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I'd like the firing squad, please

<b>(CNN) —</b> Despite President Donald Trump's enthusiastic support for capital punishment and recent referenda in Nebraska and California in which voters in those states decided to retain it, the death penalty is on the decline in the United States: the number of death sentences and executions have …

Death Penalty

DNC chair candidates explain why they're the right pick

(CNN)<i>The Democratic National Committee chair candidates explain why they're the right choice to lead the Democratic Party. Tune in Wednesday at 10 p.m. ET to hear the candidates in a debate</i> moderated by CNN's Dana Bash and Chris Cuomo. The opinions expressed in these commentaries are those of the …

Elections

How to score the candidates for DNC chair

<b>(CNN) —</b> Democrats are about to make one of their first big decisions since the election. They will be selecting a new chair of the Democratic National Committee. At 10 p.m. ET Wednesday, CNN will host a debate in Atlanta to learn how the candidates plan to shape the party's future.<p>The pick is …

Elections

My mother was raped at 88 -- but never defeated

<b>(CNN) —</b> I scanned my mother's bed, pulled back the rumpled sheets and uncovered her shivering naked body. I stared at her bruised inner thighs, her sheets wet with urine and blood, her catheter pulled completely out of her. I covered her with a blanket and held her close as she pleaded, "Get me out …

Compassion

Melania and Ivanka's plastic feminism cover up Trump's misogyny

<b>(CNN) —</b> In his press conference last week, in which President Trump ranted and raved that he wasn't ranting and raving, he answered a question about his wife, Melania. "That's what I call a very nice question," he said, apparently relieved to stop talking about his own policies, before saying the …

Feminism

This is the real problem for Reince Priebus

<b>(CNN) —</b> It has been a very difficult first month for the fledgling Trump administration. To describe the situation as chaos, bedlam, dysfunction -- whatever term you want to use to describe the situation in the White House -- is not hyperbole, alternative facts, or fake news. It is reality.<p>The …

Reince Priebus

Is a 'deep state subverting the presidency?

<b>(CNN) —</b> Let's start with what we can all agree on: Leaking is serious and illegal, and leaking classified information can endanger national security. All leaks must therefore be thoroughly investigated. Even former Director of National Intelligence James Clapper acknowledged as much in his Feb. 16 …

National Security

How Uber got the message

<b>(CNN) —</b> An innocent mistake. That's what management of Uber Technologies Inc. reportedly told engineer Susan J. Fowler when she complained in 2015 that her manager was sexually harassing her.<p>The boss had sent her a string of suggestive messages. "It was clear that he was trying to get me to have …

Sexism

Trump rejects anti-Semitism? Prove it

<b>(CNN) —</b> "Anti-Semitism is horrible. And it's gonna stop and it has to stop," President Donald Trump announced Tuesday during a visit to the National Museum of African-American History and Culture. "You don't know where it's coming from but I hope they catch the people."<p>Many may feel relieved at …

Racism

Stop trafficking of synthetic heroin through the mail

<b>(CNN) —</b> Addiction to heroin and prescription drugs is an epidemic spreading across our country. Drug overdose is now the leading cause of accidental death, taking one American life every 12 minutes.<p>We have strong reasons to believe that this epidemic is getting worse, not better.<p>This month, the …

Addiction

DHS memos build a wall around the US without laying a brick

<b>(CNN) —</b> On Jan. 25, President Trump issued two executive orders calling for the dramatic expansion of immigration enforcement in the name of public safety -- at the border and throughout the United States.<p>Through guidance memos leaked to the press over the weekend and officially laid out by the …

Government

A nation of immigrants enters dark chapter

<b>(CNN) —</b> The deportation force is here. According to new Department of Homeland Security (DHS) memos, the Trump administration plans to vastly expand the pool of undocumented immigrants in the United States who will be targeted for removal.<p>Virtually everyone who is in the country without …

Immigration

Trump's brilliant choice of McMaster

Peter Bergen is CNN's national security analyst, a vice president at New America and a professor of practice at Arizona State University. He is the author of "United States of Jihad: Investigating America's Homegrown Terrorists."<p>(CNN)President Donald Trump's appointment of Lt. Gen. H.R. McMaster to …

Foreign Policy

The real meaning of the UK's hot debate over Trump visit

<b>London (CNN) —</b> Does the British parliamentary debate that took place tonight have a real chance of blocking Donald Trump's proposed state visit to the United Kingdom?<p>To find a good answer, look back three years ago to an introspective interview Conservative MP Rory Stewart gave to The Guardian …

State Visit

What McMaster needs to say to Americans

<b>(CNN) —</b> For days after the dramatic resignation of Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn -- followed by Ret. Vice Adm. Bob Harward's rejection of President Donald Trump's offer of the job -- America remained without a permanent national security adviser.<p>Now, Army Lt. Gen. H.R. McMaster has stepped up for the …

War

Can McMaster steer Trump clear of ISIS disaster?

<b>(CNN) —</b> There is a great, potentially existential, danger lurking deep within the next critical decision President Trump will have to make -- the one he has said would define his presidency: how to do away with ISIS.<p>It is a decision that petrifies America's allies in Europe, much of the Middle East …

Foreign Policy

USDA inspection reports are vital to safeguard animals

<b>(CNN) —</b> The first few weeks of the Trump administration force us to reassess our vulnerability in the face of executive actions adversely affecting policies on immigration, trade, global alliances, natural resources and the fundamental composition and operation of our government.<p>It is in this …

USDA

Why Trump's supporters still love him

<b>(CNN) —</b> They still love him. On Saturday, Donald Trump addressed a rally in Florida that was as big and adulatory as any he'd seen during the campaign. He attacked the federal judges who challenged his travel ban order. He attacked the reporters who ask tough questions. "They have their own agenda …

Donald Trump

You've committed the graver sin, Senator Scott

<b>(CNN) —</b> No one should have more sympathy for Sen. Tim Scott (R-South Carolina) than me. As the first black man elected to the US Senate from the Deep South since Reconstruction, Scott occupies a remarkable position in Congress.<p>And yet when he took to the floor and read off the disgusting comments …

Jeff Sessions

Donald Trump and the psychology of blame

<b>(CNN) —</b> In eighth grade, I ran for student council president. The candidates all had to speak in the auditorium to the entire student body. An opponent went first, and promised to have soda come out of the water fountains throughout the school. The audience applauded wildly. When I spoke, I argued …

Psychology

The cleric who altered the course of modern history

Peter Bergen is CNN's National Security Analyst and the author of "The Osama bin Laden I Know," which this article draws upon in part.<p>(CNN)Omar Abdel-Rahman, the Egyptian cleric who inspired terrorist plots in New York during the early 1990s and who died in an American prison on Saturday, was also …

Terrorism

Russiagate: What kind of scandal?

Julian Zelizer is a professor of history and public affairs at Princeton University and a New America fellow. He is the author of "Jimmy Carter" and "The Fierce Urgency of Now: Lyndon Johnson, Congress, and the Battle for the Great Society." He also is the co-host of the podcast "Politics & Polls." …

Conspiracies

Bill Maher's shameful mainstreaming of Yiannopoulos' hate

Dean Obeidallah, a former attorney, is the host of SiriusXM radio's daily program "The Dean Obeidallah Show" and a columnist for The Daily Beast. Follow him @deanofcomedy. The opinions expressed in this commentary are his.<p>(CNN)By inviting "alt right" (aka white supremacist) darling Milo …

Comedy

George Takei: On this Remembrance Day, I hear terrible echoes of the past

<b>(CNN) —</b> I was just a child of 5 when soldiers marched up our driveway in a Los Angeles residential neighborhood, bayonets in hand, and pounded on our front door, ordering us out. We were permitted only what we could carry, no bedding, no pets.<p>I remember my mother's tears as she and our father …

Remembrance Day

Why Trump wants you to hate the media

<b>(CNN) —</b> If you watched President Trump's astonishing press conference on Thursday, you might be forgiven for concluding that the most urgent problem facing America is that the media "is out of control." Some media "is fantastic," the president allowed. But on the whole, journalism is plagued by …

Journalism

To safeguard voting rights, go local

<b>(CNN) —</b> As recently as Thursday's press conference, President Donald Trump continued to peddle falsehoods about his electoral win. It came after a weekend when one of his top aides, Stephen Miller, brazenly claimed that Democrats sent busloads of voters from Massachusetts into New Hampshire, …

North Carolina

My unsolicited advice for Sean Spicer, Kellyanne Conway and the team

<b>(CNN) —</b> During my eight years in the Obama administration, there was an offhand comment uttered from time to time in the hallway after something went off the rails, "It's a communications problem."<p>The reality is that is the case sometimes, but most of the time the problem is much larger.<p>Some of the …

Donald Trump

Chaos in the White House is causing concern in Europe

<b>(CNN) —</b> Watching from Europe, it's hard to tell if we are playing audience to a farce, a tragedy, or both unfolding simultaneously in the White House.<p>Given how critical any details emanating from the White House are to assuage European worries about President Donald Trump's intended relationship …

The White House

Trump voters applaud press conference

<b>(CNN) —</b> While the establishment politicians and the left scoff at President Trump's Thursday press conference, Trump voters celebrate a victorious display of confidence. After a week of rampant speculation about selective leaks from the intelligence community, Trump boldly took to the East Room …

U.S. Politics