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Obamacare wins again; Thanks, Mr. Trump

From the Left / Clarence Page /

After Republicans spectacularly failed to gather enough votes to repeal and replace Obamacare, President Donald Trump should consider changing his slogan from "Make America Great Again" to "Hey, We Tried."

And somewhere, I am so sure, former President Barack Obama is smiling.

His signature health care law, the Affordable Care Act, otherwise ...Read more

How to be a proper 'elitist' in the age of Trump

From the Left / Clarence Page /

"Elitist," as Time magazine culture critic William A. Henry observed in his 1994 book "In Defense of Elitism," has begun to rival if not outstrip "racist" as the "foremost catchall pejorative of our times."

Henry later passed away, but the malady that he described lingers on. The latest evidence of decline in our regard for the upper crust pops...Read more

One pol's answer to overdose cases: Let 'em die

From the Left / Clarence Page /

Americans often complain about how far Washington debates seem to be removed from the lives of real people.

But Washington's health care debate and the nation's opioid crisis became quite real to me in new ways after a city councilman in the Ohio town where I grew up made national news by raising a provocative question: Does the city have to ...Read more

Celebrate the America that we are trying to be

From the Left / Clarence Page /

What to you is the Fourth of July? The mere mention of it brings forth fond memories of fireworks, barbecue, potato salad and my dad's passing down to me the solemn duty of hand-cranking mom's homemade ice cream. Priceless.

But President Donald Trump has reminded me of another side to the Fourth. It occurred earlier this year ...Read more

Mr. Trump, your insecurities are showing

From the Left / Clarence Page /

It started out like any other normal day in the White House.

President Donald Trump had a big energy policy speech to deliver. He had a meeting to attend with South Korea's president on North Korea's nuclear plans. On Capitol Hill, he had "Trumpcare," as critics were calling the Grand Old Party's...Read more

Another Trumpcare plan: Just don't get sick

From the Left / Clarence Page /

Democrats these days must feel like Michael Dukakis, as famously played by Jon Lovitz in a debate with then-Vice President George H.W. Bush on "Saturday Night Live" when he said, "I can't believe I'm losing to this guy."

Less than a week after losing four special elections they thought they could win, based on President Donald Trump's plunging ...Read more

Conspiracy theories fail to salvage Bill Cosby's legacy

From the Left / Clarence Page /

Sometimes the greatness of a man is measured by the outlandishness of the conspiracy theories that pop up to explain his sudden downfall.

So many wild conspiracy theories have popped up on Twitter and in YouTube videos to explain Cosby's prosecution on aggravated indecent assault charges that entertainment writer Stereo Williams at The Daily ...Read more

What 'tone down the rhetoric" really means

From the Left / Clarence Page /

You hear a lot of people in political conversations these days talking about the need to "tone down the rhetoric," although it is not always clear what they mean.

The expression took on a new urgency, if not full clarity, after the horrible baseball field shooting Wednesday that left Louisiana Rep. Steve Scalise, the House majority whip, and ...Read more

Ignorance is not an excuse for Trump's presidential misdeeds

From the Left / Clarence Page /

Ignorance of the law is no excuse, according to an old legal principle. But could an exception be made for President Donald Trump?

That thought seemed to be percolating just beneath the surface of House Speaker Paul Ryan's backhanded defense of President Trump. As former FBI director James Comey accused the president of trying to shut down the ...Read more

'Vindication?' Not so fast, Mr. Trump

From the Left / Clarence Page /

Those who were playing the Trump Twitter drinking game -- take a drink every time President Donald Trump tweets -- during James Comey's Senate committee testimony came away surprisingly sober.

For two days, the president maintained Twitter silence, causing surprised followers like me to wonder if he had dozed off, or worse.

But at 6:10 ...Read more

Did Bill Maher forget that he is white?

From the Left / Clarence Page /

After having elected a president who openly promised to "bomb the s--- out of ISIS," it sounds almost quaint to talk about the extreme rhetoric of television comedians.

Yet here we are sounding more shocked than ever over recent excesses by Bill Maher, Kathy Griffin and Stephen Colbert.

If ...Read more

What sort of 'mindset' would cut HUD programs that combat poverty?

From the Left / Clarence Page /

Let's get one thing straight at the outset: Housing and Urban Development Secretary Ben Carson did not intend to blame poor people for their poverty. He only sounded like he did.

"Poverty to a large extent is also a state of mind," the retired neurosurgeon said during a recent interview with his friend and former campaign spokesman, Armstrong ...Read more

White House sends a ho-hum message to haters

From the Left / Clarence Page /

It only took four days -- four days! -- but President Donald Trump finally extended his sympathies to victims of the murderous knife attack on a Portland, Ore., light-rail train by an alleged white supremacist.

"The violent attacks in Portland on Friday are unacceptable," he tweeted Monday morning. "The victims were standing up to hate and ...Read more

We can't hide from hate on campus

From the Left / Clarence Page /

As Vanguard America sees it, a white person these days just can't catch a break.

"We hear it every day: 'Whiteness' is evil, and must be destroyed," says the group on its website. "Our religion, our traditions and our identity are dragged through the mud by the globalist establishment while millions of nonwhites flood our nation every year."

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Bad press? Sometimes Donald Trump asks for it

From the Left / Clarence Page /

Have you heard about the new Harvard University study that alleges liberal media bias? It's a big story, especially in media that have a conservative bias.

"About the only people who deny widespread media bias these days are the people who are directly benefiting from it," said the conservative star of "Tucker Carlson Tonight," reacting to the ...Read more

Roger Ailes turned news into a lifestyle choice

From the Left / Clarence Page /

For years I boasted about graduating from the same university as Fox News chief Roger Ailes. My boast became somewhat muted after Ailes was forced out last year in a sexual harassment scandal.

Yet my fellow Ohio University graduate, who died Thursday morning at age 77, left such a deep and indelible impression on the worlds of politics and ...Read more

Is Putin the alt-right's friend?

From the Left / Clarence Page /

President Donald Trump isn't the only American leader with a puzzling fondness for Russian president Vladimir Putin's regime.

Consider, for example, the chant that was caught on local television footage as it was shouted by several dozen torch-carrying protesters who rallied against removal of a Confederate monument in a Charlottesville, Va., ...Read more

Obama's style too 'casual'? Give him a break

From the Left / Clarence Page /

A zombie argument is one that seems to be long dead until somebody brings it back to life. Barack Obama's post-presidency has raised a zombie argument: How should ex-presidents dress and behave?

"Barack! Get back here -- we need you!," somebody posted on Richard Branson's Facebook page after video went viral of Obama kitesurfing with the Virgin...Read more

Can Black Lives Matter move up in the age of Trump?

From the Left / Clarence Page /

As various movements have sprung up like flash mobs to march and protest President Donald Trump's election, a question gradually occurred to me: Where's Black Lives Matter?

Ever since the hashtag #BlackLivesMatter was born after a jury acquitted a neighborhood watch volunteer in the shooting death of Trayvon Martin in Florida in 2012, the ...Read more

Where are political moderates when health care needs them?

From the Left / Clarence Page /

Most people, when treading water, would be less than thrilled to be handed a concrete life preserver.

Yet President Donald Trump sounded as tickled as a schoolboy with the hastily drawn American Health Care Act that House Republicans passed to repeal and replace President Barack Obama's Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare.

"How am I ...Read more

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