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'Having a fantastic time' leading to more sickness and death

From the Left / Susan Estrich /

In the post on Twitter, Herman Cain was surrounded by four grinning Trumpers, presumably members of Black Voices for Trump, which Cain co-chaired. They were crowded together at the Tulsa Trump rally on June 20, a maskless audience in the front rows of a mostly empty hall. Seat signs that intended to enforce social distancing -- an easy mission ...Read more

Trump's troops are one more tool in his desperate campaign for reelection

From the Left / Susan Estrich /

This is not the first time federal forces have entered a city to restore order. In 1968, federal troops moved into Chicago, Baltimore and Washington in the wake of the assassination of Martin Luther King Jr. In 1957, then-President Dwight Eisenhower ordered federal troops to Little Rock, Arkansas, and then-President John F. Kennedy ordered ...Read more

Trump's base simply isn't big enough

From the Left / Susan Estrich /

It was the title of a speech by then-Gov. (and later President) Calvin Coolidge in 1919. He was talking not of race but of the disorder surrounding the Boston police strike.

But it was in 1968 -- in the aftermath of the riots triggered by the murder of Martin Luther King Jr.; in the aftermath of a Democratic convention during which the Chicago ...Read more

Hospitalized during COVID

From the Left / Susan Estrich /

I was due to have a mammogram. I skipped it. I was due for a follow-up chest MRI. I skipped that. As a former smoker, I had scheduled a CT scan for May. I skipped that, too.

The woman who helped me raise my children, who has been with me for 30 years, who I love with all my heart, has been in chemo since last fall. She can't avoid going to the ...Read more

Political Prosecution: Donald Trump Vs. the United States Supreme Court

From the Left / Susan Estrich /

Since the early days of his presidency, Donald Trump has said, "I have the right to do whatever I want as president." He has described himself as the country's "chief law enforcement officer," ignoring the fact that it is the Supreme Court, not him, who makes the ultimate decisions about matters of law under the Constitution. Nonetheless, ...Read more

Trump's latest pawn: international students, and those who teach them; make and serve the food; and clean their dorms

From the Left / Susan Estrich /

If Donald Trump has his way, Harvard's 5,000 international students will either be deported from the United States or denied entry for the fall semester, not because they are threatening anyone but because President Trump has decided to use them as pawns to force colleges and universities to open up for in-person classes. Because it will look ...Read more

We are better people than our president thinks

From the Left / Susan Estrich /

I'm taking the day off, not from swimming in the swamp of sickness of a loved one, where I've been since October; not from veering between anger and terror because half the people I love are on the super-high-risk list, while I'm only plain old risk.

There is no day off from the sadness and fear that has gripped me.

And the thing is I'm not ...Read more

In Texas, bar lives matter

From the Left / Susan Estrich /

I have a soft spot for bars, and for the people who like to go to them.

For one thing, bars put me through law school. When I was 21, I took a step up from serving "coffee and," which had helped me get through college, to serving and making cocktails.

My first bar job was in a glitzy, Mob-run nightclub that only looked glitzy in the dark. The ...Read more

An act of unfathomable cruelty...

From the Left / Susan Estrich /

Maybe it's because he resents his predecessor's popularity, especially as his plummets to record lows.

Or maybe he is just so clueless and in such a state of denial that he has no idea what is going on in this country beyond his inner circle of yes men.

On Thursday, the Trump administration filed a brief once again asking the Supreme Court to ...Read more

How much can we bear?

From the Left / Susan Estrich /

If not for COVID-19 and President Donald Trump's truly disastrous handling of it, Trump -- unstable, erratic, self-centered and all -- might still win the November election on the strength of the economy.

Instead, he'll be running on record unemployment, with whole sectors of the economy just failing, and some 2 million Americans (actually, it'...Read more

Trump and his court

From the Left / Susan Estrich /

Twice in a week. First, the court holds that you can't discriminate against employees on the basis of sexual orientation. And if that isn't enough, the chief justice goes and holds that President Donald Trump's administration actually needs a reason to deport 700,000 young people who came to this country as children and have grown up here.

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Somewhere, I hope Paul Tsongas is smiling

From the Left / Susan Estrich /

Finally, in a landmark decision authored by none other than Justice Neil Gorsuch, President Donald Trump's first Supreme Court appointee, gay, lesbian and transgender people are protected by federal law against employment discrimination.

Conservatives, who enthusiastically supported Gorsuch's nomination, are tearing their hair out while ...Read more

Why is he going to Tulsa on Juneteenth?

From the Left / Susan Estrich /

America is being rocked by passionate protests reflecting all the pent-up anger of those who have been the victims of racism since the day they were born: the guys who are guilty until proven innocent, suspect because of the color of their skin. I'd be angry, too. I've been researching policing since the early 1980s, when I joined a task force ...Read more

Conventions may be fun, but they are not worth risking your life

From the Left / Susan Estrich /

Modern conventions don't decide anything. On occasion, there are votes that matter -- not on the roll call for president but on the seating of all-white delegations, or the inclusion of reproductive freedom and gay rights in the platform.

The candidate and his staff decide everything. They decide who speaks and what they say (yes, speeches are ...Read more

The Race Card, 2020 version: How Trump has used the pandemic to play his Willie Horton card

From the Left / Susan Estrich /

Donald Trump has been trying for years to play his Willie Horton card, to divide the country along lines of race as a means of reaffirming his base.

You can hardly give him credit for creativity, strategically speaking. It's not so different from the way former President Richard Nixon played "law and order," the way former Sen. Jesse Helms ...Read more

Spreading selfishness in the sunshine

From the Left / Susan Estrich /

The weather was glorious in Southern California the past week, as it was in much of the nation. The beaches and Boardwalk were so crowded, full of families who had clearly come from other parts of the city to escape the confines of crowded apartments. No, it wasn't the usual crowd of druggies and bikers and meth heads but families old and young ...Read more

If Trump's going to talk about mental illness, he'd do well to look in the mirror

From the Left / Susan Estrich /

He is 73 years old. At his checkup last year, he weighed 243 pounds. Obese -- that's the medical definition.

And he has been reported to be taking drugs to control his cholesterol and prevent a heart attack. Obesity and heart problems are among the "high-risk" indicators for serious COVID-19 illness.

But who cares? Those rules just apply to us...Read more

Don't stay home! Die!

From the Left / Susan Estrich /

Or, to be fair, you may not die; you may just be the type who kills other people.

Sound like government playing God? Making life and death decisions? Just what conservative orthodoxy has insisted for years government must never do? Yes.

Reports agree that President Donald Trump, for some time now, has been gaming to try to reopen the economy. ...Read more

The pandemic may have changed America's politics as much as America's life

From the Left / Susan Estrich /

Three months ago, it was difficult to find an honest Democrat who privately believed that President Donald Trump would lose reelection. The economy seemed to be, quite simply, too strong to convince a majority of Americans in some of Trump's red states that they'd be better off with a Democratic president.

Three months ago, it was difficult to ...Read more

Perhaps Mother's Day should be a time to say you're sorry

From the Left / Susan Estrich /

"When you're a mother, you'll understand."

How many times did my mother say that? And how many times did I think, "No, I won't, because I'll be a better mother"?

I tried to be a perfect mother. And I failed. For that, I have apologized with all my heart to my children. Because I am, after all, just a flawed, imperfect person struggling to do ...Read more



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