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We should have made the opioid crisis OUR problem from the start

<b>(CNN) —</b> Less than one month ago, just as many of us were gathering to celebrate the holidays with families and friends, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released its annual report on the toll of the opioid crisis in 2016. While drug overdose deaths are up a shocking 21% from 2015, the …

Public Health

Return of tactical nuclear weapons would send a dangerous signal

<b>(CNN) —</b> President Trump traveled to the Pentagon on Thursday to discuss the National Defense Strategy, an unclassified version of which will be released Friday. Undoubtedly, key topics of discussion on the new strategy included the proliferation of nuclear weapons and missile technology, and the …

War

The needs of the politicians and those of the people are on a collision course

<b>(CNN) —</b> A federal government shutdown will be an expensive, demoralizing inconvenience felt all across the nation, not just in Washington. So why aren't legislators working overtime to arrive at a compromise?<p>The answer to that question is: the politics of the next election.<p>While several legislative …

Dick Durbin

With wedding on a plane, Pope Francis reclaims love from its emoji status

<b>(CNN) —</b> In an unprecedented move, Pope Francis married a Chilean flight-attendant couple midflight from Santiago to Iquique on Thursday morning. The couple, who are legally married, had planned to wed almost eight years ago but were forced to postpone their plans when an enormous earthquake …

Christianity

Cupp: Tide pod insanity -- it's better that we know

<b>(CNN) —</b> I was recently fumbling around on the internet, as we all do to pass the 20-minute train ride or the three-minute wait for dry cleaning, and found myself engrossed in TED talks by teenagers.<p>You know TED talks -- those brainy but often pretentious lectures given by thought leaders in …

Rob Gronkowski

It's a real shame Trump didn't eat more fish

<b>(CNN) —</b> Cast your mind back to the 1970s. A young Czech-born model named Ivana joins her husband-to-be at the touristy restaurant called Tavern on the Green on the west side of New York's Central Park.<p>The waiter, bending to hear the orders at a table crowed with a group hosted by the father of the …

Donald Trump

Senate must pass FISA Section 702 to protect Americans

<b>(CNN) —</b> For Americans, September 11, 2001 will forever be etched into our memories. The world watched as an always resolute nation fell victim to a horrific act of terror on its own soil. Our enemies celebrated in a seemingly impervious nation being brought to its knees, if only for a moment.<p>More …

John Cornyn

Trump's first year: The report card

<b>(CNN) —</b> It has been a crazy year in Washington. A new president came to town making big promises about how he would upend everything that was wrong with politics and assured his supporters that nothing could get in his way. So how did he do?<p>Grading presidents is a difficult business. These kinds of …

Barack Obama

Love and Washington don't mix

<b>(CNN) —</b> I do not believe love is the answer. I want to. But love, American style, is the kind of love I can live without. Like everything else in our culture, love has become politicized.<p>Maybe anti-Trumpers are to blame. After all, they used love to score political points. Those "Love Trumps Hate" …

Kirstjen Nielsen

Under Trump, can we trust the government's terrorism data?

<b>(CNN) —</b> On Tuesday, the US Department of Homeland Security and the Department of Justice released a report that was mandated by President Trump's executive order -- signed in March 2017 -- which revised the "travel ban" from a number of Muslim-majority countries.<p>Attorney General Jeff Sessions …

Terrorism

The Constitution has stopped Trump -- so far

<b>(CNN) —</b> Donald Trump, as a presidential candidate, never promised compromise. He instead promised the opposite: reform through sheer force of will. "Nobody knows the system better than me," said Trump when accepting the Republican nomination, "which is why I alone can fix it." The trouble with such …

Joe Arpaio

A Dreamer solution both parties can agree on

<b>(CNN) —</b> Congress is running out of time to reach a Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals deal for individuals brought to the United States as children by undocumented parents.<p>According to fwd.us, an organization founded by tech companies advocating for immigration reform, if a deal is not reached …

Immigration

Is California horror house society's fault?

<b>(CNN) —</b> What responsibility does society bear for the Turpins?<p>By many accounts, the family at the center of the week's grimmest and most tragically fascinating story -- 13 children, ages 2 to 29, found starving and shackled in their parents' California home -- was a happy one. They dressed alike …

Parenting

Leon Panetta: The world needs to know that Trump is not who we are

<b>(CNN) —</b> The President of the United States recently made a vulgar and disparaging remark about immigrants to our country from poor and impoverished areas of the world. The remark is unsurprising -- it came from a President who seeks to close our country off from the rest of the world.<p>He has …

Immigration

Without immigration progress, America loses big

<b>(CNN) —</b> After months of delay and distraction, Washington is finally grappling with the question of immigration reform, and DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) in particular.<p>The struggle has many people talking about a potential government shutdown.<p>DACA employees boost our economy. …

Innovation

Let's be honest about Aziz Ansari

<b>(CNN) —</b> This week, an anonymous accuser's account of regretting what appears to be consensual oral sex with actor and comedian Aziz Ansari exploded into the media, with the words "sexual misconduct" splashed across television news, the internet and newspapers.<p>The account, published Saturday on …

Feminism

Women and girls should be at heart of efforts to tackle modern slavery

<b>(CNN) —</b> Born to a desperately poor family in rural Nepal, Alina was just five years old when she was forced to work as a maid in her village. She endured long hours of hard labor without breaks, and was physically and verbally abused. She received no schooling.<p>When Alina turned 11, a neighbor lured …

Slavery

38 excruciating minutes in Hawaii reveal key questions

<b>(CNN) —</b> For 38 excruciating minutes last weekend, many people in Hawaii believed they were under missile attack. Some of them were convinced they were going to die -- that Saturday, the 13th of January, was their last day.<p>They hugged their children. They prayed. They uttered a few final …

North Korea

Olympics diplomacy could solve the Korea crisis

<b>(CNN) —</b> Olympics diplomacy will get its day, even if it comes beneath the shadow of the North Korean nuclear program.<p>This week, South and North Korean officials will meet in the truce village of Panmunjom for "working-level talks" to "work out details on the North's participation in next month's …

North Korea

How GOP made family reunification a dirty word

<b>(CNN) —</b> The media has focused relentlessly on Donald Trump's closed-door meeting last week with US senators, where he reportedly referred to African nations as "shithole countries." Republicans and Democrats alike have rightly condemned the language as disrespectful and unacceptable, and news …

Immigration

Simone Biles is champion -- that's what matters

<b>(CNN) —</b> As the #MeToo movement continues to grow, American gymnast Simone Biles is the latest woman to come forward with a horrific story alleging sexual exploitation. Biles joins a long list (more than 140 to date) of other athletes who have accused former USA Gymnastics team doctor Larry Nassar …

Simone Biles

Should Trump speak to Mueller? A debate

<b>(CNN) —</b> The Washington Post reported last week that special counsel Robert Mueller has told President Donald Trump's legal team that his office will likely seek an interview with the President. Trump indicated he might be willing to be interviewed by Mueller's team, but more recently, he said, …

Robert Mueller

Here's why we have to keep talking about Aziz Ansari

<b>(CNN) —</b> When I see a well-known male figure in entertainment, politics or media trending on Twitter because of sexual harassment allegations, my heart sinks. Him? But he seemed like one of the good ones? Then comes the onslaught of tone-deaf think pieces, such as Andrew Sullivan's take on the …

Feminism

Democrats, don't let Trump's bad words kill DACA deal

<b>(CNN) —</b> Shithole. Shithouse. WTF does it matter?<p>That's all I can really come up with watching people try to deny or redeem President Trump's reported comments, made in a bipartisan meeting in the Oval Office regarding a deal on immigration reform. Typically, you call the fire department when you …

Jerrold Nadler

Dear President Trump: Churchill would have been a climate leader

<b>(CNN) —</b> There could be no starker illustration of the profound differences that exist between Washington and London -- despite alignment on many other issues -- than comments this week by our two leaders on climate change and the environment.<p>For President Trump, the Paris Agreement is a bad deal …

Climate

Heed MLK's call with a pro-democracy movement

<b>(CNN) —</b> From pulpits and podiums across the country, Americans will be reminded on Monday of the relevance of Dr. Martin Luther King's message in 2018. Some time ago, during my tenure as president and CEO of the NAACP, I was painfully reminded of the timeliness of Dr. King in a setting he might not …

Black History

Trump owes us money

<b>(CNN) —</b> Donald Trump owes each and every American money. And I don't mean the trickle-down economics kind that supposedly accompanies tax cuts to the one percent. I'm talking a check to every man, women and child for $3,239 per week until his presidency ends.<p>Why? Well, because Trump has cast us all …

Donald Trump

What Trump doesn't get about Martin Luther King Jr.

<b>(CNN) —</b> The Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. would have celebrated his 89th birthday on Monday. This year, the federal holiday in his honor, which takes place every third Monday of January, falls on his actual birthday, January 15.<p>And since April will mark the 50th anniversary of King's death, …

Black History

Say the words as plainly as Trump does

<b>(CNN) —</b> Around the world, news organizations were struggling under the burden of translating the "colorful vernacular" that the American President had reportedly used to describe certain nations during Thursday afternoon's meeting about immigration reform.<p>Taiwan's Central News Agency referred to …

Donald Trump