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Don't struggle alone after miscarriage

(CNN) — Last week, Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg bravely shared his and his wife's experience with repeated miscarriages and, in doing so, helped countless people.

"The pain is so intense and the sense of grief is real," a user named Jennifer shared. "Thank you for letting other couples know that …

Mark Zuckerberg

What Rowdy Roddy meant to us

(CNN) — "Do you know who ... Roddy ... Rowdy is?"

I know the tone of that question well -- especially when the person asking is looking up from a newspaper, Twitter feed, or news website. It always means the same thing, too -- no matter the name.

That question means someone has died.

As soon as I …

Roddy Piper

What Obama should say on Hiroshima anniversary

(CNN) — Thursday marks the 70th anniversary of the first use of atomic weapons, when the Japanese cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki were hit by atom bombs that ultimately claimed hundreds of thousands of lives, and left tens of thousands more injured and suffering the effects of radiation.

Back in …

Nuclear Energy

How Trump can win the debate

(CNN) — In Donald Trump's favorite movie, "Citizen Kane," Charles Foster Kane, a wealthy newspaper owner with political ambitions, leads in the polls during a race to determine New York's next governor until scandal unceremoniously cuts short his candidacy.

Numerous political commentators predict a …

Donald Trump

The truth about Asian Americans' success (it's not what you think)

(CNN) — Asian Americans are the highest-income, best-educated and fastest-growing racial group in the country. But not for the reasons you think.

For too long, conservative pundits and the news media have pointed to Asian Americans as the "model minority." They cite the Ivy League admissions and …


A tale of two wars

(CNN) — The current degree of death and destruction in the Middle East is reason enough to assess the first Iraq war, which was launched 25 years ago this Sunday. But any assessment of the ultimate impact of that conflict cannot be completed without looking at its sequel, the invasion of Iraq by …

Military History

Busted: 3 myths about Obama's climate plan

(CNN) — On Sunday morning, President Obama released a video "memo to America." It pointed to droughts, super-storms and increases in asthma as evidence that climate change is not just a problem for future generations, but our own.

Today, the administration is publishing the plan to do something …


Sleepy county's history of discrimination

(CNN) — It's a process that has become all too familiar for civil rights lawyers this past year -- sitting at a computer poring over yet another video showing a state official killing or injuring another unarmed Black person. But hearing of the death of Sandra Bland in a Waller County, Texas, jail …


How America got polarized

(CNN) — As my wife and I waited to see a screening of "Best of Enemies," a new documentary focusing on the debates between the conservative publisher William Buckley Jr. and the liberal author Gore Vidal in the summer 1968, I overheard another guest say, "It will be nice to see a movie about a time …

Gore Vidal

If Jeb Bush wants to win, he should play chess

(CNN) — In 2007, Mike Henry, Hillary Clinton's deputy campaign manager and one of the smarter operatives in the party, wrote a memo urging the campaign to pull out of the Iowa caucuses and focus its limited resources on the contests that came later.

Henry's suggestion, which leaked to The New York …

Republican Party

Iranians ready to retire 'Death to America'?

(CNN) — When I was 11 years old, I had to stand in a line every morning for half an hour, wave my fist in the air along with other girls at my elementary school in Tehran and chant: "Death to Iraq, death to Israel, death to Britain, death to Russia, death to France, death to Germany, death to …

Middle East

How outrage over Cecil the lion killing misses the point

(CNN) — Of all the stories you heard in the news in the past few days, which one moved you the most? Which outraged you, brought you to tears, led you to action? Which did you talk about with your friends, post on Facebook, discuss on Twitter? If the answer is the killing of Cecil the lion, you are …


Encryption a growing threat to security

(CNN) — Back in the 1970s and '80s, Americans asked private companies to divest from business dealings with the apartheid government of South Africa. In more recent years, federal and state law enforcement officials have asked -- and required -- Internet service providers to crack down on the …


Feel disrespected? Pull a gun

(CNN) — Feel disrespected? Pull a gun. Open fire. That'll teach 'em.

It's become the norm in the United States.

"We don't treat guns like they're instruments of death in this country." That comes from a man who knows. Lonnie Phillips lost his daughter, Jessica, to the monster who opened fire at a …


Democrats should thank Donald Trump

(CNN) — Dear Donald:

As a voter who's leaning toward voting Democratic, I just wanted to say thank you.

Thank you for your antics. Thank you for your arrogance. And most of all, thank you for damaging the GOP brand -- possibly beyond restoration for quite likely the entire election season.

If you'll …

Donald Trump

Iran deal: Why don't Americans like it?

(CNN) — I don't read polls for a living, and certainly don't want to compete with those who do. But I was intrigued by a new CNN poll that found a majority of Americans in favor of Congress rejecting the recently negotiated nuclear deal with Iran.

To be sure this is one poll; and others have reached …

Middle East

Abercrombie: The never-ending, exclusive frat party?

(CNN) — I have to admit I haven't shopped at Abercrombie & Fitch since I was a freshman in college. Even then, when I fell squarely within the brand's numerical demographic, I felt fully outside of it. I prefer not to dress like a frat party might spontaneously materialize in front of me at any …


Should colleges do away with SATs?

(CNN) — This week, George Washington University announced it is adopting a "test-optional" admissions policy, becoming one of the largest private universities to allow prospective students to opt out of sending ACT or SAT scores.

GW joins other top-rated national universities such as Wake Forest and …

University of South Carolina

Are Patriots fans the only ones who believe Tom Brady?

(CNN) — Jerry Seinfeld joked on his TV show that loyalty to athletes is strictly a matter of laundry. You love a guy who wears your favorite team's uniform, but not if he puts on a different team's shirt. Or, as Seinfeld summed it up: "You're actually rooting for the clothes."

It seems like a safe …

Tom Brady

Twisted logic behind lion hunts

(CNN) — The brutal killing of Cecil the Lion has rightly drawn outrage from around the world. Reports say that this local celebrity and dominant male of his pride was lured with food out of a Zimbabwe national park, only to be struck by an arrow shot from the bow of a Minnesota dentist who paid …


The man who wouldn't hand over bin Laden to the U.S.

(CNN) — He is as mysterious in his reported death as he was mysterious in life. Mullah Omar, one of the world's most wanted men, died in a hospital in Karachi, Pakistan, more than two years ago, according to Afghan government officials. U.S. officials say they believe this to be a "credible" …


Pilot: What the wreckage tells us

(CNN) — Nothing would be more poignantly encouraging for 239 families than to know that the piece of aircraft part found on La Reunion Island east of Madagascar connects with MH370 -- the Boeing 777 that disappeared in March 2014, en route from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing. The world wants to know. And …


Jon Stewart for president?

(CNN) — On Tuesday we learned that President Obama had "secretly" summoned "Daily Show" host Jon Stewart to the White House twice in recent years. Social media was abuzz with the question of whether Stewart was actually advising Obama on certain policy issues. The comments of Obama's former senior …

Jon Stewart

Sudan's other crisis

(CNN) — Once their remoteness and inaccessibility made the Nuba Mountains a refuge in Sudan, offering sanctuary and protection to people fleeing persecution. Today, a lack of access has made the same mountains a deadly prison to hundreds of thousands trapped in a bitter struggle between the …


Obama's missed Africa opportunity

(CNN) — President Barack Obama's arrival this week in Kenya will be an emotional and historic moment. His visit to the land of his father's birth will be a celebration of the growing ties between African nations and the United States. Meanwhile, Americans and Africans are today being drawn together …


Is this ARK better than Noah's?

(CNN) — Every year, about 70,000 domestic and wild animals pass through the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey-operated JFK airport, and a $48 million luxury terminal for them is now under construction, slated to open next year.

Artist renderings shows a grassy, well lit, 178,000-square-foot …

Swimming Pool

How Donald Trump could sink the Republicans

(CNN) — Donald Trump has suggested, in an interview with The Hill, that if the Republican Party doesn't treat him right, he might run as a third-party candidate. Republicans should be worried.

If Trump takes this step, he would add a serious element of uncertainty into an already unwieldy process. …

Donald Trump

Uber wins, liberals lose

(CNN) — The rise of the "gig economy" has given Democrats from Hillary Clinton on down a tough issue to wrestle with, one that wedges them uncomfortably between Silicon Valley money and millennial digital natives on one side, and organized labor and disempowered workers on the other -- in a fight …


The 5 telltale techniques of climate change denial

(CNN) — There is overwhelming scientific evidence that humans are causing global warming. Nevertheless, a small proportion of the population continues to deny the science. This can be problematic when the small number denying climate science includes half of the U.S. Senate.

How do you identify …