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 Sun, 15 Sep 2019 20:05:01 -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 8da9edc6526923ab0b2145f3c1a77afb Pelosi Takes Gun Battle to the Senate for 09/11/2019 https://www.creators.com/read/jamie-stiehm/09/19/pelosi-takes-gun-battle-to-the-senate Wed, 11 Sep 2019 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>WASHINGTON &#8212; The first day of school in democracy's citadel brought an arresting sight outside the fine office of Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., in the Capitol. Take it as a sign, on 9/9/19, that business as usual is over in Congress. </p> <p>House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., stood on McConnell's marble real estate and took questions on impeachment from reporters. <span class="column--highlighted-text">She who cautiously protected the president from impeachment is now letting a new word go forth.</span> <p>Updated: Wed Sep 11, 2019</p> 6fd5429e53cd773fa796d1a4d6a6adcf What Can Beat Trump: A Few Good Laughs for 09/04/2019 https://www.creators.com/read/jamie-stiehm/09/19/what-can-beat-trump-a-few-good-laughs Wed, 04 Sep 2019 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>We talk all the time about who in the wide Democratic field can defeat Donald Trump to win the White House in 2020. </p> <p>Perhaps it's <i> what </i> can beat Trump. His savage and scorching attacks on opponents, a technique he sharpens daily, have proved to be devastating kisses of death. His tweets are no laughing matter. <p>Updated: Wed Sep 04, 2019</p> 15421a0a395f252db66f4b117134f502 Trump Spitfire Burns the Land: Act 2 in American Politics for 08/28/2019 https://www.creators.com/read/jamie-stiehm/08/19/trump-spitfire-burns-the-land-act-2-in-american-politics Wed, 28 Aug 2019 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>"Some say the world will end in fire,/ Some say in ice." </p> <p>Robert Frost, the great American poet, did not know the world could end in spitfire &#8212; hateful noises spewing from a president's mouth and tweets from the first day. He puts the bully in the bully pulpit. <p>Updated: Wed Aug 28, 2019</p> 792759d60884e0808325bb7c3fdfda17 4 Women Running the Race in Very Different Ways for 08/21/2019 https://www.creators.com/read/jamie-stiehm/08/19/4-women-running-the-race-in-very-different-ways Wed, 21 Aug 2019 00:00:00 -0700 <p>The Tomboy, the New Kid in Class, the Good Girl and the Scrappy Underdog. </p> <p>Quick, who are these four women? Elementary, everybody, the Democratic women senators running for president. </p> <p>Each candidate has defined her persona very differently since winter turned to summer. This is a useful reminder that not all women are alike. All try hard not to conjure Hillary Clinton, the 2016 Democratic nominee who lost to Donald Trump. <p>Updated: Wed Aug 21, 2019</p> df970974ac318f84bc902a2f19a5d8e3 Heartland Recipes for Happiness in a Trumpian Summer for 08/14/2019 https://www.creators.com/read/jamie-stiehm/08/19/heartland-recipes-for-happiness-in-a-trumpian-summer Wed, 14 Aug 2019 00:00:00 -0700 <p>WASHINGTON &#8212; Seeking grace in a summer of Trumpian hate talk and mass violence, I dived into a homemade Blueberry buckle. Lots of eggs, sugar, butter, flour, fresh-picked blueberries dusted with cinnamon &#8212; and I added a dash of nutmeg on top. </p> <p>I felt so much better. A simple pleasure. Some might say sinful. But, reader, this is no time to go gluten-free. I decided to look for more in my Wisconsin grandmother's recipe box. Surely, her fresh strawberry pie would do me good. Is there cornstarch in the cupboard? </p> <p>Straight from the Village bake sale in Madison, Wisconsin, on the Fourth of July, a Blueberry buckle is a heartland recipe for happiness. Alan, the Shorewood Hills resident who shared his Grandma Walker's handwritten family heirloom, brings it every year to the fire station events. Every July, my knees buckle. This July, when I got home to Washington, I realized this is no ordinary time. I had to save my soul, where I live. <p>Updated: Wed Aug 14, 2019</p> e091e061cac7a58bc55b606e3718763e Obama's Search for Something Deep in Biden for 08/07/2019 https://www.creators.com/read/jamie-stiehm/08/19/obamas-search-for-something-deep-in-biden Wed, 07 Aug 2019 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>WASHINGTON &#8212; Graceful 44th President Barack Obama turned 58 on Aug. 4. For his birthday, let him tell America why he chose Joe Biden &#8212; a full generation older &#8212; for vice president. </p> <p>The reason I say that: In this burning turn in time marked by violent hatred in two storied towns, we need to know. Dayton, Ohio, just had a Trump rally and a mass shooting. El Paso, Texas, lost 22 in a gun rampage. <p>Updated: Wed Aug 07, 2019</p> 8967e89f61734a4e216145584dab6d9f There Are Those Who Love Baltimore -- Like Me for 07/31/2019 https://www.creators.com/read/jamie-stiehm/07/19/there-are-those-who-love-baltimore-like-me Wed, 31 Jul 2019 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>Baltimore is suffering under the sun this hard summer. It just got kicked in the teeth when it was down. No American president had ever insulted great American cities until hatemonger Donald Trump came along. </p> <p>You'd be surprised how many people have ties to Baltimore. CNN anchor Victor Blackwell captured a collective anguish in defending it. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., grew up as the mayor's daughter, a darling of Little Italy, where her family lived. Trump's unspeakable attack on Rep. Elijah Cummings, D-Md., who represents Baltimore &#8212; and we all know what Trump said &#8212; is likely a missile of malice toward Pelosi, too. <p>Updated: Wed Jul 31, 2019</p> 3045fd680ca81cadbaee2012fe772f14 Orbiting Around a Sweet Moon Summer of '69 for 07/24/2019 https://www.creators.com/read/jamie-stiehm/07/19/orbiting-around-a-sweet-moon-summer-of-69 Wed, 24 Jul 2019 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>The Summer of '69 was the end of the unforgettable '60s, even if you were very young. The haunting song "Gimme Shelter" by the Rolling Stones captures the vibe under the sun: danger, uncertainty, a shot away. This was in the wake of two assassinations and police riots at the Democratic convention, between April and August 1968. Then Richard Nixon was elected president while a losing war raged. 1968 broke hearts all over. </p> <p>Then something uplifting happened. Walter Cronkite wanted to tell us all about it on the black-and-white CBS Evening News. Cronkite loved the space program and brought America with him. <p>Updated: Wed Jul 24, 2019</p> 33301a3ddf1eeefa3cacac065b4d65eb Trump's 2 Darkest Sides Are Talking Against Congresswomen for 07/17/2019 https://www.creators.com/read/jamie-stiehm/07/19/trumps-2-darkest-sides-are-talking-against-congresswomen Wed, 17 Jul 2019 00:00:00 -0700 <p>"Racist" is the watchword on every pen and tongue explaining why President Donald Trump denounced four young congresswomen of color who are way left of center. But it's not all black and white. </p> <p>That's half the sordid story of the presidential crossfire. The genius in the White House framed the four women as perfect victims because they are women. </p> <p>Count misogyny in. <p>Updated: Wed Jul 17, 2019</p> 8857dec82bd2f4b9d239772db1829b81 A Clear Case for Impeachment -- Beyond the Mueller Report for 07/10/2019 https://www.creators.com/read/jamie-stiehm/07/19/a-clear-case-for-impeachment-beyond-the-mueller-report Wed, 10 Jul 2019 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>MADISON, Wis. &#8212; The view from here tilts my thoughts toward a simple solution to the perplexing problem of the president. The take-charge spirit and victory of the U.S. women's national team in the World Cup is catching on here, since University of Wisconsin graduate Rose Lavelle scored a goal in the final game.</p> <p>It's clear as lake air. <span class="column--highlighted-text">Congress could forget the Mueller report and still impeach the president for everything else he does.</span> <p>Updated: Wed Jul 10, 2019</p> baa8987164727be24a8cb3de8eee1f33 Happy Bittersweet Birthday, America, From the Heartland for 07/03/2019 https://www.creators.com/read/jamie-stiehm/07/19/happy-bittersweet-birthday-america-from-the-heartland Wed, 03 Jul 2019 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>MADISON, Wis. &#8212; For the Fourth of July, I'm packing to visit the blue-green city of Madison, Wisconsin, a hometown shared with playwright Thornton Wilder. The 1938 drama classic "Our Town" was his creation. </p> <p>The village dance, parade and picnic will lead up to fireworks over Lake Mendota, once home to the Black Hawk tribe. The egg toss will be hotly contested. The antique fire engine, a Roaring '20s gem, will be shined for children's rides. <p>Updated: Wed Jul 03, 2019</p> d44626b18a7717c4a5fac9a340287a60 Is the Grand Old Party Almost Over? for 06/26/2019 https://www.creators.com/read/jamie-stiehm/06/19/is-the-grand-old-party-almost-over Wed, 26 Jun 2019 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>WASHINGTON &#8212; Is it too early to write the obituary for the Republican Party? </p> <p>I ask because ideas are few and far between. Tax breaks and tariffs are all they get worked up about. Policy debates in the House and Senate are rivers run dry. Republicans stick to their own. They have been whittled like wood down to the will of a president, Donald Trump, never known for his party loyalty.<p>Updated: Wed Jun 26, 2019</p> 714bf8f41214d808a7a9450b8627bfe9 Women in the '70s, Now in Their 70s, Are the Last Best Hope for 06/19/2019 https://www.creators.com/read/jamie-stiehm/06/19/women-in-the-70s-now-in-their-70s-are-the-last-best-hope Wed, 19 Jun 2019 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>WASHINGTON &#8212; If you listened to Joni Mitchell's "Court and Spark" album, singing the lyrics by heart, then you can accept Elizabeth Warren as your political savior. It was the closest thing a California girl had to a Bible in the '70s. Book characters Nancy Drew and Jo March also buttered a sense of worth in a family of sisters. </p> <p>If "Diamonds and Rust" by Joan Baez, sang to Bob Dylan, is your forever best bittersweet breakup song, then it's no problem seeing that House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has amazing grace. <p>Updated: Wed Jun 19, 2019</p> 2d0e9da587f38f8b4f5ed295c61a8600 Biden's Hidden Character Flaw: A Word He Never Says for 06/12/2019 https://www.creators.com/read/jamie-stiehm/06/19/bidens-hidden-character-flaw-a-word-he-never-says Wed, 12 Jun 2019 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>WASHINGTON &#8212; Joe Biden, the perennial presidential candidate, revealed a character flaw deeply hidden from all except those who know the 76-year-old Democrat of Delaware well. </p> <p>The early 2020 campaign already told us the secret truth from that well: <span class="column--highlighted-text">Biden can't apologize for anything. It's embedded in his constitution.</span> <p>Updated: Wed Jun 12, 2019</p> 9893342da62a8a5d359e2ce9f3111fd0 The Ugly American Lands in London for 06/05/2019 https://www.creators.com/read/jamie-stiehm/06/19/the-ugly-american-lands-in-london Wed, 05 Jun 2019 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>WASHINGTON &#8212; Donald Trump was born the summer of '46. The president who would be king turns 73 on June 14, the greatest gift the baby-boom generation gave the nation. </p> <p>Trump is the oldest president in history. With his heavy jowls, he looks every day of his age, a possible factor in the 2020 presidential election. Candidates under 60 can say Trump is greedily engaged in generational theft. <p>Updated: Wed Jun 05, 2019</p> 32b928e565f5ef295eec066897a6dd12 Rolling Thunder: The Parade These Warriors Never Got for 05/29/2019 https://www.creators.com/read/jamie-stiehm/05/19/rolling-thunder-the-parade-these-warriors-never-got Wed, 29 May 2019 00:00:00 -0700 <p>WASHINGTON &#8212; I heard Rolling Thunder at my window overlooking Massachusetts and Wisconsin Avenues, day and night, Memorial Day weekend. Reader, I saw them in my dreams. Aging men in helmets on their rumbling Harley motorcycles made me tear up, as they streamed through the streets. </p> <p>"Rolling Thunder" was a code name for a major Vietnam War bombing campaign. I swear the out-of-town riders sounded like thunder, the soundtrack to the somber holiday. For me, they were witnesses to folly, a reminder war is not so pretty. But organizers say this was the last ride here. </p> <p>I'm sorry the procession for the Vietnam War and other veterans won't be back after 30 years. It's an important ritual for 200,000 men &#8212; and counting. Drawn from all points, the bikers traditionally take the town by storm by the Lincoln Memorial and the Vietnam War Memorial, starting from the Pentagon, a giant staging and parking area. The rally brings some peace of mind. <p>Updated: Wed May 29, 2019</p> 7064fe01be681a3c27974f9a65401086 Counting the Things Obama Didn't Do for 05/22/2019 https://www.creators.com/read/jamie-stiehm/05/19/counting-the-things-obama-didnt-do Wed, 22 May 2019 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>WASHINGTON &#8212; Let me count the ways, Barack. </p> <p>You did so much right as president, sir, and made us proud. <p>Updated: Wed May 22, 2019</p> 786501b65d2086f5dce1af0a63dcc540 Trump's Fondness for Strongmen Leaders Abroad for 05/15/2019 https://www.creators.com/read/jamie-stiehm/05/19/trumps-fondness-for-strongmen-leaders-abroad Wed, 15 May 2019 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>We the people are preoccupied and landlocked with the Mueller report on the Russia investigation, discussing what it reveals about the president's character, campaign and lowdown dealings. </p> <p>But what if that's designed to distract us from noticing the wreckage of President Trump's foreign policy (a nice way to say it)? <span class="column--highlighted-text">It's time to snap into a new clarity, to see that the president's actions and pals abroad are just as dreary as anything he does at home.</span> <p>Updated: Wed May 15, 2019</p> 6ec29621cb9f00177097bc3837330eb3 Mueller, the Silent Hero, Must Be Heard for 05/08/2019 https://www.creators.com/read/jamie-stiehm/05/19/mueller-the-silent-hero-must-be-heard Wed, 08 May 2019 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>WASHINGTON &#8212; "Rectitude" is not the word that comes to mind in these troubled times, as the capital churns. It sounds like a word the Puritans shipped over the ocean to the New World. </p> <p>While it's fallen out of fashion, one 74-year-old lawyer embodies upright honor. There is no finer name in federal law enforcement than Robert S. Mueller III, always with the starched white Oxford shirt at work. He cuts a tall, trim figure, and has ever since his prep school varsity days. Then he went on to Princeton and the Marine Corps, which drilled him into a decorated Vietnam War hero (yes, the perfect opposite of tawdry Donald Trump). <p>Updated: Wed May 08, 2019</p> 70ce4a3dbb12ce6213382a9a8d0d0f28 Spring Breezes From the Old and New Days for 05/01/2019 https://www.creators.com/read/jamie-stiehm/04/19/spring-breezes-from-the-old-and-new-days Wed, 01 May 2019 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>WASHINGTON &#8212; Congress returns from its spring recess, so political theater is not far behind. Skirmishes over the Mueller report and impeachment shall start again. </p> <p>Life did go on. In an extraordinary 24 hours, I took a winding tour of my time in miniature: in journalism, history and music. Serendipity is not dead. <p>Updated: Wed May 01, 2019</p>