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Can we force people to get vaccinated to keep their jobs?

From the Left / Susan Estrich /

I don't think there is anyone in America with a phone who hasn't seen the graphic pictures of the Capitol under siege, or hasn't read the harrowing accounts of those trapped inside barricaded rooms.

Whatever else they may have done wrong, the Capitol Police protected everyone who was legitimately in the Capitol.

Inside the Beltway, the ...Read more

A message from the hot pot: It's about vaccines

From the Left / Susan Estrich /

There's a message we are hearing every day: Somehow, by June or July, everyone who wants a vaccine will be able to get one.

You will survive, if you live that long.

I understand congressional anger. I hope we all share that anger.

In our civil state, these are the Holy Temples literally stomping on the Constitution.

But there is only one ...Read more

Merrick Garland will restore the Justice Department to its real role

From the Left / Susan Estrich /

Amid Wednesday's riots, President-elect Joe Biden's selection of Judge Merrick Garland as attorney general was not the front-page story it otherwise would have been.

In watching the horror of terrorists taking over the Capitol, the only consolation that got me through the day was the knowledge that my old friend will soon be running the Justice...Read more

Trump is the traitor on top

From the Left / Susan Estrich /

What do you say of a man who openly seeks to subvert the Constitution and incites his supporters to take over the Capitol of the United States?

He's not a president. He was never a president.

This is what he would say if the shoe were on the other foot: "Traitor! Traitor! It is your presidency that is on fire!"

There were ugly chapters in ...Read more

What do we do when there's no room at the hospital?

From the Left / Susan Estrich /

In Los Angeles County, the hospitals are all full. ICU capacity dropped to zero percent in late December. Still, most of us are in denial, assuming full doesn't really mean that they are out of beds, much less rationing care.

Most of us are wrong.

A friend returned home from his studies to take care of his father, who had COVID-19.

For two ...Read more

Who's should get the vaccine first?

From the Left / Susan Estrich /

I want the vaccine. I have rarely left my house during the last nine months -- if you try, you can find a way to have almost anything delivered -- because someone in our pod is being treated for cancer, and my kids and I don't take risks.

But I'm not complaining. I live in a mostly white section of Los Angeles, and the COVID-19 infection rate ...Read more

Observations on life in Los Angeles

From the Left / Susan Estrich /

Los Angeles is on the verge of becoming the world's biggest COVID hot spot in the world. "The epicenter," we say, shaking our heads. How did this happen?

"It's not so bad here," we say, we being the people who populate what look like suburban communities; beach towns; and places defined as cool, such as West Hollywood and Venice.

I want to ...Read more

I don't sit in judgment of anyone but myself

From the Left / Susan Estrich /

To all of my Christian friends and family members, I wish you a day of joy as you celebrate the birth of Jesus, who you believe is the son of G-d.

I am not wishing a merry Christmas to my Jewish friends, whose determination to celebrate this holy day is diametrically opposed to the fundamental beliefs of Judaism. We do not believe in the ...Read more

There is no debate to be had on vaccination

From the Left / Susan Estrich /

I'm not a scientist. I'm not an infectious disease expert, let alone one of those who led the fight against AIDS. So I have to depend on experts. And luckily for me, there is no debate among experts on the subject of vaccinations. I know I will get furious emails, but they won't be from the most knowledgeable scientists. Former Presidents Barack...Read more

Bill Barr finds his moral compass. Finally.

From the Left / Susan Estrich /

When Bill Barr was appointed attorney general, I was hopeful. Impeccable credentials, long experience in law, not to mention a previous stint as attorney general, Bill Barr was an obvious choice. He was also someone who, at least in his prior jobs, had never lost the respect of those who disagreed with him. Perhaps, we thought -- and I say we ...Read more

Everything Trump says from now on is blither-blather, soon to end

From the Left / Susan Estrich /

There seems to be more talk these days about how Donald Trump is going to leave town than there is about how Joe Biden will arrive.

Joe Biden, it is said, will take the same train he took almost every day to his job in the U.S. Senate, beginning when he was tragically widowed and lost his daughter in a car accident. He commuted so he could ...Read more

Gascon trusts criminals more than he does police

From the Left / Susan Estrich /

Having been run out of San Francisco, as liberal a place as you will find in America, George Gascon relocated to Los Angeles. Having failed to free everyone from prison in San Francisco, he is now trying to do even worse in Southern California.

In November, voters in Los Angeles overwhelmingly rejected a proposition that would have eliminated ...Read more

'America's Mayor' now spends his time attacking democracy

From the Left / Susan Estrich /

Rudy Giuliani has once again helped us forget that he was actually the mayor of New York during 9/11, that his steely resolve resulted in him being called "America's Mayor" and being a media hero.

Now his mission is to attack our democracy.

President Donald Trump is having more trouble accepting defeat than any grown-up I know. What he is ...Read more

Drain the swamp with Trump in it

From the Left / Susan Estrich /

This is getting absolutely ridiculous. Rudy Giuliani's money grab. The utter waste of resources, all of it aimed at stopping the state from certifying election results that show Joe Biden has won. Weeks of searching that brought just two people whose ballots were rejected as inaccurate, called by the president himself, in the hopes that they ...Read more

How much is Rudy worth?

From the Left / Susan Estrich /

According to The New York Times, Rudy Giuliani has been seeking $20,000 a day -- since the day after the election -- to lead the war against reality being waged by President Donald Trump's lawyers. He denies the number but claims the president wanted to make sure he got paid.

As of Friday, with lawyers withdrawing for both ethical and financial...Read more

Who will tell the emperor?

From the Left / Susan Estrich /

This is getting serious.

I'm not talking about the nightmare scenarios being spun about by law professors, most of whom, respectfully, have never walked a precinct.

The states will finish their counts, certify them and send the electors who are pledged to the winner to the Electoral College.

Well before the election, in a lengthy parade of ...Read more

Trump cannot sue his way back to the presidency

From the Left / Susan Estrich /

In my work as a lawyer, I often find myself sitting with CEOs waiting for a verdict. So, I write statements for everybody to use if we lose. Someone once noticed that I never draft victory statements. Winning is easy: The system worked, and you smile for the camera.

It's losing that requires hard work. Losing with dignity is like aging with ...Read more

The blue wave that wasn't

From the Left / Susan Estrich /

As a product of 1980s Democratic politics, I rarely believe that the Democrat was going to win. Four years ago, I canceled my Tuesday class. Traffic, I said, as I raced out of an Annenberg Panel at 5:05 p.m., pretending that Fox might need me (even though I had gotten fired for representing Roger Ailes). No traffic this time, but COVID-19 has me...Read more

Save the Court, save the vote

From the Left / Susan Estrich /

Before a single vote was counted, President Donald Trump made clear that he expects the courts to save him from the people. He would destroy the legitimacy of the courts if he could, if that's what it takes to, in the words of Justice Brett Kavanaugh, "flip the results." He rushed through the appointment of Justice Amy Coney Barrett so he could ...Read more

It's not Halloween that's scary, but the election three days later

From the Left / Susan Estrich /

Put aside the costumes and the freaky shots intended to scare. This year, what's scary is not Halloween but the election three days later. As it approaches, everyone is exchanging their doomsday predictions. Never have there been so many, or so many reasons to fear the worst.

I don't mean the kind of fear you might have if you're worried about ...Read more



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