inner-city public school students &#8212; should earn a bonus for carrying a deadly weapon, my son decided he'd had it.</p> <p>When John McCain was running for president, my son managed to convince me to buy a stand-up cardboard cutout of McCain. Never mind the fact that both his parents are lifelong Democrats, that we met when his dad was working for Fritz Mondale and I was working for Geraldine Ferraro, that half the Democrats running for president, and the people running their campaigns, attended our wedding and sent presents when our children were born. My daughter has been a Democrat since, well &#8212; since forever. Her latest project, called Project 100, is an effort she began with friends to elect 100 progressive women to Congress by 2020, the 100th anniversary of women's suffrage.<p>Updated: Wed Mar 07, 2018</p> 7c42eedb1e44e28f077feccabb5ac922 'Nothing's as Bad as the 9th Circuit' for 02/28/2018 Wed, 28 Feb 2018 00:00:00 -0800 <p>"Nothing's as bad as the Ninth Circuit": That is the president of the United States talking to the nation's governors on Monday about the United States Court of Appeals for much of the western United States, including California. </p> <p>Nothing is worse than a court that disagrees with you? </p> <p>I can think of many things that are far, far worse. How about a nation without the rule of law, where court decisions are routinely ignored, judges are political fodder and disputes are resolved by force and not by law?<p>Updated: Wed Feb 28, 2018</p> 6dd657eb89f70ecbb76cbe2b7ad43a9e The Last 10 Days for 02/23/2018 Fri, 23 Feb 2018 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>The shooting came first: a horrifying massacre in Florida that left 17 dead and a community cut down. Then young people began finding their voices, as exemplified in a town hall in which students who survived the shooting demanded answers from politicians &#8212; making hollow political-speak sound like what it is. Marco Rubio stammered. Why does he take money from the National Rifle Association? Why won't he stop? He couldn't answer basic questions from high school kids. The smooth-talking senator had nothing to say.</p> <p>Make way for President Donald Trump, who's doing his best to cover that bald spot on his head, while it's the empty spot inside his head that I worry about. Trump is now floating the idea of having teachers come to school armed and dangerous. They can collect bonuses for doing so, assuming they don't get shot, or shot at, or have their gun stolen, or used against them, or used against others in the classroom. And yet we still can't take any legislative measures to ensure guns don't fall into the wrong hands, because Marco Rubio's friends at the NRA would rather give felons weapons of mass destruction than &#8212; may the skies fall down &#8212; allow a real background check. <p>Updated: Fri Feb 23, 2018</p> cb3f123c1534d0dac6709db6e255991d You, Too, Mr. President for 02/13/2018 Tue, 13 Feb 2018 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>Poor Donald Trump. He can't help himself. </p> <p>Take the case of Roy Moore: After numerous women accused Moore of sexual assault, sexual misconduct and child molestation, every Republican I knew was rooting against him, hoping to spare the party huge embarrassment. But the president supported Moore for a seat in the United States Senate nonetheless.<p>Updated: Tue Feb 13, 2018</p> afe87d259fa35394a02a16c3db251bed The Sorry State of the Union for 02/01/2018 Thu, 01 Feb 2018 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>"Tonight," Donald Trump said, "I call upon all of us to set aside our differences, to seek out common ground and to summon the unity we need to deliver for the people."</p> <p>Who is he kidding?<p>Updated: Thu Feb 01, 2018</p> 216d33478a954f8fefc1b0e03e04915a The Swamp Overflows for 01/23/2018 Tue, 23 Jan 2018 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>On Friday at midnight, the swamp overflowed. Donald Trump was supposed to drain it. Instead he's right in the middle, a heavyweight in an already full swamp. </p> <p>Of course, the Republicans will blame the Democrats, and the Democrats will blame the Republicans. The short version is that it was immigration, the president's favorite polarizing, divisive issue, that broke the dam. The story is that there was a deal, but the president and his team decided they wanted even more concessions on immigration &#8212; which is to say, more obstacles and barriers for keeping families together and not punishing children. The president still thinks that "divide and conquer" works. Maybe in elections. Not in governing.<p>Updated: Tue Jan 23, 2018</p> 100c46353fec2bfc7e40619d1de28d73 Has 'Me Too' Gone Too Far? for 01/17/2018 Wed, 17 Jan 2018 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>Has "Me Too" gone too far? </p> <p>No. <p>Updated: Wed Jan 17, 2018</p> 1426c858131eafaab3acb1750250104a A Vile Slur and Our Biased President for 01/13/2018 Sat, 13 Jan 2018 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>"S&#8212;-hole countries": I didn't say it; the president did. And it wasn't even in some closed-door meeting with aides who leaked the quote to the press. He said it in a meeting with congressional leaders. If you parse his tweets, he goes on the attack toward anyone reporting what he said, but never quite fully denies it. And Dick Durbin, the Democratic senator who confirmed the reports, is as trustworthy a second or third or fourth source for these stories as you can find.</p> <p>The president has previously opined that Haitians all have AIDS, just as he opined that Mexicans were rapists. The difference between the "s&#8212;-hole" countries and a place such as Norway, whose citizens the president said he would prefer, is that the former are predominantly black and the latter is almost all (and no doubt in Donald Trump's mind, very) white.<p>Updated: Sat Jan 13, 2018</p> 90e7fb186483be76029eef5c59c628de Federalism, Anyone? for 01/11/2018 Thu, 11 Jan 2018 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>For most of the 20th century, "federalism" was the cry of conservatives battling growing federal power that came, constitutionally at least, at the expense of the states. So their response to Franklin Delano Roosevelt's New Deal was not that children should work endless hours in unsafe conditions but that the federal government had no business legislating programs and laws to end child labor and establish minimum standards for work, labor and hour regulation and the rest. It was only after President Roosevelt threatened to pack the Supreme Court that the conservatives on the Court finally gave in. Likewise, during the civil rights battles of the 1950s and 1960s, the opponents of civil rights in Congress and in the governors' mansions did not come right out and say that black law students, college students and schoolchildren should attend schools that were both separate and terrible. They claimed they were protecting "states' rights."</p> <p>And then there was the "New Federalism" advocated by President Ronald Reagan in 1981. For Reagan, it meant cutting federal spending (the main purpose) and transferring responsibilities (mostly responsibilities to the poor and to children) back to the states &#8212; who of course couldn't afford to fulfill them. It wasn't really about federalism any more than opposition to the New Deal or to civil rights was. Strom Thurmond, the South Carolina senator who led the fight against civil rights, didn't believe that it should be his home state that provided equality to black schoolchildren. President Reagan's team was committed to reducing the size of government &#8212; and reducing its role in helping the poor and the needy &#8212; at both the state and federal level. <p>Updated: Thu Jan 11, 2018</p> f317fffcf0446bfe43e227362a59a91c How Democrats Can Lose the House for 01/05/2018 Fri, 05 Jan 2018 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>"I think we've got the House," one California Democrat said to me not long ago. "It's the Senate we need to focus on."</p> <p>I didn't know whether to laugh or cry. Cry, I think.<p>Updated: Fri Jan 05, 2018</p> 959026319e5cbbdb056aca38eb74b08c Wanting What You Have for 12/29/2017 Fri, 29 Dec 2017 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>New Years is when we make resolutions aimed at change: a new body (the diet resolution), a new partner (or any), a new job (or any) ... the familiar list. It's familiar because for most of us, we've been making the same resolutions for years. And the reason we've been making them every year is because we never get there.</p> <p>Want what you have, my happier friends tell me, especially as you get older, and the opportunities for change become more limited. Want the life you live, as opposed to wanting what you can never have &#8212; to relive the past, correct your mistakes, know what you know now. Forgive yourself. <p>Updated: Fri Dec 29, 2017</p> 868b54a0ecff1510baf8f974668d2e40 Bah Humbug for 12/22/2017 Fri, 22 Dec 2017 00:00:00 -0800 <p>It's that time of year when parents of non-Christian children find themselves challenged to explain why they aren't part of the general hoopla. And some respond by becoming part of the hoopla and others by creating hoopla of their own. In my family, we go to the movies and eat Chinese.</p> <p>It was my mother and my favorite date when she was alive and I lived nearby. We would go to the multiplex in Peabody, her choice, maybe a movie about a lawyer so she could loudly ask me questions afterward. (It was her insecurity, years of therapy taught me.) And then, the best part, we would go to Dave Wong's China Sails in Vinnin Square and have the butterfly shrimp and pork strips and spare ribs &#8212; we'd have them all, just this once.</p> <p>This year, we need to pick a movie in advance. And make a reservation. Los Angeles is not Swampscott, Massachusetts.<p>Updated: Fri Dec 22, 2017</p> 21cc645acaf22dba8e69a798cf0e79f3 The President and Israel for 12/15/2017 Fri, 15 Dec 2017 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>We always used to put a "moving the embassy" plank in the Democratic platform even though we never expected it to happen &#8212; or even thought it should before the larger issues about Jerusalem were resolved. I think the first time was in 1980, to try to show up Jimmy Carter, the incumbent president, whom my candidate, Sen. Ted Kennedy, was challenging. It made sense in terms of domestic politics. It made no sense to our foreign policy people.</p> <p>I can't say whether, in hindsight, Donald Trump's big announcement &#8212; an announcement is what it is, not a move &#8212; will be seen to have helped or hindered the peace process. I don't know whether putting negotiations in the hands of his son-in-law, who has Trump's ear, will turn out to be wise or not. I don't know whether the president cares enough to know enough to be able to do what no president before him has done, but which all of them have believed requires the intensive personal involvement of the president.<p>Updated: Fri Dec 15, 2017</p> 534b4aedc0e7b2101d13071bd05ffe22 The Persecution of a Conservative Icon for 12/13/2017 Wed, 13 Dec 2017 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p></p><p>Alex Kozinski is a judge, and the former chief judge, of the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, the biggest circuit and the most liberal in the country. Judge Kozinski, known widely in the legal profession as just "Alex," is a libertarian conservative, a prolific writer and a brilliant man.<p>Updated: Wed Dec 13, 2017</p> 7b8ad52c399819de0b45e36feebd7867 Smoke in the Air, Heroes on the Ground for 12/07/2017 Thu, 07 Dec 2017 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>My phone buzzed with the emergency alert at 6 a.m. </p> <p>Tuesday, the fires seemed far away, even though my house smelled the way it does when you forget a pot on the stove. But there were no pots on the stove. Just fires across the mountain. So we did what we Californians do. We live with earthquakes and mudslides, with drought and dust, and with fire. Close the windows, check Google Maps, turn up the air purifiers. Sylmar &#8212; not so close. Ventura &#8212; not so close. You see the people who have lost their houses and you shake your head in sorrow... and a little puzzlement. Fire country is beautiful, when it's not on fire. Me, I live on a regular street.<p>Updated: Thu Dec 07, 2017</p> 7a8bfc193de08f1dae4bad276e6c982a Is Trump Making You Sick? for 11/29/2017 Wed, 29 Nov 2017 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>I tried not to roll my eyes when an acquaintance, a woman I respect for her professional accomplishments, told me she thought Donald Trump had caused her cancer. "You know, the connection between stress and cancer," she said. I know. But was she really so stressed about Donald Trump that she got cancer? </p> <p>She was not the only one. A journalist who writes frequently for my local paper, when recounting her battle with cancer, said that she was afraid Trump would hasten her death because she was so upset about his presidency but she was hoping that her anger and rage would be a reason to live longer and not die sooner.<p>Updated: Wed Nov 29, 2017</p> c659b1f1c8c2b1f8f8fe7edcbec3a3be The Silent Backlash to Beware Of for 11/18/2017 Sat, 18 Nov 2017 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>I don't want to see the next name in the headlines for sexual misconduct. I know too many of them. I believe the women. Some companies are conducting internal checks, and some are not, because they don't want to get caught up in all this. And because while it's true that sexual harassment is a real problem, there are also questions of degree. An 89-year-old President George H.W. Bush, in a wheelchair, accused of sexual assault? </p> <p>The reason I write this is not to discredit women. I write all this because if people I'm talking to feel this way then other people &#8212; people who would never talk to a feminist such as myself &#8212; must feel it even more strongly.<p>Updated: Sat Nov 18, 2017</p> 322e536fcf70679cc8aa29cc39e61c5d It's Not All the Same for 11/10/2017 Fri, 10 Nov 2017 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>"Me, too," says the girl who was raped when she was barely old enough to know the word.</p> <p>"Me, too," says the young woman who gets catcalls every day as she twirls her umbrella on the way to work.<p>Updated: Fri Nov 10, 2017</p>