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Obama's New 'Bucket' Attitude

From the Left / Clarence Page /

One of the most ironic things about U.S. presidents is how soon after they get comfortable with the job that it's over.

That's a happy thought to those who can't wait to see President Barack Obama go -- as the ranks of hopeful Republican candidates grow well past a dozen.

But the president's attitude? "Bucket."

That's what he said with a ...Read more

Conservatives Attack, Rescue Obamacare

From the Left / Clarence Page /

What a deal. The Supreme Court's Obamacare decision reminds me of a demand that an aide to the late Chicago Mayor Richard J. Daley is said to have given to reporters: Don't say what the mayor says, say what he means.

Conservatives hoped that the high court would hold congressional Democrats to what they wrote in the Affordable Care Act, better ...Read more

Prisoners of a Long-Lost Cause

From the Left / Clarence Page /

Could this, at last, be the end of the Civil War?

Or, as some fans of Southern heritage call it, the War Between the States?

Or the War of Northern Aggression?

That question came to mind as I watched South Carolina's Republican Gov. Nikki Haley do what I thought I might not live to see a South Carolina governor do. She called for the removal ...Read more

Are We Giving Up On Gun Laws?

From the Left / Clarence Page /

Witnesses say that the white gunman who killed nine people at Charleston's historic Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church was quite vocal about his motives: He wanted to kill black people.

Quoting a survivor of the horror, Sylvia Johnson, whose cousin Rev. Clementa Pinckney was one of three ministers killed in the church, said the shooter ...Read more

A Fake Black Woman's 'Passing' Fancy

From the Left / Clarence Page /

Perhaps we African-Americans should feel flattered that Rachel Dolezal wanted so desperately to be one of us.

Or maybe we should feel insulted, as some of her critics say, by her demonstration of white privilege even as she boldly lived a life of opposition to it.

You know who I'm talking about. Everybody's been talking about Dolezal, the 37-...Read more

Can Clinton Rally Obama's Coalition?

From the Left / Clarence Page /

His campaign is a long shot, but I'm happy to see Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders putting forth a good impersonation of a serious challenge to Hillary Clinton's presidential campaign. Like a near-sighted javelin thrower, the self-described democratic socialist may not score many points but he'll keep the crowd alert.

The former first lady, senator ...Read more

Jenner's Gender War on Pronouns

From the Left / Clarence Page /

Keeping the pronouns straight. In my experience, that's the hardest part of adjusting to a friend's sex-change operation.

My experience in this case consists of working in the same newsroom as Ridgely Hunt, an award-winning war correspondent for the Chicago Tribune, as he became Nancy Hunt in the mid-1970s.

Or as Nancy probably would prefer to...Read more

'Broken Windows' Fights the 'Ferguson Effect'

From the Left / Clarence Page /

It's not easy to find a middle ground between the tough-on-crime and "#BlackLivesMatter" movements, but it has to be done.

As police officers find their routine stops or arrests recorded increasingly by civilians with their smartphones, a rising chorus of critics fear that wary cops already might be bringing the nation's 20-year crime dip to an...Read more

Huckabee and Duggar: Now Showing on Red State Reality TV

From the Left / Clarence Page /

After watching the fuss Republican presidential wannabe Mike Huckabee made about Beyonce Knowles early this year, it has been amusing to watch him try to wriggle and squirm his way out of the Duggar family's scandal.

In his latest book, the former Arkansas governor and Baptist pastor got all judgy about the president and first lady allowing ...Read more

Police Chief's Viewpoint is An Antidote to Distrust

From the Left / Clarence Page /

This story is not new.

On March 6, Matthew Kenny, a police officer in Madison, Wis., shot and killed an unarmed 19-year-old black man named Anthony Robinson Jr., who, he said, had attacked him. The shooting triggered days of peaceful protests. An autopsy found a cocktail of illicit drugs in Robinson's system. Earlier this month, ...Read more

The Disintegration of Us-vs.-Them Politics

From the Left / Clarence Page /

For all the decades of its existence, American social conservatism has been rooted in a premise simple enough to be fully expressed in just three words:

Us versus them.

As in, an implicit promise to defend the former against the latter. This was its mission when it pushed for immigration quotas in the 1920s, when it animated the Red Scare of ...Read more

The Second Cuban Revolution

From the Left / Clarence Page /

(Bill Press is filling in for Clarence - ed.)

HAVANA, Cuba -- If you want to see the face of the new Cuba, talk to Niuris Higuiera, co-owner and chef of Havana's Paladar Atelier (paladar's the name Cubans use for privately-owned restaurants).

Higuiera's not only a top chef, the Alice Waters or Nora Pouillon of Cuba, she's as sharp an ...Read more

Police brutality can't be fixed by African-American self-improvement

From the Left / Clarence Page /

Maybe some people didn't understand the question.

It was posed in this space a few weeks ago by Tracy, a self-described 55-year-old white woman from Texas who is sick and tired of the mounting litany of police violence against unarmed African-American boys and men. She wanted to know what actions she, as an average person, might take to help ...Read more

Like the Blues? Thank a Hippie

From the Left / Clarence Page /

News that B.B. King has died aggravates my anecdotage, the stage of life in which every new development reminds you of an old story.

I was not much of a blues fan before I, as a young Chicago reporter in March of 1972, was enlightened by Riley B. "B.B." King. That's the full name of the great blues king who had been branded "Blues Boy" years ...Read more

What Michelle Obama's Critics Missed

From the Left / Clarence Page /

If Michelle Obama's critics actually paid attention to her recent commencement speech, they would hear a lot of advice that conservatives like to hear -- when it is not coming from Michelle Obama.

Rest assured, you can enjoy the first lady's speech to graduates at historically black Tuskegee University without being a white-hating racist, ...Read more

When Cheap Laughs Cost Too Much

From the Left / Clarence Page /

Some people unfortunately think that the best way to respond to the intolerance of Muslim fanatics is to insult all Muslims.

That's the twisted thinking behind professional Muslim-baiter Pamela Geller's ill-advised contest in Garland, Texas. Her organization, the American Freedom Defense Initiative, offered a $10,000 prize to a ...Read more

Campaigns Amid the Ashes of Unrest

From the Left / Clarence Page /

Riots can bring out the best in politicians -- and the worst.

The Watts riots in Los Angeles 50 years ago, among other civil disturbances of that period, led President Lyndon B. Johnson to pass the Fair Housing Act of 1968. They also led him secretly to look for possible communist conspiracies behind the uprisings.

Michigan Gov. George Romney,...Read more

Angry Mom Against the 'Thugs'

From the Left / Clarence Page /

Unlike my own parents, I normally do not condone lifting a hand to spank, slap or whip misbehaving children. Yet I salute Toya Graham, now known widely known as Baltimore's Angry Mom, for making corporal punishment look like high art.

Graham became an Internet sensation after she was caught on video in the act of snatching her 16-year-old son ...Read more

A "Rough Ride" for Baltimore

From the Left / Clarence Page /

Some people protest police brutality in ways that only remind us of why we need police.

That's how I feel about the Baltimore rioters who some news reports described as "protestors."

The label falsely flatters the thugs and hooligans who set fires and attacked police, merchants and journalists after the otherwise respectful funeral on Monday ...Read more

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

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