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Paralysis as Policy: Doing Nothing About Gun Violence

From the Left / Susan Estrich /

A new report out this week has found the gun death rate to be the highest in 40 years. No one is exempt. More men are dying than women -- by 86% to 14% -- but deaths among women are increasing faster than those of men. Race matters. Gender matters. Age matters.

Young Black men are most likely to die: 142 per 100,000 is the homicide rate for ...Read more

It's Up To You to See the Good Happening Around You

From the Left / Susan Estrich /

In traffic downtown, the man next to me wanted to get over in my lane. I slowed up a little and let him in. His hand went out the window, and I lifted mine to return what I anticipated was an incoming obligatory thank-you wave. Instead, he extended his middle finger. This threw me off until I saw the car in front of him return the gesture. The ...Read more

The Two Parties Are Not the Same

From the Left / Susan Estrich /

Sixty is the magic number to beat a filibuster in the United States Senate. Sixty votes means a bill is on its way to becoming law, at least as far as the Senate is concerned.

Sixty-two votes is how many the gay marriage bill received in the Senate last week.

Twelve Republicans joined all 50 Democrats to support legislation protecting the ...Read more

'Just Another Bimbo'

From the Left / Susan Estrich /

If she hadn't married the governor of California, she would've been "just another bimbo" who engaged in "transactional sex" to get ahead.

Harvey Weinstein's lawyer, in an opening statement straight out of the 1980s, reportedly dismissed and disparaged Jennifer Siebel Newsom, the wife of California Gov. Gavin Newsom, who took the stand this ...Read more

The Don Also Rises

From the Left / Susan Estrich /

A mere mortal would hang his head in shame. It should be lost on no one that this is the third election cycle -- 2018, 2020 and now 2022 -- that the Democrats have won by running against Donald Trump. Some people would just give up. Donald Trump announced instead, assuring everyone yet one more election cycle to be dominated by the one man ...Read more

It's Free!

From the Left / Susan Estrich /

I went to CVS and got a flu shot and a $5 coupon as part of the deal. No waiting. Oh, and it could even save your life. Still.

So how come so few people want to get the latest COVID booster?

I remember standing in line in East Los Angeles to get my first COVID vaccine. I felt like I'd won the lottery. I kept thanking people; I knew how lucky...Read more

The Wave That Wasn't

From the Left / Susan Estrich /

While the final results are being tallied, this much is clear. There was no red wave. Not even a red tide. A landslide turned into a night that was simply too close to call. Democrats could only be pleased, or should be.

Historically, the president's party in a midterm election loses an average of 28 House seats and 4 Senate seats. That was ...Read more

The Break-In

From the Left / Susan Estrich /

It's everyone's worst nightmare. The glass smashing. The patio door. Someone in the house.

He was quick enough to phone 911 before the intruder confronted him. The man was looking for his wife, planned to stay there until she came back.

How could such a thing happen at the home of the speaker of the House, literally one of the most powerful ...Read more

Race Matters

From the Left / Susan Estrich /

The Supreme Court this week signaled its readiness to toss out another longstanding precedent and prohibit affirmative action in education. The two cases before the court -- one from the University of North Carolina and one from Harvard -- encompass both public schools (UNC) that might violate the Constitution and private schools that are ...Read more

Why Was Paul Pelosi Attacked?

From the Left / Susan Estrich /

Police are calling it a "targeted attack."

Why would someone target Paul Pelosi?

Easy, right. Does anyone doubt the reason?

The hard question is not why he was attacked, but who to point the finger at; there are so many contenders, in addition to the assailant himself.

Words have power. Speech is protected not because it's harmless, but ...Read more

Kanye Is Wrong

From the Left / Susan Estrich /

Kanye West is wrong for so many reasons, but none more basic than this: If Jews really had half as much power over the media and everything else, as he says we do, we wouldn't be worried about a loathsome loudmouth like him.

The reason we worry about the likes of a Kanye West is because we know damn well that antisemitism has deep roots and ...Read more

More Police in School?

From the Left / Susan Estrich /

Last Thursday, some 500 students walked out of one of Los Angeles' best known high schools to protest inadequate security at school. The walkout took place the day after two students were stabbed at John Marshall High School in Los Feliz, which reportedly followed another on-campus assault.

This is not what high school pressure should be ...Read more

17 Years in Prison for a Crime She Did Not Commit

From the Left / Susan Estrich /

The year was 1995. Kristine Bunch was a 22-year-old single mother, wrongly arrested and charged and ultimately sentenced to 60 years in prison. For an accident.

The smoke woke her up. Flames everywhere. She couldn't get to Tony's room, so she ran outside and busted out the window. The neighbors stopped her from climbing back in. She waited ...Read more

President Trump's Subpoena

From the Left / Susan Estrich /

According to Rep. Bennie G. Thompson, the chairman of the House Jan. 6 committee, it was the panel's "obligation" to seek former President Donald Trump's testimony as "the one person at the center of the story of what happened on January 6th." And so the committee voted unanimously to subpoena the former president to produce documents and ...Read more

Seven Fifteen

From the Left / Susan Estrich /

Seven fifteen is not the time. It's the price for a gallon of high-test in California. They even advertise it. Forget spending a hundred dollars to top off the tank. You'll need more.

"Who's going to win the midterm?" my friend asks from the back seat. I look out the window. Another gas station. Same price.

Does the Donald Trump of it all --...Read more

The Election Deniers

From the Left / Susan Estrich /

In an important survey, The Washington Post found that a majority of Republican nominees on the ballot for Senate, House and key statewide offices deny the results of the 2020 election. That's some 299 candidates in all; and of those, 173 are running for safe seats, and another 52 are in close races.

This isn't just about an ideological split...Read more

The Supreme Court Decides to Take On Free Speech on the Internet

From the Left / Susan Estrich /

Back in 1996, in an effort to encourage the growth of the new "internet," Congress passed Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act, immunizing the new platforms from liability for their users' posts.

If you ask Google, which owns YouTube, they'll tell you that the law provides absolute immunity from liability for actions -- including ...Read more

Trump's Latest Legal Blunder

From the Left / Susan Estrich /

By now, it has become clear that President Donald Trump's hopes that the appointment of a special master would derail the Justice Department's investigation of him have proven to be short-lived. The Mar-a-Lago nightmare continues for the former president, and nothing about the appointment of the Special Master will derail it.

The president ...Read more

Should State Courts Enforce State Constitutions?

From the Left / Susan Estrich /

This might be the first time the Conference of Chief Justices, the group representing the top courts in all 50 states, has weighed in to an ideologically charged Supreme Court case. And with good reason. The issue is whether state courts and the state constitutions limit the role of state legislatures in election law cases. If North Carolina ...Read more

Good News for Democrats, Bad News for the Rule of Law: Supreme Court Politics

From the Left / Susan Estrich /

The Supreme Court, it turns out, is even less popular than the inflation-battered Joe Biden. By a 60-40 margin according to the latest Marquette University Law School poll, Americans disapprove of the Supreme Court. While the Court isn't responsible for interest rates, it is responsible for overruling a decision that was supported by the ...Read more



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