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Trump Flip-Flops on Birth Control, Endorses a 'Reich'

From the Left / Susan Estrich /

Trump is sloppy. He doesn't seem to know where he stands. He engages in loose talk.

Those bad habits of his were on full display this week when, harkening back to language from Nazi Germany, he endorsed a unified "reich" and flip-flopped on his position on access to birth control. It's a pattern, and a troubling one. And he didn't take ...Read more

The Prosecution Has Made Its Case

From the Left / Susan Estrich /

Did Donald Trump falsify business records to cover up his payment of hush money to Stormy Daniels?

Did he do it to hold onto women voters in the days leading up to the 2016 election?

Reading the daily press accounts of the New York trial leaves little doubt that the prosecution made its case.

Michael Cohen is a liar, convicted as one, but ...Read more

What Voters Don't Know ... Yet

From the Left / Susan Estrich /

The problem with early polls is just that. They are taken early, and they are a snapshot of what voters know and think at the time they are taken. Which may be wrong. Because most of the voters who decide elections -- the so-called swing voters -- pay about as much attention to politics as I do to baseball. Not spring training. Not even the ...Read more

No Good Answers

From the Left / Susan Estrich /

There are no good answers to the current situation in the Gaza War. President Joe Biden is trying to use a pause in weapons shipments to force Israel to do more to protect civilians against "collateral damage" that a bombing campaign in Rafah would no doubt entail. But United States military officials admit that that is easier said than done. ...Read more

She Said ...

From the Left / Susan Estrich /

She came out of the bathroom and he had stripped down to his underwear. He was waiting for her on the bed. He didn't ask about using a condom, and he didn't use one. Afterward, her hands were shaking so badly she couldn't fasten the straps on her shoes. She didn't say no, but then she didn't say yes either. No nonconsent, but a clear imbalance...Read more

Cameras in the Courtroom

From the Left / Susan Estrich /

I read all the updates from the reporters in the court room. But it just isn't the same as watching it yourself.

I want to actually see it. I want to see how Donald Trump reacts when he hears his former aides testify. I want to hear for myself the testimony of the witnesses against him, and the cross-examination. I want to judge for myself ...Read more

What's a University to Do?

From the Left / Susan Estrich /

The helicopters were whirring in the sky last night over the UCLA campus as violent clashes broke out on the ground between pro- and anti-Palestinian demonstrators at the on-campus encampment that UCLA had tolerated for far longer than it should have. A university's first responsibility is to educate, and that means creating a safe and secure ...Read more

Justice Delayed Is Justice Denied

From the Left / Susan Estrich /

Justice Samuel Alito thinks presidents are kings and must be protected against those who would disrupt their peaceful retirement.

What planet is he living on?

In his questioning on Thursday in the Trump immunity case, he made perfectly clear whose side he was on.

"If an incumbent who loses a very close, hotly contested election knows that a...Read more

The Shrinking of Donald Trump

From the Left / Susan Estrich /

The one thing you could always say about Donald Trump was that he was "big." He commanded the stage. His vigor -- or the appearance of vigor -- made him appear younger than Joe Biden, even though they are only a few years apart. He was able to roll over scandals and missteps that would have derailed a smaller candidate.

The civil trials didn'...Read more

O.J.'s Legacy

From the Left / Susan Estrich /

Thirty years ago, O.J. Simpson got away with murder. Politics was to blame, in the form of racism and sexism. His lawyers put the LAPD on trial for racism, even though Simpson himself was not a victim of the police department's racism. That was Rodney King, who was brutally beaten by LAPD officers who were acquitted by a white jury in Simi ...Read more

Sex on Trial

From the Left / Susan Estrich /

Paying "hush money" to keep an extramarital affair quiet is not a crime. And falsifying business records to cover it up is not a felony. What makes it one - or 34, the number of felony counts Trump has been charged with -- is an "intent to defraud" that includes an intent to "commit another crime or to aid or conceal" another crime. It's the ...Read more

This Time, It's Arizona

From the Left / Susan Estrich /

Just days after Donald Trump tried to defang the abortion issue, it came roaring back in the form of an Arizona law, passed before women could vote, banning all abortions. Far from resolving the issue, the Supreme Court's decision to overrule Roe v. Wade has thrust abortion -- and the courts -- in the thick of what the White House termed the "...Read more

Donald Trump and the Politics of Abortion

From the Left / Susan Estrich /

"I'm very pro-choice," Donald Trump said in 1999, when he first flirted with the idea of running for president. "Just very briefly, I'm pro-life," he announced at the Conservative Political Action Conference in 2011. In 2016, campaigning for the support of anti-abortion leaders, he promised to appoint judges who would overrule Roe v. Wade -- ...Read more

Trump Talk

From the Left / Susan Estrich /

When I wrote a few weeks ago about Donald Trump predicting a "bloodbath," my readers -- most of them in civil and respectful tones -- were quick to correct me. It was only the auto industry he was referring to, they said. They tried to defend him. They needn't have bothered. Trump has, since that time, adopted the idea of a "bloodbath" as a ...Read more

Gagging Donald Trump

From the Left / Susan Estrich /

Back in 2020, the daughter of the judge presiding over Donald Trump's hush money trial in New York worked for a digital advertising firm that was involved in then Sen. Kamala Harris' presidential campaign. According to Trump, that made her a Trump hater and meant that her father should not be permitted to try the case. The judge, Juan Merchan,...Read more

A License to Lie

From the Left / Susan Estrich /

Where does a lawyer draw the line between zealous advocacy of a client's cause and using his standing as a lawyer as a license to lie? A California State Bar judge ruled this week that former Chapman Law School Dean John Eastman crossed that line in his representation of Donald Trump's efforts to invalidate the 2020 election.

"It is true that...Read more

The Supreme Court, Justice Breyer and Abortion

From the Left / Susan Estrich /

It might just be a coincidence that former Justice Stephen Breyer's new book had its official publication date on the same day the court heard argument on the biggest abortion case since Dobbs v. Jackson Women's Health Organization, which overruled Roe v. Wade. In his important new book, "Reading the Constitution: Why I Chose Pragmatism, Not ...Read more

Chuck Schumer and the Democratic Left

From the Left / Susan Estrich /

Who was Sen. Chuck Schumer speaking to when he denounced Benjamin Netanyahu and urged Israel to hold new elections to replace him? And who was he speaking for?

Don't get me wrong. I'm no fan of Netanyahu's. Not one bit. When the history of Oct. 7 is finally written, Hamas will rightly be blamed for unspeakable evil. It was their doing and ...Read more


From the Left / Susan Estrich /

"Now, if I don't get elected," Donald Trump said at a rally last weekend in Ohio, "it's going to be a bloodbath for the whole -- that's going to be the least of it. It's going to be a bloodbath for the country."

Who talks like that?

The once and possibly future president of the United States. Warning of a bloodbath for the country.

His ...Read more

On 'From the Edges of a Broken World'

From the Left / Susan Estrich /

The essay was published by Guernica, which until this week I would have described as a highly regarded literary journal. (It can be found here: This week, they retracted the essay, saying they regretted publishing it. Why? Because it ...Read more



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