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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

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