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Under Trump, fate of Asia rebalance a question

<b>(CNN) —</b> As President Trump prepares to welcome Prime Minister Modi of India and President Moon of South Korea to Washington, he should strongly consider clearly telling both of them that President Obama's Asia rebalance strategy is alive and well.<p>But two key questions also need to be answered for …

North Korea

On healthcare, GOP loss could be a win

<b>(CNN) —</b> This week a huge vote is expected on Capitol Hill, where the Senate is set to act on its version of the health care plan unveiled last week by Sen. Mitch McConnell. The plan modifies the House bill, but not by much. It is a tough piece of legislation that would severely undercut President …

ObamaCare

UN is breaking its promise to people of Haiti

<b>(CNN) —</b> For years the United Nations denied bringing to Haiti a devastating cholera epidemic that has killed more than 11,000 people and left more than 880,000 infected. Now, after admitting its mistake and vowing to make amends, the UN has betrayed the people of Haiti once again.<p>This week, UN …

Haiti

Wrecking Ramadan: What happened to the month of peace?

<b>(CNN) —</b> The 30 days of abstaining from food, water and sex during the daytime is a month of spiritual reflection for Muslims around the world.<p>But this Ramadan, we have hundreds of people killed in many different countries by ISIS murderers. They kill in the name of religion and God. Why?<p>Here in …

Ramadan

Why Washington should continue billions in health care subsidies

<b>(CNN) —</b> It's not every day that hospitals and insurers see eye to eye, but there is one thing we agree on -- the government must continue to help lower the cost of health care that millions of lower-income Americans receive.<p>The Cost Sharing Reduction (CSR) payments, which have been paid on a …

Health Care

Destruction of Mosul mosque desecrates history

<b>(CNN) —</b> Muslims consider mosques to be the houses of God, the <i>bayt Allah</i>. They are places of worship, sanctuaries, and where Muslim communities come together. The first mosque, which was a modest structure built in 622 in Medina, was the house of the Prophet Mohammed.<p>Soon after his faith gained …

Islamic State (ISIS)

For 40 members of Congress, from both parties, unity is real

<b>(CNN) —</b> Many Americans may not believe it, but most public servants in Washington are here for the right reasons. Republican or Democrat, we all want to build a stronger country. None of us would run for office if we didn't believe we could contribute to the greater good.<p>But that spirit is all too …

U.S. Congress

South Korea's new presidential pooches, and why they matter

<b>(CNN) —</b> When South Korea's new president Moon Jae-in took up residency in the Blue House last month, his choice of pets raised some eyebrows.<p>Unlike his predecessor, he didn't exclusively go for pure-bred white Jindo dogs renowned for their devout loyalty and stoic beauty. Instead he chose a rescue …

South Korea

Begala: 'Dump Pelosi' plays right into GOP's hands

<b>(CNN) —</b> Democrats lost a special election for a congressional seat they have not held in decades, so some are calling for the head of House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi.<p>Huh? Dumping Pelosi, who has devoted her professional life to Democratic values, would be like throwing the captain of your ship …

Elections

Senate bill abandons tens of millions of Americans

<b>(CNN) —</b> President Barack Obama carried around with him a letter from Natoma Canfield, who struggled to get insurance to cover her cancer treatment. Her story was one of 130 million Americans with health conditions like diabetes, heart disease, autism, or suffering from addiction or diseases present …

Health Care

Johnny Depp's 'threat' remark was stupid -- and protected -- speech

<b>(CNN) —</b> Johnny Depp loves trouble.<p>Recently, at the Glastonbury Festival in the United Kingdom, he prefaced some remarks with "This is going to be in the press, and it will be horrible. ..."<p>Yes? We're listening ...<p>His next statement delivered: "When was the last time an actor assassinated a …

Johnny Depp

America's freedom depends on the press

<b>(CNN) —</b> Withholding things from the press has become something of a reflex with the Trump administration. On Monday, for example, the executive branch barred reporters from broadcasting that day's White House press briefing; on Friday White House spokesman Sean Spicer held an audio-only press …

Journalism

Qatar crisis is a mess the Middle East could do without

<b>(CNN) —</b> The Middle East is not short on crisis. Syria remains engulfed by wars and the worst humanitarian disaster since World War II.<p>Iraq faces conflict with ISIS over Mosul, with thousands displaced and a referendum looming over the Kurdish regions.<p>In Yemen, 18.8 million are in need of aid, …

Middle East

Gatsby's rescue from dog meat farm changed my life

<b>(CNN) —</b> I was on assignment in Manchester, New Hampshire covering politics, but I had puppies on my mind. My husband and I were in the market for a golden retriever, and I had reached out to a handful of rescue organizations to adopt one. Then one day in February 2016, as I was working on a script, …

Golden Retriever

Priyanka Chopra: This is how you fight rape stigma

<b>(CNN) —</b> For Tanaka (whose name has been changed to shield her identity), a 21-year-old woman from Zimbabwe, sexual violence was a constant throughout most of her life. People she should have been able to trust -- like her uncle, cousin and even pastor -- all allegedly abused her. And the strain of …

Priyanka Chopra

In Cosby trial, the awesome power of jurors

<b>(CNN) —</b> Stories are now trickling out from jurors in Bill Cosby's trial on three counts of aggravated indecent assault, with varying accounts of their deliberations that resulted in a mistrial.<p>One version has 10 of the 12 jurors ready to convict Cosby on two of three counts, but the two holdouts …

Justice

As my grandmother's world darkens, Medicaid helps preserve her dignity

<b>(CNN) —</b> My grandmother took me on my first big adventure. We went to the Canadian side of Niagara Falls and wore those goofy plastic ponchos. Mine was banana yellow.<p>My grandmother, an immigrant from the Dominican Republic, did not then -- and still does not -- speak English. That didn't stop her …

Medicaid

The world is starting to solve its own problems -- with or without Trump

<b>(CNN) —</b> It's been a blistering week in London, with little shade from the sun or the news.<p>Our current cycle of topical events -- from Britain's terror attacks to the tragic fire at Grenfell Tower, from teetering domestic politics to political uncertainty further afield -- the flow of news feels as …

Saudi Arabia

No tapes? Trump has us through the looking glass

<b>(CNN) —</b> As the Mad Hatter of the White House tweeted his response to Congress's questions on Thursday about the existence of audiotapes related to James B. Comey's firing as FBI director, he stayed true to character. "I did not make, and do not have, any such recordings," President Trump announced. …

Donald Trump

Would Trump make a good royal?

<b>(CNN) —</b> The power of the British monarchy has been on display during recent tragedies.<p>Whether comforting victims of the Grenfell tower block fire or unveiling the priorities of her government in the state opening of Parliament, Queen Elizabeth II has demonstrated the sort of steady, dignified …

Royal Family

Health care's arc of history: GOP's remarkable move to the right

<b>(CNN) —</b> In 1965, 13 Senate and 70 House Republicans joined Democrats to pass the Social Security Amendments that created Medicare and Medicaid. Many Republicans in the House and Senate took this vote kicking and screaming, but in the end, they joined the Democratic majority to create the largest …

Health Care

What's really behind Trump's 'poor person' comment

<b>(CNN) —</b> When he ran for president, one of the many things that made Donald Trump stand apart from other politicians was the way he turned the implied into the literal.<p>Other candidates would try to impress you with their insights. Trump just says, "I'm, like, a smart person." Others portray …

Donald Trump

Fire Mueller? Here's why it's likely Trump can't

<b>(CNN) —</b> There has been much talk about whether President Donald Trump is considering firing Special Counsel Robert Mueller. In my view, this is just talk -- not so much because the President might not want to fire him, but because the rules governing the hiring and firing of the special counsel …

Government

In Castile shooting, a 4-year-old gives her mother 'The Talk'

<b>(CNN) —</b> A four-year-old girl was left to protect her mother in the only way she knew how: by telling her mom to be just a little more perfect, a survival tactic many black parents have felt forced to teach their children in an America in which dark skin is still too frequently seen as …

Philando Castile

Democrats face bigger problems than Pelosi

<b>(CNN) —</b> Democrats have lost two more special elections. More writers have posted hot takes reiterating the lesson Democrats should have burned into our minds after the 2016 election debacle: resisting Donald Trump is not enough. If Democrats want to win, they need to articulate a positive agenda. …

Democratic Party

Theresa May is wounded but still walking toward Brexit

<b>(CNN) —</b> British Prime Minister Theresa May is a leader bruised and battered. In a matter of weeks she has suffered a toxic combination of an election that left her without a parliamentary majority, public anger at her response to the Grenfell Tower disaster and open criticism of her leadership from …

Brexit

A year on from Brexit, EU leaders have a spring in their step

<b>(CNN) —</b> European political leaders are meeting in Brussels for a critical summit after a morale-boosting few weeks for the European Union.<p>After a lot tough talk from Britain over how it plans to leave the EU, the first official Brexit talks -- which began this week -- saw the UK's chief negotiator …

Brexit

When I witnessed death by appointment

<b>(CNN) —</b> TV kliegs lit up live shots in one corner of the parking lot, where protesters prayed, preached and crowded onto the scene. Midnight, January 5, 1994, was coming fast.<p>I rushed to clear the first gate and head down the empty, well-lit walkway past B Block, a close supervision wing at the …

Crime

Kushner's impossible task in the Middle East is the easy part

<b>(CNN) —</b> Jared Kushner's visit to Israel this week reflects an unexpected development in current Middle East politics.<p>It is not that Kushner's chances for success are greater than those of a long list of special envoys, but rather that of all the problems in the region, it is the almost seven …

Middle East