Susan Estrich from Creators Syndicate Creators Syndicate is an international syndication company that represents cartoonists and columnists of the highest caliber. en Sun, 20 Aug 2017 17:17:16 -0700 Susan Estrich from Creators Syndicate 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> 95348445f0d6b6e02dfaebc69d1f14e5 Thirteen Republican Men for 06/28/2017 Wed, 28 Jun 2017 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>They went into a room to write a health care bill. Didn't need any women. For diversity they had Ted Cruz, still famous at Harvard for only allowing Ivy League grads into his law school study group. A man of the people. Didn't need to hear from the public. What do we know about health care anyhow? </p> <p>Those 13 have been talking about little else for years now; they've made it their top priority. You'd expect that they'd have been <i> thinking </i> about it as well.<p>Updated: Wed Jun 28, 2017</p> 85e4842541635b5694b526040fb0aa47 Be Well for 06/24/2017 Sat, 24 Jun 2017 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>The message of the Republican health care bill is clear. You have nothing to worry about &#8212; as long as you can be sure that you will always be well. And you must be employed by a company large enough and successful enough to provide health insurance, just in case somebody in the family trips and falls, or needs their appendix out, or worse.</p> <p>Otherwise, watch out.<p>Updated: Sat Jun 24, 2017</p> c1f5051c4472fc189d541ab439c80346 Amyloid and Alzheimer's for 06/23/2017 Fri, 23 Jun 2017 00:00:00 -0700 <p>Some years ago, my colleague and client Dr. Paul Aisen, an internationally recognized researcher of Alzheimer's disease and the director of the Alzheimer's Therapeutic Research Institute at USC, discovered that people with Alzheimer's all have elevated levels of the protein amyloid in their brains. </p> <p>Following this discovery, clinical trials targeted amyloid in patients with Alzheimer's disease, but those trials failed: Intervening after the disease has already resulted in significant degeneration of the brain did not work. </p> <p>Still, the relationship between AD and amyloid has become so established that elevated amyloid levels and mild or moderate cognitive impairment is now classified as pre-AD.<p>Updated: Fri Jun 23, 2017</p> 322a17de3a04c97fcdcaf06e360bae5c Whiner in Chief for 06/16/2017 Fri, 16 Jun 2017 00:00:00 -0700 <p>You think you've got problems &#8212; health issues, money worries, trouble in the family? </p> <p>Your problems are nothing compared to America's whiner &#8212; I mean commander &#8212; in chief.</p> <p>For all his complaints about the media, you know what he is doing in the early hours of the morning? Not sleeping. Not thinking about that poor boy who came home from North Korea in a coma, God help him, and what kind of a nation would do that to someone for trying to take a poster. Not thinking about the poor people of Mosul, trying to flee under clouds of white phosphorous. Not even about the shooting at the congressional baseball practice, although he did say nice things in the immediate aftermath of the shooting.<p>Updated: Fri Jun 16, 2017</p> 84594aacbf3b343394d2bae5108a31b1 Here We Go Again for 06/14/2017 Wed, 14 Jun 2017 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>Let's see: Whom can we blame?</p> <p>First of all, let us all agree that we stand together against violence, whoever the target; that it doesn't matter what party you are. The gunman is responsible for this atrocity, and we are united in condemning him.<p>Updated: Wed Jun 14, 2017</p> c28f3adeadb8d115142f19851f413c90 The Client in Chief for 06/08/2017 Thu, 08 Jun 2017 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>The president is angry at his attorney general. The attorney general is reportedly ready to go. And this time, even Kellyanne Conway's husband is telling the president he is wrong. </p> <p>Clients.<p>Updated: Thu Jun 08, 2017</p> 1f26421451cf5238c457fa8d5536be2b The Bear in the Woods for 06/03/2017 Sat, 03 Jun 2017 00:00:00 -0700 <p>Moscow's favorite: That used to be us Democrats. We were the ones who had to worry &#8212; and we did, every four years &#8212; about being tagged as "soft on Communism" and paying for it at the polls.</p> <p>The Republicans were the party of the "bear in the woods." If you're not familiar with it, "Bear," its official title, is one of the most famous ads in recent political history. The 1984 ad was in support of Ronald Reagan and against Walter Mondale. </p> <p>It's all about whether there is, or isn't, a bear in the woods. It went like this: "There is a bear in the woods. For some people, the bear is easy to see. Others don't see it at all. Some people say the bear is tame. Others say it's vicious and dangerous. Since no one can really be sure who's right, isn't it smart to be as strong as the bear? If there is a bear." A man is seen right near the end. Then the bear takes a step back. You have to see it. It was quite brilliant. <p>Updated: Sat Jun 03, 2017</p> c5a1c341241103c3ca7a92593e93fef9 Jared Kushner's Dilemma for 06/01/2017 Thu, 01 Jun 2017 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>Jared Kushner is being represented by one of the best criminal defense lawyers in Washington, Jamie Gorelick, and he is going to need her. </p> <p>Not because he engaged in any major crimes &#8212; even assuming that he took secret meetings with top Russian officials, perhaps hoping to be ready to play the "Bobby Kennedy in the Cuban missile crisis" role (the then-attorney general and president's brother reportedly had a secret line to the Kremlin). Being naive, even dangerously so, is not a crime in America. <p>Updated: Thu Jun 01, 2017</p> b656d178195384a65d6cfe2887de32f6 The Wonderful World of Wall Street for 05/26/2017 Fri, 26 May 2017 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>Ever since I got sideswiped and have been driving a rental car, I've been without my Pandora stations, and suddenly I'm stuck listening to the news again. The traffic has never seemed worse. The news seems hardly real: terror; disaster; more people under investigation; the president telling the Russians that James Comey is a nut job (who tells the Russians that?); and on and on it goes.</p> <p>It seems there is no good news out there. Except on Wall Street. Yes, there was the one-day sell-off, but two days later, all was forgotten and forgiven. All was well in the world. The market goes up and up. Just do the numbers and forget the news.<p>Updated: Fri May 26, 2017</p>