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The silent sacklash to beware of

From the Left / Susan Estrich /

I don't want to see the next name in the headlines for sexual misconduct. I know too many of them. I believe the women. Some companies are conducting internal checks, and some are not, because they don't want to get caught up in all this. And because while it's true that sexual harassment is a real problem, there are also questions of degree. An...Read more

It's not all the same

From the Left / Susan Estrich /

"Me, too," says the girl who was raped when she was barely old enough to know the word.

"Me, too," says the young woman who gets catcalls every day as she twirls her umbrella on the way to work.

"Me, too," says the woman who sleeps with the boss to keep her job.

"Me, too," says the one who gives as good as she gets.

The thing is, it's not ...Read more

Treatment? For What?

From the Left / Susan Estrich /

Kevin Spacey is the latest in a long list of men who, in the wake of allegations of sexual abuse, announce that they are seeking treatment.

In politics, we used to call such announcements "Betty Ford statements." That was back in the days when most of these incidents involved such things as drunken plunges with prostitutes, for which a ...Read more

The Rule of Trump

From the Left / Susan Estrich /

It's not a small thing that the man who ran the president's campaign has been indicted on multiple counts of money laundering related to his work for a foreign government.

I can't recall anything even remotely like it. Domestic corruption is nothing new. But to launder money from a foreign government seeking to influence global politics: This...Read more

A Trump crisis

From the Left / Susan Estrich /

Here's an idea: Declare the American opioid epidemic a health emergency. It's not a very original idea, as people have been sounding the alarms on this crisis for years now. But when you're president of the United States, such a declaration can really mean something. When you're president of the United States, you can do more than talk. You can ...Read more

Everybody Needs a Lawyer, But Do They Need You? About Gloria Allred, Lisa Bloom and Representing Harvey Weinstein

From the Left / Susan Estrich /

I wasn't surprised, last summer, when my old friend Gloria Allred went after me for representing Roger Ailes, the late former president of Fox News, who died before he had the chance to defend himself against charges that he vehemently denied.

I know the mantra well: Everybody needs a lawyer, but they don't necessarily need you.

I had fought...Read more

Junk insurance can kill you faster than junk food

From the Left / Susan Estrich /

He's at it again.

The Trumps have nothing to worry about. They have federal-government insurance -- one of the best plans that money can buy, with the most options and the most comprehensive coverage.

It's good enough for the Trumps -- though they are, after all, among the very few Americans who could actually afford to pay for their own ...Read more

Old Dogs

From the Left / Susan Estrich /

Old dogs teach you the meaning of love.

Judy couldn't get up this morning. She's 14, my oldest, and she's named after my best friend, who died. A brilliant idea, it seemed, at the time. I was missing her, and this would be a way to talk to her every day. The first Judy taught me not to be afraid of dogs. It sounds silly, but my mother raised ...Read more

Here we go again

From the Left / Susan Estrich /

Fifty-nine dead this time, according to the latest reports.

The collective handwringing; the thoughts and prayers; the stories of lives tragically lost crowding the news; funerals to come; politicians spouting mournful messages.

And then what? We know the answer. Then nothing.

What is wrong with us? How many more innocent people must die in ...Read more

Where, oh, where, is Gen. Kelly?

From the Left / Susan Estrich /

I feel like yelling at the screen: "Stop. Just stop."

I have never felt this way about a president of the United States.

I used to like to listen to Ronald Reagan. Didn't agree with him, but he had a way about him. And I was never actually afraid of Reagan.

I had a lot of bad thoughts about George W. Bush, but at no time did I want to yell at...Read more

The High Holidays

From the Left / Susan Estrich /

This week, Jews around the world will celebrate Rosh Hashana, the New Year, the high holidays.

It is a very strange time to be Jewish in America.

The first president with a Jewish daughter and Jewish grandchildren, the first Jewish "zayde" (grandpa) in the White House, has taught a new generation the lasting power of anti-Semitism. As the ...Read more

Broken Dreams

From the Left / Susan Estrich /

When my kids were growing up, I couldn't bear to see them cry. I always did anything I could to make it better.

I keep thinking of that as I see the pictures of the "Dreamers" and their mothers.

How can we punish these children? What are these mothers to do?

How cruel can you get?

I get as angry as the next person when I hear stories of ...Read more

Life in the Swamp

From the Left / Susan Estrich /

Poor Gary Cohn, the Goldman Sachs banker who was standing next to Donald Trump at Trump Tower for that awful press conference in which Trump defended his statement blaming "both sides" for the violence in Charlottesville, Virginia. The president's top economic adviser, who is Jewish, reportedly told associates that he was "disgusted" by the ...Read more

Getting Along With People

From the Left / Susan Estrich /

It's pretty basic stuff.

Getting along with people you agree with -- or, in this era of yes-persons, people who always agree with you -- is remarkably easy.

Getting along with anyone you might venture to disagree with in an online forum or comments section, not to mention a television scream-a-thon, is so utterly impossible and beyond reason...Read more

High Heels and Higher Ground

From the Left / Susan Estrich /

It was bad enough when someone handed Melania Trump one of Michelle Obama's speeches to give -- again. Bad staff work, extraordinarily bad.

But who was in charge of telling her what to wear to a disaster? Or rather, who was in charge of telling her that this was just not a moment for high heels?

Who thinks "stilettos" for a hurricane?...Read more

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