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Puzzling out TSA's laptop travel ban

<b>(CNN) —</b> On Monday, the TSA announced a peculiar new security measure to take effect within 96 hours. Passengers flying into the US on foreign airlines from eight Muslim countries would be prohibited from carrying aboard any electronics larger than a smartphone. They would have to be checked and put …

Security

Trump's White House is starting to look a lot like Putin's Kremlin

<b>(CNN) —</b> Critical media voices denounced as "enemies of the people."<p>Power not in the hands of elected officials, but the President's close friends and family.<p>Statecraft taking second place to the interests of the inner circle.<p>While there's no real evidence that Donald Trump is Vladimir Putin's …

Russia

Blow the whistle on Sean Spicer

Mel Robbins is a CNN commentator, legal analyst, best-selling author and keynote speaker. She also is a contributing editor for Success magazine. In 2014, she was named outstanding news talk-radio host by the Gracie Awards. The opinions expressed in this commentary are hers.<p>(CNN)We all lie. I'm …

Sean Spicer

Will Uber's crisis shake Silicon Valley's confidence?

<b>(CNN) —</b> The British comedians David Mitchell and Robert Webb captured perfectly the moment when realization dawns.<p>Their comic skit opens with Webb, as a German commander, striding around an artillery encampment: "Now we'll see how these Russians deal with a crack SS division," he says …

Silicon Valley

Obama didn't tell the truth either

<b>(CNN) —</b> The Washington Post noticed.<p>A column by Glenn Kessler, which ran on January 19 -- the day before President Obama left office -- was headlined: "Obama's biggest whoppers." It detailed when Obama falsely asserted more black men were in prison than in university and when he claimed that 90% of …

Journalism

Trump's credibility is shot

<b>(CNN) —</b> Monday was a turning point for Donald Trump's credibility. He had fibbed about crowd numbers, and pushed crazy conspiracy stories about illegal voters. But continuing to claim that former President Obama ordered the wiretapping of Trump Tower, even after the sitting FBI and NSA directors …

Donald Trump should protect this hidden export

<b>(CNN) —</b> President Donald Trump speaks often of the US trade balance and keeping jobs at home. International visitors to the United States are key to both.<p>One most often thinks of "exports" as tangible goods transported via container ship -- cars, textiles and agricultural products like corn and …

Foreign Policy

Ivanka's role raises red flags

<b>(CNN) —</b> Despite previously stating that she would not take on an official role in her father's administration, Ivanka Trump is now moving into an advisory position in the White House.<p>Just like Donald Trump, Ivanka has significant conflicts of interests -- both nationally and internationally -- to …

Judge Gorsuch and the frozen truck driver

<b>(CNN) —</b> The journey of Judge Neil Gorsuch to fill Antonin Scalia's seat on the Supreme Court could veer a bit off the road in the skid marks of the "Case of the Frozen Trucker." This frosty thorn in the side of Gorsuch was recounted Monday by Sen. Dianne Feinstein, who expressed the opinion that …

Law

Forest Whitaker: It's not too late to save South Sudan

<b>(CNN) —</b> I am just back from South Sudan, one of the world's most fragile nations. For years, I have been moved by the kind people who maintain hope that they will live to see peace. My heart has ached for them, as they have endured pain and violence that make such hope feel out of reach.<p>Recently, …

Africa

Trump's secret plan against ISIS? A lot like Obama's

<b>(CNN) —</b> Rex Tillerson may be skipping the NATO meeting next month -- a move that will clearly annoy the European allies. But on Wednesday, in a move that puts at least one foot of the Trump administration in the traditional diplomacy camp, he's hosting foreign ministers and officials of the Global …

Foreign Policy

Plug the leaks and stop blaming Russians for Clinton's loss

<b>(CNN) —</b> There was something for everyone in Monday's House Intelligence Committee hearing -- for Democrats, some fuel for their unproven theory the presidency was stolen from them in last year's election, and for Republicans, confirmation that there's a serious problem with the leaking of secrets …

Government

What Gorsuch's originalism puts at risk

<b>(CNN) —</b> Monday's Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on Neil Gorsuch's nomination to the United States Supreme Court followed a familiar script. The judge's critics painted him as a tool of the powerful, while his supporters emphasized Gorsuch's stellar credentials and his judicial philosophy.<p>Though …

Big Ideas

Trump's self-inflicted humiliation via Twitter

<b>(CNN) —</b> Let's all agree that no other person ever elected President would have hurled a charge that his predecessor wiretapped him. Especially not in a tweet that referred to a former President this way: "This is Nixon/Watergate. Bad (or sick) guy!"<p>But as his supporters like to say, Donald Trump is …

Donald Trump

How Comey got the job done

<b>(CNN) —</b> Today, the most famous (or infamous, depending on your politics) FBI director since J. Edgar Hoover did his job. Director James Comey revealed a bombshell -- and he also probably made a few more enemies.<p>While testifying before Congress, Comey outlined the FBI's ongoing counterintelligence …

Government

Will Iraq survive victory over ISIS in Mosul?

<b>Sulaimani, Iraq (CNN) —</b> In a tea room in Sulaimani's old bazaar that's dense with the smoke of scores of cigarettes, bunches of grizzled, middle-aged men -- some wearing traditional Kurdish baggy trousers, other wearing suits without ties -- are arguing furiously about the great question of the day:<p>…

Iraq

Jimmy Breslin, who climbed the stairs to get the truth

<b>(CNN) —</b> In early 2003, as American troops invaded Iraq, Jimmy Breslin would call me, often in the middle of the night or the very early hours of the morning. We both worked for Newsday, the daily based on Long Island, NY. I was covering the war from the Kurdish-controlled northern Iraq; he was the …

Journalism

Why this Persian New Year is different

By Porochista Khakpour<p>Updated 2:08 PM ET, Mon March 20, 2017<p>Chat with us in Facebook Messenger. Find out what's happening in the world as it unfolds.<p>Porochista Khakpour is the author of the novels "Sons and Other Flammable Objects" and "The Last Illusion" and the forthcoming memoir, "Sick." She has …

Iran

Spring, the unsung season

<b>(CNN) —</b> Spring had long been my fourth favorite season.<p>No offense, spring, but you lack the best holidays, snow, swimming, falling leaves, fireworks and my birthday, for starters. Summer has a lock on beach getaways and frozen cocktails. Fall emits an electric energy and vibrant natural beauty.<p>Even …

Children's Books

Schumer's warning about Gorsuch is dead wrong

<b>(CNN) —</b> Senator Chuck Schumer is warning his colleagues about Neil Gorsuch in advance of the judge's Supreme Court confirmation hearings this week.<p>Schumer told reporters that Gorsuch "may act like a neutral, calm judge, but his record and his career clearly show he harbors a right wing, …

Chuck Schumer

Should we give a damn about the Oxford comma?

<b>(CNN) —</b> A recent court case seems like a victory for fans of the grand old Oxford comma. To many, it feels natural to write "Philadelphia, Pittsburgh and Cleveland." But just as one may feel lazy saying "My brother and me went home" rather than "My brother and I," there is a sense that it is more …

ESL

Donald Trump: America's Marie Antoinette

<b>(CNN) —</b> On Thursday, Donald Trump released his budget for 2017, which proposes slashing programs that help some of our nation's most vulnerable citizens, including the poor and the elderly. And then Trump, in his own "let them eat cake" moment, jetted off 24 hours later to spend another weekend at …

Donald Trump

The key players in Monday's Russia hearing

CNN national security analyst Juliette Kayyem is the author of the best-selling "Security Mom: An Unclassified Guide to Protecting Our Homeland and Your Home." She is a professor at Harvard's Kennedy School, a former Assistant Secretary of Homeland Security in the Obama administration, host of the …

Government

Chuck Berry didn't just cross barriers -- he obliterated them

<b>(CNN) —</b> Whatever else that can be said about Chuck Berry's "Maybellene" when it shot out of America's radios like a Redstone rocket in the bright late summer of 1955, one hard, true thing remains clear after those 62 years: Nothing like it ever existed before.<p>Here's why: There was no category that …

Chuck Berry

Finally, we'll hear from Comey about Russia

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

Government

Trump's budget cuts are fair and necessary

<b>(CNN) —</b> When President Donald Trump released his first budget this week proposing to cut a range of agencies and programs, he declared, in an accompanying message "our budget blueprint insists on $54 billion in reductions to non-defense programs." He said: "We are going to do more with less, and …

Government

GOP plan's odd side effect: More abortions

<b>(CNN) —</b> The Congressional Budget Office (CBO) estimates that enactment of the Trump-supported American Health Care Act (AHCA) would result in 24 million fewer people having coverage by 2026. And while that will have many implications for Americans' health and well-being, here's something else to …

Women's Rights

Trump's relationship with the truth is becoming a national embarrassment

<b>(CNN) —</b> Donald Trump's peculiar relationship with the truth -- his penchant for promoting unfounded stories and conspiracies theories -- represents not just a curious quirk or a character flaw. They are a much-practiced technique that has paid dividends as self-promotion in his business career and …

Foreign Policy

What Christians are really doing in Haiti

<b>(CNN) —</b> Jesus once said, "From everyone who has been given much, much will be demanded."<p>I have been given much. And so, I believe I am on the hook to serve those who have not received as I have.<p>This belief of mine first took me to Cap-Haïtien, Haiti, when I was a high school senior. Nearly 20 years …

Haiti