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The 9/11 rescue that we need to hear more about

<b>(CNN) —</b> Christopher Nolan's $150 million film "Dunkirk" may be the first that many Americans have heard about "Operation Dynamo," the beachfront rescue in 1940 of 338,000 Allied troops trapped between Hitler's army and the sea. But what most people probably don't realize is that a larger and faster …

What our faith tells us about healing America

<b>(CNN) —</b> <i>CNN Opinion asked members of the clergy to weigh in on last weekend's events in Charlottesville. The views expressed below are those of the authors.</i><p>Rabbi Shai Held: When human dignity is on the line, there are no innocent bystanders<p>If we truly took the Bible seriously, we might never get …

With Bannon out, who will carry nationalist torch?

<b>(CNN) —</b> Two things are crystal clear after Steve Bannon's ouster: One man gets the spotlight, and his name is President Donald Trump. And there's a new sheriff in town -- and his name is chief of staff John Kelly.<p>White House officials tell me this move is more operational than philosophical. Still, …

Jared and Ivanka are failing a basic moral test

<b>(CNN) —</b> I first heard the silence late Tuesday night, while pecking at my phone, waiting for Jared Kushner and Ivanka Trump to denounce President Donald Trump's latest comments on neo-Nazis after the white supremacist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, and the death and mayhem that resulted.<p>After …

Thomas Jefferson's kin: Confederate statues belong elsewhere

<b>(CNN) —</b> We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal.<p>Those are the words of my sixth great-grandfather, Thomas Jefferson, as he wrote them in the Declaration of Independence over 200 years ago. Yet still today we are struggling to make that statement ring true.<p>As a black …

Now it's Bannon unleashed

<b>(CNN) —</b> After months of controversy, Steve Bannon -- the President's chief strategist, former head of Breitbart, and one of the most controversial figures in American politics -- has been fired. CNN Opinion's Jane Carr spoke with Kurt Bardella, a former Breitbart executive, about Bannon's ouster …

Joseph J. Ellis: Credit Trump with showing us America's reality on race

<b>(CNN) —</b> Donald Trump's controversial remarks in the wake of the Charlottesville riots have inadvertently made two significant contributions to our national conversation about race.<p>First, Trump has for the first time clarified what "Again" means in his campaign slogan "Make American Great Again." It …

North Korea gives US a clear choice: Restraint or missile launches

<b>(CNN) —</b> US President Donald Trump implied in one of his latest tweets that he forced North Korea to back down over its threat to Guam. It's a dangerous misperception that could cause the crisis to escalate and Trump to miss what could be the best chance he will have to halt the tests of missiles …

For service chiefs, speaking out isn't defiance - it's leadership

<b>(CNN) —</b> As of Wednesday, each of the four service chiefs -- the heads of the Navy, Army, Marine Corps and Air Force -- have issued statements denouncing racism and bigotry in the wake of the violence in Charlottesville, Virginia.<p>I know each of these men personally, and served on staffs with all of …

How much longer can decent people serve in Trump's cabinet?

<b>(CNN) —</b> President Donald Trump was not standing alone on the podium when he informed the world that some participants in the Charlottesville neo-Nazi march were "very fine people."<p>He was flanked by Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao, an immigrant from Taipei, Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin, …

Even if statues come down, demons remain

<b>(CNN) —</b> "Repulsive" was the word used by House of Representative Speaker Paul Ryan.<p>This was from a man who has gone out of his way to defend, support and condone the increasingly, well "repulsive," statements by the 45th President of the United States.<p>It is trite to say President Trump is in hot …

My grandparents would be shocked by Trump

<b>(CNN) —</b> My grandparents, Myron Kuznicki and Raisse Volovitz, arrived in America in the 1920s. At the time, they were escaping anti-Semitism in Russia and Ukraine.<p>Over a decade after they arrived, they watched from afar as the Nazis murdered 6 million Jews -- Nazis who marched through the streets …

Trump should come to Europe and see what the Nazis did

<b>(CNN) —</b> President Donald Trump's combative defense of far-right protesters packs a nausea-inducing punch when you listen to it in Europe -- in territories that were occupied and ruled by a fascist regime. Territories that were liberated only when free people -- including Americans -- fought the …

Russia's military exercises: Could they turn into war?

<b>(CNN) —</b> In Russia and neighboring Belarus, preparations are underway for Zapad -- a major military exercise to be held in September.<p>The two countries' Western neighbors are worried. Zapad is Russian for "West," and of all the different major exercises in the Russian military calendar, it causes the …

Governor's painful gaffe on Charlottesville

<b>(CNN) —</b> "I have a message to all the white supremacists and the Nazis who came into Charlottesville today. Our message is plain and simple: Go home," said Governor Terry McAuliffe. "You are not wanted in this great Commonwealth. ... You pretend that you are patriots, but you are anything but a …

The revolution Putin wants to ignore

<b>(CNN) —</b> Russian President Vladimir Putin would rather ignore the Russian revolution, which marks its 100th anniversary this year. But in the Internet age, it's impossible to erase history. Ordinary Russians are commemorating the revolution on social media, the last platform for free expression in …

South China Sea: Vietnam takes up fight against China

<b>(CNN) —</b> When it comes to the disputed waters of the South China Sea, Vietnam's leaders must feel very lonely these days.<p>Their fellow Southeast Asian claimants have either reversed course after years of escalating tensions with Beijing, or are keeping their heads down and letting Hanoi take up the …

Trump's tepid condemnation of neo-Nazis disappoints the world

<b>(CNN) —</b> The images of mayhem in Charlottesville led the main national newscast on Sunday night in the Netherlands -- a country that, like much of Europe and the rest of the world, has a keen interest in what goes on in the United States.<p>The coverage -- and the conversations in newspapers, cafes and …

Donald Trump and Kim Jong Un, made for each other?

<b>(CNN) —</b> The world long ago grew accustomed to the belligerent behavior of North Korea's Kim family, so more of their same aggression is hardly a shock. But in the aftermath of President Donald Trump's recent statements threatening North Korea with "fire and fury like the world has never seen," and …

Charleston relative: Charlottesville a stark reminder of racism's cost

<b>(CNN) —</b> I'm a proud daughter of the American South, and my heritage has shaped me into the woman of faith I am today. But like many African-Americans from the South, I am no stranger to the hate and intolerance that has defined a large part of our history.<p>Two years ago, my mother and two cousins …

Why Trump won't stand up against hate

<b>(CNN) —</b> With one dead and 19 others injured in Charlottesville, Virginia, President Donald Trump has responded to his first domestic crisis with the cowardice of the bully he has always been. Instead of standing up to the violent white nationalists who terrorized a peaceful city, he made them …

Venezuelan sanctions without diplomacy will fail

<b>(CNN) —</b> Despite condemnation from 40 countries and even the Pope, Venezuela's ruling party installed its new assembly last weekend. Choosing as its head former Foreign Minister Delcy Rodriguez, a loyal follower of President Nicolas Maduro, the assembly focused on efforts to stifle any dissent, …

Trump flunked a test he should have passed

<b>(CNN) —</b> President Donald Trump faced a moral test this weekend: how would he deal with racist violence? Many would judge that he flunked that test. When it came to specifically condemning white supremacy, he simply didn't have the vocabulary.<p>On Friday night, neo-Nazis turned out in Charlottesville, …

Charlottesville spotlights Trump's toxic failure to lead

<b>(CNN) —</b> The roiling spectacle of racial violence that unfolded in Charlottesville, Virginia, on Saturday leaving three people dead -- one killed when a car plowed into a crowd and two Virginia State Police officers who died in a helicopter crash -- represents the culmination of naked appeals by an …

Charlottesville killing was an act of domestic terrorism

<b>(CNN) —</b> On Saturday, a 20-year-old man from Ohio allegedly rammed his car into a group of people gathered to protest a white nationalist rally, killing a 32-year old woman and injuring 19 others. If James Alex Fields Jr., of Maumee, Ohio, indeed intended to harm the counter-protesters, then his act …

Brutal talk is exactly what North Korea needs to hear

<b>(CNN) —</b> The North Korea crisis is deadly serious and President Donald Trump is pursuing a dangerous path, escalating tensions with his "fire and fury" and "locked and loaded" comments. His unpredictable behavior is being met with predictable criticism from the left.<p>Even as, according to news …

Let them eat margarine?

<b>(CNN) —</b> France is sliding into an existential butter crisis, and guess who's responsible? Well, at least in part, it's China and Iran. But equal blame could be parceled out to government over-regulation, even global warming.<p>In the past year, the price of butter in France and indeed much of Europe …

The thing 'SNL' does to Trump

<b>(CNN) —</b> Trump's "locked and loaded" standoff with North Korea has Americans in high anxiety, hair-pulling among White House officials may be stalling his agenda, Robert Mueller's Russia campaign-interference probe appears to be heating up with the recent FBI raid of President Donald Trump's former …

How Trump can win in Afghanistan

<b>(CNN) —</b> Sorry, Mr. President, but the US can't get out of Afghanistan. Not now, maybe never. The only real question is how deep do we stay and for how long?<p>That seems to be just what Sen. John McCain is now suggesting -- adding troops for counterterrorism, increasing US airpower and targeting the …