Jamie Stiehm from Creators Syndicate https://www.creators.com/read/jamie-stiehm Creators Syndicate is an international syndication company that represents cartoonists and columnists of the highest caliber. en Fri, 25 Jun 2021 01:00:16 -0700 https://www.creators.com/ http://blogs.law.harvard.edu/tech/rss Jamie Stiehm from Creators Syndicate https://cdn.creators.com/features/jamie-stiehm-thumb.jpg https://www.creators.com/read/jamie-stiehm 59d3030d7b3b6b06a8154323d6c672a6 A Vote on Voting Rights: A stress test for Democracy for 06/23/2021 https://www.creators.com/read/jamie-stiehm/06/21/a-vote-on-voting-rights-a-stress-test-for-democracy Wed, 23 Jun 2021 00:00:00 -0700 <p>Miraculously, the system worked for declaring Juneteenth a national holiday &#8212; all the way from the Capitol signing to the White House ceremony in a day. </p> <p>Never have I seen such joy burst into song at a press conference. The Congressional Black Caucus joined House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif. It felt as if centuries of slavery floated away down the river. </p> <p>A new day, if only for a passing moment. <p>Updated: Wed Jun 23, 2021</p> 19d1d4dd2189c885978730e5d6281cad Harris Needs To Warm Up Her Act for 06/16/2021 https://www.creators.com/read/jamie-stiehm/06/21/harris-needs-to-warm-up-her-act Wed, 16 Jun 2021 00:00:00 -0700 <p>WASHINGTON &#8212; She hasn't had a good moment yet. Brittle is the word, without a bit of President Joe Biden's bonhomie.</p> <p>I speak of Vice President Kamala Harris, who made history as the first Black person &#8212; and the first woman &#8212; ever to get the job. Her presidential campaign failed before the first contest in Iowa. Nearly five months in as Veep, and it's safe to say she's not winning new hearts and minds.</p> <p>An example: She marched in Washington's Pride parade, but only for about a block &#8212; just long enough to get her picture taken. Then she took off, likely up Massachusetts Avenue to her northwest mansion.<p>Updated: Wed Jun 16, 2021</p> 53299b4a3e06162c02691c1326de549d Manchin, Byrd and the Arc of Justice for 06/09/2021 https://www.creators.com/read/jamie-stiehm/06/21/manchin-byrd-and-the-arc-of-justice Wed, 09 Jun 2021 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>WASHINGTON &#8212; Much depends upon Sen. Joe Manchin III, the man stuck in the middle of a deeply divided 50-50 Senate. The West Virginia Democrat opposes the Voting Rights Act; he's the only one in his caucus to break ranks. </p> <p>Manchin faces a major arc of color bending toward justice. Tell him, please, this is one of those rare times history rhymes. <p>Updated: Wed Jun 09, 2021</p> 6fbe529a4a66811c5de6f5ab471f328d A Love Lost: The Senate and Me for 06/02/2021 https://www.creators.com/read/jamie-stiehm/06/21/a-love-lost-the-senate-and-me Wed, 02 Jun 2021 00:00:00 -0700 <p>WASHINGTON &#8212; I loved the Senate once &#8212; I thought for good &#8212; until midnight Friday. </p> <p>Hours later, Senate Republicans failed America by blocking a bipartisan commission to get at the truth of the Jan. 6 storming of the Capitol. </p> <p>The House already gave its blessing to a blueprint like the 9/11 Commission, with 35 Republican votes. <p>Updated: Wed Jun 02, 2021</p> ae42d6a91ff53705b1540c17cf26fe51 The Plagues of Democracy -- God Help Us for 05/26/2021 https://www.creators.com/read/jamie-stiehm/05/21/the-plagues-of-democracy-god-help-us Wed, 26 May 2021 00:00:00 -0700 <p>WASHINGTON &#8212; First, the plague shadowed the land. Then came the siege. Now locusts are swarming everywhere from the Capitol to the National Cathedral. </p> <p>Let us pray. Lord have mercy on us, living in biblical times. </p> <p>What's next, Exodus? <p>Updated: Wed May 26, 2021</p> e3b183633721ee708f2dccfa3b57c24e Happy 80th, Darlin' Bard Bob Dylan for 05/19/2021 https://www.creators.com/read/jamie-stiehm/05/21/happy-80th-darlin-bard-bob-dylan Wed, 19 May 2021 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>WASHINGTON &#8212; Bob Dylan made me break into silent tears once, in concert on Nov. 11, 2001. Two months from the Sept. 11 attacks, people were still shattered. </p> <p>The song was "Tangled up in Blue." Pitch-perfect for the moment in time, from the album "Blood on the Tracks." Try it sometime and you shall be released. <p>Updated: Wed May 19, 2021</p> 3260b39471ebe7237709fdef3bb73eda Daddy's Girl: Liz Cheney, Me and History for 05/12/2021 https://www.creators.com/read/jamie-stiehm/05/21/daddys-girl-liz-cheney-me-and-history Wed, 12 May 2021 00:00:00 -0700 <p>WASHINGTON &#8212; Daggers are out for Rep. Liz Cheney on Wednesday, when House Republicans will rid her of a leadership post. </p> <p>Sorry, Daddy's girl. No, really. We have a history. </p> <p>Evolution at work: A Cheney told the truth in public. <p>Updated: Wed May 12, 2021</p> cce39ff3c40bf9d06b659ac720243924 A Pleasant Surprise: The New Joe Biden for 05/05/2021 https://www.creators.com/read/jamie-stiehm/05/21/a-pleasant-surprise-the-new-joe-biden Wed, 05 May 2021 00:00:00 -0700 <p>WASHINGTON &#8212; Joe Biden is a different man. Transformed at 78, he speaks soberly to the times that try our souls. The glibness is gone. </p> <p>As the pandemic eases and the economy warms up, the president hits the right notes &#8212; concern and competence in a crisis presidency. </p> <p>"Uncle Joe" has none of former President Barack Obama's show-stopping eloquence. That's fine. <p>Updated: Wed May 05, 2021</p> d64ddcd9c2a4e9af1981d691aa0a3cf4 Washington in a 51st State of Mind (and It's in Its DNA) for 04/28/2021 https://www.creators.com/read/jamie-stiehm/04/21/washington-in-a-51st-state-of-mind-and-its-in-its-dna Wed, 28 Apr 2021 00:00:00 -0700 <p>WASHINGTON &#8212; It's a tale of two women and a city. Statehood for the District of Columbia is now on the march from House passage to the Senate, with President Joe Biden's support. </p> <p>Is this an idea whose time has come? House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., and Delegate Eleanor Holmes Norton, a Democrat representing Washington, D.C., advanced the bill together. It's dear to their hearts and history. </p> <p>"Thank you for your tremendous leadership," Pelosi said to Norton, who, as a young woman in the civil rights movement, marched with Martin Luther King Jr.<p>Updated: Wed Apr 28, 2021</p> c77e2ac191a4ac54f86ea03496ff6485 Floyd Trial's Truth: Notes From a Baltimore Jail for 04/21/2021 https://www.creators.com/read/jamie-stiehm/04/21/floyd-trials-truth-notes-from-a-baltimore-jail Wed, 21 Apr 2021 00:00:00 -0700 <p>The jury is in. They spoke swiftly and clearly: guilty on all counts. At the Capitol, Rep. Hakeem Jeffries, D-N.Y., said, "Justice was served in a modern-day lynching." He said he had high hopes for a police reform act named for George Floyd.</p> <p>Officer Derek Chauvin calmly put his knee on Floyd's neck for the world to see. He looked at his watch like he had all the time in the world as he took Floyd's breath away. </p> <p><span class="column--highlighted-text">The trial brings me back to a June night in Baltimore years ago, when I was home reading in my solarium. As midnight stretched into early morning, I found myself in the women's jail, a Dickensian pile of stones.</span> <p>Updated: Wed Apr 21, 2021</p> 0dbb228d03c0182eed540857032d456f Joe Manchin: Washington's Most Wanted Man for 04/14/2021 https://www.creators.com/read/jamie-stiehm/04/21/joe-manchin-washingtons-most-wanted-man Wed, 14 Apr 2021 00:00:00 -0700 <p>WASHINGTON &#8212; Everybody wants to know where Sen. Joe Manchin's hideaway is in the Capitol.</p> <p>The West Virginia Democrat has all eyes on his tall frame as he makes his way through the ornate halls for votes. </p> <p>President Joe Biden knows that this Joe could make or break his 50-50 hold on the Senate. A tie goes to the White House.<p>Updated: Wed Apr 14, 2021</p> 94cfaff110fc9899a3a99fbea38735a4 The Golden Gate Bridge for the Senate: Big Infrastructure and No Filibuster for 04/07/2021 https://www.creators.com/read/jamie-stiehm/04/21/the-golden-gate-bridge-for-the-senate-big-infrastructure-and-no-filibuster Wed, 07 Apr 2021 00:00:00 -0700 <p>Chief among words America will soon hear, over and over, are inside baseball in the Senate: "infrastructure" and "filibuster." </p> <p>The debate on President Joe Biden's American Jobs Plan for infrastructure takes up where Franklin D. Roosevelt's public works programs left off. When Biden was born, Roosevelt was the president. </p> <p><span class="column--highlighted-text">A common touch is a refreshing tonic. </span><p>Updated: Wed Apr 07, 2021</p> 14c26ee04b0268740342335d5eac62b7 An Alarming Proposal: Disarm All the Men for 03/31/2021 https://www.creators.com/read/jamie-stiehm/03/21/an-alarming-proposal-disarm-all-the-men Wed, 31 Mar 2021 00:00:00 -0700 <p>WASHINGTON &#8212; "The only people who should have guns are women."</p> <p>Yes, you read right. I heard my mother's voice clear as a lark from California. Daybreak there, 10 a.m. here. </p> <p>Sorry, guys, you've lost your gun privileges until further notice. <p>Updated: Wed Mar 31, 2021</p> 700bcdc1562c175ae7348adb37a9cafd Democrats Seize the Spring and March With More Spirit for 03/24/2021 https://www.creators.com/read/jamie-stiehm/03/21/democrats-seize-the-spring-and-march-with-more-spirit Wed, 24 Mar 2021 00:00:00 -0700 <p>WASHINGTON &#8212; Under the spring sun, something stirs. After a withering four-year winter, Democrats are dancing with the daffodils. </p> <p>Days are longer and hearts are lighter on Pennsylvania Avenue, from the White House to the Capitol. </p> <p><span class="column--highlighted-text">Now in power, Democrats are getting radicalized, in a good way.</span> The nearly $2 trillion COVID-19 and stimulus bill, signed by President Joe Biden, was larger and more liberal than some dared hope. Now Biden has a $3 trillion infrastructure package in the works. <p>Updated: Wed Mar 24, 2021</p> 2824d8559f32abfda249b4ec78b21c54 A Year in the Dark City for 03/17/2021 https://www.creators.com/read/jamie-stiehm/03/21/a-year-in-the-dark-city Wed, 17 Mar 2021 00:00:00 -0700 <p>What did you miss the most?</p> <p>The pandemic descended on Washington on March 15, 2020, giving new meaning to, "Beware the ides."</p> <p>Like they were cut in glass, I remember a bar mitzvah on March 14, with subdued dancing. A dinner for five at Sababa, mirth covering dread of what was coming.<p>Updated: Wed Mar 17, 2021</p> c61909bdde7b5cbeb27adeeff43ac55c Meghan and Harry: Royally Breaking the Rules for 03/10/2021 https://www.creators.com/read/jamie-stiehm/03/21/meghan-and-harry-royally-breaking-the-rules Wed, 10 Mar 2021 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>WASHINGTON &#8212; An American woman in a British family &#8212; not a recipe for felicity. Take it from Meghan and me. </p> <p>Watching the riveting Oprah Winfrey interview with Meghan and Harry, the Duchess and Duke of Sussex, I felt memory stir deep. They opened doors behind the scenes of an enchanted life in the palace, a place she felt miserable and alone, even suicidal. A bright flower with no water or sun. <p>Updated: Wed Mar 10, 2021</p> 84680c90b581d7e0f5f02c021e389c0c Don't Fence the Capitol In or Out for 03/03/2021 https://www.creators.com/read/jamie-stiehm/03/21/dont-fence-the-capitol-in-or-out Wed, 03 Mar 2021 00:00:00 -0800 <p>WASHINGTON &#8212; Two women are deciding paths of our destiny, the acting Capitol police chief and the Senate parliamentarian. You and I &#8212; and the lamppost &#8212; don't know them. </p> <p>One unknown gave us something deeply wrong; the other took away something deeply right. Strange for strangers to have such untold, unelected power in a democracy, while we pick up pieces from shambles. </p> <p>Happy Women's History Month, everybody. <p>Updated: Wed Mar 03, 2021</p> 6e65ee81edaaebfba3677b10b5a2f970 Biden Knows His Task: To Repair Broken Parts and Hearts for 02/24/2021 https://www.creators.com/read/jamie-stiehm/02/21/biden-knows-his-task-to-repair-broken-parts-and-hearts Wed, 24 Feb 2021 00:00:00 -0800 <p>WASHINGTON &#8212; Picture America as a big house in Texas.</p> <p>The place seems wrecked, along with the people in it. They are stranded without power, light, water &#8212; after a gale force.</p> <p>They fear it's beyond repair and are losing faith in the future. The parents wonder how they're going to pay their bills with lost jobs. The children want to go to school and see friends they miss. <p>Updated: Wed Feb 24, 2021</p> ebd8973f28f00de402c59e0b36239d68 Painting Parallels of Presidents' Civil Wars for 02/17/2021 https://www.creators.com/read/jamie-stiehm/02/21/painting-parallels-of-presidents-civil-wars Wed, 17 Feb 2021 00:00:00 -0800 <p>WASHINGTON &#8212; Some Presidents Day: icy with a bitter blow in the wind. </p> <p>I'm telling myself the impeachment trial vote on former President Donald Trump was a moral victory. The Senate tally was 57 guilty, 43 not guilty. Seven Republicans joined 50 Democrats for a 14-vote margin. That's a rebuke for the Jan. 6 deadly riot he caused at the Capitol. </p> <p>Yet it came up short of conviction, which requires 67 votes, two-thirds of the body. The House managers, full of vim and vigor, could not have moved one more sullen Republican senator. <p>Updated: Wed Feb 17, 2021</p> 4350201fec77ce595415e3789f33ed21 The Capitol Trial on the President's Riot for 02/10/2021 https://www.creators.com/read/jamie-stiehm/02/21/the-capitol-trial-on-the-presidents-riot Wed, 10 Feb 2021 00:00:00 -0800 <p>The second impeachment trial of former President Donald John Trump opened Tuesday afternoon. It's the Super Bowl of all impeachments, with a single charge: The president incited an insurrection against Congress to overturn the 2020 election. Nothing like it has ever happened in our American story. </p> <p>The House managers made an earthshaking case yesterday on the Jan. 6 Capitol riot.</p> <p>So, I have news for other journalists. <p>Updated: Wed Feb 10, 2021</p>