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If Sen. Al Franken steps down, he shouldn't be alone

From the Left / Clarence Page /

On the same day that outraged critics were called for Sen. Al Franken to resign, Alabama's Republican Party offered its unqualified support to Senate candidate Roy Moore.

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Franken came under fire Thursday over allegations that he kissed and groped Leeann Tweeden, a...Read more

Roy Moore has Republicans circling wagons against each other

From the Left / Clarence Page /

A lot of people are surprised to see so many religiously conservative Alabamians still sticking with Roy Moore, despite the ugly allegations against him. I'm not. I'm old enough to remember George Wallace, a master of playing the victim as he upheld a system of Jim Crow racial segregation that victimized others.

Wallace is most famous for ...Read more

President Trump helps to drive bigger turnout -- for Democrats

From the Left / Clarence Page /

Shortly after Inauguration Day, I began to see a new headline pop up in my email feed: "Run For Something."

At first I thought it was a cynical reader responding to one of my cranky assaults on the goofy habits and know-nothing babblings of our national embarrassment, President Donald Trump.

If you think you're so smart, I have ...Read more

Can Virginia's Democratic win revive 'big tent' politics?

From the Left / Clarence Page /

Whew! That big whooshing sound you heard Tuesday night was largely Democrats who could stop holding their breath in suspense. And they weren't alone.

"I am pleased that pandering to racists and neo-Confederates," tweeted Bruce Bartlett, a former economic policy expert in the Ronald Reagan and George H.W. Bush administrations, "appears to have ...Read more

It's time to pull your party together, Democrats

From the Left / Clarence Page /

As Democrats once again find themselves facing questions about Hillary Clinton's campaign, raised this time by the party's former interim chairman Donna Brazile, one stands out: Why did Clinton bother with manipulating party rules when she was going to win anyway?

"Why not welcome (Vermont Sen. Bernie) Sanders and the energy he undoubtedly ...Read more

Where's Trump the negotiator when immigration reform needs him?

From the Left / Clarence Page /

To my great surprise, President Donald Trump's reaction to the Halloween night terrorist attack in New York made me miss the thoughtful eloquence of President George W. Bush.

Ol' Dubya wasn't known to be a master of oratory, most of the time, but when the world needed some words of comfort, hope and resolve after the shock of <...Read more

Trump's blame game is wearing very thin

From the Left / Clarence Page /

After news broke that his former campaign chairman, Paul Manafort, and Manafort's long-time associate, Rick Gates, had been indicted, President Donald Trump responded by tweet with a familiar response: Investigate Hillary Clinton.

"Sorry," he tweeted after Monday's 12-count federal indictment was unsealed, "but this is years ago, before Paul ...Read more

Don't let Russian trolls stir racial chaos here

From the Left / Clarence Page /

As if we Americans were not doing a good enough job of hating each other on our own, recent news reports tell us Russian trolls are using social media to divide us even more along racial and political lines.

Thanks, folks, but we don't need the help.

Mostly, we have heard about hackers and trolls stealing emails from Democrats, attacking voter...Read more

President Trump needs his own 'Luther' -- in reverse

From the Left / Clarence Page /

Remember how critics used to argue that President Barack Obama was more reserved and dispassionate than he ought to be? Nobody says that about President Donald Trump. If anything, the president would do well to take some of his passion down a few notches.

That's why it has occurred to me that our current president needs a suggestion of the sort...Read more

Three messages for a man who wasn't there

From the Left / Clarence Page /

It was a day for three extraordinary speeches by three extraordinary men, each with an important message for another man who was not in the room.

Two former presidents, George W. Bush and Barack Obama, delivered speeches at separate events on Thursday that seemed pointedly to be aimed at current President Donald Trump -- while avoiding any ...Read more

Drug industry swims in Washington's swamp

From the Left / Clarence Page /

Well, that was quick. President Donald Trump announced Tuesday morning that his pick to be drug czar, Rep. Tom Marino, had withdrawn from consideration after media reports revealed his role in passing a new law that has eased opioid distribution.

Marino's departure seemed inevitable after the lukewarm endorsement President Trump gave him when ...Read more

Don't ignore hidden lessons in Obama conspiracy theories

From the Left / Clarence Page /

Conspiracy theories about Barack Obama have not gone away in his post-presidency. But they have inspired a new book of fictional short stories that subtly raises an intriguing question: Why are there so many outlandish conspiracy theories about Barack Obama?

Ever since his 2004 debut on the national stage, Obama has attracted bizarre conspiracy...Read more

Free speech is more than a 'right wing' cause

From the Left / Clarence Page /

If you didn't know better, you might think -- as some people appear to believe -- that "free speech" has become some sort of a right-wing plot.

That's because we see so many prominent examples these days of "free speech" used as an excuse to promote right-wing provocateurs and suppress, if possible, provocateurs on the other side.

President ...Read more

Go ahead, blame Obama, if it brings better gun laws

From the Left / Clarence Page /

"Bump stocks." Hardly anyone had heard about them before they were found in the late Las Vegas sniper's arsenal. Association with that massacre has made the devices, which can enable a semiautomatic rifle to fire almost as rapidly as a machine gun, so widely despised that even the National Rifle ...Read more

Less Twitter, more teleprompter, please, Mr. President

From the Left / Clarence Page /

As I watched various journalists, police, psychiatrists and other smart people on cable TV try to make sense of the senseless mass shooting in Las Vegas, an actor in a commercial popped up with a sound bite that sounded downright prophetic:

"How do we get ahead of crazy," he said, "if we don't know how crazy thinks?"

Amen, brother. The TV ad ...Read more

Hugh Hefner's legacy: Finding the teen boy inside men

From the Left / Clarence Page /

Hugh Hefner's death Wednesday at age 91 brought to mind a special piece of history that we have in our house: a Braille edition of Playboy magazine.

Yes, when subscribers to the Braille version of Playboy say, "I only read it for the articles," you know they're not lying.

With all the visual appeal of a brown paper bag, the Braille Playboy is ...Read more

Would President Trump be happier as King Donald?

From the Left / Clarence Page /

America wants a king. Not all Americans, of course. You won't find anything that all Americans want. We're way too diverse and divided in our interests, political knowledge and tastes to agree on anything that easily.

But, judging by the election and behavior of our current president -- and the fierce loyalty of his 35-percent-or-so political ...Read more

Some students tolerate too much intolerance

From the Left / Clarence Page /

If they disagree with what you say, about half of America's college students believe they have right to prevent you from saying it.

That's just one of the eye-opening, jaw-dropping findings in a stunning new survey conducted by John Villasenor, a senior fellow at the Brookings Institution and a ...Read more

Why I appreciate the 'Vietnam syndrome'

From the Left / Clarence Page /

About a dozen of us strolled wearily and unhappily into the Greyhound bus station early that morning on a date that we would never forget. It was Nov. 19, 1969, the date that our government told us to report for the military draft.

Suddenly, as we were looking around the bus station to see which line to stand in next, the ...Read more

President Trump says he's not a racist; he only sounds like one

From the Left / Clarence Page /

I love us Americans. When we're not arguing about politics, we argue about people who are arguing about politics.

I woke up Friday morning to a Twitterstorm from President Donald Trump, whom I follow so you don't have to.

After firing away at such obligatory topics as the Islamic State, North ...Read more

 

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