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The Mueller Report 2.0

From the Left / Susan Estrich /

My friend Jack Corrigan, one of the smartest politicos/lawyers I know, saw it right away. He called it "the key punch-pulling passage in the report." It occurs on page two of volume two, where Robert Mueller says he and his team "determined not to apply an approach that could potentially result in a judgment that the President committed crimes...Read more

The Republican rollout of the Mueller report

From the Left / Susan Estrich /

One of the comments that stuck with me after the release of the full Mueller report was that Attorney General Barr had not played it down the middle. Putting the conclusions out first (NO INDICTMENT) allowed the president to take a victory lap. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi started talking about health care, not impeachment. He gave the White House...Read more

Polls and predictions are all about Iowa

From the Left / Susan Estrich /

If you believe the national polls, Joe Biden is running first nationally (in three of four polls out this week), about 8 points ahead of Sen. Bernie Sanders, which tells you nothing about how things will look after Iowa.

If you believe the prediction numbers, the chances of a second Trump term have gone from likely to very likely. No one who ...Read more

The lessons of rejection, or how cheating cheats our kids

From the Left / Susan Estrich /

I will never forget the day. I stood just inside the door with the thin pile of envelopes. I opened them one by one. Radcliffe (Harvard) said no. Yale said no. Princeton said no. Pembroke (Brown) said no. The top male schools were opening their doors to the brightest women in America.

And none of them wanted me.

I had never -- I mean never -- ...Read more

We all have insurance anxiety

From the Left / Susan Estrich /

I'm lucky. Very lucky. There are a million things I wish I could do that I am absolutely terrible at.

But there is one thing I am very, very good at, by necessity.

I know how to fight with insurance companies.

My sister, who was head of group claims for a major insurance company (in her early 30s, when she herself had cancer), taught me some ...Read more

Joe Biden is not a sexual predator

From the Left / Susan Estrich /

I don't know whether Joe Biden should run for president. I don't know if he will be able to connect with the younger generation that has breathed new life into the Democratic Party. In short, I don't know whether he can beat Donald Trump, which is the thing I care about most.

But this I know: Joe Biden is not a sexual predator. Too affectionate...Read more

Treasonous? Who?

From the Left / Susan Estrich /

The Muller report understandably brought great joy to the president.

The report found no actual collusion between Trump and his aides and the Russian government.

I guess that's something to celebrate -- no treason on the Trump side. Because collusion might well meet the constitutional requirements of treason, whereas broadsides like the ...Read more

Don't forget when Sen. Biden put the victim on trial

From the Left / Susan Estrich /

If you watched it, at least if you watched it like I did, it's almost impossible to forget.

An intelligent and respected law professor came forward to tell her account of her treatment by the man George H.W. Bush decided was the most qualified in America to serve on the Supreme Court. The hearings, until Anita Hill came forward, were a textbook...Read more

Politics have always been generational

From the Left / Susan Estrich /

The conversations are taking place when our kids come back to California, especially if they're coming from New York.

What is it that you see in AOC?

And as they tell us, the generational divide always opens to the size of the Grand Canyon.

They like Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez because she speaks to them; because she rocks the boat; because...Read more

I know from a fixer. I was a fixer. Michael Cohen's no fixer.

From the Left / Susan Estrich /

I have to admit I was a little insulted when Michael Cohen explained that his job as Donald Trump's lawyer was to be his "fixer." For more than a decade, I was widely known around my old law firm as the firm fixer. "Plumber" was another of my nicknames. Technically, I created the Crisis Law & Strategy Group. At my new firm, Boies Schiller ...Read more

And the Winner Is ...

From the Left / Susan Estrich /

It used to be that people complained that the process for selecting the nominee was starting earlier and earlier -- straw polls over a year before the inauguration!

So, at least on the Democratic side (and since much of this is state law, the two systems have more in common than they should), we created something called "the window," which ...Read more

Opioids and Me

From the Left / Susan Estrich /

I know.

I know the heartache of mothers who lose their sons, children who lose themselves.

I'm as enraged as anyone by the pain peddlers who hand out pills that get sold on the street, popped with abandon, shared among friends.

It seems to me that if you sell guns, you have an obligation to make sure that they are used safely. Ditto for ...Read more

This could be Trump's Time's Up moment

From the Left / Susan Estrich /

The man who claimed he could murder former FBI Director James Comey in midtown Manhattan and his base wouldn't care might still be right.

If you're still with him right now, you'd probably be with him through anything.

The problem for the president is that the base in shrinking. In the meantime, the Democratic base is growing.

Two weeks after...Read more

Eric for President?

From the Left / Susan Estrich /

The teachers strike in the second-largest school district in the country ended Tuesday, so, according to local media, Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti has returned his attention to running for president.

Why not?

It stopped raining. The ever-expanding population of young homeless druggies has returned from the shelters and is doing meth in ...Read more


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