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Has Stormy Daniels spanked Trump at his own game?

From the Left / Clarence Page /

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

Clarence Page on vacation

From the Left / Clarence Page /

Clarence Page will not file columns Friday, March 30 through Friday, April 6, 2018. We will send an appropriate substitution.

Why nobody complained when Obama bought Facebook user data

From the Left / Clarence Page /

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?

From the Left / Clarence Page /

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

Is Hollywood's culture ready for real diversity?

From the Left / Clarence Page /

When Oscar-winning actress Frances McDormand lit up Oscar night with her puzzling plea for "inclusion riders," civil right lawyer Kalpana Kotogal was watching the event a continent away in Washington and almost leaped out of her seat.

"I was completely floored," she told me in a telephone interview the next morning.

She was, after all, one of ...Read more

Wakanda whenever? Black to the Afro-future

From the Left / Clarence Page /

Wakanda forever!

No, I'm not talking about Wauconda, the Illinois town whose switchboard recently has lit up with prank calls seeking the home of comic book hero "Black Panther."

I'm talking about Wakanda, the fictitious African home of the black superhero which takes on a special importance of its own.

As a lifelong black science fiction ...Read more

Students, parents say #Enough to excuses for inaction on mass shootings

From the Left / Clarence Page /

Sometimes a word is enough.

In the case of Andrew Pollack, the word was "enough." He had seen and heard and lost more than enough.

His 18-year-old daughter, Meadow Pollack, was one of 17 students and faculty members killed on St. Valentine's Day at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla., with a military-style ...Read more

A Trump policy misses his 'forgotten' Americans

From the Left / Clarence Page /

Since his early days as a presidential candidate, Donald Trump has made one thing very clear: He doesn't like regulations.

We're going to "get rid of job-killing regulations," he has said. We're going to "cut regulations by 75 percent," he has said, and "get rid of pointless red tape." Etc., etc.

I understand the excitement of his crowds. The ...Read more

Mr. President, do for gun control what Nixon did for China

From the Left / Clarence Page /

Mr. President:

Since I know you don't like to read a lot, I'll try to be brief. But, fair warning: This will be longer than a tweet.

As you like to say, let's be honest: I've been critical of your presidency since its beginnings. But everyone has an opportunity for redemption. I certainly hope you'll take this one, for the sake of your legacy ...Read more


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