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From the Left / Susan Estrich /

It's "June gloom" in Southern California, that period well known to locals when the sunshine you expect doesn't show until the end of the day, if at all. This year, the gloom couldn't wait until June, and so it came in May.

That may also be true for the country.

Back in the 1970s, when inflation and interest rates were hovering near double ...Read more

Why No One Cares About Hillary's Emails

From the Left / Susan Estrich /

I have watched the paid chatterers shaking their bobbed heads or frowning their well-practiced frown or just grimacing in frustration as they lament the seeming foolishness of the "American people" in not responding with greater shock and awe to the growing revelation that Hillary Clinton used her private email system to forward non-classified...Read more

The Graduates

From the Left / Susan Estrich /

It must be very difficult to be a college graduate these days. I read through the clips of the various famous speakers, and many are quite wonderful, humble and inspirational, such as Madeleine Albright at Tufts, or downright hysterical, which you'd expect from Stephen Colbert. If there's a common theme, or a common message, it's the familiar ...Read more

If the Numbers Are So Good...

From the Left / Susan Estrich /

How come everyone I know is depressed?

I mean the job numbers. And I don't mean that literally everyone I know is depressed. But you don't hear too many people humming show tunes in the grocery line. People seem to pull away from the television screen in the elevator, as if the bad news is contagious.

The world is a mess, and so are most ...Read more

Hillary Doesn't Stumble

From the Left / Susan Estrich /

That was, essentially, the headline for the big New York Times poll out this week. It was supposed to measure how much Hillary and her team's stumbles on the issue of her private email server had hurt her. Just how much did her favorability drop? Essentially, not at all.

Now, surely part of it is the simple truth that most of us should spend ...Read more

Watch Hillary Run

From the Left / Susan Estrich /

I remember years ago asking then House Majority Leader Dick Gephardt why we Democrats persisted in the losing game of trying to raise as much "soft money" as the Republicans. Gephardt, the son of a milkman, the spokesman for working people (and for unions, who for a brief time thought they could beat business at the money game), shook his head ...Read more

Having It All

From the Left / Susan Estrich /

They did. And then, in a moment, it all changed.

The First Couple becomes the First Widow. I have to read the story twice to understand.

Forty-seven-year-old billionaires aren't supposed to fall off treadmills and die. He was on vacation with his wife and kids, with the family he loved. He was beloved by women everywhere because of the ...Read more

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


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