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Merkel's critics will miss her when she's gone

<b>(CNN) —</b> In her own words, it was a day for "deep reflection." Angela Merkel was nothing if not diplomatic when she met the press early on Monday morning after her coalition negotiations had broken down with the Free Democrats and the Greens.<p>And "reflection" there will be. But not just in the</i> …

Angela Merkel

How to make #MeToo stick this time

<b>(CNN) —</b> I am having a serious case of déjà vu. Every day, when I switch on my computer, I, like everyone else, am hit by yet another exposé of a powerful male celebrity, industry leader or politician allegedly sexually harassing and assaulting women; and along with it, another slew of heartbreaking …

Gender

How the Pentagon Papers changed the "information leak" game

<b>(CNN) —</b> President Donald Trump has made it clear that when it comes to cracking down on government leaks to the media, "the tougher the better!" Yet for all of Trump's dire warnings about the dangers of leaks, there is one action that even he has not suggested -- a court order blocking the press …

Law

Minnesota writer's view: Al Franken must resign

<b>Minneapolis (CNN) —</b> I was shopping for Thanksgiving with my wife in suburban St. Paul when the news came scrolling across my phone that Sen. Al Franken had been accused of sexual harassment. I saw the photographic evidence. I may have sworn. We had a quiet moment in the busy store, angry to learn …

Al Franken

Manson's infamy, like his violence, did lasting harm

<b>(CNN) —</b> The death of Charles Manson, the wild-eyed cult leader whose disciples staged a bloody murder spree in Los Angeles in August 1969, closes a particularly unfortunate chapter on the history of the tumultuous 1960s. The murders spanned two nights, and a number of the victims, including the …

Crime

Donald Trump is LaVar Ball -- with nuclear weapons

<b>(CNN) —</b> President Donald Trump versus LaVar Ball: It's Toddler-in-Chief versus Dad Toddler.<p>One needs constant adulation like he needs oxygen. The other needs attention as though his heart would stop beating if the spotlight were turned somewhere else.<p>One is a white dude with an infamous hairdo and …

LaVar Ball

Dear senators: Don't bankrupt our country

<b>(CNN) —</b> Dear Sens. Susan Collins, Bob Corker, Jeff Flake, Ron Johnson, John McCain and Lisa Murkowski:<p>I fear for the future of our country. I know that you do as well. You are patriots first and partisans a distant second.<p>We are at a defining moment in our history: The tax cuts just passed by the …

Equality

Macron, Trump and Putin would all like to see Merkel go

<b>(CNN) —</b> Angela Merkel, Germany's iron chancellor, is in trouble -- and by extension, so is much of the European Union.<p>During her 12 years in office, Merkel has steered Germany to the position of becoming the EU's economic powerhouse. She has served as the anchor, financier, refuge and, in the eyes …

Angela Merkel

It's too soon to celebrate Australia's vote for LGBT freedom

<b>(CNN) —</b> Earlier this month, Australia released the long-awaited results of its national postal survey on marriage equality, with almost 62% of the public -- and a majority in every one of Australia's states and territories -- voting "Yes" on the question of extending same-sex marriage rights. …

Equality

This Thanksgiving, comedians should give thanks for Trump

<b>(CNN) —</b> This first Thanksgiving under President Donald Trump is going to be very challenging for some. This month, Trump's approval rating hit a new low and a majority of Americans believe our nation is on the wrong track. Add to that, many of those critical of Trump are dreading the prospect of …

Donald Trump

The US must take a lead in the Rohingya crisis

<b>(CNN) —</b> Since August 25, Myanmar's military has waged a brutal scorched-earth campaign against Rohingya Muslims living in the country's impoverished Rakhine state.<p>The intensity of these military operations has catalyzed one of the most rapid and massive human flows seen since Rwanda, with more than …

Rakhine State

The newspaper ad that changed everything

<b>(CNN) —</b> In March 1960, The New York Times published a paid ad from a group supporting Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., setting off a chain of events that would change the role of the press in America and help shape our public discourse for decades.<p>Under the title "Heed Their Rising Voices," the ad began …

Journalism

The cases that define the US free press

How did the United States come to have a free press, and how has it evolved over the years? CNN Legal Analyst Paul Callan explains.

Define

The Brexit psychodrama is going exactly as expected

<b>(CNN) —</b> So far, the Brexit negotiations between Britain and the EU have been entirely predictable.<p>Despite the contemporary tendency, so aptly described by Stephen Bush in the New Statesman, to describe things that were obvious as "shocks" or "blows" to Britain, the Brexit talks have, to date, …

Brexit

Make Obamacare better with Medicare-X

<b>(CNN) —</b> Many Americans struggle to manage the demands of work, family, and wellbeing in their busy lives. They expect us, as US senators, to carry their voices to Washington and craft legislation that is responsive to their concerns.<p>Health care is one of the most urgent issues for American …

Health Care

What Trump won't tweet: 4 reasons for a free press

<b>(CNN) —</b> You're not going to read this in a tweet from President Donald Trump; but it can be said in a Twitter-length post: The free press is not an optional part of our democracy, it is an integral part of it. Without it, our political system can never be its best.<p>Yet clearly, the tensions between …

Journalism

How it feels to be a Zimbabwean today

<b>Harare, Zimbabwe (CNN) —</b> I woke on Saturday, the day of the planned solidarity march, feeling a sense of anticipation about the hours ahead. Since my arrival in Harare, the complete lack of police presence on the streets had been the most striking thing to see since the apparent coup.<p>I grew up in …

Africa

Why I'm marching for Puerto Rico

<b>(CNN) —</b> Recovery efforts in Puerto Rico have been an embarrassment for the United States federal government and have left residents of the island wondering if their lives have value to this nation.<p>More importantly, they have exposed how the absence of voting power on the island adds to the …

Caribbean

The policy that the US porn industry has and Facebook needs

<b>(CNN) —</b> "Revenge porn" is sexual abuse in a new digital form. A recent study shows that 10% of women under 30 years old in the United States have been victimized by the misuse of their intimate images. Facebook is one of many platforms that host this kind of abuse despite its efforts to tinker with …

Facebook

The Manafort money laundering charges: What's in store?

<b>(CNN) —</b> Paul Manafort and Richard Gates are under a multicount indictment with each facing lengthy prison terms, if convicted. Money laundering is the most serious crime charged and is premised on Manafort's and Gates' alleged failure to register with the Justice Department as foreign agents.<p>While …

Corruption

Do we love our guns more than our children?

<b>(CNN) —</b> When I was 12, in the sixth grade in El Cerrito, California, one of my classmates brought a gun to school. She was a bright fellow student -- flamboyant, funny, sometimes moody -- occasionally in trouble, fun to play kickball with. I still remember her throaty laugh. I also remember the …

Guns

Retreat isn't in Steve Bannon's DNA

<b>(CNN) —</b> Retreat isn't in Steve Bannon's DNA -- even when it's in his own best interest.<p>What's unfolding in Alabama with Roy Moore's Senate campaign is a pivotal and potentially defining moment for Brand Bannon.<p>Moore's decisive primary win over Sen. Luther Strange was the opening salvo of the Bannon …

Steve Bannon

How we should really celebrate National Unfriend Day

<b>(CNN) —</b> Jimmy Kimmel named November 17 National Unfriend Day. The comedian said we should all go on Facebook and unfriend people who aren't really our friends. Many of us have so many Facebook friends, he said, that we couldn't possibly be close with all of them.<p>How should we decide who gets the …

Facebook

On Franken, Trump shouldn't have gone there

<b>(CNN) —</b> <i>This commentary contains graphic language.</i><p>When Donald Trump finally tweeted, after days of silence, about a case of sexual harassment, it wasn't about the shocking stories of Alabama Senate candidate Roy Moore and teenage women, but about Minnesota's Sen. Al Franken.<p>And while Franken's …

Donald Trump

Move over, Indiana Jones: Physicists are the new tomb raiders

<b>(CNN) —</b> Indiana Jones is forever imprinted in our collective consciousness as a quintessential tomb raider. With a jaunty fedora and a leather whip, he careens across the Egyptian desert, discovering long-lost ancient secrets. Everybody knows how it works.<p>Except in the most recent, and exciting, …

Higgs Boson

Mladic judgment brings back stench of Bosnian genocide

<b>(CNN) —</b><p>It will be 25 years this Christmas since I learned what genocide smelled like.<p>Like nothing I'd ever experienced before, it was an assault on my senses.<p>The military commander responsible, Ratko Mladic, will next week finally learn his fate. It has taken too long to see justice served.<p>It was a …

Bashar al-Assad

Does a free press mean more regulation for Facebook?

<b>(CNN) —</b> At the beginning of November, the general counsels of Facebook, Google and Twitter appeared on Capitol Hill to answer questions about a destabilizing campaign of Russian meddling. Members of Congress grilled them on exactly how each of the platforms might have allowed malicious publishing …

Daily Stormer

US and Russia partnership on Syria is limited and this just proved it

<b>(CNN) —</b> The limits of just what the United States and Russia can do together in Syria came into full view this Thursday. And it provided yet another reality check to those who say the United States and Russia can find common ground from which to push forward when it comes to ending the civil war in …

Syria

Liberals, don't waste your time trying to defend Franken

<b>(CNN) —</b> Add liberal Democratic Sen. Al Franken to the long and growing list of prominent men (yes, it's all men) who turn out to have abused their power by engaging in sleazy, self-indulgent misconduct. A credible, infuriating account by radio news anchor Leeann Tweeden describes Franken allegedly …

Al Franken