Saudi Arabia’s crown prince is making a lot of enemies

November 14, 2017

(CNN)Saudi Arabia’s Prince Mohammed bin Salman, first in line to inherit the throne from his 81-year-old father, is not a patient man. The 32-year-old is driving a frenetic pace of change in pursuit of three goals: securing his hold on power, transforming Saudi Arabia into a very different country, and pushing back against Iran. In the process, however, MBS, as the crown prince is known, is making a lot of…

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Now we have a moral duty to talk about climate change

September 7, 2017

(CNN)This is what climate change looks like. Entire metropolitan areas — Houston in the United States and Mumbai in India — submerged in catastrophic floods. Watching Trump tour the flooded areas, I was reminded of his Rose Garden press conference less than three months ago announcing the US withdrawal from the Paris climate treaty. In that act of wanton international vandalism, Trump was helping condemn millions more people to the…

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The thing ‘SNL’ does to Trump

August 12, 2017

(CNN)Trump’s “locked and loaded” standoff with North Korea has Americans in high anxiety, hair-pulling among White House officials may be stalling his agenda, Robert Mueller’s Russia campaign-interference probe appears to be heating up with the recent FBI raid of President Donald Trump’s former campaign chairman Paul Manafort, and Trump faces the lowest-ever approval ratings for a president at this time in his first term. The first episode served as a…

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Congressmen: Our bipartisan plan for health care

August 11, 2017

(CNN)People are sick of politics and politicians. They have had it with the finger-pointing and blame games while the world is engulfed in chaos. We’re freshman members of Congress from different political parties, but we know there is more that unites us than divides us. That’s why we’re part of the Problem Solvers Caucus: a group of more than 40 lawmakers, split evenly between Democrats and Republicans, committed to —…

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Firing Mueller would be a catastrophic mistake

August 11, 2017

(CNN)On October 20, 1973, President Richard Nixon executed the infamous “Saturday Night Massacre” in which Watergate special prosecutor Archibald Cox was fired and the special prosecutor’s office was shut down. President Trump said Thursday that he hasn’t given any thought to firing Robert Mueller, who is leading the Russia investigation that Trump has described as a “witch hunt.” Join us on Twitter and Facebook A firing of Mueller should lead…

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‘Sex and the City’ star could run for NY governor

August 10, 2017

(CNN)“Sex and the City” star Cynthia Nixon appears to be considering a run for governor of New York. On the “Today” show on Tuesday, she said she was being encouraged to throw her hat in the ring, but declined to say whether she would do so. Nixon has been a longtime political advocate, particularly on education issues, and served on Mayor Bill de Blasio’s advisory board for the Mayor’s Fund…

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Randazza: Outrage over Google memo goes too far

August 8, 2017

(CNN)Over the weekend, a Google employee wrote what has been described as a 10-page “manifesto against diversity.” Boiling down 10 pages into a short column, and then commenting on it, is impossible. Cue the outrage and applause machines — depending on which political tribe you belong to. Of course, the outrage machine is calling for him to be tracked down and fired. I take the opposite view, but not because…

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‘A Better Deal’ is more of the same from Dems

July 25, 2017

(CNN)Democrats would like voters to believe the party’s slogan for its new economic agenda rolled out Monday, “A Better Deal,” describes a program aimed at fighting for regular people — even though it mostly rings like a sales pitch for a discounted item at a shopping mall. Worse, the specifics of the strategy are a path to more electoral failure, because “A Better Deal” embraces falsehoods about economic power while…

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Kid Rock, The Rock and our rocky future

July 16, 2017

(CNN)It looks like these days everyone with a Wikipedia entry or a star on the Walk of Fame is thinking of running for public office. Another Rock — former professional wrestler turned action star-hero “The Rock,” Dwayne Johnson — might be the person challenging President Donald Trump for re-election in 2020, assuming the President makes it that far. A campaign committee formally filed the papers to draft him for president….

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How Trump’s ‘compliment’ to Brigitte Macron hurts America

July 15, 2017

(CNN)In a remarkably awkward farewell, President Donald Trump and French President Emmanuel Macron shook hands for 24 seconds before Trump left France Friday morning. But the way Trump bungled his arrival in the country yesterday was more troubling. “You’re in such good shape,” he said. “She’s in such good physical shape. Beautiful.” Women who are viewed as unattractive don’t fare well in America. A recent study found that, while the…

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Fifty years after the riots that shook America, has anything changed?

July 12, 2017

(CNN)On the hot summer night on of July 12, 1967, two white policemen in Newark, New Jersey, arrested an African-American cabdriver named John Smith for “tailgating” and driving in the wrong direction. The police also accused Smith of physical assault and using offensive language. Race relations had been growing more tense over the year as Newark Mayor Hugh Addonizio announced a series of decisions that had angered the African-American community….

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Why Russia-probe investigators are looking at anti-money laundering database

July 11, 2017

(CNN)It has been reported that the Senate and House Intelligence committees investigating possible ties between Trump campaign officials and the Russians have begun to receive access to financial data from the Treasury Department’s Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN). It does this, in part, by These reports come from more than 80,000 financial institutions and 500,000 individuals who maintain foreign bank accounts. FinCEN makes this information available to law enforcement and…

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‘Hawaii Five-0’ Asian actors won’t be without projects for long

July 9, 2017

(CNN)It’s been a little more than a week since word leaked that Daniel Dae Kim and Grace Park were leaving CBS’s resilient hit “Hawaii Five-0,” and pieces of the story behind the story have begun to fall into place. The picture that’s emerging isn’t pretty. Although, according to “Hawaii Five-0” showrunner Peter Lenkov, the raise in CBS’s final offer to Kim and Park was “generous,” money in Hollywood isn’t just…

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Gordon Brown and Shakira: G20 leaders agreed to education financing, now comes the harder part

July 9, 2017

(CNN)If ours was a world where every child was in school and learning, then the two of us probably would have never met. But more than a decade ago, frustrated by education targets made by the international community set and missed, we came together to push back in a world where far too many children go without a quality education. It’s up to all of us to make sure that…

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The helium shutoff — a side effect of the Qatar confrontation

July 8, 2017

(CNN)The recent diplomatic dustup between Qatar and many other Gulf nations caused some nervousness for some of the world’s most cutting edge scientists. While most people might think of helium as simply being the gas that is used for balloons at children’s birthday parties, it is actually a critical ingredient for some of the highest technologies on Earth. Join us on Twitter and Facebook So, what should we do to…

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White House chief usher: equal parts ringmaster, palace guard, and consigliere

July 2, 2017

(CNN)Traditionally, the chief usher of the White House hasn’t been someone who comes and goes with each administration; it’s a position that endures. The White House chief usher as a fixture of the institution is as American as apple pie. First lady Melania Trump recently announced that Timothy Harleth, who worked at the Trump International Hotel in Washington, will be the next White House chief usher. He joins a select…

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Serena’s ace bests McEnroe’s double fault

June 28, 2017

(CNN)Learning how to handle bad calls is something Serena Williams — and every other tennis player at her level — has had to learn, and learn well. She most recently displayed her ability to do this off the court in her response to the former bad boy of tennis, John McEnroe. “If she played the men’s circuit,” McEnroe said in an interview during his book tour, “she’d be like 700…

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