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Womp, Womp

From the Left / Susan Estrich /

All weekend, it was the Democrats' fault. And Congress' fault. Anyone's fault but his.

But the cries of the children were too much -- not just for the "fake news" media, but for Trump's own supporters.

For once, maybe the first time, Donald Trump got it all wrong. He thought his supporters were no better than him. He thought -- irony of ...Read more

Absolute Power

From the Left / Susan Estrich /

It was John Dalberg-Acton, 1st Baron Acton, who is responsible for the first quote that comes to mind this week. The baron died more than a hundred years ago, but one person will come to many minds as you read his words:

"Power tends to corrupt, and absolute power corrupts absolutely. Great men are almost always bad men, even when they ...Read more

Getting what she deserves

From the Left / Susan Estrich /

Hurray for ABC. Hurray for Valerie Jarrett.

And good riddance to Roseanne.

If you had any remaining doubts that this woman doesn't belong in our living rooms, check out her barrage of tweets on Wednesday. Having insulted Valerie Jarrett once, she did it again on Wednesday, retweeting photos of Jarrett side by side with an ape. She also claimed...Read more

Trump continues to fret over 'nasty women'

From the Left / Susan Estrich /

Who is kidding whom?

President Donald Trump claims he is trying to "improve women's health" by depriving them of medical advice, forcing their doctors to lie and increasing the cost of routine women's health care all at once.

He's back at it. If the Chinese won't listen to him, then why not beat up on women? Forget about picking on North Korea...Read more

Trump breaks bread, glasses and party at lunch

From the Left / Susan Estrich /

Editor's Note: Susan Estrich is off. The following column is by Jamie Stiehm.

POTUS coming to Tuesday lunch.

Translated, the president of the United States is joining 50 Republican senators in the Capitol to crash their private Tuesday lunch. Nobody is glad to hear this on the Senate side. We love the constitutional separation of powers...Read more

The #MeToo man takes a fall

From the Left / Susan Estrich /

What was Eric Schneiderman thinking? That as the very ambitious attorney general of New York, he could turn himself into the patron saint of the #MeToo movement while physically abusing women, as four women have alleged?

We are not talking about bad jokes or awkward compliments or any of the sort of things that a man might think were welcome (...Read more

Leaking the List

From the Left / Susan Estrich /

It is "so disgraceful," the president said.

He was referring to the leaking of the list of 49 questions that special counsel Robert Mueller reportedly wants to ask the president, questions his office supposedly provided to the president's lawyers in an effort to convince the president to sit for an interview.

The president's lawyer, for all ...Read more

The Jewish Question

From the Left / Susan Estrich /

It was Associate Justice Elena Kagan, former solicitor general, former Harvard Law School dean and brilliant liberal, who raised the question during Wednesday's United States Supreme Court argument on the latest travel ban. It's the same question I used to raise with my students whenever they jumped too quickly to the conclusion that a ...Read more

The Cheerleaders' Complaint

From the Left / Susan Estrich /

In a brilliant public relations move, the lawyer representing two former cheerleaders (one from the New Orleans Saints and the other from the Miami Dolphins) who have complained of discrimination said that her clients would settle their claims for $1 if NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell would just agree to meet with them.

What is he supposed to ...Read more

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


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