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Want to improve health care? Focus on hospitals

<b>(CNN) —</b> As Congress and the Trump administration debate the future of America's health care system, they should go beyond the issues of access and cost and recognize an equally important priority: that patients come first, so health reform should also focus on quality of care.<p>Seen statistically in …

Health

Dear team Trump,'alternative facts' are lies

<b>(CNN) —</b> Donald Trump's White House counselor Kellyanne Conway coined a new term Sunday morning when she stated that White House Press secretary Sean Spicer was not lying about the size of the crowd at Trump's inauguration. Instead, Conway claimed, Spicer simply told us "alternative facts."<p>It's …

Republican Party

Trump won't change but marchers can change the world

<b>(CNN) —</b> The reason why I joined an estimated 125,000 men, women and children in Boston at the Women's March is simple. I don't agree with a President who "tweets" us like crap. And by "us," I mean all of us.<p>Saturday, in more than 673 cities around the world, millions of men, women and children …

News Media

Can women's march make magic moment into a movement?

<b>(CNN) —</b> It was certainly a magic moment -- hundreds of thousands of women pouring hour after hour into the Mall in Washington, joined in protest by women in dozens of American cities and even in a half dozen or more big cities overseas. All told, reported the Washington Post, millions marched to …

Roe v. Wade

Trump's Hundred Days clock is ticking

<b>(CNN) —</b> The clock is ticking. President Trump has between now and April 29 to make the most of his Hundred Days.<p>Ever since Franklin Roosevelt introduced the term in 1933 as he pushed through Congress one of the boldest domestic agendas that the nation had seen, 75 bills in total, these important …

Government

Andrew Cuomo: States, use your power to protect women's rights

<b>(CNN) —</b> Earlier this month, I delivered my State of the State address for 2017. This annual message is an opportunity for the governor to lay out his initiatives, priorities and goals to meet the needs of New Yorkers for the coming year. There is rarely a clear consensus on every initiative. But on …

Civil Rights

Will President Trump restart the drone war in Pakistan?

<b>(CNN) —</b> The American drone war in Pakistan effectively ended nearly eight months ago when the US conducted its last drone strike, killing the Taliban's leader, Mullah Akhtar Mansour.<p>After using CIA drones regularly for 7 years in Pakistan -- a country where the United States is not waging a …

World News

Women, this is our rallying cry

<b>(CNN) —</b> The Women's March on Washington started as a trickle, then turned into a wave and then grew into a tsunami. Here's where it started: On Election Night, thousands of Hillary Clinton supporters at the Javits Center in New York stood cheering, buoyed by the polls, even before the final vote …

Civil Liberties

Dad: Why I'm marching with my daughter

<b>(CNN) —</b> I've been doing a lot of traveling for Donald Trump lately.<p>My first trip came three months ago when I traveled from New York to knock on doors in Reading, Pennsylvania, to get out the vote for Hillary Clinton. Now I'm on the road again, making my way to the nation's capital to join the …

Gender

Donald Trump's battle cry

<b>(CNN) —</b> Donald Trump's inaugural address was less of a speech than a battle cry -- an angry denunciation of America's political elites and a decree that under his leadership, the people will stage a virtual revolution. We haven't heard anything like this in modern times.<p>The address surely heartened …

U.S. Politics

How to stay safe at the Women's March

<b>(CNN) —</b> With the nation divided and protests already occurring around President Donald Trump's inauguration, it might seem that now is a good time to avoid large public gatherings. But Saturday's Women's March on Washington is resolutely aimed at being a peaceful and meaningful demonstration …

Washington D.C.

Fight for common sense gun-safety policies far from over

<b>(CNN) —</b> I flew 39 combat missions in Operation Desert Storm and left our planet four times in a spaceship. I always thought I had a risky job. But it wasn't until my wife, Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords, was nearly assassinated that I learned she had faced a more present danger.<p>Since that …

Guns

Trump's America: Cartoon views from around the world

Cartoons

Why we'll help President Trump put people of color first

<b>(CNN) —</b> In the days and weeks following the 2016 presidential election, a wave of racially motivated hate crimes and harassment swept the nation. Many of the perpetrators invoked the name of Donald Trump, suggesting that a new ethos had descended upon the United States.<p>Of all the dangers and …

Racism

Why legitimacy is what Donald Trump needs most

<b>(CNN) —</b> Donald John Trump is now the 45th president of the United States. Each inauguration, including Friday's, has been legal and fully in accordance with the United States Constitution. Yet much that the new president has said and proposes to do now that he has become the President is causing …

Government

How Donald Trump can be America's change agent

<b>(CNN) —</b> Donald J. Trump's rise to the presidency has political, philosophical and spiritual significance. Politically, it offers conservatives an opportunity to work toward the restoration of the constitutional foundations undergirding our nation. Philosophically, President Trump needs to focus on …

Democracy

Trump's inauguration: How'd he do?

<b>(CNN) —</b> <i>President Donald Trump was sworn in Friday. CNN contributors and analysts offered these assessments of the 45th president's inauguration. The opinions expressed in these commentaries are solely those of the authors.</i><p>Lanhee Chen: Trump's message -- I won't change<p>Donald Trump's inaugural …

Democracy

President Obama may have saved Chelsea Manning's life

<b>(CNN) —</b> On Tuesday, days before leaving office, President Barack Obama granted clemency to 273 people. Among them was Chelsea Manning, a transgender woman whose life has been endangered by cruel and abusive conditions throughout her nearly seven years in a men's prison. She will now be released in …

Chelsea Manning

Marijuana: Is the party over?

<b>(CNN) —</b> One of the many decisions facing President Donald Trump is whether to continue the federal government's hands off policy on marijuana, which has allowed the legal sale of the substance in 27 states.<p>Sen. Jeff Sessions, Trump's nominee for attorney general, has signaled that the new …

Marijuana

Dear Mr. President: We're going to fight back

<b>(CNN) —</b> President Donald J. Trump,<p>As of 12:01 PM ET today, you are the President of the United States. For the next four years, you will assume the responsibilities of our nation's highest office. But while you won the Electoral College contest in November, you have yet to win the respect of most …

Democrats

Rick Santorum: President Trump will succeed if he keeps promises

<b>(CNN) —</b> If President Trump wants to go big league, he needs to make an immediate impact with a bold agenda in the first 100 days. From Supreme Court nominations to immigration and trade promises, Mr. Trump needs to make his priorities stick.<p>First, he must immediately nominate his candidate to …

U.S. Supreme Court

Dear Mr President: welcome to the real world

<b>(CNN) —</b> Dear Mr. President,<p>Congratulations on your huge inauguration. Now, it's time to confront the real world -- and your first tests.<p>Now, everyone will be testing you, your mettle, your resolve -- and especially the world according to your tweets. Crises, many of your own making, will be …

World News

An inaugural poem of protest

<b>(CNN) —</b><p>'Exile and Lightning'<p><i>You choose your ancestors</i> our<br>Ancestor Ralph Ellison wrote.<p>Now, fellow-descendants, we endure a<br>Moment of charismatic indecency<br>And sanctimonious greed. Falsehood<br>Beyond shame. Our Polish Grandfather<br>Milosz and African American Grandmother Brooks<br>Endured worse than this.<i><br>Fight</i> …

Poetry

Inauguration in 140 characters

<b>(CNN) —</b> CNN Opinion is curating tweets from our contributors during President Donald Trump's inauguration.

Republicans

David Axelrod: Obama's legacy can't be erased

<b>(CNN) —</b> The walls, just days earlier bedecked with portraits of President Obama at work, were covered with empty frames, awaiting a new leading man.<p>The hallways that had been buzzing with energy were strangely still, as all but the most senior staff had already turned in their badges and moved on. …

Democrats

The Oath: 35 words, four views

<b>(CNN) —</b> Whether you know them by heart or have never heard them at all, the 35 words that Donald Trump will speak to become our president will, in some way, impact your next four years. On the occasion of CNN's mini-documentary, "The Oath," CNN Opinion asked scholars and writers to weigh in on how …

U.S. Constitution

Can Trump talk to the world like he's talked to America?

<b>(CNN) —</b> For some it was never more than a tryst, a brief tango of convenience -- but for most, their love affair with America grew before they really knew it.<p>That first Hollywood hero who saves the world in a movie with a schmaltzy tear-jerker close, or a Disney cartoon, coloring book or jigsaw …

Foreign Policy

What millennials want from Donald Trump

<b>(CNN) —</b> Mr. Trump, just give us a shot at the American Dream!<p>I am 26 years old, so I came of age during the rise of President Obama. I supported Obama, voted for Obama and I fell victim to his economic malaise. In the shadow of the last eight years, millions of millennials like me just want Trump …

Millennials

Ana Navarro: We'll be OK with Trump, IF...

<b>(CNN) —</b> Yes, folks. It is really happening. Donald Trump is swearing-in as the 45th president of the United States.<p>Since his election, I have heard Trump opponents grasp at straws and wild theories in the hope that this day would not come. First, they put their hopes in recounts in the states. The …

Donald Trump