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Gene Wilder was a new kind of Hollywood star

<b>(CNN) —</b> Gene Wilder, who died Monday at 83 after a long illness, was the kind of movie star who could have only come into being during the 1970s, when movies themselves were in flux.<p>For American film, especially, it was a decade of creative upheaval and ferment; when leading men weren't just in the …

Movies

How Trump can prep for the debate and win

<b>(CNN) —</b> The upcoming debates are Donald Trump's best (and likely last) chance to influence the course of this year's presidential election. The three general election debates planned over the next two months are crucial -- particularly for the candidate who is behind -- because they give voters a …

Donald Trump

How Colin Kaepernick is bravely speaking truth to power

<b>(CNN) —</b> Colin Kaepernick, the former Pro Bowler, Super Bowl participant and quarterback for the San Francisco 49ers, couldn't take it anymore.<p>The well-publicized deaths of blacks at the hands of police, the Black Lives Matter demonstrations and the political unwillingness to radically change the …

Colin Kaepernick

Don't say 'it's about time' Huma Abedin left Anthony Weiner

<b>(CNN) —</b> Sunday night, the New York Post published photos that appeared to have been sent last year between former US Rep. Anthony Weiner and a "busty brunette out West" (said the Post), following a tip from said brunette. Perhaps the most damning photo — if the media reaction is any indication — …

Anthony Weiner

Who's really to blame for Hope Solo's fall?

<b>(CNN) —</b> Many soccer fans consider Hope Solo the best goalkeeper, male or female, U.S. Soccer has ever seen. She has played in 202 international games and delivered shutouts in more than half of those. She's won two Olympic gold medals and helped secure the United States' 2015 World Cup win.<p>She's …

Hope Solo

Juan Gabriel's gift to me

<b>(CNN) —</b> I cried a tear for "El Divo de Juarez," Juan Gabriel, when I heard Sunday night that he had died in California at 66. His influence on generations of artists helped to propel Latin music across continents. His life and generosity helped to open our eyes to the injustice of poverty and the …

Hall of Fame

Trump, do black lives matter more than the NRA?

<b>(CNN) —</b> Donald Trump recently began saying he's concerned with keeping African Americans safe from gun violence.<p>But it's hard to believe he's sincere given that Trump refuses to support the very prescription to do that: Gun safety laws. And unless he talks gun safety measures, it would appear the …

Black Lives Matter

Gary Johnson: Build a better immigration system, not a wall

<b>(CNN) —</b> I'm tired of hearing about a big, beautiful wall and who should pay for it. And I'm weary of hearing politicians try to gain votes on the backs of immigrants, both legal and undocumented, by calling one another bigots.<p>As a white guy who served two terms as Governor of New Mexico, a border …

Gary Johnson

A loophole that lets companies hire 'pretty people'

<b>(CNN) —</b> When hiring, resorts such as Donald Trump's Mar-a-Lago have found a way to discriminate against women, older workers, people with disabilities and, more broadly, people who don't have the "look" they want. As the law stands, they'll probably get away with it.<p>CNN recently reported that for …

United States

America's justice system: 'The Night Of' nails it

<b>(CNN) —</b> HBO's "The Night Of" concluded Sunday night, with a perfect true-life resolution to a criminal prosecution: There were winners, and losers, but, like the criminal justice system, the winners and losers are hard to identify, and winning isn't all that much different from losing.<p>It would be …

Law

AP's 'Big Story' on Clinton Foundation is big failure

<b>(CNN) —</b> The Associated Press last week released the results of an analysis of donors to the Clinton Foundation. Coming just 72 days before Election Day, it seemed to hold bombshell potential, or at least to present another complicated ethical issue for Clinton to explain.<p>"More than half of the …

Clinton Foundation

Hillary Clinton is a bigot? The art of the reverse attack

<b>(CNN) —</b> "Hillary Clinton is a bigot!" thundered Donald Trump.<p>Huh?<p>Hillary Clinton? A bigot? That makes no sense. It's absurd. Hillary Clinton has spent much of her career working to improve race relations. She is the furthest thing imaginable from a bigot. So what in the world is Trump doing …

Hillary Clinton

Could Trump turn the tide post-Labor Day?

<b>(CNN) —</b> After Labor Day, the presidential campaign will move into high gear. The candidates will be racing against the electoral clock and the campaigns will need laser-eyed focus on what their respective path forward is to victory in November.<p>Polls consistently show Donald Trump is running behind …

Donald Trump

CIA reveals its secret briefings to Presidents Nixon and Ford

<b>(CNN) —</b> In the last few weeks the two presidential nominees have received their initial intelligence briefings. Although the experience must have been different for each -- it was Donald Trump's first, whereas Hillary Clinton is an experienced intelligence consumer -- they were both recipients of a …

CIA

Clinton's straight talk on Trump and alt-right

<b>(CNN) —</b> Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton came into her own Thursday in Reno. She spoke with righteous anger, painting her rival Donald Trump as a hate-monger beholden to white nationalist causes.<p>Her voice was firm, her body rooted and steady, her message freighted with urgency: This …

Donald Trump

Clinton's alt-right con trick

<b>(CNN) —</b> There were two big winners in Hillary Clinton's speech on the alt-right. One was Hillary Clinton, who was able to present herself as the opponent of a neo-racist movement. The other was the alt-right, which hardly anyone had ever heard of and which got some free advertising.<p>The big loser of …

Hillary Clinton

'Every time my work goes viral I ask myself: What do I do next?'

<b>(CNN) —</b> Andy Warhol famously said, "In the future, everyone will be world-famous for 15 minutes."<p>After watching the video of Omran Daqneesh, the Syrian child who was saved from the ruins of his collapsed building after airstrikes on Aleppo and pictured, dazed and bloodied in the back of an …

Comics

Italy quake highlights our vulnerability to disaster

<b>(CNN) —</b> The Amatrice earthquake gives us a chance to have a conversation today, a conversation that regrettably is always a day late.<p>These conversations start in the hours after a disaster, as they always do. They may last a news cycle and hopefully longer, but eventually they fade. They fade like …

Earthquakes

Leslie Jones, black women have your back

<b>(CNN) —</b> We were in second grade. And I can still feel the dirt in my hair, falling down my face. Still hear the bullies screeching like monkeys, calling me "Rocky," after the old African gorilla at the local zoo. Nearly every week for a time, the kids in my neighborhood would chase me home with …

Seth Meyers

How Trump's health smear of Clinton backfired

<b>(CNN) —</b> Did Donald Trump actually believe that raising baseless accusations about the health of Hillary Clinton, who is two years his junior, will somehow cause people to stop supporting her and side with him or a third party candidate?<p>Even Trump's new campaign manager, Kellyanne Conway, seemed to …

2016 U.S. Presidential Election

France wrong on burkini ban

<b>(CNN) —</b> Sometimes a bathing suit is just a bathing suit. But not today. Europeans -- Muslims, Christians, atheists and others -- are fiercely debating the question of what women should be allowed to wear at the beach. It seems like a trivial matter, but it isn't.<p>More than a dozen French cities, …

Saudi Arabia

Trump doesn't understand what Sharia is

<b>(CNN) —</b> It's clear that Donald Trump has no idea what Sharia is. Earlier this month, Trump proposed what he described as "extreme vetting" to ban immigrants who "believed Sharia law should supplant American law." But while this irrational fear-mongering might play well to some of his supporters, it …

Donald Trump

Burkini bans: Why France is giving Iran a run for its money

<b>(CNN) —</b> Editor's Note: Ruwan Rujouleh is a Middle East analyst at the Centre on Religion and Geopolitics, an initiative of the Tony Blair Faith Foundation. The views expressed in this piece are solely those of the author.<p>If you look at the headlines coming out of France, you might conclude that the …

Iran

Could Putin make peace between Israel, Palestinians?

<b>(CNN) —</b> Earlier this week, Russia's Vladimir Putin reportedly told Egypt's President Abdul Fattah Sisi that he would be willing to host direct talks between Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas in Moscow.<p>Putin did speak to Netanyahu by phone Tuesday, and …

Israeli-Palestinian conflict

Are drug companies overcharging?

<b>(CNN) —</b> How much profit should drug companies make? The question might seem a little abstract, something that belongs in a business journal. But it's one that is increasingly affecting all of us. That was abundantly clear in the wake of the latest price hike controversy to hit the headlines.<p>Drug …

Pharma

Why Italian region wasn't prepared for earthquake

<b>(CNN) —</b> When my bed in Rome rocked Wednesday at 3.36 a.m., I knew an earthquake had hit somewhere close, in central Italy. And hard. But when I switched on the TV and heard the epicenter was in the tiny hilltop town of Accumoli on the Apennine hills, my first question was: Where is that?<p>Other …

Earthquakes

Was access to Hillary Clinton's time for sale?

<b>(CNN) —</b> There's the appearance of impropriety, and then there's the outright selling of government favors. Hillary Clinton's ties to the Clinton Foundation while secretary of state have always appeared dubious and unethical. Now, with the revelations by The Associated Press that suggest donors to …

Clinton Foundation

A new planet in our neighborhood -- how likely is life?

<b>(CNN) —</b> Space. The final frontier.<p>These words inspired many young people to enter science (including me), but I'll bet that's especially true for the team who announced Wednesday that they had found evidence of an Earth-like planet orbiting Proxima Centauri, our closest star. This planet is …

Proxima Centauri

Italy's earthquake is sadly no surprise

<b>(CNN) —</b> The news of another strong and deadly earthquake in Italy on Wednesday morning sadly comes as no surprise to seismologists.<p>Likewise the rising death toll, which was 10 with the first reports, rising to 73 by early afternoon local time, as civil defense workers began to reach the smaller …

Italy