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Cartoon for November 25.
Cartoon for November 25.
Chief Justice John Roberts is correct that we should not have “Trump judges” or “Obama judges.” But the reality is that we do.
The highly publicized progress by a “caravan” of approximately 5,000 migrants from Central America to the United States underlines a persistent trend. The reason for the trend is obvious.
When Riyadh, Pyongyang, Tehran and Moscow look at Washington and they don’t see a champion of freedom and human rights. They see a preening, clueless clown.
Cartoon for November 24.
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.)
By announcing that this will be her last term, Nancy Pelosi would deflate the insurgency against her, give new members a reason to feel good about voting for her, lead Democrats with discipline in 2019 and preside over an orderly transition.
Cartoon for November 23.
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.”
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.
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.
Cartoon for November 22.
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.
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.
Cartoon for November 21.
As president, Donald Trump’s actions and behavior have led service members and veterans to question whether he really understands who a commander in chief is, or what he does.
No one lasts forever, Nancy Pelosi included. But she is the strongest bridge to a new Democratic leadership representing all corners of America.
Cartoon for November 20.
Cartoon for November 19.