Editorial cartoons from May 23, 2021: Guidelines on masks, conflict in the Middle East, commission of January 6
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has released new coronavirus guidelines allowing Americans who have been vaccinated to stop wearing face masks indoors and outdoors. The sudden about-face created confusion among public health officials, retailers, restaurateurs and other businesses. By the end of the week, most had complied with CDC guidelines, although they had no way (or desire) to verify the immunization status of their clients.
Not everyone was ready to give up their masks. “I’m worried about being locked into an honor system with people getting their medical advice from Joe Rogan,” the guy says in a cartoon drawn by Drew Sheneman of the Newark Star-Ledger.
The other big news of the week centered on the exchange of rockets and bombs between Israel and the Palestinians in Gaza. After 11 days and hundreds of deaths, the two sides agreed to a ceasefire brokered by Egypt.
In Washington, the House of Representatives passed a bill that would create a 9/11 commission to investigate the January 6 riot on Capitol Hill. The bill was passed largely on party principles, although 35 Republicans voted yes. The bill faces a bitter fight in the equally divided Senate, where Minority Leader Mitch McConnell has already announced his opposition.
Other topics in this week’s cartoons include New York Governor Andrew Cuomo’s $ 5 million salary from his book on Leadership During the Covid-19 Pandemic; the return of brands to Congress; and the growing legal problems of Florida Representative Matt Gaetz.
The cartoons were drawn by Nick Anderson, Bill Bramhall, Dana Summers, Drew Sheneman, Scott Stantis, Walt Handelsman, David Horsey, Phil Hands, Joel Pett and Joey Weatherford of Tribune Content Agency; and AF Branco, Mike Luckovich and Michael Ramirez of Creators Syndicate.
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