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A Trump policy misses his 'forgotten' Americans

From the Left / Clarence Page /

Since his early days as a presidential candidate, Donald Trump has made one thing very clear: He doesn't like regulations.

We're going to "get rid of job-killing regulations," he has said. We're going to "cut regulations by 75 percent," he has said, and "get rid of pointless red tape." Etc., etc.

I understand the excitement of his crowds. The ...Read more

Mr. President, do for gun control what Nixon did for China

From the Left / Clarence Page /

Mr. President:

Since I know you don't like to read a lot, I'll try to be brief. But, fair warning: This will be longer than a tweet.

As you like to say, let's be honest: I've been critical of your presidency since its beginnings. But everyone has an opportunity for redemption. I certainly hope you'll take this one, for the sake of your legacy ...Read more

Official portraits test our feelings about the Obama era

From the Left / Clarence Page /

Well, what did you think?

What sounded to me like the Gasp Heard 'Round the World followed the unveilings of the official portraits of former President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama at the National Portrait Gallery in Washington.

Or, as my own immediate, largely unschooled and low-...Read more

Team Trump's war on drugs still infected with denial

From the Left / Clarence Page /

Fentanyl is hazardous even to an arresting officer's health.

Officer Chris Green in East Liverpool, Ohio, found out last summer.

The Drug Enforcement Administration warned police nationwide that fentanyl, the deadly synthetic opioid that killed Prince and thousands of others, could not only kill...Read more

Who is Carter Page? Fortunately not me

From the Left / Clarence Page /

I had not yet had my first cup of coffee on Sunday morning. Suddenly, I was jerked alert by the sound of a C-SPAN radio discussion of whether I, "Clarence Page," might be indicted.

As it turned out, the talk show host had slipped. He meant to say "Carter Page" but accidentally said my name instead.

At least I wasn't accidentally called "...Read more

Beware of Trump derangement syndrome, Democrats

From the Left / Clarence Page /

Back in 2003, conservative writer Charles Krauthammer coined the term "Bush derangement syndrome" to describe people who had gone off the rails with their hatred of President George W. Bush.

The crazy was only starting to begin.

Six years later, conservative author David Horowitz warned that criticism of President Barack Obama was approaching ...Read more

Paranoia strikes deep in Trump's politics

From the Left / Clarence Page /

My fellow Americans, the state of our union is (Drumroll, please) paranoid.

The complex of mysteries known as "the Russia investigation" has become tangled up in conspiracy theories voiced by President Donald Trump's Republican allies and his friends in the tabloid sensationalist wing of right-wing media.

The aim is not to find evidence or ...Read more

Why evangelicals made a deal with devilish Donald

From the Left / Clarence Page /

As president, Donald Trump has been the answer to conservative evangelical leaders' prayers. But the partnership comes with a price.

Prominent evangelicals have been called hypocrites for sticking with Trump, despite credible new allegations that he had an extramarital affair with a porn star in 2006 -- only four months after his wife, Melania,...Read more

Democrats caved on shutdown -- and their left is not happy

From the Left / Clarence Page /

If every picture tells a story, the obviously staged photo released by the White House during the weekend-long shutdown of the federal government spoke volumes about Donald Trump's presidency.

The photo showed the president seated in the Oval Office behind his desk, stripped barren of papers, wearing a white "Make America Great Again" hat and ...Read more

Trump's 'fake news' awards take the prize for big flops

From the Left / Clarence Page /

By the time he got around to presenting his long-promised "2017 Fake New Awards," even President Donald Trump seemed to be losing interest in the hostile spirit of the event.

After tweeting a link to his list of winning -- or, if you prefer, losing -- journalists and news organizations last Wednesday night, Trump tweeted another message that ...Read more

Is Trump a racist? Sometimes he sounds like one

From the Left / Clarence Page /

Donald Trump saying something racist "isn't exactly news anymore," as "Saturday Night Live's" Michael Che observed. Yet Trump's former wife Ivanna Trump offers a kind word of support: He's not a racist, she says, he just says racist things.

"I don't think Donald is racist at all," the president's first wife told "Good Morning Britain" on Monday...Read more

No, President Trump isn't crazy, he's just racist

From the Left / Clarence Page /

OK, can we finally stop beating around the bush and say outright that President Donald J. Trump is a white supremacist?

As our nation heads into the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday weekend, our gaffe-prone president, who began the week by fending off allegations of mental unfitness, finished it by denying charges that he is a racist.

In a story...Read more

Don't run, Oprah. Teach!

From the Left / Clarence Page /

Do we really need another politically inexperienced billionaire in the White House?

Even if it's Oprah?

That's the big question looming over media superstar Oprah Winfrey after the electrifying and inspirational speech that she delivered at Hollywood's Golden Globe awards.

Her remarks in accepting the Cecil B. DeMille Lifetime Achievement ...Read more

Team Trump tries to push back the clock against legal pot

From the Left / Clarence Page /

An ill-advised order by Attorney General Jeff Sessions' makes federal marijuana prosecutions easier in states that have legalized it. It reminds me of H.L. Mencken's famous definition of Puritanism: "The haunting fear that someone, somewhere, may be happy."

What other reason could President Donald Trump's attorney general have for interrupting ...Read more

Why Trump thinks he understands Chicago crime

From the Left / Clarence Page /

It's way too early to break out the champagne but Chicago found some good news for a change in its year-end homicide count. You'll know the news is really great when President Donald Trump tries to take credit for it.

After two of its worst years in the past two decades, the city saw a roughly 16 percent decrease in homicides in 2017 compared ...Read more

'Star Wars,' meet culture wars, the fan-time menace

From the Left / Clarence Page /

Has "Star Wars" become too politically correct?

The question has been raised before, as George Lucas' 40-year-old franchise has become more racially and gender diverse in its casting. The web is abuzz with, among others, thin-skinned conservative critics who detect what they see as increasingly unsubtle liberal political messages.

Of course, ...Read more

Best/worst awards for 2017, a year of living nervously

From the Left / Clarence Page /

Now is the time to reopen my old reporter's notebooks and see who among last year's national newsmakers deserves sugar plums or a lump of coal for being naughty or nice.

Once again it was a great year for coal, in my not-too-humble opinion. But, keep in mind my purpose is not to dictate my choices to you as much as it is to invite you to come ...Read more

GOP tax bill is a Trojan horse

From the Left / Clarence Page /

Editor's note: Jules Witcover is filling in while Clarence Page is away.

WASHINGTON -- Amid all the partisan argument over whether the new Republican tax bill helps or hurts lower and middle-class Americans, its killing of the health care mandate is an indisputable blow to both.

Disguised as a mere revenue issue, eliminating the mandate...Read more

'The Post' reveals how Katharine Graham stood tall for journalism

From the Left / Clarence Page /

Editor's note: Jules Witcover is filling in while Clarence Page is on vacation.

WASHINGTON -- There's a new film out about The Washington Post and the publication of the Pentagon Papers, the Department of Defense's classified history of the lead-up to the Vietnam War. Before I saw the film...Read more

Who can save the GOP?

From the Left / Clarence Page /

Editor's note: Clarence Page is away. Jules Witcover is filling in.

WASHINGTON -- The political carnage of the Alabama Senate race, in which Democrat Doug Jones upset President Donald Trump's candidate, Roy Moore, in an ultra-GOP state, humiliated the president and has left the Read more


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