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Is the first amendment dead?

From the Left / Susan Estrich /

On Wednesday, officials of the University of California Berkeley announced that they were canceling a speech to be given by conservative writer Ann Coulter scheduled for April 27. Then on Thursday, facing the prospect of a lawsuit, caught between the First Amendment and the fear of violence, university officials proposed that Coulter's speech be...Read more

The Amazon 1-star system

From the Left / Susan Estrich /

I'm not dumb enough to believe that all the reviews you read on various sites are authentic. I know that if a product no one has ever heard of has thousands of five-star reviews, something is amiss. Real customers aren't claiming a skin cream "takes years away in just minutes!" The only thing that does that is plastic surgery.

I know that ...Read more

Sean Spicer Must Go

From the Left / Susan Estrich /

The president's press secretary is either the stupidest person to ever hold a senior position in the White House or he's an outright anti-Semite. This is not a partisan issue. He is an embarrassment not just to the administration but also to our nation -- Republicans, Democrats, Jews, Christians, Muslims and all thinking people.

In case you ...Read more

What It Takes

From the Left / Susan Estrich /

For years, I have been trying to figure out what it will take to make my students care about politics, to believe that elections do matter. I don't take sides in the classroom; I don't play the "politically correct" game. I'll take whatever position the students don't take: I think the only way to state your own position persuasively is to ...Read more

Justice Gorsuch?

From the Left / Susan Estrich /

Judge Neil Gorsuch would never have been appointed to the Supreme Court by Hillary Clinton. He's way too conservative.

But unfortunately for those of us who would prefer a more liberal choice -- such as Merrick Garland, who never got a confirmation vote -- Hillary Clinton didn't win the election. Donald Trump did. And that means he gets to ...Read more

Our Laughable Leader

From the Left / Susan Estrich /

It was one of the stupidest threats I have ever heard from a president of the United States, followed by one of the most ludicrous blame games ever to be played by any White House.

Vote for the American Health Care Act now or Obamacare will remain in place, unchanged. That's what the president told the Republicans in the House and loudly ...Read more

His Way or the Highway

From the Left / Susan Estrich /

What a leader.

Faced with the certain defeat of his effort to take health insurance away from millions of Americans, our fearless leader did not attempt to compromise, negotiate or even mend the program that has allowed millions of Americans access to health care.

No, no acts of responsible leadership. But then, what would you expect? A ...Read more

Dear American Express: Don't Punish an Honest Man for Your Mistakes

From the Left / Susan Estrich /

I've been an American Express cardholder for longer than I care to say. Let's just say it's been close to 40 years, and American Express has always been the first card I use. No more. Hello, MasterCard and Visa!

Here's the short version. I bought a suit for my son at an off-retail store. For the next few months, the store's owner (aka thief) ...Read more

The Powerless President

From the Left / Susan Estrich /

Donald Trump is learning a lesson he should have known during the campaign. Being president is not like being the host of "Celebrity Apprentice" or a billionaire boss. Not everyone works for you. They don't all run around saying that you're a genius, doing whatever you tell them, literally treating you like a king. Being president is nothing ...Read more

Be Well

From the Left / Susan Estrich /

If President Trump and his party have their way, you'd better be well. Or have a lifetime employment contract with a company large enough to negotiate reasonable group insurance. Or have never been sick in your life.

In the bad old days, I tried to buy health insurance for the woman who helped me raise my children, maybe the most important ...Read more

Trivial Pursuits

From the Left / Susan Estrich /

The president who gave the joint session address on Tuesday night wants Washington to put aside "trivial fights" and "compromise." He actually said this: "The time for small thinking is over. The time for trivial fights is behind us," that president said. "From now on, America will be empowered by our aspirations, not burdened by our fears."

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Hail to The New York Times

From the Left / Susan Estrich /

On the verge of irrelevancy in an age where people are used to getting their news for free, The New York Times, pay wall and all, is on a roll.

And thank God for that.

Having declared the press the enemy of the people and banned The New York Times from a White House press briefing, Team Trump has managed to give the press in general, and The...Read more

Enough About the Shoes

From the Left / Susan Estrich /

That the two most prominent women in the Trump administration should be caught up in a controversy about shoes tells you (if not our new leader) how far we have to go.

In a world threatened by ISIS, in a nation of immigrants wondering who will next be deported, is Kellyanne Conway's endorsement of Ivanka Trump's shoes really worthy of a ...Read more

The Enemy of the American People

From the Left / Susan Estrich /

The president of the United States, the most powerful man in the world, on Friday declared that the news media is the "enemy of the American people."

Could someone please remind him of that pesky document that he has been having such trouble with -- the Constitution? In addition to protecting the free exercise of religion (one of the many ...Read more

Truth or Consequences

From the Left / Susan Estrich /

Our new president, it appears, believes that his power includes the right to lie, to insist that black is white and white is black and that the truth is whatever he says it is.

Harsh? I wish.

Take his insistence that more people came to his inauguration than Barack Obama's: Wrong. Not so. Universally debunked.

Trump did not win the popular ...Read more

 

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