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State of the race: Why Hillary Clinton has an edge

<b>(CNN) —</b> If you tune into the news these days it would be easy to conclude that the presidential race is too close to call and that it's all going to come down to what happens in the debates that start Monday. But that would be missing the point. The fact is that the likely outcome of this election …

Elections

Debate coach: Expect Clinton vs. Trump to be an Olympic battle of wits

<b>(CNN) —</b> These presidential debates, which start Monday, will be like no others. The primary debates had more viewers than any in history, and featured trash talking, loud audience booing, candidates mocking each other, shouting matches, and body parts bragging. And those were just the …

Ai Weiwei: Xia Lin verdict exposes the unfairness of China's legal system

<b>(CNN) —</b> Xia Lin and I met in 2010.<p>I planned to sue the Public Security Bureau in Sichuan for exercising violence; Xia accepted my offer to hire him as a lawyer and went with me to Sichuan. Despite our efforts, we were unable to file a lawsuit in the Sichuanese courts. The Public Security Bureau, …

China

Forget 'stop and frisk': We need national standards on use of deadly force

<b>(CNN) —</b> The two major party presidential candidates have very different views on how to address the use of deadly force by police officers in situations like the recent shootings in Tulsa and Charlotte. Hillary Clinton wants national standards for how and when police officers should use deadly …

Donald Trump

A vote for Jill Stein is a vote for Trump

<b>(CNN) —</b> Dr. Jill Stein is without a doubt a bold progressive leader. But let's face reality: A vote for Jill Stein is a vote to elect Donald Trump.<p>In a September 2016 NBC News/Wall Street Journal/Marist poll, when registered voters were given the choice between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump, 46% …

Green Party

The Syrian people do not deserve what is happening in their country

<b>(CNN) —</b> Ali was clearing debris from a room that used to be part of a hospital. The ceasefire in Aleppo was still tentatively holding, and the 12-year-old boy was taking advantage of a lull in the fighting to carve out a new place to live. Shihan, a government-held area, used to be right on the …

Syria

Candidates in Monday's debate, beware the gender minefields

<b>(CNN) —</b> On Monday evening, the eyes of the world turn to Hofstra University for the first-ever presidential debate between a male and female candidate. Despite the novel circumstances, Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump will be dodging a minefield of familiar gender pitfalls and double …

Gender

Ted Cruz sells his soul to Trump, and that's sad!

<b>(CNN) —</b> Never underestimate the politician's agony at not being talked about for five minutes. That's one explanation for Ted Cruz's decision to endorse Donald Trump -- he may be yearning for a return to the national scene.<p>It's certainly a surprising move given the two men's personal history. …

Ted Cruz

It's time for a national museum honoring Latinos

<b>(CNN) —</b> Maybe the third time will be the charm. Just in time for Hispanic Heritage Month, Rep. Xavier Becerra introduced legislation last week in Congress calling for the creation of a National Museum of the American Latino.<p>The proposed new museum would be part of the Smithsonian Institution in …

Museums

Yahoo hack is a reminder that nothing is safe

<b>(CNN) —</b> The real lesson of the Yahoo hack, in which 500 million user account details were stolen in 2014, is this: any account details you enter into an online storage system will probably get hacked at some point. It might just be your email and (encrypted) password, or it might - as with Yahoo - …

Yahoo

Debate moderators should ask Trump about his disastrous climate policy

<b>(CNN) —</b> Lester Holt, the NBC anchor, hinted this week at the issues he plans to ask about during Monday night's presidential debate between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump. There are only three: "America's Direction," "securing America" and "achieving prosperity."<p>Setting aside how hazardously …

Climate

The shell-shocked white working class

<b>(CNN) —</b> The problems bothering white Americans without a college degree have less to do with immediate economic insecurity or material hardship, although those are widespread, than with the collapse of a whole way of life.<p>Following World War II, production workers experienced three decades of …

Working Class

NATO and the EU aren't going anywhere

<b>(CNN) —</b> Europe has been battered by Brexit, terrorist attacks, Russian aggression, the migrant crisis, and uneven economic performance. The two most important institutions undergirding European stability -- NATO and the European Union -- confront grave threats.<p>The case for Euro-pessimism seems …

NATO

Monday Debate: What celebrities want to ask Clinton and Trump

<b>(CNN) —</b> What would you ask Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump if you were moderating the first presidential debate Monday night? Celebrities, writers and other newsmakers pose their questions on subjects including criminal justice, foreign policy and immigration. The views expressed are the writers' …

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Obama-Netanyahu harmony? Don't expect it to last

<b>(CNN) —</b> President Barack Obama and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu met on the margins of the UN General Assembly on Wednesday for what might be their last meeting of the Obama presidency. It was one of their least contentious meetings, outwardly at least, with both going to great lengths …

Israel

6 questions to ask when you hire a police chief

<b>(CNN) —</b> It has happened again. Two lives taken. Families devastated. Communities outraged. Two officers who probably wish they had been anywhere but where they were.<p>This is not the time or place to pass judgment on the killings of Terence Crutcher in Tulsa, Oklahoma, and Keith Lamont Scott in …

Policing

On Syria, US and Russia really are in parallel universes

<b>(CNN) —</b> John Kerry has said he feels like he is in a "parallel universe" when he listens to Russia, given that the gap between what Moscow says has happened and the facts of reality have so often been mismatched in Syria.<p>Kerry made these comments after US officials quickly blamed Russia for …

Russia

The war on drugs is a war on people

<b>(CNN) —</b> The war on drugs is arguably one of the most expensive and longest-running policy initiatives ever pursued by the American government. And this year, as it marks its 45th anniversary, it's clear it's also one of the most successful.<p>It's destroyed lives, torn families apart, filled our jails …

Prison

How Clinton and Trump can win over the swayables

<b>(CNN) —</b> All eyes in the tightly contested US presidential election are on the undecided voter. But what exactly does an "undecided" voter in 2016 look like?<p>Pollsters traditionally look to voters registering as "independents" to answer this question. But tracking polls based on party affiliation …

Voting

Trump and Clinton foundations: YUGE difference between their mistakes

<b>(CNN) —</b> Journalists and commentators across the political spectrum have subjected both the Bill, Hillary & Chelsea Clinton Foundation and the Donald J. Trump Foundation to a withering barrage of criticisms. Without a doubt, both foundations and their managers, including Ms. Clinton and Mr. Trump, …

Clinton Foundation

Black voters need allies, including the president, to protect lives of people like Terence Crutcher

<b>(CNN) —</b> Americans have become numb to the spectacle of racially tinged violence that lights up social media with unnerving frequency. The latest videotaped police killing of an unarmed black American occurred in Tulsa, Oklahoma on Friday, when officer Betty Shelby shot 40-year-old Terence Crutcher …

Racism

Injustice, not Kaepernick, is the problem

<b>(CNN) —</b> Tulsa Police Chief Chuck Jordan stood before the media on Tuesday and explained what should be obvious to anyone in America.<p>"Protests are not a problem," he said. "I grew up in the '60s. It's a very valid way for people to air their grievances and to express their First Amendment rights ... …

Justice

Clinton needs to stop taking a knife to a gun fight

<b>(CNN) —</b> If I learned one lesson from the referendum on Britain's membership of the European Union that I would like to teach Hillary Clinton, it's this: don't take a knife to a gun fight.<p>It is a cliche that politics is a contact sport, but like most clichés, it contains a kernel of truth. Elections …

Hillary Clinton

Donald Trump: The leader who will take us forward

<b>(CNN) —</b> While we respect former Secretary Robert Gates for his service to his country, we disagree fundamentally with respect to his criticism of Donald Trump in a recent editorial in the Wall Street Journal. His incorrect assertion on matters of foreign policy undermines both the significance of …

Donald Trump

Sherrod Brown: What Wells Fargo scandal shows

<b>(CNN) —</b> As our economic recovery picks up steam and the financial crisis recedes in the rearview mirror, too many people in Washington seem to assume the problems with Wall Street are behind us. But the recent revelation of misdeeds by Wells Fargo -- a bank that touts itself as safer and less risky …

Wells Fargo

Brangelina split: Don't play blame game

<b>(CNN) —</b> After weeks of tabloid speculation, the announcement came Tuesday that Angelina Jolie has filed for divorce from husband of two years (and partner for 11-plus years) Brad Pitt. And the speculation on what went wrong has inevitably been closely followed by the related question of <i>who</i> is to …

Marriage

Is emerging Terence Crutcher case narrative accurate?

<b>(CNN) —</b> The video of the fatal shooting of Terrence Crutcher is graphic, violent and difficult to watch. Now that we know he was unarmed and, in hindsight, seemingly not an actual imminent threat, the case appears heartbreaking.<p>Reaction in the media -- particularly social media -- has been swift, …

Policing

This is the worst election, ever

<b>(CNN) —</b> This is the worst election ever. One that won't result in the best of us being sent to Washington, but rather the worst of us being revealed.<p>Dragging on for an excruciating eternity, this election season has demeaned democracy, elevated mediocrity and insulted and embarrassed us all on just …

Elections

Donald Trump's dangerous rush to judgment

<b>(CNN) —</b> Even as police and FBI investigators were scrambling to gather evidence and track down who set off a bomb in the middle of Manhattan, an unseemly political game was afoot, as conservatives attacked two leading Democrats -- New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio and presidential candidate …

Donald Trump