Susan Estrich from Creators Syndicate Creators Syndicate is an international syndication company that represents cartoonists and columnists of the highest caliber. en Fri, 14 Aug 2020 16:15:47 -0700 Susan Estrich from Creators Syndicate aa66cafdadb516aab71b8cb0caeea7d6 Trump Will Not Play Fair for 08/15/2020 Sat, 15 Aug 2020 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>Caddies say he cheats at golf. It makes sense. He can't bear to lose something that matters as little as a round of golf. So he cheats.</p> <p>Congress should be up in arms. We should all be up in arms. Lawyers across the country are already up in arms, prepared for an election the president of the United States has already taken action to undermine.<p>Updated: Sat Aug 15, 2020</p> 214c743ffc5d6d8d99f16ab18e5437b5 Voodoo Economics for 08/13/2020 Thu, 13 Aug 2020 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>Choosing a vice president is mostly a process of elimination. In Joe Biden's case, that process led to a very short list. Biden had already announced that he would choose a woman, and it's been clear for some time that he had to pick a Black woman. There were too many Black women on the list to find none of them qualified. This was the year.</p> <p>There was a lot of talk about Karen Bass, for whom I have great respect. But Rep. Bass has never gone through the miserable process of being examined under a microscope not only by the national press, which still has some rules, but by a world of bloggers and tabs, many of whom do not. Already, comments she made years ago about Cuba were being highlighted on conservative websites. And she was "only" a representative. In the polls I've seen, Americans don't see the generic member of Congress as a president.<p>Updated: Thu Aug 13, 2020</p> a17bbbc11d2e42162cafc67145fbefb9 Sorry, Grandma, but It Was a Really Good Party for 08/08/2020 Sat, 08 Aug 2020 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>Monday night, hundreds of partygoers descended on a mansion on Mulholland Drive, allegedly owned by an absent Australian soap opera star. Houses like that rent out for occasions for very high multiples. Mulholland is a beautiful and windy street, dotted with big, huge houses with lots of land. This house was high above Beverly Hills. Living up there is perfect if you never need to push a stroller, run to the store for milk or drive home late at night. It's a nightmare when your kids are 16-year-old drivers.</p> <p>The Los Angeles Police Department started getting calls about noise, traffic and crowds around 7 p.m. Calls continued throughout the night. The police came to tow away the Lamborghinis that were blocking the road, but many more partygoers arrived by bus. They moved inside. The police left.<p>Updated: Sat Aug 08, 2020</p> ac73dcf1d47132e7b8574382dbb4d187 About Karen Bass for 08/06/2020 Thu, 06 Aug 2020 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>Most people have never heard of her. But the people who have worked with her and know her best &#8212; Republicans and Democrats &#8212; have enormous respect for her. And those who haven't heard of her will be hearing quite a lot of her. There is an excellent chance that, come January, she will be the first Black woman to win a national election.</p> <p>But first: Is the Karen Bass v. Kamala Harris setup that is being played out in the press, especially here in their home state of California, for real, or is it the invention of the media? Before I leap into the unconscious bias that puts these two very different politicians in the ring, it's entirely possible, and it makes enormous sense, that the contest for the vice presidency should boil down to such a choice. Having had my own ringside seat for three vice presidential selections, I came to realize how few choices you do have. <p>Updated: Thu Aug 06, 2020</p> 7d10a61feb0e9ee5378b4eb285f51160 'Having a Fantastic Time' for 08/01/2020 Sat, 01 Aug 2020 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>In the post on Twitter, Herman Cain was surrounded by four grinning Trumpers, presumably members of Black Voices for Trump, which Cain co-chaired. They were crowded together at the Tulsa Trump rally on June 20, a maskless audience in the front rows of a mostly empty hall. Seat signs that intended to enforce social distancing &#8212; an easy mission when there are more empty seats than occupied ones &#8212; were removed by President Donald Trump's staff.</p> <p>Within two weeks, the man who managed to beat stage 4 cancer, was hospitalized for the coronavirus. On Thursday, nearly six weeks after he was "having a fantastic time" at the rally, he died in the hospital due to complications from the coronavirus.<p>Updated: Sat Aug 01, 2020</p> 88f3ace5cdee539b3d85063149b0547d Trump's Troops for 07/30/2020 Thu, 30 Jul 2020 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>This is not the first time federal forces have entered a city to restore order. In 1968, federal troops moved into Chicago, Baltimore and Washington in the wake of the assassination of Martin Luther King Jr. In 1957, then-President Dwight Eisenhower ordered federal troops to Little Rock, Arkansas, and then-President John F. Kennedy ordered troops to Oxford, Mississippi, in 1962. </p> <p>But what President Donald Trump is doing in Portland, Oregon, feels different because it is. In 1968, local officials asked for federal help to restore order because they were unable to protect people and property. In 1957 and 1962, it was nothing less than the supremacy of the United States Supreme Court in declaring the law of the land and the rights of black students to be free of Jim Crow that demanded a federal presence.<p>Updated: Thu Jul 30, 2020</p> dd2d67558c08509bd2de289d24cf42ff Law and Order for 07/25/2020 Sat, 25 Jul 2020 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>It was the title of a speech by then-Gov. (and later President) Calvin Coolidge in 1919. He was talking not of race but of the disorder surrounding the Boston police strike. </p> <p>But it was in 1968 &#8212; in the aftermath of the riots triggered by the murder of Martin Luther King Jr.; in the aftermath of a Democratic convention during which the Chicago police took on 10,000 anti-war protestors and three of the nation's best-known television anchors were assaulted by police on the convention floor; and in response to the third-party candidacy of segregationist Gov. George Wallace &#8212; that Richard Nixon adopted "law and order" as the message of his campaign. It was a key element of his "Southern strategy," the year the white South began the migration from the Democratic column to the Republicans.<p>Updated: Sat Jul 25, 2020</p> 1ee173eee61e45a0a91d97c22f966154 Hospitalized During COVID for 07/23/2020 Thu, 23 Jul 2020 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>I was due to have a mammogram. I skipped it. I was due for a follow-up chest MRI. I skipped that. As a former smoker, I had scheduled a CT scan for May. I skipped that, too.</p> <p>The woman who helped me raise my children, who has been with me for 30 years, who I love with all my heart, has been in chemo since last fall. She can't avoid going to the hospital, and I could never live with myself if I were to give her COVID. So I had done everything I can to keep her safe. No hospitals for me. <p>Updated: Thu Jul 23, 2020</p> de7e4ed9a8dea004d7c0fe4325830079 Political Prosecution: Donald Trump Vs. the United States Supreme Court for 07/11/2020 Sat, 11 Jul 2020 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>Since the early days of his presidency, Donald Trump has said, "I have the right to do whatever I want as president." He has described himself as the country's "chief law enforcement officer," ignoring the fact that it is the Supreme Court, not him, who makes the ultimate decisions about matters of law under the Constitution. Nonetheless, Trump has never backed down, going so far as to say, "I have the absolute right to PARDON MYSELF."</p> <p>Trump has claimed that his base would not turn against him even if he were to shoot someone on 5th Avenue in New York City. Going even further, his lawyer William S. Consovoy, in an appeals court argument last year, claimed that Trump couldn't be investigated for shooting someone on 5th Avenue while in office. <p>Updated: Sat Jul 11, 2020</p> 8d65ab6da404f7991a9ddf993a0d8f0f Trump's Latest Pawn: International Students, and Those Who Teach Them; Make and Serve the Food; and clean Their Dorms for 07/09/2020 Thu, 09 Jul 2020 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>If Donald Trump has his way, Harvard's 5,000 international students will either be deported from the United States or denied entry for the fall semester, not because they are threatening anyone but because President Trump has decided to use them as pawns to force colleges and universities to open up for in-person classes. Because it will look better for him, even if it kills us. </p> <p>When we moved to online classes last spring, I heard horror stories from colleagues at the University of Southern California and across the nation. Providing every child in our public schools with internet access has proven difficult (but not impossible), but try doing that with students from remote villages in India, who must go to a cafe in the next town to attend class and send in assignments. For many of our students, it is simply impossible to take classes remotely from their foreign homes, one of the many reasons they study here. The alternative, which most schools were already preparing for, was that our foreign students would need housing in the United States, or their education would effectively end.<p>Updated: Thu Jul 09, 2020</p> 167a080724b55b0fbfeee4b57029553f No Trump for 07/04/2020 Sat, 04 Jul 2020 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>I'm taking the day off, not from swimming in the swamp of sickness of a loved one, where I've been since October; not from veering between anger and terror because half the people I love are on the super-high-risk list, while I'm only plain old risk.</p> <p>There is no day off from the sadness and fear that has gripped me.<p>Updated: Sat Jul 04, 2020</p> 77e67692bd33d8d95b8dff2b8890cea2 In Texas, Bar Lives Matter for 07/02/2020 Thu, 02 Jul 2020 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>I have a soft spot for bars, and for the people who like to go to them. </p> <p>For one thing, bars put me through law school. When I was 21, I took a step up from serving "coffee and," which had helped me get through college, to serving and making cocktails.<p>Updated: Thu Jul 02, 2020</p> 61bcbdaa825be7d64ace30bbba17d9dc Obamacare for 06/27/2020 Sat, 27 Jun 2020 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>Maybe it's because he resents his predecessor's popularity, especially as his plummets to record lows.</p> <p>Or maybe he is just so clueless and in such a state of denial that he has no idea what is going on in this country beyond his inner circle of yes men. <p>Updated: Sat Jun 27, 2020</p> 22efe8b5282e359a6ba97bca237d5211 How Much Can We Bear? for 06/25/2020 Thu, 25 Jun 2020 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>If not for COVID-19 and President Donald Trump's truly disastrous handling of it, Trump &#8212; unstable, erratic, self-centered and all &#8212; might still win the November election on the strength of the economy.</p> <p>Instead, he'll be running on record unemployment, with whole sectors of the economy just failing, and some 2 million Americans (actually, it's nearing 3 million) having tested positive for COVID-19, potentially infecting and killing hundreds of thousands more.<p>Updated: Thu Jun 25, 2020</p> cbc7bd0c3950b1ad6915b76167179917 Trump and His Court for 06/20/2020 Sat, 20 Jun 2020 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>Twice in a week. First, the court holds that you can't discriminate against employees on the basis of sexual orientation. And if that isn't enough, the chief justice goes and holds that President Donald Trump's administration actually needs a reason to deport 700,000 young people who came to this country as children and have grown up here.</p> <p>Trump angrily attacked the third branch of government. "These horrible & politically charged decisions coming out of the Supreme Court are shotgun blasts into the face of people that are proud to call themselves Republicans or Conservatives," he tweeted.<p>Updated: Sat Jun 20, 2020</p> 5ae32a14e3db706c9a88d29208f337ba The Tsongas Bill for 06/18/2020 Thu, 18 Jun 2020 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>Finally, in a landmark decision authored by none other than Justice Neil Gorsuch, President Donald Trump's first Supreme Court appointee, gay, lesbian and transgender people are protected by federal law against employment discrimination.</p> <p>Conservatives, who enthusiastically supported Gorsuch's nomination, are tearing their hair out while liberals are wondering if he could be the next Hugo Black. Or John Paul Stevens.<p>Updated: Thu Jun 18, 2020</p> f037cfa87fcb338f4789ea79c4a55929 Juneteenth for 06/13/2020 Sat, 13 Jun 2020 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>America is being rocked by passionate protests reflecting all the pent-up anger of those who have been the victims of racism since the day they were born: the guys who are guilty until proven innocent, suspect because of the color of their skin. I'd be angry, too. I've been researching policing since the early 1980s, when I joined a task force convened by Ed Meese at Harvard and including all the major police chiefs in the country. As the only woman, law professor and civil libertarian on the task force, 27-year-old me had no qualms about taking on the attorney general and the chiefs from Chicago and Los Angeles, who claimed they knew "who the bad guys are," even if they refused to tell me how they knew. How do you think? That's for another column.</p> <p>I would have been out there supporting the peaceful protests of recent weeks if they didn't terrify me. It's not the looting that's terrifying &#8212; everyone involved is trying to control that &#8212; but COVID-19. Infection rates are rising in 21 states, mostly the ones that did not do what Govs. Andrew Cuomo and Gavin Newsom did. Cases are rising around the world. And government leaders have concluded that the economic damage from keeping the economy closed is greater than the certainty that people will be infected and die. <p>Updated: Sat Jun 13, 2020</p> 4c472843686ae59a0e7ed6a3fb14e1a3 Conventions for 06/11/2020 Thu, 11 Jun 2020 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>Modern conventions don't decide anything. On occasion, there are votes that matter &#8212; not on the roll call for president but on the seating of all-white delegations, or the inclusion of reproductive freedom and gay rights in the platform. </p> <p>The candidate and his staff decide everything. They decide who speaks and what they say (yes, speeches are reviewed for length and content, which doesn't mean you can tell a candidate's wife what to say). It's a television extravaganza, a four-night advertisement during which nothing is heard but applause and wild cheers from the extras &#8212; I mean delegates. <p>Updated: Thu Jun 11, 2020</p> 2c43cf170a97c8a05dee3f6432b56993 My Town for 06/04/2020 Thu, 04 Jun 2020 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p><span style="background-color: initial;">Almost 30 years ago, my mom called me in a panic after seeing photos of a Nordstrom store that had collapsed during the Northridge earthquake. And for the first of many times, times I miss, I had to reassure her that it wasn't my Ralph's that was burning, wasn't my CVS that was looted, wasn't my neighborhood where police were staging. Los Angeles is a very big place.</span><br></p> <p>This time, it was my CVS. They did it just for the hell of it They didn't get anything; the pharmacy was already locked off. But neither did my neighbor, who was trying to get his medicine.<p>Updated: Mon Jun 08, 2020</p> 31cd2256f30e22fa85ba2eb10f04d00c The Race Card, 2020 Version: How Trump Has Used the Pandemic to Play His Willie Horton Card for 05/30/2020 Sat, 30 May 2020 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>Donald Trump has been trying for years to play his Willie Horton card, to divide the country along lines of race as a means of reaffirming his base.</p> <p>You can hardly give him credit for creativity, strategically speaking. It's not so different from the way former President Richard Nixon played "law and order," the way former Sen. Jesse Helms played the pink unemployment slip (that always went into a black hand), the way former President George Bush &#8212; Daddy Bush &#8212; played the black man on prison furlough (William Horton). Crime, welfare reform, affirmative action: Prick up your ears for the bias below the surface.<p>Updated: Sat May 30, 2020</p>