Ed Stein

Ed Stein
Denver, Colorado, USA
November 22
Former editorial cartoonist for the Rocky Mountain News. Creator of Freshly Squeezed, a comic strip about family togetherness after the economic collapse, syndicated by Universal Uclick


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Editor’s Pick
MARCH 29, 2012 6:24PM


The Supremes seem poised to rule against the Affordable Care Act’s individual mandate that everyone buy health insurance. Big surprise there, from a radically right-wing activist court, with the five justice majority willing willing to twist themselves into pretzels to achieve the desir… Read full post »

MARCH 22, 2012 1:52PM

Self Defense

This cartoon will have the same strong impact all my previous 500 or so gun cartoons have–none. Pushed hard by the gun-worshiping fundamentalists of the NRA, state legislatures have fallen all over themselves in a rush to adopt ever crazier laws legalizing guns everywhere you can think… Read full post »

MARCH 22, 2012 10:31AM

Republicans Unveil Budget

March 20, 2012–Republicans today unveiled their budget plan, which laid out a vision of this country’s economic future in stark contrast to the budget proposed by President Obama. Representative Paul Ryan, chairman of the House Budget Committee and chief architect of the GOP plan, said, &… Read full post »

Editor’s Pick
MARCH 21, 2012 6:01PM

Winner’s Bracket

I did a similar March Madness cartoon last year, relating to the severe budget cuts governments were having to make because of the recession. I can’t resist the visual metaphor of the tournament brackets winnowing things down. This year, it’s about the GOP budget unveiled by Rep.… Read full post »

Editor’s Pick
MARCH 16, 2012 3:39PM

Goodbye and All That

The longest war in American history is finally coming to its predictable conclusion: like every other invader that has ventured into what is now Afghanistan, from Alexander to the Soviet Union, we leave the place to its people with little accomplished other than a lot of blood shed and a… Read full post »

MARCH 13, 2012 7:07PM


The campaign for the Republican nomination appears to be taking place in an alternative universe, one where the enormous issues confronting this country–unemployment,foreclosures,the growing wealth disparity between the rich and the rest of us, the altered economy,the shrinking safety n… Read full post »

MARCH 9, 2012 8:13PM

To the Rescue

NATO, which assisted rebels in Libya during the successful uprising there, has so far resisted calls for a similar campaign in Syria, where Bashar al-Assad continues his murderous assaults against Homs and other cities where rebels have gained a foothold. Russia and China, meanwhile, in a cle… Read full post »

Editor’s Pick
MARCH 8, 2012 6:10PM


Every once in a while an idea for a cartoon pops into my head fully formed. This happened last night while I was listening to an NPR report on Super Tuesday, which concluded that it’s now almost certain that Mitt Romney will win the Republican presidential nomination. He has more… Read full post »

Editor’s Pick
FEBRUARY 23, 2012 4:41PM

$4 Gas

Several factors have contributed to the recent spike in gas prices. Primarily, Iran has responded to international sanctions by threatening to cut off oil shipments to European countries. Additionally, a number of aging refineries have been taken offline by American oil companies (just a coin… Read full post »

FEBRUARY 22, 2012 6:09PM

Pope Rick

Rick Santorum, the latest not-Romney to surge in the Republican primaries and caucuses, brings with him a religious absolutism that I find positively frightening. The man might well be running for Grand Inquisitor, given his hatred of gays, his disregard for the rights of women, and his conte… Read full post »

Editor’s Pick
FEBRUARY 16, 2012 1:23PM

The Next President

Now that corporations are people and money is speech, and Superpacs funded by anonymous donors dominate campaign spending, it’s only a matter of time, I figure, before we finally can do away with the annoyance of having actual people run for office. In a perfect world, the corporate spo… Read full post »

FEBRUARY 15, 2012 7:40PM

Closer Than You Think

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FEBRUARY 12, 2012 11:18PM

Why We Need Newspapers

Heaven help us if newspapers ever stop being the dominant source of newsgathering in America. Exhibit A: The New York Times in today’s (Sunday) edition ran a fascinating piece, complete with charts and graphs, on the gap between the public’s perception of the government safety net and the… Read full post »

Editor’s Pick
FEBRUARY 9, 2012 3:39PM

Wedding Cake

Poor Mitt. He just can’t quite close the deal. After the smashing victory in Florida and the large margin in Nevada, it looked as though he would cruise to the nomination. Print the wedding invitations, reserve the bridal suite and schedule the honeymoon. The GOP was going to get hitche… Read full post »

FEBRUARY 6, 2012 1:39PM


The Facebook IPO, valued at tens of billions of dollars, is going to make some people very, very rich. Where does this incredible value come from? From the personal information that the millions of Facebook users willingly provide the dominant social networking site. Most of that data will be… Read full post »

Editor’s Pick
JANUARY 27, 2012 2:20PM

Unhappy Returns

In F. Scott Fitzgerald’s “The Great Gatsby,” Nick Carraway observes that “the rich are different from you and me.” Mitt Romney’s tax returns confirm it. The rich have access to deductions, evasions, loopholes and favorable rates we working stiffs can only d… Read full post »

JANUARY 25, 2012 6:54PM

Shining City

I’ve noticed that as the primaries heat up, all the Republicans are channeling the sainted Ronald Reagan. In the last debate before the South Carolina vote, Mitt Romney used the famous “shining city on a hill” line, and Indiana Governor Mitch Daniels repeated it in his rebut… Read full post »

Editor’s Pick
JANUARY 20, 2012 4:24PM




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JANUARY 18, 2012 2:00PM


It looks as though Congress, in the face of numerous protests, including the Wikipedia shutdown, is backing off passage of SOPA and PIPA, the laws which would have allowed the government to block or shut down websites suspected of posting pirated material. The laws, written on behalf of the f… Read full post »

JANUARY 12, 2012 4:29PM

What They Did


Every once in a while, we cartoonists find a happy accidental convergence that makes for a fun cartoon. I came up with Romney’s line first, and the other two just fell into place. The historical irony here is that Al Gore never actually claimed to have invented the internet.… Read full post »

JANUARY 11, 2012 4:10PM

Corporate Takeover

The Romney campaign is rolling, both in votes and in cash. If he wins in South Carolina, with a much heavier concentration of evangelical Christians and Tea Partiers, it will likely be game, set and match. He’s already running his campaign as though Obama is his opponent, and not the… Read full post »

Editor’s Pick
JANUARY 5, 2012 10:29AM

Early Polling

Remember that moment in the State of the Union address two years back when the president chided the Supreme Court justices in attendance about their appalling Citizens United decision, predicting that a tsunami of anonymous cash would flood elections? Justice Alito responded by silently mouth… Read full post »

JANUARY 4, 2012 5:51PM

Left Behind

I watched enough of the debates leading up to Iowa to conclude that the Republican candidates for president seem to live on a different planet than the rest of us, one where the only problem this country has is named Obama. Unemployment at 9 percent? Millions of homes foreclosed? The… Read full post »

DECEMBER 28, 2011 3:47PM

Mind the Gap

Interesting story yesterday about how wide the economic gulf has become between members of Congress and their constituents.  According to the New York Times, the median net worth of the folks in Congress grew 15 percent from 2004 to 2010, while the public saw its net worth drop 8 percent.… Read full post »

DECEMBER 22, 2011 12:24AM

Christmas Card

Even some Republicans, who have up to now been unanimous in their refusal to compromise with Democrats on anything, are beginning to wonder about the wisdom of the continued paralysis. The few mainstream Republicans who remain in Congress recognize that the latest debacle, the failure to pass… Read full post »