Steve Chapman from Creators Syndicate Creators Syndicate is an international syndication company that represents cartoonists and columnists of the highest caliber. en Sun, 12 Jul 2020 12:01:37 -0700 Steve Chapman from Creators Syndicate 1c5d24e6338d4de2656de45d19ea6fce Call Off College Football for 07/12/2020 Sun, 12 Jul 2020 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>If you are not a regular watcher of the Tennis Channel, it may surprise you to learn that the sport is back. Reruns of prehistoric Grand Slam finals have given way to live coverage of top professionals in exhibition tournaments that none of the players seem to treat as mere exhibitions.</p> <p>Did I say top professionals? A June team event in Charleston included this year's Australian Open winner, Sofia Kenin, and 2016 Olympic Gold Medalist Monica Puig. A recent all-Czech tournament in Prague was won by Petra Kvitova, a two-time Wimbledon champion.<p>Updated: Sun Jul 12, 2020</p> b3e7ad34fdae47555057e04500039587 How Police and Prisons Blocked Black Progress for 07/09/2020 Thu, 09 Jul 2020 00:00:00 -0700 <p>Thirty years ago, African Americans were on a trajectory toward equality with whites. Civil rights laws had broken down barriers that had impeded Black people. Their educational attainments were on the rise. The racial wage gap had shrunk. It was reasonable to expect that by 2020, something close to economic and social parity would be achieved.</p> <p>It wasn't. Since then, in one realm after another, African Americans as a group have seen their progress stall or reverse. The problems that apparently were being solved have persisted. In 2018, the poverty rate among Black Americans was 20.8%, not much better than the 22.1% of 2000 &#8212; and more than 2 1/2 times higher than the rate among non-Hispanic whites. </p> <p>The effects on Black America are obvious: large pockets of intense destitution, blighted neighborhoods, disproportionate amounts of violent crime and widespread loss of hope. The chronic bloodshed in parts of Chicago is one especially grim consequence.<p>Updated: Thu Jul 09, 2020</p> 6c0069bf3ce6dc1aa7b075112ded93ca No, Susan Rice Did Not Support the Iraq War for 07/05/2020 Sun, 05 Jul 2020 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>If Joe Biden takes my advice and chooses Susan Rice to be his running mate, then there will be criticism from people who opposed the Iraq War. That's because if you Google "Susan Rice" and "Iraq War," you will find several sources, including Wikipedia, that say she supported it. Let me try to save critics and journalists from that error by setting the record straight.</p> <p>From everything I've been able to find, Rice did not support the Iraq War. She opposed it, in a show of wise and independent judgment.<p>Updated: Sun Jul 05, 2020</p> 8c872a3d1accec7ae761fb6586de8891 Will John Roberts Be the Savior of Abortion Rights? for 07/02/2020 Thu, 02 Jul 2020 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>Liberals got a big victory on abortion rights Monday thanks to Chief Justice John Roberts, but don't think they're not ungrateful. "John Roberts is not your friend," announced the leftist weekly The Nation. "No one should be fooled," huffed a New York Times editorial. "The current court is as hostile to reproductive freedom as it ever was."</p> <p>He's not getting any love from conservatives, either. "He has sided with abortion extremists who care more about providing abortion-on-demand than protecting women's health," charged Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas. This alleged shift makes a fool of Cruz, who endorsed Roberts' 2005 nomination, calling him "a principled conservative" who would continue "carefully, faithfully applying the Constitution and legal precedent."<p>Updated: Thu Jul 02, 2020</p> 6e3e4c2642e0d87bb6dd4f5bce233c19 Losing the Fight Against the Coronavirus for 06/28/2020 Sun, 28 Jun 2020 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>In the category of "famous last words," my favorite has always been what Union Army Gen. John Sedgwick said when urged to take cover from Confederate sharpshooters. "They couldn't hit an elephant at this distance," he replied, and then fell dead from a rifle shot.</p> <p>Mike Pence is guilty of a similar miscalculation. Writing in The Wall Street Journal on June 16, he boasted of the administration's response to the coronavirus pandemic: "We are winning the fight against the invisible enemy."<p>Updated: Sun Jun 28, 2020</p> c7e4ff760985a9643a6873d95bae1824 Biden's Best Option for VP? Susan Rice for 06/25/2020 Thu, 25 Jun 2020 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>In the history of political campaigns, no topic has a higher ratio of punditry to significance as the choice of running mates. It provides a refreshing break after the long race for the presidential nomination; it typically features many possible contenders; and it fills airtime on news and talk shows.</p> <p>For all the attention it gets, the decision usually makes no difference. Paul Ryan was the dream 2012 running mate for Mitt Romney, for all the good it did him. Dick Cheney added zero political value, which didn't stop George W. Bush from winning in 2000. Jack Kemp, Dan Quayle, Geraldine Ferraro &#8212; none of them mattered at the polls.<p>Updated: Thu Jun 25, 2020</p> a0ef119aba1f5420c7c983f2194dc893 How Trump Got Scammed by North Korea for 06/21/2020 Sun, 21 Jun 2020 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>Donald Trump had a bad week. He went to West Point to make himself look like a strong leader but raised doubts about his health when he struggled drinking water and descending a ramp. His first Supreme Court appointee wrote the opinion in a case upholding gay and transgender rights.</p> <p>The court also struck down Trump's effort to deport undocumented foreigners brought here as children. His former national security advisor wrote a book painting the world's most powerful person as an ignorant sleazebag who was guilty of the impeachment charges and more.<p>Updated: Sun Jun 21, 2020</p> be7bde4a5968285b35fc7a57d2f3d880 The Texas Rangers Have a Nasty History. Why Does the Baseball Team Keep the Name? for 06/18/2020 Thu, 18 Jun 2020 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>The injustices of the present are forcing a confrontation with our past &#8212; a past wreathed in nostalgia and myths that conceal grim realities. The Civil War ended 155 years ago, but only recently have Americans begun renouncing flags, statues and monuments paying homage to Southern traitors. Other symbols of racist oppression are also under attack.</p> <p>Lately, the movement has gained momentum. A committee in the Republican-controlled Senate voted to strip the names of Confederate generals from Army bases. Protesters in Richmond pulled down statues of Jefferson Davis and Christopher Columbus. The city of Albuquerque, New Mexico, has removed a statue of a Spanish conquistador.<p>Updated: Thu Jun 18, 2020</p> 23e37a0a1c4439845269f1cfbe6dba7e When Cops Are Their Own Worst Enemies for 06/14/2020 Sun, 14 Jun 2020 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>You may have seen it: a black and white American flag with one stripe highlighted in blue. The Thin Blue Line flag is used meant to show solidarity with the police. As Thin Blue Line USA says, it "represents all who faithfully serve and protect. A line that separates order from chaos, and a line that represents all who serve and all who stand for #justice." </p> <p>Early on the morning of June 1, most of those who make up the thin blue line of the Chicago Police Department were straining to deal with hooligans. But according to Mayor Lori Lightfoot and Police Superintendent David Brown, 13 of their fellow officers were taking it easy in the burglarized campaign office of Rep. Bobby Rush as nearby shops were being ransacked. <p>Updated: Sun Jun 14, 2020</p> f59c47786a0074344c3fe2e9f554dd5d Joe Biden, Trapped in the Middle for 06/11/2020 Thu, 11 Jun 2020 00:00:00 -0700 <p>Poor Joe Biden. On one side, he is being pressed by progressives who are rallying behind the slogan, "Defund the police." On the other side, he faces withering blasts from Donald Trump, who vows to uphold "law & order, not defund and abolish the police." </p> <p>This squeeze comes during a moment of intense national turmoil. Biden can't make a move without risking anger among those in the left wing of the Democratic Party or inviting trouble with voters worried about violent unrest. There's even the risk he could antagonize both sides. On the battlefield, it can be fatal to let your forces be caught between armies advancing from either direction.</p> <p>But politics is different from war. Sometimes, the middle is the safest place to be. <span class="column--highlighted-text">On the issue of the day, Biden occupies a sensible spot: in favor of reforming police, not abolishing them.</span><p>Updated: Thu Jun 11, 2020</p> 3ab3b4e3460b3e4823b52385b9e3e234 Trump's Threat to Misuse the Military for 06/07/2020 Sun, 07 Jun 2020 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>For most of the 21st century, American presidents have been busy proving that the U.S. military cannot bring peace and stability to Iraq and Afghanistan. But that does not stop the current president from believing it can bring peace and stability to American cities.</p> <p>On Monday, Donald Trump made it clear that his tiny quota of patience was running out. "If a city or a state refuses to take the actions that are necessary to defend the life and property of their residents," he warned, "then I will deploy the United States military and quickly solve the problem for them." He has in mind going beyond the traditional use of the National Guard in favor of active-duty troops. <p>Updated: Sun Jun 07, 2020</p> d96f5ab79dbfa14d19303852b38de05b The Wave of Protests Is a Reaction to Trump for 06/04/2020 Thu, 04 Jun 2020 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>The list of places where citizens have turned out to protest the killing of George Floyd is long and varied. Not just Minneapolis, New York, Los Angeles, Chicago and other big cities, but cities whose names are unfamiliar to most people.</p> <p>Galesburg, Illinois. Opelika, Alabama. Keene, New York. Sandusky, Ohio. Abilene, Texas. Fontana, California. Grand Island, Nebraska. More than 350 cities are known to have had protests, in one of the biggest, broadest expressions of public discontent in American history.<p>Updated: Thu Jun 04, 2020</p> e90039ffa318cf128b38f9c0bbfa8669 If Riots Aren't the Answer, What Is? for 05/31/2020 Sun, 31 May 2020 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>It is impossible to justify the violence, looting, arson and vandalism that took place in Minneapolis and other cities after the death of George Floyd at the hands of police. Smashing windows, torching buildings and plundering stores do nothing to improve police behavior or help the African American community. They amount to useless destruction.</p> <p>Impossible to justify, yes. Impossible to understand? Not at all. Police have participated in a quiet riot against black people for generations.<p>Updated: Sun May 31, 2020</p> 881d3a1255637526cbb2c9163e3ee464 Trump Wants Twitter to Spread Lies, Not Truth for 05/28/2020 Thu, 28 May 2020 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>For years, Twitter has been Donald Trump's big cargo hauler for getting his message to his followers. It lets him bypass the news media to communicate directly, as often as he wants, in whatever terms he chooses. Trump without Twitter would be Florida without the ocean.</p> <p>For everyone else, his use of the social media platform has also served a valuable purpose: providing daily documentation of his inexhaustible rage, vanity, mendacity and lack of self-control. It's a real-time glimpse of his mental instability. Psychiatrists are reluctant to diagnose from afar, but they learn more from his tweeting than most of them ever get from listening to patients in person.<p>Updated: Thu May 28, 2020</p> be45a80d977b96b645b0f2a95f59ad77 A Restaurant Rebound Is Not on the Table for 05/24/2020 Sun, 24 May 2020 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>When the Wisconsin Supreme Court struck down the governor's stay-at-home order, several bars and restaurants immediately reopened, and customers came. At some, patrons thronged in, shunning masks and social distancing. On the following Saturday, the resort town of Lake Geneva attracted a horde of tourists eager to eat, drink and mingle with others.</p> <p>The implication was clear: Americans are tired of isolation and are unafraid of getting sick. If we lift the restrictions that have shut down so many of these places, people will go back to doing what they used to.<p>Updated: Sun May 24, 2020</p> 08de13e6b81896e89acf493bdf7361d2 In This Crisis, States Should Get a Lot of Federal Money for 05/21/2020 Thu, 21 May 2020 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>The economic collapse precipitated by the coronavirus pandemic has been a disaster for a multitude of individuals and companies, and the federal government has wisely showered them with money to offset their losses. But the downturn has also been a disaster for states, which don't get the same love in Washington.</p> <p>When the House passed a $3 trillion relief bill with $1 trillion for state, local and tribal governments, only one Republican voted yes. President Donald Trump has threatened to veto the measure in the unlikely event that it gets through the Senate.<p>Updated: Thu May 21, 2020</p> 5d5dc966562c36df6cc943f16c0ed87d The Illusory Choice Between Health and Prosperity for 05/17/2020 Sun, 17 May 2020 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>As the coronavirus pandemic continues, Americans find themselves on the horns of a dilemma. Should we give the highest priority to fighting the disease to save as many lives as possible? Or should we ease government restrictions in order to save the economy from a prolonged recession or even depression?</p> <p>But the dilemma is an illusion. The stay-at-home orders and mandatory closure of nonessential businesses are only partly responsible for the huge increase in unemployment and the sharp drop in economic activity. Even if every restriction were lifted immediately, the economy would continue to gasp, not roar.<p>Updated: Sun May 17, 2020</p> 5a9c9d247c70c7e0c9338989b29b878c The Coronavirus Protesters' False Notions of Freedom for 05/14/2020 Thu, 14 May 2020 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>The people who have rallied in Chicago and elsewhere to protest stay-at-home orders and business shutdowns are big proponents of freedom. They claim their right to assemble has been violated, along with their right to earn a living and enjoy their normal lives.</p> <p>One sign at the May 1 protest said, "Give me liberty or give me COVID-19." Another said, "Freedom is essential." There were flags warning, "Don't tread on me." <span class="column--highlighted-text">The protesters, like those in lots of other places, were demanding the right to go about their lives as they choose, even if it means contracting the coronavirus and giving it to others.</span><p>Updated: Thu May 14, 2020</p> 9e797341194581692d714beee52bc0b1 How to Get Back to Normal? Mass Coronavirus Testing for 05/10/2020 Sun, 10 May 2020 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>The defining characteristic of the current national mood is profound uncertainty. We don't how widespread the new coronavirus is. We don't know who may have it. The lack of information is a huge obstacle to resuming normal life.</p> <p>Donald Trump has reservations about the expansion of testing for the disease because it raises the quantity of known infections. "If we did very little testing, we wouldn't have the most cases," he said Wednesday. "So, in a way, by doing all of this testing, we make ourselves look bad." <p>Updated: Sun May 10, 2020</p> 3fa1287f3521221bf8f96c03c9d1f23a Voting by Mail Protects Democracy and Public Health for 05/07/2020 Thu, 07 May 2020 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>If I were a fan of the coronavirus, here's what I'd like to see this fall: crowds of Americans standing in line for minutes or hours in venues where they can easily infect each other. By then, the contagion may be receding thanks to measures to combat it, or it may be going strong. Either way, Election Day could be a great boon to the disease, furnishing a trove of new victims.</p> <p>There is a way to deprive the pandemic of this extraordinary opportunity: getting as many people as possible to cast their votes by mail instead of in person. It's an entirely doable response. But not everyone thinks saving lives is worth the trouble. One of them is Donald Trump, who voted by mail in Florida's March primary but doesn't think everyone else should.<p>Updated: Thu May 07, 2020</p>