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Kansas Governor Sam Brownback recently signed sweeping welfare "reforms" into law. They're ostensibly supposed to curb welfare fraud, but in reality they create even more hurdles for the poor, much like how voter ID laws exist to keep the poor and minorities away from the polls rather than prevent voter fraud.

We're all beneficiaries of government assistance in one way or another, be it tax cuts, tax credits, and if you're a large bank, free billions from the Fed, but it's only the poorest who get shamed for getting what amounts to a pittance. At least Brownback has spared the poor from going on cruises and getting diarrhea.

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Fri Apr 24, 2015 at 06:50 AM PDT

Cartoon: Death & Destruction, Inc.

by Mark Fiore

Now that the defense industry in the United States has taken a bit of a budgeting hit at home, they’re getting more aggressive overseas. Defense contractors are opening satellite offices and selling arms as fast as they can into the chaos of the Middle East.  

Between the fight against ISIS and the war in Yemen, more Arab countries are getting into the act and using their arsenals. US companies are supplying the planes, bombs, missiles and other weapons everywhere from Libya and Iraq to Yemen and Pakistan. We’ve got a very busy little military industrial complex these days.

It’s nothing new that the United States is the biggest arms dealer in the world, I just think it’s worth noting that we have a hand in nearly every war currently under way. What looks like crazy countries battling over religion, politics or resources far away from our shores, is closer to home when you peel back the layers to find out who is supplying those weapons. Be sure to like, comment, share and dig into some of the links behind the cartoon.

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Thu Apr 23, 2015 at 02:50 PM PDT

Cartoon: Clinton Inc

by MattWuerker


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Wed Apr 22, 2015 at 02:50 PM PDT

Cartoon: Happy Earthday to you

by laloalcaraz

Happy Global Warming Earth Day to you! Let's not do anything about it, just light more candles and sing! As Marco Rubio says, the climate is always changing. So who's going to blow out the candles? Anybody?
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Wed Apr 22, 2015 at 06:50 AM PDT

Cartoon: The Whiteness Fairy

by Matt Bors

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Tue Apr 21, 2015 at 02:50 PM PDT

Cartoon: 2 good 2 be true?

by keefknight

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Tue Apr 21, 2015 at 06:50 AM PDT

Cartoon: Bikes and cars

by Jen Sorensen


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I've long been meaning to do a strip about the incompatibility of bikes and cars, and Earth Day week seemed as good a time as any. Besides, it was either this or making fun of the clown car that is the field of Republican presidential candidates, and I'm not quite up for that yet.

I dream of a dedicated bike path between me and the Post Office. I would do everything by bike if it didn't involve competing with 5,000-pound missiles. Let's not even get into what those missile operators are doing while they're supposed to be watching the road. A friend told me he saw someone crocheting on the highway during stop-and-go traffic the other day.

My truck grille-drawing skills seem to have improved since I moved to Texas. Clearly there's some R. Crumb influence creeping in here too. I named the truck in the last panel a Ford Glacier because we're always naming giant vehicles after things we're destroying (See also: the Tundra).

Follow Jen on Twitter at @JenSorensen

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Mon Apr 20, 2015 at 06:50 AM PDT

Cartoon: It ate our brains

by Tom Tomorrow

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Fri Apr 17, 2015 at 02:50 PM PDT

Cartoon: Overdue police reforms

by BrianMcFadden


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I drew this after video of Officer Slager gunning down Walter Scott in North Charleston, SC came out, but before video of Reserve Deputy (Kind of like a police cosplayer, but given an all-too-real firearm.) Robert Bates shooting Eric Harris in Tulsa County, OK was made public over the weekend.

Surveillance of the police is a start, but it’s tragic that even more graphic snuff films are needed to convince people that our criminal justice system is messed up.

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Fri Apr 17, 2015 at 06:50 AM PDT

Cartoon: Candidate Kit

by Mark Fiore

It’s that time again, when people delve into a presidential candidate’s eating habits, transportation habitsand hair styles. Never mind the policies, now is the time to talk about the nothingness of the very early stages of the campaign.

Time to watch for gaffes and try out those gotcha questions, all while running frantically to the next sad little roadside cafe in Iowa. If a candidate talks about substantive issues too much or doesn’t spit out a sound bite soon enough, they are “boring.” We want to see saxophone-playing and baby kissing!

It’s a weird way to choose the leader of the free world—we want them to be our friend and be “human,” never mind the shady fundraising going on behind the scenes. (Granted, I would rather have a beer with Ted Cruz than Sheldon Adelson, as painful as either situation would be.) So let the circus begin, I just hope the circus involves some real insight into how the next president might govern. Please like, comment and share this cartoon to your heart’s content, and check out the links behind the cartoon!

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