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In picking Tim Kaine, Hillary Clinton missed an opportunity

<b>(CNN) —</b> In case you didn't hear any fanfare late Friday night when Hillary Clinton announced her vice presidential running mate, that's because Tim Kaine is not a fanfare type of candidate. He is, by definition, meh. Then again, running against the irrational and unpredictable Donald Trump and his …

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What's fueling the Republican fury

<b>(CNN) —</b> In accepting the Republican Party's nomination for president, Donald Trump's speech purposefully played to multiple layers of racial anxiety (ones that, alternately, cast undocumented Latinos, Black Lives Matter demonstrators and Muslims as foils straight from central casting) that …

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Trump's 'Bizarro World' convention

<b>(CNN) —</b> It was the kind of political convention you might expect in the 1960s comic book called "Bizarro World." The headliners included a 1980s TV star who tweeted a grossly obscene message about Hillary Clinton, a former male underwear model, a soap opera actress and a multi-layer marketer who …

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The danger of Trump's NATO comments

<b>(CNN) —</b> Donald Trump's statements suggesting his administration would place fiscal conditions on defending NATO allies are irresponsible and dangerous. And they have already sent a disruptive signal to many of our allied governments and militaries, while emboldening a paranoid, expanding and …

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Ivanka Trump's smart, savvy speech

<b>(CNN) —</b> Ivanka Trump introduced her father Thursday evening at the Republican National Convention. You never would have known that just that morning, she told Savannah Guthrie on the "Today" show that she felt terrified about speaking "in a stadium like this" and hoped she does "a great job for …

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Donald Trump's speech: 'America first,' but an America absent from the world

<b>Cleveland (CNN) —</b> His slogan is "America First." On Thursday night, Donald Trump also made clear his campaign means an America absent from the world.<p>Before even delivering his big speech Thursday night in Cleveland, Trump was sending tremors through America's allies, threatening to turn generations …

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Trump: A speech like no other?

<b>(CNN) —</b> CNN Opinion contributors offer their takes on the final day of the Republican Party convention in Cleveland, Donald Trump's speech, and what this week has meant for the Republican Party. The views expressed are the writers' own.<p>David Gergen: A vision for the Apocalypse?<p>Give credit where it …

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How Donald Trump's speech sets a trap for Hillary Clinton

<b>Cleveland (CNN) —</b> Donald Trump said, "I accept your nomination for the presidency of the United States"... and Alice woke up to discover that her adventures in Wonderland were but a dream.<p>Or rather not. This is real. This has happened. Donald J. Trump has been nominated by the GOP. And he probably …

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Trump's midnight in America

<b>(CNN) —</b> There were two enormous problems with Donald Trump's speech at the Republican National Convention: too much darkness, not enough inspirational personal biography.<p>First, the tone. If Trump needs a theme song he should consider the opening line of Simon & Garfunkel's "Sounds of Silence": …

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How can we end the cycle of racial violence?

<b>(CNN) —</b> In his memorial speech for the five Dallas police officers slain by a deranged shooter, President Barack Obama reminded the audience of the ways in which our nation's past has shaped the current crisis. "Centuries of racial discrimination -- of slavery and subjugation and Jim Crow -- they …

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Will Erdogan's countercoup succeed?

<b>(CNN) —</b> Last Friday, a military faction in Turkey tried to topple President Recep Tayip Erdogan. The effort failed, but since then Erdogan has been leading his own coup, crushing the foundations of democracy and attempting to establish himself as the country's authoritative ruler.<p>Right now, it …

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Shooting a man who was lying down with his hands up?

<b>(CNN) —</b> Charles Kinsey lay on his back in a North Miami street, his hands up in the air. He was talking to his client, an autistic man named Rinaldo, as Rinaldo sat cross-legged next to him, holding a toy fire truck in his hands. Police, armed with assault rifles, were closing in. Kinsey later told …

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'Brexit means Brexit' means what?

<b>(CNN) —</b> <i>Editor's Note: Robin Oakley was political editor and columnist for The Times newspaper in London from 1986 to 1992, the BBC's political editor from 1992 to 2000, and CNN's European Political Editor between 2000 and 2008. The opinions expressed in this commentary are solely his.</i><p>When the …

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Why did Cruz do it?

<b>(CNN) —</b> The story of the third night of the Republican convention was Ted Cruz's failure to endorse Donald Trump for president. As he stood on the podium at the Republican Convention, he channeled Ronald Reagan with repeated references to freedom. As the speech went on the crowd became restless. …

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Ted Cruz gets his revenge on Trump

<b>(CNN) —</b> On Wednesday night in Cleveland, it looked like we might return to the conventions of a normal convention.<p>There were robust statements of Republican ideology, crowd-pleasing defenses of the Second Amendment and denunciations of radical Islam. No plagiarism or loopy references to Lucifer. …

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Donald Trump's dreadful night

<b>(CNN) —</b> Wednesday night was dreadful for Donald Trump. Simply awful. The whole message of this convention is "unity." The reason he has invited his former opponents to speak is to stress that he, too, is a conservative. Well, Ted Cruz stripped away the veneer of unity. And his beautiful speech …

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When Garry Marshall snagged Robin Williams

<b>(CNN) —</b> Why was Garry Marshall, the man who hired me to work on "Mork & Mindy" and was responsible for so many classic comedy shows, such a naturally funny person?<p>This is hard to describe. The reason is that it was all in Garry's delivery: His minimal responses in his thick Bronx accent -- his use …

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'Ralph Malph' actor: 'Happy Days' really WERE happy

<b>(CNN) —</b> My first interaction with Garry Marshall was in October 1973. It was during my screen test at Paramount Studios for the pilot of "Happy Days." I had come to Los Angeles from New York several months earlier, seeking to expand my acting opportunities. I had landed some guest starring roles on …

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How Garry Marshall changed my life

<b>(CNN) —</b> This is how Garry Marshall changed my life.<p>The year was 1979, and I was hired as an apprentice writer on "Laverne & Shirley" in a program that Garry started to help young, aspiring writers. This alone would have put him in the "Good Guy Hall of Fame," as most TV executives couldn't care …

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Analysis: How plagiarism flap hurts Trump

<b>(CNN) —</b> Hypocrisy hurts. Donald Trump's team has spent the first two nights of its convention making the case that voters should reject Hillary Clinton because she lies. At the same time, though, the Trump team hasn't looked like it has been upfront about the fact that some of Melania Trump's …

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Garry Marshall: The best teammate

<b>(CNN) —</b> One of the things I remember most about Garry Marshall: If I did something good on the ball field, he would send me flowers.<p>The most important thing in our lives was our softball team -- certainly more important than the show. We'd go to all these cities and that's how we did our PR. We …

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Melania admires Michelle? What Donald should learn from that

<b>(CNN) —</b> In taking responsibility for lifting much of two paragraphs from a speech by Michelle Obama, Trump campaign staff writer Meredith McIver did more than uncover her own part in the drama surrounding Melania Trump's convention speech. She also inadvertently highlighted the unfair and frankly …

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What Donald Trump needs to do Thursday

<b>(CNN) —</b> In the modern political world, conventions are supposed to be boring, at least when it comes to who the nominee will be. Cleveland has been anything but. After two nights of the Republican National Convention, what have we learned, and where do we go from here?<p>The answer to the first …

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Will Chris Christie get a second act?

<b>(CNN) —</b> N.J. Gov. Chris Christie's speech to the Republican National Convention proved he might have made a good vice presidential pick for Donald Trump, especially when it comes to the traditional vice presidential role of savaging the opposition.<p>Christie tore into Hillary Clinton with gusto on …

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Trump's missed opportunity

<b>(CNN) —</b> Take two. The second night of the Republican National Convention was a chance to get past the messiness of Day 1, which began with a floor fight over rules and ended with allegations of plagiarism by Melania Trump. Tuesday's theme was "Make America Work Again," and the Republican National …

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Republicans picked the wrong Trump

<b>(CNN) —</b> Tuesday's session at the Republican Party convention had the feeling of "family time" about it, although the message was mixed. In between two young Trumps talking about their father's kindness came family friend Chris Christie calling Hillary Clinton a liar and butcher of justice. The …

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Why plagiarism really matters

<b>(CNN) —</b> I hail from the world of journalism, which has seen its fair share of plagiarism scandals in the past decade or so, starting with the Jayson Blair affair at The New York Times in 2003. But plagiarism in the news business is a different animal from what's being alleged of the speech Melania …

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In a dark time, GOP offers positive vision

<b>(CNN) —</b> The Republican National Convention commenced at a time when Americans have heavy hearts. Amid a summer of terrorism and targeted law enforcement shootings, we have faced the unbearable task of burying our brothers and sisters. With senseless tragedy at our backs and broken spirits moving …

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India rape case a chilling reminder for women everywhere

<b>(CNN) —</b> Sexual assault is a cheap and effective weapon. But in a new case in which this weapon has so horrifyingly been wielded, in the northern state of Haryana, India, the perpetrators may actually have defeated its own usefulness. If that is to be true, it is up to us.<p>A 21-year-old woman is …

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