Susan Estrich from Creators Syndicate Creators Syndicate is an international syndication company that represents cartoonists and columnists of the highest caliber. en Wed, 14 Apr 2021 07:10:54 -0700 Susan Estrich from Creators Syndicate 283222186a0ea40b2e8864becb24b8e4 Step by Step for 04/10/2021 Sat, 10 Apr 2021 00:00:00 -0700 <p>The Reopening of America &#8212; or even of one town or state &#8212; is hardly a seamless operation.</p> <p>The stages make less and less sense. Everything is open, even if everything isn't really supposed to be open for more than a month.</p> <p>Restaurants and shops, big stores and small, salons and barber shops &#8212; almost everything but schools and office buildings, with more and more of both opening up.<p>Updated: Sat Apr 10, 2021</p> fdfb524f85518b9476158c79c8ea022f And to All the Left-Wing Crazies ... for 04/08/2021 Thu, 08 Apr 2021 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>Former President Donald Trump wished a happy Easter to all including "Radical Left CRAZIES."</p> <p>"Happy Easter to ALL, including the Radical Left CRAZIES who rigged our Presidential Election, and want to destroy our Country!" he said, well after the Capitol was stormed by his supporters, resulting in the death of a Capitol Police officer and four others, and numerous injuries.<p>Updated: Thu Apr 08, 2021</p> e501f44a4e448242a7f38f1c15418049 What Matters: Biden's First Slate of Judges for 04/03/2021 Sat, 03 Apr 2021 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>President Biden made public his first slate of nominees for current vacancies on the federal courts. It was the most diverse set of nominees any president has ever sent to the Senate. It was easy to miss the story &#8212; even I almost did &#8212; between the pandemic and the vaccine; worries about family, money and the rest. But it matters, and it will continue to matter, because judges don't simply apply the law like robots. If it worked that way, Silicon Valley would have figured out a way to replace them. It matters where they are coming from, both literally and figuratively, because that influences how they see things, including disputes.</p> <p>Biden's slate includes three Black women, led by the Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson, whom he nominated to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit. She was nominated to fill Attorney General Merrick Garland's seat, to the court that has consistently served as a steppingstone to the Supreme Court. If confirmed, she would be the only Black woman on that court and one of &#8212; get this &#8212; five &#8212; that's five &#8212; Black women of the 179 current judges on all the courts of appeals in this country. One more fact, courtesy of the National Law Journal: Twelve of the last 13 nominees to the United States Supreme Court have come from the U.S. Court of Appeals.<p>Updated: Sat Apr 03, 2021</p> 28263a9c408a454429e4d57e337dbf5c Go Red for 04/01/2021 Thu, 01 Apr 2021 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>If you're looking for a vaccine, I can offer one piece of practical advice: Go red. If you live in a blue state, look for the red counties. Or get in your car and drive.</p> <p>Six hours to Amarillo, my friend's son says. Amarillo was his grandfather's hometown. Other than that, he has absolutely no connection. But Texas is Texas. Better than letting it go to waste.<p>Updated: Thu Apr 01, 2021</p> 3c468f34777f39a2b4ad5d7b81db9c17 What's Wrong With Republicans? for 03/27/2021 Sat, 27 Mar 2021 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>Two stories I've been thinking about make clear that Republicans have problems Donald Trump's departure has not begun to solve. The problems are not with the Democrats. They are with science.</p> <p>The first was the finding in the latest NPR/"PBS NewsHour"/Marist poll that some 49% of Republican men and 47% of Trump supporters say they will not choose to be vaccinated if a vaccine is available to them. <p>Updated: Sat Mar 27, 2021</p> bd11f58b50780e0e3005bdc0a84a8cd6 Is Biden Boring? for 03/25/2021 Thu, 25 Mar 2021 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>He has been in office for just two months. In that time, he has gotten a $1.9 trillion bill through Congress, a bill that will put $1,400 in the hands of many Trump voters. He has restored our relationship with Europe. We are once again signers of the Paris Agreement. He has strengthened our relationship with the democracies in Southeast Asia that are most threatened by China. </p> <p>And he's curing COVID. <p>Updated: Thu Mar 25, 2021</p> 65eea27a6c26e0a047565976b44099e9 Trump's Victory Lap for 03/20/2021 Sat, 20 Mar 2021 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>In his haunting book "The Plot Against America," Phillip Roth imagines a world in which the isolationist hero and explorer Charles Lindbergh, not Franklin Roosevelt, had won the 1940 presidential election.</p> <p>It might have happened, after all. Everything would be different now, and yet chillingly real.<p>Updated: Sat Mar 20, 2021</p> 8e95f145881a974cdad830630ae9ba6a Get the Vaccine for 03/18/2021 Thu, 18 Mar 2021 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>COVID? What COVID? </p> <p>California is substantially open. Many are living as if COVID-19 were gone. That's a big "if." We are not close to vaccinating everybody, because of limits on both supply and demand. So <span class="column--highlighted-text">why are we living as if it were already gone?</span><p>Updated: Thu Mar 18, 2021</p> 8f51cb8266a2f07ca35471d5da210384 First Grade, Pandemic Style for 03/13/2021 Sat, 13 Mar 2021 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>My dearest friend has grandchildren. We are giving her daughter a day off, which is to say, a day to work nonstop at only one job. </p> <p>School starts at 9 a.m.: fourth grade at the dining room table, first grade upstairs with me.<p>Updated: Sat Mar 13, 2021</p> 47fbc51db3cd2cfcb69a0fa55afd3231 The Ones Who Have Yet to Die for 03/11/2021 Thu, 11 Mar 2021 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>In driving down Main Street in Santa Monica on Saturday night, you might think the pandemic is over everywhere, with people drinking and laughing, lines for drinks ... Honest to God, they're partying. There aren't a lot of masks &#8212; it's hard to drink a cold one with a mask.</p> <p>Just one problem: The pandemic isn't over yet. Some people have yet to die. It could be you, or your grandpa.<p>Updated: Thu Mar 11, 2021</p> 8852f6521bc6b51dc9952aaa462a3cd0 'Who Gets What, When, and How' for 03/04/2021 Thu, 04 Mar 2021 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>"Yay for science," Dr. Rochelle Walensky, the new head of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, said quietly as famed photographer Annie Leibovitz got the shot, no pun intended.</p> <p>Hooray, indeed. Science worked. Science &#8212; that is, people &#8212; managed to do in one year what usually takes 10 to 15 years.<p>Updated: Thu Mar 04, 2021</p> 348da37d2abf000e5706b9d06e5ffc4a We Can't Take No for an Answer for 02/27/2021 Sat, 27 Feb 2021 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>I don't mean that we are going to punish a grandmother who has reason not to trust government.</p> <p>I do mean that we have to figure out how to change her mind.<p>Updated: Sat Feb 27, 2021</p> fbc0b7e593ed4250654aff0bbb98da61 What Was He Thinking? for 02/25/2021 Thu, 25 Feb 2021 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p><span style="background-color: initial;">Everybody always says, "Why did they do it?" but that's usually the easy part. In one way or another, it all comes back to making themselves look better, richer, smarter, more successful and more sexual than anyone else.</span><br></p> <p>My question is why they think they can get away with it.<p>Updated: Thu Feb 25, 2021</p> 25d83fed62457583b5b5388a78cb210a Cutting in Line for 02/18/2021 Thu, 18 Feb 2021 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>It is a brisk morning, but this is LA, so that means we are in sweaters and puffers. We stand six feet apart. </p> <p>I cannot believe I am here, cannot believe that a year spent inside, in fear, in anger, in grief, is nearing an end.<p>Updated: Thu Feb 18, 2021</p> ddb41dd115d63bdef3ea65e0c37cd566 Crying Fire in a Crowded Theater for 02/06/2021 Sat, 06 Feb 2021 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>Perhaps the most famous quote about the First Amendment &#8212; one that is often garbled and is sure to be dissected in the upcoming impeachment trial &#8212; comes from former Justice Oliver Wendell Holmes, writing for a unanimous Supreme Court in Schenck v. United States: "The most stringent protection of free speech would not protect a man in falsely shouting fire in a theatre and causing a panic."</p> <p>In other words, the First Amendment is not absolute, and speech that presents a clear and present danger of inciting violence is not protected by the First Amendment. <p>Updated: Sat Feb 06, 2021</p> 0dce7e604706897beaba9b8524369655 Victims and Survivors for 02/04/2021 Thu, 04 Feb 2021 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>It has been more than 40 years since the man held an ice pick to my throat. "Push over. Shut up or I'll kill you," he said.</p> <p>I was wearing a blue polyester long-sleeve shirt and print culottes. It was broad daylight, in the parking lot behind my building.<p>Updated: Thu Feb 04, 2021</p> ab3669de948e049e8ed7c638085f5bdc The New Federalism for 01/28/2021 Thu, 28 Jan 2021 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>The U.S. COVID response has been called "federalism at its best" &#8212; treating the states as "laboratories of change," as former Justice Louis Brandeis once said, rather than concentrating all decision-making in the federal government. </p> <p><span class="column--highlighted-text">Frankly, it feels like federalism at its worst. </span>At a time when we needed a national policy to fight a war that has cost more American lives than World War II, it was left to the 50 states to play faction-filled politics at its worst. Maskless rallies, closed restaurants, closed patios, open casinos, endlessly mixed messages. All told, it was about the least effective strategy in the Western world.<p>Updated: Thu Jan 28, 2021</p> 7d568b22323411580476b71a3c8dfc14 The Vaccine Lottery for 01/23/2021 Sat, 23 Jan 2021 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>On Tuesday afternoon, while working at my desk, two things happened almost at once. </p> <p>My law school roommate texted me that she and her husband had just signed up online to get the COVID-19 vaccine.<p>Updated: Sat Jan 23, 2021</p> c9527aa51b85fa4f1e2e7cf57e340e7f The Other 30% for 01/21/2021 Thu, 21 Jan 2021 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>Going into Inauguration Day, a poll found that 66% of all Americans approved of the way then-President-elect Joe Biden handled the transition.</p> <p>Deservedly so.<p>Updated: Thu Jan 21, 2021</p> 51e649c5c49fd69347fe79cbe566cc69 Beyond the Beltway for 01/16/2021 Sat, 16 Jan 2021 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>I don't think there is anyone in America with a phone who hasn't seen the graphic pictures of the Capitol under siege, or hasn't read the harrowing accounts of those trapped inside barricaded rooms.</p> <p>Whatever else they may have done wrong, the Capitol Police protected everyone who was legitimately in the Capitol. <p>Updated: Sat Jan 16, 2021</p>