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A Vile Slur and Our Biased President

From the Left / Susan Estrich /

"S---hole countries": I didn't say it; the president did. And it wasn't even in some closed-door meeting with aides who leaked the quote to the press. He said it in a meeting with congressional leaders. If you parse his tweets, he goes on the attack toward anyone reporting what he said, but never quite fully denies it. And Dick Durbin, the ...Read more

Federalism, Anyone?

From the Left / Susan Estrich /

For most of the 20th century, "federalism" was the cry of conservatives battling growing federal power that came, constitutionally at least, at the expense of the states. So their response to Franklin Delano Roosevelt's New Deal was not that children should work endless hours in unsafe conditions but that the federal government had no business ...Read more

How Democrats Can Lose the House

From the Left / Susan Estrich /

"I think we've got the House," one California Democrat said to me not long ago. "It's the Senate we need to focus on."

I didn't know whether to laugh or cry. Cry, I think.

This is how Democrats lose the House.

I don't know that there has ever been a time, in my lifetime anyway, in which perceptions varied so diametrically from one political...Read more

Wanting what you have

From the Left / Susan Estrich /

New Years is when we make resolutions aimed at change: a new body (the diet resolution), a new partner (or any), a new job (or any) ... the familiar list. It's familiar because for most of us, we've been making the same resolutions for years. And the reason we've been making them every year is because we never get there.

Want what you have, my ...Read more

Bah Humbug

From the Left / Susan Estrich /

It's that time of year when parents of non-Christian children find themselves challenged to explain why they aren't part of the general hoopla. And some respond by becoming part of the hoopla and others by creating hoopla of their own. In my family, we go to the movies and eat Chinese.

It was my mother and my favorite date when she was alive ...Read more

The President and Israel

From the Left / Susan Estrich /

We always used to put a "moving the embassy" plank in the Democratic platform even though we never expected it to happen -- or even thought it should before the larger issues about Jerusalem were resolved. I think the first time was in 1980, to try to show up Jimmy Carter, the incumbent president, whom my candidate, Sen. Ted Kennedy, was ...Read more

The Persecution of a Conservative Icon

From the Left / Susan Estrich /

Alex Kozinski is a judge, and the former chief judge, of the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, the biggest circuit and the most liberal in the country. Judge Kozinski, known widely in the legal profession as just "Alex," is a libertarian conservative, a prolific writer and a brilliant man.

I moderated a panel a few years ago with Alex and ...Read more

Smoke in the air, heroes on the ground

From the Left / Susan Estrich /

My phone buzzed with the emergency alert at 6 a.m.

Tuesday, the fires seemed far away, even though my house smelled the way it does when you forget a pot on the stove. But there were no pots on the stove. Just fires across the mountain. So we did what we Californians do. We live with earthquakes and mudslides, with drought and dust, and with ...Read more

Is Trump making you sick?

From the Left / Susan Estrich /

I tried not to roll my eyes when an acquaintance, a woman I respect for her professional accomplishments, told me she thought Donald Trump had caused her cancer. "You know, the connection between stress and cancer," she said. I know. But was she really so stressed about Donald Trump that she got cancer?

She was not the only one. A journalist ...Read more

The silent backlash to beware of

From the Left / Susan Estrich /

I don't want to see the next name in the headlines for sexual misconduct. I know too many of them. I believe the women. Some companies are conducting internal checks, and some are not, because they don't want to get caught up in all this. And because while it's true that sexual harassment is a real problem, there are also questions of degree. An...Read more

It's not all the same

From the Left / Susan Estrich /

"Me, too," says the girl who was raped when she was barely old enough to know the word.

"Me, too," says the young woman who gets catcalls every day as she twirls her umbrella on the way to work.

"Me, too," says the woman who sleeps with the boss to keep her job.

"Me, too," says the one who gives as good as she gets.

The thing is, it's not ...Read more

Treatment? For What?

From the Left / Susan Estrich /

Kevin Spacey is the latest in a long list of men who, in the wake of allegations of sexual abuse, announce that they are seeking treatment.

In politics, we used to call such announcements "Betty Ford statements." That was back in the days when most of these incidents involved such things as drunken plunges with prostitutes, for which a ...Read more

The Rule of Trump

From the Left / Susan Estrich /

It's not a small thing that the man who ran the president's campaign has been indicted on multiple counts of money laundering related to his work for a foreign government.

I can't recall anything even remotely like it. Domestic corruption is nothing new. But to launder money from a foreign government seeking to influence global politics: This...Read more

A Trump crisis

From the Left / Susan Estrich /

Here's an idea: Declare the American opioid epidemic a health emergency. It's not a very original idea, as people have been sounding the alarms on this crisis for years now. But when you're president of the United States, such a declaration can really mean something. When you're president of the United States, you can do more than talk. You can ...Read more

Everybody Needs a Lawyer, But Do They Need You? About Gloria Allred, Lisa Bloom and Representing Harvey Weinstein

From the Left / Susan Estrich /

I wasn't surprised, last summer, when my old friend Gloria Allred went after me for representing Roger Ailes, the late former president of Fox News, who died before he had the chance to defend himself against charges that he vehemently denied.

I know the mantra well: Everybody needs a lawyer, but they don't necessarily need you.

I had fought...Read more


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