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Trump's 'speaks perfect English' insult should offend all Americans

<b>(CNN) —</b> Mr. President, brown people speak English.<p>At a White House event on Monday, billed as "Salute to the Heroes of the Immigration and Customs Enforcement and Customs and Border Protection," President Donald Trump called to the stage a Latino Border Patrol agent, Adrian Anzaldua.<p>"Adrian, come …

Donald Trump

If Trump and GOP don't understand climate change, they don't deserve public office

<b>(CNN) —</b> The Trump administration's latest efforts to undo more of Barack Obama's efforts to slow climate change come as no surprise. Nothing gets this President more excited than trying to undo his predecessor's legacy.<p>But his proposed new EPA rules -- tagged with the laughable misnomer the …

Conservatism

These moms are seeking office to 'leave the casket open'

<b>(CNN) —</b> On August 31, 1955, the body of a black youth was found in the Tallahatchie River, near Money, Mississippi. He was naked except for the barbed wire wound around him, which was attached to a 75-pound fan meant to sink him down to the riverbed. One eye was gouged out and his skull badly …

Justice

This Marine opens a new chapter for women

<b>(CNN) —</b> As the first woman to lead a Marine Corps infantry platoon, 1st Lt. Marina Hierl recently made history. But that history didn't begin this week or this year. Or even this decade.<p>Indeed, Hierl's service is the latest realization of a long march toward enabling Americans who qualify to serve …

Military

Russia is still attacking the US and trying to help Trump

<b>(CNN) —</b> Just as President Donald Trump was openly pondering the possibility of lifting sanctions against Russia, Microsoft revealed it has uncovered yet another Russian intelligence operation aimed at assaulting America's democratic institutions and, it appears, at helping Trump.<p>There is no …

Donald Trump

Catholics in the pews, unleash your anger

<b>(CNN) —</b> Bishop John McCarthy of Austin will be laid to rest Friday. A larger-than-life, gregarious Irishman, McCarthy led the Catholic Diocese of Austin from 1986 until 2001, and was a priest for more than 60 years.<p>He was powerfully committed to civil rights (not always popular in the Texas in …

Christianity

Pope Francis, it'll take more than a letter to fix this

<b>(CNN) —</b> Dear Pope Francis,<p>It is hard to be Catholic today. I know you finally spoke out to us -- in a letter -- about the horrific allegations of sexual abuse in six Pennsylvania dioceses. I've been waiting for days to find comfort from Rome. And you notably began your letter by quoting St. Paul: …

Pope Francis

Why not wreck the planet? It could save your political skin

<b>(CNN) —</b> There is a certain mindset in politics, present the world over and across the political spectrum, which distrusts expertise. That mindset is presently revealing itself in Australia, where this week a small group of conservative-minded members of parliament held the prime minister, Malcolm …

Liberal Party

It's time to fight the ballot bullies in court

<b>(CNN) —</b> In rural Randolph County, Georgia, the local board of elections (all two members -- a third recently stepped down, according to the Washington Post) has proposed closing seven of the county's nine polling places ahead of the midterm elections. Critics have condemned the move, citing the …

Government

What the Asia Argento sexual assault allegations tell us

<b>(CNN) —</b> On Sunday, The New York Times reported that Italian actress Asia Argento, whose allegations that she was sexually assaulted by Harvey Weinstein helped launch the #MeToo movement, has been accused of sexual assault herself.<p>According to documents that the Times obtained through encrypted …

Me Too movement

Trump's McCarthyism charge is deeply ironic

<b>(CNN) —</b> "Study the late Joseph McCarthy, because we are now in period with Mueller and his gang that make Joseph McCarthy look like a baby!" President Donald Trump tweeted from the final days of his golfing vacation at Bedminster, New Jersey. "Rigged Witch Hunt!"<p>We've seen plenty of Trump critics …

Donald Trump

McRaven for president in 2020

<b>(CNN) —</b> The list of people defying President Donald Trump gets longer by the minute. But one voice rose above all the others last week. Retired Navy Adm. William H. McRaven penned an op-ed in the Washington Post asking Trump to revoke his security clearance, so he can add his name "to the list of …

Osama Bin Laden

It's Trump's war ... and it's not going well

<b>(CNN) —</b> One year ago, President Donald Trump announced what he said was his new strategy for the Afghan war.<p>He said he had become convinced that the only thing worse than staying in Afghanistan was pulling out.<p>In a rare admission that he had changed his mind, Trump said: "My original instinct was …

Afghanistan

How Aretha's powerful sensuality paved the way

<b>(CNN) —</b> Aretha Franklin was America's first real grown-up female pop star. Today's woke queens owe an enormous debt to her voice, her look and her insistence on the value of her voice and her talent.<p>Franklin, who died this week of pancreatic cancer at the age of 76, began her pop music career in …

Aretha Franklin

Trump's White House is making Orwell's worst nightmares look tame

<b>(CNN) —</b> War Is Peace. Freedom Is Slavery. Ignorance Is Strength.<p>And now, "Truth Isn't Truth."<p>Beset by the Trump-Russia investigation, worried that White House lawyer Don McGahn may have turned witness for Special Counsel Robert Mueller and trying to keep Donald Trump from committing perjury in a …

Donald Trump

Christmas came early for Putin

<b>(CNN) —</b> Every week, I offer a glimpse of the kind of intelligence assessments that are likely to come across the desk of the President of the United States. Modeled on the President's Daily Briefing, or PDB, which the director of national intelligence prepares for the President almost daily, my …

Gina Haspel

What Trump really meant when he tweeted about a 'RAT'

<b>(CNN) —</b> You would think -- or at least hope -- that the person who serves as President of the United States would be supportive of anyone who cooperates with federal authorities to bring criminals to justice. After all, Article II of the US Constitution expressly charges the President with …

Donald Trump

Why this World Humanitarian Day could be the grimmest of all

<b>(CNN) —</b> Even the most hard-core aid workers would have struggled to watch the initial images out of Yemen from a horrific airstrike on a school bus after a missile struck a crowded marketplace in broad daylight.<p>Among the dozens of slain and injured children -- reportedly aged 6 to 11 years old -- …

Middle East

Genoa bridge collapse shows what's wrong with modern Italy

For years, many had been concerned that the Morandi Bridge -- Genoa's Brooklyn Bridge, as some call it -- was going to fall sooner or later. Citizens, architects and engineers had all talked publicly, as had -- perhaps, secretly -- one or two local politicians.<p>For many, it was just a matter of time.<p>…

Genoa

Kofi Annan protected us from our worst instincts

<b>(CNN) —</b> In every generation we depend on a few people of supreme decency and intelligence to hold the world together. In Jewish tradition, there are at all times 36 tzadikim, righteous people, without whom the world would perish. Kofi Annan was one of the righteous people, a man of extraordinary …

Kofi

Nancy Pelosi is under fire, but ousting her isn't the answer

<b>(CNN) —</b> House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi is under fire. A debate has unfolded within the Democratic Party about whether she needs to go. As the Republicans ramp up a midterm campaign strategy centered around connecting Democratic candidates to an allegedly left-wing, out-of-touch coastal leader, …

Republicans

Stop calling them 'Russian troll farms'

<b>(CNN) —</b> The phrase "Russian troll farms" has become ubiquitous. It's on network television. It's in leading newspapers. It's on the lips of US senators.<p>But it's a misleading phrase — dangerously misleading.<p>The Russian actors who, through the Internet, interfered with America's 2016 presidential …

Internet

Why Paul Manafort would have reason to hope for a Trump pardon

<b>(CNN) —</b> At Paul Manafort's trial, his lawyers took the unusual step of not calling any witnesses for the defense, setting off speculation that Manafort is relying on the prospect of a presidential pardon. Friday morning, President Trump refused to address whether or not he would take such a step …

Donald Trump

Political spouses like George Conway are fair game

<b>(CNN) —</b> In recent months, George Conway, the husband of Trump adviser Kellyanne Conway has created a stir -- and amassed a considerable Twitter following -- with a series of disapproving tweets about President Donald Trump, his wife's boss. In a buzzy Washington Post profile of the couple in which …

Donald Trump

Teachers donating sick days is a symptom of a wretched system

<b>(CNN) —</b> Donating sick and vacation days may seem like a thoughtful way to have a colleague's back, but it's also a spotlight on a gaping need to fix an utterly broken system.<p>On July 24, Florida high school teacher Robert Goodman posted a picture of himself during chemo treatment. Having run short …

Paid Leave

The scientific theories battling to explain the universe

<b>(CNN) —</b> In human history, there have been many interesting and epic feuds -- the Hatfields and McCoys, Bette Davis and Joan Crawford, or the Notorious B.I.G and Tupac. Many of us love to read in tabloids or history books about the salacious details of how the bad blood came to be.<p>Just like these …

Dark Matter

Hezbollah is a terror group. The West needs to wake up

<b>(CNN) —</b> Hezbollah's announcement of its impending "victory" in Syria may be a reaction against US sanctions against Iran, but the threat it poses is no less real.<p>Hezbollah remains one of the most capable terrorist organizations in the world, which intends to continue expanding its reach. The …

Middle East

Trump is picking on the wrong guy

<b>(CNN) —</b> President Trump is picking on the wrong guy if he thinks the revocation of John Brennan's security clearances is going to intimidate or silence him. The man who is in many ways the architect of the war on militant jihadists is not going to be easily bullied.<p>Former CIA director Brennan is …

National Security

Here's who will be hurt by New York's cap on Uber and Lyft

<b>(CNN) —</b> New York City's recent decision to place a one-year cap on new for-hire vehicle licenses is a sad example of government favoritism for the yellow taxi industry against fair-market competitors like Uber and Lyft. This will hurt poor and minority riders and entrepreneurs, and subject New …

Bill de Blasio