Why Trump’s supporters still love him

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957d206338ef7e9896d8d60286c25489.jpeg (CNN)They still love him. On Saturday, Donald Trump addressed a rally in Florida that was as big and adulatory as any he’d seen during the campaign. He attacked the federal judges who challenged his travel ban order. He attacked the reporters who ask tough questions. “They have their own agenda and their agenda is not… Read more »

Why would Acosta join the Trump team?

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f5abb3996293d3153f05cc4d27932304.jpeg (CNN)On Thursday, President Donald Trump held a bizarre news conference in which he railed against the media, Senate Democrats, and the intelligence community. He insisted his former national security adviser, Michael T. Flynn, had done nothing wrong. He falsely asserted that he had “the biggest electoral college win since Ronald Reagan.” Oh, and he named… Read more »

How Trump lost: Views from all sides

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23e67ace0f156c2db1179a8bc6a561f1.jpeg (CNN)The 9th Circuit Court of Appeals has ruled unanimously to keep in place a hold on the Trump administration’s travel ban. CNN legal analysts and contributors weigh in on the decision. The views expressed here are solely those of the authors. Page Pate: A big win for the states

How to reason with a Trump voter

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f5165ba829afdd78eecd6e4f8832b68f.jpeg (CNN)We are too quick to vilify those on the opposite side of the political aisle. I am firmly opposed to Donald Trump, but because of where I live, I know a lot of good and decent people who voted for him. If I feel the urge to disparage Trump supporters as a group, I have… Read more »

It’s a Muslim ban, and it’s unconstitutional

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fe2815383bf10393424e3c68528b1ddf.jpeg (CNN)Before he was elected President, Donald Trump made it clear he wanted to keep Muslims from entering the United States. In fact, he called for a “total and complete shutdown of Muslims entering the United States,” a stance he slightly modified during the campaign. Now that he is President, it looks like Trump is trying… Read more »

What Trump said about travel ban is false

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3d459b54c47b6a10de72b4af772bc822.jpeg (CNN)Donald Trump released a statement Sunday afternoon in response to the massive protests that have erupted across the country in response to his latest executive order freezing all refugees from Syria and banning entry to foreign nationals from seven Muslim-majority countries. JUST WATCHED Replay More Videos … MUST WATCH

Trump’s fast and furious first week: The strategy

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24d1c66f2138c0fa8582a9932a262525.jpeg (CNN)President Trump is moving at a fast and furious pace. He is overwhelming Washington with a series of provocative executive orders that aim to fulfill his campaign promises. Trump issued an explosive executive order closing the borders to refugees for 120 days and to citizens from seven countries with Muslim majorities for 90 days. Many… Read more »

On Holocaust Remembrance Day, Trump slams door on refugees

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c6695193a541a29d1a175383637ed262.jpeg (CNN)President Donald Trump is commemorating International Holocaust Remembrance Day by slamming America’s door on refugees. This is a ghastly repeat of the tragic mistake America made in 1921, when President Warren Harding signed the Emergency Quota Act, severely limiting the numbers of refugees and immigrants admitted to the country. Even at the height of Holocaust,… Read more »

With Obama gone, it’s time for comprehensive immigration reform

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c376fc667ca35ad174d5b874e43ed072.jpeg (CNN)After campaigning on a promise to terminate the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, White House officials now say that placing over 700,000 young people in immigration limbo is no longer a top priority. Instead, they will focus limited enforcement resources on criminals and national security threats. This sensible change in focus, for as… Read more »

Gag me: Trump’s anti-abortion executive order

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ba25e41fbe01d84999343d7e98754b3b.jpeg (CNN)Here we go again. The bad old days of United States foreign assistance are coming back, now that President Donald Trump signed an executive order reinstating the global gag rule on overseas discussion of abortion by individuals and organizations receiving federal funding. We have been here twice before — under Presidents Ronald Reagan and George… Read more »

Mike Flynn: Trump team’s weakest link

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2d21eee5dd99891224e54da21258b847.jpeg (CNN)As President Donald J. Trump’s national security team falls into place, there has been much focus on the substance of what some are calling a “Trump Doctrine” that emerged during his inaugural speech: America First. The phrase itself is controversial, evoking memories of WWII’s America First Committee and its anti-Semitic founders, and as specific policy… Read more »

Donald Trump: ‘Me generation’ boomer-in-chief

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f73fdbac0fe8bb2166f27ea719038120.jpeg (CNN)The man who will put his hand on the Lincoln Bible on Friday is unlike any president in living memory. But he does not defy understanding. In fact, Donald Trump is a product of his generation, a profoundly narcissistic president who should be regarded as the baby boomer-in-chief. Boomers came of age in a time… Read more »

The week that Obama and Biden cried

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290d2e866bacf1ab2bcfa59b7999bf5f.jpeg (CNN)It’s been a rough week for America, but it’s been a good week for masculinity. No, not because we had to endure another display of Donald Trump’s bellicose machismo, but because we witnessed two of the most powerful men in the world allow themselves to shed tears in public. Speaking of his love and appreciation… Read more »

Streep-Trump debate a too-familiar controversy on disability

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5a61225eda339672565eaa140430ab77.jpeg (CNN)After legendary actress Meryl Streep focused her criticism of Donald Trump on his mocking of Serge Kovaleski (a well-respected New York Times reporter who has a physical disability) — calling it the 2016 “performance” that broke her heart — an all-too-familiar debate followed. Opponents of Trump wondered, yet again, how a man whose public actions… Read more »

What Tilikum taught me

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ab91374ad0db904e71ad8e45a04ded9b.jpeg (CNN)The news of Tilikum’s death was personal for me. I grew up in Florida, just outside Orlando. SeaWorld was a staple trip for my family each summer. Seeing the orca “performances” was always the highlight. My friends and I would sit in anticipation of the end of the show, when Tilly would be let out… Read more »

Is ‘Hillary Clinton for mayor’ crazy talk?

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59e18a34b5e74d6e99c51aacb498e855.jpeg (CNN)If there’s any glimmer of truth to the rumors that Hillary Clinton is considering a run for mayor of New York City, it would be evidence that she might have tripped and bumped her head during one of those long walks she’s been taking in the woods of Westchester County. It’s not that she couldn’t… Read more »

Putin’s ‘act of war’ against American democracy

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183c300507d3711893df2d3cf5e53c77.jpeg (CNN)US intelligence agencies released on Friday an alarming report about a hostile foreign country’s efforts to subvert America’s system of government, and the incoming president does not seem to understand the danger of the situation. In a just-declassified document, the country’s top intelligence experts declared that Russian President Vladimir Putin ordered a campaign to influence… Read more »

NYPD officers’ Snapchats not a free speech issue

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9700e82c0688fa6d204f7cdb25524574.jpeg (CNN)The NYPD has suspended an officer who apparently took pictures of handcuffed family members in Brooklyn while police executed a search warrant, and then allegedly posted them on Snapchat, with titles like “Merry Christmas it’s NYPD!” and “Warrant Sweeps it’s still a party smh.” Where to begin. It’s always particularly mind-boggling that people sabotage themselves… Read more »

The Trumps: All in the family

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06ac48593f4ac656a49684cfcc1e177f.jpeg (CNN)Few people on Earth consume media more avidly than members of the Trump family, and this is doubly true when it comes to news items that mention the family name. In my visits to Trump Tower I have seen many inter-office mailings that included items of interest from the global press with notes of approval… Read more »

Will Trump nominees protect or ignore human rights?

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78a1453389554d8ab9841de08fbcb205.jpeg (CNN)In 1942, when a number of countries came together to find a way to prosecute Nazi political and military leaders for horrific war crimes, the US secretary of state played a key role. What would become the Nuremberg trials several years later might not have happened if the secretary of state hadn’t pushed for them,… Read more »

What is Aleppo? Now we know

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37a09ca27937b041130a80ab3f951ddf.jpeg (CNN)The world is at last, reluctantly, looking at the horrors unfolding in Aleppo. The dictatorship of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, with the support of Iran, Russia, Hezbollah and other Iran-organized Shiite militias, has all but pulverized parts of the city, deliberately attacking hospitals and homes and targeting non-combatants and civilians. They are carrying out a… Read more »

Can Trump’s Cabinet makeover work?

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f96af682ebcce7b764bed0f80523eb77.png (CNN)President-elect Donald Trump’s proposed Cabinet looks straight out of central casting — only it’s for the wrong movie. His choices to lead the Departments of Education, Labor, State, and Treasury are all former business executives. They’re perfectly suited to serve as corporate directors of any Fortune 500 company. But as heads of America’s most important… Read more »