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Bernie blows it in California

From the Left / Susan Estrich /

Former Rep. Katie Hill was driven out of office by vicious revenge porn clearly orchestrated by her angry ex-husband and her defeated former rival.

Now Sen. Bernie Sanders -- ignoring the advice of virtually everybody, starting with the governor -- has jumped into the primary fray to replace her.

Sanders knows better than Gov. Gavin Newsom, ...Read more

Rejecting appeal the right decision in the Cosby case

From the Left / Susan Estrich /

On Tuesday, a three-judge panel in Pennsylvania rejected Bill Cosby's appeal of his rape conviction, holding that it was proper for the judge to allow five additional women to testify that they, too, had been drugged and sexually assaulted by Cosby.

That evidence did not come in at the first trial, which is almost certainly why the first jury ...Read more

In the meantime, the real deal

From the Left / Susan Estrich /

What should be a momentous announcement seems more like the opening gong of a bad reality show we've been living inside of for going on three seasons.

Trump really did it this time. Again. And we already know the ending.

The House Judiciary Committee will draft articles of impeachment.

Then speeches.

The House Judiciary Committee will send ...Read more

Lock him up

From the Left / Susan Estrich /

His staff used to brag that he was Donald Trump before there was Donald Trump. That was before he pled guilty but after he took to blaming his wife for the misuse of official campaign funds that allegedly financed his extramarital affairs.

Trump before, during and after Trump is more like it. Liar, liar, pants on fire.

Rep. Duncan Hunter ...Read more

Prince Andrew is the bad prince

From the Left / Susan Estrich /

No one forced him to go. The photo and video make clear that there was no one holding a gun to his head, no one forcing him to be there.

And I'm almost as certain that no one -- certainly no one on the royal staff -- thought that it was a nice invite, an opportunity for a man whose brother will be king to socialize with a rich pimp and his ...Read more

Filling the buses

From the Left / Susan Estrich /

In 1976, the one-term Georgia governor who used to surprise locals in Iowa by introducing himself and telling people he was running for president finished first in Iowa (actually, he finished behind uncommitted, but that counted as first) and went on to win the Democratic nomination.

How did he do it? How did a little-known governor whose self-...Read more

The only question left

From the Left / Susan Estrich /

What are usually the hard questions are easy this time. He did it. It was wrong. Now who cares is the question.

He did just what all the uncontradicted testimony has established, what we knew going in, witness after witness saying exactly the same thing. It doesn't matter who the whistleblower is, but the Republicans keep demanding his identity...Read more

This time, it was Saugus

From the Left / Susan Estrich /

In California, every kid over the age of 3 knows how to duck and cover, and has an earthquake kit in their locker, emergency phone numbers and the like. Pretty terrifying the first time you pack that little kit for school.

Fires, earthquakes ... back east it was hurricanes. In my day, we also knew to head downstairs when the air raid sirens ...Read more

The horrors of Hong Kong

From the Left / Susan Estrich /

"The world needs to see that the United States will stand up and say this is wrong; we stand with the people of Hong Kong."

That's not me talking. It's not Madeleine Albright or Samantha Power or Nancy Pelosi.

That's Jim Risch, Republican senator from Idaho and chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee.

He's the co-sponsor and, by ...Read more

Could the Trump haters quiet down?

From the Left / Susan Estrich /

I disagree with almost everything President Donald Trump has done. I cringe at the disrespect he has shown to his own office. He has degraded the presidency, driven us apart, lied enough to make anything Joe Biden has ever said trivial by comparison, cozied up to Russian President Vladimir Putin and contradicted his own intelligence services, ...Read more

Facebook's folly lies in not understanding the First Amendment

From the Left / Susan Estrich /

Mark Zuckerberg is certainly a genius, but not when it comes to understanding the First Amendment, much less the politics of a city like Washington, D.C.

Zuckerberg has taken the position that it is neither possible nor appropriate for Facebook to do anything to deal with political ads that are nothing but lies. He's wrong. The First Amendment,...Read more

Reagan was an "environmentalist hero" who understood the need to act internationally

From the Left / Susan Estrich /

Yesterday, Lakers superstar LeBron James and his family evacuated his Brentwood mansion, as did former Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger and countless rich people whose faces you might recognize. And even richer people who aren't used to packing up in front of cameras. Not everyone in Brentwood is rich, just like not everyone who lives on Fifth Avenue ...Read more

It's always sunny in Pompei

From the Left / Susan Estrich /

You close the windows. Turn on the air, if you have it. Check the live maps. Twitter. Figure out how to make your smart TV just a television. Text whoever you need to check on or reassure. Cancel any long drives you don't have to make.

It's a fire day in California.

As I used to reassure my mother, I live on a regular street. There is no brush...Read more

Matt Lauer's mistaken defense

From the Left / Susan Estrich /

In his open letter responding to an allegation of rape contained in Ronan Farrow's new book, Matt Lauer (and, presumably, his lawyers) shows yet again that he doesn't get it. "It" being abuse of power, the meaning of consent and the offensiveness of his approach. "It" being the law -- as it has evolved, thankfully.

He claims that his "silence" ...Read more

Gloria Allred, Superlawyer, almost as famous as the women she's represented and the men she's held responsible

From the Left / Susan Estrich /

She is almost as famous as the women she represented and the men she has held responsible.

She has been standing up for women's rights -- decades before anyone uttered the words "Me Too."

So why is she out there defending herself? If there is anyone who doesn't need to apologize, it's her.

According to Jodi Kantor and Megan Twohey, in their ...Read more

Buttigieg emerges as the new moderate alternative

From the Left / Susan Estrich /

Who'd a thunk it?

In the post-mortem of the Democrats' Tuesday night debate, the consensus among the chattering class was that Pete Buttigieg not only had a strong night but also, in challenging Elizabeth Warren's "Medicare for All" plan, emerged as a moderate alternative (along with Joe Biden) to socialist Bernie Sanders and the like-minded ...Read more

Protecting the president

From the Left / Susan Estrich /

As the House opens its impeachment inquiry, even as new polls -- from Fox News, no less -- find a majority of voters favoring impeachment, the Republican Party has moved to protect the president from any challenge to his re-nomination. Fiddling with the rules is one of the favorite games of political insiders, and the Trump team is doing its ...Read more

Beating Trump

From the Left / Susan Estrich /

After the conclusion of what had to be described as a rather bad week for the president -- I think we can agree that the initiation of impeachment proceedings based on allegations that he solicited the assistance of foreign leaders for his reelection campaign qualifies as a bad week -- you would think the president's poll numbers would be in ...Read more

Contending with the issue of age

From the Left / Susan Estrich /

Is there such a thing as being too old to be president? In the fall of 1984, in his closing statement in the first presidential debate, then-President Ronald Reagan seemed to lose his way on a California highway. That's right; he was talking on and on about this trip on a California highway, and it didn't end anywhere, except with the red buzzer...Read more

Harvard Wins

From the Left / Susan Estrich /

Diversity means just that.

Getting into college isn't just a numbers game.

No one has a "right" to get into Harvard.

Bill Fitzsimmons, the longtime dean of admissions at Harvard, is one of the most honorable, thoughtful and smart guys I've met in 35-plus years in academia. I've been holding my breath since the lawsuit was filed and then ...Read more

 

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