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Protecting the president

From the Left / Susan Estrich /

As the House opens its impeachment inquiry, even as new polls -- from Fox News, no less -- find a majority of voters favoring impeachment, the Republican Party has moved to protect the president from any challenge to his re-nomination. Fiddling with the rules is one of the favorite games of political insiders, and the Trump team is doing its ...Read more

Beating Trump

From the Left / Susan Estrich /

After the conclusion of what had to be described as a rather bad week for the president -- I think we can agree that the initiation of impeachment proceedings based on allegations that he solicited the assistance of foreign leaders for his reelection campaign qualifies as a bad week -- you would think the president's poll numbers would be in ...Read more

Contending with the issue of age

From the Left / Susan Estrich /

Is there such a thing as being too old to be president? In the fall of 1984, in his closing statement in the first presidential debate, then-President Ronald Reagan seemed to lose his way on a California highway. That's right; he was talking on and on about this trip on a California highway, and it didn't end anywhere, except with the red buzzer...Read more

Harvard Wins

From the Left / Susan Estrich /

Diversity means just that.

Getting into college isn't just a numbers game.

No one has a "right" to get into Harvard.

Bill Fitzsimmons, the longtime dean of admissions at Harvard, is one of the most honorable, thoughtful and smart guys I've met in 35-plus years in academia. I've been holding my breath since the lawsuit was filed and then ...Read more

The president has put the Republicans on a tightrope -- again

From the Left / Susan Estrich /

In Texas on Thursday, former Republican Sen. Jeff Flake said that at least 35 Republican senators would vote to impeach the president -- if they could do so privately.

Flake's colleagues, particularly those who are up in 2020, have had precious little to say. The president has put them on a tightrope -- again.

In the first days after the ...Read more

The President and the Journalist

From the Left / Susan Estrich /

Of course, Donald Trump is not just another president, and Cokie Roberts was not just another journalist. Cokie was, in her way, the epitome of the Washington elite; daughter of the powerful, friend of the connected, respected by everybody; a card-carrying member of the Swamp Culture, which is to say a brilliant reporter. She used her ...Read more

In a Flash

From the Left / Susan Estrich /

There you are. There I am. Complaining. Deadlines and obligations. Bills and budgets. The empty nest. My dogs, ages 12 and 14.

And in a flash, none of it matters. Not one bit.

In a flash, I am doing what I shouldn't do: Googling scary prognoses.

There are all kinds of families. Some we are born into. Some we create.

When I moved to Los ...Read more

Watch Warren Run

From the Left / Susan Estrich /

Labor Day marks the real beginning of the nomination campaign. And for all the talk of the crowds of candidates, the race has shaken out far more at this point that many of us expected.

The winner as of Labor Day: Elizabeth Warren.

And she's winning for all the right reasons. She has the most to say. Yes, she's that smart. You may not agree ...Read more

Sept. 11 was the end of 'before'

From the Left / Susan Estrich /

I commuted between LA and Boston for years. I was supposed to be back on the road Friday, another book tour. I got on planes the way my mother took trolleys.

The phone rang. That was the end of BEFORE.

Everything else is AFTER.

We are a different country, those of us who can remember. We saw it. We saw these men mow down innocent men, women ...Read more

Trump's Day

From the Left / Susan Estrich /

It doesn't get easier 6,000 miles away.

"Don't you like your president?" asks a man who is a strong supporter of Israeli Prime Benjamin Netanyahu and our Donald Trump.

I try to explain it's not a matter of liking. I respect Israel's right to choose Netanyahu, a man who I do not agree with, just as we Americans have the right to elect as our ...Read more

Joe Kennedy for Senate. Not.

From the Left / Susan Estrich /

Ed Markey, the progressive senator from Massachusetts, is -- to most people's surprise -- facing a potential primary challenge from a slightly less progressive and almost ridiculously inexperienced junior congressman named Kennedy.

That's it. Joe Kennedy, son of former Congressman Joe Kennedy, son of former attorney general. He is "thinking" ...Read more

To Uphold the Constitution and Laws ...

From the Left / Susan Estrich /

Every legislator, state or federal, takes an oath to uphold the Constitution and laws of the United States.

Missouri voters deserve a refund. And they aren't the only ones, just this week's bad example.

Knowing full well that it would be declared unconstitutional, the Missouri legislature passed -- and the governor signed into law -- a ...Read more

Happy Birthday, President Clinton

From the Left / Susan Estrich /

On the occasion of Bill Clinton's 73rd birthday, the chattering class has come to bury the president they once adored -- and not to praise him.

Not me.

I wish the biggest thing I had to worry about in the world was a blue dress. Imagine having time or energy for such nonsense when the Russians are wreaking havoc with our democracy.

I wish ...Read more

Good for the Jews?

From the Left / Susan Estrich /

Years ago, Frank Rich, the legendary New York Times columnist, wrote a piece -- channeling his grandmother -- on the first question her generation used to ask when big news broke: Is it good for the Jews? Or (more often) is it bad for the Jews?

You could hardly blame them. Living through the Holocaust makes the question painfully relevant.

...Read more

Epstein needed the ultimate accomplice

From the Left / Susan Estrich /

He could never have done it alone.

I'm not talking about his suicide. That he did himself.

I'm talking about his crimes.

Imagine if Jeffrey Epstein had had to find his prey himself. Imagine a sleazy middle-aged guy hanging around in front of a high school trying to pick up teenage girls.

People would notice. Teachers would see. The police ...Read more

Michael Bennet for President

From the Left / Susan Estrich /

Doesn't have a chance?

When the public says they're looking for that so-called generic Democrat whom they would overwhelmingly favor over President Donald Trump, they mean Michael Bennet. They just don't know it yet.

In 2013, he was one of the "Gang of Eight" -- four Democrats and four Republicans -- who crafted a comprehensive immigration ...Read more

Playing politics with the death penalty

From the Left / Susan Estrich /

I have been studying death penalty politics (as well as law) for decades, largely because I've had to. The death penalty bedeviled Democratic candidates in the '80s and '90s, and its repercussions are still felt today. Back then, the public was for it. But it was more than that. Law and order, Nixon's 1968 rallying cry, turned crime into a race ...Read more

What if you like your private insurance?

From the Left / Susan Estrich /

About 138 million Americans voted in the last presidential election.

Almost 220 million have private insurance.

"Medicare for All"? I can't begin to imagine the bureaucracy.

Employer-based insurance is still the most popular; more than half of the population is covered by employer-based private plans. Jobs with benefits, my mother taught me ...Read more

It's not me, it is hotter than usual

From the Left / Susan Estrich /

On the day I left Paris (after a well-timed visit to my daughter), the temperature was 96 degrees Fahrenheit, and it was still morning. That day, it climbed to 104; the next day was the hottest in France in recorded history.

Unlike the United States, where I mostly need a jacket to deal with summer air conditioning (perfect for a man in a suit)...Read more

Justice Stevens taught me how to write and think like a lawyer

From the Left / Susan Estrich /

I was blessed.

On my first day as his law clerk on the D.C. Circuit, Judge J. Skelly Wright, who had hired me sight unseen when I was elected president of the Harvard Law Review, told me that Justice Brennan would not do the same. True, he always hired Judge Wright's Harvard clerk sight unseen, and he had never passed on a Harvard Law Review ...Read more


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