Steve Chapman from Creators Syndicate Creators Syndicate is an international syndication company that represents cartoonists and columnists of the highest caliber. en Sun, 18 Nov 2018 15:37:20 -0800 Steve Chapman from Creators Syndicate e5e412658c951314815ec068e0c52654 A Yale Football Player Quits to Save His Brain for 11/18/2018 Sun, 18 Nov 2018 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>Andrew Grinde was not just another football player. As a running back at C.M. Russell High School in Great Falls, Montana, he rushed for 2,180 yards and 20 touchdowns in 2014, leading the Rustlers to the state title game, and was named Montana Gatorade Football Player of the Year.</p> <p>Swift, stocky, powerful and fearless, he outran some defenders and bowled others over. His highlight video is worth watching (<a href="" target="_blank"></a>).<p>Updated: Sun Nov 18, 2018</p> 87071598bdc79f478aebb9bf0ddf1f93 Why Would Anyone Join the Trump Administration Now? for 11/15/2018 Thu, 15 Nov 2018 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>The Trump administration resembles a blender with the lid off: frequent moments of noisy, furious churning, often leaving a mess. Donald Trump, who is chronically critical of almost everyone but himself, said before the midterm elections that personnel changes were coming. In a departure from his usual practice, he was telling the truth.</p> <p>The president demanded his attorney general's resignation as soon as the voting was over. Likely to also walk the plank is Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen, who might be followed by White House chief of staff John Kelly. Trump may have to find a replacement for Jeff Sessions' replacement because Matthew Whitaker's appointment may have been illegal.<p>Updated: Thu Nov 15, 2018</p> 78cda8fe16c24ec4ff11e19cd8a594ca A Democratic House Will Mean More Fiscal Discipline for 11/11/2018 Sun, 11 Nov 2018 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>Are you ready for some stalemate? Over the next two years, Washington deliberations will resemble one of those 1960s-era football games in which moving the ball was hard and touchdowns were rare. This will not be the irresistible force meeting the immovable object. It will be two immovable objects.</p> <p>The old maxim says the best government is the least government. Whether that's true or not, I no longer harbor innocent dreams of best government. I will settle for least bad government, and that generally means divided government.<p>Updated: Sun Nov 11, 2018</p> fbf90926407ddca8b4642c445220566f The Growing Consensus for Legalizing Marijuana for 11/08/2018 Thu, 08 Nov 2018 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>The United States remains starkly divided between red and blue, with Republicans and Democrats each registering some gains and some setbacks in the elections. But on one important issue, a national consensus is emerging that transcends party and ideology. America is becoming Weed Nation.</p> <p>On Tuesday, Michigan became the 10th state, along with the District of Columbia, to decide to legalize marijuana for purely recreational use. A quarter of Americans will live in states that let them get stoned without fear of the constable.<p>Updated: Thu Nov 08, 2018</p> ee76bdb73d7b40a5eedd83bbbd71e200 The Truth About the Trump Economy for 11/04/2018 Sun, 04 Nov 2018 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>Donald Trump and his legions are not tightly tethered to factual reality, but they are willing to grab onto it when it suits them. One of those occasions is when the official unemployment rate &#8212; which as a candidate he denounced as "the biggest joke there is in this country" &#8212; comes down, as it did in October, reaching 3.7 percent.</p> <p>For voters on the fence, who may not like his many coarse and racist views, the state of the economy may be enough to persuade them to vote Republican on Tuesday. Even critics have to admit that whatever else he has done wrong, Trump has managed not to turn the boom to bust. The combination of solid growth, low inflation and unemployment, and rising hourly wages is hard to beat.<p>Updated: Sun Nov 04, 2018</p> 6c868e2081a586a47ad656e03a44ea5c Revoking Birthright Citizenship Would Be Self-Defeating for 11/01/2018 Thu, 01 Nov 2018 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>Donald Trump and his more ardent supporters don't like undocumented foreigners. So they have an ingenious idea: Create more of them.</p> <p>That would be the result of his plan to restrict birthright citizenship by executive order. When unauthorized migrants come, they are denied a legal place in American society &#8212; but any children they have here automatically become American citizens. If Trump had his way, they, like their parents, would be consigned to unlawful status.<p>Updated: Thu Nov 01, 2018</p> 18caefd7414cac480002139c160d525a World Series Games Don't Have to Take So Long for 10/28/2018 Sun, 28 Oct 2018 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>Once upon a time, the postseason provided fans the opportunity to see baseball at its best. Today, it gives us the chance to watch mound visits and pitching changes at their most.</p> <p>In Game 1 of the World Series, the Los Angeles Dodgers and the Boston Red Sox deployed 12 pitchers. By comparison, when the Dodgers and the New York Yankees met in 1963, they needed only 11 pitchers to get through the entire series.<p>Updated: Sun Oct 28, 2018</p> 549e83c12027f009d81e3485b265e3f4 Trump Feeds White Resentment for 10/25/2018 Thu, 25 Oct 2018 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>Many years ago, after losing a couple of games, University of Texas football coach Darrell Royal was asked whether he would change his approach for the next opponent. "You dance with who brung you," he replied in his trademark folksy manner. "We'll keep doing the same things that have worked so well for us through the years."</p> <p>Donald Trump waltzed into the presidency with coded but unmistakable appeals to the racial resentments of aggrieved white people. In the middle of the congressional campaign, he is holding on tight to his best dance partner.<p>Updated: Thu Oct 25, 2018</p> 1892cf1d7ec180fe3cd69c5c330b981c Americans Are Living High at the Expense of Posterity for 10/21/2018 Sun, 21 Oct 2018 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>When the first world war ended 100 years ago, no one had to be told that it was an important event. Every story on the front page of The Chicago Daily Tribune on Nov. 11, 1918, had something to do with it.</p> <p>We are still feeling the repercussions. The war, among other things, helped lead to the creation of Saudi Arabia under the House of Saud, whose crown prince has dominated the news in recent days.<p>Updated: Sun Oct 21, 2018</p> 237615c1301118b16ee11e7631fbaa69 America vs. the World Is a Losing Game for 10/18/2018 Thu, 18 Oct 2018 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>The Trump administration is full of people who think that if you're making the rest of the world mad, you're doing something right. "It was a blessing to go into the U.N. with body armor every day," said Nikki Haley after announcing she will leave her post as America's representative to the international body. Foreign disagreement is taken as vindication.</p> <p>This is not a new phenomenon. President Bill Clinton defended American unilateralism at the U.N. in 1993 and refused to sign the international treaty banning land mines. His secretary of state Madeleine Albright once bragged, "We are the indispensable nation."<p>Updated: Thu Oct 18, 2018</p> 4d6575ab0c54ef0739b6c0de0dbd4c46 With the Saudis, Trump Shows Timidity for 10/14/2018 Sun, 14 Oct 2018 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>If a foreign journalist living in America and writing about the Iranian government's noxious policies were murdered by agents of Tehran, the president of the United States would take it as evidence of the need for tough action. Washington Post columnist Jamal Khashoggi, however, was a Saudi writing about the Saudi government, which is a U.S. ally.</p> <p>After he disappeared while visiting Riyadh's consulate in Istanbul, Donald Trump was a portrait in timidity. "We want to find out what happened," he bleated more than a week later. "He went in, and it doesn't look like he came out." What happened is pretty clear. Since Khashoggi entered the building Oct. 2, he has not been seen or heard from.<p>Updated: Sun Oct 14, 2018</p> 55f359da63cdfbc5c58f185acefb8045 On NAFTA, Trump Averts the Danger He Created for 10/04/2018 Thu, 04 Oct 2018 00:00:00 -0700 <p>It's an old theme of movies, TV dramas and even cartoons: A nasty villain ties an innocent damsel to a railroad track, and her terror mounts as a train hurtles toward her &#8212; until at the last moment, a hero comes to the rescue. It's also a regular theme of the current administration. The twist is that the villain and the hero are the same person: Donald Trump.</p> <p>The revised NAFTA, christened the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement, is the product of his peculiar approach to disputes. First he heaps scorn on the status quo. Then he emits a torrent of demands and threats, some of which could be disastrous, generating anxiety and uncertainty. Finally, he extracts some modest changes, for better or worse, and invites the praise of a grateful nation. (In the case of North Korea, he then proceeds to fall in love with his negotiating partner, but that may be a one-time fancy.)</p> <p>As a candidate, Trump reserved special disgust for NAFTA, which he called "the worst trade deal maybe ever." He vowed that he would withdraw if Mexico and Canada wouldn't accept major changes. As president, he repeated his threats, raising fears among automakers and other companies that their carefully constructed transnational supply chains would be tied in knots.<p>Updated: Thu Oct 04, 2018</p> 8d9c5c9d7503a9442762db29430e07ba The Compelling Case Against Kavanaugh for 09/30/2018 Sun, 30 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>Christine Blasey Ford and Brett Kavanaugh appeared before the Senate Judiciary Committee with different purposes &#8212; she to offer an account of violent behavior that would disqualify him from the Supreme Court and he to counter her allegations and prove himself suitable for the post. But it was the nominee who offered the most irrefutable evidence of his unfitness.</p> <p>Kavanaugh was a spectacle in belligerence and self-pity, vilifying Democrats for having the utter gall to take seriously the woman who says he attacked her at a party when they were in high school.<p>Updated: Sun Sep 30, 2018</p> b875d5c158fc9e0140670a5d88fd2ee9 Kavanaugh's 'Character Assassination' for 09/27/2018 Thu, 27 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0700 <p>Brett Kavanaugh and his defenders could have used a thesaurus this week as they tried to cope with a second allegation of sexual assault. As it was, they could find only two terms to characterize the questions and charges lodged against him.</p> <p>The Supreme Court nominee said he was the target of "a smear" and "character assassination." Sen. Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, also detected "character assassination." Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell gave a speech using "smear" six times. </p> <p>Newt Gingrich also charged Kavanaugh's critics with "character assassination." About the only terminological variation came from Donald Trump, who decried a "con job" based on "False Accusations the likes of which have never been seen before!"<p>Updated: Thu Sep 27, 2018</p> 2ef18f1ba5d103d4b1d914740d2e02d2 A Polarized America? Not Quite for 09/23/2018 Sun, 23 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0700 <p>Modern America is sharply polarized, battered by political furies and divided as never before. Moderation is disappearing, we are told, as Americans increasingly shun people of different views. We are split between hostile groups, each with its own TV networks, fast-food chains and sporting apparel &#8212; Fox News vs. MSNBC, Chick-fil-A vs. Chipotle, Under Armour vs. Nike.</p> <p>Donald Trump exploits this growing political and cultural separation. Extreme, vocal ideologues are gaining ground on both the right and the left. One-third of likely voters, a poll found, think we are on the verge on civil war.</p> <p>Or maybe not. That's one picture of the nation in 2018, which fits many surface indicators. But it's an image from a fun-house mirror, composed of misleading distortions. The reality is reassuring.<p>Updated: Sun Sep 23, 2018</p> 78722c3f836dda17e02cb0120c4d7b63 On Kavanaugh, Does the Senate Want the Truth? for 09/20/2018 Thu, 20 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>How would the Senate proceed if its highest priority were establishing the truth? That objective should be paramount with regard to the allegation that Brett Kavanaugh, at age 17, tried to rape a 15-year-old girl. Getting the truth is the most important thing for Christine Blasey Ford, the alleged victim, but also for Kavanaugh.</p> <p>Unless, of course, he is guilty. In that case, the best outcome for the nominee is a quick, minimal inquiry that lets him skate past the charges and onto the Supreme Court. The way Senate Republicans are handling the matter suggests they are afraid of what they will learn if the digging goes too deep.<p>Updated: Thu Sep 20, 2018</p> d937ec436754ebab92ac01a2fbd2e5f7 Casualties of Trump's Trade War for 09/16/2018 Sun, 16 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p></p><p>When White House economic adviser Gary Cohn showed up in the Oval Office earlier this year to give Donald Trump news of an excellent jobs report, the president's keen grasp of economics and policy instantly came into play. "It's all because of my tariffs," he replied, according to Bob Woodward's new book, "Fear." Cohn had to inform him that the tariffs were not yet in effect.<p>Updated: Sun Sep 16, 2018</p> 85d546967914e54da2da4a8539adc712 Zinke to Migratory Birds: Drop Dead for 09/13/2018 Thu, 13 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>On April 20, 2010, an explosion on the Deepwater Horizon drilling rig in the Gulf of Mexico killed 11 workers and unleashed the biggest oil spill in history. Soaked in stinking goo, a million birds also perished &#8212; quadruple the toll from the infamous 1989 Exxon Valdez disaster in Alaska.</p> <p>For the humans killed in the Deepwater Horizon accident, BP pleaded guilty to 11 felonies and paid $4 billion. The deceased birds cost it $100 million, money that was used to restore wetlands and conserve other bird habitats.<p>Updated: Thu Sep 13, 2018</p> b8330caef9ec4c7f3016add851a87dc7 Trump Confronts the Enemy Within for 09/09/2018 Sun, 09 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>Deep in the White House, someone is acting to subvert Donald Trump's policies, thwart his desires and generally sabotage his presidency. No, not the anonymous "senior official" who wrote an op-ed for The New York Times. The name of the person making a relentless effort to keep the president from achieving his goals is well-known: Donald Trump.</p> <p>Other presidents have occasionally shot themselves in the foot. Trump's lower limbs are riddled with new bullet holes every day. He campaigned as though he didn't want to win, and he governs &#8212; "governs," rather &#8212; as though he doesn't want a second term, or maybe even a full first term.<p>Updated: Sun Sep 09, 2018</p> e0737cc5886063d3775f60cfdac3bd43 Kaepernick and Nike Show the Morality of Capitalism for 09/06/2018 Thu, 06 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>In many ways, the 2016 election was a victory for capitalism, with an allegedly socialist intellectual president giving way to a real estate mogul whose understanding of business would unleash prosperity. The economy and the stock market are indeed doing well. But though Donald Trump's administration may be good for capitalists, capitalists are not necessarily good for him.</p> <p>Many a conservative has been inspired by the hero of Ayn Rand's "Atlas Shrugged," a brilliant businessman and a model of what she called "the man of violent energy and passionate ambition, the man of achievement, lighted by the flame of his success." House Speaker Paul Ryan professed to regularly giving the book as a Christmas present and making his interns read it to learn the "morality of capitalism."<p>Updated: Thu Sep 06, 2018</p>