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Summer in the City

From the Left / Susan Estrich /

What is a major league baseball game without any fans there to cheer? No one selling hot dogs, no one hawking programs, no need for any ushers. Welcome to Baltimore, where the first two games of a three-game series were postponed and the third is to be played with no people, lest what should be a sporting event degenerate into a race riot.

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About Loretta Lynch

From the Left / Susan Estrich /

When she takes the oath of office as attorney general, after coming close to breaking records on how long it took to give her the courtesy of a vote, Loretta Lynch will become the first African-American woman to serve in that position.

And while it's easy to forget, to take such "firsts" as simply belated, which this one is, it is also ...Read more

Congress Acts

From the Left / Susan Estrich /

Has a fever come over Washington? It seems like every time I turned around this week, Congress -- or at least some subset of it -- was actually doing something. Was it just yesterday that they were agreeing to let the president try to negotiate within the framework of a nuclear deal with Iran? And then, barely hours later, the Senate ...Read more

Yes, She Can

From the Left / Susan Estrich /

Will she? She will.

Would she? She would.

It was inevitable.

She did.

Now where is that tingling feeling?

I remember when Fritz Mondale announced that he had chosen Geraldine Ferraro as his running mate. Mind you, I knew -- I'd already switched her hotel rooms around. But I still got that tingling feeling gathered in front of a television...Read more

Is Death Ever Justified?

From the Left / Susan Estrich /

The real trial of Dzhokhar Tsarnaev will begin now that the jury has returned its guilty verdicts. Tsarnaev, convicted for staging the bombings at the Boston Marathon, didn't really put on a defense. His lawyers conceded that he was involved (I would say planting the bag against a tree surrounded by children counts as involved), although they ...Read more

Bathroom Wars

From the Left / Susan Estrich /

More than 30 years ago, conservatives managed to defeat the proposed Equal Rights Amendment to the Constitution, which would have added "sex" to the Fourteenth Amendment's guarantee of equal protection, by frightening women into believing that it would outlaw separate bathrooms for men and women. In the years since, the courts have effectively...Read more

Why Politics Matters

From the Left / Susan Estrich /

The debate about a "religious freedom" law being considered in Indiana has been making national news. The issue is whether the law would allow discrimination against gays. There has been a storm of protest both from inside and outside the state -- with leading businesses threatening and threatened by a proposed boycott of the state; Silicon ...Read more

Circus Time

From the Left / Susan Estrich /

Who are all these people running for president? I don't mean Ted Cruz, who everyone around the digital water fountain has long expected to run. And Bush is a very familiar name. But when my name is called and I put down the magazine with all the contenders named at the front, I have already confirmed this sad truth: I haven't even heard of ...Read more

The Value of Nurses

From the Left / Susan Estrich /

I never quite understood what "nursing" really meant until the past six months, when the supposed superstar doctor who operated on me in Phoenix (One of the smartest male doctors I know told me she was the best, a woman, how wonderful; beware gender bias.) made a mess of my intestines, leaving me rather critically ill with peritonitis and ...Read more

The Ryan Giroux Problem

From the Left / Susan Estrich /

What was Ryan Giroux doing free on the streets of a Phoenix suburb -- free, that is, to go on a shooting rampage that killed one person, left five more injured and traumatized countless witnesses?

He was free for one simple reason: Our criminal justice system set him free because it is broken in fundamental respects that politicians refuse to...Read more

What Congress Can't Do

From the Left / Susan Estrich /

Here's the short answer: Anything.

If you can't even move a bill creating a fund for the victims of sex trafficking, and if the president's noncontroversial and, indeed, much praised nominee for attorney general isn't moving forward as a result, then you can pretty much conclude that Congress is poised to accomplish less than nothing, and any...Read more

Who Trusts Government?

From the Left / Susan Estrich /

Almost no one, it turns out, according to the latest survey results released by the highly respected NORC, an independent research arm of the University of Chicago. Across party lines, across branches of government, the numbers are falling. Among the three branches of government, the Supreme Court (whose members, I'm willing to wager, most ...Read more

Hillary and Her Server

From the Left / Susan Estrich /

It's always nice to know, as I sit here writing, that somebody out there might be listening. This week, I know for sure. My last column essentially asked: What's the big deal about Hillary's emails if she's turning them over anyway?

Thanks to everyone who wrote to make it clear just what a big deal this is for them.

And then, in classic ...Read more

Email Trails

From the Left / Susan Estrich /

Campaign 2016 Update: Hillary Clinton Used Personal Email Account.

I thought it was a joke. This is the best the Republicans can do? Their moment in the sunshine, the focus on America's problems, local Republicans riven by fear that they could end up with Mitt Romney... But how could they resist?

Shock. Horror. And then she saved them all and ...Read more

Money: The First Primary

From the Left / Susan Estrich /

Money is often called the first primary, because there's nothing else out there to be officially judged by the FEC reports. There are no caucuses; there are no conventions; there is no voting. Real people don't get involved in the process until well after a nominee has been chosen. The only real way to have influence in politics is to have ...Read more

Courting Terror One Teenager at a Time

From the Left / Susan Estrich /

When I was 15, my mother let me take the bus to Lynn, a small city about five miles from our house and two blocks from my father's office. I was pretty pleased with myself because otherwise my independence was limited entirely by my leg strength.

This week, three girls that age -- Amira Abase, 15, Shamima Begum, 15, and Kadiza Sultana, 16 -- ...Read more

Boston Deserves Its Trial

From the Left / Susan Estrich /

Today's issue is whether the trial of Dzhokhar Tsarnaev for the Boston Marathon bombing, delayed already, should be moved out of Boston.

No way.

How can a former president of the Civil Liberties Union of Massachusetts (me) say such a thing? How could any decent liberal deny this young man, presumed innocent until proved guilty, after all, ...Read more

Honoring Our Presidents

From the Left / Susan Estrich /

The headline that caught my attention on Presidents Day could not have been starker, colder: "Intense Republican Hate Is Skewing Obama Polls."

It's ironic because only a few days before, a number of pollsters had shown the president actually doing better in the popularity contest, even reaching 50 percent approval. But as we all know, these ...Read more

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