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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.”
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.
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.