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Given the current political climate, it must be difficult for the Bush administration to find credible political cartoonists willing to risk their reputations by drawing government propaganda. Roll back the clock 60 or so years, however, and Theodor Seuss Geisel (better known as Dr. Seuss) was busy creating pro-United States World War II films with Frank Capra’s Signal Corps Unit and bashing Hitler, Mussolini, and anti-war isolationists in his editorial cartoons. Ron Lamothe’s 1999 documentary, The Political Dr. Seuss—which “traces Theodor Geisel’s life from his boyhood in Springfield, Mass., through his final days living atop Mt. Soledad in La Jolla, Calif.”—showcases this seldom-discussed period in the beloved author’s life. Sure, everyone knows the Lorax spoke for the trees, but who would have guessed that Yertle the Turtle was modeled after Hitler? The 70-minute film shows as part of “Drawing Back: Cartoon Critiques of America” at 7 p.m. at Provisions Library, 1611 Connecticut Ave. NW. Free. (202) 299-0460. (Josh Eiserike)