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Why women are still being stoned to death in 2015

<b>(CNN) —</b> The stoning of Rokhsana, an Afghan woman who was in her early twenties, this week in Afghanistan shed more ugly light on the treatment of women by the Taliban and religious extremists in parts of the Muslim world -- but to try to explain this practice in religions terms will only give …

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ed: My plan to replace Obamacare

As gridlock persists in our nation's capital and good legislation continues to die in the Senate, it is clear the next president will play a key role in determining the future of Obamacare. That means candidates' positions on the issue will be among the most important when ballots are cast next …

Missouri protest takes a troubling turn

At first, there was something inspiring about the protests at the University of Missouri.<p>Some 30 African-American players on the school's football team, supported by their coach and many other teammates, announced they would refuse to practice or play until the university president resigned or was …

ed: Why the Trans-Pacific Partnership will benefit working families

As president, my top priority is to grow our economy and strengthen the middle class. When I took office, America was in the middle of the worst recession since the Great Depression — but thanks to the hard work and resilience of the American people, our businesses have created 13.5 million jobs …

The phony 'War on Christmas' is back, fueled by those alleged Jesus haters at Starbucks

Like everything connected to Christmas, this year’s “war on Christmas” freakout has arrived early. And it has taken the form of a red Starbucks cup.<p>Never mind that stores across America are already playing Christmas carols.<p>Forget that Wal-Mart started its holiday layaway plan in August, and Target …

'Star Wars' trailer offends racists

Like most Americans, I'm excited for our country to transition to an entirely "Star Wars"-based economy.<p>Reaction to this week's release of a new trailer for "Star Wars: The Force Awakens" demonstrated that by the film's Dec. 18 release date, you won't be able to hurl a gaffi stick without hitting a …

World Health Organization study says bacon causes cancer -- we must invade the WHO

In perhaps the greatest affront to American culture ever perpetrated by a foreign entity, the Switzerland-based World Health Organization has released a preposterous report claiming that bacon and other processed meats cause cancer.<p>According to a WHO press release: “Processed meat was classified as …

Editorial: The evocative modern language of emoji

An election next year will settle an important question: Sneezing face or lizard? Avocado or person doing a cartwheel? Maybe all four will be chosen, along with two strips of bacon and disco-dancing man.<p>Confused?<p>Don't be.<p>The cartoonish, symbol-based communications tool of social media and texting …

Which locker room for transgender students?

Across America, public schools are faced with a challenge almost unheard of a generation ago: dealing with a student population that isn't sorted neatly into boys and girls.<p>A small but growing number of students and their families are demanding that schools make accommodations for transgender …

The GOP's dysfunction all started with Sarah Palin

When The Washington Post's front page declares: “Republicans are on the verge of ceasing to function as a national party,” it's time to ask: How did this come to pass?<p>You can choose from a litany of insurrections, government shutdowns and other self-inflicted wounds. But this year's carnival-like …

Bernie Sanders, Democratic Socialist Capitalist

In last week’s Democratic Party debate, Bernie Sanders stuck up for the idea that Americans are prepared to elect a democratic socialist, which is how he describes himself. “We’re gonna win,” he said, when the moderator, Anderson Cooper, pressed him on his electability under any kind of socialist …

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