Froma Harrop from Creators Syndicate Creators Syndicate is an international syndication company that represents cartoonists and columnists of the highest caliber. en Fri, 20 Apr 2018 05:00:40 -0700 Froma Harrop from Creators Syndicate 2af3b68f81b6ed1f71d07d161649cd4f Imagine a 2020 Street Fight Between Cuomo and Trump for 04/19/2018 Thu, 19 Apr 2018 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>Democrats scouring their ranks for a 2020 presidential candidate should put Andrew Cuomo high on their list. The New York governor is already on the case, giving speeches tailored for the Iowa caucuses.</p> <p>Assuming Donald Trump wins the Republican nomination for a second term, Cuomo would be an especially strong combatant. Five reasons:<p>Updated: Thu Apr 19, 2018</p> fa06492e255c4b88beceaeb1548bbda0 Social Media Spreads Fake Bodies, as Well as Fake News for 04/17/2018 Tue, 17 Apr 2018 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>Phony "news" stories aren't the only toxic content being spread on social media these days. Bad people are pitching digitally touched-up rear ends and modified thighs as real, dismaying teens and young women unable to attain what's being sold as perfection.</p> <p>Public anger at the ills unleashed by social media currently burns hottest on Facebook &#8212; namely, its profiting off political lies posted by masked operatives. Many also blame Facebook for stoking the modern hell of FOMO &#8212; fear of missing out. <span class="column--highlighted-text">We speak of the feelings of inadequacy fanned by friends' jolly vacation and party posts, presentations that make many think everyone is having a better time than they are.</span><p>Updated: Tue Apr 17, 2018</p> 23b3162d514eb0b74ba829a63d8cee37 Facebook Clearly Won't Fix Itself for 04/12/2018 Thu, 12 Apr 2018 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>Mark Zuckerberg in 2006: "We really messed this one up. ... We did a bad job of explaining what the new features were and an even worse job of giving you control of them."</p> <p>Zuckerberg in 2010: "Sometimes we move too fast. ... We will add privacy controls that are much simpler to use."<p>Updated: Thu Apr 12, 2018</p> bf9bf91fcec510935f3c9d96f94daddf Trump Didn't Lie to Farmers for 04/10/2018 Tue, 10 Apr 2018 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>Farmers keep asking why Donald Trump is hurting them on trade when they helped elect him. The better question is: Why did they help elect him?</p> <p>Candidate Trump promised a trade war, and he delivered. No hidden agenda here.<p>Updated: Tue Apr 10, 2018</p> d7f74ebff6fcbae1c53e832eabeb337a Nature's Great Bird Migration Under Threat by You-Know-Who for 04/05/2018 Thu, 05 Apr 2018 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>You could call it the Nebraska bird eclipse. At the first dart of morning light, so many sandhill cranes take off from the banks along the Platte River they darken the sky. This primeval spectacle, part of a massive spring migration from South America to the northern reaches, draws viewers from around the world.</p> <p>For a century &#8212; through depression, world war and countless other national crises &#8212; American presidents, Republican and Democrat alike, have honored laws ensuring the survival of these migrating species.<p>Updated: Thu Apr 05, 2018</p> c1b8cb77e8341a0ba7d1b90945ef248e Boycott Ingraham's Advertisers? What About All of Fox News? for 04/03/2018 Tue, 03 Apr 2018 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>For Laura Ingraham, the decline came well before the fall. The Parkland teens' success in pressuring advertisers to flee her Fox News Channel show could cut her career down to tweet size. Ingraham made the mistake of mocking student leader David Hogg's reaction to being turned down by several colleges.</p> <p>Ingraham is great at dishing invective, less so at taking it. Often the case with bullies, the minute someone fights back in an effective way, they get scared. Now on "vacation" from the show, Ingraham has been on her belly begging forgiveness. The fall has begun.<p>Updated: Tue Apr 03, 2018</p> b1902ec3e9bb1c2136c4aea0e739f4a0 The Fashion of Silicon Knavery for 03/29/2018 Thu, 29 Mar 2018 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>How did it come to this? How was Mark Zuckerberg able to prance the globe vacuuming up the ad revenues that rightly belonged to the news organizations providing his content? How did he not notice the unauthorized use of Facebook subscribers' data by the Trump campaign? And how did he get away with making billions off the undermining of democracy while playing the carefree adolescent in a T-shirt?</p> <p>The first two questions are now under investigation. The last one, the role of techie fashion in advancing confidence games, is today's subject. Let's take a look at accused Silicon scamster Elizabeth Holmes.<p>Updated: Thu Mar 29, 2018</p> 25a3878375baf89bfa85650088992a5a Democrats' Votes Come From the Center for 03/27/2018 Tue, 27 Mar 2018 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>Recent elections give the lie to the notion that America wants fiery liberal activists to run the country &#8212; an idea put forth mainly by fiery liberal activists. It turns out that even Democrats don't necessarily want them.</p> <p>Consider a recent House primary race in Illinois. If there is any Democrat a liberal might want to see the last of, it's Chicago-area Rep. Dan Lipinski. Lipinski voted against the Affordable Care Act because of the mandate requiring employers to cover birth control. (Let the record show that he's since opposed Republican efforts to kill Obamacare.)<p>Updated: Tue Mar 27, 2018</p> debe6d1f2927ad927ebdcfe4c89e3f65 Students, Don't Let the Gun Lobby Wear You Down for 03/22/2018 Thu, 22 Mar 2018 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>Only three students were shot at an American school Tuesday. Two of them were hospitalized, and only the 17-year-old gunman died. This made the attack at a southern Maryland high school a fleeting news item. The Austin, Texas, bombings edged it out.</p> <p>The 1999 massacre at Columbine High School in Colorado opened a new horrifying chapter in U.S. gun violence. The nation stood transfixed for months. But a subsequent parade of mass shootings has worn down the shock over carnage on school property.<p>Updated: Thu Mar 22, 2018</p> 64acbd6cde399cd91856bffede141437 Capital Idea: Seize the Oligarchs' Manhattan Penthouses for 03/20/2018 Tue, 20 Mar 2018 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>The poisoning of a Russian ex-spy in the English countryside has roused Britons to two truths: Vladimir Putin regards their country as an easy mark, but it's also an extremely pleasant place for his oligarchs to live. Americans, take note.</p> <p>Finally, finally, there's talk of hitting back at Putin where his filthy-rich cronies hurt &#8212; their mansions, Bentleys and other baubles of the posh life in Britain. A study released by Deutsche Bank in 2015 says that Russians were a major source of the $129 billion that had made its way into Britain through secret offshore dealings the previous nine years.<p>Updated: Tue Mar 20, 2018</p> 7d22f04b7353e95949ca0680c710de64 What Computers Know About Us and Think They Know for 03/15/2018 Thu, 15 Mar 2018 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>The electric company sends me colorful reports on my monthly energy habits. A recent one rated me "above average" in electricity use compared with my supposedly more extravagant neighbors. I'm usually "average."</p> <p>I would have basked in such praise were it not for this pertinent fact: I wasn't home that month.<p>Updated: Thu Mar 15, 2018</p> e5d796c3973b955ed78908aa31c1fabc Report From the Chemo Infusion Room for 03/13/2018 Tue, 13 Mar 2018 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>I write you from the infusion room at a community hospital. I'm here not as a patient but as a driver and companion of an elderly friend being treated for cancer. Right now, he's attached to a chemo bag and snoozing. Let me share some observations.</p> <p>First off, this is not the depressing scene many imagine it to be. Some patients here won't last long, but others will live many years. Medical advances have turned many cancers into merely chronic illnesses that need to be watched and treated when they flare.<p>Updated: Tue Mar 13, 2018</p> 291c3528d8d9fc75860efeb4e718b444 When Only a Human Will Do for 03/08/2018 Thu, 08 Mar 2018 00:00:00 -0800 <p>As computers continue to replace cashiers, ticket vendors and bank tellers, consumers increasingly don't notice or care much whether they are dealing with a human or a machine. The big exception is when they do.</p> <p>Consumers often prefer the convenience of interacting with computers. A checkout employee who doesn't know the price of Gala apples adds grit to the smooth functioning of an over-scheduled day.</p> <p>But when things go wrong at the self-checkout, they can go very wrong. Suppose it freezes halfway through the purchase of 15 items. Hardly life-threatening, but that speed bump could cost five or 10 minutes &#8212; more if a human isn't nearby to right the ship.<p>Updated: Thu Mar 08, 2018</p> 3b86abce42cb80b3ec668367e182b352 Stormy Daniels Knows How to Deal for 03/06/2018 Tue, 06 Mar 2018 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p></p><p>Porn star Stormy Daniels does not come from any mainstream school of feminism. When a powerful man presses her to have sex, she does not charge harassment. She charges money.<p>Updated: Tue Mar 06, 2018</p> 786db8dafaa8b80031f87312b43f0a0a Are We Losing Mexico? And Canada? for 03/01/2018 Thu, 01 Mar 2018 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>The United States under President Trump has been retreating from leadership roles in Asia and Europe. Closer to home, his hot rhetoric about trade with Mexico and Canada is propelling our neighbors to start pulling away.</p> <p>Two truths here: One is that the benefits of the North American Free Trade Agreement &#8212; a three-country deal &#8212; have flowed in all directions. The other is that <span class="column--highlighted-text">Mexico doesn't need us as much as it did. And the same may be said of Canada.</span><p>Updated: Thu Mar 01, 2018</p> 48de40c9360c625050d3ad766885f978 Middle America Must Lead on Guns for 02/27/2018 Tue, 27 Feb 2018 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>America desperately needed a new kind of citizen leader to force political change. She found it in the students, parents and teachers scarred by the massacre at a Parkland, Florida, high school. Watch how effective they've been at making the case for tighter gun laws. Watch how they've alarmed politicians under NRA control.</p> <p>Their power stems from their middle-class, tax-paying decorum. Many of these adults no doubt voted for Donald Trump, Gov. Rick Scott and/or Sen. Marco Rubio &#8212; all of whom oppose a broad ban on military-style weapons for civilians. These grieving parents have touched Middle America in a highly personal way.<p>Updated: Tue Feb 27, 2018</p> 77c542161d531c0536624d49071da599 In Facing Russia, We Don't Even Have a Neville Chamberlain for 02/22/2018 Thu, 22 Feb 2018 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>"Darkest Hour" follows Winston Churchill's struggle to rouse Britain to confront the Nazi menace. Winning the war was step two. Step one, the movie's theme, was to get the country to agree to wage war.</p> <p>And he did no buttering. "I have nothing to offer," Churchill famously told his nation, "but blood, toil, tears and sweat." And that's what it got as the price for saving civilization.<p>Updated: Thu Feb 22, 2018</p> e7aeabfa9913aae8fd8dec8b340c1ba4 In November, Democrats Need to Be the Third Party for 02/20/2018 Tue, 20 Feb 2018 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>Widespread displeasure with Donald Trump and his party bodes well for Democrats in November. They have a good chance of retaking the House and a decent one of winning a Senate majority. But to get there, they must be smart. And being smart includes attracting Republicans repelled by Trump.</p> <p>There's not going to be a third party any time soon, as much as many centrists crave one. But Democrats can serve as a haven for independents and appalled Republicans wanting options other than the moral wreckage that's become the GOP. At least in 2018.<p>Updated: Tue Feb 20, 2018</p> fb26472f1fc004c97ed9273524237892 Trump Turns Farmers Into a Sacrifice for 02/15/2018 Thu, 15 Feb 2018 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>Our generally strong economy has yet to cast its blessings on American farm country. Incomes there are headed for their lowest level since 2006. And farmers are going deep into debt to keep their heads above water.</p> <p>President Trump's budget blueprint would only make things worse for U.S. agriculture. Trump's hostility to trade deals has already inflicted damage on an economic sector highly dependent on exports. And that's on top of his deficit-exploding tax bill and cranked-up federal spending, sure to make borrowing still more expensive.<p>Updated: Thu Feb 15, 2018</p> d720eb48c979c04f81d13153fd013cfb Drop the Shock. Just Get These Creeps Out of Office for 02/13/2018 Tue, 13 Feb 2018 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>There were actually two shocking things about the Rob Porter story. The obvious one was that President Trump kept a man known to have physically attacked both ex-wives and a former girlfriend as his staff secretary. The other was that Hope Hicks, occupying the high-ranking job of Trump's communications director, thought it OK to become romantically involved with Porter.</p> <p>The FBI would not grant Porter a full security clearance. Outside Trump world, that would have disqualified him from having access to sensitive documents reaching the president's desk. Some argue that Porter's past left him vulnerable to blackmail. <span class="column--highlighted-text">A simpler worry is that a psychologically screwed-up individual was serving as a right hand to a mentally unstable president.</span><p>Updated: Tue Feb 13, 2018</p>