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Kavanaugh decision moment: A horrendous act or a monstrous lie

<b>(CNN) —</b> The Brett Kavanaugh hearings feel like a decision moment in American life when everyone has to choose where they stand. The problem is wherever that position is, it is permeated with doubt.<p>The Supreme Court nomination of Kavanaugh had been pretty much going as planned until news broke that …

Me Too movement

Huge price hikes by drug companies are immoral

<b>(CNN) —</b> Several pharmaceutical companies have been jacking up the prices of their drugs in unethical ways. Most recently, Nirmal Mulye, founder and president of Nostrum Pharmaceuticals, defended his decision to more than quadruple the price of nitrofurantoin, used to treat bladder infections, from …

Morality

Why Kavanaugh should make men question 'himpathy'

<b>(CNN) —</b> The recent accusations of attempted sexual assault against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh have led to an unusually naked demonstration of how male solidarity works, and for whom. Many conservatives who support Kavanaugh have come forward to argue that men are supposed to see …

Justice

A pointless, savage war is finally over

<b>(CNN) —</b> They walked stiff-kneed and hunched, their eyes wide to the whites as they emerged from the frontline of a war that must rank among the most stupid and wasteful of the last century.<p>These young men were Eritrean conscripts. Their comrades had been left on the Zalembessa frontline, crushed …

Opinion

Why sexual assault survivors often don't come forward

<b>(CNN) —</b> As the Senate inches closer to determining whether Judge Brett Kavanaugh will be confirmed to the US Supreme Court, the dreaded prospect of a "he said, she said" contest looms large.<p>According to Christine Blasey Ford, when the two were high school students, Kavanaugh attempted to sexually …

Justice

Don't let Trump anywhere near emergency alerts

<b>(CNN) —</b> In theory, there is nothing objectionable about the White House's plan to send a message from President Trump to virtually every cell phone in the country. The message is a test of a warning system -- created under President Barack Obama in 2016 -- designed to alert the public about …

Opinion

What hasn't changed about women in power since Anita Hill

<b>(CNN) —</b> In 1991, Anita Hill testified in front of an all-white, all-male Senate Judiciary Committee about her allegations that she was sexually harassed by then-Supreme Court nominee Clarence Thomas (accusations that he denied). Nearly three decades later, another woman may sit in front of the same …

U.S. Dept. of Defense

The Kavanaugh controversy is a watershed moment for GOP

<b>(CNN) —</b> This is a watershed moment for the GOP. A President who boasted about sexual assault has nominated a judge for an empty Supreme Court seat -- and a woman has accused that judge of physical and sexual assault, an accusation he vehemently denies. The outcome of the hearings could decide the …

Chuck Grassley

Somehow, Theresa May is still standing

<b>(CNN) —</b> Next week marks six months until Brexit day -- the moment when the UK actually leaves the European Union.<p>This historic turning point was voted for more than two years ago, and it is 18 months since the leaving date of March 29, 2019, was set.<p>To anyone who wasn't paying close attention to …

Northern Ireland

Yes, Trump can sink even lower than denying the death toll in Puerto Rico

<b>(CNN) —</b> Every time I think Donald Trump couldn't possibly sink lower, he proves me wrong.<p>The most recent example? His completely made-up claim that the nearly 3,000 deaths in Puerto Rico caused by Hurricane Maria were, in essence, "fake news." First, President Trump tweeted on Thursday that, "3000 …

Puerto Rico

Trump is in for a rude awakening in Middle East

<b>(CNN) —</b> The Trump administration's extreme approach to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict is making a difficult situation far worse.<p>Since at least the early 1990s, there has been broad agreement among Israelis, Palestinians and the entire international community that the only way to end the …

Trump Administration

US sanctions are China's big concern right now

<b>(CNN) —</b> Every week, I offer a glimpse of the kind of intelligence assessments that are likely to come across the desk of the President of the United States. Modeled on the President's Daily Briefing, or PDB, which the director of national intelligence prepares for the President almost daily, my …

Interest Rates

GOPer: Six ways the media can regain lost credibility

<b>(CNN) —</b> In the past few weeks, we've seen the editorial pages lock arms in organized opposition to President Donald Trump, the host of "Meet the Press," Chuck Todd, call for a more aggressive approach to reporting, and The New York Times give precious space to an anonymous "insider" attack on the …

Trump Administration

The State Department's silence on racism is deafening

<b>(CNN) —</b> The way in which America -- for years a self-proclaimed role model for human rights -- projects its values to the rest of the world has real, tangible effects on the global stage. In the age of Donald Trump, the US State Department has turned its back on the fight against racism and …

Human Rights

Who really paid to protect us from Florence

<b>(CNN) —</b> As we write, Florence is slamming into the Carolinas. State, local and federal emergency planners have been working around the clock for the past week to prepare their communities and citizens to deal with this powerful storm.<p>The governors of North and South Carolina and the mayors of …

Opinion

Censoring 'Black-ish' was a craven move to satisfy Trump's base

<b>(CNN) —</b> "Black-ish" creator Kenya Barris is the latest public figure refusing to be owned by our current political climate. Like Colin Kaepernick, he will not sacrifice his voice to conform to a system that caters to President Donald Trump and his supposedly profitable fan base. Barris recently …

Profit

Why is George W. Bush wasting his non-Trumpiness?

<b>(CNN) —</b> From a legacy standpoint, President Donald J. Trump is, as many have noted, the best thing ever to happen to former President George W. Bush. Now Bush is, wittingly or unwittingly, returning that favor.<p>During the Obama years, when asked about his poorly-rated tenure, our 43rd President had …

George W. Bush

Despite guilty plea, Paul Manafort still holds the Trump card

<b>(CNN) —</b> Paul Manafort's decision to plead guilty and cooperate with special counsel Robert Mueller, after many months of playing the silent tough guy, would not be surprising to anyone who ever endured the ordeal of facing a federal criminal prosecution. The feds obtain guilty pleas in more than …

Paul Manafort

What's behind NRA TV's grotesque take on 'Thomas & Friends'

<b>(CNN) —</b> NRA TV host Dana Loesch seems to thrive on dog whistle controversy. Case in point: in a recent segment of her internet show "Relentless," she castigated the British cartoon series "Thomas & Friends," featuring Thomas the Tank Engine, for seeking to bring "gender balance" and "ethnic …

Bill Clinton

Why you might have to give up your memes

<b>(CNN) —</b> It's the end of the internet as we know it. At least that's what some say about new copyright legislation working its way through the European Parliament in Brussels. But behind all the talk about censorship machines and the death of memes is another much more fundamental issue -- the power …

European Parliament

The fight over defining soy and almond milk

<b>(CNN) —</b> Citizens are learning about the myriad abuses of industrialized animal agriculture, and they are seeking healthier and more responsible alternatives. As a result, the demand for plant-based foods to replace meat, dairy and eggs is growing, which has agribusiness profiteers worried. …

Cows

Paul Manafort guilty plea: How we can really drain the swamp

<b>(CNN) —</b> Paul Manafort's guilty plea heralds the end of the saga of special counsel Robert Mueller's criminal case against the former campaign manager for Donald Trump, but its political reverberations will continue for a long time.<p>Not only has Manafort agreed to cooperate with the Justice …

Paul Manafort

Scientist omitted from Nobel Prize finally gets her due

<b>(CNN) —</b> A special Breakthrough Prize in Fundamental Physics has been awarded this month to British astronomer Jocelyn Bell Burnell for a distinguished research career, including her key role in the 1967 discovery of pulsars.<p>Bell Burnell's discovery was a very important one in the field of astronomy …

Nobel Prize

Brexit is like a screaming child. But the EU isn't listening

<b>(CNN) —</b> Brexit is a bit like a screaming child. Those of us in the UK want everyone else to care about it as much as we do. But for most European Union member states, it's an annoyance to be gotten rid of -- respectfully, but as quickly as possible.<p>There's no doubt foreign audiences are interested …

UK Economy

The military's preparations for Florence are a stark reminder

<b>(CNN) —</b> This past week the US military has been preparing for the aftermath of three storms: two in the Pacific and, of course, Hurricane Florence barreling in on the East Coast.<p>The Navy sortied dozens of ships out of harm's way. Those ships will be equipped and properly stocked to help needy …

Hurricane Maria

Russia is better at propaganda than we are

<b>(CNN) —</b> At first glance, RT's interview with the two men accused of poisoning former Russian spy Sergei Skripal, his daughter and two other British citizens almost looks like a joke.<p>The two men, claiming to be civilians, say they made their 48-hour trip to the UK to see Salisbury cathedral -- with …

The question Bob Woodward's book doesn't answer

<b>(CNN) —</b> Bob Woodward's "Fear: Trump in the White House" is a runaway hit. The book has captured many of the Washington headlines since parts of it leaked out last week, and on Tuesday, its first day on sale, it sold more than 750,000 copies.<p>The Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter offers juicy nuggets …

The White House

Why the Apple watch could save lives

<b>(CNN) —</b> Apple unveiled a medical device this week, complete with FDA approval. This device -- the Apple Watch Series 4 -- is unlikely to be reimbursable on your insurance plan, but maybe it should be. It could very well save lives.<p>The core advancement is a darling of a med tech smart set that touts …

Apple Watch

Worsening storms are the price of greed

<b>(CNN) —</b> Hurricane Florence is bearing down on the Atlantic Coast, and officials are scrambling to keep people safe and avoid loss of life. In North Carolina, South Carolina, and Virginia, coastal residents have been told to seek safer ground away from flooding; in several counties, the evacuations …

North Carolina