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Trump is giving Republicans what they really want

<b>(CNN) —</b> With his proposed tax cut, President Trump is giving the Republicans the red meat they have been craving.<p>After spending so many months toying around with his faux populist agenda, now the White House is really getting down to business. Coming at the end of this 100-day mark, President …

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How Demme showed us America's nightmare

<b>(CNN) —</b> If Jonathan Demme, who died Wednesday at age 73, had done nothing else in his movie directing life except "Something Wild," "Stop Making Sense" and "The Silence of the Lambs," his place in history would be secure -- and exalted.<p>But there are two other films that, as we get deeper into this …


Pilot: The mystery of United's dead giant rabbit

<b>(CNN) —</b> No doubt United Airlines has lost its sense of humor. The most fervent critics of the airline after the April 9 passenger-dragging fiasco on United Express Flight 3411 have also no doubt lost their sense of humor.<p>So it is unfortunate that the airline now faces another public relations …


Trump and Kim have something in common -- neither wants war

<b>(CNN) —</b> The funny thing about tension on the Korean Peninsula is that the further away from it one is, the closer to war it appears.<p>South Koreans have been living in the shadow of North Korea's threats longest of all. They understand bluster.<p>They also know that bluster spills over into real …

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President Trump, you can stop the use of child soldiers

<b>(CNN) —</b> President Donald Trump's foreign policy priorities remain uncertain nearly 100 days into his administration. Early indications, however, point to human trafficking as one area of focus.<p>During a February meeting on domestic and international human trafficking, Trump said he would bring the …


The 'axis of evil' is back

<b>(CNN) —</b> In 2002, George W. Bush identified his now famous "axis of evil" -- Iraq, Iran and North Korea, three rogue, even pariah, states that challenged the international order with terror and weapons of mass destruction (WMD). And he vowed they would not be permitted to threaten the US with the …


Arkansas and America's long dance with death

<b>(CNN) —</b> When the Supreme Court reinstated the death penalty 40 years ago, it imposed an important limitation on its use. Because an execution is "unique in its severity and irrevocability," it must be reserved for the worst of the worst -- society's most morally blameworthy defendants.<p>Over the …


Trump's billionaire friendly tax plan

<b>(CNN) —</b> What we have learned about Donald Trump's leanings on tax policy make them Exhibit A in his bait-and-switch presidency. Although he was elected as a man of the people, Trump's tax reform plans make it clear that he is serving as a baron for billionaires.<p>The tea leaves that pass for a …


Confederate monument furor could signal GOP's fate

<b>(CNN) —</b> The announcement that City of New Orleans would remove four monuments to the Confederate era was sure to cause controversy and stoke racial tensions in the city. Removing Confederate monuments can be a delicate issue in the South. But the monument in question isn't your garden variety …

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How to reckon with a Confederate past

<b>(CNN) —</b> Confederate monuments and Confederate flags on public property weren't designed to honor the leaders of the Confederate States of America. They were installed and flown as an everyday reminder to black Southerners, that their homes are not their own, that their bodies can be taken the way …


A presidency playing out in dog years

<b>(CNN) —</b> Aboard Air Force One, which he has used to commute almost weekly to his resort in Florida, Trump recently bragged of his great early success. "I think we've had one of the most successful 13 weeks in the history of the presidency," he said as, oddly, the image of Darth Vader flashed on a …

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Why the f*** are you talking s*** with kids in the room?

<b>(CNN) —</b> We've reached a major tipping point in politics and there's no turning back.<p>Welcome to the Swear Zone.<p>Remember the good old days, when decorum was still intact? The days where without a hot mic we never would have heard George W. Bush call a reporter a "major-league asshole" or Joe Biden's …

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You can't out-crazy Kim Jong Un

<b>(CNN) —</b> President Trump had a pretty full national security plate Monday: Lunch with ambassadors from the nations that make up the UN Security Council, a meeting with his Defense Secretary and Joint Chiefs Chairman, and dinner with Republican Sens. John McCain and Lindsey Graham.<p>Top of the menu: …

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