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Starbucks holiday cups? PC nonsense

<b>(CNN) —</b> Starbucks has announced that it will remove all signs of Christmas from its cups this coming holiday season, offering a cup that, the company said, is a "blank canvas" on which customers can "tell their Christmas stories in their own way." The company appears to be giving in to some foolish …

Modi Needs to Think Again

Indian prime minister must urgently steer his government toward economic reform.

Tesla's Eternal Flame

Tesla’s stock is flying in after-hours trading on Tuesday because…well, it’s tough to say. What isn’t hard to see is that the stock market's ample …

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Is social media ruining our kids?

<b>(CNN) —</b> It is 10 o'clock. Do you know where your children are?<p>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 …

Israelis and Palestinians -- rage, fear and misunderstanding

<b>(CNN) —</b> Almost always the news makes violence in Israel seem worse than the reality. This time the opposite is true, and the rage and fear go deeper than what the news cameras can capture. The problem is that dueling narratives are bringing out knives, and beliefs are causing bullets to fly.<p>Both …

What's really behind the grilling of Hillary Clinton?

<b>(CNN) —</b> 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?

<b>(CNN) —</b> 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 …

Yes, Bernie Sanders Defeated Hillary Clinton in the Democratic Debate. Here's Why

Yes, Senator Bernie Sanders clearly won the Democratic debate for a variety of reasons. Clinton was able to convey a hatred of the NRA, but forgot that guns are also used in never-ending wars and Bernie Sanders shined with his call for ending American quagmires. Chafee made a point of stating he …

The Reluctant Speaker

Paul Ryan keeps ruling himself out as the next speaker of the House. He keeps doing it because he really doesn’t want the job, at least right now. He …

Debate coach: Hillary Clinton, a woman among boys

<b>(CNN) —</b> Most candidates onstage at Tuesday night's Democratic debate were largely unknown to much of the country. Bernie Sanders, Martin O'Malley, Lincoln Chafee and Jim Webb. For many, that's a "who's who" list. Seriously, I kept saying "who's who?" as I watched. Of them, Sanders may be more well …

Don't defund Planned Parenthood

<b>(CNN) —</b> House Speaker John Boehner's announcement Friday that he is resigning his post and leaving the House of Representatives was a surprise to many, but not to us.<p>We are seven women who serve as Democratic members of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, which has become ground …

Time to boycott Saudi Arabia

<b>(CNN) —</b> The horrific, bloody stampede that killed more than 700 in Saudi Arabia and injured some 900 more last week on the pilgrimage of the Hajj took me back to a moment during my family's pilgrimage in the winter of 2003.<p>Back then, we found ourselves at the gates of the "Sacred Mosque" of Mecca, …

Opinion: Bashar al-Assad is Syria's problem, not its solution

<b>(CNN) —</b> Arab states, led by Saudi Arabia, made clear during the U.N. General Assembly meeting this week that they will not cooperate with an emerging Russian military alliance geared toward defeating ISIS (which calls itself the Islamic State) and bolstering the Assad regime in Syria.<p>The recent …

The Republicans' Muslim 'problem'

<b>(CNN) —</b> Two of the leading Republican candidates for the party's nomination to be president seem unaware that the republic they seek to lead is, at its very core, a nation founded on the principle of religious tolerance.<p>On Sunday, Dr. Ben Carson said on "Meet the Press" that he would not support a …

American deaths in terrorism vs. gun violence in one graph

<b>(CNN) —</b> During his presidency, President Barack Obama has had to deliver statements on gun violence 15 times.<p>After a gunman opened fire at Oregon's Umpqua Community College, killing nine people and injuring seven, a visibly upset Obama said the shootings were becoming all too routine.<p>The gunman …

A Glimmer of Hope for Afghanistan

The Taliban is harder to fight, but it could be easier to negotiate with.