Estrich: Obama's big challenge

By Susan Estrich September 21, 2014 6 a.m.

'If we take the proper steps, we can save lives, but we have to act fast," President Obama said on Tuesday. "We can't dawdle on this one. We have to move with force and make sure that we are catching this as best we can given that this has broken out in ways we have not seen before."

Estrich: Innocent citizens victims of terror

By Susan Estrich August 10, 2014 6 a.m.

'I'm just saying, you know, if I were Osama Bin Laden — he's a very smart guy, I've spent a lot of time thinking about him — and I nearly got him once. I nearly got him. And I could have killed him, but I would have to destroy a little town called Kandahar in Afghanistan and kill 300 innocent women and children, and then I would have been no better than him."

Estrich: All parties involved in heroin death should pay price

By Susan Estrich July 20, 2014 6 a.m.

The news that Google executive Forrest Hayes died on a yacht after being injected with heroin by a "date" he met on a website that connects "sugar daddies" with "sugar babies" has prompted not only charges against the woman, 26-year-old Alix Tichelman, and an investigation of a similar death (ruled accidental) involving Tichelman in 2013, but also questions about the website that brought the husband and father into contact with the woman who literally killed him.

Estrich: Israel-haters are killers, hate America too

By Susan Estrich July 13, 2014 6 a.m.

Jerusalem used to be safe. It is nearly 40 miles from Gaza and 3,000 feet above sea level. In the last go-round, the Hamas rockets couldn't reach that far. Now they can. Rockets were fired aimed at both Jerusalem and Tel Aviv last week, as Israel launched its own offensive in Gaza. "Every Israeli is a target," a Hamas spokesman was quoted in the press.

Estrich: Democracy flawed, effective system

By Susan Estrich July 6, 2014 6 a.m.

Every four years, at some point in the presidential campaign, one candidate says something that leads the other to accuse him (or her) of challenging his (or her) patriotism, and then we have a 48-hour spat over who called who unpatriotic, and then we go back to the usual political game in which talking heads viciously attack each other 24/7.

Estrich: Sterling's vulgar behavior should come as no surprise

By Susan Estrich May 18, 2014 6 a.m.

My friends from outside of Los Angeles are horrified. "Donald Sterling is a pig?" they say with surprise. "A racist, ignorant, loud-mouthed fool?" And Jewish, to boot. This is not, my mother would have said, good for the Jews.

White House gives attention to college sexual assaults

By Susan Estrich May 4, 2014 6 a.m.

For years, when I was on the speech circuit at colleges and universities, I would always inquire about how many instances of sexual assault had occurred on campus that year — not how many convictions, but how many instances. The answers I got were, quite literally, unbelievable. None, I would be told, which was almost as ridiculous of reports of one or two such instances. At no campus I visited were there ever more than four or five.

Estrich: Affirmative action not black-and-white issue

By Susan Estrich April 27, 2014 6 a.m.

In the mid-90s, when affirmative action was a hot topic in California, I got a call from a television network asking whether I would be available to do a segment on affirmative action. As is always true on television, the first and critical question was: "Are you free at 3?" I was. Great, the young woman said.

Estrich: Politics as usual to blame for sorry state of our union

By Susan Estrich February 2, 2014 6 a.m.

So the economy, it turns out, is better than it's been since Barack Obama took office. We are better off today than we were five years ago.

Estrich: Jolie reminds us that helping others brings own rewards

By Susan Estrich December 1, 2013 6 a.m.

I'm not a big one on celebrities and award shows, but my law firm represents the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, which is how I found myself in the audience last week as Angelina Jolie received the Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award. I did not expect to be deeply moved. I was.

Estrich: Vilification of TSA unfair, dangerous

By Susan Estrich November 10, 2013 6 a.m.

After the recent tragedy at LAX, can we all agree to stop beating up on the men and women of the TSA who are just trying to do their job, which is to protect you and me from being killed?

Estrich: Sadly, diversity is achieved through preference

By Susan Estrich October 20, 2013 6 a.m.

If Tuesday's argument before the Supreme Court is any indication, a Michigan law prohibiting "preferential treatment" is on its way to being upheld by the United States Supreme Court. The law was held unconstitutional last year by a panel of judges on the United States Court of Appeals because, in their view, the primarily white electorate was taking away from minorities the benefits of an admissions policy that supported racial diversity in the state college and university system.

Estrich: Syria's vile actions require a response

By Susan Estrich September 1, 2013 6:01 a.m.

There have to be lines.

Estrich: Let's not get ahead of ourselves with visions of Hillary

By Susan Estrich August 18, 2013 6:01 a.m.

These days, almost every political conversation ends up with a little Hillary at the end.

Estrich: Do something about guns

By Susan Estrich December 23, 2012 6:02 a.m.

In the wake of the Newtown, Conn., tragedy, every politician who has me on their email list has been filling my inbox. All of the messages begin with the requisite expression of shock and horror, the business of sending out our hearts and prayers to those who mourn. Then the gun control advocates insist that now is the time for congressional action, and the opponents caution that no legislation is going to stop people (not guns) from killing.

President must heal a house divided

By Susan Estrich November 11, 2012 6 a.m.

The electoral map looks strikingly similar to the one four years ago, but the post-election landscape could not be more different.

Estrich: Republicans may spur year of the woman

By Susan Estrich March 25, 2012 6 a.m.

I’ve been through enough “year(s) of the woman” to be more than a little skeptical when someone tries to sell me the story that this is really it. Whenever there are more women running (or, as in 1984, woman singular), we hear about “the year of the woman.”

Estrich: Keep it up, Newt

By Susan Estrich January 29, 2012 6 a.m.

Ask any honest Democrat, and they’ll tell you what I’m about to tell you: We’re rooting for Newt.

Estrich: Romney stands tall amid a weak field

By Susan Estrich December 26, 2011 6 a.m.

The Gingrich balloon is leaking air. He is beginning to look more and more like Howard Dean. The latest Rasmussen caucus poll shows him dropping three points behind Mitt Romney (23 to 20) after leading by 13 points (32-19) just a month ago.

Estrich: Gingrich has baggage packed

By Susan Estrich November 20, 2011 6 a.m.

If you take a gander at Newt Gingrich’s Wikipedia page, in the personal section, you’ll see quite a pile of baggage. Most of us have some. He has more than most: three marriages, messy divorces, affairs, etc. But here’s the difference between Gingrich, the experienced politician, and the hopelessly inexperienced Herman Cain. Newt’s baggage is all packed up — which is what you’re supposed to do with your baggage before you take off on a presidential campaign, not in the middle of it.