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A second Trump-Putin meeting would be madness

<b>(CNN) —</b> Donald Trump is President, but he is not king of America; the country is not his private property.<p>When he was running his "Trump Organization," he was free to hold secret meetings -- even with his enemies -- to ignore everyone's advice and then tell no one what transpired. But the US is not …

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Nikki Haley, Jared Kushner: For Gaza peace, tell the truth about Hamas

<b>(CNN) —</b> The old cliché about turning around a battleship is true. It doesn't happen quickly. But something is happening at the United Nations that proves that changing course is possible, and it holds important lessons for how the world considers issues in the Middle East.<p>For decades, the United …

Israel

What ties Trump's two big summits together

<b>(CNN) —</b> As Americans and allied nations around the world absorb the shock of President Donald Trump's betrayal of western strategic interests during his press conference with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Helsinki, it's easy to forget Trump's similar betrayal of American interests in his …

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Why Kavanaugh needs to brush up on his Watergate history

<b>(CNN) —</b> President Donald Trump's Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh declared in 2016 that he wanted to "put the final nail" in the coffin of Morrison v. Olson, a Supreme Court decision that upheld a court-appointed special prosecutor's power to investigate high-level executive branch …

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Reagan aide: Condemn Trump's 'enemy of the people' rhetoric

<b>(CNN) —</b> In a rare display of bipartisan unity, Republican and Democratic senators and representatives are practically tripping over each other to get in front of television cameras to blast Russian President Vladimir Putin for attempting to undermine our democracy by seeking to tamper with the 2016 …

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Why we should ditch the 'perfect woman' myth

<b>(CNN) —</b> This month, countless women responded to former Glamour editor Cindi Leive, one of the latest women leaders to urge others speak out and say they are among the #oneinfour women who have had an abortion, according to the Guttmacher Institute.<p>But despite this cascade of stories, and the …

Feminism

Republican leaders need to remember what happened the last time America chose to be isolated

<b>(CNN) —</b> By attacking our closest allies and their leaders and displaying obsequious deference to the virtual dictator Vladimir Putin, Donald Trump has repudiated American global leadership. He has replaced it with a hyper-nationalism and unilateralism that are less of a foreign policy and more the …

Political Science

Trump's right: Britain IS in turmoil

<b>(CNN) —</b> Given the turbulent period Theresa May has been experiencing over the past fortnight, she could be forgiven for thinking that the forthcoming summer break, when the UK Parliament does not sit for six weeks, has not come soon enough.<p>In the space of less than a month, the Prime Minister has …

Great Britain

Cohen's recording of Trump is a warning sign

<b>(CNN) —</b> Michael Avenatti was right: The "#trumptapes" do exist. Michael Cohen, the man who once said he'd be willing to take a bullet for Donald Trump, has now provided perhaps the strongest evidence against him.<p>As first reported by New York Times, the FBI is now in possession of at least one …

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Duck boat disaster: Tragedy strikes a country playground

<b>(CNN) —</b> When I was a boy, my father built a cabin on Table Rock Lake in the Ozark Mountains. We stayed there during the summers. Usually once a week, we would venture into Branson, Missouri, for a sightseeing outing or entertainment. The one thing that always caught my attention were the duck boats.<p>…

Blue Ridge Mountains

Trump, Musk and the art of the non-apology

<b>(CNN) —</b> You don't get to where I am in life without understanding the anatomy of a good apology. The idea is to acknowledge any hurt caused, to explain briefly what went wrong, take ownership of that mistake and then -- and only then -- to request forgiveness. It should all be about recipient …

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Democrats need to fix their own voter suppression problem

<b>(CNN) —</b> Every wing of the Democratic Party is rightfully outraged at voter suppression and disenfranchisement. Onerous voter ID laws, voting roll purges, felon disenfranchisement and more exist, or are springing up in one "red" state after another, with only one real goal -- keeping poor and …

Government

Rep. Tim Ryan: Marijuana should be legal in all 50 states

<b>(CNN) —</b> The year Donald Trump was elected President, more Americans were arrested for marijuana possession than for all violent crimes combined. Moreover, the ACLU found that even though African-Americans use marijuana at similar rates to white Americans, they are almost four times more likely to …

Cannabis

Trump's Putin outrage: Congress needs to do more than huff and puff

<b>(CNN) —</b> President Trump is turning heads again. After coming under intense fire for his stunning remarks, effectively siding with Russian President Vladimir Putin over the US intelligence community in Helsinki, Trump has doubled down on his rogue policies toward Russia.<p>After a few mild, confusing …

Republicans

Comedian to congressman: Go ahead and call us sluts

<b>(CNN) —</b> Rep. Jason Lewis was elected in 2016 to serve the people of Minnesota's 2nd Congressional District.<p>Jason is upset about some very important things. One of them is that you can no longer use the term "slut" to describe a woman. Now granted he first said this -- along with other equally …

Feminism

The best week ever for throwing shade at Trump

<b>(CNN) —</b> In a week chock full of fallout from the President's disgraceful performance in Helsinki, it's nice to see that at least some folks are having fun with it.<p>If you can put aside the more troubling aspects of Trump's buffoonish praise of Putin -- smearing his own intelligence community, …

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Photojournalism is having a long overdue #MeToo moment

<b>(CNN) —</b> A special report published in the Columbia Journalism Review this week exposed the photojournalism industry's long-time problem with sexual harassment. Writer Kristen Chick interviewed more than 50 people over a period of five months, compiling testimony that details rampant sexual …

Sexual Harassment

Historian: Americans are right to wonder if the Great Experiment has failed

<b>(CNN) —</b> Americans are right to wonder if, at long last, what George Washington called the Great Experiment has failed, and that our founders have lost their extraordinary wager that regular people could govern themselves better than a few rich men could.<p>Consider that in his disastrous press …

George Washington

The most jaw-dropping aspects of the Trump-Putin summit

<b>(CNN) —</b> You know you're not in Kansas anymore when a US President is willing to consider allowing Russia to interrogate a former American ambassador about fabricated crimes. This is only one of the head-spinning developments that made the Helsinki summit alarmingly unique in the annals of US …

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What Trump gets terribly wrong on Montenegro

<b>(CNN) —</b> On June 5, 2017, the small European country of Montenegro became the 29th member of NATO. And on Tuesday night, on Fox News, President Donald Trump implicitly questioned why Americans should die for Montenegrins, saying they were "very aggressive people" who may trigger World War III. It is …

Geopolitics

Confronted with Putin's lies, Trump flinches again

<b>(CNN) —</b> Like a boy forced to say "I'm sorry" when he doesn't mean it, President Donald Trump has been sullenly trying to fix the problem he caused in Helsinki, Finland when he embraced Vladimir Putin and disrespected America's intelligence agencies and allies. Most recently he told CBS news anchor …

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Zuckerberg's comments give Holocaust deniers an opening

<b>(CNN) —</b> Mark Zuckerberg, Facebook's CEO, recently described Holocaust denial as people who have simply gotten things "wrong" but not "intentionally" wrong. After all, he insisted, "I [also] get things wrong." He will not remove their posts from Facebook, "if they get things wrong, even multiple …

Flat Earth Society

How to secure US elections from future hacking

<b>(CNN) —</b> According to indictments released last week by Special Counsel Robert Mueller, Russian intelligence officers successfully breached voter registration databases during the 2016 election. This echoes the Senate Intelligence Committee's findings in a preliminary report on Russian interference …

Los Angeles

Trump and Putin: the pictures tell the story

Anyone who needs confirmation of the secret of a strongman -- that he's a weak man, in constant need of ego affirmation -- need only look at images of the Helsinki "summit" between American President Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin, which revealed the insecurities of both men …

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Vladimir Putin must be delighted with his useful idiots in the West

<b>(CNN) —</b> Wriggling his backside further into the velvet luxury of the 19th Century armchair, Vladimir Putin could be forgiven a sigh of satisfaction.<p>He mirthlessly smiled at an exchange on Russia 1's "60 Minutes" political panel discussion as it dissected his recent summit with Donald Trump.<p><b>Leonid</b> …

Russia

France's World Cup win won't save it from Le Pen

<b>(CNN) —</b> In Europe, an exclusivist and xenophobic form of nationalism is dividing our countries and making life increasingly hard for minorities across the continent.<p>In April, French President Emmanuel Macron warned in Strasbourg that "there seems to be a European civil war" between liberal …

France

Tucker Carlson's racist attempt to deflect outrage over the Trump-Putin saga

<b>(CNN) —</b> When in doubt, blame brown people. That's what one leading voice on the right is doing in response to the fallout over President Donald Trump's disastrous summit with Vladimir Putin in Helsinki, Finland.<p>In an interview with "The Five," Fox News host Tucker Carlson said that Russia had …

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Graça Machel: What Nelson Mandela taught me -- and the world

<b>(CNN) —</b> On Wednesday, people from all around the world gather to honor and draw inspiration from one of the most powerful examples of courage and change: Nelson Mandela. A South African freedom fighter who was born 100 years ago in the village of Mvezo, he grew to adulthood under the shadow of …

Nelson Mandela

How would Nelson Mandela have handled Donald Trump?

<b>(CNN) —</b> Today, Nelson Mandela would be celebrating his 100th birthday.<p>When he was alive, South Africans used the day to celebrate him. That tradition continues to this day, even though he's no longer with us.<p>On "Mandela Day," as July 18 is known, you're supposed to channel your inner-Mandela: Give …

South Africa