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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

Rep. Ilhan Omar's feistiness divides Democrats, delights Republicans

From the Left / Clarence Page /

W.C. Fields' famous line, "I am free of all prejudices; I hate everyone equally," sounded like a new motto for Rep. Ilhan Omar, Minnesota's rising Democratic firebrand, when she took a verbal poke at, of all people, former President Barack Obama.

Omar, the first Somali-American in Congress, became the media's flavor of the week for comments she...Read more

Will anti-Semitism divide Democrats? It already has

From the Left / Clarence Page /

As Democrats wrestled among themselves over the past week before taking a House vote to broadly condemn bigotry and hatred, I was reminded of what former President Barack Obama said in a fiery speech on the topic last fall.

"We're supposed to stand up to discrimination," Obama said at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. "And we're ...Read more

Will Michael Jackson's legacy survive the 'Leaving Neverland' documentary?

From the Left / Clarence Page /

When we first saw Michael Jackson's Neverland Ranch on television in the late 1980s, a sarcastic friend of mine wisecracked, "Wow, that looks like a pedophile's paradise."

I tried not to laugh. Like multitudes of others, I had been following Jackson's hit songs and dazzling dance moves since his early days with his brothers in the Jackson Five ...Read more

Reparations and that Chicago story Cohen told about Trump

From the Left / Clarence Page /

I was looking into how the issue of reparations to African-Americans who descended from slaves has returned to the national political conversation -- and wondering why -- when a little story in Michael Cohen's opening statement Wednesday to the House Oversight Committee reminded me.

As an illustration of why he described his former boss, ...Read more

The value of Oscar winner 'Green Book'

From the Left / Clarence Page /

I was watching the Oscars when a thought occurred to me: Why does Hollywood love interracial road trip movies?

Yes, I'm referring to -- among others -- "Green Book," this year's winner of the Oscar for best picture.

It stars Viggo Mortensen as Tony "Lip" Vallelonga, a blue-collar Italian-American bouncer from the Bronx, who takes on the ...Read more

A change to libel law could backfire on President Trump

From the Left / Clarence Page /

Is Justice Clarence Thomas joining President Donald Trump's war on news media?

Trump's near-constant complaints about the "fake news" media received an unexpected boost Wednesday. In a solo opinion, Justice Thomas said the high court should make it easier for public figures to sue for libel.

Sure, it might not get anywhere. But it could.

His ...Read more

Jussie Smollett and the rush to judgment

From the Left / Clarence Page /

Some readers are so eager to react to what I write that they don't always bother to wait for me to write it.

"You should write about the Smollett hoax," said one reader's email earlier this week. "But you won't."

Au contraire, my friend. I accept that challenge.

"When do I get to see a column about the 'Empire' star's scam that nobody ...Read more

Were the MAGA hat teens at the Lincoln Memorial victims of the Trump effect?

From the Left / Clarence Page /

Remember the "red hat" kids?

Remember the video-recorded face-off between students from Kentucky's all-male Covington Catholic High School, some of whom were wearing bright red "Make America Great Again" hats, and a drum-beating Native American activist at the Lincoln Memorial in Washington?

Remember how the incident, at the beginning of <...Read more

Lessons of Gov. Northam, Rep. Omar: What to say after you say 'sorry' in politics

From the Left / Clarence Page /

Amid all the calls for the resignation of Gov. Ralph Northam, who admitted to wearing blackface makeup in the 1980s when he was a medical student, guess which group of Virginia voters is most staunchly supporting Northam?

Would you believe, African-Americans?

Yes, according to a Washington Post-Schar School poll taken as the controversy boiled...Read more

Maybe Gov. Ralph Northam should say, 'You first, Mr. President'

From the Left / Clarence Page /

I'm disappointed in Ralph Northam, but not just for the reasons most people are saying. I'm disappointed that the embattled Democratic governor of Virginia didn't try to push back for a better deal.

True, he hasn't had much wiggle room. Even in these polarized political times, an impressively bipartisan blamestorm boiled up to call for his ...Read more

Now for the real deal -- what is a 'wall'?

From the Left / Clarence Page /

Welcome to the eye of the hurricane.

For more than a month, the federal government was in partial shutdown while President Donald Trump and congressional leaders were deadlocked over the president's demands for money to build his long-promised border wall.

Neither side would budge and all the wiggle room for negotiation, particularly over the ...Read more

Trump's wall is America's 'Brexit,' thanks to Facebook

From the Left / Clarence Page /

Having trouble sorting out the United Kingdom's Brexit mess? Think closer to home. Think of Brexit as Britain's version of President Donald Trump's proposed Mexican border "wall."

And, perhaps more than we have been willing or able to comprehend, think of both as products of the age of Facebook.

Both have resulted from the twin convulsions of ...Read more

How to control the overwhelming fire hose of news

From the Left / Clarence Page /

Having trouble keeping up with news that seems to be flowing out of Washington with even more fire-hose ferocity than usual? If so, you're not alone.

Almost seven in 10 Americans (68 percent) feel worn out by the amount of news there is these days, according to a Pew Research Center poll in June.

That was notably higher than the 59 percent who...Read more


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