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The woman who landed the plane

From the Left / Susan Estrich /

For years, people such as myself have been arguing that gender discrimination doesn't just hurt women: It hurts all of us, our economy, our efficiency, and, yes, even our safety.

The stories about the obstacles that Tammie Jo Shults, the now-famous pilot of Southwest Flight 1380, faced in her quest to become a pilot are more than a testament to...Read more

The Generational Issue

From the Left / Susan Estrich /

I had to stop reading Meg Wolitzer's new best-seller, "The Female Persuasion," not because it was bad -- it is a very good read -- but because her description of feminism seemed so precisely and perfectly loaded for generational conflict that it made me very sad. The 60-something Gloria Steinem-like feminist, Faith Frank, who had done so much ...Read more

College Blues

From the Left / Susan Estrich /

In those days, you could tell by the size of the envelope. A thick envelope, full of registration materials and welcoming letters, meant you got in. A thin one was a one-page rejection. They all came the same day. My mailbox was full of thin envelopes -- plus a fat one from my last-choice school.

These days, news, bad and good, comes by email...Read more

Who's Counting?

From the Left / Susan Estrich /

Every day is its own cable news show.

I'm not talking about MSNBC or Fox News. I'm talking about the White House network: the place where the anchor in chief watches television every day and then spends the time he is not watching television tweeting, reacting and giving Sean Hannity his topic for the night.

Yesterday, the topic was the ...Read more

And now there are three

From the Left / Susan Estrich /

Stormy Daniels is ready for her close-up -- which is to say, her appearance on "60 Minutes." In New York, Summer Zervos is moving forward with her defamation suit against the president for calling her a liar and saying he was going to sue her for accusing him of sexually assaulting her, an accusation she made shortly before the election. And now...Read more

The Curse of March 7

From the Left / Susan Estrich /

On March 7, 1977, my father died. He had suffered a major heart attack, his first, 10 days before. He was 54. I never quite recovered.

On March 7, 2000, my best friend, journalist Judy Jarvis, died of lung cancer, having battled her stage 4 diagnosis with courage and dignity that took my breath away and (I believe) added precious months, ...Read more

Guns and cards, or: Why my son is no longer a republican

From the Left / Susan Estrich /

It was Donald Trump's position on guns that did it. To be more specific, it was President Trump's proposal to address violence in schools by arming schoolteachers that finally made a Democrat of my son. Until then, he'd been holding out hope for the Republican Party. But when the president decided that my son's girlfriend -- a student teacher ...Read more

'Nothing's as bad as the Ninth Circuit'

From the Left / Susan Estrich /

"Nothing's as bad as the Ninth Circuit": That is the president of the United States talking to the nation's governors on Monday about the United States Court of Appeals for much of the western United States, including California.

Nothing is worse than a court that disagrees with you?

I can think of many things that are far, far worse. How ...Read more

The Last 10 Days

From the Left / Susan Estrich /

The shooting came first: a horrifying massacre in Florida that left 17 dead and a community cut down. Then young people began finding their voices, as exemplified in a town hall in which students who survived the shooting demanded answers from politicians -- making hollow political-speak sound like what it is. Marco Rubio stammered. Why does ...Read more

You, Too, Mr. President

From the Left / Susan Estrich /

Poor Donald Trump. He can't help himself.

Take the case of Roy Moore: After numerous women accused Moore of sexual assault, sexual misconduct and child molestation, every Republican I knew was rooting against him, hoping to spare the party huge embarrassment. But the president supported Moore for a seat in the United States Senate nonetheless...Read more

Trump's speech shows the sorry State of the Union

From the Left / Susan Estrich /

"Tonight," Donald Trump said, "I call upon all of us to set aside our differences, to seek out common ground and to summon the unity we need to deliver for the people."

Who is he kidding?

How dumb does he think we are?

Is this the same man who can't stop tweeting about how Hillary Clinton should be investigated and locked up? Is this the same...Read more

The swamp overflows

From the Left / Susan Estrich /

On Friday at midnight, the swamp overflowed. Donald Trump was supposed to drain it. Instead he's right in the middle, a heavyweight in an already full swamp.

Of course, the Republicans will blame the Democrats, and the Democrats will blame the Republicans. The short version is that it was immigration, the president's favorite polarizing, ...Read more


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