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February 11, 2011

The Shirtless Congressman By Susan Estrich

At one level, it's astoundingly funny: a congressman telling a woman with whom he is flirting that the only picture he has of himself is shirtless. If there is one thing every congressman has, it is pictures of himself in a shirt. Often, stuffed.

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February 9, 2011

Romantic Revolutions By Susan Estrich

In the first days of the demonstrations in Egypt, almost everyone I know was glued to their television. Many of them were caught up in what they saw as the romanticism of the moment: students and young people in the streets, willing to risk their lives to stand up to a tyrannical regime and replace it with a democracy. Irresistible.

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February 5, 2011

That Scene By Susan Estrich

I had never seen anything like it. I sat in the movie theater holding my breath as Marlon Brando wielded the stick of butter. For the sake of families who might be reading, I'll say no more, except that "Last Tango in Paris" was, depending on your perspective, either a very sexy movie or a very scary one.

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January 28, 2011

Freshman Stress By Susan Estrich

Every year, UCLA's Higher Education Research Center does a national study of college freshmen, some 200,000 in all. This year, the big news is emotional health -- or lack thereof. Nearly half of the students surveyed -- and more than half of the young women -- ranked their emotional health as "below average," the highest numbers since the survey began 25 years ago.

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January 22, 2011

The Law School Game By Susan Estrich

One of the most widely circulated articles in The New York Times of late asks: "Is Law School a Losing Game?" For days, it was the most e-mailed story in the paper, and it is still among the Top 10.

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January 19, 2011

Sick People By Susan Estrich

I got my first threat when I was a young law professor. The campus newspaper reported that in teaching criminal law to first-year students, I was not only including rape in the curriculum (unheard of at the time), but was actually telling students of my own experience in the criminal justice system as a rape victim and how it shaped my views on the law. I thought it was a nice piece. My mother thought I was out of my mind. Both appear to be true.

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January 14, 2011

Blood Libel By Susan Estrich

Alan Dershowitz isn't offended. He says it's OK for Sarah Palin to invoke one of the most anti-Semitic images of our time in attacking those who have been critical of her putting crosshairs over the name of the congresswoman who was later shot.

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January 12, 2011

The Blame Game By Susan Estrich

Within an hour of the tragic shooting in Arizona, it had begun. The Blame Game. The effort to score political points.

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January 8, 2011

Bill Daley By Susan Estrich

For a while there, I was worried that Barack Obama might actually be content to be a one-term president so long as he could say he accomplished what he set out to do.

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January 6, 2011

Uniforms By Susan Estrich

My little neighborhood sandwich shop was invaded today by a horde of high school students from a school I'd never heard of. The students were more diverse than the neighborhood.

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December 31, 2010

The Death Penalty Debacle By Susan Estrich

California has more prisoners on death row than any other state. Last year, according to the Los Angeles Times, it added 28 more, for a total of 717, contrary to trends elsewhere.

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December 29, 2010

Zachary Furnish-John By Susan Estrich

Born on Christmas day in California to a surrogate mother, weighing in at 7 pounds 15 ounces.

The son of proud fathers Sir Elton John and his civil partner David Furnish.

No statement as to whether or which of the two was the sperm donor.

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December 24, 2010

Obama the Genius By Susan Estrich

Was it only a month ago that the chattering class was writing off the president as being almost as thoroughly defeated as the lame duck Congress, as the failed leader who had lost his way, popularity plummeting, accomplishments vulnerable? Insiders worried about who was up next.

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December 22, 2010

It Never Rains in California By Susan Estrich

It Never Rains in California Except when it does.  Which isn't often. Usually, when it rains, we apologize to tourists and visitors, take out our (perpetually) almost new raincoats and say things like "We need this" and "Don't you just love the rain?"

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December 17, 2010

Birthdays By Susan Estrich

By the time you read this, it won't be my birthday anymore. Thankfully. But it is right now, and birthdays don't get easier as you get older.

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December 15, 2010

Holbrooke's Blessing By Susan Estrich

Richard Holbrooke was a legend, the high priest of what we used to call the "priesthood" (even though they finally did let Madeleine in), the foreign policy elite that played musical chairs whenever a Democrat was running for or elected to the presidency. Arrogant? You bet. Frustrated with those who didn't get it, wouldn't do it, didn't push themselves as hard as he did? Absolutely.

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December 11, 2010

A Guy on a Bike By Susan Estrich

For weeks now, speculation has been rampant about who killed well-liked publicist to the stars Ronni Chasen and why.

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December 8, 2010

What a Dame By Susan Estrich

I don't care what they said about her in "Game Change." Bitchy? Who wouldn't be? Difficult? She had a right to be.

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December 1, 2010

Entrapment By Susan Estrich

Defenders of Mohamed Osman Mohamud are already arguing to the press that he was set up and in court that he was entrapped. Every state recognizes a defense that argues a defendant was "entrapped," but most of them define it narrowly, as do the federal courts.

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November 24, 2010

Pat Me! By Susan Estrich

A revolt is apparently growing at the grassroots level -- being fanned by politicians and right-wing talking heads -- against the new procedures being used by the TSA to ensure that people with bombs and weapons don't get on airplanes with you and me and our loved ones. If you ask me, it's ridiculous. The revolt, I mean.