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, 22 Feb 2019 22:20:07 -0800 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 b16b77a2c0fb35358ebb0eafac02df51 A Walking, Talking, Tweeting State of Emergency for 02/20/2019 https://www.creators.com/read/jamie-stiehm/02/19/a-walking-talking-tweeting-state-of-emergency Wed, 20 Feb 2019 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>WASHINGTON &#8212; Presidents Day. No need to be glum if you stick with George Washington and Abraham Lincoln, the first and 16th presidents. They won real wars. Lincoln had a way with words that revolutionized American English. </p> <p>But today, the presidency has not made Donald Trump better. Rather, he has made the presidency worse. <p>Updated: Wed Feb 20, 2019</p> 0cc65edd73d85867be7d6a02291a36d5 Big Trouble for Virginia's Big Birthday Party for 02/13/2019 https://www.creators.com/read/jamie-stiehm/02/19/big-trouble-for-virginias-big-birthday-party Wed, 13 Feb 2019 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>O Virginia, named for the virgin queen, Elizabeth. </p> <p>Some of my best friends are Virginians.<p>Updated: Wed Feb 13, 2019</p> 82cadecaaacc50f1374d63d3f3295668 Trump Comes Face to Face with Friends and Foes for 02/06/2019 https://www.creators.com/read/jamie-stiehm/02/19/trump-comes-face-to-face-with-friends-and-foes Wed, 06 Feb 2019 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>The State of the Union is fraught. </p> <p>That's not exactly the word Donald Trump would choose in his State of the Union address to Congress, the Cabinet, Supreme Court and diplomatic corps of the United States. The annual "gang's all here" meeting of American democracy in the Capitol is on at last. It's been a long dark road to get to this place. Much has changed since Trump spoke to a cheering chamber dominated by Republicans. <p>Updated: Wed Feb 06, 2019</p> 8d6490299f06bc55bfff496185b21770 Trump's Fall From His Wall for 01/30/2019 https://www.creators.com/read/jamie-stiehm/01/19/trumps-fall-from-his-wall Wed, 30 Jan 2019 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>Humpty Trumpty sat on a Wall.</p> <p>Humpty Trumpty had a great Fall.<p>Updated: Wed Jan 30, 2019</p> 8a433f0fa9a3f75520fa71f914020d57 The Gales of Winter in Shutdown Washington for 01/23/2019 https://www.creators.com/read/jamie-stiehm/01/19/the-gales-of-winter-in-shutdown-washington Wed, 23 Jan 2019 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>WASHINGTON &#8212; Greetings from a world capital where an arctic wind blows and democracy is as frozen as the wide prairies were. The super blood wolf moon appears as the sky's way of saying there's a long dark winter ahead.</p> <p>In the shutdown shadows, we hit the halfway mark of a president hostile to the hardworking federal government &#8212; something he swore to protect. Alexander Hamilton made the brilliant invention, with help from James Madison. It's indispensable to unifying the unruly states.<p>Updated: Wed Jan 23, 2019</p> 8d347983021a9ad4a9f14aa1beb3b6cc Washington's Perfect Storms, Inside and Out for 01/16/2019 https://www.creators.com/read/jamie-stiehm/01/19/washingtons-perfect-storms-inside-and-out Wed, 16 Jan 2019 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>WASHINGTON &#8212; The morning after a snowstorm, Washington looks serene and sparkling in a white winter coat. The elegant embassies, marble memorials, train station, woods leading to the river and &#8212; yes &#8212; especially the Capitol: the panorama is pretty grand. </p> <p>It can make you proud to be American, for a fleeting flicker of time. <p>Updated: Wed Jan 16, 2019</p> a22e76bb75c0afd4bcb1672f6d84e82c McConnell Facing the Longest Game of His Life for 01/09/2019 https://www.creators.com/read/jamie-stiehm/01/19/mcconnell-facing-the-longest-game-of-his-life Wed, 09 Jan 2019 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>WASHINGTON &#8212; Scenic Theodore Roosevelt Island on the Potomac River was closed during the government shutdown on the 100th anniversary of the great Republican president's death. That living tribute to "the wildlife warrior" is just one of many bad optics around the capital during this Republican regime.</p> <p>Senator Mitch McConnell of Kentucky, Republican majority leader, famously plays "the long game," the title of his memoir. Ensconced in his elegant Capitol office, steps from the Senate floor, he loves his long game political strategy. <p>Updated: Wed Jan 09, 2019</p> b53016002bac4bd2b76b42bf1aeecbe6 Pelosi Makes Silent Generation Speak (On History's Stage) for 01/02/2019 https://www.creators.com/read/jamie-stiehm/12/18/pelosi-makes-silent-generation-speak-on-historys-stage Wed, 02 Jan 2019 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>WASHINGTON &#8212; Time's passage to 2019 brings hopes, fears and shards of memory. This bleak midwinter is more fearful than most, given the government shutdown and two more years of Donald Trump's ("poor me") world of pain. </p> <p>What do you say about a president with no courage or compassion &#8212; a crass president who can't act presidential to save his skin? Spoiled and grasping, Trump stands out as the worst kind of baby boomer. Did we need three presidents from that post-war generation? We've had two too many in this century alone. <p>Updated: Wed Jan 02, 2019</p> 8e31edeb970455dc41210aa5078a7d70 Trump's Time in White House: Not a Wonderful Life for 12/26/2018 https://www.creators.com/read/jamie-stiehm/12/18/trumps-time-in-white-house-not-a-wonderful-life Wed, 26 Dec 2018 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>SANTA MONICA &#8212; As the year ends, much of the government is AWOL by presidential pique and my search for storied characters as bad as Donald Trump is on. It's not easy to find a match. </p> <p>Trump is orchestrating a Christmas crisis in the White House over building a border wall that costs $6 billion &#8212; which Congress will not fund. Isolated and angry in his bunker, he is that extraordinary creature: A president waging a kind of war on American democracy &#8212; on the falling stock market and thousands of government employees, who will work for nothing until the government opens again. <p>Updated: Wed Dec 26, 2018</p> a04d99bf6eaf9309e13e0b359f7368e2 Trump's Dreaming of a Dark Christmas for 12/19/2018 https://www.creators.com/read/jamie-stiehm/12/18/trumps-dreaming-of-a-dark-christmas Wed, 19 Dec 2018 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>OVAL OFFICE &#8212; Some Christmas, huh? The blood-red trees my wife, Melania, got look like a crime scene investigation. Our holiday theme. </p> <p>No White House party for the press this year &#8212; too much fake news! These enemies of the people are excited that the Democrats are coming to town. Subpoenas, tax returns, all that jazz. And special counsel Robert Mueller closing in on me. <p>Updated: Wed Dec 19, 2018</p> 639e49c7ea00b9ff6ffa91e9481999f2 Notes From Topsy-Turvy Town for 12/12/2018 https://www.creators.com/read/jamie-stiehm/12/18/notes-from-topsy-turvy-town Wed, 12 Dec 2018 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>WASHINGTON &#8212; Since I saw you, a former president was buried with highest honors, and another is being buried alive by diabolical dishonesty. We are living in a world of woe. </p> <p>President Donald Trump &#8212; or "Individual 1" to federal prosecutors who charge that he directed the commission of felony crimes &#8212; is front and center in too many anxious conversations. Robert S. Mueller III's Russian investigation is naming names, getting guilty pleas and not over yet. <p>Updated: Wed Dec 12, 2018</p> 5d539f39314673ce80d52c381c08c261 Goodbye, Poppy. You Were Never One of Us. for 12/05/2018 https://www.creators.com/read/jamie-stiehm/12/18/goodbye-poppy-you-were-never-one-of-us Wed, 05 Dec 2018 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>The late George H.W. Bush was the man's man of his blessed generation, a Connecticut Yankee who started out in life as a senator's son. He grew up in Greenwich, with great athletic gifts and a genial nature. (Genial, a man's man word.) </p> <p>Let's recount: a young naval aviator in World War II. His preppy nickname at Yale was Poppy. You name the men's club &#8212; Skull and Bones, Congress, the CIA, the Republican Party &#8212; and he belonged. As president, foreign policy was his forte. We were lucky he presided with a sure hand over the Cold War's end and a multinational coalition Gulf War. <p>Updated: Wed Dec 05, 2018</p> 7ee04ba9e764440221659c6872aad55e Trump: A Breaker of Boy Scout Law for 11/28/2018 https://www.creators.com/read/jamie-stiehm/11/18/trump-a-breaker-of-boy-scout-law Wed, 28 Nov 2018 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>Running for president, Donald Trump lived in a lawless wilderness where only special counsel Robert Mueller has dared to go. </p> <p>Truth was a casualty on his first day as president. Anger is his best friend in firing up his white voter base. Tweets are a weapon to mock political opponents. Lately, things are getting worse. Sometimes you wonder why. <p>Updated: Wed Nov 28, 2018</p> e7c2c84e7cb574a3f0f688d0b2555964 A Puritan Cloud Over Pelosi's Blue House for 11/21/2018 https://www.creators.com/read/jamie-stiehm/11/18/a-puritan-cloud-over-pelosis-blue-house Wed, 21 Nov 2018 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>WASHINGTON &#8212; Our pilgrims feast falls on Nov. 22, the dark date of President Kennedy's noonday murder 55 years ago. John F. Kennedy is forever Jack, favorite son of Massachusetts, where the pilgrims lived to see another winter in Plymouth. </p> <p>What a bittersweet dish on the Thanksgiving table. And apt for a burnt country, paradise lost. To compare Kennedy's intellectual brilliance, shining spirit, ironic charm and high-flown language with President Trump's brazen malice and hateful persona is to see how far we've fallen. There's only one way out. <p>Updated: Wed Nov 21, 2018</p> 5c1697e23c891cf564a678ef3a7ea566 Trump Faces a Long Winter With a Blue House for 11/14/2018 https://www.creators.com/read/jamie-stiehm/11/18/trump-faces-a-long-winter-with-a-blue-house Wed, 14 Nov 2018 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>WASHINGTON &#8212; The 2018 midterm elections verdict goes something like this: Paint the People's House blue in the Capitol; put the key in a woman's hands; hallelujah. The political game will change so fast the rookie president will be way out of his league. </p> <p>Neither was on a national ballot, but House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi won and President Trump lost. That's why he acted sullen in the Paris rain with world leaders gathered to mark a century since the end of World War I &#8212; or the Great War. <p>Updated: Wed Nov 14, 2018</p> a3b582d0b87f863b39d084dd851a7a89 Today Is All About Us -- American Democracy for 11/07/2018 https://www.creators.com/read/jamie-stiehm/11/18/today-is-all-about-us-american-democracy Wed, 07 Nov 2018 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>WASHINGTON &#8212; It all comes down to this day's votes. </p> <p>Autumn rain falls on Election Day here, ground zero of American democracy. President Donald Trump campaigned like a maniac, saying the midterm election is all about him.<p>Updated: Wed Nov 07, 2018</p> aab87a005a008ced9176ab3b61cbced2 Our Own Gettysburg Looms Straight Ahead: Election Day for 10/31/2018 https://www.creators.com/read/jamie-stiehm/10/18/our-own-gettysburg-looms-straight-ahead-election-day Wed, 31 Oct 2018 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>Pennsylvania looms large in our national story, not only in 1776 but also Saturday, Oct. 27, the cannons of 1863 and back to 1681. </p> <p>If we're edging near the political equivalent of civil war, the president is on the wrong side of history, emboldening white male supremacy and inciting anti-Semitic violence &#8212; the worst ever in America. Things happened we thought couldn't happen here. <p>Updated: Wed Oct 31, 2018</p> fa1156a3c9a46f82584c61030f601178 I Loved and Lost Barack Obama (in the Trumpian Civil War) for 10/24/2018 https://www.creators.com/read/jamie-stiehm/10/18/i-loved-and-lost-barack-obama-in-the-trumpian-civil-war Wed, 24 Oct 2018 00:00:00 -0700 <p>WASHINGTON &#8212; I once loved Barack Obama, but don't see enough of him anymore. Is he writing pensive &#8212; and expensive &#8212; thoughts for his artful memoir? "Solo Artist" is the working title. </p> <p>He's so cool it's tragic. Not for him, but for us. He left us in a pretty fix. </p> <p>Somebody tell Obama we're in the political equivalent of civil war at the moment. He campaigned in Nevada, good job. Donald Trump went to Texas for sore GOP senator Ted Cruz, whom he once called "Lyin' Ted," and then to Montana. Trump flies to rallies as fast as Air Force One can take him. It's bad form for a president, but what does he care? <p>Updated: Wed Oct 24, 2018</p> 884b4d077a4cbf16bab3461564f6e2f9 Falling for a Saudi Prince's Charming Spell for 10/17/2018 https://www.creators.com/read/jamie-stiehm/10/18/falling-for-a-saudi-princes-charming-spell Wed, 17 Oct 2018 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>WASHINGTON &#8212; The grand romance with the crown prince is over, with blood spilled at the Saudi Arabian consulate in Turkey, where the three world religions and East and West meet. </p> <p>Send the thank-you note to novice Jared Kushner and his father-in-law, President Donald Trump. Winging foreign policy, Kushner fell under the spell of Mohammed bin Salman, the Saudi prince who is anything but a reformer, by his own admission. Now a countryman's murder points to the prince.<p>Updated: Wed Oct 17, 2018</p> 6677c85ea0f0ecf95f0a9a2ea6d3ebab Breaking the Senate Silence: Women's Voices for 10/10/2018 https://www.creators.com/read/jamie-stiehm/10/18/breaking-the-senate-silence-womens-voices Wed, 10 Oct 2018 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>Exactly a month before the Nov. 6 election, the Senate confirmed Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court, 50 to 48. </p> <p>This was an extraordinary roll-call vote, pierced by shouts and wails of women up in the gallery. Cries of "Shame!" and "I believe survivors!" broke the stately silence. They made sure senators knew that sexual assault accusations against Kavanaugh would not rest easy, even if they were buried in that chamber. <p>Updated: Wed Oct 10, 2018</p>