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Cuba's new President just a rebranding of repression

<b>(CNN) —</b> Do not believe all those headlines claiming that Cuba is beginning a "new era." Yes, it's true that, as of Thursday, Cuba has a new President and that, for the first time in decades, his name is not Castro. For now, however, not much more than the presidential letterhead is changing.<p>The new …

Cuba

James Comey's unforgivable error

<b>(CNN) —</b> At the end of an interview with CNN Thursday afternoon, former FBI Director James Comey was asked by Jake Tapper about his unusual place in American politics as a man equally "reviled" by partisans of both Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump.<p>Clinton's most ardent supporters insist Comey had it …

Donald Trump

Tennessee's legislature is acting like it's still 1968

<b>(CNN) —</b> It would seem that the Tennessee GOP has enough to concern themselves with this session to not get caught up in retaliation over the removal of Confederate statues in Memphis. Poverty, education, and health care are all pressing issues in the state. But instead of focusing on solving the …

Rights & Freedoms

Ex-Secret Service agent: Barbara Bush's code name was absolutely perfect

<b>(CNN) —</b> Former first lady Barbara Bush once said, "Nobody likes, you know, the ugly parts of politics." On Tuesday night, the ugliness of our current political landscape dissipated for a moment as people reflected on the life of this remarkable woman. We quietly smiled at the pictures flashing …

Government

Stephon Clark's tweets are a reminder: #SayHerName

<b>(CNN) —</b> Stephon Clark's misogynistic tweets about black women pierced my soul like bullets.<p>Unfortunately, I have known many men like Clark, who tweeted in 2015, "I don't want nothin' black but a Xbox. Dark bitches bring dark days."<p>He isn't the only one who held misguided and dangerous beliefs about …

Justice

Racism is as British as a cup of tea

<b>(CNN) —</b> Britain is meant to be celebrating 70 years since the arrival of the steamship Windrush, which brought with it 500 people from the Caribbean and marked the start of mass migration to the UK from the British Empire.<p>But the festive mood has been broken by the realization that a number of the …

European Union

Why the anti-trafficking field needs a shared framework

<b>(CNN) —</b> Research shows that 40 million people worldwide are victims of human trafficking each year. It's a crime we have to tackle, because no woman, child, or man deserves to experience this horrific violation.<p>But the relative newness of the anti-trafficking field, combined with the crime's murky …

Employee Engagement

Theresa May's Brexit is being ruined by British democracy

<b>(CNN) —</b> British Prime Minister Theresa May is juggling many problems right now. Defending her government's role in the threatened deportation of some legal immigrants, which has overshadowed the Queen's final Commonwealth summit in London, and controversy over her decision to join in airstrikes in …

Hard Brexit

The new 4/20: Beyond legalizing it

<b>(CNN) —</b> April 20 is a day of celebration for marijuana enthusiasts. The origin of 420 dates back to the early 1970s, when 4:20 p.m. marked the time that high school students in Marin County, just north of San Francisco, would regularly meet to consume marijuana. As people across the United States …

Cannabis

75 years after the Warsaw Ghetto uprising, Poland's Jews are not giving up

<b>Warsaw (CNN) —</b> On April 19, 1943, a brave group of Polish Jews began the Warsaw Ghetto uprising, their storied resistance against the Nazis. The ghetto fighters, although small in number and lacking in resources, dared to defy the odds. Though the uprising lasted only a month, today it is …

Israel

Persuading Pyongyang: Advice for Trump when it comes to Kim

<b>(CNN) —</b> Two of the most dramatic political figures in modern history -- US President Donald Trump and North Korea's Kim Jong Un -- seem set to meet face-to-face in the coming weeks.<p>CIA Director Mike Pompeo's surprise trip to Pyongyang earlier this month shows the two are serious about the encounter …

North Korea

Pilot: What happened on that Southwest flight

<b>(CNN) —</b> No one can deny the tragic consequences for one particular passenger on board Southwest Flight 1380. Nor can one deny the terrifying chaos that must have been part of the scene in the cabin Tuesday morning when the left engine self-destructed, throwing shrapnel into the fuselage. Quite …

Air Traffic

The irony of Robert Kraft visiting Meek Mill in prison

<b>(CNN) —</b> Robert Kraft, one of the most powerful owners in the National Football League, took the unusual step of visiting a rapper named Meek Mill in a state prison in Pennsylvania. The symbolism of the extremely wealthy white owner of the New England Patriots taking time to check on a young black …

NFL

Stormy and scandal serve Trump's agenda

<b>(CNN) —</b> President Trump just can't seem to help himself. The morning after Stephanie Clifford, better known as Stormy Daniels, released a sketch of the man who allegedly threatened her and her child, Trump tweeted: "A sketch years later about a nonexistent man. A total con job, playing the Fake …

Donald Trump

Beyoncé reminds us we are all divas, soldiers and survivors

<b>(CNN) —</b> Beyoncé is always right on time, celebrating black womanhood and reminding us all just how amazing we are, how amazing we have always been, lest we forget while being worn down by so many daily battles for our dignity and equality.<p>Through her music, hard work and activism, Beyoncé continues …

Women of Color

SE Cupp: The White House response to Haley is pure sexism

<b>(CNN) —</b> I'm not prone to cry sexism, and I don't do it often or lightly.<p>But there's no other word to describe the way President Donald Trump and his advisers have treated a woman who is arguably his strongest, most competent and effective Cabinet official.<p>Nikki Haley, US ambassador to the United …

Donald Trump

We shouldn't be surprised that Southwest's hero pilot is a woman

<b>(CNN) —</b> The image of a pilot under stress, making a heroic emergency landing with a disabled plane, is the heart of lots of movies.<p>"Sully" Sullenberger, the cool-headed pilot who landed US Airways Flight 1589 on the Hudson River in 2009, was played by Tom Hanks in a film based on the few minutes …

Obama Administration

US is falling behind other nations in providing pre-K schooling

<b>(CNN) —</b> When it comes to early childhood education, the United States needs to step up. Many developed nations now have more than 90% enrollment in pre-K programs, surpassing the US with just 66% enrollment for 4-year-olds. Rising superpowers are making significant commitments to expand access to …

Education

Prison reform is possible even in the Trump era

<b>(CNN) —</b> At the beginning of the Trump era, observers feared that any chance for a bipartisan reform of our criminal justice system was dead. But to the surprise of many, a hope for some positive change -- however modest -- remains.<p>Therefore, leaders on both sides of the aisle need to continue …

Obama Administration

Why Pompeo meeting with Kim should make you sleep a little easier

<b>(CNN) —</b> The world learned on Tuesday that earlier this month, CIA Director Mike Pompeo was in Pyongyang, meeting with the North Korean leader, Kim Jong Un.<p>This was the highest-level meeting between the United States and North Korea in almost 20 years and precedes by weeks the first-ever meeting …

North Korea

Ryan Zinke's not a geologist, he just plays one on TV

<b>(CNN) —</b> Ryan Zinke, the secretary of the interior, is a geologist -- just like Lionel Richie is an economist, Julianna Margulies is an art historian, Ron Jeremy is a special education teacher and Rowan Atkinson (better known as Mr. Bean) is an electrical engineer.<p>Zinke, who has repeatedly stated "I …

Special Education

About Sean Hannity's attorney-client privilege...

<b>(CNN) —</b> Now that Sean Hannity understands that he actually had a "real" attorney-client relationship with Michael Cohen, President Trump's personal lawyer and longtime fixer, the Fox host should next sign up for a lesson in journalistic ethics as a signal that his audience had a right to know all …

Donald Trump

Barbara Bush redefined the role of first lady

<b>(CNN) —</b> Barbara Bush redefined the role of first lady, not with her signature issue (which was literacy), but with the warmth and humility that distinguished her time in the White House. The wife of George H.W. Bush understood that first ladies can wield enormous power, often with a single image, …

Swimming Pools

The world's press needs to put Netanyahu on notice

<b>(CNN) —</b> Israel still refuses to learn the lesson that live fire is not a means of crowd control. Palestinian journalist Yaser Murtaja paid the price for that failure this month when an Israeli sniper mortally wounded him as Murtaja covered protests at the Gaza-Israel border fence.<p>The 30-year-old …

Israel

Macron has made France Europe's power broker

<b>Paris (CNN) —</b> From white-knuckle handshakes to basking in the pomp and circumstance of a military parade, French President Emmanuel Macron and US President Donald Trump have built a strong relationship. The pair have regular phone calls and later this week, Macron will become the first foreign …

North Africa

Rand Paul: Trump should trust his gut on Syria

<b>(CNN) —</b> Just over two weeks ago, at a rally in Ohio, President Trump reiterated his long-held belief that the United States should get out of the Syrian civil war, that it was not in our national interest. We should bring our troops home where they "belong," as he stated clearly.<p>This was not …

Rand Paul

Mar-a-Lago is a high-stakes summit for both Trump and Abe

<b>(CNN) —</b> This week's summit at Mar-a-Lago between President Donald Trump and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe should be routine diplomacy allowing for two allies to catch up and reaffirm strategies. In reality, it represents a crucial moment: Trump and Abe need the summit to go well.<p>The two …

Donald Trump

Sean Hannity news is a real problem for Michael Cohen

<b>(CNN) —</b> Fox host Sean Hannity just helped the government's case against President Donald Trump's personal attorney, Michael Cohen, tremendously. Even irony itself was not prepared for that development.<p>Courtroom drama peaked Monday at a hearing in lower Manhattan when Michael Cohen's lawyer, Stephen …

Donald Trump

Kendrick Lamar's Pulitzer is a thumb in the eye of Trump

<b>(CNN) —</b> Kendrick Lamar has created the perfect fusion of politics and hip hop, and on Monday he got a Pulitzer Prize -- and of course he did. In a time when hip hop is supersaturated with vapid pop hits and petty feuds, Lamar is socially resonant and musically gifted. He is the voice of this …

Rap & Hip-Hop