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The Enemy of the American People

From the Left / Susan Estrich /

The president of the United States, the most powerful man in the world, on Friday declared that the news media is the "enemy of the American people."

Could someone please remind him of that pesky document that he has been having such trouble with -- the Constitution? In addition to protecting the free exercise of religion (one of the many ...Read more

Truth or Consequences

From the Left / Susan Estrich /

Our new president, it appears, believes that his power includes the right to lie, to insist that black is white and white is black and that the truth is whatever he says it is.

Harsh? I wish.

Take his insistence that more people came to his inauguration than Barack Obama's: Wrong. Not so. Universally debunked.

Trump did not win the popular ...Read more

And Then I Cried

From the Left / Susan Estrich /

I made it through election night, and the morning after, and the endless portmortems. I kept reminding myself of what Hillary Clinton said at the final debate about respecting the outcome of the election. I listened to a lot of music. When, late at night, I would finally break down and read about the endless conflicts of interest or the ...Read more

Keep Hope Alive

From the Left / Susan Estrich /

"I could lose my health insurance," a friend whispered to me recently. He is a freelancer with a pre-existing condition. In the old days, no one would take him; freelancing was not even an option. "These days, finding staff jobs with benefits is the trick once again," I murmured back.

"What about my daughter?" another friend asked me. Her ...Read more

Saying Goodbye to Obama

From the Left / Susan Estrich /

We will miss him.

We will miss his intelligence and restraint; his dignity and diplomacy; his efforts to rebuild the image of America in a world where more children grow up hating us every day.

I have always admired Barack Obama, but I supported Hillary Clinton in both 2008 and 2016. I thought she was more qualified. I liked her, and -- for ...Read more

The Man Without a Mandate

From the Left / Susan Estrich /

It's hard to patch together a mandate out of an election that most pollsters believe could have been won, maybe even easily, by another Democrat -- Joe Biden, say, or Barack Obama or Bill Clinton. What is his real mandate? Not to elect brainiac women to the White House?

Beyond that, the flailing is already apparent.

"Drain the swamp." If ...Read more

Out With the Old

From the Left / Susan Estrich /

The holidays are never easy for anyone except the Hallmark family, but this year seemed especially disquieting: Donald Trump acts like he's still playing bully in some schoolyard somewhere; fingers of blame point in all directions in both parties; and it's a dangerous world that is impossible to ignore. My son made me watch a documentary ...Read more

About Christmas

From the Left / Susan Estrich /

To Christians around the world, I wish you a very merry Christmas. To those who believe in Jesus as the son of God, few days are as sacred as the one that celebrates his birth. For those of us who are Jewish, Christmas happens to fall this year on the first day of Hanukkah, a minor holiday on the Jewish calendar made major by parents worried ...Read more

So Now It's Real

From the Left / Susan Estrich /

On Monday, the Electoral College elected Donald Trump. There were more defectors than usual, but not enough to be more than a blip. As everyone who is grinning right now will tell you, more electors defected against Clinton than against Trump. Who cares? One vote does not matter in the Electoral College. Trump will be inaugurated on Jan. 20, ...Read more

Donald Trump's Contempt for America

From the Left / Susan Estrich /

It was a joke on "Saturday Night Live": The president-elect and his fossil-fuel-loving EPA administrator were going to protect us from the environment.

But really, it's not a joke. It's an accurate depiction of all of Donald Trump's appointees. Instead of serving to ensure minimum standards for labor, Trump appoints an opponent of ...Read more

The Power of the President

From the Left / Susan Estrich /

For decades, political science students have been taught the late Richard Neustadt's battle-tested maxim that the power of the president is the power to persuade. I don't think he ever imagined Twitter, and he certainly didn't imagine a Donald Trump in the White House. What for decades looked like a challenge requiring skill and leadership ...Read more

This Is Not the Music of Freedom

From the Left / Susan Estrich /

When I try to come up with any way that the election of Donald Trump has hidden benefits that I have failed to recognize (other than the huge tax cut he apparently believes that I deserve far more than virtually everyone else in my family because I have and make more money), the one thing that stands out is music: Donald Trump has brought ...Read more

How to Get In

From the Left / Susan Estrich /

It is that time of year. If neither you nor anyone in your family is applying, much less waiting for early decision or early action (if you don't know the difference, rejoice), if no one you love is sweating the retaking of the LSATs because they've heard that just a few points could move them into a different tier, you can chillax. Or get ...Read more

Living in the Twilight

From the Left / Susan Estrich /

It used to be, back when I first started in politics, that I subscribed to every newspaper I could, and I had read them all before anyone was even at the office. I didn't even consider it optional.

When I moved back to Boston and Cambridge, Massachusetts, I wondered how I would possibly keep up without The Washington Post, but life went on. ...Read more


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