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, 21 Sep 2018 13:30:08 -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 23f9ae6ea1498146a4c1f942ee7f75e0 Shakespeare on Trump: A Tale Full of Sound and Fury for 09/19/2018 https://www.creators.com/read/jamie-stiehm/09/18/shakespeare-on-trump-a-tale-full-of-sound-and-fury Wed, 19 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>WASHINGTON &#8212; Thunder, lightning and rain lash us. The White House flies in the eye of the "Scottish play," whose name theater people will not utter. And Donald Trump, the president, in an earlier life served as the original model for "Macbeth," the Bard's greatest tragedy. </p> <p>That was Abraham Lincoln's favorite play. He knew it by heart. Oh, to hear Lincoln recite Macbeth's famous line about life: "a tale told by an idiot, full of sound and fury, signifying nothing." <p>Updated: Wed Sep 19, 2018</p> 7ff56344718cbc1fa8a5bb4cb0b70b1c Life in Short: a Bar Mitzvah, a Wedding and a Funeral for 09/12/2018 https://www.creators.com/read/jamie-stiehm/09/18/life-in-short-a-bar-mitzvah-a-wedding-and-a-funeral Wed, 12 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>WASHINGTON &#8212; Oh, to go to a bar mitzvah, a wedding and a family friend's funeral. All in the first seven days of September. </p> <p>A mad dash through life. Yet it was more &#8212; a journey from the ancient to the avant-garde. <p>Updated: Wed Sep 12, 2018</p> 63a72f16728b8250561059e50c4c7102 McCain's Greatest Gift to Obama for 09/05/2018 https://www.creators.com/read/jamie-stiehm/09/18/mccains-greatest-gift-to-obama Wed, 05 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>WASHINGTON &#8212; He spoke more eloquently in death than in life. </p> <p>With a grand farewell, the presidential stars in the sky suddenly shifted. As if he planned it.<p>Updated: Wed Sep 05, 2018</p> 518d3356443c176bbec222cd1ce956cb August Farewells to McCain -- and Another Great, Too for 08/29/2018 https://www.creators.com/read/jamie-stiehm/08/18/august-farewells-to-mccain-and-another-great-too Wed, 29 Aug 2018 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>WASHINGTON &#8212; I wept for the senator who showed me, as a rookie reporter, that I might be worth talking to in the marble halls by the Senate floor. The noble gadfly is gone, days short of 82. He'll have full-dress honors, lying in state in the Capitol Rotunda. The National Cathedral will be full as the bell tolls. </p> <p>John Sidney McCain III was right out of that Hemingway novel, his favorite: "For Whom the Bell Tolls." He was an American original. So was another larger-than-life senator, a Democratic lion who died on the same date in 2009 of the same cruel disease: Massachusetts Senator Edward M. Kennedy. <p>Updated: Wed Aug 29, 2018</p> 69257825254a8d2e1ab436426d1feefc The Love-Hate President and August Wars for 08/22/2018 https://www.creators.com/read/jamie-stiehm/08/18/the-love-hate-president-and-august-wars Wed, 22 Aug 2018 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>WASHINGTON &#8212; The smell of napalm in August arises from the war President Donald Trump is waging against John Brennan, former CIA director, and special counsel Robert Mueller, in his sights right now. Trump tries to bend these enemies to his will with one savage insult after another, lately revoking Brennan's security clearance. </p> <p>Yet they're two of the few men in this town not afraid of his anger. So Trump lashes out all the more, using tricks of the New York real estate trade &#8212; threats, bluffs, boasts, lies. <p>Updated: Wed Aug 22, 2018</p> 657ed9d901bdda64224a8b66d69f32ed Crushing the Right As It Tried to Unite for 08/15/2018 https://www.creators.com/read/jamie-stiehm/08/18/crushing-the-right-as-it-tried-to-unite Wed, 15 Aug 2018 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>WASHINGTON &#8212; I went down to the demonstration as a summer storm gathered in Lafayette Park, the seven-acre square facing the White House. It turned out the opposite of what I expected.</p> <p>It was the one-year mark since the August 2017 deadly race riot in Charlottesville, Virginia, where one young woman lost her life. The exact same "Unite the Right" angry white supremacist crowd was coming to town to, you know, celebrate the anniversary. <p>Updated: Wed Aug 15, 2018</p> 4849324b6b951feff401a974c820bde6 Old, Wise and Powerful: DiFi, RBG and Madame Speaker for 08/08/2018 https://www.creators.com/read/jamie-stiehm/08/18/old-wise-and-powerful-difi-rbg-and-madame-speaker Wed, 08 Aug 2018 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>Meet the oldest senator: California Democrat Dianne Feinstein, 85.</p> <p>Meet the oldest Supreme Court justice, appointed by President Bill Clinton: Ruth Bader Ginsburg, 85. <p>Updated: Wed Aug 08, 2018</p> c34a66c8c63c2139360da43c30884bc5 Democracy, I Always Thought I'd See You Again for 08/01/2018 https://www.creators.com/read/jamie-stiehm/07/18/democracy-i-always-thought-id-see-you-again Wed, 01 Aug 2018 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>WASHINGTON &#8212; We've seen fire and we've seen rain this strange summer. Raging fires in California contrast with a biblical deluge on the East Coast for days on end. </p> <p>What on earth &#8212; a sign from the heavens?<p>Updated: Wed Aug 01, 2018</p> 2844d113c15a90d8436912a70d3b9772 Rolling Stones and Throwing Stones: Shall I Compare Them on a Summer's Day? for 07/25/2018 https://www.creators.com/read/jamie-stiehm/07/18/rolling-stones-and-throwing-stones-shall-i-compare-them-on-a-summers-day Wed, 25 Jul 2018 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>Matchless Mick Jagger turns 75 as the July sun sets on midsummer. Fancy that, the lead singer of the Rolling Stones still rocking and rolling, living large. The band just completed a swing through their home, the United Kingdom, and then they played Berlin like a dream. The band blazes on the world stage, a sun that won't set, outrunning its age. </p> <p>Here in Washington, we have a live solo act, night and day. It's called "Throwing Stones." Every song sounds the same, at high pitch and ear-splitting volume. Not much of a melody to serenade your soul, or make you want to dance all night. <p>Updated: Wed Jul 25, 2018</p> 95f09dc7706f7021e2cc9ad9c339dfa3 Does Trump Really Care About America? for 07/18/2018 https://www.creators.com/read/jamie-stiehm/07/18/does-trump-really-care-about-america Wed, 18 Jul 2018 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>WASHINGTON &#8212; Donald Trump really doesn't care if we're living in Vladimir Putin's world. Do you? </p> <p>Critics are confounded that Putin thumped Trump to the ground at their man-to-man meeting. But it's clear as can be: Putin has lived his life for this moment on the world stage. Even the World Cup flawlessly played into his plans. Extremely bright, and bitter at the United States for crowing that we "won" the Cold War, the former top spymaster is winning a new Cold War. <p>Updated: Wed Jul 18, 2018</p> aa6996bfbe5d8787d3d6669519032cec Trump Pick: The Perfect Supreme Court Apprentice for 07/11/2018 https://www.creators.com/read/jamie-stiehm/07/18/trump-pick-the-perfect-supreme-court-apprentice Wed, 11 Jul 2018 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>WASHINGTON &#8212; The Supreme Court donnybrook is on. Senators are staking out positions on the Hill. All 49 Democrats have to hang together to win, plus one Republican pro-choice woman. </p> <p>Don't even call the nominee a "conservative stalwart." Call Brett Michael Kavanaugh a hard-right partisan warrior. <p>Updated: Wed Jul 11, 2018</p> 8f5f7a777ab95fba79ec66da1ab4416e Madison and Washington on the Country's Birthday for 07/04/2018 https://www.creators.com/read/jamie-stiehm/07/18/madison-and-washington-on-the-countrys-birthday Wed, 04 Jul 2018 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>MADISON &#8212; Waking up under the Wisconsin sun on the 3rd of July is a treat, knowing the village dance and fireworks over Lake Mendota are not far behind. Tomorrow is the best day of the year. </p> <p>But June was dark in Washington, where I live, the nadir of Donald Trump's ill-tempered presidency. Family separations at the border. The Supreme Court showing itself a Republican cudgel. The high court ruling against reproductive rights and unions &#8212; and for Trump's Muslim travel ban. And in June's last days, Justice Anthony Kennedy bowed out, bestowing another seat on Trump to fill. <p>Updated: Wed Jul 04, 2018</p> 785166a3fefaad47e9955505410840f2 Women Writing the Summer Story in Politics for 06/27/2018 https://www.creators.com/read/jamie-stiehm/06/18/women-writing-the-summer-story-in-politics Wed, 27 Jun 2018 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>WASHINGTON &#8212; She's our own Melania Antoinette, a high-fashion queen living under something like palace arrest.</p> <p>Sarah Huckabee Sanders, White House press secretary, got kicked out of the Red Hen restaurant in a woman-to-woman conversation in Lexington, Virginia, a long country drive away. She probably thought she was safe from the front. <p>Updated: Wed Jun 27, 2018</p> 0a29c004feb015fbc590f1e0bd554e3e Hamilton and Trump: Who Knew? for 06/20/2018 https://www.creators.com/read/jamie-stiehm/06/18/hamilton-and-trump-who-knew Wed, 20 Jun 2018 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>WASHINGTON &#8212; A brash, reddish-haired New Yorker &#8212; or two &#8212; is taking the town by storm. </p> <p>Sing it, Alexander Hamilton, in the Broadway hit musical that's just landed at the Kennedy Center to cheer us up.<p>Updated: Wed Jun 20, 2018</p> ffa247ae4a097dc6a7e45ed492a5f069 Ohio: Both Sides of the Political River for 06/13/2018 https://www.creators.com/read/jamie-stiehm/06/18/ohio-both-sides-of-the-political-river Wed, 13 Jun 2018 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>CINCINNATI &#8212; I look across the Ohio River and I sigh. </p> <p>The winding river divided America for so long between free and slave states, North and South, Ohio and Kentucky. Runaway slaves crossed to freedom on the other shore. This was the most contested land and water before the Civil War. <p>Updated: Wed Jun 13, 2018</p> 9bd0fd8bbbabcf6a8d400389b1d9c510 How Obama Helped Trump and Became Tragically Hip for 06/06/2018 https://www.creators.com/read/jamie-stiehm/06/18/how-obama-helped-trump-and-became-tragically-hip Wed, 06 Jun 2018 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>Barack Obama and San Francisco are made for each other: enchanting at first, but not as cool as they think they are. </p> <p>OK, I loved each once. Then San Francisco, where Twitter lives, gave Donald Trump a perfect platform. Up in a tree, the president rages at the press, immigrants, his Justice Department, poisoning the public well with no obligation to the truth. There's no fair chance to respond to rants before another shout comes down. Via Twitter, Trump told us about his "absolute right" to pardon himself. <p>Updated: Wed Jun 06, 2018</p> 6855427754da685306097db77d87f86a A Cleveland Bee Heard Round the World for 05/30/2018 https://www.creators.com/read/jamie-stiehm/05/18/a-cleveland-bee-heard-round-the-world Wed, 30 May 2018 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p></p><p>When May and June meet, it's spelling season.<p>Updated: Wed May 30, 2018</p> 63d36bef6780ab6f8195f0803b728ac4 The Beautiful and the Ugly American: A Counterpoint for 05/23/2018 https://www.creators.com/read/jamie-stiehm/05/18/the-beautiful-and-the-ugly-american-a-counterpoint Wed, 23 May 2018 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>Simply, she's the best of times, the spring sun. He's the worst of times, the darkness before the dawn.</p> <p>The world witnessed a walking American Revolution in Meghan "Sparkle" Markle, who marched down the aisle alone to marry the sweet English Prince Harry. He looked dashing in a black frock coat uniform while the bride wore white satin &#8212; black and white, get it? The contrast was in plain sight. <p>Updated: Wed May 23, 2018</p> 64bd2667ac703fd0f8b1990374252599 Trump Breaks Bread, Glasses and Party at Lunch for 05/16/2018 https://www.creators.com/read/jamie-stiehm/05/18/trump-breaks-bread-glasses-and-party-at-lunch Wed, 16 May 2018 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>POTUS coming to Tuesday lunch.</p> <p>Translated, the president of the United States is joining 50 Republican senators in the Capitol to crash their private Tuesday lunch. Nobody is glad to hear this on the Senate side. We love the constitutional separation of powers. The Senate is the last citadel of democracy, they say. <p>Updated: Wed May 16, 2018</p> 4ae59aa57ed0f776ea9ed0ff78596e12 An Officer, Gentleman, Senator for 05/09/2018 https://www.creators.com/read/jamie-stiehm/05/18/an-officer-gentleman-senator Wed, 09 May 2018 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>At lunch in the Senate Dining Room, the man knocked on the table in a burst of taps.</p> <p>Senator John McCain, R-Ariz., showed his press secretary and me how he communicated with other prisoners of war in the Hanoi Hilton: Morse code. And he smiled impishly. <p>Updated: Wed May 09, 2018</p>