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Clarence Page is a syndicated columnist and Washington-based member of the Chicago Tribune’s editorial board. Among other awards, he ...

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  Press freedom under fire in Ferguson

Press freedom under fire in Ferguson

August 26, 2014

Journalists in Ferguson, Mo., don't face as many risks as our colleagues in Syria, but that's not much to brag about.

  • Forgotten lessons of '60s urban riots

    August 22, 2014

    Televised scenes of fires and looters ravaging storefront buildings in Ferguson, Mo., brought flashbacks in my memory to other urban riots a half-century ago — and to lessons that Ferguson officials failed to learn.

  • Even Obama seems trapped by racial divide

    August 19, 2014

    Some of President Barack Obama's supporters sound notably disappointed by his third speech on the Ferguson, Mo., crisis. Too timid, they say.

  • Obama's other role: An uncommon scold

    August 15, 2014

    Riots in Ferguson, Mo., draw President Barack Obama into a familiar, although unwritten, part of his job description: a blend of national healer and scold-in-chief.

  • Stop 'vacation-shaming' Obama

    August 14, 2014

    Sitting on a deck chair on the family-friendly boardwalk at Rehoboth Beach, Del., typing into my digital tablet, I am wondering why people are giving President Barack Obama such a hard time for taking a vacation.

  • 'War on whites'? No way

    August 10, 2014

    U.S. Rep. Mo Brooks, R-Ala., claims liberals are waging a "war on whites." If so, Barack Obama must be at war with himself.

  • In Africa policy, let freedom ring

    August 6, 2014

    After leaders from more than 40 African countries gathered for President Barack Obama's historic summit, we should not forget that free speech and a free press are economic development issues too.

  • Whatever happened to neighborliness?

    August 3, 2014

    There's a hidden side to today's poverty debate that politicians on the left and right too often overlook or undervalue: a decline in neighborliness.

  • GOP tries to lure minorities

    July 30, 2014

    Republican hopefuls for 2016 are talking like deep-thinking, post-Obama "idea conservatives"; they are trying to lure minorities.

  • Obamacare teeters on a typo

    July 27, 2014

    Remember how Democrats rushed into passing President Barack Obama's Affordable Care Act back in 2010 while they still had the votes? Now health care for millions teeters on a typo.

  • Rick Perry's border campaign for president

    July 23, 2014

    Texas Gov. Rick Perry has a response to the crisis of unaccompanied children crossing our southern border. He's calling up the National Guard. To do what? Provide day care?

  • Vote fraud myths meet voting rights reality

    July 20, 2014

    Before she was allowed to register and vote for the first time in Franklin County, N.C., Rosanell Eaton had to read the entire preamble to the U.S. Constitution out loud in front of three men in the county courthouse.

  • Don't rush to criminalize bad parenting

    July 16, 2014

    After swinging away from the notion that mass incarceration can cure all social ills, the social pendulum appears to be swinging in favor of prosecuting parents.

  • Sarah Palin says 'Impeach Obama!' but other Republicans flinch

    July 13, 2014

    Sarah Palin has joined a rising drumbeat of Republicans who call for President Barack Obama's impeachment. Democrats can barely conceal their glee.

  • New border politics: Blame Obama first

    July 9, 2014

    As thousands of unaccompanied Central American children streamed across his state's Southern border, Texas Gov. Rick Perry took a paranoid turn.

  • Snyder's insulting Redskins logic

    June 22, 2014

    Fear not for the future of free speech after the Washington Redskins' trademark fight. The legal dividend could be more free speech, not less.

  • 'Freedom Summer II' could turn red states blue

    June 18, 2014

    Civil rights veterans plan to honor the 50th anniversary of Mississippi's Freedom Summer project by taking on an even bigger challenge: Turning the South's red states blue.

  • GOP immigration reform lessons

    June 15, 2014

    Elections matter. House Republican leader Eric Cantor's stunning re-election defeat probably scuttles any hope for an immigration overhaul this year, given how much Cantor was pummeled with that hot-potato issue by his victorious rival.

  • Will it be a Bush vs. Clinton race?

    June 11, 2014

    During an appearance on conservative Hugh Hewitt's national radio program last fall, Hewitt asked me what foreign policy achievements I thought former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton would brag about, if she runs for president.

  • What matters most is bringing the GI home

    June 8, 2014

    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?

  • Give killers coverage, not a soapbox

    June 4, 2014

    Who deserves more attention in news coverage of mass killings: the victims or the killers? That question has risen with new heat after the rampage in Isla Vista, Calif., by the 22-year-old man who murdered six people, injured 13 and then took his own life.

  • Maya Angelou's uncomfortable facts and truths

    June 1, 2014

    Caution: The following tribute to the late, great author-poet Maya Angelou may be hazardous to some of my touchier readers.

  • Rename reparations to level racial playing field in U.S.

    May 28, 2014

    "Have you heard of Irish amnesia?" a jolly Irish-American friend once joked. "It's when you forget everything but the grudges."

  • Scapegoats won't cure the VA's ills

    May 25, 2014

    Of all the scandals and pseudo-scandals of which President Barack Obama has been accused, the Department of Veterans Affairs debacle is the most damaging for at least three reasons:

  • Barking up the wrong 'Gotcha!' tree

    August 28, 2013

    To some people, it has been said, all black people look alike. These days all black issues seem to look alike too.

  • Right-wing reflex: Blame Obama first

    May 26, 2013

    Republicans are not alone in their outrage that the Internal Revenue Service singled out tea party groups for extra scrutiny to their applications for nonprofit tax status. Nobody likes to be profiled.

  • Is Obama Richard Nixon?

    May 22, 2013

    Despite what you may hear from some of his more fevered critics, President Barack Obama's recent scandal-quakes don't appear to fall anywhere near the level of Richard Nixon's Watergate scandal. But by another Nixonian yardstick, trying to muzzle on press freedoms, Team Obama appears to have surged into the lead.

  • Obama's 2nd-term blues?

    May 1, 2013

    Was President Barack Obama really joking at Saturday's White House Correspondents' Association dinner? Or was he showing, as I suspect, early signs of the second-term blues?

  • Where Obama should hear Paul: Legal pot

    March 27, 2013

    As the nation's capital prepares to open its first legal medicinal marijuana dispensary and Sen. Rand Paul's call for legalization basks in bipartisan praise, it's time for President Barack Obama to clear the air around his own passive-aggressive position.

  • Rubio vs. an invisible Obama

    February 20, 2013

    Republican Sen. Marco Rubio's manufactured outrage over President Barack Obama's leaked immigration proposal illustrates the GOP's dilemma: They have to sound like they're doing battle with this president even when they agree with him.

  • Obama's license to kill by drone

    February 10, 2013

    If you really want Washington's chattering classes to pay attention to something, an old saying goes, leak it to the media.

  • Obama: The sequel

    January 23, 2013

    President Barack Obama's critics are shocked, shocked to hear him sound in his second inaugural address like what he is … a liberal progressive. One wonders what they expected.

  • Hidden side of Obama's race gap

    November 4, 2012

    In his 2008 "A More Perfect Union" speech, presidential candidate Barack Obama declared, "Race is an issue that I believe this nation cannot afford to ignore right now." Then he tried his best to ignore it.

  • Debate winner? Barack Obama

    October 14, 2012

    In the debate between Vice President Joe Biden and his Republican challenger Rep. Paul Ryan, the real winner was off stage: President Barack Obama.

  • Obama's second-term blahs

    October 6, 2012

    After scraping around for something — anything — good to say about President Barack Obama's debate performance last week, I came up with this much: At least he didn't look at his watch.

  • Page: Revisiting the 'truly disadvantaged' 25 years later

    September 30, 2012

    Twenty-five years after sociologist William Julius Wilson's important study on urban decline and vanishing marriageable men, poverty is still with us. And we're finding lots of new ways to argue about it.

  • The Obama years

    September 5, 2012

    CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Sometimes in politics it is the little questions that throw you.

  • Obama versus Romney: Meanest campaign ever?

    August 19, 2012

    Is this the nastiest presidential campaign ever? That's a toughie. Past campaigns have set the bar so low that, to quote a senior adviser to Mitt Romney, "I don't think a world champion limbo dancer could get any lower."

  • Race in Obama's America

    August 1, 2012

    Talk about a "post-racial" America when Barack Obama was elected president has pretty much gone away, for good reasons. Even he didn't believe it.

  • Gun lobby fires up Obama fear

    July 22, 2012

    As with other mass shootings, Friday's killings at a movie theater in Aurora, Colo., trigger a familiar chain of reactions: horror, remorse, rage and a call for new restrictions on guns.

  • Obama's pot reform goes up in smoke

    May 30, 2012

    I would shrug and say "So what?" to the latest details from President Barack Obama's pot-smoking past, except for one thing: He stirred so much hope as a candidate for sensible marijuana policy reforms but, as president, has delivered so little change.

  • Obama's effect on gay 'rites'

    May 27, 2012

    Conservatives warned, often with glee, that President Barack Obama's support for same-sex marriage would spark an African-American backlash. But guess what? Polls show black voters dramatically swinging closer to Obama's view.

  • Obama's gay marriage gamble

    May 13, 2012

    As a political issue, same-sex marriage is like playing 3-D chess: Opponents of the idea need to move quickly because the game board is tilting slowly but steadily in favor of the other side.

  • Justice Kennedy's Obamacare swing vote

    April 2, 2012

    Obamacare faced a tough crowd at the U.S. Supreme Court last week. But those tough, probing questions from Justice Anthony Kennedy, the court's key swing voter, give defenders of the Affordable Care Act reasons to have hope.

  • Obama's border blues and 2012

    October 29, 2011

    It may not rank high in polls of voters' priorities compared to jobs and the economy, yet immigration has taken on a central role in the 2012 presidential campaign drama.

  • Rick Perry rides 'Ponzi' bull

    September 8, 2011

    Rick Perry's national debut sets him up to be the party's next Goldwater.

  • Obama's Worst Week Ever

    August 9, 2011

    It didn’t take much guessing to predict who was going to win – if “win” is the right word--the Washington Post’s weekly pick for "Worst Week in Washington": President Barack Obama.

  • Beautiful day couldn't distract Daley from the issues

    April 30, 2011

    My favorite Daley moment came on a beautiful summer day during the 1996 Democratic National Convention.

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