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The right is coming for birth control, too

From the Left / Clarence Page /

While Mr. Page is away Mary Sanchez is filling in.

Surfing conservative websites, it didn't take long to find this nugget of backward thinking, courtesy of American Thinker:

"The sexual revolution that was kick-started by the advent of birth control in the early 1960s has done irreparable damage to Western civilization."

If you had any...Read more

Netflix series about Central Park 5 renews 'mob mentality' accusations

From the Left / Clarence Page /

Once celebrated by many, Linda Fairstein, the former prosecutor turned mystery book author, now fights for her professional life and reputation for her leading role in the 1990 prosecution of the so-called Central Park Five.

She's not the only player in this real-life drama whose role deserves a new look.

A week after the May 31...Read more

How 'Network' anchor Howard Beale made it to the White House

From the Left / Clarence Page /

Can there be a more revealing piece of prophetic art for our times than "Network"?

I used to think the audacious 1976 Oscar-winning movie about a TV anchor who becomes a ratings sensation after losing his mind on air was more than a wee bit too cynical. Now, after the rise of Fox News, President Donald Trump and a new social media age of ...Read more

Who is a journalist? Don't let the government decide

From the Left / Clarence Page /

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange's indictment under the Espionage Act is so controversial that at least two of his prosecutors argued against the decision to indict. Significantly, we know this because it was leaked to news media.

Leaks to the media are as much of a Washington routine as the annual National Cherry Blossom Festival. So are ...Read more

Joe Biden should tout his role in the 1994 crime bill -- not hide from it

From the Left / Clarence Page /

When you stand as tall in the early polling as Joe Biden does in the currently teeming multitude of Democratic presidential candidates, you become everybody else's target.

Biden knows this. As recent polls have continued to show the former vice president leading the pack, he has begun to take heat from his Democratic rivals Sen. Cory Booker of ...Read more

Chicago's 'welfare queen' still colorizes our poverty debate

From the Left / Clarence Page /

In 1976, as California Gov. Ronald Reagan struggled to gain traction for his first presidential campaign, he told a story to a lunch crowd in North Carolina that would help carry him to the White House four years later.

By then, his often-repeated anecdote would be known famously as his "welfare queen" story.

"In Chicago, they found a woman ...Read more

SAT 'adversity score': Let's mend it, don't end it

From the Left / Clarence Page /

As a sign of our changing times, hip-hop legend Dr. Dre provided my favorite story in the recent college admissions bribery scandal.

Fabulously wealthy rap producer and performer Dre, whose real name is Andre Young, wrote a snarky Instagram post in March about his daughter getting into the ...Read more

Immigration for the 'best people'? For Trump family, that's relative

From the Left / Clarence Page /

For a man who presents himself as a champion of ordinary people, President Donald Trump's new immigration plan sounds not just elitist but aggressively elitist.

That's not all bad, of course. At first blush, the president's wish for an immigration policy aimed at inviting "top talent" to the nation sounds pretty good, especially in the ...Read more

Alyssa Milano's #SexStrike won't work, but we need to talk about abortion

From the Left / Clarence Page /

Alyssa Milano's new call for a "sex strike" to protest anti-abortion laws may not have nearly as much success as her early push for the #MeToo movement did. But, I must admit, she has my attention.

Fired up by Georgia's new "fetal heartbeat" law, which is one of the most restrictive anti-abortion laws in the country, and a wave of similar bills...Read more

What if President Trump loses in 2020, but doesn't leave?

From the Left / Clarence Page /

In a historic change of mind, President Donald Trump has found a reason to support reparations -- for President Donald Trump.

The president retweeted this bright and, oh, yes, unconstitutional idea on Sunday after Jerry Falwell Jr., president of Liberty University, proposed that Trump deserved an additional two years in office to make up for ...Read more

Facebook is right to boot abusers such as Farrakhan, Jones and Yiannopoulos

From the Left / Clarence Page /

Facebook has permanently banned several hate-spewing firebrands, including Chicago-based Nation of Islam leader Minister Louis Farrakhan, Infowars host Alex Jones and former Breitbart News editor Milo Yiannopoulos, for being extremist and "dangerous." It's about time.

My normal default position is to push back against censorship of speech. The ...Read more

In gun debate, some Democrats are letting politics turn too personal

From the Left / Clarence Page /

Even before Saturday's mass shooting at a California synagogue added a new mind-numbing tragedy to the gun safety debate, the 2020 Democratic presidential candidates have been showing a historically high level of agreement about what needs to be done.

Yet, while that new unanimity leaves little for the candidates to debate on gun safety, some ...Read more

Is Joe Biden 'woke' enough to woo the left?

From the Left / Clarence Page /

With his Twitter blast at former Vice President Joe Biden's entry into the 2020 presidential race, President Donald Trump paid him the high compliment of an insult tweet.

"Welcome to the race Sleepy Joe," Trump tweeted after Biden's Thursday morning announcement. "I only hope you have the intelligence, long in doubt, to wage a successful ...Read more

Exonerated? We've only just begun, Mr. President

From the Left / Clarence Page /

"Game over."

That's what President Donald Trump tweeted, along with an image of himself strolling through a "Game of Thrones"-style fog in the last minutes before the release of special counsel Robert Mueller's long-awaited report on Russia's interference in our 2016 elections.

Game over? No way. As an old Virginia gentleman once told me after...Read more

Rep. Ilhan Omar, don't be lured in by Trump's hate-baiting

From the Left / Clarence Page /

If I had my way, I would tell both President Donald Trump and his latest foil, Rep. Ilhan Omar, D-Minn., to go sit in a corner and take a time-out.

That's how you treat a pair of small children who can't stop provoking each other, each blaming the other for having started the fight.

I like Omar, but sometimes she needs to think more carefully ...Read more

Is our 'blaccent' and use of code-switching really that offensive? Right-wing critics think so

From the Left / Clarence Page /

Should Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez be allowed to slip into an African-American accent while speaking to a mostly African-American crowd about issues of great interest to African-American communities?

I say, sure, if she can pull it off.

That calls for a little explaining. Allegations of cultural misappropriation rose with ferocity in conservative...Read more

Barack Obama is right to warn Democrats about 'circular firing squads'

From the Left / Clarence Page /

At a time when his own former running mate is fending off criticism, former President Barack Obama's recent warning about an emerging "circular firing squad" on the left sounds too appropriate to be coincidental.

Although Obama, who was speaking at an Obama Foundation town hall event in Berlin for "young leaders," didn't specifically mention ...Read more

Does Biden's 'GroperGate' matter? Let the voters decide

From the Left / Clarence Page /

I was ready to call former Vice President Joe Biden's handsyness scandal "GroperGate" until I found that Canadian headline writers had beat me to it.

They came up with the label and such tabloid headlines as "Grope? Nope" last year when an 18-year-old allegation against Prime Minister Justin Trudeau was resurrected by an anonymous female ...Read more

Relax, President Trump only behaves like a Russian agent

From the Left / Clarence Page /

What a weekend. It began with President Donald Trump walking free after special counsel Robert Mueller turned in his report on Russian tampering with our elections and ended with the arrest of anti-Trump lawyer Michael Avenatti.

The coincidence of those two events offers intriguing evidence in my view that, barring some earthly conspiracy, the ...Read more

While Trump denies influence of hate groups, white nationalists appeal to alienated young men

From the Left / Clarence Page /

By now, no one should be surprised to hear that the 28-year-old white supremacist who is accused of killing 50 people in two mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand, cites this country's president, Donald Trump, as his inspiration.

"Were/are you a supporter of Donald Trump?" Australian national Brenton Tarrant asks himself in his rambling 74-page ...Read more


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