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Inside the mind of 'Mad Dog' Mattis

<b>(CNN) —</b> In picking General Jim Mattis, President-elect Donald Trump said Thursday night that he has found his "General George Patton." Yet that label may not really capture what makes Mattis a distinctive choice. Mattis has been sharply critical of President Barack Obama's policies on Iran, and …

Politics

Why I (still) want to run for office

<b>(CNN) —</b> Before the 2016 Election, I was excited at the prospect of Hillary Clinton making history as our first woman President. She wasn't my first pick, initially, but I supported her in the primaries, and by the time the general election came along, I was fully behind her candidacy. When the …

Politics

Trump will continue to rewrite the rules of presidency -- brace yourself

<b>(CNN) —</b> In Cincinnati, Donald Trump said that others were comparing him to Andrew Jackson. Nearly two centuries ago, however, that same Andrew Jackson acknowledged that his famous self-confidence had limits. "A diffidence, perhaps too just, in my own qualifications," he said in his first inaugural …

Donald Trump

Four stories you (and Kamau Bell) talked about in 2016

<b>(CNN) —</b> Say you somehow fell asleep before the clock struck midnight on December 31, 2015, and you're just now stirring from your slumber. Or, perhaps you live under an exceptionally large boulder.<p>Either way, you've missed a lot this year.<p>The United Kingdom voted to leave the European Union, …

Ku Klux Klan

Trump-Romney relationship echoes history

<b>(CNN) —</b> A President-elect stuns the political world by picking his onetime archenemy to become a member of his Cabinet. The two men had been public rivals, and the new president could not forget the slights his nemesis had inflicted -- including initially refusing to release his delegates to the …

Republican Party

Kellyanne Conway, please talk to your boss

<b>(CNN) —</b> I've known Kellyanne Conway for 25 years. Before she was the campaign manager who sent President-elect Donald Trump to the White House, she did the polling for my first congressional campaign in 1996 in our home district, New Jersey's 1st.<p>When I wrote my first book in 2011 — about …

Republican Party

How not to raise bullies in the Trump era

<b>(CNN) —</b> For 23 years I have worked to combat bullying in our country's schools, and for every one of those years I've had to acknowledge to young people the hypocrisy of adults.<p>Adults who so often aren't willing to do the same things they expect young people to do -- like stand up to bullying. …

Parenting

Why sex is about to get a lot less fun

<b>(CNN) —</b> Under a Donald Trump presidency, sex is about to get a lot less fun.<p>That's because Trump has tapped Tom Price, an anti-abortion and anti-contraception congressman from Georgia, as his director of Health and Human Services. Price is an opponent of the Affordable Care Act and a proponent of …

Contraception

Aung San Suu Kyi's tragic silence over Rohingya

<b>(CNN) —</b> Amnesty describes it as "collective punishment." A senior UN official suggested the goal appears to be "ethnic cleansing." Regardless of how it is described, it is clear the violence unleashed by Myanmar against its minority Rohingya Muslim population has been devastating.<p>John McKissick, …

Aung San Suu Kyi

Combating religious discrimination in Iraq

<b>(CNN) —</b> Sajjad and Marwa are in love. It's obvious from the moment you meet them.<p>Sitting close together on the sofa in my office in Basra, Iraq, Marwa cannot stop talking about how happy she is; Sajjad just gazes adoringly into his new wife's eyes.<p>Like millions of other couples around the world, …

Middle East

Green cities: Why invest in sustainable cities?

<b>(CNN) —</b> More than two-thirds of total investment in infrastructure in the next 15 years will be made in cities. It's no wonder, as people are flocking to cities around the world. By 2050, around 66% of the global population likely will live in urban areas. In Africa alone, there will be nearly 800 …

Environment

Trump's Romney romance could be one big setup

<b>(CNN) —</b> Something is rotten in the state of Denmark, or, in an equally Shakespearean enclave, Trump World.<p>I have a sinking feeling that Donald Trump's courtship of Mitt Romney is a setup meant to eventually embarrass the one-time Never Trumper on a massive scale.<p>When it was first floated that the …

Republican Party

What does an insular US mean for the rest of the world?

<b>(CNN) —</b> How would the United States fare without its globe-girdling array of military alliances? For the first time in memory, this is no longer an academic question.<p>President-elect Donald Trump has questioned why the United States invests so much in these security partnerships when it seemingly …

News (U.S.)

What Trump can learn from Michael Bloomberg on conflicts of interest

<b>(CNN) —</b> Don't expect much clarity or relief from Donald Trump's scheduled announcement of how he intends to wall off his business interests from his work as President. All signs -- and a recent precedent involving another New York billionaire politician -- suggest that conflicts of interest will …

Conflicts of Interest

Ohio State attack 'has its roots in the United States'

<b>(CNN) —</b> The violence this week on the campus of the Ohio State University has, like previous attacks before it, provoked an outcry of fear and calls for greater security measures to protect Americans against terrorism. And yet, like other incidents before it, this attack was carried out by a …

Terrorism

There's not enough 'care' in Tom Price's Obamacare alternative

<b>(CNN) —</b> You might remember President-elect Donald Trump telling us that he'd like to keep some parts of Obamacare. That was two weeks ago. With his announcement Tuesday that Rep. Tom Price, R-Georgia, will be his pick for Health and Human Services secretary, any type of preservation is highly …

ObamaCare

Democrats, the party who cried racist

<b>(CNN) —</b> Blaming racism for a lost election is nothing new for some on the left. The tea party wave in 2010 was ascribed to racism, even as Republicans captured Senate seats in a number of states President Obama won. And President Obama's re-election in 2012 didn't stop Democrats from blaming racism …

Politics

AIDS is still a new threat to a younger generation

<b>(CNN) —</b> To the youth of today, the HIV epidemic is old. It arrived before the Internet, before the Berlin Wall came down, and at a time when you could still smoke on airplanes. It can be difficult to fathom but, unlike those of us from earlier generations, today's young people have never known a …

HIV

Does Trump tax plan for rich add up?

<b>(CNN) —</b> Hope springs eternal. Steven Mnuchin, Donald Trump's campaign finance chairman and now his nominee to serve as secretary of the treasury, made headlines Wednesday by claiming that there would be no "absolute" tax cut for the wealthy.<p>This is a promising sign that a Trump presidency will not, …

Republican Party

Trump's threat to democracy isn't free speech, it's this

<b>(CNN) —</b> President-elect Donald Trump has a habit of saying outrageous things that suggest he wants to clamp down on free expression in the United States. He once advocated "open[ing] up" the libel laws so he could sue media organizations that falsely criticized him. The other day, he suggested we …

Democracy

The case for continued US-Cuba engagement

<b>(CNN) —</b> Fidel Castro's passing marks the end of an era that divided and separated the Cuban people. His death is deeply personal -- both for Cuban exiles in the United States and for Cubans on the island. Supporting policies that promote continued engagement between the United States and Cuba …

Politics

Trump and Pence put on a show

<b>(CNN) —</b> Donald Trump and Mike Pence deserve credit for putting on a great show around saving the jobs of 1,000 workers at Carrier, the Indiana-based air conditioner manufacturer that had planned to relocate the jobs to Mexico. They also deserve credit for saving the jobs. This action will make an …

Republicans

Why Carter is wrong on State of Palestine

<b>(CNN) —</b> Writing in the New York Times, former President Jimmy Carter this week called on President Barack Obama to join with 137 countries and recognize the State of Palestine. Arguing that the two-state solution is dying and that something must be done to keep hope alive, Carter wrote: "I fear for …

Middle East

I take it back about Jill Stein

<b>(CNN) —</b> I first want to take back every nasty thing I've ever said -- or mostly, just privately thought -- about Jill Stein, the Green Party candidate for President. I still think she is a blasphemous powder keg of progressive self-immolation. But at this exact moment I love her so much I could …

Green Party

The Great Smokies: From looking 'like a movie set' to charred ruins

<b>(CNN) —</b> A couple of days ago, a good friend described taking his son-in-law, a native of the urban Northeast, into the Great Smoky Mountains National Park for the first time. "This is fantastic!" the young man kept saying as they walked along the Middle Prong, one of the many hiking trails of the …

Outdoors

Was it a bait and switch? Trump goes full Republican

<b>(CNN) —</b> Was it a bait and switch?<p>Throughout the Republican primaries, Donald Trump carved out stances that broke with longtime GOP orthodoxy. As a businessman who sometimes expressed support for Democrats and for positions favored by liberals in his home state of New York, Trump promised he would …

Republican Party

President Obama, pardon the DREAMers

<b>(CNN) —</b> "Yes, we can" has become "No, we can't." Disappointing many immigrant advocates, the White House has signaled that it will not be taking action to protect DREAMers.<p>DREAMers are the young people brought to this country illegally by their parents, 740,000 of whom signed up for President …

Politics

Dylann Roof trial takes on new meaning

<b>(CNN) —</b> It's only fitting that shortly after being found competent to stand trial, Dylann Roof became his own attorney, setting up the possibility that he could cross examine the survivors of the carnage he is accused of causing or the loved ones of the nine people he allegedly killed, or even turn …

Charleston Church Shooting

On this, Dems are more conservative than GOP

<b>(CNN) —</b> Following a disappointing showing on Election Day, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi is facing a revolt brewing from the Democratic Party's backbench. Congressman Tim Ryan, a moderate from Ohio, is challenging Pelosi for the Minority Leader job.<p>For the Republicans, a leadership challenge …

Republicans