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Is It Really All About Context?

From the Left / Susan Estrich /

What's the difference between equivocating and just avoiding the question?

Are the Jews calling the shots?

It was a fiery four-hour hearing, with short-answer questions: genocide of Jews?

Sounds easy. Genocide of Jews -- are you for it or against it? Not one of those things where there are two perfectly reasonable sides. What's the trick? ...Read more

Good Riddance to George Santos

From the Left / Susan Estrich /

It took three votes -- and a scathing, 56-page report from the House Ethics Committee -- to convince the requisite two-thirds majority necessary to expel a pathological liar from the House of Representatives. The question is not whether he deserved to be expelled, but what took so long.

He has been charged with multiple felonies, including ...Read more

What Next?

From the Left / Susan Estrich /

Israel is, as always, caught between a rock and a hard place. It is under pressure from its best friend -- the United States, that is -- to keep trading hostages even as it continues to arrest Palestinians and inflame tensions in the West Bank, where Hamas is being celebrated for bringing home its own prisoners. Formally, the United States is ...Read more

The Netanyahu of It All

From the Left / Susan Estrich /

What do Jews talk about when we talk about the war between Israel and Hamas? Obviously many things, including the outing of all the antisemites out there and what's happening on college campuses and how scary the random acts of hate are and then whose friend or family in Israel has been called up or evacuated or grew up with someone whose kid ...Read more

Nikki Haley's Ascent

From the Left / Susan Estrich /

She is the candidate who Democrats fear most, precisely because she is the least scary of the Republicans. Not the most moderate, by far; that would be Chris Christie. But it is hard to see the Republican Party -- and especially its right-wing core -- picking the most moderate candidate in the field. Haley's appeal is that she isn't really a ...Read more

Random Acts of Hatred

From the Left / Susan Estrich /

I went to an event the other night in support of the Jewish Federation of Los Angeles. We heard from Jewish leaders about what was going on in Israel, as well as from police officials about what they were doing to protect us here at home.

Everyone had stories to tell -- of random acts of violence and antisemitism and hatred directed towards ...Read more

If Trump Wins

From the Left / Susan Estrich /

We need to talk about what happens if Donald Trump wins.

We need to talk about it because there is a real chance that he could, especially if we don't talk about it.

We've heard more than enough about how old Biden is and about how no one likes Kamala Harris. And we've heard more than enough from the left wing of the Democratic Party, and ...Read more

From the River to the Sea

From the Left / Susan Estrich /

It is part of the 2017 Charter of Hamas, which rejected "any alternative to the full and complete liberation of Palestine, from the river to the sea." It is part of the platform of Islamic Jihad, which has declared that "from the river to the sea -- (Palestine) is an Arab Islamic land" leaving no room for "any inch" of a Jewish state. It is ...Read more

The Power of the Abortion Issue

From the Left / Susan Estrich /

For Democrats who are worried about the 2024 election, and plenty of us are, the results on Tuesday had to be encouraging. For decades, Democrats have argued that we were just one vote (on the Supreme Court) away from losing Roe v. Wade. Republicans, for their part, presented themselves as "pro-life" without having to detail exactly what that ...Read more

Mike Johnson Caves

From the Left / Susan Estrich /

How long, people wondered, would it be before the new House speaker showed his true stripes caving to the right-wingers in his caucus? Would it be a matter of weeks? Months?

As it's turned out, it was just a matter of days.

Literally within days of taking the speaker's gavel, he is playing politics with aid to Israel.

The president, who has...Read more

Antisemitism in America

From the Left / Susan Estrich /

In Senate testimony on Tuesday, FBI Director Christopher Wray warned that antisemitism was reaching "historic levels." "In fact," he said, "our statistics would indicate that for a group that represents only about 2.4% of the American public, they account for something like 60% of all religious-based hate crimes."

Consider this: Jewish ...Read more

The Far Right Wins

From the Left / Susan Estrich /

Who is Mike Johnson?

The new speaker of the House is a far right-winger, an election denier and the symbol of the far right's grip on the Republican Party. The center did not hold in the selection of the new speaker. The more centrist Republicans -- who represent the majority of the Republican caucus -- caved.

Make no mistake. The new ...Read more

What's Going On at Wellesley

From the Left / Susan Estrich /

In recent weeks, I've written about the open antisemitism at elite educational institutions in America. In doing so, I failed to look at my own alma mater, Wellesley College, itself an elite women's college. Foolishly, I assumed better from a college I deeply care about. I was wrong, very wrong.

What's going on at Wellesley is deeply ...Read more

Blaming Israel

From the Left / Susan Estrich /

Hundreds of Palestinians are dead -- a terrible tragedy -- after a rocket exploded late Tuesday at a hospital in Gaza, which was crowded not only with injured patients but with civilians seeking shelter from bombings.

Hamas -- as they always do -- blamed Israel for killing innocents. What else would they say?

It's what the media did that is ...Read more

Antisemitism on Campus

From the Left / Susan Estrich /

The statement in support of Hamas by over 30 student organizations at Harvard was nothing short of rank antisemitism. Almost as shocking was Harvard's response, or rather what Harvard did not say.

The student letter blamed Israel for the savage murders of over 1,300 innocent men, women and children -- from babies to Holocaust survivors who ...Read more

The Suffering in Gaza

From the Left / Susan Estrich /

Innocent people are suffering in Gaza. That is a fact.

The question is: Who is responsible?

The answer is simple and obvious. Hamas is to blame. And only Hamas.

Hamas had to know when they invaded Israel and murdered innocent men, women and children, when they burned babies alive and raped their mothers, when they slaughtered the young ...Read more

Outing the Antisemites

From the Left / Susan Estrich /

It should not be difficult to condemn terrorism.

It has nothing to do with whether you support the current Israeli government and its policies.

One can sympathize with the plight of the Palestinians, as many of us do. But that has nothing to do with the brutal murders of women and children and the elderly, with the point-blank executions of ...Read more

The Tyranny of a Far-Right Minority

From the Left / Susan Estrich /

Democrats have long been trying to paint the Republican Party as a collection of far-right extremists who put their own agenda ahead of what's best for everyone else. Extremists aren't popular in America, which explains Donald Trump's reaction to the ouster of Kevin McCarthy: "Why is it that Republicans are always fighting among themselves, ...Read more

The Rules of the Game

From the Left / Susan Estrich /

Beginning last fall, Donald Trump's campaign has been embarked on an effort to change the rules of the delegate selection process to make it easier -- and faster -- for the front-runner to lock up the nomination. Never has this been more critical, as the former president faces 91 counts in four different states and the prospect that trial ...Read more

Watch out for Nikki Haley

From the Left / Susan Estrich /

With Donald Trump facing 91 counts, and Ron DeSantis flailing, more attention is being paid to Nikki Haley, the former South Carolina governor and U.N. ambassador who has turned in two strong debate performances. As reporters noted, even Donald Trump has recognized the threat, with his campaign sending out anti-Haley propaganda on the night of...Read more

 

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