Susan Estrich from Creators Syndicate Creators Syndicate is an international syndication company that represents cartoonists and columnists of the highest caliber. en Fri, 22 Jun 2018 18:50:06 -0700 Susan Estrich from Creators Syndicate 9baa786212825523d38541fcfeb8e813 Womp, Womp for 06/21/2018 Thu, 21 Jun 2018 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>All weekend, it was the Democrats' fault. And Congress' fault. Anyone's fault but his.</p> <p>But the cries of the children were too much &#8212; not just for the "fake news" media, but for Trump's own supporters.<p>Updated: Thu Jun 21, 2018</p> 1fde8272f5566e696730607681ee6da2 The Swagger of the Deal-maker for 06/13/2018 Wed, 13 Jun 2018 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>As anyone who has ever negotiated a deal can tell you, there is always a deal to be had. It depends on what you are &#8212; and aren't &#8212; willing to give up, whether you get as good as you give up. Almost anyone can negotiate a bad deal, once the other side is willing to come to the table &#8212; which they are more likely to do if they think they can get a very, very good deal.</p> <p>Of course, that is what most people I know are accusing the president of in his dealings with North Korea: He got "snookered." (That was one of the kinder jabs.)<p>Updated: Thu Jun 14, 2018</p> 57f42b7c6b42119108597a7afee52d7f Absolute Power for 06/06/2018 Wed, 06 Jun 2018 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>It was John Dalberg-Acton, 1st Baron Acton, who is responsible for the first quote that comes to mind this week. The baron died more than a hundred years ago, but one person will come to many minds as you read his words:</p> <p>"Power tends to corrupt, and absolute power corrupts absolutely. Great men are almost always bad men, even when they exercise influence and not authority, still more when you superadd the tendency or the certainty of corruption by authority.<p>Updated: Wed Jun 06, 2018</p> 9ac7aef686c5e8de17eb0eea54950474 Getting What She Deserves for 05/31/2018 Thu, 31 May 2018 00:00:00 -0700 <p>Hurray for ABC. Hurray for Valerie Jarrett.</p> <p>And good riddance to Roseanne. </p> <p>If you had any remaining doubts that this woman doesn't belong in our living rooms, check out her barrage of tweets on Wednesday. Having insulted Valerie Jarrett once, she did it again on Wednesday, retweeting photos of Jarrett side by side with an ape. She also claiming she thought Jarrett was white. How dumb does she think we are? Roseanne Barr is a liar in addition to a racist.<p>Updated: Thu May 31, 2018</p> b1a587dc869f04418b11f89456ce58bb Improving Women's Health? for 05/23/2018 Wed, 23 May 2018 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>Who is kidding whom? </p> <p>President Donald Trump claims he is trying to "improve women's health" by depriving them of medical advice, forcing their doctors to lie and increasing the cost of routine women's health care all at once.<p>Updated: Wed May 23, 2018</p> 7e7cf42193c7aa6f4ced41ff7fe3c41d The #MeToo Man Takes a Fall for 05/09/2018 Wed, 09 May 2018 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>What was Eric Schneiderman thinking? That as the very ambitious attorney general of New York, he could turn himself into the patron saint of the #MeToo movement while physically abusing women, as four women have alleged?</p> <p>We are not talking about bad jokes or awkward compliments or any of the sort of things that a man might think were welcome (even if he were wrong). There can be no claims of confused signals, generation-gap issues or a lack of fair warning when the charge is literally beating up women. <p>Updated: Wed May 09, 2018</p> 147c0dce32d7b86bb316d2f6a747a4ad Leaking the List for 05/03/2018 Thu, 03 May 2018 00:00:00 -0700 <p>It is "so disgraceful," the president said.</p> <p>He was referring to the leaking of the list of 49 questions that special counsel Robert Mueller reportedly wants to ask the president, questions his office supposedly provided to the president's lawyers in an effort to convince the president to sit for an interview.</p> <p>The president's lawyer, for all kinds of lawyerly reasons, was not convinced. After looking at the list, he urged the president to decline the invitation. <p>Updated: Thu May 03, 2018</p> 93b211ab31540016cc47145f31aa6ab2 The Jewish Question for 04/27/2018 Fri, 27 Apr 2018 00:00:00 -0700 <p>It was Associate Justice Elena Kagan, former solicitor general, former Harvard Law School dean and brilliant liberal, who raised the question during Wednesday's United States Supreme Court argument on the latest travel ban. It's the same question I used to raise with my students whenever they jumped too quickly to the conclusion that a restriction imposed by us against them was justified. It's the question my mother spent most of her life worrying about, and with reason: <i> What if it were the Jews? </i></p> <p>What if, Justice Kagan asked, an anti-Semite were to be elected president of the United States, and only days after taking office, amidst a flurry of virulently anti-Semitic tweets, banned travel from Israel? What then?</p> <p>The solicitor general seemed to dodge Kagan's question with ease. After all, he pointed out, the ban applied only to a handful of Muslim countries, not all Muslim countries. It was not, he kept saying, a Muslim ban. And besides, he reminded Justice Kagan (as if she did not know), Israel is one of our closest allies. <p>Updated: Fri Apr 27, 2018</p> e1829db6e158393c4084df8bb4c1e56e The Cheerleaders' Complaint for 04/25/2018 Wed, 25 Apr 2018 00:00:00 -0700 <p>In a brilliant public relations move, the lawyer representing two former cheerleaders (one from the New Orleans Saints and the other from the Miami Dolphins) who have complained of discrimination said that her clients would settle their claims for $1 if NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell would just agree to meet with them.</p> <p>What is he supposed to say? </p> <p>"No" is not the right play. <p>Updated: Wed Apr 25, 2018</p> 01f1c3e48c6468323ff68d4824816e57 The Woman Who Landed the Plane for 04/19/2018 Thu, 19 Apr 2018 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>For years, people such as myself have been arguing that gender discrimination doesn't just hurt women: It hurts all of us, our economy, our efficiency, and, yes, even our safety.</p> <p>The stories about the obstacles that Tammie Jo Shults, the now-famous pilot of Southwest Flight 1380, faced in her quest to become a pilot are more than a testament to her tenacity. <p>Updated: Thu Apr 19, 2018</p> 1128dcce32ae205a007d8eda90338a3f The Generational Issue for 04/11/2018 Wed, 11 Apr 2018 00:00:00 -0700 <p>I had to stop reading Meg Wolitzer's new best-seller, "The Female Persuasion," not because it was bad &#8212; it is a very good read &#8212; but because her description of feminism seemed so precisely and perfectly loaded for generational conflict that it made me very sad. The 60-something Gloria Steinem-like feminist, Faith Frank, who had done so much for women, had to fall flat &#8212; too privileged, too white, too out of tune with the times &#8212; to make way for her not very appealing mentee and a new wave of feminist energy. The most likeable character in the book was the down-to-earth erstwhile boyfriend, which I'm not sure was intentional.</p> <p>I'm all for a new wave of feminist energy, standing up against things we felt no choice but to accept, broadening our base to include so many who were almost invisible in the days when Frank launched her magazine. As a matter of fact, I've been asking for years where the next wave was and when it was coming, given how much of the energy of my generation had been sapped by the endless fight for reproductive freedom. Sometimes I think about how much more we could have done for women and children if all that energy on both sides had been used for other things. </p> <p>Walking down the street near my office the other day, where there is construction on every block, I watched to see if any of the workers were giving the young women a hard time as they went for lunch. A few. But what was even more curious to me was just how invisible I felt; when a woman gets to a certain age, no one leers at her. It's open to question whether they even see her.<p>Updated: Wed Apr 11, 2018</p> 6ac05d7a5b667b54581780951e8438e7 College Blues for 04/04/2018 Wed, 04 Apr 2018 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>In those days, you could tell by the size of the envelope. A thick envelope, full of registration materials and welcoming letters, meant you got in. A thin one was a one-page rejection. They all came the same day. My mailbox was full of thin envelopes &#8212; plus a fat one from my last-choice school. </p> <p>These days, news, bad and good, comes by email. It came last week: One young man in Houston, Texas, got in to all 20 schools he applied to. This column is not for him.<p>Updated: Wed Apr 04, 2018</p> 90486b731d52ac03acae07cf85523f60 Who's Counting? for 03/29/2018 Thu, 29 Mar 2018 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>Every day is its own cable news show. </p> <p>I'm not talking about MSNBC or Fox News. I'm talking about the White House network: the place where the anchor in chief watches television every day and then spends the time he is not watching television tweeting, reacting and giving Sean Hannity his topic for the night.<p>Updated: Thu Mar 29, 2018</p> 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>