Susan Estrich from Creators Syndicate Creators Syndicate is an international syndication company that represents cartoonists and columnists of the highest caliber. en Fri, 15 Dec 2017 13:12:12 -0800 Susan Estrich from Creators Syndicate 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> e80c4189f3ab3f2c37ad3de1d07072b9 Treatment? For What? for 11/03/2017 Fri, 03 Nov 2017 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>Kevin Spacey is the latest in a long list of men who, in the wake of allegations of sexual abuse, announce that they are seeking treatment. </p> <p>In politics, we used to call such announcements "Betty Ford statements." That was back in the days when most of these incidents involved such things as drunken plunges with prostitutes, for which a program to deal with alcoholism might actually be an appropriate response.<p>Updated: Fri Nov 03, 2017</p> 9a1bb00a4a3e07c8dd60ac169f359862 The Rule of Trump for 10/31/2017 Tue, 31 Oct 2017 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>It's not a small thing that the man who ran the president's campaign has been indicted on multiple counts of money laundering related to his work for a foreign government.</p> <p>I can't recall anything even remotely like it. Domestic corruption is nothing new. But to launder money from a foreign government seeking to influence global politics: This is new. This should be causing outrage. <p>Updated: Tue Oct 31, 2017</p> 4ec505ee58d0eed21745bd7b47f8bfde A Trump Crisis for 10/28/2017 Sat, 28 Oct 2017 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>Here's an idea: Declare the American opioid epidemic a health emergency. It's not a very original idea, as people have been sounding the alarms on this crisis for years now. But when you're president of the United States, such a declaration can really mean something. When you're president of the United States, you can do more than talk. You can take action: Make existing funds available, reallocate priorities, send funds to the states for treatment, ask Congress for new money or new programs, ask the agencies for new regulations.</p> <p>Or then again, you can just talk.<p>Updated: Sat Oct 28, 2017</p> 44cb7c9d326e316acfae5e2555f92c4c Everybody Needs a Lawyer, But Do They Need You? About Gloria Allred, Lisa Bloom and Representing Harvey Weinstein for 10/25/2017 Wed, 25 Oct 2017 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>I wasn't surprised, last summer, when my old friend Gloria Allred went after me for representing Roger Ailes, the late former president of Fox News, who died before he had the chance to defend himself against charges that he vehemently denied.</p> <p>I know the mantra well: Everybody needs a lawyer, but they don't necessarily need you.<p>Updated: Wed Oct 25, 2017</p> 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>