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Jindal: New Orleans shows value of school choice

(CNN) — "He used to cry not to go to school."

That was the daily grind for Valerie Evans in the years before school reform in New Orleans. But when a volunteer came and knocked on her door in summer 2008, she eagerly applied for a scholarship and her son Gabriel got a place at a private school using …

New Orleans

New Orleans: Tougher, feistier, cooler 10 years after Katrina

(CNN) — As the 10-year anniversary of Hurricane Katrina approaches, CNN Opinion asked residents and those involved in New Orleans' recovery for their take on the lessons learned, and what the city means to them. All views are the authors' own.

Sanjay Gupta: The doctor

In the months after Hurricane …


Grim crisis within EU borders

(CNN) — Seventy-one decomposing bodies discovered in a truck on the side of an Austrian highway. Two hundred presumed drowned when their boat sunk off the Libyan coast. Fifty-two people found suffocated in the hold of another boat. This relentless catalog of death, within the space of 24 hours, is …

News (Europe)

Why ISIS wants to erase Palmyra's history

(CNN) — In "The Art of War," Sun Tzu notes that "the whole secret lies in confusing the enemy, so that he cannot fathom our real intent." ISIS is developing this logic in an obscene and seductive way, using the world's media to cultivate its barbaric image and recruit new members.

The austerely …

World History

What Curt Schilling learned after his bizarre tweet

(CNN) — Curt Schilling is right. No, I'm not talking about his horribly anti-Muslim tweet in which he shared an image of Adolph Hitler that featured the text: "It's said that only 5-10% of Muslims are extremists. In 1940, only 7% of Germans were Nazis. How'd that go?" Schilling then added his own …

Curt Schilling

GOP needs to talk about Supreme Court

(CNN) — When the next president is sworn in on January 20, 2017, three of the Supreme Court's justices will be in their eighties. Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Anthony Kennedy and Antonin Scalia -- a liberal, a moderate, and a conservative, respectively -- have all served for at least two decades, but a …

Republican Party

Virginia Tech survivor: The gun lobby's foolish answer

(CNN) — Early Wednesday morning, Alison Parker and Adam Ward were on assignment in Moneta, Virginia -- Parker as a reporter and Ward as a cameraman. Working for WDBJ7, Roanoke's CBS affiliate, they were working on a story about the 50th anniversary of Smith Mountain Lake and interviewing Vicki …


Ashley Madison hack: Privacy becomes extinct

(CNN) — Scientists theorize that about 65 million years ago, a huge asteroid smashed into our planet, causing vast waves to course across the oceans, igniting runaway wildfires and sending plumes of ash into the air that blotted out the sun, bringing on an endless winter. The result of this event — …

Ashley Madison

The real issue behind on-air killings of journalists

(CNN) — As day follows night, the stunning killings of journalists Alison Parker and Adam Ward in Roanoke, Virginia -- a gruesome crime caught on live television -- all too quickly became grist for politicians and ideologues to argue about their favorite issues, while skipping the elephant in the …


The forgotten victims of disaster

(CNN) — Ten years ago, Hurricane Katrina made its devastating landfall on the Gulf coast of Louisiana and Mississippi. The subsequent failure of levees and emergency response systems in and around New Orleans caused a level of human death, displacement and property damage unseen in living …

New Orleans

Should media show on-air killings?

(CNN) — After two journalists in Virginia were shot dead on air Wednesday, news organizations and other media faced a decision: With dramatic video of a crime available --some of it shot by the killer himself -- were they obliged to put it on air and publish it? Some did, in a limited way, others


Is America forgetting American values?

(CNN) — Khadija Ismayilova, an Azerbaijani journalist working for the congressionally funded Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty, has been sitting behind bars in Baku since December and faces up to 19 years in prison.

With the number of journalists jailed around the world surging, a case like hers …

Cold War

One way to combat traffic congestion

(CNN) — Most of us who live or work in major urban areas are confronted with traffic congestion challenges every day. Recently, the Urban Mobility Scorecard estimated there is an average congestion delay of 52 hours per year per car commuter in the top 101 urban areas in the United States. This …


The spirit of being, looking 'fresh'

(CNN) — Silver Spring, Maryland, seemed like Candy Land when my mother, sister and I moved to Astoria, Queens, in 1977. My father, who was a professor at Howard University in Washington, D.C., had run his relationship with my mother into the ground. He wound up moving to New York after my parents …

Rock Music

Why I'm willing to forgive Uber a lot

(CNN) — According to a complaint filed Wednesday by the San Francisco District Attorney's office, Uber, the revolutionary ride-hailing service, hired several drivers with criminal records ranging from murder to child abuse, due to flaws in Uber's background-checking system. If the allegations are …


What should companies do about dangerous employees?

(CNN) — It's called passing the trash. Keeping quiet about a former employee's true nature is about fear and money.

Violent and criminally-minded employees often move from job to job without anyone raising red flags about their bad experiences with them. Employers are afraid to talk about their …

Chamber of Commerce

Encryption a growing threat to security

(CNN) — Back in the 1970s and '80s, Americans asked private companies to divest from business dealings with the apartheid government of South Africa. In more recent years, federal and state law enforcement officials have asked -- and required -- Internet service providers to crack down on the …


How outrage over Cecil the lion killing misses the point

(CNN) — Of all the stories you heard in the news in the past few days, which one moved you the most? Which outraged you, brought you to tears, led you to action? Which did you talk about with your friends, post on Facebook, discuss on Twitter? If the answer is the killing of Cecil the lion, you are …


Feel disrespected? Pull a gun

(CNN) — Feel disrespected? Pull a gun. Open fire. That'll teach 'em.

It's become the norm in the United States.

"We don't treat guns like they're instruments of death in this country." That comes from a man who knows. Lonnie Phillips lost his daughter, Jessica, to the monster who opened fire at a …


Democrats should thank Donald Trump

(CNN) — Dear Donald:

As a voter who's leaning toward voting Democratic, I just wanted to say thank you.

Thank you for your antics. Thank you for your arrogance. And most of all, thank you for damaging the GOP brand -- possibly beyond restoration for quite likely the entire election season.

If you'll …

Donald Trump

Iran deal: Why don't Americans like it?

(CNN) — I don't read polls for a living, and certainly don't want to compete with those who do. But I was intrigued by a new CNN poll that found a majority of Americans in favor of Congress rejecting the recently negotiated nuclear deal with Iran.

To be sure this is one poll; and others have reached …

Middle East

Abercrombie: The never-ending, exclusive frat party?

(CNN) — I have to admit I haven't shopped at Abercrombie & Fitch since I was a freshman in college. Even then, when I fell squarely within the brand's numerical demographic, I felt fully outside of it. I prefer not to dress like a frat party might spontaneously materialize in front of me at any …


Should colleges do away with SATs?

(CNN) — This week, George Washington University announced it is adopting a "test-optional" admissions policy, becoming one of the largest private universities to allow prospective students to opt out of sending ACT or SAT scores.

GW joins other top-rated national universities such as Wake Forest and …

University of South Carolina

Are Patriots fans the only ones who believe Tom Brady?

(CNN) — Jerry Seinfeld joked on his TV show that loyalty to athletes is strictly a matter of laundry. You love a guy who wears your favorite team's uniform, but not if he puts on a different team's shirt. Or, as Seinfeld summed it up: "You're actually rooting for the clothes."

It seems like a safe …

Tom Brady

Twisted logic behind lion hunts

(CNN) — The brutal killing of Cecil the Lion has rightly drawn outrage from around the world. Reports say that this local celebrity and dominant male of his pride was lured with food out of a Zimbabwe national park, only to be struck by an arrow shot from the bow of a Minnesota dentist who paid …


The man who wouldn't hand over bin Laden to the U.S.

(CNN) — He is as mysterious in his reported death as he was mysterious in life. Mullah Omar, one of the world's most wanted men, died in a hospital in Karachi, Pakistan, more than two years ago, according to Afghan government officials. U.S. officials say they believe this to be a "credible" …


Pilot: What the wreckage tells us

(CNN) — Nothing would be more poignantly encouraging for 239 families than to know that the piece of aircraft part found on La Reunion Island east of Madagascar connects with MH370 -- the Boeing 777 that disappeared in March 2014, en route from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing. The world wants to know. And …


Jon Stewart for president?

(CNN) — On Tuesday we learned that President Obama had "secretly" summoned "Daily Show" host Jon Stewart to the White House twice in recent years. Social media was abuzz with the question of whether Stewart was actually advising Obama on certain policy issues. The comments of Obama's former senior …

Jon Stewart

Sudan's other crisis

(CNN) — Once their remoteness and inaccessibility made the Nuba Mountains a refuge in Sudan, offering sanctuary and protection to people fleeing persecution. Today, a lack of access has made the same mountains a deadly prison to hundreds of thousands trapped in a bitter struggle between the …