Daily Editorials from Creators Syndicate https://www.creators.com/read/daily-editorials Creators Syndicate is an international syndication company that represents cartoonists and columnists of the highest caliber. en Sat, 18 Jan 2020 09:38:40 -0800 https://www.creators.com/ http://blogs.law.harvard.edu/tech/rss Daily Editorials from Creators Syndicate https://cdn.creators.com/features/daily-editorials-thumb.jpg https://www.creators.com/read/daily-editorials 56700576eaff3ff8114a51bcc47cb48d Freedom and Facts for 01/17/2020 https://www.creators.com/read/daily-editorials/01/20/freedom-and-facts-e021e Fri, 17 Jan 2020 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>We need to differentiate between experiences and facts. We know that our individual perspectives affect how we experience events, but do they also affect the underlying facts? </p> <p>The answer is no. Facts are facts.<p>Updated: Fri Jan 17, 2020</p> fa936c3f748a4ff8ca2a1da8d03fd7d8 Trump, Nation Deserve a Fair Senate Trial for 01/17/2020 https://www.creators.com/read/daily-editorials/01/20/trump-nation-deserve-a-fair-senate-trial Fri, 17 Jan 2020 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>By Seattle Times</p> <p>The impeachment of an American president is a tragedy, one that should not be made worse by a sham trial in the Senate. Americans of all parties need a complete and fair vetting of whether President Donald Trump abused his power, by pressuring Ukraine to produce political dirt on a rival, and obstructed Congress from investigating.<p>Updated: Fri Jan 17, 2020</p> 9c6cdb2d25634c84bd4200354d82f902 An NFL Owner's Final Victory for 01/16/2020 https://www.creators.com/read/daily-editorials/01/20/an-nfl-owners-final-victory-656ac Thu, 16 Jan 2020 00:00:00 -0800 <p>Father Bill McGuire was sitting in the upper level of the press box at Kezar Stadium watching his hometown team play the Chicago Bears.</p> <p>Things were not going well.</p> <p>The 49ers fumbled the opening kickoff, and the Bears swiftly scored. Less than two minutes into the game, the Niners were down 7-0.<p>Updated: Thu Jan 16, 2020</p> e5c331de9dafdf0e37b62a94dbda6740 President Claims To Champion Obamacare's Top Benefit While Trying To Kill It for 01/16/2020 https://www.creators.com/read/daily-editorials/01/20/president-claims-to-champion-obamacares-top-benefit-while-trying-to-kill-it Thu, 16 Jan 2020 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>With the blizzard of lies President Donald Trump regularly spouts, it's impractical to correct him every single time he distorts the truth. But two tweets Monday contained such an egregious string of whoppers on the crucial issue of health care, they simply cannot go unchallenged.</p> <p>Trump insisted that "I was the person who saved preexisting Conditions on your Healthcare." He added that Democrats have endangered insurance coverage of those conditions and that, if a lawsuit that the administration supports is successful in ending the Affordable Care Act, coverage of preexisting conditions will "become the best ever, by far."<p>Updated: Thu Jan 16, 2020</p> e341288d4f9c0a2008e199cf3a477ecd Iran Mimics U.S in Bid to Avoid Responsibility for Shooting Down Airliner for 01/15/2020 https://www.creators.com/read/daily-editorials/01/20/iran-mimics-us-in-bid-to-avoid-responsibility-for-shooting-down-airliner Wed, 15 Jan 2020 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>All 176 aboard a passenger plane were killed by an Iranian anti-aircraft missile Wednesday, hours after an Iranian retaliatory strike on an Iraqi base occupied by U.S. troops. The circumstances surrounding Iran's responsibility for this tragedy were hard to deny from the moment it happened, yet the Islamic Republic's military, diplomats and clergy-led government went overboard in their bid to lie and cast blame elsewhere.</p> <p>Although Tehran is solely responsible, this horrific tragedy is the result of two nations refusing to resolve their differences diplomatically during four decades of confrontation and, instead, opting for a course of escalation and brinkmanship. <span class="column--highlighted-text">Calmer heads now seem to be prevailing on both sides, but the time for leaders to exercise restraint is before tragedy strikes, not in sheepish remorse after the fact.</span><p>Updated: Wed Jan 15, 2020</p> cf7460d687cbf19545e2d13aba9b6b30 Trump Plans to Streamline Environmental Assessments for 01/15/2020 https://www.creators.com/read/daily-editorials/01/20/trump-plans-to-streamline-environmental-assessments Wed, 15 Jan 2020 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>President Barack Obama had a grand vision of fixing the country's infrastructure. Bureaucracy stood in his way.</p> <p>Obama hoped the $787 billion Reinvestment and Recovery Act would put Americans to work in record numbers as they embarked upon "shovel-ready" projects to fix roads, bridges, tunnels, runways, transmission lines and more. The paychecks and improved public assets would help the country recover more quickly from the recession he inherited in 2008.<p>Updated: Wed Jan 15, 2020</p> 24a80fb67ac4f264a5639d854cd53daa How Obama Enabled Iran's Deadly Regime for 01/14/2020 https://www.creators.com/read/daily-editorials/01/20/how-obama-enabled-irans-deadly-regime Tue, 14 Jan 2020 00:00:00 -0800 <p>As tensions with Iran escalate, former Obama administration officials and their media allies have been working to push the narrative that the leading state sponsor of terrorism was somehow under control as a result of the Iran nuclear deal. In this alternate universe, the relevant timeline for Iranian aggression against the United States that precipitated the killing of Qassem Soleimani starts in May 2018, when President Donald Trump pulled out of the deal and ignited a conflict between the two nations.</p> <p>This self-serving and distorted account of history not only ignores decades of hostile behavior by one of the world's leading rogue regimes but also years of aggressive and destabilizing actions by Iran over the course of the Obama presidency &#8212; before the nuclear deal was signed, during negotiations, and after it was implemented. Far from keeping Iran under control, Barack Obama's deal further enabled Iran's malicious behavior and made the Democratic Party and the news media complicit in downplaying its bad actions.</p> <p>A more appropriate Iranian timeline begins with the 1979 seizure of our embassy in Tehran and the detention of dozens of U.S. diplomats for more than a year. It continues in Lebanon, with Iran's April 1983 murder of 17 Americans at the U.S. Embassy in Beirut, and the October 1983 slaughter of 241 U.S. peacekeepers as they slept in their barracks. Iran's gripe with these public servants? They served a multisectarian cause that obstructed Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini's subjugation of the Lebanese people. Regrettably, in President Ronald Reagan's withdrawal of U.S. forces from Lebanon, Iran and al-Qaida found a rationale for new terrorism. In 1996, Iranian agents attacked a U.S. military barracks in Saudi Arabia, killing 19 Americans who had been working to maintain a no-fly zone against Iran's nemesis, Saddam Hussein.<p>Updated: Tue Jan 14, 2020</p> 5500862cc4edb2439fd2752430d45dcc Reforming Antiquated Medical-Coverage System Would Save Lives -- and Money for 01/14/2020 https://www.creators.com/read/daily-editorials/01/20/reforming-antiquated-medical-coverage-system-would-save-lives-and-money Tue, 14 Jan 2020 00:00:00 -0800 <p>Compared to other advanced countries, Americans pay something like $8,000 a year per household in unnecessarily inflated costs under the nation's antiquated health care system. In exchange for what amounts to an inefficiency tax, Americans get worse medical outcomes than much of the developed world.</p> <p>That recent assessment by two top economists should be central to the health care debate. The urgency of reform is about more than just sympathy for the uninsured.</p> <p>The stated purpose of the Affordable Care Act was to provide medical insurance coverage to the millions of Americans who couldn't afford it, either because they're poor but not poor enough to qualify for Medicaid, or because they have preexisting medical conditions that insurance companies refused to cover.<p>Updated: Tue Jan 14, 2020</p> cdddda5f51cad2a3f2de5d8cc0f01762 Middle East Strategy Needs Adjustment for 01/13/2020 https://www.creators.com/read/daily-editorials/01/20/middle-east-strategy-needs-adjustment Mon, 13 Jan 2020 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>America's Middle East strategy continues to resemble something a backyard quarterback draws up in the dirt.</p> <p>For three decades now, U.S. leaders have invaded and occupied, drawn "red lines" that go unenforced, launched air strikes, scolded murderers, entered and later abandoned nuclear accords, deserted allies of convenience and threatened further action via tweet.<p>Updated: Mon Jan 13, 2020</p> d961a74dfd36a7f94a1d9fefcaf7cb90 The Stakes of War Are Too High For Congress to Shirk Oversight Responsibility for 01/13/2020 https://www.creators.com/read/daily-editorials/01/20/the-stakes-of-war-are-too-high-for-congress-to-shirk-oversight-responsibility Mon, 13 Jan 2020 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>By thrusting the United States to the brink of war with Iran, President Donald Trump may have prodded congressional Republicans to the point where they are finally willing to push back. Trump has bullied them into compliance with his amorphous agenda and bizarre personal behavior. But when it comes to war, the stakes might be too high for Republican lawmakers to continue shirking their primary responsibility of providing oversight and checks on presidential power.</p> <p>Republican Sen. Mike Lee of Utah hopefully will be the catalyst for a new GOP movement to stop tolerating Trump's dangerous antics and finally start speaking out. What prompted him to take a stand was a closed-door briefing senators received on Wednesday on the so-called imminent threat that required the killing of a top Iranian general, Qassem Soleimani. <span class="column--highlighted-text">Lee described the 75-minute session as "probably the worst briefing I've seen at least on a military issue in the nine years" he's been a senator.</span><p>Updated: Mon Jan 13, 2020</p> 417f96ef9517ca6f8d0f14c7616624a2 Trump, Like Reagan, Exercises Peace-Through-Strength for 01/10/2020 https://www.creators.com/read/daily-editorials/01/20/trump-like-reagan-exercises-peace-through-strength Fri, 10 Jan 2020 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>Looking and sounding presidential, surrounded by the military's Joint Chiefs of Staff, President Donald Trump on Wednesday assured the world the United States will not allow Iran to develop a nuclear weapon. Not on his watch. Given events of the past week, it comes as a peace-through-strength message that instills more assurance than the capitulation of the Iranian-American nuclear deal of 2015.</p> <p>Iranian theocrats have never minced words in their visions for Israel. They hope to someday obliterate the country to serve their religious belief that Jews, like Christians, are infidels unloyal to Allah. A nuclear Iran means worldwide danger and chaos.<p>Updated: Fri Jan 10, 2020</p> aa7c8409b527543e0332c2de606ada48 Getting It Right in Iran for 01/10/2020 https://www.creators.com/read/daily-editorials/01/20/getting-it-right-in-iran Fri, 10 Jan 2020 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>President Donald Trump got it right in his response to a flurry of missiles fired by Iran into a American military base in Iraq in retaliation for the assassination of a leading Iranian official/terrorist.</p> <p>Rather than escalate the tit-for-tat violence by unleashing another round of missiles against Iranian targets, the president announced a tightening of economic sanctions against Iran.<p>Updated: Fri Jan 10, 2020</p> b09aaa6cc12c35bf4b00675f4c79a69a Fort Bragg Answers a 911 Call Again for 01/09/2020 https://www.creators.com/read/daily-editorials/01/20/fort-bragg-answers-a-911-call-again Thu, 09 Jan 2020 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>When the president calls 911, the phone rings at Fort Bragg. It is an expression some version of which we've all heard. We take pride in it and understandably so.</p> <p>But answering that call comes with grave responsibility, and potential danger and separation.<p>Updated: Thu Jan 09, 2020</p> 37c870213d4848cdd7b1704984e775be If Killing Obamacare Is a Good Idea, Why Does the GOP Want to Wait Until After the Election? for 01/09/2020 https://www.creators.com/read/daily-editorials/01/20/if-killing-obamacare-is-a-good-idea-why-does-the-gop-want-to-wait-until-after-the-election Thu, 09 Jan 2020 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>Republicans want to have it both ways regarding the Affordable Care Act: They want the courts to kill Obamacare &#8212; but not until after the 2020 general election so they can avoid voters' wrath as the reality sets in that millions of Americans have been thrown off their health care coverage.</p> <p>That's why a new push by a coalition of Democratic-led states to get the Supreme Court to settle the question before the election is so important. <span class="column--highlighted-text">If the GOP is right about the wisdom of eliminating the ACA, let their politicians defend the effects of that stance in campaigning before November.</span> But maneuvering to evade it as a campaign issue is the coward's way out.<p>Updated: Thu Jan 09, 2020</p> c76bc743b3f8afdf1c0eba44ba4c1d36 Tests For America's Democracy Lie Ahead in 2020 for 01/08/2020 https://www.creators.com/read/daily-editorials/01/20/tests-for-americas-democracy-lie-ahead-in-2020 Wed, 08 Jan 2020 00:00:00 -0800 <p>2020 is going to be a pivotal year for America.</p> <p>Can we afford to lose another year before we start to halt the quickening warming of the planet? To reverse the income inequality and crushing healthcare costs that hobble so many Americans? To end the proliferation of military-style weapons in civilian hands?</p> <p>And before any of these complex challenges can be reckoned with, we will face the fierce political combat of impeachment. Then a monumental presidential election. This is a year in which the antagonisms between pro-Trump and anti-Trump forces will rage at a fever pitch.<p>Updated: Wed Jan 08, 2020</p> 2a61feece1c90a63e9df0535f9b9d9c3 Trump Pushed the U.S. Closer to War. Congress Must Demand to Know His Plans for 01/08/2020 https://www.creators.com/read/daily-editorials/01/20/trump-pushed-the-us-closer-to-war-congress-must-demand-to-know-his-plans Wed, 08 Jan 2020 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>The consequences of President Donald Trump's abrupt decision to kill Iran's top general are already playing out in ways that only heighten the possibility of direct military conflict. Americans remain weary of war after the costly and exceedingly bloody eight-year war in Iraq that was launched on false premises. If Trump is leading the country into yet another war with a far more formidable adversary in Iran, he owes the American people a well-articulated explanation of his plans.</p> <p>This is no time for Trump to revert to his preferred tactic of winging it and trusting his gut instincts. Twitter is not the proper venue for Trump to notify Congress of his plans, despite his assertions to the contrary (via Twitter) over the weekend. <span class="column--highlighted-text">Congress has every right to consider curbing Trump's war-making authority unless he can demonstrate that he is using it properly.</span><p>Updated: Wed Jan 08, 2020</p> ed2dec57291fc26fdc3a0e55f764a033 The Scourge of Anti-Semitism for 01/07/2020 https://www.creators.com/read/daily-editorials/01/20/the-scourge-of-anti-semitism Tue, 07 Jan 2020 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>Throughout the 20th century, as Nazi Germany went about savagely exterminating its Jewish community, and as Israel's neighbors made continual war on the world's only Jewish-majority state, the United States stood out as a beacon of Jewish safety. In a world where Jews are under siege, from Jerusalem to Buenos Aires to Paris to London, the United States has been something of a second homeland; a place where Jews have thrived in safety and security.</p> <p>It's little wonder that the second largest Jewish population (behind Israel) is in the United States &#8212; and it's a tribute to America's status as a beacon of safety and hope. New York City, in particular, has emerged as a center of global Jewish life.<p>Updated: Tue Jan 07, 2020</p> ed1fa94a2fea805211fcdc71d9bd9c8d Court Ruling Sustains Obamacare, But Health Care of Millions Remains Threatened for 01/07/2020 https://www.creators.com/read/daily-editorials/01/20/court-ruling-sustains-obamacare-but-health-care-of-millions-remains-threatened Tue, 07 Jan 2020 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>A U.S. appeals court last month declined to invalidate the Affordable Care Act, which has already been wounded by a decade of Republican undermining. By keeping what's left of Obamacare alive, the court has granted a reprieve for the patients who rely on it.</p> <p>But make no mistake: Millions of Americans with preexisting medical conditions are still threatened by the GOP's continued campaign of destruction.<p>Updated: Tue Jan 07, 2020</p> 26abf81202245870bfa219c3dcd708a0 My 2020 New Year's Gift to the Democratic Party for 01/06/2020 https://www.creators.com/read/daily-editorials/01/20/my-2020-new-years-gift-to-the-democratic-party-4b0f9 Mon, 06 Jan 2020 00:00:00 -0800 <p>Here's my 2020 New Year's gift to the Democratic Party. This is a teachable moment. I'm going to teach Democrats how real Americans think.</p> <p>Democrats live in a bubble. They believe the lies, fraud and "fake news" spouted by Democratic politicians, CNN, MSNBC, PBS and the mainstream media. They are never exposed to anything else, so they have no idea what real Americans think.</p> <p>Look at the makeup of the Democratic Party. To me, "real Americans" are those born in the United States or those who came here legally who actually earn a living and pay into the system. These are the American voters who have earned the right to decide the direction of America. I call them the Silent Majority.<p>Updated: Mon Jan 06, 2020</p> 90a4790618d489d9069b6814246894fc Lifting the Ban on Federal Gun-Violence Research Is a Crucial Step Toward Addressing the Crisis for 01/06/2020 https://www.creators.com/read/daily-editorials/01/20/lifting-the-ban-on-federal-gun-violence-research-is-a-crucial-step-toward-addressing-the-crisis Mon, 06 Jan 2020 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>Tucked inside the $1.4 trillion bipartisan spending deal hammered out in Congress last month is $25 million for the studying the effects of gun violence in the U.S. While it may sound like common sense given America's gun-violence crisis, it's actually a breakthrough: the first time in more than 20 years that Congress has appropriated any spending at all for this crucial issue.</p> <p>Ending that outrageous ban on important knowledge about this deadly epidemic is something to celebrate. As Mark Rosenberg, formerly head of the Centers for Disease Control's National Center for Injury Prevention and Control, said recently: "It signals an end to the drought of knowledge about preventing this significant problem."<p>Updated: Mon Jan 06, 2020</p>