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A huge sigh of relief on health care

Laurie Garrett is a senior fellow for global health at the Council on Foreign Relations and a Pulitzer Prize-winning writer. The opinions expressed in this commentary are hers.<p>(CNN)As House Speaker Paul Ryan pulled the Republican health care bill from voting, I could almost hear the giant sigh of …

Health Care

For GOP on health care, there's no 'moving on'

<b>(CNN) —</b> What a fiasco.<p>On Friday, House Speaker Paul Ryan trudged to the White House to tell President Donald Trump Republican leaders didn't have the votes to pass their health care bill. Then, moments before a scheduled vote, leadership withdrew the bill.<p>Paul Ryan says it was a "setback" and that …

Health Care

GOP, to govern you need to make friends with Democrats

<b>(CNN) —</b> This was far more than a routine legislative flub. It is a warning to congressional Republicans and the Trump White House.<p>The embarrassing collapse of the Republican effort to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act makes clear the limits of the GOP's unwise, unworkable insistence on …

Health Care

Why Trump the deal-maker came off looking incompetent

<b>(CNN) —</b> A President who admires strongmen tried to strong-arm the Republicans who control the United States House of Representatives. Pass the repeal of Obamacare and replace it with Trumpcare, Donald Trump told the 247 Republicans, or else you'll be ousted in a primary.<p>When that failed to move …

Donald Trump

China versus the US: Australia's increasingly hard choice

<b>(CNN) —</b> At the start of his five-day visit to Australia, Chinese Premier Li Keqiang told parliamentarians in Canberra that "peace was the most precious thing."<p>That might be Chinese diplomatic boilerplate, but Li was speaking at Parliament House, where security had been tightened following the …

China

Trump's blame game won't work this time

<b>(CNN) —</b> In the final hours of the health care debate, President Trump's primary political strategy became clear. He threatened to blame Speaker Paul Ryan and the congressional Republicans if the bill went down to defeat. They would be responsible for the continuation of Obamacare.<p>He would make this …

Democracy

Failing at health care: A presidential tradition

<b>(CNN) —</b> "The test of a first-rate intelligence," F. Scott Fitzgerald wrote, "is the ability to hold two opposed ideas in mind at the same time and still retain the ability to function." Maybe so. But that doesn't explain how so many Americans adore their Medicare but still express bitter hatred for …

Health Care

Why radical Islamists seek to exploit converts

<b>(CNN) —</b> When ISIS claimed of responsibility for the attack on the Palace of Westminster this week, it was another reminder of the violent and destructive nature of Islamism, or political Islam, as it is sometimes referred to.<p>When the attacker was named as Khalid Masood by Mark Rowley, Britain's …

Islam

Can white artists paint black pain?

<b>(CNN) —</b> Every two years since 1973 the Whitney Museum has mounted its biennial exhibition, an attempt to take the temperature of the nation through its art.<p>The Whitney Biennial is almost always controversial: When you have an exhibition that claims to present a snapshot of the American art scene, …

Artists

Far from being finished, Trump has given the EU a chance to lead the world

<b>(CNN) —</b> This weekend, EU leaders gather to celebrate the 60th anniversary of the Treaty of Rome -- the document that created the European Economic Community and ultimately led to the creation of the European Union itself.<p>But there will be one notable absentee in Rome this weekend: British Prime …

Foreign Policy

GOP bill gambles with women's health

<b>(CNN) —</b> A vote on legislation to repeal and replace Obamacare has been delayed, as Republicans haggle furiously over just how destructive they can agree to be.<p>But perhaps this delay offers a chance for Republicans in the House to take a deep breath and realize what this is really about: a political …

Health Care

What Donald Trump Jr. doesn't get about London

<b>(CNN) —</b> Walking home from my 5:00 class in London on Wednesday night, I expected to see a city paralyzed by fear and uncertainty. I expected the normally crowded high street on the way my dorm to be quiet. After all, a terrorist attack had happened only a few hours before and only a mile or so away …

London

Muslims are not 'part of the problem' -- telling them they are is

<b>(CNN) —</b> I remember well the attacks London suffered on July 7, 2005. I remember the shock, the anger and the outrage. I remember the fear, the concern and the trepidation. And I also remember the courage, the persistence and the perseverance.<p>I served as deputy convenor of the Her Majesty's …

Islamophobia

What I would tell Gorsuch about my abortion

<b>(CNN) —</b> For a long time I didn't talk about my abortion. I wasn't ashamed of it, but it wasn't something that was discussed in polite company -- late at night with your girlfriends, but not over cocktails with your acquaintances.<p>Despite the fact that one-third of all American women will have an …

Abortion

Give the troops a raise

<b>(CNN) —</b> The headlines surrounding President Donald Trump's first budget have focused on what he proposes for each federal agency: slashing the EPA by 31%, reducing the State Department and USAID budget by 29% and giving $54 billion more to the Department of Defense.<p>The top-line numbers of the …

Government

Westminster attack was long overdue and couldn't have been prevented

<b>(CNN) —</b> Wednesday's attack on London was expected, planned for, and in the view of many, a long time coming.<p>The UK terror threat has stood at "severe" for more than two years now, meaning that the response to this kind of attack in such a high-profile location had been extensively rehearsed.<p>This …

Terrorism

Russia probe needs a special prosecutor right now

<b>(CNN) —</b> It's clear that Russia tried to influence the presidential election last year. What's not clear is whether President Donald Trump or anyone associated with his campaign or transition team were involved. I don't think we will ever know the truth unless a special prosecutor takes over the …

Government

House vote: Like the last two minutes of a basketball game

<b>(CNN) —</b> Bipartisanship is hard enough to come by these days, but we are now likely only hours away from the big vote and the American Health Care Act doesn't seem to have either party squarely behind it. Moderate Republicans believe the bill goes too far, while far-right Republicans believe it …

Government

For Trump, the stakes are enormous

<b>(CNN) —</b> This week's vote on the health care plan will be a key moment in the political history of the Trump presidency. A huge amount of political capital, for everyone involved, rests on the outcome of the vote in the House. The final decision will also have massive policy implications for the …

Health Care

A barbarian cannot change Britain

<b>London (CNN) —</b> The terror attack that left four victims and an assailant dead near the Houses of Parliament in London showed the worst and the best of British life.<p>It was a reminder of the threat we've lived under for a very long time. But it also was a demonstration of a professional police …

Terrorism

London shows the challenge of preventing low-tech terror

<b>(CNN) —</b> It's a depressingly familiar tale. A vehicle slams into a group of pedestrians in a Western city and the terrorist driving the car then uses a knife to inflict further damage and is soon shot by police.<p>This time it was Wednesday's attack outside one of the most iconic buildings in the …

Terrorism

Puzzling out TSA's laptop travel ban

<b>(CNN) —</b> On Monday, the TSA announced a peculiar new security measure to take effect within 96 hours. Passengers flying into the US on foreign airlines from eight Muslim countries would be prohibited from carrying aboard any electronics larger than a smartphone. They would have to be checked and put …

Bruce Schneier

Trump's White House is starting to look a lot like Putin's Kremlin

<b>(CNN) —</b> Critical media voices denounced as "enemies of the people."<p>Power not in the hands of elected officials, but the President's close friends and family.<p>Statecraft taking second place to the interests of the inner circle.<p>While there's no real evidence that Donald Trump is Vladimir Putin's …

Russia

Blow the whistle on Sean Spicer

Mel Robbins is a CNN commentator, legal analyst, best-selling author and keynote speaker. She also is a contributing editor for Success magazine. In 2014, she was named outstanding news talk-radio host by the Gracie Awards. The opinions expressed in this commentary are hers.<p>(CNN)We all lie. I'm …

Donald Trump

Will Uber's crisis shake Silicon Valley's confidence?

<b>(CNN) —</b> The British comedians David Mitchell and Robert Webb captured perfectly the moment when realization dawns.<p>Their comic skit opens with Webb, as a German commander, striding around an artillery encampment: "Now we'll see how these Russians deal with a crack SS division," he says …

Silicon Valley

Organic farming matters -- just not in the way you think

<b>(CNN) —</b> Is organic agriculture the solution to our global food system challenges? That's been the premise and promise of the organic movement since its origins in the 1920s: farming that's healthy, ecological, and socially just.<p>Many people -- from consumers and farmers to scientists and …

Agriculture

Obama didn't tell the truth either

<b>(CNN) —</b> The Washington Post noticed.<p>A column by Glenn Kessler, which ran on January 19 -- the day before President Obama left office -- was headlined: "Obama's biggest whoppers." It detailed when Obama falsely asserted more black men were in prison than in university and when he claimed that 90% of …

Journalism

Trump's credibility is shot

<b>(CNN) —</b> Monday was a turning point for Donald Trump's credibility. He had fibbed about crowd numbers, and pushed crazy conspiracy stories about illegal voters. But continuing to claim that former President Obama ordered the wiretapping of Trump Tower, even after the sitting FBI and NSA directors …

Credibility

Donald Trump should protect this hidden export

<b>(CNN) —</b> President Donald Trump speaks often of the US trade balance and keeping jobs at home. International visitors to the United States are key to both.<p>One most often thinks of "exports" as tangible goods transported via container ship -- cars, textiles and agricultural products like corn and …

Foreign Policy