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Will voters fall for Trump's identity politics?

From the Left / Clarence Page /

I'll say this -- and it's not much -- about President Donald Trump's incendiary tweet attacks at Rep. Elijah Cummings and the city of Baltimore: At least, for a change, he's laid off my beloved Chicago.

The Republican president has treated Chicago, hometown of his predecessor President Barack Obama, as his favorite symbol of "American carnage,"...Read more

Trump budget deal shows the tea party is very dead

From the Left / Clarence Page /

Ah, memories. Remember how presidential candidate Donald Trump grandly promised to eliminate the federal debt in eight years? That's a memory he apparently hopes we forget.

You could hear that in the absence of "debt" or "deficit" in the high praise he enthusiastically tweeted Thursday ("I am totally with you!") for the two-year budget deal ...Read more

Chicago's 1919 race riots, and their resonance today

From the Left / Clarence Page /

It's not healthy to repress bad memories, yet we always try.

Perhaps that explains why Chicagoans have not memorialized the city's 1919 race riots, which erupted 100 years ago this week, very much.

Even the Fort Dearborn Massacre, a 15-minute battle in 1812 that U.S. soldiers lost to the Potawatomi Native Americans, has its own park and a ...Read more

Is Trump's latest race-baiting a 2020 campaign strategy?

From the Left / Clarence Page /

If you were relieved, as I wanted to be, by President Donald Trump's next-day repudiation of the "Send her back!" chant directed at a Somali-born congresswoman during his North Carolina rally, perk down.

The vitriol that welled up so visibly and disturbingly in that crowd Wednesday night symbolized the unusual place that Trump's own rhetoric ...Read more

Cheap shots reveal a very weak man

From the Left / Clarence Page /

Why does President Donald Trump, who holds the world most powerful political office, waste his time, energy and insults belittling a quartet of first-year congresswomen?

On Sunday, the president unleashed his now-notorious tweetstorm on the four Democratic congresswomen -- Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York, Ilhan Omar of Minnesota, Ayanna ...Read more

Do R. Kelly, Jeffrey Epstein arrests signal a turning point against 'rape culture'?

From the Left / Clarence Page /

It may be more than coincidental that R&B music star R. Kelly and well-connected Wall Street financier Jeffrey Epstein were arrested in the same week on federal charges related to sexually abusing underage girls.

For one thing, as Labor Secretary Alex Acosta said two days before he resigned Friday, "We live in a very different world."

Indeed, ...Read more

What Italy can teach Democrats about running against Donald Trump

From the Left / Clarence Page /

I used to wonder how a society as old, grand and sophisticated as Italy could choose an elderly businessman as flamboyant, scandal-prone and inexperienced in government as Silvio Berlusconi to the position of prime minister. Then the U.S. elected Donald Trump and I found out.

Three years after Trump's election, it should bring more caution than...Read more

Alas, poor Mad magazine, pulled under by its own humor wave

From the Left / Clarence Page /

What? Mad magazine will disappear from newsstands after August? Well, as Dorothy Parker is said to have said after hearing of President Calvin Coolidge's death, "How can they tell?"

After 67 years of publishing elegantly illustrated goofiness, Mad's "Usual Gang of Idiots" is calling it quits -- although not quite totally.

DC Entertainment, the...Read more

The birthers are back -- this time for Kamala Harris

From the Left / Clarence Page /

Here we go again. Birtherism is back.

Just as the original birthers rose up in 2008 to raise what turned out to be bogus questions about Barack Obama's birth certificate, new birthers appeared online after presidential candidate Kamala Harris' impressive Democratic debate performance Thursday to question whether she's really black.

Joining ...Read more

Kamala Harris won the moment, but Joe Biden's still fightin'

From the Left / Clarence Page /

After the first of two nights of 2020 Democratic presidential debates, I found it hard to argue with President Donald Trump's brief tweeted critique: "BORING!"

Most disappointing in the two-hour event, there were no zingers. Just as there are auto racing fans who secretly hope that if a pileup happens they'll get to see it, there are debate ...Read more

Lessons from 'Mayor Pete's' South Bend racial crisis

From the Left / Clarence Page /

When you're a small city mayor running for the Democratic presidential nomination, television news images of you getting yelled at by angry black constituents is not a good look.

That's because, among other reasons, black votes matter. A record high black turnout in 2012, for example, crucially helped to put President Barack Obama over the top ...Read more


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