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Bad press? Sometimes Donald Trump asks for it

From the Left / Clarence Page /

Have you heard about the new Harvard University study that alleges liberal media bias? It's a big story, especially in media that have a conservative bias.

"About the only people who deny widespread media bias these days are the people who are directly benefiting from it," said the conservative star of "Tucker Carlson Tonight," reacting to the ...Read more

Roger Ailes turned news into a lifestyle choice

From the Left / Clarence Page /

For years I boasted about graduating from the same university as Fox News chief Roger Ailes. My boast became somewhat muted after Ailes was forced out last year in a sexual harassment scandal.

Yet my fellow Ohio University graduate, who died Thursday morning at age 77, left such a deep and indelible impression on the worlds of politics and ...Read more

Is Putin the alt-right's friend?

From the Left / Clarence Page /

President Donald Trump isn't the only American leader with a puzzling fondness for Russian president Vladimir Putin's regime.

Consider, for example, the chant that was caught on local television footage as it was shouted by several dozen torch-carrying protesters who rallied against removal of a Confederate monument in a Charlottesville, Va., ...Read more

Obama's style too 'casual'? Give him a break

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A zombie argument is one that seems to be long dead until somebody brings it back to life. Barack Obama's post-presidency has raised a zombie argument: How should ex-presidents dress and behave?

"Barack! Get back here -- we need you!," somebody posted on Richard Branson's Facebook page after video went viral of Obama kitesurfing with the Virgin...Read more

Can Black Lives Matter move up in the age of Trump?

From the Left / Clarence Page /

As various movements have sprung up like flash mobs to march and protest President Donald Trump's election, a question gradually occurred to me: Where's Black Lives Matter?

Ever since the hashtag #BlackLivesMatter was born after a jury acquitted a neighborhood watch volunteer in the shooting death of Trayvon Martin in Florida in 2012, the ...Read more

Where are political moderates when health care needs them?

From the Left / Clarence Page /

Most people, when treading water, would be less than thrilled to be handed a concrete life preserver.

Yet President Donald Trump sounded as tickled as a schoolboy with the hastily drawn American Health Care Act that House Republicans passed to repeal and replace President Barack Obama's Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare.

"How am I ...Read more

A journalist's note to President Trump: Don't be so shy

From the Left / Clarence Page /

Dear President Trump:

As a mainstream media worker, I congratulate you on the completion of your first 100 days as president without facing impeachment. For a while, I wasn't sure that you could do it.

I also want you to know that we're on to you. You're not fooling anybody with your media-bashing act, even after you cranked it up by skipping ...Read more

Why dystopia has an odd appeal these days

From the Left / Clarence Page /

On the day before President Trump hit his first 100 days, I woke up to a CNN headline saying that we could end up having "a major, major conflict with North Korea."

I was tempted to go back to bed, but I persisted.

The news didn't make persistence easier. In another 100-days interview, this time with Reuters, the president wistfully lamented ...Read more

Did President Trump help Bill O'Reilly's case or sink it?

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Fans of Bill O'Reilly are predictably upset that Fox News has pulled the plug on his popular show, "The O'Reilly Factor." But take heart, folks. Bill O'Reilly isn't really gone. You can hear his spirit in the Oval Office.

"Personally, I think he shouldn't have settled," said President Donald Trump of O'Reilly after new allegations of sexual ...Read more

Donald Trump's blame game goes to court

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What can you say to defend yourself after you are accused of roughing up a protester at a Donald Trump campaign rally? Well, you can try blaming Donald Trump.

That's the road taken by Alvin Bamberger, a 75-year-old veteran from Ohio who can be seen in videos of a Trump rally in Louisville, Ky., early last year gruffly pushing 21-year-old ...Read more

Brace Yourselves. It's President Trump 2.0

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As President Donald Trump's first 100 days draws to a close, here's the good news: Fears of a rising Trump autocracy under the president who boasted "I alone can fix it," now look way overblown. Team Trump looks way too incompetent to pull that off.

Instead, the president's inner circle appears to be undergoing a shakeup. Hard-right political ...Read more

Cultural Appropriation? Try Cultural Sharing

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As a fan of Mother Jones magazine, I don't often disagree with the progressive monthly's editor in chief Clara Jeffery. But she asked for it with this breathtaking tweet after President Donald Trump fired 59 Tomahawk cruise missiles at a Syrian airbase:

"That the missiles are called tomahawks," she tweeted, "must enrage a lot of Native ...Read more

Invite President Trump to Testify, Too

From the Left / Clarence Page /

As President Donald Trump approaches the end of his first 100 days in office, he is reminding me of Joe Btfsplk. Yes, that's how you spell it.

In the late Al Capp's "Li'l Abner" comic strip, Joe was the world's worst jinx. He strolled through life with a little storm cloud over his head as he brought disaster to everyone around him.

That image...Read more

When Politeness Closes Career Doors to Women

From the Left / Clarence Page /

This ain't no disco, as the Talking Heads song goes, but I sometimes take requests -- especially when they come from my wife.

"You ought to write about this," said the Missus, steaming over a debate that was heating up her social networks: Is it proper for a married man to eat a meal in the company of a woman who is not his wife?

Yes, as you ...Read more

In a Hole, President Trump Keeps Digging

From the Left / Clarence Page /

Does President Donald Trump really think it's a good idea to tweet bold threats at lawmakers whose votes he is trying to woo?

Or is picking Twitter fights just his sneaky way to avoid having to actually read the legislation that he wants them to vote for?

How else do we explain his erratic way of winning friends and alienating people as he ...Read more

Can Democrats Save Trump From Himself?

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After President Donald Trump's first legislative battle, a deplorably stingy attempt to repeal and replace President Barack Obama's Affordable Care Act, went down without a vote in the House, I wondered: What happened to all of the "winning"?

"We are gonna win, win, win," Trump had promised at a ...Read more

At Least Now President Trump Knows Who 'CBC' Is

From the Left / Clarence Page /

Given the chance, President Donald J. Trump can really turn on the charm.

"Throughout my campaign, I pledged to focus on improving conditions for African-American citizens," he said before a closed-door meeting with leaders of the Congressional Black Caucus in the White House Wednesday. "This means more to me than anybody would understand or ...Read more

Go Ahead, be shocked by Trump's Russia Ties -- and Investigate

From the Left / Clarence Page /

A House Intelligence Committee hearing on Monday heard two bombshells dropped in testimony.

One, FBI Director James Comey asserted what other national intelligence leaders have now said: There is no evidence to back up President Donald Trump's outlandish -- and slanderous -- allegation that President Barack Obama ordered a "wiretapping" of ...Read more

Have Populist Politics Reached 'Peak Trump'?

From the Left / Clarence Page /

Whew! That was close.

I wasn't expecting to be waiting on the edge of my seat for the outcome of this year's Dutch parliamentary elections. But I wasn't expecting Donald Trump to be America's president, either.

After "Brexit," Great Britain's vote last year to leave the European Union, and Trump's upset election victory, the whole world has ...Read more

Health Care 'Access' is Not the Same as 'Coverage'

From the Left / Clarence Page /

Watching top Republicans explain their proposed Affordable Care Act replacement can make you wonder who hijacked the English language.

For example, if you're like me, you might have been shocked by the news that 24 million fewer Americans will have health insurance by 2026 if the Republican-proposed alternative passes, according to the ...Read more


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