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How Trump's pardon of a boxer beat Obama to the punch

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As President Donald Trump ended an almost-century-long campaign by granting a pardon to Jack Johnson, the unfairly convicted boxing champion, a question hung in many minds like a ghost: Why didn't President Barack Obama do it when he had the chance?

If it slipped anyone's notice as to who was beating whom to the punch in honoring the first ...Read more

Trump's already campaigning -- against the Russia probe

From the Left / Clarence Page /

President Donald Trump's unproved assertions that the FBI spied on his campaign puts a twist on an old trial lawyer's saying.

"If the facts are against you, argue the law," the saying goes. "If the law is against you, argue the facts. If the law and the facts are against you, pound the table."

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When Harry marries Meghan, a most uncommon commoner

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Marrying up. That's what we usually say about a commoner who marries into a royal family. But by marrying Meghan Markle, you might say that Prince Henry of Wales -- better known to most of us as Prince Harry -- is marrying up too.

After all, Markle, 36, is more than just a pretty face. Before the Northwestern University theater graduate retired...Read more

Thanks, Kanye -- let's talk more about race in politics

From the Left / Clarence Page /

I'll say this for Kanye West's recent enthusiasm for President Donald Trump: Thanks to him, people are talking again about the touchy topic of race in this country's politics.

That's significant in light of the somewhat belated attention that we media workers and numerous political operatives have been giving to Trump voters, especially those ...Read more

Trump calls media 'corrupt'? Look who's talking

From the Left / Clarence Page /

In case you hadn't figured it out by now, President Donald Trump has what most of us should have figured out: His campaign against "fake news" is really a war against any news that he does not like.

"The Fake News is working overtime," he tweeted Wednesday morning. "Just reported that, despite the tremendous success we are having with the ...Read more

Why Rachel Dolezal still tries to bend racial rules

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Remember Rachel Dolezal? The 40-year-old Spokane, Wash., civil rights activist became a national punchline three years ago when her status as a woman of color turned out to be, shall we say, based on artificial colors.

Dolezal became an issue in the national race debate when a TV newsman in Spokane, where she led the local politics/fromtheleft/clarencepage/s-2078482">Read more

Incels: As if hating women could get you a girlfriend

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What are we to make of "incels," the oddball community of frustrated guys who go online to complain about how they can't find women who want to have sex with them?

Gee, I wonder why?

There's room for all sorts of opinions on the web, I like to think. But this one has turned deadly. An incel, which stands for "involuntary celibate," is blamed ...Read more

Can the White House correspondents' dinner be saved?

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Could this be the end of "nerd prom?" Major news organizations have threatened to withdraw financial support from the White House Correspondents' Association's annual spring dinner, affectionately known among Washington's media workers as "nerd prom," if the organization doesn't drop its traditional comedy act from the program.

Yes, as you may ...Read more

Don't erase Bill Cosby's poverty-fighting message

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Looking back, it's ironic to remember how the charges against Bill Cosby were not taken seriously until after they became a joke.

The joke was told on a stage in Philadelphia four years ago by rising Chicago-based actor-comedian Hannibal Buress.

Buress, 35, is probably too young to remember much of Cosby's heyday as "America's dad" on stage, ...Read more

Dems' lawsuit: Not as nutty as it sounds

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When you don't know what else to do, sue.

To critics in both major national parties, the Democratic National Committee seems to be following that dubious legal advice with the lawsuit it filed last week that alleges collusion between Russia and Donald Trump's presidential campaign.

Without ...Read more

Is Donald Trump a gangster? He's got the style

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Former FBI Director James Comey says he could hear something familiar when he met with President Donald Trump, and it wasn't nice.

"I had a flashback to my days investigating the Mafia, La Cosa Nostra," he told ABC News' George Stephanopoulos in a special edition of 20/20 focusing on the former G-man's new memoir.

That caught my ear because I,...Read more

Pot politics can depend on when you ask

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For the politics of pot, the times they are a-changing. But in which direction? For some politicians, that can depend on when you ask.

For example, former House Speaker John Boehner, who was "unalterably opposed" to marijuana legalization as recently as 2015, announced in a tweet last week that he is joining the weed industry and the ...Read more

Paul Ryan's hopes, dashed by the age of Trump

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Although he leans about as far to the right as I do to the left in political beliefs, I've always had a soft spot for Paul Ryan.

Our common ground was the late, great Jack Kemp, the pro football quarterback-turned-congressman who, until his death from cancer in 2009, mentored Ryan and other bright young think-tank conservatives of the Ronald ...Read more

Will Trump's Justice Department bury police reforms?

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When White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders was asked about the recent fatal shootings in several cities of black men by police, her answer spoke volumes about the importance -- or lack of it -- with which Team Trump views such tragedies.

"Certainly, a terrible incident," she said. "This is something that is a local matter. And that...Read more

Balancing gun rights with common-sense restrictions

From the Left / Clarence Page /

So there you are, cowering under your desk.

From the hallway, you hear the pop! pop! pop! of gunfire, along with the shrieks of the terrified and moans of the dying. The good guy with a gun? Maybe he's crouched outside the building. Maybe he's dead in the break room. Whichever, he's not there. And now, horribly, the doorknob to your classroom ...Read more

Has Stormy Daniels spanked Trump at his own game?

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Those who say the Stormy Daniels interview Sunday on "60 Minutes" contained nothing new missed the historical importance of what they were viewing: How Daniels has become President Donald Trump's kryptonite.

Throughout his political rise we have seen former reality TV star Trump use every available form of threat, insult, lawsuit and bombast to...Read more

Why nobody complained when Obama bought Facebook user data

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Remember the breathless speculation less than a year ago about whether Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg would run for president? That was then.

Oh, how the mighty Zuck's image has fallen amid scandalous revelations about the social network's allowing consultants for Donald Trump's presidential campaign ...Read more

Trump 2.0: Even more off the chain?

From the Left / Clarence Page /

Why does President Donald Trump lie so much? Because people believe him.

So says Billy Bush on his own rehabilitation mission after losing his sweet NBC Today show co-host job in the Access Hollywood tape fiasco with Trump in late 2016.

Appearing on HBO's "Real Time" on Friday, Bush recalled how Trump would exaggerate ratings of his "Celebrity...Read more

Can Democrats reboot their old winning ways?

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Yes, says Democratic campaign consultant Paul Begala, "Democrats can walk and chew gum at the same time."

By which he means, yes, the party can respond to its famously diverse constituencies while also reaching out to the working-class, middle-class and mostly white voters who have swung mostly to Republicans and, most recently, to President ...Read more

How Farrakhan kills the joy in identity politics

From the Left / Clarence Page /

I was darkly amused by the sorrow-sounding plea pinned to the top of Nation of Islam Minister Louis Farrakhan's Twitter page earlier this week:

"What have I done to make Jewish people hate me?"

What, indeed? Where does one begin?

Here, for example, are a few quick quotes from his speech to the Nation's recent annual Saviors' Day program in ...Read more


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