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Don't Go to Law School

From the Left / Susan Estrich /

Seriously. Don't go to law school unless you actually want to be a lawyer. Sure, "thinking like a lawyer" -- that is, analytically -- is useful, but probably not as useful as spending three years actually doing or studying what you are interested in, not to mention the $200,000 in debt you'll probably owe, more or less making your only option to...Read more

Cosby the Rapist

From the Left / Susan Estrich /

As the revelations of Bill Cosby's disgusting behavior over the last four decades have finally trickled out, the question I keep getting asked, as someone who's been fighting in the trenches against sexual assault for as long as Cosby has allegedly been committing such acts with impunity, is how and why so many women kept silent for so long. ...Read more

The "No Shame" Debate

From the Left / Susan Estrich /

No one has a later term abortion because she's changed her mind about having a baby. Doctors in almost all states won't perform them for that reason; and, by the way, what kind of beasts do you think women are? Late-term abortions are tragedies, often a last resort because much-wanted babies, or their mothers, develop conditions not consistent...Read more

The Donald

From the Left / Susan Estrich /

What's wrong with the way we pick our presidents?

The answer has got to be: plenty.

Today, John Kasich, governor of Ohio (a role that, among other things, makes him a "real" candidate), becomes the 16th candidate vying for one of 10 spots in the upcoming GOP debate. This is a competition in which Donald Trump -- the man who currently ...Read more

The Failure of the Insanity Defense

From the Left / Susan Estrich /

Was James Holmes -- convicted on Thursday of the 2012 massacre at the Aurora movie theatre -- nuts?

Of course he was nuts. Does a sane person go into a movie theatre and just start shooting -- not for a war or cause -- for no reason at all? I mean, if he's not "insane," who is? Whether he should be held criminally responsible is an entirely ...Read more

About Wendy

From the Left / Susan Estrich /

I don't know enough about a lot of things to know if the deal with Iran is good enough, to know whether Iran will keep to it, to know whether it endangers Israel, to know just about anything except that I can tell when people on TV are working off the same sets of talking points.

In campaigns, we always say that you can't predict all the ...Read more

Bernie Sanders in Iowa

From the Left / Susan Estrich /

Bernie Sanders, the Independent Vermont senator, is running against frontrunner Hillary Clinton from the one space available: the far left. And the news, reportedly said to be troubling the Clinton campaign (although I don't really believe it), is that he's drawing crowds in Iowa and feeding them liberal red meat.

Sanders may well emerge as ...Read more

Trump Finally Trumped

From the Left / Susan Estrich /

Poor Potter Stewart. The late Supreme Court justice wrote many important opinions, but will forever be known for honestly admitting that when it came to defining obscenity, "I know it when I see it."

Isn't that the truth about some things?

When people ask me to draw the line between serious candidates for president with something to say (if ...Read more

Love of Country

From the Left / Susan Estrich /

As a kid, the Fourth of July was always my favorite holiday: the bike parade with the crepe paper so carefully threaded through the spokes, the afternoon of running and jumping contests where everyone won something, and, of course, the highlight, getting the old ratty beach blanket from my father's trunk and watching the fireworks.

I didn't ...Read more

What Courts Do Best

From the Left / Susan Estrich /

Sometimes what courts do best is the same as what second-grade teachers do best: clean up sloppy sentences. You know what the student meant to say, but what they actually did say doesn't quite make sense.

Six words: If you can't afford health coverage, subsidies are available through "an exchange established by the state."

But what if the ...Read more


From the Left / Susan Estrich /

Does having a black president really give us a pass?


So there stood the three Republicans, leaders of the state, none of whom had the guts last week to stand up against the obvious symbol of hatred on the statehouse grounds.

Now, where I come from, you were always free to hate, but you were supposed to hate on private property, ...Read more

Women Get the Money

From the Left / Susan Estrich /

Actually, they don't. Whether you're a butcher, a baker or a candlestick maker, you make more if you're a man. More insulting still: Men in traditionally female professions, say nursing, make from around $4,000 to $17,000 more than similarly situated women in the same specialties. Let the men in, and they make more. That is not how it was ...Read more

Who Do You Side With?

From the Left / Susan Estrich /

There's nothing as depressing as asking young people whether they plan to participate in the election and hearing them tell you they have no idea which candidate to be for or what the differences are or, worse, that it doesn't matter. What do you do with such a person? Can you really force someone to sit down and read a voter's guide? And what...Read more

The Never-Ending Abortion Wars

From the Left / Susan Estrich /

I wouldn't have believed it if someone had told me back in 1973, when I was decades away from having my first child, that I would still be fighting the abortion wars 40 years later. My children are adults and of course I'm long past having children, but we're still shouting and litigating about exactly the same issues.

If you'd told me there ...Read more

The Campaign in the Courts

From the Left / Susan Estrich /

The Clinton campaign has launched its campaign in the courts, being waged by a veteran of such battles but on a far larger scale. What the Clintons are doing is challenging the new round of regulations on voter identification and proof enacted in a handful of states with a history of discriminatory voting practices. In the past, these laws ...Read more

Here Comes Caitlyn

From the Left / Susan Estrich /

If you're a student of public relations, you had to be impressed. The rollout of Bruce to Caitlyn has been handled with such mastery that you'd think we live in a country that long ago shed any deep hostility toward those who don't easily fit into boxes marked "male" or "female." From Diane Sawyer to Vanity Fair, it's been 5-star but tasteful,...Read more

The Carter Myth

From the Left / Susan Estrich /

Does George Pataki really think he can win the nomination? Rand Paul? Rick Santorum? Whoever announced this morning? Yes. How can they possibly think this, you ask (unless you are one of their ardent supporters)? I mean, a first-term senator, a former printing executive, whatever, who, frankly, no one has ever heard of is going to get elected ...Read more


From the Left / Susan Estrich /

It's "June gloom" in Southern California, that period well known to locals when the sunshine you expect doesn't show until the end of the day, if at all. This year, the gloom couldn't wait until June, and so it came in May.

That may also be true for the country.

Back in the 1970s, when inflation and interest rates were hovering near double ...Read more

Why No One Cares About Hillary's Emails

From the Left / Susan Estrich /

I have watched the paid chatterers shaking their bobbed heads or frowning their well-practiced frown or just grimacing in frustration as they lament the seeming foolishness of the "American people" in not responding with greater shock and awe to the growing revelation that Hillary Clinton used her private email system to forward non-classified...Read more

The Graduates

From the Left / Susan Estrich /

It must be very difficult to be a college graduate these days. I read through the clips of the various famous speakers, and many are quite wonderful, humble and inspirational, such as Madeleine Albright at Tufts, or downright hysterical, which you'd expect from Stephen Colbert. If there's a common theme, or a common message, it's the familiar ...Read more

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