Froma Harrop from Creators Syndicate Creators Syndicate is an international syndication company that represents cartoonists and columnists of the highest caliber. en Wed, 22 Nov 2017 03:03:11 -0800 Froma Harrop from Creators Syndicate d0eaa1da4046495cb1f66e0cbc35cbd3 Must We 'Believe' Juanita Broaddrick? No. for 11/21/2017 Tue, 21 Nov 2017 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>Whenever charges of sexual misconduct shoot through the air, an arrow or three hit Bill Clinton. That's inevitable, given his history of philandering capped by the notorious Oval Office tryst with Monica Lewinsky.</p> <p>What was not inevitable, but surprising, is the crush of liberals swallowing whole a fishy story that Clinton raped a woman.<p>Updated: Tue Nov 21, 2017</p> 96588e322d2937cd3c5efe6ec9594f40 Go Ahead, Republicans. Investigate Hillary. Again. for 11/16/2017 Thu, 16 Nov 2017 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>Whenever the legal walls start closing in on Donald Trump, the president releases a bad rabbit on the political field, a creature invisible to all but the haters of Hillary Clinton. The most recent example is his attorney general's call to "evaluate certain issues" regarding the sale of a majority stake in Uranium One and the Clinton Foundation.</p> <p>Yes, that again. There was absolutely zero wrong with or troubling about the Uranium One transaction. Even Fox News viewers who heard Shep Smith dismiss the wild charges as nonsense know that.<p>Updated: Thu Nov 16, 2017</p> 83f8440ae924bb5136e4e1fa425db681 Oil Has a Price. Wildlife? Priceless for 11/14/2017 Tue, 14 Nov 2017 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>The Bible tells how Esau sold his birthright for a "mess of pottage." It is a lesson on the foolishness of choosing immediate gratification over something of far more value but in the future. Esau, in sum, traded his right to be recognized as the firstborn son &#8212; with all the advantages his society attached to that status &#8212; for a bowl of lentil stew.</p> <p>A mess of pottage is being cooked up again in the form of renewed efforts to open the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge to oil and gas drilling. The hunger temporarily sated would be for $1 billion &#8212; the proceeds from selling drilling rights &#8212; to help pay for a buffet of tax cuts over 10 years.<p>Updated: Tue Nov 14, 2017</p> f9e0c0d301166a4361e6fa5c849a9538 Democrats, Though Not All, Learn How to Win Elections for 11/09/2017 Thu, 09 Nov 2017 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>We hear that Democrat Ralph Northam's decisive win in the race for Virginia governor was extra extraordinary in that he was a weak candidate. Voters, the story goes, seriously rejected Trumpian politics, an especially nasty brew that Republican Ed Gillespie had channeled in end-of-race desperation.</p> <p>Has anyone considered the possibility that Northam ran a smart campaign? A 9-point win is not a squeak-through. Furthermore, the notion that Trumpism without Trump is not a powerful strategy greatly overestimates Trumpism with Trump.<p>Updated: Thu Nov 09, 2017</p> f09cfb3d085d6adf2a41829a1ae29e9b From Real Estate to the Presidency and Back for 11/07/2017 Tue, 07 Nov 2017 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>In Hawaii, "aloha" also means "goodbye." President Trump could not have missed the less-than-enthusiastic greeting during his brief touchdown in the U.S. state where &#8212; facts are facts &#8212; Barack Obama was born. Demonstrators there seemed to be following a new pattern among Trump foes, replacing raw anger with mockery. His fans, meanwhile, were greatly outnumbered.</p> <p>Daughter Ivanka, once a media star in Japan, just gave a speech in Tokyo to a half-empty hall. Ushers pushed attendees toward the front to give the appearance of a crowd.<p>Updated: Tue Nov 07, 2017</p> 6c93530ce0464cb7bea0e45d9db7363d College Football Haves, Have-Nots and Dropouts for 10/31/2017 Tue, 31 Oct 2017 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>The University of Alabama's football coach ruffled surprisingly few feathers up north when he dismissively contrasted the game played by the University of Rhode Island with his school's.</p> <p>"When they play games &#8212; you know, I think up there when Rhode Island plays whoever they play &#8212; they have a picnic after the game," Nick Saban, coach for the legendary Crimson Tide, said. "That doesn't happen around here. We got 100,000 people. We got an SEC championship game. We're trying to get into the playoffs. But we all have the same rules."<p>Updated: Tue Oct 31, 2017</p> 3246ce7d5e6e9c7cbfcafecee432e72f Trump Economy Fails to Wow Many Investors for 10/26/2017 Thu, 26 Oct 2017 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>A rich guy I know really, really dislikes Donald Trump. A member of the 1 percent, Jack (not his real name) thinks the president has sullied the country's reputation and put democracy in danger. But I had to ask him this: "Aren't you at least happy with the stock market?" He's done quite well on that score, as have many investors.</p> <p>"Yes," he said, "happy in the short term, but as a long-term investor, neither happy nor optimistic."<p>Updated: Thu Oct 26, 2017</p> f6ad9598d2839b486058965361da113c The Charges Against Weinstein and O'Reilly Need Sorting for 10/24/2017 Tue, 24 Oct 2017 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>It would take a really big jerk to steal the sexual predator headlines from Harvey Weinstein. Defrocked Fox News personality Bill O'Reilly apparently has what it takes.</p> <p>It was reported over the weekend that O'Reilly reached a $32 million settlement earlier this year with former Fox News analyst Lis Wiehl. She alleged that he had forced her into a sexual relationship. That's $32 million! Hollywood producer Weinstein's payouts to his accusers generally fell into the more modest $80,000 to $150,000 range.<p>Updated: Tue Oct 24, 2017</p> 646a90c790a9d95a687c16fbbba9a6b8 Trump Makes Mess of Trade, US Economy Beware for 10/19/2017 Thu, 19 Oct 2017 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>America's closest neighbors, Mexico and Canada, rank high on Donald Trump's to-do list of allies to offend. The North American Free Trade Agreement, the president insists, is "the worst deal ever." Actually, it's been a mostly good deal for all three partners. But even if the U.S. stays in it, Trump's crazy-man act has already done the dirty deed, damaging America's ability to compete globally.</p> <p>True to style, Trump started talks by bellowing invective against the negotiating partners. He repeatedly demanded an insulting wall with Mexico and turned the usual trade skirmishes with Canada into World War II-and-a-half.<p>Updated: Thu Oct 19, 2017</p> fe330b717447f2a9e0a4ebe48b78ff32 Trump's Long History of Holding Health Care Hostage for 10/17/2017 Tue, 17 Oct 2017 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>The story of Donald Trump and health coverage rightly starts with the story of Donald Trump and William Trump.</p> <p>William was born in 1999, fighting for his life. He suffered seizures, and his breathing stopped twice. William's medical bills were enormous. That's when Donald tried to remove the infant from the Trump family health plan.<p>Updated: Tue Oct 17, 2017</p> 8f5286e7701b670d6841c89a5721851e Will You Wed Work Till Death Do You Part? for 10/12/2017 Thu, 12 Oct 2017 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p><span class="column--highlighted-text">Many Americans now face retirement, hearts full of dreams, bank accounts full of nothing. For them, those Wall Street ads showing silver-haired couples sailing warm blue seas may seem aspirations beyond their grasp. Instead, they may find themselves the 72-year-old hired to drive the platinum couple from the airport to the docks.</span></p> <p>Some 45 percent of Americans have zero saved for retirement, according to the National Institute on Retirement Security. Why would that be?<p>Updated: Thu Oct 12, 2017</p> 97186506ae6e1aa5e155d83e93ded522 A Nobel Prize for Cosmetic Science? for 10/10/2017 Tue, 10 Oct 2017 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>Warning: What follows here is of no national consequence whatsoever.</p> <p>I don't know whether I should take this personally or it's a function of my age, but whenever I walk the aisles of a high-end department store, arms shoot out of the shadows offering samples of beauty serums.<p>Updated: Tue Oct 10, 2017</p> 187b59783b005271b4d7a8650757cc61 America Creates Industry to Clean Up Massacres for 10/05/2017 Thu, 05 Oct 2017 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>America woke up Monday to news of the biggest mass shooting in modern U.S. history. As of last count, 59 dead, hundreds wounded.</p> <p>And you know what jumped into my head? Oh, another one. Took place in Las Vegas? Uh-huh. Horrifying? Yes. Shocking? No.<p>Updated: Thu Oct 05, 2017</p> f8cc248af685f55eccbdad00b3233125 Taxing Dollars Already Taxed by States Will Not Happen for 10/03/2017 Tue, 03 Oct 2017 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>Nice try, Republicans. You'd like to end the federal deduction for state and local taxes. That would stick the expensive-to-live-in blue states with more of the nation's bills. It would amount to taxing income that has already gone to taxes. Not gonna happen.</p> <p>Not gonna happen because of politics. But let's not ignore your honking hypocrisy. You talk a big game on federalism &#8212; the belief that power should flow from Washington to the states &#8212; and then propose making it harder for state and local governments to raise revenues for schools, roads, police, health care and myriad other services they provide.<p>Updated: Tue Oct 03, 2017</p> 83bcbed85dfb91cbc788f9e578544753 Single-Payer Health Care Should Not Be a Religion for 09/28/2017 Thu, 28 Sep 2017 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>The latest Republican push to essentially kill the Affordable Care Act through lawmaking is dead. Setting a time bomb to blow up current Obamacare benefits in 2027 would have been sneaky, sneaky.</p> <p>Where were Democrats in all this? They were mostly on the sidelines letting Graham-Cassidy head for oblivion on its own outrageous terms. That was the politically wise place to be.<p>Updated: Thu Sep 28, 2017</p> 54b278235e93fbab7eebcdb81f9363bf Not Saving Is the American Way for 09/26/2017 Tue, 26 Sep 2017 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>Smart people living in harm's way of hurricanes know to fortify their homes before the storm hits. In a similar vein, the prudent will shore up their financial position before the next recession bears down &#8212; and one surely will. We're all in harm's way of an economic downturn.</p> <p>How prepared are Americans to weather a financial crisis? The answer is that most are not, to a shocking extent.<p>Updated: Tue Sep 26, 2017</p> cd431587d4bda16b0b058665bfc3593a Trump Could Confuse Our Way Back Into Climate Deal for 09/21/2017 Thu, 21 Sep 2017 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>Will President Trump bring the country back into the Paris climate agreement? The bets are on, and this bet says he will.</p> <p>The past few days have produced clashing reports that he may or may not come around. Confusion is how Trump gets turnarounds past the base.<p>Updated: Thu Sep 21, 2017</p> d24a81c2e017d9789a777ecb33f1908e Colleges Come to Their Senses the Hard Way for 09/19/2017 Tue, 19 Sep 2017 00:00:00 -0700 <p>Harvard University came under justified attack when it named Chelsea Manning a visiting fellow. Critics asked how Harvard could honor a former U.S. Army private convicted of leaking 750,000 classified or sensitive documents.</p> <p>The university rescinded the invitation, and Manning hit back, tweeting, "Honored to be 1st disinvited trans woman visiting Harvard fellow." That went far in answering the "how could Harvard" question.</p> <p>Chelsea Manning, born Bradley Manning, was sentenced to 35 years in prison for espionage. President Obama commuted her sentence after she had served seven. Manning went on to cultivate her celebrity, gracing glossy magazines as a stylish woman.<p>Updated: Tue Sep 19, 2017</p> 80c0ed4a446e39cc982abcae75b49549 Elite Cities Should Share the Wealth (and Crowding) With Others for 09/14/2017 Thu, 14 Sep 2017 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>As Seattle ascended into the club of superstar American cities, its housing became expensive and its streets congested. That's the price of success. These factors helped prompt to announce plans to build a second headquarters somewhere else in North America.</p> <p>This move could herald a neat solution for cities seeking choice jobs and for those burdened by crowding and astronomical rents. In this vast continent of ours, it's crazy to shoehorn so much ambition, innovation and technical prowess into New York, San Francisco and a handful of other coastal cities.<p>Updated: Thu Sep 14, 2017</p> 7d156daed358a4e3eae58d7954813ad6 Chuck, Nancy and Donald: The Part That Mattered for 09/12/2017 Tue, 12 Sep 2017 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>Donald Trump's deal with "Chuck and Nancy" has rained new angst on his party (the Republican Party). It extended the debt ceiling for three months and provided hurricane relief.</p> <p>"Republicans, sorry, but I've been hearing about Repeal & Replace for 7 years, didn't happen!" Trump tweeted, the subject being the Affordable Care Act. To rub it in &#8212; or perhaps to get something done &#8212; he turned to Democrats, Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, for action on other issues.<p>Updated: Tue Sep 12, 2017</p>