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Twitter and the filibuster -- tools for Trump's agenda

<b>(CNN) —</b> When Donald J. Trump took the oath of office last week, he was greeted by a new 115th Congress that represents the largest Republican congressional majority to welcome an incoming Republican president in nearly a century. Only two recent Republican presidents -- George W. Bush and Dwight D. …

Government

Mr. President, will you help US ranchers?

<b>(CNN) —</b> While President Donald Trump won praise as president-elect for his efforts to protect manufacturing workers against imports and off-shoring, and even though one of his first actions in office was to withdraw the United States from the Trans-Pacific Partnership, he has thus far largely …

Agriculture

Black actors finally breaking through in Oscar nominations?

<b>(CNN) —</b> This much is certain: The #OscarSoWhite tag, all over the cultural map at this time a year ago, no longer applies.<p>Diversity of content and talent were widespread enough in the pool of potential Oscar nominees that when it came time to choose who'd get the nod, it had become …

Entertainment

Lying has worked for Donald Trump -- so why stop now?

<b>(CNN) —</b> You've got to give Donald Trump points for consistent audacity. When you lie, distort, and make God an accomplice while speaking to the Central Intelligence Agency -- where facts are the coin of the realm -- you must have absolute confidence in your abilities.<p>In the first days of his …

Republican Party

Moving US Embassy to Jerusalem puts America's interests last

<b>(CNN) —</b> Sean Spicer's cautious comments at the White House press briefing on moving the US Embassy to Jerusalem suggest that the incoming Trump administration is taking its time considering whether to make good on the President's campaign promise.<p>And it's just as well. For an administration that …

Israel

Killing TPP is bad news for Americans, but great for China

<b>(CNN) —</b> It's now clear that the election of Donald Trump will dramatically alter the shape of the world's economy for the foreseeable future. But based on his executive action to withdraw from the negotiating process of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), this reshaping will not be for the benefit …

Markets

Mike Flynn: Trump team's weakest link

<b>(CNN) —</b> As President Donald J. Trump's national security team falls into place, there has been much focus on the substance of what some are calling a "Trump Doctrine" that emerged during his inaugural speech: America First. The phrase itself is controversial, evoking memories of WWII's America …

World News

Gag me: Trump's anti-abortion executive order

<b>(CNN) —</b> Here we go again. The bad old days of United States foreign assistance are coming back, now that President Donald Trump signed an executive order reinstating the global gag rule on overseas discussion of abortion by individuals and organizations receiving federal funding. We have been here …

Public Health

What the Women's March was missing

<b>(CNN) —</b> What do women really want?<p>It's the age old question that came to a head once again on inaugural weekend when the day after President Donald Trump's inauguration, massive rallies were held in Washington and other cities across the country and around the world.<p>Billed as the Women's March on …

Rights & Freedoms

Trump is right -- more women should have voted

<b>(CNN) —</b> As millions of women -- and men -- marched on Saturday to protest Donald Trump's election, the new President himself was wondering what many others were: Where were these people on November 8, 2016?<p>"Watched protests yesterday but was under the impression that we just had an election! Why …

Bernie Sanders

Trump's TPP move is misdirection

<b>(CNN) —</b> Donald Trump is likely to portray withdrawing from the Trans Pacific Partnership as a bold stroke, and his not-constrained-by-facts White House is sure to tout it as the greatest economic move made by an occupant of the Oval Office in modern history. But, looking more closely, the decision …

Trans-Pacific Partnership

How to use the past to fight for your rights today

<b>(CNN) —</b> This weekend, I traveled from Chicago to Washington for the Women's March. Surrounded by hundreds of thousands of women and men, young and old, black and white, in wheelchairs and walking, I was inspired to see how many of us feel the need right now to stand up for our own rights and for …

Civil Rights

White House website reboot isn't a conspiracy, but it's still a disaster

<b>(CNN) —</b> A clumsy effort to replace the Obama administration's policies, promises and philosophy on Day One shows that Team Trump's direction remains, in many cases, a work in progress.<p>And nowhere was the rushed, not-quite-ready-to-go feel of the new Trump administration more obvious than on the …

Government

Crowd size is trivial; trusting White House numbers is not

<b>(CNN) —</b> The Trump administration is only a few days in and already the fight with reporters over the media's view of the White House and the math behind its crowd counts is occupying America's headlines.<p>A tug-of-war over facts -- both real and alternative -- is now in full swing, with the White …

The White House

Want to improve health care? Focus on hospitals

<b>(CNN) —</b> As Congress and the Trump administration debate the future of America's health care system, they should go beyond the issues of access and cost and recognize an equally important priority: that patients come first, so health reform should also focus on quality of care.<p>Seen statistically in …

Health

Dear team Trump,'alternative facts' are lies

<b>(CNN) —</b> Donald Trump's White House counselor Kellyanne Conway coined a new term Sunday morning when she stated that White House Press secretary Sean Spicer was not lying about the size of the crowd at Trump's inauguration. Instead, Conway claimed, Spicer simply told us "alternative facts."<p>It's …

Republican Party

Trump won't change but marchers can change the world

<b>(CNN) —</b> The reason why I joined an estimated 125,000 men, women and children in Boston at the Women's March is simple. I don't agree with a President who "tweets" us like crap. And by "us," I mean all of us.<p>Saturday, in more than 673 cities around the world, millions of men, women and children …

News Media

Can women's march make magic moment into a movement?

<b>(CNN) —</b> It was certainly a magic moment -- hundreds of thousands of women pouring hour after hour into the Mall in Washington, joined in protest by women in dozens of American cities and even in a half dozen or more big cities overseas. All told, reported the Washington Post, millions marched to …

Feminism

Trump's Hundred Days clock is ticking

<b>(CNN) —</b> The clock is ticking. President Trump has between now and April 29 to make the most of his Hundred Days.<p>Ever since Franklin Roosevelt introduced the term in 1933 as he pushed through Congress one of the boldest domestic agendas that the nation had seen, 75 bills in total, these important …

Government

Andrew Cuomo: States, use your power to protect women's rights

<b>(CNN) —</b> Earlier this month, I delivered my State of the State address for 2017. This annual message is an opportunity for the governor to lay out his initiatives, priorities and goals to meet the needs of New Yorkers for the coming year. There is rarely a clear consensus on every initiative. But on …

Justice

Will President Trump restart the drone war in Pakistan?

<b>(CNN) —</b> The American drone war in Pakistan effectively ended nearly eight months ago when the US conducted its last drone strike, killing the Taliban's leader, Mullah Akhtar Mansour.<p>After using CIA drones regularly for 7 years in Pakistan -- a country where the United States is not waging a …

Pakistan

Women, this is our rallying cry

<b>(CNN) —</b> The Women's March on Washington started as a trickle, then turned into a wave and then grew into a tsunami. Here's where it started: On Election Night, thousands of Hillary Clinton supporters at the Javits Center in New York stood cheering, buoyed by the polls, even before the final vote …

Civil Liberties

Dad: Why I'm marching with my daughter

<b>(CNN) —</b> I've been doing a lot of traveling for Donald Trump lately.<p>My first trip came three months ago when I traveled from New York to knock on doors in Reading, Pennsylvania, to get out the vote for Hillary Clinton. Now I'm on the road again, making my way to the nation's capital to join the …

Gender

Donald Trump's battle cry

<b>(CNN) —</b> Donald Trump's inaugural address was less of a speech than a battle cry -- an angry denunciation of America's political elites and a decree that under his leadership, the people will stage a virtual revolution. We haven't heard anything like this in modern times.<p>The address surely heartened …

Republicans

How to stay safe at the Women's March

<b>(CNN) —</b> With the nation divided and protests already occurring around President Donald Trump's inauguration, it might seem that now is a good time to avoid large public gatherings. But Saturday's Women's March on Washington is resolutely aimed at being a peaceful and meaningful demonstration …

Washington D.C.

Fight for common sense gun-safety policies far from over

<b>(CNN) —</b> I flew 39 combat missions in Operation Desert Storm and left our planet four times in a spaceship. I always thought I had a risky job. But it wasn't until my wife, Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords, was nearly assassinated that I learned she had faced a more present danger.<p>Since that …

Guns

Trump's America: Cartoon views from around the world

Cartoons

Why we'll help President Trump put people of color first

<b>(CNN) —</b> In the days and weeks following the 2016 presidential election, a wave of racially motivated hate crimes and harassment swept the nation. Many of the perpetrators invoked the name of Donald Trump, suggesting that a new ethos had descended upon the United States.<p>Of all the dangers and …

Racism

Why legitimacy is what Donald Trump needs most

<b>(CNN) —</b> Donald John Trump is now the 45th president of the United States. Each inauguration, including Friday's, has been legal and fully in accordance with the United States Constitution. Yet much that the new president has said and proposes to do now that he has become the President is causing …

Government