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Tragic capsize underscores Europe's 'boat people' crisis

From the Left / Clarence Page /

Everyone, it seems, has a proposed solution to Europe's tragic "boat people" crisis. Some are breathtakingly bad.

Making a grab for top honors is controversial conservative columnist Katie Hopkins of Britain's The Sun, who proposed greeting migrants, whom she compared to "cockroaches," with gunships.

Mother Teresa she is not. The timing of her...Read more

Shooting Cop Videos? Be Nice

From the Left / Clarence Page /

What if you happened to record video on your smartphone of a police officer as he shot an unarmed suspect in the back? What would you do with it?

That disturbing question faced Feidin Santana, the Dominican immigrant said on NBC's "Today Show," after he recorded police officer Michael Slager's fatal shooting of unarmed Walter Scott after a ...Read more

Can Androids Pray for Digital Salvation?

From the Left / Clarence Page /

Can robots make good Christians? As computer science races ahead, at least one forward-looking Florida pastor sees a future for the faith in whatever passes for a soul in robots, androids, cyborgs and other forms of artificial intelligence.

No, I'm not making this up.

When the Rev. Christopher Benek, an associate pastor of the First ...Read more

How Hillary Clinton's Enemies Aid Her Cause

From the Left / Clarence Page /

In the business of low political blows, gun rights advocate Wayne LaPierre reminds us of Hillary Clinton's best not-so-secret weapon: her amazing ability to drive her rivals and critics nuts.

"I have to tell ya," said the National Rifle Association's executive vice president and CEO to thundering applause at their annual meeting Saturday, "...Read more

What if We Didn't Have Video?

From the Left / Clarence Page /

Once again, what a difference a video makes.

As soon as I saw the cellphone video of the fatal shooting of Walter Scott by Officer Michael Slager of the North Charleston Police Department in South Carolina, I wondered how the apologists for police misconduct were going to spin this one.

The universal presence of cellphone cameras and Twitter-...Read more

A Rising Star Stalled by Toxic Tweets

From the Left / Clarence Page /

Is Trevor Noah the new Charlie Hebdo?

Most of the civilized world seemed to rise in heartwarming solidarity after that French satirical magazine was attacked by Islamic terrorists in January. But some of that support suddenly softened as many discovered just how offensive many of the edgy publication's cartoons actually were.

Sure, the weekly ...Read more

Corporate Activism Finds its Footing On Religious Freedom Laws

From the Left / Clarence Page /

You can tell that a movement is scoring some important points when its opponents want to change the subject.

That thought comes to mind when I hear critics charge Apple CEO Tim Cook with hypocrisy in his recent protests of "religious freedom" legislation in Indiana and Arkansas that has been criticized by Cook, among others, as anti-gay.

As ...Read more

A Clash of Freedoms in Indiana

From the Left / Clarence Page /

Neither side in the uproar over Indiana's "religious freedom restoration" law has been totally candid about its benefits or its dangers.

That often happens in politics, an arena in which it often seems that no statement is too good to be overstated.

For example, defenders of controversial Religious Freedom Restoration Act, which Indiana Gov. ...Read more

Cruz is All About That Base

From the Left / Clarence Page /

Now that Texas Sen. Ted Cruz has thrown his cowboy hat into the ring for president, it's time to start handicapping the candidates, even if some of us may wish that we had more choices.

That's OK, my fellow Americans. You vote for -- or against -- the choices that you have. Do you hear me, progressive-wing Democrats who are begging ...Read more

Feeling That Post-Monica Remorse

From the Left / Clarence Page /

A surprising contriteness has taken hold of Bill Maher and David Letterman about one of their favorite high-value targets: Monica Lewinsky.

After reading Lewinsky's first-person essay in last June's issue of Vanity Fair, Maher said on his HBO show "Real Time with Bill Maher" that, "I was moved by it. I gotta tell you, I literally felt guilty." ...Read more

Starbucks' Effort to Talk About Race is Better Than Silence

From the Left / Clarence Page /

Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz is urging baristas to engage customers in discussions about race and inequality -- as if his employees already were not busy enough trying to tell my coffee-and-espresso-shot from the next guy's vanilla latte.

Does Schultz really want to go there? I know he's a ...Read more

Answer Hate Speech With Education

From the Left / Clarence Page /

Frat boys caught on video singing a racist chant are shocking but not as surprising as we might think. New studies show young folks to be no less prejudiced than their elders. They just believe they are.

And so do we, their elders.

That belief stems largely and ironically from our reluctance in today's polite society to talk about race ...Read more

How Hillary Can Defeat Hillary

From the Left / Clarence Page /

If Hillary Clinton didn't do anything wrong, why is she so reluctant to talk about it?

It is hard to call her barely legal use of her personal account to conduct government business a "scandal," since she so resolutely refuses to sound scandalized by it.

Yet even supporters of her expected presidential bid must ask themselves: How would they ...Read more

'Race Relations' a Nebulous Thing in the Hands of Pollsters

From the Left / Clarence Page /

Whenever I see a poll that says race relations have gotten worse under President Barack Obama, I want to respond: compared to what?

I don't hear a decent answer to that question from the pollsters. All I hear is more polls.

The latest comes with the 50th anniversary of the Rev. Martin Luther King's historic "Bloody Sunday" civil rights march ...Read more

Ferguson's Double Message: Don't Jump to Conclusions

From the Left / Clarence Page /

Attorney General Eric Holder's Ferguson investigation offers plenty for both sides of this dispute to hate, which means there's also plenty for everybody to learn.

Seven months after the shooting of unarmed black teen Michael Brown by white Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson sparked national protests and a #BlackLivesMatter hashtag movement,...Read more

Why O'Reilly Gets a Pass, NBC's Williams Didn't

From the Left / Clarence Page /

Mother Jones, a feisty investigative magazine with a left-progressive slant, has been on the warpath lately in pursuit of Fox News host Bill O'Reilly. The charge: serial exaggerations and outright whoppers of a sort that brought punishment for NBC's Brian Williams.

Of course, anyone who has witnessed O'Reilly's rise to the highest ratings in ...Read more

Obama's Help Has Limits, Even in Chicago

From the Left / Clarence Page /

Four years ago, I was surprised by how early in the evening on election night President Obama's former chief of staff Rahm Emanuel won the mayoral race in Chicago, a city whose elections are historically famous for long counts.

Four years later, I was just as surprised by how far his approvals had fallen. He won only 45 percent of the vote, ...Read more

Giuliani's Gaffe Puts GOP to a New Test

From the Left / Clarence Page /

Was Rudy Giuliani playing a race card when he accused President Obama of not loving America? No way, the former New York mayor said later, but his litmus test sounded like he needs an eye test.

Giuliani's remarks last week at a New York fundraiser for Gov. Scott Walker of Wisconsin set off a national uproar -- and became a new question for ...Read more

How Democrats Lost White Voters

From the Left / Clarence Page /

While talking to black and white Republicans recently about the Grand Old Party's outreach efforts to voters of color, I wondered: What are Democrats doing to reach working-class whites?

Much has been said and written -- some of it by me -- about how desperately Grand Old Party leaders seek to woo voters of color back to the GOP, the fabled "...Read more

GOP's New Goal: A Less-White Party

From the Left / Clarence Page /

Republicans are starting to show some color again. The midterm election that swept Republicans into control of both houses of Congress also brought in the party's largest group of black lawmakers since Reconstruction: three.

Hey, it's a start.

They include Sen. Tim Scott, who was appointed to the Senate in 2012 but became South Carolina's ...Read more

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