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Now it's Bannon unleashed

<b>(CNN) —</b> After months of controversy, Steve Bannon -- the President's chief strategist, former head of Breitbart, and one of the most controversial figures in American politics -- has been fired. CNN Opinion's Jane Carr spoke with Kurt Bardella, a former Breitbart executive, about Bannon's ouster …

Joseph J. Ellis: Credit Trump with showing us America's reality on race

<b>(CNN) —</b> Donald Trump's controversial remarks in the wake of the Charlottesville riots have inadvertently made two significant contributions to our national conversation about race.<p>First, Trump has for the first time clarified what "Again" means in his campaign slogan "Make American Great Again." It …

North Korea gives US a clear choice: Restraint or missile launches

<b>(CNN) —</b> US President Donald Trump implied in one of his latest tweets that he forced North Korea to back down over its threat to Guam. It's a dangerous misperception that could cause the crisis to escalate and Trump to miss what could be the best chance he will have to halt the tests of missiles …

For service chiefs, speaking out isn't defiance - it's leadership

<b>(CNN) —</b> As of Wednesday, each of the four service chiefs -- the heads of the Navy, Army, Marine Corps and Air Force -- have issued statements denouncing racism and bigotry in the wake of the violence in Charlottesville, Virginia.<p>I know each of these men personally, and served on staffs with all of …

How much longer can decent people serve in Trump's cabinet?

<b>(CNN) —</b> President Donald Trump was not standing alone on the podium when he informed the world that some participants in the Charlottesville neo-Nazi march were "very fine people."<p>He was flanked by Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao, an immigrant from Taipei, Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin, …

Even if statues come down, demons remain

<b>(CNN) —</b> "Repulsive" was the word used by House of Representative Speaker Paul Ryan.<p>This was from a man who has gone out of his way to defend, support and condone the increasingly, well "repulsive," statements by the 45th President of the United States.<p>It is trite to say President Trump is in hot …

My grandparents would be shocked by Trump

<b>(CNN) —</b> My grandparents, Myron Kuznicki and Raisse Volovitz, arrived in America in the 1920s. At the time, they were escaping anti-Semitism in Russia and Ukraine.<p>Over a decade after they arrived, they watched from afar as the Nazis murdered 6 million Jews -- Nazis who marched through the streets …

Trump should come to Europe and see what the Nazis did

<b>(CNN) —</b> President Donald Trump's combative defense of far-right protesters packs a nausea-inducing punch when you listen to it in Europe -- in territories that were occupied and ruled by a fascist regime. Territories that were liberated only when free people -- including Americans -- fought the …

Russia's military exercises: Could they turn into war?

<b>(CNN) —</b> In Russia and neighboring Belarus, preparations are underway for Zapad -- a major military exercise to be held in September.<p>The two countries' Western neighbors are worried. Zapad is Russian for "West," and of all the different major exercises in the Russian military calendar, it causes the …

Governor's painful gaffe on Charlottesville

<b>(CNN) —</b> "I have a message to all the white supremacists and the Nazis who came into Charlottesville today. Our message is plain and simple: Go home," said Governor Terry McAuliffe. "You are not wanted in this great Commonwealth. ... You pretend that you are patriots, but you are anything but a …

The revolution Putin wants to ignore

<b>(CNN) —</b> Russian President Vladimir Putin would rather ignore the Russian revolution, which marks its 100th anniversary this year. But in the Internet age, it's impossible to erase history. Ordinary Russians are commemorating the revolution on social media, the last platform for free expression in …

South China Sea: Vietnam takes up fight against China

<b>(CNN) —</b> When it comes to the disputed waters of the South China Sea, Vietnam's leaders must feel very lonely these days.<p>Their fellow Southeast Asian claimants have either reversed course after years of escalating tensions with Beijing, or are keeping their heads down and letting Hanoi take up the …

Trump's tepid condemnation of neo-Nazis disappoints the world

<b>(CNN) —</b> The images of mayhem in Charlottesville led the main national newscast on Sunday night in the Netherlands -- a country that, like much of Europe and the rest of the world, has a keen interest in what goes on in the United States.<p>The coverage -- and the conversations in newspapers, cafes and …

Donald Trump and Kim Jong Un, made for each other?

<b>(CNN) —</b> The world long ago grew accustomed to the belligerent behavior of North Korea's Kim family, so more of their same aggression is hardly a shock. But in the aftermath of President Donald Trump's recent statements threatening North Korea with "fire and fury like the world has never seen," and …

Charleston relative: Charlottesville a stark reminder of racism's cost

<b>(CNN) —</b> I'm a proud daughter of the American South, and my heritage has shaped me into the woman of faith I am today. But like many African-Americans from the South, I am no stranger to the hate and intolerance that has defined a large part of our history.<p>Two years ago, my mother and two cousins …

Why Trump won't stand up against hate

<b>(CNN) —</b> With one dead and 19 others injured in Charlottesville, Virginia, President Donald Trump has responded to his first domestic crisis with the cowardice of the bully he has always been. Instead of standing up to the violent white nationalists who terrorized a peaceful city, he made them …

Venezuelan sanctions without diplomacy will fail

<b>(CNN) —</b> Despite condemnation from 40 countries and even the Pope, Venezuela's ruling party installed its new assembly last weekend. Choosing as its head former Foreign Minister Delcy Rodriguez, a loyal follower of President Nicolas Maduro, the assembly focused on efforts to stifle any dissent, …

Trump flunked a test he should have passed

<b>(CNN) —</b> President Donald Trump faced a moral test this weekend: how would he deal with racist violence? Many would judge that he flunked that test. When it came to specifically condemning white supremacy, he simply didn't have the vocabulary.<p>On Friday night, neo-Nazis turned out in Charlottesville, …

Charlottesville spotlights Trump's toxic failure to lead

<b>(CNN) —</b> The roiling spectacle of racial violence that unfolded in Charlottesville, Virginia, on Saturday leaving three people dead -- one killed when a car plowed into a crowd and two Virginia State Police officers who died in a helicopter crash -- represents the culmination of naked appeals by an …

Charlottesville killing was an act of domestic terrorism

<b>(CNN) —</b> On Saturday, a 20-year-old man from Ohio allegedly rammed his car into a group of people gathered to protest a white nationalist rally, killing a 32-year old woman and injuring 19 others. If James Alex Fields Jr., of Maumee, Ohio, indeed intended to harm the counter-protesters, then his act …

Brutal talk is exactly what North Korea needs to hear

<b>(CNN) —</b> The North Korea crisis is deadly serious and President Donald Trump is pursuing a dangerous path, escalating tensions with his "fire and fury" and "locked and loaded" comments. His unpredictable behavior is being met with predictable criticism from the left.<p>Even as, according to news …

Let them eat margarine?

<b>(CNN) —</b> France is sliding into an existential butter crisis, and guess who's responsible? Well, at least in part, it's China and Iran. But equal blame could be parceled out to government over-regulation, even global warming.<p>In the past year, the price of butter in France and indeed much of Europe …

The thing 'SNL' does to Trump

<b>(CNN) —</b> Trump's "locked and loaded" standoff with North Korea has Americans in high anxiety, hair-pulling among White House officials may be stalling his agenda, Robert Mueller's Russia campaign-interference probe appears to be heating up with the recent FBI raid of President Donald Trump's former …

How Trump can win in Afghanistan

<b>(CNN) —</b> Sorry, Mr. President, but the US can't get out of Afghanistan. Not now, maybe never. The only real question is how deep do we stay and for how long?<p>That seems to be just what Sen. John McCain is now suggesting -- adding troops for counterterrorism, increasing US airpower and targeting the …

Why Gadhafi's downfall scares the life out of Kim Jong Un

<b>(CNN) —</b> There is something that instinctively scares us when we see slavish military synchronicity.<p>It awakens deep fear, an inescapable conditioning that tells us such an excess of squeaky precise coordination won't end well.<p>Kim Jong Un may not intend us to read him this way, although much of his …

'Sex and the City' star could run for NY governor

<b>(CNN) —</b> "Sex and the City" star Cynthia Nixon appears to be considering a run for governor of New York. On the "Today" show on Tuesday, she said she was being encouraged to throw her hat in the ring, but declined to say whether she would do so.<p>She should.<p>Nixon has been a longtime political …

Saddam Hussein's lesson for Trump

<b>(CNN) —</b> It was January 6, 1991. A group of US soldiers and I were listening on BBC as Saddam Hussein gave a speech to the Iraqi army. It was on a static-filled radio in our squadron's operation center in the middle of the desert, and we all knew we were about to go to war. The British interpreter …

Trump's war on leaks is really a war on whistleblowers

<b>(CNN) —</b> Attorney general Jeff Sessions' recent declaration that "this culture of leaking must stop" is one of the most prominent instances of the Trump administration's obsessive campaign against leakers and whistleblowers.<p>Kowtowing to the President, who as part of his public campaign of …

Why is Google's diversity furor dominated by men?

<b>(CNN) —</b> Amid the furor around the Google "man-ifesto" -- the male author of which, James Damore, has since left the company after his 10-page thinkpiece on why women aren't that well suited for coding went viral -- there's one question that nobody seems to have asked.<p>Why haven't we heard about any …