Steve Chapman from Creators Syndicate Creators Syndicate is an international syndication company that represents cartoonists and columnists of the highest caliber. en Sun, 26 May 2019 23:19:29 -0700 Steve Chapman from Creators Syndicate 4889561ce660b34b87d0411443b49d28 The Dark Logic Behind Alabama's Abortion Ban for 05/26/2019 Sun, 26 May 2019 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>A gaffe is not when a politician tells a lie, according to a famous adage by journalist Michael Kinsley. "A gaffe," he explained, "is when a politician tells the truth &#8212; some obvious truth he isn't supposed to say." </p> <p>When Alabama, Ohio and Missouri enacted broad abortion bans with no exception for cases of rape and incest, they made the same sort of mistake. Their measures gave the public an accurate but alarming picture of how many "pro-life" advocates see the issue. By showing how far they would take their logic, they dramatized the weakness of their case.<p>Updated: Sun May 26, 2019</p> 53a8f076eac1e9c7f5914b62cebcdca3 Trump Courts War with Iran for 05/23/2019 Thu, 23 May 2019 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>Presidents have always had to deal with unforeseen foreign crises that erupt out of nowhere. For Bill Clinton, it was the "Black Hawk Down" battle in Mogadishu, Somalia. For George W. Bush, it was the 9/11 attacks. For Barack Obama, it was the civil war in Libya. Each required the administration to react rapidly under intense pressure, which invites mistakes.</p> <p><span class="column--highlighted-text">Donald Trump has figured out how to avoid such surprises. He doesn't wait for crises to erupt but creates them himself. </span>Since they are largely of his making, they tend to be susceptible to his own unilateral "remedies." And once the crisis has passed, he can claim credit for staving off the disaster that wouldn't have loomed except for him.<p>Updated: Thu May 23, 2019</p> e7d0b1a778236a848e35fb4a6bbe0825 Trump's Latest Dishonest Failure on Immigration Reform for 05/19/2019 Sun, 19 May 2019 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>Listening to Donald Trump lay out his vision of immigration policy is like scavenging in a garbage dump. You will probably find some things worth keeping, but you have to wade through a lot of trash to find it. And you can be sure that whatever you really need won't be there.</p> <p>His address Thursday would not have been complete without the familiar, false Trump themes that animate him and many of his loyal followers. He accused Democrats of favoring "open borders." He portrayed the status quo as "lawless chaos." He insisted that immigrants are a threat to U.S. jobs.<p>Updated: Sun May 19, 2019</p> 6c5d124eddd0219b81c8ac758464e25b How Abortion Bills Could Wreck Republicans for 05/16/2019 Thu, 16 May 2019 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>For decades, abortion has been an ideal issue for Republicans. It let them appease their base, bring millions of Catholic and evangelical voters permanently into the fold, and portray Democrats as extremists &#8212; all without much political downside. But their success may very well carry the seeds of their ultimate defeat.</p> <p>The right to abortion has enjoyed solid constitutional protection since the Supreme Court made it legal throughout the land in 1973, a decision it has repeatedly affirmed. An entire "pro-life" movement grew up in reaction. Congress and state legislatures have tried to restrict the right. But the basic liberty recognized by the court has remained almost completely intact.<p>Updated: Thu May 16, 2019</p> 8ef24104e85bded0c18c3a4527cf9eee In Both Parties, Magical Thinking Prevails for 05/11/2019 Sat, 11 May 2019 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>In Washington, there are divisions between liberal precepts and conservative doctrine, Trumpism and never-Trumpism, radicalism and moderation. But one type of thinking has come to dominate and unify policymaking: magical thinking.</p> <p>Democrats are increasingly gripped by this infatuation, which manifests itself in the growing support for "Medicare for All." Bernie Sanders' signature proposal has won the endorsement of several others running for president. They want to proclaim health care the right of every person and establish a single-payer system that will ensure no one goes without needed treatment. <p>Updated: Sat May 11, 2019</p> 7f9ba2a6e47a38851e7b7e82cf46b6f7 The 'Fetal Heartbeat' Abortion Ban and the War on Women's Autonomy for 05/09/2019 Thu, 09 May 2019 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>Donald Trump has endorsed a federal ban on late-term abortions, lamenting laws that, as he put it, "allow a baby to be ripped from the mother's womb moments before birth." Trump claims falsely that doctors are allowed to "execute" babies after delivery. When Virginia Democrats tried to ease restrictions on abortions in the third trimester, Republicans said they were promoting "infanticide."</p> <p>So these opponents of late-term abortion prefer that abortions take place a bit earlier? Not exactly. In 2017, the House of Representatives passed the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act, forbidding abortions after 20 weeks, when the fetus allegedly can feel pain. Never mind that the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists says this capacity "does not, in fact, develop until late in the third trimester."<p>Updated: Thu May 09, 2019</p> 228c092e63bbc35e52277edf735301cb On Trump's Trade Policy, a Democratic Echo for 05/05/2019 Sun, 05 May 2019 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>If you want to get an unanimous verdict from any gathering of economists, just ask them about Donald Trump's trade policy. If it were a movie, its Rotten Tomato score would be zero. One expert analysis after another has torched it.</p> <p>A report from the Becker Friedman Institute at the University of Chicago found his<span class="column--highlighted-text"> tariffs on washing machines cost consumers $1.5 billion, or more than $815,000 per U.S. job saved.</span> A study for the National Bureau of Economic Research concluded that Trump's trade war has reduced Americans' real incomes by $1.4 billion per month.<p>Updated: Sun May 05, 2019</p> 89677d86a305a5b985427b92a81bc038 The Evolution of Joe Biden for 05/02/2019 Thu, 02 May 2019 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>In 2007, the economy was humming along in the sixth year of an expansion, with unemployment and inflation pleasantly low. But America was mired in two major wars, Osama bin Laden was at large, and the threat of terrorism hung like a thunderhead over the nation. All this gave Joe Biden the idea that the climate was perfect for him to run for president.</p> <p>He had been chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. He had pushed to end the Balkan wars. He had a partition plan to bring peace to Iraq. He could talk about international problems as long as anyone would listen, and then some.<p>Updated: Thu May 02, 2019</p> cbf1f06651c20c914c90aaf94dd48dfb United Airlines Feels Your Pain. I Don't. for 04/28/2019 Sun, 28 Apr 2019 00:00:00 -0700 <p>United Airlines CEO Oscar Munoz has heard the complaints from air travelers, and he truly regrets the suffering they endure.</p> <p>"It's become so stressful, from when you leave, wherever you live, to get into traffic, to find a parking spot, to get through security," he told ABC News. He also acknowledged that seating is too tight to be shrunk further, and that his airline's Wi-Fi is unsatisfactory. </p> <p>Confronted by unhappy air travelers, Munoz feels, or least feigns, great sympathy. I, by contrast, find myself entirely unmoved by their grievances. Perfect bliss is a rare if not impossible attainment in this world. But for passengers on major carriers to gripe about what they have to put up with is like New Englanders complaining about the Red Sox.<p>Updated: Mon Apr 29, 2019</p> e6da87f856f5003dd4f2760e7550e320 Why Democrats Should Resist Impeachment for 04/25/2019 Thu, 25 Apr 2019 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>By doing their jobs thoroughly and fairly, Robert Mueller and his team produced mass frustration. Those who hoped the report would dispel every cloud over Donald Trump, leaving clear skies for the remainder of his term, were disappointed. Those who wished for a steamer trunk full of smoking guns, which would cause Republicans to abandon him, were left to wander around baggage claim.</p> <p>Democrats now have to grapple with the question that has loomed over Trump for most of his presidency: impeachment. Speaker Nancy Pelosi has a special hose she uses to blast cold water on the idea, and Sen. Amy Klobuchar, who is running for president, has chosen to model "Minnesota nice." At a CNN town hall Monday, she said, "I'm the jury here, so I am not going to predispose things."<p>Updated: Thu Apr 25, 2019</p> f240d8d557fa23e01f9f172fed36180c The Mueller Report's Damning Portrait of Trump for 04/21/2019 Sun, 21 Apr 2019 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>With the release of the redacted Mueller report, Americans can be grateful that their president did not so blatantly violate any law that the special counsel felt compelled to indict him. Really. It's better than learning that he was caught red-handed in a multitude of Class A felonies. </p> <p>The public should not, however, be consoled by everything else that was revealed. The report compiles a profusion of evidence that the president is a disgrace to his office, giving exclusive consideration to his own welfare and none to the interests of the public. Felonious? Maybe not. Villainous? Without a doubt.<p>Updated: Sun Apr 21, 2019</p> 1b260789f2dbb81cd5885addaec99fd6 Can Bernie Sanders Be Stopped? for 04/18/2019 Thu, 18 Apr 2019 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>At the bottom of my list of the Democratic candidates I would like to see nominated in 2020 is Bernie Sanders. At the top of my list of the candidates I expect to see nominated? Same.</p> <p>The presidential campaign is still young. The first actual votes will not be cast for more than nine months, when the Iowa caucuses are held on Feb. 3. In a congested race, as we know from the Kentucky Derby, the fastest contenders can find themselves hopelessly boxed in. But at the moment, it's easier to see a path for Sanders to win the Democratic nomination than it is for anyone else.<p>Updated: Thu Apr 18, 2019</p> cc3edf9f9342960fc12b8d46810fa40c The Assange Indictment Is a Victory for Press Freedom for 04/14/2019 Sun, 14 Apr 2019 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>Julian Assange has a knack for making enemies. Conservatives denounced him in 2010 after he put online a horde of classified information provided by Chelsea Manning, a U.S. Army intelligence analyst who went to prison for the leaks. Liberals revile him for disclosing hacked Democratic National Committee emails and helping elect Donald Trump.</p> <p>On top of those, two Swedish women say he sexually assaulted them, which led to an arrest warrant that prompted him to seek asylum in the Ecuadoran embassy in London. He was arrested there "on behalf of the United States" Thursday morning after his asylum was canceled. <p>Updated: Sun Apr 14, 2019</p> d85e7b0f83e6bf2a01e73c41fb0a6a27 Under Trump, the Chaos Never Ends for 04/11/2019 Thu, 11 Apr 2019 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>Jeb Bush was the Cassandra of the 2016 presidential race. She was the figure in Greek mythology whose gift was being able to foresee the future &#8212; and whose curse was that she would not be believed.</p> <p>Bush had the most accurate prediction of the campaign, if not of the 21st century. "He's a chaos candidate," he said of Donald Trump in a 2015 debate. "And he'd be a chaos president." <p>Updated: Thu Apr 11, 2019</p> 7ec0ffd31d35acc374f35ed5a832da88 What the Chicago Mayoral Election Reveals about the 2020 Race for President for 04/04/2019 Thu, 04 Apr 2019 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>On Tuesday, Chicagoans did something that no one imagined a year ago, voting by a mammoth margin to entrust the mayor's office to an uncharismatic gay black woman who has never held elective office. Lori Lightfoot was the most surprising election winner since &#8212; well, since Donald Trump.</p> <p>Chicago is not a cross-section of America, but developments and tendencies seen in America's third-largest city often reflect the general pattern of the nation's political evolution. And those on display Tuesday offered some clues about how the 2020 presidential election may go.<p>Updated: Thu Apr 04, 2019</p> 85f20f7a565c2f448a61315e95d478b9 Trump Asks for Trouble in Venezuela for 03/31/2019 Sun, 31 Mar 2019 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>One of the biggest fiascoes of Barack Obama's presidency occurred when he warned the Syrian government that any use of chemical weapons against rebels would breach a "red line." It was a clear threat of a U.S. air strike. But a year later, the regime carried out an attack with sarin gas - and the threat proved hollow.</p> <p>The reversal was a public humiliation and a lesson in the risks of blithely raising the stakes in an international confrontation. Obama's secretary of state, John Kerry, later admitted, "We paid a price" for the bluff.<p>Updated: Sun Mar 31, 2019</p> eac535f3281dd58320148a8979a1b90d The Mueller Report Is No Vindication for Trump for 03/28/2019 Thu, 28 Mar 2019 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>Late in the fourth quarter of a 2003 game between Texas A&M and Oklahoma, Aggie defender Johnny Jolly tackled the ball carrier for a loss, jumped up and did a triumphant dance. It would have been entirely appropriate except that Oklahoma was leading 77-0.</p> <p>The disciples of Donald Trump have been engaged in a similarly myopic display since Attorney General William Barr reported that the special counsel did not find Trump colluded with the Russian government to affect the 2016 election. They are celebrating under circumstances that should elicit humility, not hubris.<p>Updated: Thu Mar 28, 2019</p> c7a3b38fb2893e8d764ac1d267756037 New Zealand's New Gun Law Is a Non-solution for 03/24/2019 Sun, 24 Mar 2019 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>American supporters of gun control are aflame with admiration for New Zealand, whose government needed only six days after a mass shooting to enact a strict new gun law. "See. It's not that hard," tweeted Sen. Chris Murphy, D-Conn. "This is what leadership looks like," marveled Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y.</p> <p>It was notable that Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern pushed through a ban on so-called assault weapons with so little opposition. Also notable were the claims about what it will achieve. "Every semi-automatic weapon used in the terrorist attack on Friday will be banned in this country," she said. The result will be "to make our community safer."<p>Updated: Sun Mar 24, 2019</p> 80d6de5d9836087fb02c825f5d6644ce Is Beto the Next Kennedy or Obama? for 03/21/2019 Thu, 21 Mar 2019 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>For decades, the Democratic Party has been haunted by a specter: the specter of John F. Kennedy and Robert F. Kennedy. Liberals have yearned for a young, handsome, eloquent and charismatic man to move them, enchant them and return them to Camelot.</p> <p>They've never quite found him, though Gary Hart (1984) and John Kerry (2004) tried to fill the role. Even Ted Kennedy didn't quite measure up. Bill Clinton &#8212; who was serendipitously photographed at 17 shaking JFK's hand &#8212; managed a faint resemblance that he strove to heighten.<p>Updated: Thu Mar 21, 2019</p> c71d3b7bc8b31436b42a1cfa02a4cc2a Trump Finds Congress Revolting for 03/17/2019 Sun, 17 Mar 2019 00:00:00 -0700 <p>STEVE CHAPMAN </p> <p>FOR RELEASE: SUN. MARCH 17, 2019</p> <p><p>Updated: Sun Mar 17, 2019</p>