Susan Estrich from Creators Syndicate Creators Syndicate is an international syndication company that represents cartoonists and columnists of the highest caliber. en Fri, 20 Sep 2019 15:33:35 -0700 Susan Estrich from Creators Syndicate a130eab3cb4786b536d0b891a2123415 In a Flash for 09/19/2019 Thu, 19 Sep 2019 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>There you are. There I am. Complaining. Deadlines and obligations. Bills and budgets. The empty nest. My dogs, ages 12 and 14. </p> <p>And in a flash, none of it matters. Not one bit.<p>Updated: Thu Sep 19, 2019</p> a364f05bda8c4986b89a8f2cda7753d7 Watch Warren Run for 09/12/2019 Thu, 12 Sep 2019 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>Labor Day marks the real beginning of the nomination campaign. And for all the talk of the crowds of candidates, the race has shaken out far more at this point that many of us expected.</p> <p>The winner as of Labor Day: Elizabeth Warren.<p>Updated: Thu Sep 12, 2019</p> 85435634e0cd32b6b7347114481ba7ab Sept. 11 for 09/11/2019 Wed, 11 Sep 2019 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>I commuted between LA and Boston for years. I was supposed to be back on the road Friday, another book tour. I got on planes the way my mother took trolleys. </p> <p>The phone rang. That was the end of BEFORE.<p>Updated: Wed Sep 11, 2019</p> 4d4cb5f85ebf744e0519e248518b4284 Trump's Day for 09/05/2019 Thu, 05 Sep 2019 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>It doesn't get easier 6,000 miles away.</p> <p>"Don't you like your president?" asks a man who is a strong supporter of Israeli Prime Benjamin Netanyahu and our Donald Trump. <p>Updated: Thu Sep 05, 2019</p> cf90b8a81419b2928dcc8c8eafd2295a Joe Kennedy for Senate. Not. for 08/31/2019 Sat, 31 Aug 2019 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>Ed Markey, the progressive senator from Massachusetts, is &#8212; to most people's surprise &#8212; facing a potential primary challenge from a slightly less progressive and almost ridiculously inexperienced junior congressman named Kennedy.</p> <p>That's it. Joe Kennedy, son of former Congressman Joe Kennedy, son of former attorney general. He is "thinking" about running against Markey, according to his post on Facebook.<p>Updated: Sat Aug 31, 2019</p> 341eef2f96047425f7b15aef488936d5 To Uphold the Constitution and Laws ... for 08/30/2019 Fri, 30 Aug 2019 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>Every legislator, state or federal, takes an oath to uphold the Constitution and laws of the United States.</p> <p>Missouri voters deserve a refund. And they aren't the only ones, just this week's bad example.<p>Updated: Fri Aug 30, 2019</p> 37a5cb140304a21011ad21966a2d21f8 Happy Birthday, President Clinton for 08/23/2019 Fri, 23 Aug 2019 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>On the occasion of Bill Clinton's 73rd birthday, the chattering class has come to bury the president they once adored &#8212; and not to praise him.</p> <p>Not me.<p>Updated: Fri Aug 23, 2019</p> 86c2a23f6ecf026dc76be45fac600e84 Good for the Jews? for 08/22/2019 Thu, 22 Aug 2019 00:00:00 -0700 <p>Years ago, Frank Rich, the legendary New York Times columnist, wrote a piece &#8212; channeling his grandmother &#8212; on the first question her generation used to ask when big news broke: Is it good for the Jews? Or (more often) is it bad for the Jews?</p> <p>You could hardly blame them. Living through the Holocaust makes the question painfully relevant.</p> <p>But a habit is a habit.<p>Updated: Thu Aug 22, 2019</p> 24c73c653c8475147682d2a9097f2b3c The Ultimate Accomplice for 08/15/2019 Thu, 15 Aug 2019 00:00:00 -0700 <p>He could never have done it alone.</p> <p>I'm not talking about his suicide. That he did himself.</p> <p>I'm talking about his crimes.<p>Updated: Thu Aug 15, 2019</p> d78f7c979df5747cde7311e33c1a24b8 Michael Bennet for President for 08/10/2019 Sat, 10 Aug 2019 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>Doesn't have a chance?</p> <p>When the public says they're looking for that so-called generic Democrat whom they would overwhelmingly favor over President Donald Trump, they mean Michael Bennet. They just don't know it yet.<p>Updated: Sat Aug 10, 2019</p> 6235795718efd574d56decacfdd27044 Death Penalty Politics for 08/03/2019 Sat, 03 Aug 2019 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>I have been studying death penalty politics (as well as law) for decades, largely because I've had to. The death penalty bedeviled Democratic candidates in the '80s and '90s, and its repercussions are still felt today. Back then, the public was for it. But it was more than that. Law and order, Nixon's 1968 rallying cry, turned crime into a race issue, pure and simple. Willie Horton turned crime into a values issue. Same thing, really. Whose side are you on?</p> <p>Bill Clinton didn't go near it. He broke off campaigning in 1992 to return to Arkansas to preside over an execution. The convict, when served his last supper, reportedly replied that he would save it "for later."<p>Updated: Sat Aug 03, 2019</p> bccdd27c093ef1cbaa61eb6f3c10a4b1 What If You Like Your Private Insurance? for 08/01/2019 Thu, 01 Aug 2019 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>About 138 million Americans voted in the last presidential election.</p> <p>Almost 220 million have private insurance.<p>Updated: Thu Aug 01, 2019</p> 289ab371216c635e624320aadeb803c0 Heat Wave for 07/27/2019 Sat, 27 Jul 2019 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>On the day I left Paris (after a well-timed visit to my daughter), the temperature was 96 degrees Fahrenheit, and it was still morning. That day, it climbed to 104; the next day was the hottest in France in recorded history. </p> <p>Unlike the United States, where I mostly need a jacket to deal with summer air conditioning (perfect for a man in a suit), in Europe and most of the rest of the world, jackets are not required. Air conditioning is the exception, not the rule.<p>Updated: Sat Jul 27, 2019</p> a5be1d4ac5343d3a525558f05ee52fd7 Justice Stevens for 07/23/2019 Tue, 23 Jul 2019 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>I was blessed. </p> <p>On my first day as his law clerk on the D.C. Circuit, Judge J. Skelly Wright, who had hired me sight unseen when I was elected president of the Harvard Law Review, told me that Justice Brennan would not do the same. True, he always hired Judge Wright's Harvard clerk sight unseen, and he had never passed on a Harvard Law Review president. But they were all men. It was nothing personal, the judge informed me; he just didn't hire women.<p>Updated: Tue Jul 23, 2019</p> f8b6047497cb7f780b65f0b76aeca514 Biden Is Still Ahead for 07/13/2019 Sat, 13 Jul 2019 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>After all the pundits declared him the loser in his first debate, after almost two weeks of backpedaling and explaining, Joe Biden still leads the field among likely Democratic primary voters. At least that's what the latest national polls say. The NBC/Wall Street Journal poll, one of the best, was released on Thursday and found that 26 percent of Democratic primary voters support Biden, with 19 percent supporting Elizabeth Warren; Kamala Harris and Bernie Sanders tied at 13 percent; and Mayor Pete Buttigieg at 7 percent.</p> <p>In terms of their predictive power, polls like this &#8212; even the best ones &#8212; have to be viewed with more than a grain of salt. A poll is a photograph, not an analysis. And a photograph of the national primary electorate July 7 through 9 (with a margin of error plus or minus 4.9 percent) is a static picture of a dynamic process, which doesn't become remotely "national" until Iowa, New Hampshire, Nevada and South Carolina have winnowed the field. It doesn't matter right now who loves Bernie if he doesn't score in an early primary. Ditto for Biden. Biden ran fourth among the top four when voters were asked about their second choice. Only 12 percent of those polled said they had firmly made up their mind about their choice. The nomination process can wither a frontrunner, and a divided field makes it easier for a non-consensus choice to succeed. <p>Updated: Sat Jul 13, 2019</p> 46757aa1af18705cca11b0c29ac60df5 The Secretary of Labor Needs to Go for 07/11/2019 Thu, 11 Jul 2019 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p><span style="background-color: initial;">Alexander Acosta, as the U.S. attorney in Miami, was responsible for cutting the deal that allowed notorious sex offender Jeffrey Epstein to get away with a slap on the wrist.</span><br></p> <p>In yet another example of the vital importance of old-fashioned investigative journalism (aka "fake news"), the Miami Herald in February detailed the agreement that allowed Epstein to escape any federal charges for his wrongdoing. Instead, he slept at a state prison for 13 months and only had to be there one day a week. When the secret deal was finally made public, outrage ensued. The Justice Department opened an investigation into how the case had been handled. On Monday, Epstein was finally charged with child sex trafficking by the Republican United States attorney in New York. <p>Updated: Thu Jul 11, 2019</p> c84466efed18cc3dbe7550061144b893 Biden's Bad Night: of Baggage and Buses for 06/29/2019 Sat, 29 Jun 2019 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>It was a very good night for California Sen. Kamala Harris. And, for those listening, a strong showing for Sen. Michael Bennett and Mayor Pete Buttigieg. The night before, Sen. Elizabeth Warren owned the stage. </p> <p>But the real story coming out of this week's debates was not who won but who lost. Much easier to call that one. <p>Updated: Sat Jun 29, 2019</p> bd5457746c3979b30996ad1beec87309 Trump Before There Was Trump for 06/27/2019 Thu, 27 Jun 2019 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>It happens. A golden boy comes to Washington and spends too much time at Bullfeathers, the bar where congressmen and young staff members have frolicked since I was a young staffer. Back at home, wherever that is, he's the war hero who made good, the devoted father and son, the regular guy. Back home is where his wife and kids are. In Washington, where being a "member" gives you more pull at Bullfeathers than on the House floor, he discovers the seemingly endless supply of beautiful women who find everything he does memorable. They drink. They party. They have two homes instead of one. They have bills to pay. They are big shots living on a congressman's salary, not a lobbyist's, and the one thing you can't do is take a side job.</p> <p>It's against the law to make money on the side, but raising it for your campaign is a huge part of the job.<p>Updated: Thu Jun 27, 2019</p> 26349ccb9f0b02af2db9affdcd7f58f1 Watch Out for Warren for 06/22/2019 Sat, 22 Jun 2019 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>No one had a worse campaign debut than Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren. </p> <p>Pocahontas.<p>Updated: Sat Jun 22, 2019</p> 736aed07eb427c7b5cb7a1a602006e78 Over Easy With Laura Wasser for 06/20/2019 Thu, 20 Jun 2019 00:00:00 -0700 <p>"What makes family law so difficult?" I ask Laura Wasser, one of Los Angeles' &#8212; and America's &#8212; most famous divorce lawyers. "Money and kids," she says without hesitation. "Kids and money," echoes Phyllis Bersch, who practiced with Wasser's dad for many years before joining up with her own daughter, Rachel Juarez.</p> <p>I have a third candidate for that list, I'm sorry to say: divorce lawyers, not including the aforementioned Wassers and Bersch/Juarez team.</p> <p>If you were to sit down and try to come up with the worst possible way to resolve the most intimate and important issues in a person's life, especially in a crisis situation laden with guilt, anger, regret and potential recriminations, you couldn't come up with anything that comes close to doing as much damage as the adversary system.<p>Updated: Thu Jun 20, 2019</p>