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Is social media ruining our kids?

(CNN) — It is 10 o'clock. Do you know where your children are?

A decade ago, if your answer to that question was, "Yes, at home," you felt comfortable that your children were in a safe and secure place. That's no longer true. Now that kids have smartphones and tablets, they can hang out on a …

Social Media

Should restaurants ban tipping?

(CNN) — Recently, Danny Meyer, founder of Shake Shack chain, announced that his restaurants will do away with tipping. He plans to pay his staff higher wages and pass the cost to customers by raising prices on menus. Is this a good idea? We invited food writers, restaurateurs and other experts to …


'Star Wars' trailer, race and the ugly forces of Twitter

(CNN) — "Star Wars: The Force Awakens" doesn't come out until December, but it's already stirring controversy -- among anti-diversity white supremacists. No, I'm serious. They appear to be angry that in the newest film in the "Star Wars" series, the lead heroic characters aren't white men.

On …


We've reached tipping point on gun control

(CNN) — For every great social issue there is a moment when we look back and say "that's when things really started to change." For the epidemic of gun violence in America that moment is now.

For years, watching massacre after massacre, we've asked ourselves "what's it going to take to get something …

Gun Control

How Trudeau won over Canada

Ottawa, Canada (CNN) — The story of the general election in Canada that catapulted the Liberal Party back into power after its near-death decade in exile is the unlikely story of Justin Trudeau, Canada's Prime Minister-elect.

The charismatic son of Pierre Elliott Trudeau, the iconic leader of Canada …


Don't let hate crimes persist in America

(CNN) — Hate is alive and well in America. There are 784 hate groups nationwide, according to the Southern Poverty Law Center, and they are active in every state. When these groups commit hate crimes, they don't just terrorize individuals, they terrorize entire communities and can spark national …


The real lessons from Libya

(CNN) — There is one word that seems to consistently emerge when looking at Libya today: Regret. From Tripoli to Washington, many are left asking what went wrong and how Libya has been left with such a dangerous vacuum of power.

Unsurprisingly, these questions have grown louder as former Secretary …


Daniel Murphy and the Mets, you amazed me!

(CNN) — The Mets? THE METS??? Really?

I didn't see them coming. I had no idea these guys were this good. How come no one told me? "Yo, Mike," a friend from New York could have texted me. "I don't know if you know, but the Mets have a player named Daniel Murphy who has the combined strength of …


Why Netanyahu's Holocaust remarks are wrong -- and damaging

(CNN) — When the Prime Minister of Israel offers a new interpretation of the Holocaust, the world listens. In the sad case of Benjamin Netanyahu's false claim that Hitler was inspired by the grand Mufti of Jerusalem to order the mass murder, only damage has been done.

In an address to the World …


What's really behind the grilling of Hillary Clinton?

(CNN) — The unmistakable smell of hypocrisy permeating the latest congressional hearings on Benghazi is so pungent that few people believe the claims from the panel's leaders that they are only searching for the truth. Almost three-quarters of Americans now believe the investigation is motivated by …


Is Sheryl Sandberg right about Paul Ryan?

(CNN) — It's hard not to be at least a little cynical about Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg's recent endorsement of Republican Rep. Paul Ryan's statement that he'd consider the position of House speaker only if it did not interfere with his role as husband and father. "I cannot and will not give up my …

Sheryl Sandberg

Rousseff: How to build the world we want

(CNN) — Seventy years after its founding, the United Nations is facing unprecedented challenges. As the organization prepares to mark its anniversary next week, it is ever clearer that collective security and peacekeeping -- roles that the United Nations has played since its beginnings -- are now …

Dilma Rousseff

Israeli entrepreneur: What's driving the random stabbings?

(CNN) — The scene in the closed circuit video could not be more mundane. A quiet bus stop in a sleepy residential town. A few people mill around, looking at their phones, holding their shopping bags, unaware of a young man who seems to casually walk up to the bus stop as well. But, the calm is …


What happened to Lamar Odom?

(CNN) — I first met Lamar Odom back in 2000. I was a producer for an ESPN show called "The Life" and we were out in Los Angeles to shoot a segment with him. He was playing with the LA Clippers then, living the rags-to-riches story of a city kid who made it off the playground and into the big-time. …

Lamar Odom

Trump, not Bush? Don't bet on it

(CNN) — Ever since Donald Trump announced he was running for president in June, one headline has been repeated over and over again, practically on a weekly basis: "Trump Is Not Going Anywhere." Seriously -- Google it.

And why would he go anywhere? He's dominating in the polls, most recently in key …


The New York Times' bizarre story on Osama bin Laden's death

(CNN) — The New York Times is the greatest newspaper in the world, so when the current cover story in the Times magazine is headlined, "What Do We Really Know about Osama bin Laden's Death?," readers are surely going to pay attention.

The story was of particular interest because we actually know a …

Osama Bin Laden

What Jennifer Lawrence reveals about women and equal pay

(CNN) — Feeling sympathy for the rich and glamorous Hollywood elite is pretty tough -- especially when it comes to their salaries. But reading Jennifer Lawrence's recent essay in Lena Dunham's feminist newsletter, Lenny Letter, replaced my typical "screw-you-and-your-perfect-talented-flawlessness" …

Jennifer Lawrence

Poll: Trump dominates in Nevada, South Carolina overall and on the issues

(CNN)Donald Trump holds double-digit leads over Ben Carson in both South Carolina and Nevada, the third and fourth states scheduled to hold nominating contests in next year's race for the presidency, with Trump widely seen in each state as the best candidate to handle a range of top issues, …

Donald Trump

Overnight ratings point to Democratic debate record - Oct. 14, 2015

The CNN Democratic debate in 2 minutes

CNN's Tuesday night debate averaged 15.3 million viewers, easily making it the highest-rated Democratic debate ever.

Primary debates at this point in past election cycles have averaged 2 to 5 million viewers. But there's something special about this election -- …

Hillary Clinton

The controversial Glass-Steagall 2 minutes - Oct. 14, 2015

Democratic candidates debate Glass-Steagall

One of the hottest issues in the CNN Democratic debate was Wall Street.

There's a deep rift in the Democratic party over whether America should bring back the Glass-Steagall Act, a bank regulation that was in place from 1933 to 1999.

Bernie Sanders and …


Dem debate: What Katy Perry, Ashton Kutcher, Demi Lovato and others would ask

(CNN) — If you could pose a question to the presidential candidates at the Democratic debate on Tuesday night, what would you ask? CNN Opinion invited celebrities, writers, thought leaders and other newsmakers to share what's on their mind.

Their questions about America's middle class, women's …

Ashton Kutcher

Rolling the dice in Vegas: What the Democrats need to do

(CNN) — If presidential campaigns were decathlons, Tuesday's CNN debate from Las Vegas would be Hillary Clinton's event.

The former secretary of state took part in 25 debates in the 2008 cycle and was a strong, commanding presence in each.

Fluent in detail, crisp in delivery, Clinton is comfortable …

David Axelrod

Why we're still debating guns in 2015

(CNN) — Editor's Note: In 2013, CNN Opinion rounded up a selection of op-eds from both sides of the gun debate on mass killings in America. In 2015, the debate continues to rage, with highly publicized shootings in Charleston, Chattanooga, Lafayette, Roanoke and now the campus of Umpqua Community …

Rights & Freedoms

New 'horror' movie shows why Americans still so scared

Julian Zelizer is a professor of history and public affairs at Princeton University and a New America fellow. He is the author of "The Fierce Urgency of Now: Lyndon Johnson, Congress, and the Battle for the Great Society" and co-editor of a new book, "Medicare and Medicaid at 50: America's …


Cory Booker: How to give former inmates a second chance

(CNN) — A formerly incarcerated person -- and later President -- named Nelson Mandela once said, "For to be free is not merely to cast off one's chains, but to live in a way that respects and enhances the freedom of others."

The American criminal justice system is predicated on this principle, the …


Is America Bern-ing?

(CNN) — Recently, I was in Des Moines, Iowa, for a meeting of the populist farmers organization Iowa Citizens for Community Improvement. I was there to help the group celebrate its 40th anniversary and to talk about the issues it works on, including environmental regulation, farm policy and …

United States

Ted Cruz: How U.S. must push back Putin in Syria

(CNN) — Over the last week, the world has once again looked on aghast as President Vladimir Putin has taken violent advantage of regional instability to re-establish Russia's influence, this time in the Middle East. Despite promises to join the United States in a counterterrorism effort against …

Ted Cruz

Alison Sweeney: Why Nujeen Mustafa inspires us all

Alison Sweeney, an actress, producer and director, starred in "Days of our Lives" and currently stars in the "Murder She Baked" TV movie franchise. She is also author of numerous books, including the upcoming novel "Opportunity Knocks." The opinions expressed in this commentary are solely those of …

Days of Our Lives

7 questions for the Democrats

(CNN) — On Tuesday, the Democrats will have a chance to tussle on CNN in their first debate, and it's an important one. It will serve as the beginning of a much longer conversation that Democratic voters are going to have over the next few months about who should run to succeed President Barack …

Martin O'Malley

Millennials: What they want from the candidates

(CNN) — CNN asked millennial voters from a range of backgrounds to weigh in on whether, and how well, the 2016 presidential candidates are reflecting the priorities of their generation -- the largest and most diverse demographic cohort in American history -- as they make their case to voters. The …