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Say No 'Free Stuff' for Anybody, Jeb

From the Left / Clarence Page /

Jeb Bush wants you to know that he's not running for president in order to give "free stuff" to black folks. I don't have a problem with that, as long as he says he won't give any "free stuff" to white folks, either.

That's right, Jeb. It's only fair. Tell us, the American voters, that you won't give any of us any free stuff. Your lavish ...Read more

A CEO Who Gives Free Markets a Bad Name

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If Martin Shkreli is not the most hated man in America, he must least be first runner-up.

If his name doesn't ring a bell, you're not alone. He's probably less well known for who he is than for what he did.

Shkreli, 32, is the Turing Pharmaceuticals CEO who decided to raise the price of Daraprim, a drug used to treat toxoplasmosis in cancer ...Read more

Muslim? What's So Wrong With That?

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After reaching the top tier of Republican presidential candidates in polls, Dr. Ben Carson has given us another historic milestone: He has boldly called for religious discrimination against any Muslims who run for president.

Responding to host Chuck Todd on NBC's "Meet the Press" to the question of whether he could support a Muslim candidate ...Read more

Fact-Challenged Campaign Dramas Just Getting Started

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"Facts are stubborn things," goes an old saying that President Ronald Reagan liked to quote. Unfortunately, so are cherished myths.

Remember how during his 2008 presidential bid Sen. John McCain courageously corrected a woman at a town hall meeting who said that then-candidate Barack Obama was "an Arab"?

Anyone who might have hoped for a ...Read more

Why the GOP Still Fails With Minority Voters

From the Left / Clarence Page /

Donald Trump recently tweeted his gratitude for a huge surge -- Hyooj! Hyooj! -- in his black and Hispanic support that, it turned out, did not quite exist.

"A great honor to receive polling numbers like these," Trump tweeted on Sept. 8. "Record setting African-American (25 percent) and Hispanic numbers (31 percent)."

Excuse me?...Read more

Correction to Clarence Page column for 9/16

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An updated version of Clarence Page's 9/16 column ("Why the GOP still fails with minority voters") has been moved. It replaces grafs 4, 5 and 6 of the original for clarity. Please use the updated version.

Religion vs. Rights in An Election Year, Heaven Help Us

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Mixing religion with politics can be no less hazardous to a politician than mixing aviation with alcohol.

You could hear that in the awkward response by Mike Huckabee, former Arkansas governor and current Republican presidential candidate, as CNN's Alisyn Camerota asked him whether a Muslim flight ...Read more

Could Trump Trade Latinos for Blacks? Don't Count On It

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For years Bruce Bartlett has been trying to help his fellow Republicans to reconcile their long-broken marriage with African-Americans. Timing has not always been his friend.

We first met when I interviewed the former economic policy adviser to President Ronald Reagan on CSPAN about his book, "Wrong on Race: The Democratic Party's Buried Past,"...Read more

Defiant Anti-Gay Marriage Clerk Jailed Herself

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While Kim Davis, the now-famous county clerk in Kentucky who refuses to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples, sat in jail, her deputies issued licenses to same-sex couples for the first time.

The earth and skies, it must be noted, did not open up with fire, bats, lizards, brimstone or burning sulphur.

Nor were Davis' religious liberties...Read more

How a Modest Chicago Mogul Built Schools for Southern Blacks

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In an age that exalts politicians and entertainers who can't stop telling us how wonderful they are, it is refreshing to honor a man who accomplished a lot without wanting his name on all of it.

Julius Rosenwald, who never finished high school but rose to become president and co-owner of Sears, ...Read more

Trump vs. Ramos: A Clash of Icons

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Donald Trump, who famously scoffs at "political correctness," can climb as far up on his high horse as anybody else when someone is impolite to him.

Someone like, for example, Jorge Ramos, main news anchor at Univision and Fusion, who tried to ask Trump a question at a Dubuque news conference on Wednesday without being called on.

Yes, I would ...Read more

The Summer of Trump ... and Deez Nuts

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What does Donald Trump have in common with Deez Nuts, except for the way that their names make some people laugh?

Both Trump, the billionaire Republican presidential frontrunner, and Deez Nuts, the registered independent presidential candidate made up by a 15-year-old Iowa schoolboy, offer a measure of voter discontent with both major political...Read more

The Dubious Origins of Trump's Immigration Scheme

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Viewed through the lens of America's civil rights history, Donald Trump's new call to repeal birthright citizenship chimes with an ominous ring.

Spoiler alert: It sounds like racism.

It sounds like the Supreme Court's declaration in 1857 that African-Americans were "so far inferior that they had no rights which the white man was bound to ...Read more

Julian Bond Kept His Wit, Despite Tragedies of Race

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Unlike most of the people who are sadly reminiscing about Julian Bond, I fondly recall how my last conversation with the iconic civil rights veteran occurred at a zombie movie.

A mutual friend had invited us and our wives to share a Dutch-treat, triple-date movie night. The movie was "World War Z," in which Brad Pitt races against time to save ...Read more

Trump, Sanders Managing Political Angers

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The farther the left and right wings in politics move toward opposite extremes, an old saying goes, the more they resemble each other. You can see this vigorously at work these days in the Republican campaign of billionaire Donald Trump and the Democratic campaign of Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders.

Both are drawing huge crowds and surprisingly ...Read more

Trump Thumps Himself

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As if we did not already know it before Fox News' Republican presidential debate in Cleveland, Donald Trump can dish out barbs against other people, but he can't take 'em.

"The questions to me were far tougher," he told reporters after the debate. "I didn't think they were appropriate. And I thought Megyn behaved very badly, personally."

Right...Read more

Explaining the Audacity of Trump

From the Left / Clarence Page /

Debating Donald Trump is like boxing with smoke. You may have the facts on your side, but for this Republican presidential candidate, facts are mostly beside the point.

Take, for example, his recent slap at President Barack Obama's legacy. Americans won't elect another black president for a long time, Trump said in an interview on ABC News ...Read more

A Fresh Voice for An Impatient Generation

From the Left / Clarence Page /

Congratulations to Ta-Nehisi Coates. His meditation on race in America has hit No. 1 in its first week on the New York Times' best-seller list. Race relations may still be a mess, as his book suggests, but at least people are interested in reading about it.

Good timing helps. In the age of smartphone ...Read more

Why Obama Freed His Inner 'Kenyan'

From the Left / Clarence Page /

It must make the birthers' heads explode to hear President Barack Obama ridicule the ridiculous charge that he is a secret Kenyan. That's only one good reason for him to do it.

"Birthers" are people who just can't -- or refuse to -- get it through their narrow minds that Obama was born as he and documentation says he was, a legal United States ...Read more

Sandra Bland's Mysterious Arrest -- and Death

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Evidence points to suicide, not homicide, as the cause of a Chicago-area woman's death in a Texas jail cell outside Houston, Texas, officials say. Yet the arresting officer's dash-cam video raises serious questions as to why Sandra Bland was arrested in the first place.

Bland, 28, from suburban Naperville, became a tragic national news story ...Read more

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