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Jim Morin

Cartoon for November 19.

Leonard Pitts Jr.: Michelle Obama tells her truth

Michelle Obama calls her memoir “Becoming,” and the title deserves a moment of contemplation. Not just because it’s elegant and simple, but also because it’s a tacit acknowledgment that making oneself a fully human being is a process with no finish line.

Tom Toles

Cartoon for November 19.

Judge slams Rick Scott for attacking election

A federal district court judge’s ruling might, on its surface, seem to vindicate Florida’s Republican candidate for Senate, Gov. Rick Scott. However, if one actually reads the opinion, it’s a stunning rebuke of Scott – and, by implication, President Trump.

Tom Toles

Cartoon for November 18.

Jonah Goldberg: Stan Lee’s work a reflection of his times

Stan Lee, the reinventor of the comic book, died Monday at the ripe old age of 95. Comic books get a bad rap, although not nearly as bad as they used to. There was a time when comic books were the cause of an all-out moral panic. After the release of psychiatrist Fred Wertham’s book “The Seduction of the Innocent” in 1954, the Senate held hearings to grapple with the alleged moral rot of comics, which were supposedly fueling juvenile delinquency and moral degeneracy. Batman and Robin, you see, were secretly gay. Superman was an un-American ersatz fascist.

Joe Heller

Cartoon for November 17.

Patti Davis: A day bigotry lost in Maryland

America’s darkest chapters should haunt us all. They should also teach us about the cost of bigotry – the cost to our humanity, the cost to our souls.

Robert B. Reich: How blue states help red states

Donald Trump and Republicans in Congress love to demonize government handouts. But their own red-state supporters depend on these handouts. And the handouts are increasingly financed by the inhabitants of blue states.

Dan Crenshaw: ‘SNL’ mocked my appearance. Here’s why I didn’t demand an apology.

The past couple of weeks have been unusual for me, to say the least. After a year of hard campaigning for Congress in Texas and gradually entering the public sphere, I was hit by a sudden, blinding spotlight. But I have no complaints – it wasn’t as bad as some other challenges I’ve faced, like a sudden, blinding IED explosion. (See what I did there? “Saturday Night Live” has created a comedic monster.) On the Nov. 3 show, “SNL”’s Pete Davidson mocked my appearance – “he lost his eye in war ... or whatever,” Davidson said, referring to the eye patch I wear. His line about my looking like a “hit man in a porno movie” was significantly less infuriating, albeit a little strange. I woke up on the Sunday morning after the show to hundreds of texts about what Davidson had said. A lot of America wasn’t happy. People thought some lines still shouldn’t be crossed.