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Normandy, Istanbul, Dhaka, Nice, Baghdad, Orlando: WHY?

<b>(CNN) —</b> Mass casualty terrorist attacks in Orlando, at the Istanbul airport, at a café in Bangladesh, a market in Baghdad, the Bastille Day celebration in Nice, and on Tuesday the murder of an elderly priest in Normandy, all carried out by ISIS or in the name of ISIS. And that's just in the past …

World Politics

The larger tragedy of Russia's doping

<b>(CNN) —</b> The Olympics are always complicated. As viewers, we want to believe the hype -- we want to believe in the magic and innocence of the games. But we know there's a dark side. The Olympics has never been just good, clean fun.<p>Think of the 1936 Berlin Olympics, documented by Hitler's filmmaker, …

Doping

DNC protests: spotlight on hypocrisy

<b>(CNN) —</b> The real stars of the first night of the Democratic convention were the delegates, not the speakers. Be it the girl who stood with tape across her mouth that read "silenced by the DNC" or the people who drowned out Elijah Cummings with cries of "Stop TPP!," they deserve credit for …

Hypocrisy

Did Bernie Sanders seal deal for Clinton?

<b>(CNN) —</b> It is official. He's with Her.<p>On Monday night, Bernie Sanders finally did what all runners-up for a presidential nomination are tasked with doing. It is not easy and it certainly is humbling (ask Hillary Clinton, circa 2008). But Sanders rose to the occasion at that Democratic National …

Bernie Sanders

Don't belittle Sanders supporters

<b>(CNN) —</b> On Monday night, Bernie Sanders fell on his sword for Hillary Clinton, endorsing her candidacy for president and bowing under the pressure of the Democratic establishment. But Bernie's conciliatory endorsement does not negate the very real contentions of the protesters passionately shouting …

Bernie Sanders

Sexton: A rocky start for the Democrats

<b>(CNN) —</b> The DNC had an inauspicious start in Philadelphia. With WikiLeaks' release of Democratic National Convention officials' emails timed for maximum impact, an inescapable narrative emerged: The Democrat primary really was rigged against Bernie Sanders.<p>Many Bernie supporters suspected during …

Bill Clinton

Michelle Obama, classy and strong

<b>(CNN) —</b> Michelle Obama at the Democratic National Convention on Monday night was akin to Whitney Houston at Super Bowl XXV in 1991 singing the national anthem. Houston's performance was a balm during a very real, yet far off war. Michelle Obama, for her part, calmed the tension in a brewing …

Michelle Obama

The DNC in 140 characters (or less)

<b>(CNN) —</b> During the Democratic convention, CNN Opinion is curating tweets from our frequent contributors on how the party is doing. Here's a sampling of what they're saying:<p>Day 2<p>Day 1

Bill Clinton

Why Trump will never be presidential

<b>(CNN) —</b> If you're waiting for Donald Trump to pivot to become "presidential" -- a candidate who will stay on message and, objectively speaking, not hurt his own campaign -- then I have one word for you. Stop. Really. Because it just isn't going to happen.<p>The latest example of Trump's …

Donald Trump

Clinton's veep pick is about winning, not principles

<b>(CNN) —</b> At the dawn of the Democratic National Convention, during which she'd accept the nomination of her party for president, Hillary Clinton had a choice. She could pick a running mate who would assure Bernie Sanders and his supporters that she heard his calls for progressive reforms, or she …

Tim Kaine

IOC should win medal for cowardice

<b>(CNN) —</b> And the yellow medal for cowardice goes to: the International Olympic Committee.<p>Quivering like a nervous gymnast on a beam, stumbling like a hurdler, sinking to the bottom like a diver, the IOC has squandered a golden opportunity to demonstrate its integrity to the world with its spineless …

International Olympic Committee

Russia not the first to mess with our politics

<b>(CNN) —</b> Over the weekend, Hillary Clinton's campaign manager, Robby Mook, implicitly linked alleged Russian-sponsored hacks on Democratic National Committee servers and Donald Trump's statements casting doubt on whether the United States should support the Baltic states against future Russian …

World Leaders

Former Philadelphia mayor: Why our all-American city is first again

<b>(CNN) —</b> The City of Brotherly Love and Sisterly Affection has been waiting a long time to welcome the Democratic National Convention, which has not been to Philadelphia since 1948. We Philadelphians are thrilled to welcome delegates, party officials and members, the media and others for this …

Philadelphia

Why Debbie Wasserman Schultz had to go

<b>(CNN) —</b> Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz was in political trouble long before the recent leak of party emails confirmed what everybody knew: Wasserman Schultz used her position as chair of the Democratic National Committee subtly to assist her preferred candidate, Hillary Clinton.<p>It is true that …

Debbie Wasserman Schultz

Ivanka Trump, a champion for women?

<b>(CNN) —</b> To say Donald Trump does not have the best reputation when it comes to women is a huge understatement. He has a history of paying his female employees less than his male employees. Trump has also disparaged women of all backgrounds, referring to them as "disgusting animals," "fat pigs," …

Ivanka Trump

Democrats want progress, GOP wants to regress

<b>(CNN) —</b> Last week in Cleveland, we saw a Republican Party that wants to go back in time. GOP leaders adopted a platform that could have easily been written 100 years ago, with ideals that would make leaders from the 1800s blush.<p>We saw dysfunction and incompetence, plagiarism and mismanagement. We …

Hillary Clinton

Lock her up? 4 ways for Hillary Clinton to strike back

<b>(CNN) —</b> Lock her up?<p>Donald Trump and the Republicans used their convention to tell a very specific story: That Hillary Clinton, the Democratic nominee for president, is corrupt and even a criminal. Although some time was devoted to talking about Trump the person on the final night, Cleveland …

Donald Trump

What's at stake in Trump vs. Clinton election?

<b>(CNN) —</b> America has always relied upon the latest wave of immigrants to reinvent and reinvigorate these United States. For those of us who were raised in that faith -- and there are millions of us -- nothing could be more offensive than the detritus shoveled out for 76 minutes by Donald J. Trump at …

Donald Trump

America must not succumb to anger, hatred, division

<b>(CNN) —</b> Donald Trump set a record on Thursday for the longest speech delivered by the nominee at a convention in decades. If one were able to go back and measure the decibel levels from the past, I'm sure he would win that prize as well. The speech was screamed more than spoken, but the medium …

United States

Olympic doping ban unleashes fury in Moscow

<b>Moscow (CNN) —</b> Russia is a nation under siege. At least that's how it seems to many Russians.<p>As if economic sanctions and NATO on its doorstep weren't enough, Russians now are facing the unthinkable prospect that their entire Olympic team could be banned from the Summer Games in Rio.<p>For President …

Moscow

How Dems can write a better rulebook

<b>(CNN) —</b> This weekend, the Democratic Party finds itself at a crossroads. Before the start of its national convention, the Democratic rules committee will meet in Philadelphia and make a choice: Keep the current superdelegate system or not.<p>Some will argue this debate is arcane. However, nothing …

Democratic National Convention

In picking Tim Kaine, Hillary Clinton missed an opportunity

<b>(CNN) —</b> In case you didn't hear any fanfare late Friday night when Hillary Clinton announced her vice presidential running mate, that's because Tim Kaine is not a fanfare type of candidate. He is, by definition, meh. Then again, running against the irrational and unpredictable Donald Trump and his …

Tim Kaine

What's fueling the Republican fury

<b>(CNN) —</b> In accepting the Republican Party's nomination for president, Donald Trump's speech purposefully played to multiple layers of racial anxiety (ones that, alternately, cast undocumented Latinos, Black Lives Matter demonstrators and Muslims as foils straight from central casting) that …

Ivanka Trump

Trump's 'Bizarro World' convention

<b>(CNN) —</b> It was the kind of political convention you might expect in the 1960s comic book called "Bizarro World." The headliners included a 1980s TV star who tweeted a grossly obscene message about Hillary Clinton, a former male underwear model, a soap opera actress and a multi-layer marketer who …

Ivanka Trump

The danger of Trump's NATO comments

<b>(CNN) —</b> Donald Trump's statements suggesting his administration would place fiscal conditions on defending NATO allies are irresponsible and dangerous. And they have already sent a disruptive signal to many of our allied governments and militaries, while emboldening a paranoid, expanding and …

United States

Ivanka Trump's smart, savvy speech

<b>(CNN) —</b> Ivanka Trump introduced her father Thursday evening at the Republican National Convention. You never would have known that just that morning, she told Savannah Guthrie on the "Today" show that she felt terrified about speaking "in a stadium like this" and hoped she does "a great job for …

Ivanka Trump

Donald Trump's speech: 'America first,' but an America absent from the world

<b>Cleveland (CNN) —</b> His slogan is "America First." On Thursday night, Donald Trump also made clear his campaign means an America absent from the world.<p>Before even delivering his big speech Thursday night in Cleveland, Trump was sending tremors through America's allies, threatening to turn generations …

Donald Trump
Ivanka Trump

How Donald Trump's speech sets a trap for Hillary Clinton

<b>Cleveland (CNN) —</b> Donald Trump said, "I accept your nomination for the presidency of the United States"... and Alice woke up to discover that her adventures in Wonderland were but a dream.<p>Or rather not. This is real. This has happened. Donald J. Trump has been nominated by the GOP. And he probably …

Donald Trump