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Clarence Page

Columnist

Clarence Page is a syndicated columnist and Washington-based member of the Chicago Tribune’s editorial board. Among other awards, he won the Pulitzer Prize for Commentary in 1989 and lifetime achievement awards from the Chicago Headline Club, the National Society of Newspaper Columnists and the National Association of Black Journalists. An aspiring bass player, Page also enjoys entering stand-up comedy contests, which he tends to lose.

Recent Articles

  • Clarence Page: Has a sexual harassment backlash begun?

    Clarence Page: Has a sexual harassment backlash begun?

    Two months into the scandals and national reckoning that followed charges of sexual abuse and harassment against movie mogul Harvey Weinstein, the #MeToo movement that spurred it on appears to be entering a new reckoning of its own: fear of a backlash. No, it is not the sort of backlash that brings...

  • Page: 'Chaos President' Trump keeps us guessing — and praying

    Page: 'Chaos President' Trump keeps us guessing — and praying

    Why, I am often asked, do media cover President Donald Trump so much? For one thing, the answer is in the question: He's the president. Presidents get covered a lot because what they say — even coughs, sneezes and harrumphs — matters. More important, this president offers us an abundance of stuff...

  • Clarence Page: Welcome to Donald Trump's Bizarro World cabinet picks

    Clarence Page: Welcome to Donald Trump's Bizarro World cabinet picks

    As low as my expectations might be for the Donald Trump presidency, he finds new ways to drop the bar even lower. Take his cabinet nominees. Please. They aren't all bad. Retired Marine Corps Gen. James Mattis, the president-elect's choice for secretary of defense, comes well-recommended by old...

  • Clintons are still drama junkies

    Clintons are still drama junkies

    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...

  • Brexit's wake-up call for those who would stop Trump

    Brexit's wake-up call for those who would stop Trump

    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...

  • When cheap laughs cost too much

    When cheap laughs cost too much

    Some people unfortunately think that the best way to respond to the intolerance of Muslim fanatics is to insult all Muslims. That's the twisted thinking behind professional Muslim-baiter Pamela Geller'sill-advised contest in Garland, Texas. Her organization, the American Freedom Defense Initiative,...

  • Racial strife can lead to progress

    Racial strife can lead to progress

    Big city mayors have to stay as neutral as possible when asked about disputes between their citizens and the police. But New York Mayor Bill de Blasio found his voice in a profoundly moving way when he responded not as a mayor, but as a parent. His sentiments came out in a news conference and an ABC-TV interview...

  • Immigration reform isn't dead yet

    Immigration reform isn't dead yet

    Even as Washington melted down last month, quiet talks continued

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