Smart. Sharp. Funny. Fearless.
Sunday, August 19, 2018
Clarence Page
Tim Scott

A Black Republican Tackles The Police ‘Trust Gap’

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.”

July 16, 2016
Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump waves as he arrives at his Turnberry golf course, in Turnberry, Scotland, Britain June 24, 2016. REUTERS/Clodagh Kilcoyne

What Brexit Means To US? Another Trumpian Victory

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, who happened to arrive in Scotland as the news of the “Brexit” came in. Unsurprisingly he took him no time at all to make the story all about himself.

July 3, 2016

Hot 2015 Words? A Political ‘ism’ Vision

Racism, feminism, communism, capitalism and terrorism — among other popular “isms” — have been so bent out of shape by partisan and ideological accusations and counter-accusations that you need a dictionary just to keep score.

December 29, 2015

A ‘Kill-And-Cover-Up’ Police Culture?

When public officials refuse to release a video that shows alleged misconduct by a police officer, you should only expect the worst. That’s particularly true in Chicago.

November 30, 2015

A Fresh Voice For An Impatient Generation

I heard in Coates’ impatience the voice of my own son, who tends to be far more eager to gripe about how far we have to go as a nation than to express appreciation for how far we have come.

August 5, 2015

When Cheap Laughs Cost Too Much

We should distinguish between Charlie Hebdo’s equal-opportunity offense in their religious criticism and the Islamaphobic slant of Pamela Geller’s stunt.

May 13, 2015

A Year That Took The Awe Out Of ‘Awesome’

Clarence Page reviews the year that was.

December 31, 2014
People attend a rally against police violence on August 23, 2014 in the Staten Island borough of New York

Racial Strife Can Lead To Progress

Is America finally ready to have an honest talk about race?

December 15, 2014

Obama’s Second-Term Slide Mostly About Us, Not Him

Why are President Obama’s poll numbers really sliding?

October 20, 2014

What Matters Most: Bringing Bowe Bergdahl Back

Those who object to President Barack Obama’s recent prisoner exchange raise a bracing question: How many Taliban terrorists is one freed U.S. soldier worth? That question lies at the heart of the backlash that President Obama has received after doing what many of his critics have been urging him to do: take action to free […]

June 9, 2014

Why The Right Should Support Boosting Minimum Wage, Too

I’ve heard a lot of goofy arguments against raising the federal minimum wage. The silliest goes like this: “You want to raise the minimum wage to $15? Why not $50? Why not $100?” Of course, that’s not a real argument. Yet I hear it a lot, which means it probably originates somewhere in the nation’s […]

December 26, 2013

Will Supreme Court Endow Corporations With A Soul, Too?

Private businesses are trying to block Obamacare on religious grounds? What do companies worship besides, perhaps, the almighty dollar? That’s the question at the heart of two conflicting rulings from lower courts that the Supreme Court has decided to take up in its second constitutional showdown over President Barack Obama’s Affordable Care Act. Since the […]

December 2, 2013

GOP Divided By Immigration Debate

“I’m seldom accused of being too nice,” writes Rep. Luis Gutierrez in his lively new autobiography. Yet the feisty and frank Chicago Democrat has been sounding a lot like Mr. Nice Guy these days as he tries to salvage immigration reform in the GOP-controlled House. His book, Still Dreaming: My Journey from the Barrio to […]

November 4, 2013

Shakespeare Echoes In Today’s Politics

Observing Washington politics close-up has given me a new appreciation of Shakespeare. Now I see where he got his ideas. “Today, you could say that almost all of our political rhetoric, comes from two books from the 16th and 17th centuries: the King James Bible and Shakespeare’s plays,” Michael Witmore, director of Folger Shakespeare Library, […]

October 30, 2013

D.C.’s New Three-Party System

Why another shutdown? Our government has three parties these days: Democrats, Republicans and the new radical Republicans. That “radical Republican” label has some history. The old radical Republicans were the Grand Old Party’s progressive wing. They were opposed during the Civil War and through Reconstruction by the party’s liberals and conservatives. They strongly opposed slavery, […]

October 7, 2013

Growing Numb To Mass Violence

What if we had a mass shooting and nobody noticed? That gloomy thought came to mind as I listened to the unsettling sound of silence that followed the September 16 Navy Yard shooting in the nation’s capital that killed 12 people, plus the shooter. Three days later it came to mind again as a shooting […]

October 2, 2013

We Still Need To Talk About Race

New polls tell us that the public’s attitudes about race relations have taken a bad hit since President Barack Obama’s historic election. Can we all get along? Obama’s election was a marvelous measure of how far we have come in race relations. His taking office revealed how far we still have to go. It didn’t […]

July 30, 2013

Immigration Wedge Issue Splits GOP

Immigration ironically has become the sort of wedge issue for Republicans that Republicans used to inflict on Democrats. Back when liberal Democrats dominated Washington in the 1960s, Republicans like Richard M. Nixon divided their opposition with issues like racial quotas, welfare reform and “crime in the streets.” Their success showed up in the “Reagan Democrats,” […]

June 25, 2013
Wayne LaPierre's letter to NRA

NRA vs. Common Sense

When the National Rifle Association promised “meaningful contributions” to prevent another massacre like the recent horror in Newtown, Conn., I didn’t expect much, but I hoped for more than what we got. After a mentally ill gunman killed 20 children and seven adults, including himself, a remorseful public has been jerked alert once again to […]

December 26, 2012