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Presidents Carter and Trump have more in common than you think

<b>(CNN) —</b> Jimmy Carter and Donald Trump make an unlikely pair. For Trump and his conservative base, Carter's presidency was defined by American decline. During the 2016 election, Carter said that Trump's campaign had "tapped a waiting reservoir... of racism."<p>And yet in an interview with The New York …

North Korea

Soldiers' death in Niger trails a frightful back-story

<b>(CNN) —</b> Just how was it left to Nigerian troops, French helicopters and some contract aircraft to find and fetch the bodies of our heroic service members killed in Niger?<p>Why did they apparently have so little air or intelligence muscle to protect them in the first place? We could get a final answer …

Nigeria

What decent men can do in response to #MeToo

<b>(CNN) —</b> On Sunday, the Internet was suddenly flooded with #MeToo, as women of all ages and backgrounds shared achingly painful stories of sexual harassment and assault. And among those posts, I heard my male friends -- good, decent men -- asking: How can I help?<p>The next day, I wrote an essay on …

Feminism

There's only one conclusion on the Rohingya in Myanmar: It's genocide

<b>(CNN) —</b> The Rohingya crisis in Myanmar is now widely described as ethnic cleansing. But the situation has been evolving. And now, it seems, we can no longer avoid the conclusion we have all been dreading. This is a genocide. And we, in the international community, must recognize it as such.<p>Article …

Aung San Suu Kyi

Guess who loses with Trump's tax plan?

<b>(CNN) —</b> We need to applaud Donald Trump for his brutal honesty and mostly accurate tweet about the budget that the GOP-controlled Senate passed on Thursday: "Budget that just passed is a really big deal, especially in terms of what will be the biggest tax cut in U.S. history - MSM barely covered!" …

ObamaCare

Nikki Haley: This is why the President is sending me to Africa

<b>(CNN) —</b> July 9, 2011, was a hopeful day in Africa. It was the day the Republic of South Sudan became an independent country after nearly 100% of its population voted for independence in a referendum six months earlier. The new nation and its citizens looked forward with hope to a peaceful and …

Africa

Educated liberals overuse the term 'racist'

<b>(CNN) —</b> No one can fail to be amazed by the courage of the people who protested segregation and bigotry in the 1950s and 1960s. Those who endured physical injury justifiably stick in our minds the most.<p>Today's educated liberals lack the courage they admire in their forebears, at a time when it is …

Racism

What the 'Trumpification' of the presidency means to Generation Z

<b>(CNN) —</b> With the kind of comments that Donald Trump allegedly made to the pregnant widow of Sgt. La David Johnson, regardless of what Chief of Staff John Kelly was suggesting he say, Generation Z won't be surprised if a president fails to display empathy and is more focused on lashing out against …

Richard Nixon

Low bar set for Singapore Prime Minister Lee's trip to meet Trump

<b>(CNN) —</b> If Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong can return home from his visit to the White House with nothing more than a photo op with Donald Trump, some good headlines in the Singapore press and a contract to buy a few billion dollars' worth of planes from Boeing, he will consider the trip a …

China

John Kelly showed his true colors

<b>(CNN) —</b> On October 4, tragedy struck and four Americans were killed in Niger. For over a week Donald Trump was silent. On October 16, President Trump was asked why he had not spoken about the Niger ambush.<p>His answer: most presidents, including President Obama, had not contacted families of American …

Donald Trump

The extraordinary arrogance of Trump interviewing US attorneys

<b>(CNN) —</b> So much for avoiding the appearance of impropriety. President Donald Trump is personally interviewing United States attorney candidates, including those in New York and Washington.<p>Throwing out the rule book of tradition in this area is dangerous for many good reasons. The main one is that …

Law

Trump's superpower: the 'Invisible President'

<b>(CNN) —</b> Which superpower would President Donald Trump choose -- to fly, or be invisible?<p>This is a question that children have posed to one another as long as there have been comic books. But it's not a meaningless or frivolous one. Management experts and psychologists have studied how a person's …

Donald Trump

Jessica Barth: We could have made Weinstein powerless

<b>(CNN) —</b> It has taken me a few days to process the sudden explosion of allegations of sexual harassment, abuse and assault made against Harvey Weinstein. Each woman who steps forward leaves me with a mixture of emotions. On the one hand, I feel an overwhelming sense of relief and pride when I see …

Feminism

Angela Merkel won't stop Britain falling off a Brexit cliff edge

<b>(CNN) —</b> It has become the norm in recent negotiations between the European Union and the United Kingdom for London to place faith in Berlin -- and in particular Angela Merkel -- to deliver the deal that the UK is looking for. But this is misguided.<p>For all the op-eds proclaiming that the Brits need …

Brexit

Trump's actions are beginning to have global consequences

<b>(CNN) —</b> The last time Baghdad sent troops into Kirkuk to kick out Kurdish forces, I was in the first group of journalists taken to see the aftermath.<p>Bloated bodies and blown-up trucks littered the road as we arrived.<p>Fresh on the heels of the allied liberation of Kuwait in 1991, swaths of Iraq's …

Masoud Barzani

Psaki: Bush and Obama remind us: this is not normal

<b>(CNN) —</b> We spent this week debating whether or not past presidents of the United States reached out to the families of the men and women who bravely lost their lives serving our country. That is how low our politics have sunk.<p>But on Thursday we had a break from this: we saw an uncoordinated moment …

Ralph Northam

What young Obama's letters reveal

<b>(CNN) —</b> What can we learn from the letters of a young man?<p>In the case of nine letters written by President Barack Obama to then-college sweetheart Alexandra McNear, quite a lot. The letters, set to be released by Emory University on Friday, are cerebral, precocious and extremely fluent. They …

Parenting

Weinstein's fall grew from rage over Trump

<b>(CNN) —</b> As more and more institutions withdraw their honors and his career careens quickly -- and deservedly -- down the drain, Harvey Weinstein clearly has himself to blame for his problems. But should Weinstein in part blame Donald Trump -- for whipping up Hollywood against sexual assault in the …

Harvey Weinstein

1 in 9 men have oral HPV, but we can fix this

<b>(CNN) —</b> For over a decade now, our country's health leadership has raised awareness about the human papillomavirus vaccine and urged young people to be immunized. Sadly, HPV vaccine rates in America have remained inadmissibly low.<p>That fact, well-known in the medical and public health communities, …

Public Health

Google exec: Our society is in real jeopardy

<b>(CNN) —</b> In November 2014, the Guardians of Peace -- a group affiliated with the North Korean government -- hacked Sony Pictures because the studio was planning to release "The Interview," a movie they felt insulted their leader, Kim Jong Un.<p>After the initial breach, the hackers threatened theaters …

Cybersecurity

Brexit will force Britain to spend more time dealing with Europe

<b>(CNN) —</b> The meeting of EU leaders in Brussels taking place on Thursday and Friday sees British Prime Minister Theresa May on the Brexit backfoot.<p>Despite a recent diplomatic charm offensive in Brussels, she has not moved much closer to unlocking the second phase of EU exit talks, which would see the …

Brexit

Stop the politics and honor the fallen

<b>(CNN) —</b> The bickering over President Trump's phone call to the grieving widow of Army Sgt. La David Johnson needs to stop.<p>Put aside for a moment that Mr. Trump didn't acknowledge for more than a week the deaths of four American soldiers fighting ISIS in Niger. Put aside for a moment that he …

Frederica Wilson

The future of China: Muscle

<b>(CNN) —</b> China is on a mission. That much at least one can conclude from the nearly three-and-a-half hour speech that President Xi Jinping gave in Beijing at the start of the 19th Communist Party Congress.<p>"Mission" is an all-important word that Xi used many times, often beside the other familiar …

China

People don't sign up to die, but to serve

<b>(CNN) —</b> In 2013, I wrote a story about how death benefits would not be paid to families who had lost their children in the Afghanistan war -- families which, overnight, had become Gold Star families -- because the government shutdown, then in place, meant there were no funds to fulfill this …

Council on Foreign Relations

Health care compromise a win (if it ever gets a shot)

<b>(CNN) —</b> This summer, as Senate Republicans put forward strictly partisan Affordable Care Act repeal measures, Sen. John McCain called for the Senate to return to "regular" order to address health reform. After Republican repeal attempts repeatedly failed, Sens. Lamar Alexander and Patty Murray, the …

Health Care

America needs higher wages, not lower taxes

<b>(CNN) —</b> Politicians and pundits frequently talk about the lofty goal of boosting economic growth. Donald Trump, in a plan opposed by over half of Americans, according to a new CNN poll, has called for reducing the personal income tax brackets from seven to three, reducing the corporate tax rate, …

Equality

Begala: Trump's dodge on fallen troops was a disgrace

<b>(CNN) —</b> There is no heroic action, no patriotic sacrifice, no solemn occasion that President Donald J. Trump is unwilling to turn into a narcissist's stew of ludicrous boasts and dishonest attacks. And yet, somehow, he retains the capacity to shock many of us with his ongoing debasement of the …

Terrorism

Bergen: No, Trump didn't defeat ISIS

<b>(CNN) —</b> On Tuesday, US-backed forces announced that Raqqa, the de facto capital of ISIS in Syria, had fallen.<p>President Donald Trump quickly took a victory lap during an interview the same day, stating that ISIS hadn't been defeated earlier because "you didn't have Trump as your president."<p>Is this …

Islamic State (ISIS)

Driving out ISIS is just the start -- rebuilding Raqqa will take years

<b>(CNN) —</b> As the smoke over Raqqa slowly clears, questions about the governance of the Syrian city and its stability will soon need answering.<p>The Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces -- with support from the US-led coalition -- have recently announced the full capture of what was until recently the …

Islamic State (ISIS)