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Jim Morin

Cartoon for November 25.

Tom Toles

Cartoon for November 24.

George F. Will: Lucrative law enforcement will become lawless

Tyson Timbs made a mistake, but not one as important as Indiana’s Supreme Court made in allowing to stand the punishment the state inflicted on him. He was a drug addict – first with opioids prescribed for a work-related injury, then heroin – when his father died. He blew the $73,000 insurance payout on drugs and a $41,558 Land Rover, which he drove when selling $225 worth of drugs – 2 grams of heroin – to undercover police officers. Timbs’ vehicle was seized and kept, which amounted to a fine more than 184 times larger than the sum involved in his offense. Come Wednesday, the U.S. Supreme Court will hear arguments concerning whether this violated the Eighth Amendment, which says: “Excessive bail shall not be required, nor excessive fines imposed, nor cruel and unusual punishments inflicted.” (Emphasis added.)

Joe Heller

Cartoon for November 23.

Daniel Krauthammer: The lessons my father taught me about being thankful

Thirty-three years ago today, my father published a column that explored the meaning of Thanksgiving – beyond cranberry sauce, pumpkin pie and pigskin. Reading that column, which is featured in his forthcoming posthumous book, “The Point of It All,” prompted me to contemplate some of the most important ideas he introduced into my life, which now occupy my heart and my mind on this holiday. Thanksgiving is a religious occasion, my father wrote, but not one belonging to “Protestantism or Judaism or any other particularist faith.” Rather, it belongs to all Americans as part of “what has been called the American Civil Religion.”

Mark Anthony Rolo: Thanksgiving for a Native American

Every year at this time I wonder why we, as American Indians, bother to celebrate Thanksgiving. Despite all our social ills and battles with state and the federal government, we always manage to find reasons for gratitude. Of course, some native people reject the holiday altogether. A native man I know once told me he refused to celebrate because it would mean accepting our defeat. I get his point, but there’s more to Thanksgiving than that.

Dana Milbank: While Trump feasts on Thanksgiving, troops on the border eat rations and await Pancho Villa

President Donald Trump is reportedly planning to celebrate Thanksgiving once again at his members-only Mar-a-Lago Club in Florida, feasting on (if previous menus repeat) a 24-dish extravaganza of turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes, marshmallow sweet potatoes, red snapper, leg of lamb, grilled diver scallops, stone crab, ahi tuna martinis, Maine lobster bisque, short ribs, beef tenderloin and seven desserts.

Joe Heller

Cartoon for November 22.

I-1639 isn’t a cure-all, but it will help

What I-1639 will do is REDUCE gun violence. Just as seatbelt laws did not completely eradicate all deaths in car accidents, they reduced deaths and saved lives.

Robert J. Samuelson: The stagnation myth

We aren’t stagnating, after all. Unless you’ve been hibernating in the Himalayas, you must know of the recent surge in economic inequality. It’s not just that the rich are getting richer. The rest of us – say politicians, pundits and scholars – are stagnating. The top 1 percent have grabbed most income gains, while average Americans are stuck in the mud.