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The Culture of Gun Violence

From the Left / Susan Estrich /

"Turn on the TV," my friend Annie said. No hello -- it has to be something bad. "The Super Bowl." At first I thought Las Vegas. But no, this must be Kansas City. A shooting. One woman dead. Twenty-two people shot. Eleven children. Here we go again. What could be more American? The schools were closed. A million people gathered to celebrate. ...Read more

A Supreme Compromise

From the Left / Susan Estrich /

If there was one lesson to be learned from Bush v. Gore, and its impact on the Supreme Court's credibility, it is that the court should not decide presidential elections. That job belongs to the people: in the case of Donald Trump, to voters and juries. What that means in practice is that the court needs to find a way to decide the two cases ...Read more

A False and Unfair Confusion

From the Left / Susan Estrich /

One of them confused Nikki Haley with Nancy Pelosi -- both are, after all, women, whose first initial begins with an "N." One of them confused the president of Mexico with the president of Egypt, while the other confused the leaders of Hungary and Turkey. What does it prove? Basically, nothing. Certainly nothing about who should be the next ...Read more

Citizen Trump

From the Left / Susan Estrich /

On Tuesday, as expected, a three-judge panel of the United States Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit rejected in the strongest possible terms former President Donald Trump's claim that he is absolutely immune for crimes allegedly committed while he was in office. "For the purpose of this criminal case, former President Trump has become ...Read more

The Power of Women

From the Left / Susan Estrich /

The gender gap is growing.

According to the latest Quinnipiac University poll, President Joe Biden has opened a six-point lead over Donald Trump -- powered by the votes of women.

In a press statement, the university's polling analyst Tim Malloy said, "The gender demographic tells a story to keep an eye on. Propelled by female voters in just ...Read more

The UN and Hamas

From the Left / Susan Estrich /

What were United Nations employees doing on Oct. 7?

According to reports assembled by Israeli intelligence and shared with Western media this week, at least a dozen employees of the U.N. Relief and Works Agency, or UNRWA, actually participated in the terror attacks that murdered more than 1,200 Israelis, most of them civilians, and took ...Read more

Loose Lips

From the Left / Susan Estrich /

Donald Trump is on a roll. No, I'm not talking about his victories in Iowa and New Hampshire, although of course he won them both. I say "of course" because he's a president running for his second term, and if you judge him like you would an incumbent -- who you would expect to do better than 80% or more -- the fact is that he underperformed, ...Read more

No Labels, No Trump

From the Left / Susan Estrich /

The Dursts are right. The chairman and president of the wealthy New York real estate company brought suit this week in New York State Supreme Court against the group that is threatening to run a third-party candidate for president. It is not a bipartisan, pro-good government effort, which is what the Dursts contributed to when No Labels was ...Read more

How Not to Fix the Immigration Crisis

From the Left / Susan Estrich /

No one -- or almost no one -- can deny that there is an immigration crisis in America. New legislation is needed, including more funding for a fair and effective system for controlling the border and handling the asylum process. In the Senate, key Republicans and Democrats are at least talking together about how to deal with the problem.

Not ...Read more

Donald Trump Wins

From the Left / Susan Estrich /

What does it mean that a majority of Iowa Republicans braved freezing cold weather to go out and caucus for a man who is facing 91 criminal counts, not to mention another defamation trial from a woman who a jury already found he sexually assaulted and defamed?

It means he could win the presidency and endanger the future of our democracy.

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How to Lose a Lawsuit

From the Left / Susan Estrich /

No lawyer would ever advise a client to do what Donald Trump has done. He has perfected the art, if you can call it that, of attacking and trying to intimidate the judges who will decide his fate. In New York, at the conclusion of his fraud trial -- which is not a jury trial, but will be decided by the judge -- he stood up and declared the ...Read more

Where Was Lloyd?

From the Left / Susan Estrich /

It is exactly what Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin III did not want.

Clearly, he didn't want anyone to know that he, like millions of American men, had been diagnosed with prostate cancer. By not telling his commanding officer, the president, and not disclosing his surgery and his infection, and insisting on keeping secret his hospitalization ...Read more

The Supreme Court and the Trump Cases

From the Left / Susan Estrich /

The question is not when the Supreme Court will weigh in on Donald Trump's eligibility to serve as president of the United States but if it will do so at all. It already resisted one opportunity when it refused to fast track the appeal of the district court's ruling that he is not absolutely immune from criminal liability for acts committed ...Read more

The Al Shifa Hospital and Hamas

From the Left / Susan Estrich /

Israel was roundly attacked around the world for targeting the Al Shifa Hospital in Gaza last November. In the United Nations, and in the international media, Israel was condemned for its efforts to take control of the hospital. How could Israel do such a thing? Pictures filled the airwaves and the newspapers of civilians who had taken refuge ...Read more

'How Hamas Weaponized Sexual Violence'

From the Left / Susan Estrich /

That is what The New York Times called it after a two-month investigation in which they reviewed video and photographic evidence, and interviewed some 150 people: "weaponiz(ing) sexual violence." Israelis have been talking about it for months, horrified at those who wouldn't believe it. Hamas has denied it, but at this point, there is no ...Read more

'May They Rot in Hell. Again, Merry Christmas'

From the Left / Susan Estrich /

Accusing his political opponents of being "deranged" and "thugs," Donald Trump delivered his Christmas message on Truth Social: "May they rot in hell." Trump is totally out of control. His rhetoric is that of an unstable man. In words that sound like Hitler, he accused immigrants of "poisoning the blood of our country." This is a man who is ...Read more

Why is Claudine Gay Still the President of Harvard?

From the Left / Susan Estrich /

It's time for Claudine Gay to step down as president of Harvard University.

The embattled new president, only six months into the job, has failed. If she were a student, she'd be expelled. Plagiarism is not OK for students. Why should it be OK for the president? Supposedly, she is going to revise her past scholarly work -- plagiarism not only...Read more

The Bad News/Good News for Trump

From the Left / Susan Estrich /

The decision of the Colorado Supreme Court might sink a normal candidate. By a 4-3 vote, the court held that the provision of the 14th Amendment enacted after the Civil War to bar those who had committed insurrection from holding office means that Donald Trump should not be on the Republican primary ballot. The ink was barely dry before Trump ...Read more

The Decline and Fall of 'America's Mayor'

From the Left / Susan Estrich /

A federal jury on Friday returned a verdict awarding plaintiffs Ruby Freeman and her daughter, Wandrea "Shaye" Moss, $148.17 million in damages in their defamation trial against Rudy Giuliani arising out of his claims that the two election workers committed fraud during the 2020 election in Georgia. The judgment will surely bankrupt him, and ...Read more

Jack Smith Plays His Trump Card

From the Left / Susan Estrich /

In an extraordinary move, Special Counsel Jack Smith asked the Supreme Court on Monday to rule on President Donald Trump's claim that he is immune from prosecution for election interference. The trial judge has already rejected his claim of wholesale immunity, and in the normal course, the issue would next be taken up by the appellate court, ...Read more



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