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Is Trump a racist? Sometimes he sounds like one

From the Left / Clarence Page /

Donald Trump saying something racist "isn't exactly news anymore," as "Saturday Night Live's" Michael Che observed. Yet Trump's former wife Ivanna Trump offers a kind word of support: He's not a racist, she says, he just says racist things.

"I don't think Donald is racist at all," the president's first wife told "Good Morning Britain" on Monday...Read more

No, President Trump isn't crazy, he's just racist

From the Left / Clarence Page /

OK, can we finally stop beating around the bush and say outright that President Donald J. Trump is a white supremacist?

As our nation heads into the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday weekend, our gaffe-prone president, who began the week by fending off allegations of mental unfitness, finished it by denying charges that he is a racist.

In a story...Read more

Don't run, Oprah. Teach!

From the Left / Clarence Page /

Do we really need another politically inexperienced billionaire in the White House?

Even if it's Oprah?

That's the big question looming over media superstar Oprah Winfrey after the electrifying and inspirational speech that she delivered at Hollywood's Golden Globe awards.

Her remarks in accepting the Cecil B. DeMille Lifetime Achievement ...Read more

Team Trump tries to push back the clock against legal pot

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An ill-advised order by Attorney General Jeff Sessions' makes federal marijuana prosecutions easier in states that have legalized it. It reminds me of H.L. Mencken's famous definition of Puritanism: "The haunting fear that someone, somewhere, may be happy."

What other reason could President Donald Trump's attorney general have for interrupting ...Read more

Why Trump thinks he understands Chicago crime

From the Left / Clarence Page /

It's way too early to break out the champagne but Chicago found some good news for a change in its year-end homicide count. You'll know the news is really great when President Donald Trump tries to take credit for it.

After two of its worst years in the past two decades, the city saw a roughly 16 percent decrease in homicides in 2017 compared ...Read more

'Star Wars,' meet culture wars, the fan-time menace

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Has "Star Wars" become too politically correct?

The question has been raised before, as George Lucas' 40-year-old franchise has become more racially and gender diverse in its casting. The web is abuzz with, among others, thin-skinned conservative critics who detect what they see as increasingly unsubtle liberal political messages.

Of course, ...Read more

Best/worst awards for 2017, a year of living nervously

From the Left / Clarence Page /

Now is the time to reopen my old reporter's notebooks and see who among last year's national newsmakers deserves sugar plums or a lump of coal for being naughty or nice.

Once again it was a great year for coal, in my not-too-humble opinion. But, keep in mind my purpose is not to dictate my choices to you as much as it is to invite you to come ...Read more

GOP tax bill is a Trojan horse

From the Left / Clarence Page /

Editor's note: Jules Witcover is filling in while Clarence Page is away.

WASHINGTON -- Amid all the partisan argument over whether the new Republican tax bill helps or hurts lower and middle-class Americans, its killing of the health care mandate is an indisputable blow to both.

Disguised as a mere revenue issue, eliminating the mandate...Read more

'The Post' reveals how Katharine Graham stood tall for journalism

From the Left / Clarence Page /

Editor's note: Jules Witcover is filling in while Clarence Page is on vacation.

WASHINGTON -- There's a new film out about The Washington Post and the publication of the Pentagon Papers, the Department of Defense's classified history of the lead-up to the Vietnam War. Before I saw the film...Read more

Who can save the GOP?

From the Left / Clarence Page /

Editor's note: Clarence Page is away. Jules Witcover is filling in.

WASHINGTON -- The political carnage of the Alabama Senate race, in which Democrat Doug Jones upset President Donald Trump's candidate, Roy Moore, in an ultra-GOP state, humiliated the president and has left the Read more

Campaign to discredit the Mueller investigation indicates its progress

From the Left / Clarence Page /

Editor's note: Clarence Page is away. Jules Witcover is filling in for him.

WASHINGTON -- Special Counsel Robert Mueller's methodical inquiry into the alleged Trump administration collusion in Russian meddling in the 2016 election seems to be coming to a head. Meanwhile, critics are targeting Mueller himself and members of his team, ...Read more

Less visible workers need #MeToo movement, too

From the Left / Clarence Page /

Now that the #MeToo movement has received its richly deserved recognition through Time magazine's Person of the Year selection, I hope Tarana Burke is not erased from the movement to which she gave its name.

Since 1927, Time editors annually have recognized people who have most influenced the news during the previous year, for better or for ...Read more

Has a sexual harassment backlash begun?

From the Left / Clarence Page /

Two months into the scandals and national reckoning that followed charges of sexual abuse and harassment against movie mogul Harvey Weinstein, the #MeToo movement that spurred it on appears to be entering a new reckoning of its own: fear of a backlash.

No, it is not the sort of backlash that brings men to the streets to defend sexual harassment...Read more

'Chaos President' Trump keeps us guessing -- and praying

From the Left / Clarence Page /

Why, I am often asked, do media cover President Donald Trump so much? For one thing, the answer is in the question: He's the president. Presidents get covered a lot because what they say -- even coughs, sneezes and harrumphs -- matters. More important, this president offers us an abundance of stuff to talk about.

Much of that talk of late has ...Read more

Should Trump decide whether you should be offended?

From the Left / Clarence Page /

Here's another question that, back in the days when we had a president who cared about such quaint old traditions as manners, we thought that we never would be asking ourselves: Should the White House decide whether we should be offended by something that the president has said?

That question came up Monday after President Donald Trump's ...Read more

Impeach Trump? Why top Democrats say it's too soon

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Billionaire Tom Steyer was outraged that Fox News stopped running his ads that call for the impeachment of the network's most famous fan, President Donald Trump.

Fox claims the ads received "strong negative reaction" from viewers. That's not hard to believe for Trump's favorite network, especially after he tweeted his own predictable ...Read more

Sexual harassment on the run? Brace yourself for a backlash

From the Left / Clarence Page /

As we chatted about Sen. Al Franken's embarrassing photo, a male friend acknowledged being unsettled by it.

"I wouldn't want to be remembered forever," he said, "for the worst 20 seconds of my life."

Right. Who would? Yet, that may well be the fate of the Minnesota Democratic senator and former "Saturday Night Live" cast member's fate. Leeann ...Read more

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

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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.

What's wrong with this picture?

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

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