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Why Trump needs to appoint a pro to head FEMA

<b>(CNN) —</b> Eleven years ago, the shameful response to Hurricane Katrina was dubbed a "failure of initiative." While managing relief sites along the Mississippi Gulf Coast, I saw how a country that was capable of "shock and awe" overseas failed to marshal and coordinate the awesome assets of this …

Republican Party

We can no longer mask the barbarity of the death penalty

<b>(CNN) —</b> The United States is bumbling its way toward the bitter end of the death penalty. As the numbers of executions fall every year, the state-ordered deaths that we do commit become that much more unusual, freakish and unfair applications of the law. As states scramble to implement arbitrary …

Death Penalty

Why the 'Heartbeat Law' should worry you

<b>(CNN) —</b> Ohio just passed legislation that would effectively outlaw abortion -- even though it's an established, constitutionally-protected right. Those two things seem incompatible. What is going on here?<p>Well, misogyny is going on here. And the unmistakable attempt to control women's bodies. And …

Law

John Glenn's second act

<b>(CNN) —</b> Just about all of the tributes to John Glenn have focused on the first act of his long and illustrious career. And it's easy to understand why. That first act is one of the most beautiful of American stories, carrying him from his small town in the middle of Ohio to his ascension to …

John Glenn

Why Russia plays by its own rules

<b>(CNN) —</b> Rules don't apply to Russia. But Russia applies rules to other people. That, put crudely, is the Kremlin's outlook on life, exemplified by the latest bombshell from the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA). In a sense, it's no surprise.<p>Russia has, since 1991, been at the center of an …

Russia

Should Americans worry about Trump's generals?

<b>(CNN) —</b> Ever since George Washington, America's first military hero, retired twice to Mount Vernon -- willingly giving up first command and then power -- civilian control of the military has been a cherished US tradition. And by making an elected President commander in chief -- and giving Congress …

Politics

Trump's fundamental conflict of interest

<b>(CNN) —</b> This coming week, President-elect Donald Trump is scheduled to explain to the nation how he plans to handle his sprawling business empire of hotels, resorts and other businesses while he serves as president of the United States.<p>After refusing to release his tax returns during the campaign …

Politics

South Korea's chaos isn't great news for North Korea

<b>(CNN) —</b> The South Korean legislature voted to impeach President Park Geun-hye on Friday, a move that has raised fears of instability in East Asia.<p>The impeachment vote, which passed by an unexpectedly wide margin encompassing more than 60 members of the President's own party, means that Park is …

Korean Peninsula

Why a Romney pick would be a coup for Trump

<b>(CNN) —</b> Around the world, US allies await the Trump administration with bated breath.<p>To be sure, the majority of our foreign friends don't like the President-elect. They fear he is unstable and unpredictable. They worry he might shred NATO, or start a trade war, or give Eastern Europe to Russia.<p>But …

Mitt Romney

Ted Olson: The movie America needs right now

<b>(CNN) —</b> At a time of intense division and acrimony in this country, we need to be reminded of what we stand for, what unites us, and the kind of people we aspire to be. That very inspiration comes to us in a timely movie that tells a true story of love, grit and determination by a single, lonely …

Racism

Petraeus, and the double standard on sex and power

<b>(CNN) —</b> In a pretaped interview set to air Thursday night on CBS, writer and academic Paula Broadwell — whose affair with married CIA Director David Petraeus led to his resignation in 2012 — reacted to the news that the four-star general is on the short list for a Cabinet position under …

Donald Trump

Robert Reich: Has Trump no decency?

<b>(CNN) —</b> On the evening of December 7, minutes after a local Indiana union leader, Chuck Jones, criticized Trump on CNN for falsely claiming that he had kept 1,100 Carrier jobs in the United States, Trump tweeted, "Chuck Jones, who is President of United Steelworkers 1999, has done a terrible job …

Air Force One

When they go low, we go local

<b>(CNN) —</b> As Democrats struggle to make sense of Donald Trump's victory, we need look no further than our party's failure at the state level.<p>We have allowed Republicans to dominate in state elections and build astonishing power. The GOP now controls 69 of 99 legislative chambers across America. They …

Politics

Is Trump the Godfather of trade?

<b>(CNN) —</b> In the movie "The Godfather," Vito Corleone was not making deals, he was making offers people could not refuse. He was not giving orders either, he was giving suggestions that sounded like orders, because they were backed by unspeakable threats. Unfortunately, this behavior is not just a …

Republican Party

Why clean energy is the next big business opportunity

<b>(CNN) —</b> American politics shifted drastically on November 8, but the scientific facts of climate change remain the same. This year will break all global temperature records by the biggest margins ever. We're on a real hot streak -- and not a good one. Worse yet, global sea-ice recently hit record …

Business

The 'Springsteen paradox' that explains why Trump won Michigan

<b>(CNN) —</b> My first clue that something was up was the Bernie Sanders rally I attended at the University of Michigan.<p>Several thousand people (compared to the much smaller number who showed up for Hillary Clinton's rally in nearby Detroit around the same time) filled the Crisler Center. Not all of them …

Paradoxes