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Biden's past come back to haunt him

From the Left / Susan Estrich /

Of course he was for the Hyde Amendment, the federal law that blocks Medicaid funding from being used for abortion. He even fought against a rape and incest exception. He proposed his own Biden amendment to block foreign aid from being used for biomedical research related to abortion. He was one of two Democrats who supported an effort to allow ...Read more

Losing Judy. Again

From the Left / Susan Estrich /

Judy Jarvis was my best friend for 19 years. She was diagnosed with stage 4 lung cancer. If it matters, I never saw her smoke a cigarette; if it matters, her internist had failed to give her an annual chest X-ray. All that mattered to me, as I raced from Los Angeles to the hospital in Boston, was that my best friend was dying, and I was ...Read more

What happened to Bill Barr?

From the Left / Susan Estrich /

I knew him back when we were both law clerks fresh out of school -- he for one of the most conservative members of the D.C. Circuit, I for one of its leading liberals.

He was a smart guy. Honorable. Someone you disagreed with but respected.

As a young Justice Department lawyer, he wrote legal memos justifying the United States' invasion of ...Read more

Mayor Pete: Why Not?

From the Left / Susan Estrich /

"Why not?" she asked.

We're looking for a nondescript generic white male Democrat, preferably a senator, and you ask why not the 37-year-old gay mayor of South Bend, Indiana?

How about this?

He's too young.

He's too inexperienced.

He's not just gay; he's out-of-the-closet gay, gay with a husband, a veritable First Man.

All of which is ...Read more

You, Too? CEOs are under the 'Me Too' microscope

From the Left / Susan Estrich /

It's hard enough dealing with sexual misconduct by senior officials. But when the CEO is an alleged pig, much less one who is surrounded by like-minded figures, who do you complain to?

There is a very simple reason why (pick your favorite) got away with the worst kind of misconduct for decades and decades.

The reason is not -- is never -- that...Read more

The Supreme Court is not going to overrule Roe v. Wade

From the Left / Susan Estrich /

First of all, it doesn't need to. Roe v. Wade has already been thoroughly decimated by a thousand different regulations, all of which the Supreme Court has, or will, uphold.

Second, the Alabama geniuses could not have been stupider in the way they set things up for the court.

And third, smart Republicans -- and that includes a chief justice ...Read more

The big joke about privacy is that no one even bothers

From the Left / Susan Estrich /

In 1967, Justice John Marshall Harlan (one of the greats) wrote a concurring opinion that, to this day, establishes the constitutional test that protects our privacy from the government.

It happened that one Charles Katz went into a pay telephone booth to make two calls. In the days before cellphones, there were pay phones in translucent stalls...Read more

They're taking another run at Roe

From the Left / Susan Estrich /

In the not-so-old days, the guerrilla battle against Roe v. Wade took the form of state laws that imposed endless obstacles in the face of women seeking to exercise their constitutional rights, from waiting periods to hospitalization requirements to exhaustive credentialing of clinics, not to mention repeated efforts to defund Planned Parenthood...Read more

Nancy Pelosi is right, of course

From the Left / Susan Estrich /

The way for Democrats to win in 2020 is to follow the advice of the shrewdest Democrat in politics today:

--Don't be goaded by President Trump into a lengthy impeachment battle that will divide the country and ultimately be defeated by the Republican Senate.

--Don't go too far left and risk the moderate voters Democrats need to win.

It seems ...Read more

Rapists go free every day of the week

From the Left / Susan Estrich /

He met her in an anorexia forum when she was 15. When she was 16, he lured her to his home, where he kept her captive for a year, locking her in a cage and forcing her to have sex. He put her through water torture and controlled her food intake. When police finally rescued her (after she sent a photo of where she was to a woman she had met in ...Read more

You can't pretend anymore

From the Left / Susan Estrich /

Patrick Little. I had almost forgotten him.

It was just last year when the San Diego man was leading the Republican polls in his effort to unseat Sen. Dianne Feinstein.

He came into the Republican State Convention in San Diego riding on the momentum of a poll showing him to be the choice of 18 percent of the state's voters -- even though the ...Read more

Uncle Joe joins the race

From the Left / Susan Estrich /

There's hope for those of you 75 or over.

There is still time to be president of the United States. After all, Biden would be 78 at the inauguration. Bernie Sanders, his elder, would be 79. An 80-year-old in the White House? And, of course, Trump, should he win again, would be a youthful 74.

I like Joe Biden. Most people who have been around ...Read more

Mueller ducked the very judgments he was appointed to make

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

 

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