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You've committed the graver sin, Senator Scott

<b>(CNN) —</b> No one should have more sympathy for Sen. Tim Scott (R-South Carolina) than me. As the first black man elected to the US Senate from the Deep South since Reconstruction, Scott occupies a remarkable position in Congress.<p>And yet when he took to the floor and read off the disgusting comments …

Black History

Donald Trump and the psychology of blame

<b>(CNN) —</b> In eighth grade, I ran for student council president. The candidates all had to speak in the auditorium to the entire student body. An opponent went first, and promised to have soda come out of the water fountains throughout the school. The audience applauded wildly. When I spoke, I argued …

Psychology

The cleric who altered the course of modern history

Peter Bergen is CNN's National Security Analyst and the author of "The Osama bin Laden I Know," which this article draws upon in part.<p>(CNN)Omar Abdel-Rahman, the Egyptian cleric who inspired terrorist plots in New York during the early 1990s and who died in an American prison on Saturday, was also …

Terrorism

Russiagate: What kind of scandal?

Julian Zelizer is a professor of history and public affairs at Princeton University and a New America fellow. He is the author of "Jimmy Carter" and "The Fierce Urgency of Now: Lyndon Johnson, Congress, and the Battle for the Great Society." He also is the co-host of the podcast "Politics & Polls." …

Corruption

Bill Maher's shameful mainstreaming of Yiannopoulos' hate

Dean Obeidallah, a former attorney, is the host of SiriusXM radio's daily program "The Dean Obeidallah Show" and a columnist for The Daily Beast. Follow him @deanofcomedy. The opinions expressed in this commentary are his.<p>(CNN)By inviting "alt right" (aka white supremacist) darling Milo …

Comedy

George Takei: On this Remembrance Day, I hear terrible echoes of the past

<b>(CNN) —</b> I was just a child of 5 when soldiers marched up our driveway in a Los Angeles residential neighborhood, bayonets in hand, and pounded on our front door, ordering us out. We were permitted only what we could carry, no bedding, no pets.<p>I remember my mother's tears as she and our father …

History

Why Trump wants you to hate the media

<b>(CNN) —</b> If you watched President Trump's astonishing press conference on Thursday, you might be forgiven for concluding that the most urgent problem facing America is that the media "is out of control." Some media "is fantastic," the president allowed. But on the whole, journalism is plagued by …

Journalism

To safeguard voting rights, go local

<b>(CNN) —</b> As recently as Thursday's press conference, President Donald Trump continued to peddle falsehoods about his electoral win. It came after a weekend when one of his top aides, Stephen Miller, brazenly claimed that Democrats sent busloads of voters from Massachusetts into New Hampshire, …

North Carolina

My unsolicited advice for Sean Spicer, Kellyanne Conway and the team

<b>(CNN) —</b> During my eight years in the Obama administration, there was an offhand comment uttered from time to time in the hallway after something went off the rails, "It's a communications problem."<p>The reality is that is the case sometimes, but most of the time the problem is much larger.<p>Some of the …

U.S. Politics

Chaos in the White House is causing concern in Europe

<b>(CNN) —</b> Watching from Europe, it's hard to tell if we are playing audience to a farce, a tragedy, or both unfolding simultaneously in the White House.<p>Given how critical any details emanating from the White House are to assuage European worries about President Donald Trump's intended relationship …

The White House

Trump voters applaud press conference

<b>(CNN) —</b> While the establishment politicians and the left scoff at President Trump's Thursday press conference, Trump voters celebrate a victorious display of confidence. After a week of rampant speculation about selective leaks from the intelligence community, Trump boldly took to the East Room …

Donald Trump

Why would Acosta join the Trump team?

<b>(CNN) —</b> On Thursday, President Donald Trump held a bizarre news conference in which he railed against the media, Senate Democrats, and the intelligence community. He insisted his former national security adviser, Michael T. Flynn, had done nothing wrong. He falsely asserted that he had "the biggest …

Cuba

Oroville is the best warning that infrastructure matters

<b>(CNN) —</b> At Oroville Dam in California this week, a major disaster was only one bout of heavy rains away. Luckily, the quick response of civil servants has averted a crisis, and with the water level at Lake Oroville dropping, authorities lifted the mandatory evacuation order and the nearly 200,000 …

Army Corps of Engineers

Combat troops to Syria? Not so fast

<b>(CNN) —</b> Throughout the 2016 election campaign, then-candidate Donald Trump repeatedly promised a new approach to battlefield victory over ISIS, saying he would ask "the generals" to provide a new plan within 30 days of his inauguration.<p>This week Navy captain and Pentagon spokesman Jeff Davis …

War
NATO

Trump's performance fuels worry about his presidency going off the rails

<b>(CNN) —</b> "How would you feel if that was your boss?" and "How would you feel if that was someone in your family?" asked CNN's Jake Tapper after Thursday's news conference with President Donald Trump. Although at this point nothing should surprise anyone about how Trump conducts himself, it was still …

Democracy

Making sense of the strange Trump-Netanyahu meeting

<b>(CNN) —</b> President Barack Obama and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu met 17 times during the course of their eight years in office together. I was the only person on the US side to attend each meeting.<p>These encounters were generally cordial and often productive, befitting the close alliance between …

Israel

The amazing woman replacing a slave owner at Yale

<b>(CNN) —</b> Who an institution memorializes says a lot about what it stands for.<p>Earlier this month, I was proud to see Yale University, my graduate alma mater, stand for women's advancement in technology when it renamed Calhoun College -- named for John C. Calhoun, vice president to John Quincy Adams …

Grace Hopper

Is the two-state solution dead?

<b>(CNN) —</b> A veteran Israeli negotiator once quipped to me that someone or something could just be dead -- or dead and buried.<p>Wednesday, before his meeting with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and with Israel's active participation, Donald Trump may have moved the concept of a two-state …

Israel

Why Trump had better make friends with spy agencies

<b>(CNN) —</b> Look away for a moment from the sparks flying from the big question of the day -- what General Flynn did or didn't say to the Russian ambassador, who knew what and when, who leaked, who else might be involved -- and consider how the new administration has got itself into this position. And …

Intelligence Agencies

The Cold War returns to the high seas

<b>(CNN) —</b> The Russian Navy surveillance vessel SSV-175 Viktor Leonov is reportedly cruising international waters off the East Coast of the United States.<p>Ho, hum.<p>Viktor Leonov first appeared off Delaware and, at this writing, is loitering south of the US submarine base at Groton, Connecticut. The ship …

Cold War

The irony of Trump whining about leaks

<b>(CNN) —</b> In the face of mounting revelations of contacts between his campaign advisers and Russian intelligence, Donald Trump's best strategy is to come clean: release his tax returns, answer all questions, recuse Attorney General Jeff Sessions from any inquiries and fully cooperate with an …

Hillary Clinton

Consultant: Republicans must take town hall protests seriously

<b>(CNN) —</b> While much of Washington is absorbed with the latest machinations of the Trump White House, congressional Republicans are finding scores of voters showing up at their town halls and other events. And those voters are angry.<p>This should not be a surprise.<p>Look no farther than Raleigh, North …

Protest

Can Congress force Flynn to testify?

Danny Cevallos (@CevallosLaw) is a CNN legal analyst and a personal injury and criminal defense attorney practicing in Pennsylvania and the US Virgin Islands. The opinions expressed in this commentary are his.<p>(CNN)Michael Flynn, the ex-national security adviser, stepped down on Monday at the …

Government

Courts, let the cameras in

<b>(CNN) —</b> On February 3, US District Court Judge James Robart entered a temporary restraining order amounting to a nationwide injunction that blocked the executive order limiting immigration from seven Muslim-majority countries. Shortly thereafter, I received a link to a video of the oral argument, a …

Law

Beyonce and Adele show future of feminism

<b>(CNN) —</b> Upon accepting the award for album of the year at the 2017 Grammy Awards on Sunday night, Adele did the right thing: She said that she couldn't accept it because she knew that it was Beyoncé's "Lemonade," and not her own album, that truly deserved to win. Her speech was gracious and …

Feminism

Why Netanyahu must stand up to Israel's right

<b>(CNN) —</b> Israel is at a crossroads: two states or not two states.<p>Of course, the world does not expect a deal to be made tomorrow -- or even soon. These days, no one is that naive. But it does want to hear from Israel that there has been no paradigm shift, no retreat to the old dream of a Greater …

Israel

Did Michael Flynn break the law?

Page Pate is a criminal defense and constitutional lawyer based in Atlanta. He is an adjunct professor of law at the University of Georgia, a founding member of the Georgia Innocence Project, a former board member of the Federal Defender Program in Atlanta, and the former chairman of the criminal …

Government

The best way to celebrate Valentine's Day

<b>(CNN) —</b> Each year, Valentine's Day brings a chance for activists in hundreds of countries across the world to mobilize together as part of V-Day's One Billion Rising, a movement to end violence against girls and women.<p>This year, that global movement takes on new urgency right here at home.<p>As a new …

Violence Against Women