Susan Estrich / Politics

Helen Died Many Years Before Her Actual Death

Today would be my mother's 88th birthday, which is not so old, but my mother seemed very old eight years ago, when she died. She did not have a happy life. Her mother died when she was still a teenager, she went to work while her brother went to ...

The Last of the Willie Horton Ads?

The spectacular failure of incumbent Alaska Sen. Mark Begich to use a "Willie Horton-style ad" (it's being called that) would almost be amusing for this veteran of the real Willie Horton ad were it not so pitiful on so many levels.

For those ...

Commander in Chief

"If we take the proper steps, we can save lives, but we have to act fast," President Obama said on Tuesday. "We can't dawdle on this one. We have to move with force and make sure that we are catching this as best we can given that this has ...

Thirteen Years Later

It seems like yesterday. And yet, so much was different. My kids were little. I still felt young. We were all so naive.

Oh, of course we knew the world was a dangerous place, in which Americans serving abroad could be murdered by ...

The Measles Are Back

No, it's not a rock group. You're lucky if you can't remember. It's a disease that was gone, and now it's back. So, by the way, is whooping cough, another dreaded childhood disease that had been effectively wiped out.

Every child is supposed to...

Ebola

As if beheadings were not terrifying enough, as if the spread of extremism and hatred were not unsettling enough, as if the kidnapping of young girls were not horrifying enough, the world now faces another crisis requiring that countries barely ...