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I live in Miami, I'm pregnant, and I tested positive for the Zika virus

<b>(CNN) —</b> I live in Miami. I'm pregnant. I tested positive for the Zika virus.<p>At least that's what I was told, and that's what I believed for six long, painful weeks. They were excruciating weeks of waiting for a special test that only the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention can do to confirm …

Zika Virus

The world needs fixing — and Trump thinks he's the man to do it

<b>(CNN) —</b> Just days ahead of his inauguration, President-elect Donald Trump has issued his own data dump.<p>It amounts to a blueprint of his foreign policy and has caused widespread consternation among European allies. Germany's foreign minister at EU meetings in Brussels described reaction among …

UK Politics

Nobel economist: One-percenters, pay your taxes

<b>(CNN) —</b> In recent years, business leaders at Davos, the World Economic Forum's annual meeting, have ranked inequality as one of the greatest risks to the global economy. They have recognized that it is not just a moral issue but also an economic issue.<p>Of course, if ordinary citizens don't have …

Justice

Trump is following the authoritarian playbook

<b>(CNN) —</b> In less than a week, America will embark on a new political experience: rule by an authoritarian President. Donald Trump won the Electoral College but lost the popular vote by nearly 3 million. So, for every American who looks forward to the Trump era, there is likely another who fears he …

Republicans

Is the Christopher Steele dossier fake news?

<b>(CNN) —</b> Donald Trump has called the Christopher Steele dossier "fake news" and "phony stuff," but is it?<p>The Republican chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, Sen. John McCain of Arizona, sent a trusted staff member to London to obtain a copy and deliver it to the FBI for investigation, …

Government

Donald Trump's world view should keep Angela Merkel awake at night

<b>(CNN) —</b> The person most concerned about President-elect Donald Trump's most recent interview should be German Chancellor Angela Merkel.<p>Some of the President-elect's most pointed comments were aimed directly at her.<p>First and foremost, there was the direct attack on Merkel's decision to open German …

Donald Trump

How controversial Capitol painting can show us who we are

<b>(CNN) —</b> Why is a painting by a high school student the object of a tug-of-war between rival factions of the 115th Congress? The painting ended up in this fracas after it won Democratic Representative William Clay's congressional art competition last May.<p>In my considered opinion, the painting, …

Art

Obamacare saved my life. What now?

<b>(CNN) —</b> I was lying in bed with my dog, recovering from my most recent surgery, when a news alert went off on my iPhone after midnight.<p>"Breaking news: The Senate has just taken a major step toward repealing the Affordable Care Act," the headline read.<p>Fear. That's what I and millions of my fellow …

Cancer

How Germany's open-door refugee policy helps fight terrorism

<b>(CNN) —</b> Donald Trump thinks that Angela Merkel's immigration policies have been a "catastrophic mistake" and has blamed the broader refugee crisis for Britain's decision to leave the EU.<p>In a joint interview for German newspaper Bild and the Times newspaper in London, the President-elect said: "I …

Terrorism

Violent crime in your city? More cops are not enough

<b>(CNN) —</b> Violent crime, particularly gun violence, in the United States is a resurgent epidemic. While crime rates overall have fallen in the last two decades, violent crime in the United States began to climb again in 2015.<p>The national murder rate, projected to increase by 13.1% this year, is …

Justice

The extreme risk of Trump's battle with intelligence agencies

<b>(CNN) —</b> As the 2016 election receded and the New Year began, there emerged a curious confrontation between the President-elect and the intelligence communities.<p>Day after day, we saw news roll out of clashes over scheduled meetings, the accuracy of information and analysis, and what the future holds …

Intelligence

What MLK might say to Donald Trump

<b>(CNN) —</b> This year's Martin Luther King Jr. holiday, the last that will be commemorated during the Obama presidency, offers the opportunity for sober clarity about the present leavened by defiant hope for the future. The King holiday, a hard-won victory by veterans of the civil rights era alongside …

Civil Rights

Donald Trump, attack me on Twitter, please

<b>(CNN) —</b> On Saturday, President-elect Trump went after civil rights icon Rep. John Lewis, a man millions of Americans rightly admire for his courage and principles. Lewis had commented Friday that he didn't view Trump as a "legitimate" president since in his view "the Russians participated in …

Republican Party

Will inauguration protests be only a flash in the pan?

<b>(CNN) —</b> Protesters are planning to flood Washington on January 20 and 21 to take a stand on President-elect Donald Trump's inauguration. The protesters hope to send a strong message to the world that they oppose this commander-in-chief. They want to make it clear that Trump does not have a mandate …

Democracy

More US troops in Europe -- a timely move

<b>(CNN) —</b> In 1975, the Cold War was at its peak. I was a new tank lieutenant starting my career with a three-year assignment in US Army Europe. There were 250,000 US soldiers on the continent, and our job was patrolling the border fences between West Germany and the Warsaw Pact nations and defending …

Armed Conflict

20th-century world order doesn't meet today's challenges

<b>(CNN) —</b> American Russophobes in Washington seem to be doing everything possible to create an unstoppable clash between the West and Russia that cannot be undone by any institution or person.<p>A huge military buildup in Poland is being mounted as NATO signals offensive war maneuvers toward Russia. It …

World News

Obamacare isn't about politics, it's about human lives

<b>(CNN) —</b> The closer we inch towards the dismantling of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, otherwise known as Obamacare, the more I remember a young woman I met around the time that health reform legislation was becoming law. Her name was Devin Pate.<p>It's why I've long supported the law …

Health Care

The week that Obama and Biden cried

<b>(CNN) —</b> It's been a rough week for America, but it's been a good week for masculinity. No, not because we had to endure another display of Donald Trump's bellicose machismo, but because we witnessed two of the most powerful men in the world allow themselves to shed tears in public.<p>Speaking of his …

Michelle Obama

Dylann Roof is evil. Don't kill him

<b>(CNN) —</b> "How do you justify saving one life when you took nine, and in such a brutal fashion?"<p>This was the question Melvin Graham put to reporters this week after Dylann Roof was sentenced to death for murder. In 2015, Roof was welcomed into a Bible study at Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal …

Death Penalty

FBI director Comey's fate could be decided by inspector general's investigation

<b>(CNN) —</b> January is often a depressing month for people facing months of gray winter skies. Not so for FBI Director James Comey who sounded on Thursday like he was about to contort his 6'8" frame into a happy dance to celebrate Justice Department Inspector General Michael Horowitz's announcement …

Government

Heed Coretta Scott King's warning on Sessions

<b>(CNN) —</b> Over the past fifty years, America has made real, but at times rocky, progress in creating an America for the many and not just the few. But, as Senator Cory Booker so eloquently explained in this week's hearing on the nomination of Jeff Sessions to be attorney general, "the arc of the …

Civil Rights

Trump, Syria is in your hands now

<b>(CNN) —</b> Half the population is displaced. More than 4 million people have become refugees abroad.<p>The capital city is struggling without water.<p>Hundreds of thousands are dead. A generation of children is shut out of the classroom. There is destruction on a monumental scale. A civil war continues to …

Middle East

Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner will rule Trump's America

<b>(CNN) —</b> Despite ethical concerns around Donald Trump appointing his son-in-law, Jared Kushner, as senior adviser in his administration, both Kushner and his wife, Ivanka Trump, have stepped down from their respective businesses, sending a clear signal they are getting ready to enter the crucial …

Republican Party

How to honor MLK legacy in Whitefish, Montana

<b>(CNN) —</b> The Daily Stormer, a website led by neo-Nazi Andrew Anglin, recently announced a plan to march heavily armed in Whitefish, Montana -- hometown of white supremacist Richard Spencer -- as part of their campaign against residents whom they call "criminal Jews."<p>The march was scheduled for this …

Black Culture

Why Russia is happy to see the back of Obama

<b>(CNN) —</b> The Obama presidency is almost over -- and Russian officials can't wait. They're not mincing words.<p>"God created the world in seven days," Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said this week on her Facebook page. "The Obama administration has (seven plus) two more days to …

Russia

Why Trump and Tillerson could make waves for US-China relations

<b>(CNN) —</b> President-elect Donald Trump has not minced words on the South China Sea.<p>In the past few months, he's called-out Beijing in tweets and speeches for its "brazen" island-building activities and the construction of a "massive military complex."<p>He's also vowed to use Washington's economic …

China

Trump intel memo controversy is nothing like Nazi Germany

<b>(CNN) —</b> Is anyone left in America whom President-elect Donald Trump has not offended?<p>During the campaign, he made remarks that were offensive to Muslims, Mexicans and women, for starters. Now he has offended Holocaust survivors and their families by trivializing the atrocities of Nazi Germany.<p>Our …

Donald Trump

Under Trump, the anti-vaxxers might just win

<b>(CNN) —</b> Individuals on both the left and right in America share a common instinct -- an opposition to vaccines. Vaccinations can be a costly imposition, and like taxes, the payoff isn't always obvious.<p>Despite the imposition, those in the center have passionately and, until now, successfully …

Public Health

Ex-spy who wrote intel memos is a pro

<b>(CNN) —</b> <i>CNN has not until now named the former intelligence officer who compiled the memos about Russia, President-elect Donald Trump and the US election. But many news organizations in the United States and the UK have named him and provided considerable detail about him and his business. Other</i> …

National Security