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My Old Dems Are Back, Feudin' and Fussin'

From the Left / Clarence Page /

After attending the unusually raucous and divided National Republican Convention in Cleveland, I expected a reasonably sedate coronation of Hillary Clinton at the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia. Maybe I should have known better.

But who would have expected a cascade of internal Democratic National Committee emails to be released...Read more

Donald Trump's Pivot to the Center -- of Darkness

From the Left / Clarence Page /

Where's the pivot?

That's what I was wondering throughout Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump's lengthy and surprisingly humorless acceptance speech Thursday at the Grand Old Party's national convention in Cleveland.

Ever since Trump won enough delegates to clinch the nomination in May, I've been waiting to see if and when Trump would...Read more

Look! In the Blue Fog! It's ... the Donald!

From the Left / Clarence Page /

CLEVELAND -- Donald Trump made a grand entrance on the first night of the Republican National Convention back-lit in a thick blue fog. I expected to hear the theme song from his "The Celebrity Apprentice" program, "For the Love of Money" by the O'Jays. But, no.

Too bad. It would have been no less appropriate for The Donald than the thick blue ...Read more

Black Republican Tackles Police 'Trust Gap'

From the Left / Clarence Page /

Sen. Tim Scott of South Carolina was still learning the ways of Washington, he says, when he saw a police officer following his car near Capitol Hill.

"I took a left...," he recalled in a speech Wednesday on the Senate floor, "and as soon as I took a left, a police officer pulled in right behind me."

That was his first left turn. His second ...Read more

Will racial tensions tarnish Obama's legacy?

From the Left / Clarence Page /

It's been a long time since we've seen Republican lawmakers as concerned about bad race relations as they have been in recent days, especially when they can blame the whole mess on the nation's first black president.

After all, "Blame Obama First" has been the unofficial motto of Capitol Hill Republicans since President Barack Obama's first ...Read more

If 'All Lives Matter,' Show That You Mean It

From the Left / Clarence Page /

I have never been entirely comfortable with the name that the Black Lives Matter movement chose for itself.

I get their point. The group's founders didn't mean to imply that other people's lives don't matter. Their hashtag #BlackLivesMatter aims to protest how black lives didn't seem to matter in a growing list of scandalous police killings.

...Read more

Clintons are Still Drama Junkies

From the Left / Clarence Page /

I like Bill and Hillary Clinton, but they don't make it easy.

For more than a quarter century I have watched them slip and out of scandals, most of which were either generated or exaggerated by their Republican rivals.

We've all learned to expect scandals by now. What irritates me is to see the Clintons slip and slide into a scandal that could...Read more

'Hamilton' is Better Than its Hype

From the Left / Clarence Page /

When singer/writer/rapper Lin-Manuel Miranda announced at a White House event five years ago that he was working on "a hip-hop album about somebody who I think embodies hip-hop -- Treasury Secretary Alexander Hamilton," everybody laughed.

They're not laughing anymore.

I was not laughing either, as I almost had to take out a second mortgage so ...Read more

Speak Truth to Black Power, Too

From the Left / Clarence Page /

Since I'm not a regular viewer of "Grey's Anatomy," I didn't know who the actor Jesse Williams was until his eloquent rants about the state of race in America popped up in viral internet videos.

Now he's hit the big time. He's been widely hailed and covered for his "courage" and "speaking truth to power" in an eloquent speech he delivered after...Read more

What Brexit Means to US? Another Trumpian Victory

From the Left / Clarence Page /

Many people see striking similarities between Donald Trump's presidential campaign and Great Britain's vote to leave the European Union. One of those people is Donald Trump.

The presumptive Republican presidential nominee just happened to arrive in Scotland to reopen a golf resort as the news of the "Brexit," or "British exit" vote, came in. ...Read more

Trump's Campaign? What Campaign?

From the Left / Clarence Page /

Donald Trump's firing of his campaign manager, Corey Lewandowski, sounds like a big deal, until you realize how little of a Trump campaign there is to manage.

Late Monday, hours after presumptive Republican presidential nominee Trump let his campaign manager go, new campaign filings revealed that Trump ended May with less than $1.3 ...Read more

Double jeopardy? Gay Muslims in America

From the Left / Clarence Page /

One day in the late 1950s on a golf course with actor-comedian Jack Benny, song-and-dance man Sammy Davis Jr. was asked what was his handicap. "Talk about handicap," said Davis, according to various sources. "I'm a one-eyed Negro Jew."

Right. Beat that for a handicap.

Davis was an African-American convert to Judaism who lost an eye in an auto ...Read more

Trump Loves Attention But Hates Scrutiny

From the Left / Clarence Page /

As a kid, I had high hopes. "I don't want to be a millionaire," said my favorite T-shirt. "I just want to live like one." That's my impression of autocrat-in-progress Donald J. Trump. He doesn't want to be a fascist; he just wants to throw his weight around like one.

This thought came to mind Monday after he added the ...Read more

Campaign 2016 Turns Into a Twitter Fight

From the Left / Clarence Page /

As presumptive Republican nominee Donald Trump got into a Twitter fight with newly crowned presumptive Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton, any hope for reasoned discourse in Campaign 2016 seemed to fly out the window.

"Obama just endorsed Crooked Hillary," tweeted Trump, leading the tweeting as he does daily. "He wants four more years of Obama ...Read more

Why Muhammad Ali Still Matters

From the Left / Clarence Page /

Of all the riveting stories that made up Muhammad Ali's amazing and controversial life, the most intriguing to me is how well he performed despite testing poorly in school.

Conventional measures of intelligence did not capture his potential, but he did not let that stop him. He didn't sulk, pout or give up. He tried harder. Having his abilities...Read more

Advice for Divided Democrats

From the Left / Clarence Page /

Editor's note: Robert is off this week. The following column is by Clarence Page

With the Democratic primaries grinding to a bitter end, I have suggestions for both Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders supporters that neither will like.

First, my advice to Clinton supporters: Don't try to drum Sanders out of the race before Clinton ...Read more

Vote Comes Down to Liar vs. Liar

From the Left / Clarence Page /

Clarance Page is off this week. The following column is by Carl Hiassan.

If the delegate forecast holds steady, Americans choosing their next president will pick between two known liars in November.

Donald Trump lies flamboyantly on a wide range of subjects, from his net worth to his business failures to his donations to veterans. He ...Read more

What Latinos Know About America and Trump Doesn't

From the Left / Clarence Page /

Clarence Page is away. This column is by Mary Sanchez.

News from the campaign trail has Latinos across America cringing.

It happens every time a scene like this splashes across the news: Protesters went plumb loco outside a Donald Trump rally in Albuquerque, N.M. Waving Mexican flags, they lobbed rocks at police, set fires, pushed aside...Read more

What's in a Team's Name? How About a Slur?

From the Left / Clarence Page /

Well, that's a relief. It turns out that Native Americans are not offended by the name of Washington's football team after all.

You know, the Redskins.

A new Washington Post poll finds nine out of 10 Native...Read more

Will 'President Hillary Clinton' Open the X-Files?

From the Left / Clarence Page /

If "the truth is out there," as they used to say on the old "X-Files" program, Hillary Clinton says she's eager to expose it.

No, she's not talking about her controversial email server, although an FBI investigation is looking into that, too.

She's talking about UFOs (unidentified flying objects) or, as she corrected Jimmy Kimmel when he ...Read more


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