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The President and the Attorney General

From the Left / Susan Estrich /

"It's Bobby," President-elect John F. Kennedy supposedly whispered, announcing that he had chosen his brother as his attorney general.

A brother or sister is what every president wants. The attorney general is the only Cabinet member who can effectively take the president's job away.

So of course the president is upset with his attorney ...Read more

'That's Politics'

From the Left / Susan Estrich /

So it doesn't matter, you see, according to @realdonaldtrump (aka the president of the United States), that his son, son-in-law and campaign manager were looking for Russian help to turn the election, specifically for trash the Kremlin might contribute about Hillary Clinton; it doesn't matter that Vladimir Putin himself might have been in the ...Read more

Be outraged

From the Left / Susan Estrich /

If his love letters with the Russians weren't bad enough, Donald Trump Jr.'s sarcastic non-apology makes clear just how much he deserves what he is about to get.

Trump Jr. tweeted: "Obviously I'm the first person on a campaign to ever take a meeting to hear info about an opponent..."

No, Junior, you're not the first person to take such a ...Read more

California and the President

From the Left / Susan Estrich /

Donald Trump has new words for an old song: "California, here I don't come."

The president has made it to Eastern Europe, but he hasn't made it to Hollywood.

Something tells me he'd rather sit down with Vladmir Putin than with California's extremely popular governor, Jerry Brown.

Which is too bad, since Gov. Brown is the kind of ...Read more

Will Trump ever act presidential?

From the Left / Susan Estrich /

Sen. Susan Collins is right. After President Donald Trump's vulgar tweet Thursday morning that TV and radio host Mika Brzezinski ("low I.Q. crazy Mika," according to Trump) was "bleeding badly from a face lift" while staying at Mar-a-Lago, the Republican Senator from Maine said, "This has to stop. We don't have to get along, but we must show ...Read more

Thirteen republican men

From the Left / Susan Estrich /

They went into a room to write a health care bill. Didn't need any women. For diversity they had Ted Cruz, still famous at Harvard for only allowing Ivy League grads into his law school study group. A man of the people. Didn't need to hear from the public. What do we know about health care anyhow?

Those 13 have been talking about little else ...Read more

Be Well

From the Left / Susan Estrich /

The message of the Republican health care bill is clear. You have nothing to worry about -- as long as you can be sure that you will always be well. And you must be employed by a company large enough and successful enough to provide health insurance, just in case somebody in the family trips and falls, or needs their appendix out, or worse.

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Amyloid and Alzheimer's

From the Left / Susan Estrich /

Some years ago, my colleague and client Dr. Paul Aisen, an internationally recognized researcher of Alzheimer's disease and the director of the Alzheimer's Therapeutic Research Institute at USC, discovered that people with Alzheimer's all have elevated levels of the protein amyloid in their brains.

Following this discovery, clinical trials ...Read more

Whiner in Chief

From the Left / Susan Estrich /

You think you've got problems -- health issues, money worries, trouble in the family?

Your problems are nothing compared to America's whiner -- I mean commander -- in chief.

For all his complaints about the media, you know what he is doing in the early hours of the morning? Not sleeping. Not thinking about that poor boy who came home from ...Read more

Here we go again

From the Left / Susan Estrich /

Let's see: Whom can we blame?

First of all, let us all agree that we stand together against violence, whoever the target; that it doesn't matter what party you are. The gunman is responsible for this atrocity, and we are united in condemning him.

Are we done agreeing now? Can we talk? Isn't everyone already talking?

The gunman reportedly ...Read more

The Client in Chief

From the Left / Susan Estrich /

The president is angry at his attorney general. The attorney general is reportedly ready to go. And this time, even Kellyanne Conway's husband is telling the president he is wrong.

Clients.

Every law student interviewing at every law firm in America asks the same silly question: Will I have client contact? We all give the same answer: "As ...Read more

The bear in the woods

From the Left / Susan Estrich /

Moscow's favorite: That used to be us Democrats. We were the ones who had to worry -- and we did, every four years -- about being tagged as "soft on Communism" and paying for it at the polls.

The Republicans were the party of the "bear in the woods." If you're not familiar with it, "Bear," its official title, is one of the most famous ads in ...Read more

Jared Kushner's dilemma

From the Left / Susan Estrich /

Jared Kushner is being represented by one of the best criminal defense lawyers in Washington, Jamie Gorelick, and he is going to need her.

Not because he engaged in any major crimes -- even assuming that he took secret meetings with top Russian officials, perhaps hoping to be ready to play the "Bobby Kennedy in the Cuban missile crisis" role (...Read more

The wonderful world of Wall Street

From the Left / Susan Estrich /

Ever since I got sideswiped and have been driving a rental car, I've been without my Pandora stations, and suddenly I'm stuck listening to the news again. The traffic has never seemed worse. The news seems hardly real: terror; disaster; more people under investigation; the president telling the Russians that James Comey is a nut job (who tells ...Read more

The leakiest house on the block

From the Left / Susan Estrich /

What's the leakiest house in Washington, D.C.? Here's a hint: It's on Pennsylvania Avenue.

Ask anyone who's been inside the White House lately. There's never been anything like it. Sinking ships leak. As do losing campaigns, lame-duck administrations, and most White Houses, eventually. But not in April and May of a president's first year in ...Read more

Missing Richard Nixon

From the Left / Susan Estrich /

There's an old saying that if you wait long enough, every historical figure gets rehabilitated -- or at least outdone, in the worst ways, by their successors.

But if you'd asked me a few months ago for an exception to that rule, I would have cited former President Richard Nixon, forced to resign in disgrace for obstruction of justice and ...Read more

Mothers and memories

From the Left / Susan Estrich /

My mother died just over 11 years ago. What did I know? My son was about to be Bar Mitzvahed. After moving six times since getting divorced, one apartment after another, we had just moved to the house I still live in today. Then I was relieved to finally be in a place big enough for me and my two teenage children (now it's just me, and it's way ...Read more

Comey Is gone, and the worst Is yet to come

From the Left / Susan Estrich /

The news that President Donald Trump has fired FBI Director James Comey is not cause for celebration.

Of course Comey deserved to be replaced. Not only did he make a horribly bad decision when, 11 days before the election, he threw the contest to Trump when he announced that the investigation that went nowhere (twice) into Hillary Clinton's ...Read more

Stomachaches

From the Left / Susan Estrich /

"It makes me mildly nauseous to think that we might have had some impact on the election," FBI Director James Comey told the Senate Judiciary Committee, explaining his decision, in the closing days of the presidential campaign, to announce an investigation into emails Hillary Clinton's confidante Huma Abedin had forwarded to her husband, ...Read more

Who cares?

From the Left / Susan Estrich /

I was about to get into it with my son about President Donald Trump's suggestion that Andrew Jackson, a slave owner who died in 1845, could have avoided the Civil War (as if there were a compromise to be had on the question of expanding slavery into the territories), when he quickly dismissed me by pointing out that no one cares.

Or rather, ...Read more

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