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Cohen's recording of Trump is a warning sign

Michael Avenatti was right: The "#trumptapes" do exist. Michael Cohen, the man who once said he'd be willing to take a bullet for Donald Trump, has now provided perhaps the strongest evidence against him. More>>

A second Trump-Putin meeting would be careless

Donald Trump is President, but he is not king of America; the country is not his private property. More>>

Trump, Musk and the art of the non-apology

You don't get to where I am in life without understanding the anatomy of a good apology. The idea is to acknowledge any hurt caused, to explain briefly what went wrong, take ownership of that mistake and then -- and only... More>>

Duck boat disaster: Tragedy strikes a country playground

When I was a boy, my father built a cabin on Table Rock Lake in the Ozark Mountains. We stayed there during the summers. Usually once a week, we would venture into Branson, Missouri, for a sightseeing outing or... More>>

Democrats need to fix their own voter suppression problem

Every wing of the Democratic Party is rightfully outraged at voter suppression and disenfranchisement. Onerous voter ID laws, voting roll purges, felon disenfranchisement and more exist, or are springing up in one "red"... More>>

Rep. Tim Ryan: Marijuana should be legal in all 50 states

The year Donald Trump was elected President, more Americans were arrested for marijuana possession than for all violent crimes combined. Moreover, the ACLU found that even though African-Americans use marijuana at similar... More>>

Trump's Putin outrage: Congress needs to do more than huff and puff

President Trump is turning heads again. After coming under intense fire for his stunning remarks, effectively siding with Russian President Vladimir Putin over the US intelligence community in Helsinki, Trump has doubled... More>>

Comedian to congressman: Go ahead and call us sluts

Rep. Jason Lewis was elected in 2016 to serve the people of Minnesota's 2nd Congressional District. More>>

The best week ever for throwing shade at Trump

In a week chock full of fallout from the President's disgraceful performance in Helsinki, it's nice to see that at least some folks are having fun with it. More>>

Photojournalism is having a long overdue #MeToo moment

A special report published in the Columbia Journalism Review this week exposed the photojournalism industry's long-time problem with sexual harassment. Writer Kristen Chick interviewed more than 50 people over a period of... More>>

Historian: Americans are right to wonder if the Great Experiment has failed

Americans are right to wonder if, at long last, what George Washington called the Great Experiment has failed, and that our founders have lost their extraordinary wager that regular people could govern themselves better... More>>

The most jaw-dropping aspects of the Trump-Putin summit

You know you're not in Kansas anymore when a US President is willing to consider allowing Russia to interrogate a former American ambassador about fabricated crimes. This is only one of the head-spinning developments that... More>>

What ties Trump's two big summits together

As Americans and allied nations around the world absorb the shock of President Donald Trump's betrayal of western strategic interests during his press conference with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Helsinki, it's easy... More>>

Thai boys who were trapped in cave had a powerful survival tool

It's a captivating image: a dozen pre-teen and teen boys trapped in a cave for 10 days, only to be found by rescuers mysteriously calm, composed ... perhaps even meditating. More>>

Confronted with Putin's lies, Trump flinches again

Like a boy forced to say "I'm sorry" when he doesn't mean it, President Donald Trump has been sullenly trying to fix the problem he caused in Helsinki, Finland when he embraced Vladimir Putin and disrespected America's... More>>

Zuckerberg's comments give Holocaust deniers an opening

Mark Zuckerberg, Facebook's CEO, recently described Holocaust denial as people who have simply gotten things "wrong" but not "intentionally" wrong. After all, he insisted, "I [also] get things wrong." He will not remove... More>>

How to secure US elections from future hacking

According to indictments released last week by Special Counsel Robert Mueller, Russian intelligence officers successfully breached voter registration databases during the 2016 election. This echoes the Senate Intelligence... More>>

What Trump gets terribly wrong on Montenegro

On June 5, the small European country of Montenegro became the 29th member of NATO. And on Tuesday night, on Fox News, President Donald Trump implicitly questioned why Americans should die for Montenegrins, saying they... More>>

Trump and Putin: the pictures tell the story

Anyone who needs confirmation of the secret of a strongman -- that he's a weak man, in constant need of ego affirmation -- need only look at images of the Helsinki "summit" between American President Donald Trump and... More>>

Vladimir Putin must be delighted with his useful idiots in the West

Wriggling his backside further into the velvet luxury of the 19th Century armchair, Vladimir Putin could be forgiven a sigh of satisfaction. More>>

France's World Cup win won't save it from Le Pen

In Europe, an exclusivist and xenophobic form of nationalism is dividing our countries and making life increasingly hard for minorities across the continent. More>>

Tucker Carlson's racist attempt to deflect outrage over the Trump-Putin saga

When in doubt, blame brown people. That's what one leading voice on the right is doing in response to the fallout over President Donald Trump's disastrous summit with Vladimir Putin in Helsinki, Finland. More>>

Graça Machel: What Nelson Mandela taught me -- and the world

On Wednesday, people from all around the world gather to honor and draw inspiration from one of the most powerful examples of courage and change: Nelson Mandela. A South African freedom fighter who was born 100 years ago... More>>

Charlotte's decision to accept RNC bid is a positive sign

On Monday night the city council of Charlotte, N.C., showed the country how to be inclusive at a human level while disagreeing at a political level. More>>

President Trump doesn't really know what makes America great

For the second summer in a row, President Trump stood in front of the press and demonstrated that he doesn't actually know what makes America great. The sounds of shocked gasps were audible from sea to shining sea on... More>>

Donald Trump thinks you're stupid

President Donald Trump appears to think we are all idiots. More>>

Dan Coats' remarkable rebuke to President Trump

Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats spent over a decade in the House and Senate and served as ambassador to Germany during the George W. Bush administration before reluctantly answering his friend Vice... More>>

Your world in chaos this summer? Read these

Reading is the most inexpensive form of summer travel. More>>

Trump is not evil, just an amateur

Sometimes, I'm more alarmed by people's exaggerated reactions to Donald Trump than by Trump himself. It's the cult of exceptionalism. When Barack Obama was in charge, we were told that everything he did was a "first." Now... More>>

Why alleged Russian agent buddied up to NRA

As President Donald Trump spent his Monday slandering the United States, defending Russia against accusations of meddling in American elections and singing the praises of Russian president/human rights abuser Vladimir... More>>

Donald Trump is a danger to us all. Congress, do something

Donald Trump is a danger to us all. If there were any doubt, his disturbing press conference with Vladimir Putin confirmed it. It's time for leaders of both parties to respond, not just with words but with action. More>>

Russian bots are using #WalkAway to try to wound Dems in midterms

The recent announcement that 12 Russian nationals have been indicted by Robert Mueller for hacking the Democratic National Committee during the 2016 election is another reminder of how vulnerable our democracy is to such... More>>

Donald Trump's trip to Europe was an unmitigated disaster

US President Donald Trump's European tour, much feared by European leaders and NATO powers alike, was an unmitigated disaster. More>>

Trump and Putin are pulling the West apart

By Nic Robertson CNN Editor's note: Nic Robertson is CNN's international diplomatic editor. The opinions in this article belong to the author. (CNN) -- Donald Trump came to Helsinki to clear his name of collusion. Instead he soiled it and with it, dragged the world further down a path toward previously unthinkable instability. It is 70 years since the future of the western democratic alliance has been so precariously and ambiguously poised between chaos and certainty. ... More>>

A second Brexit vote could be Theresa May's only option

When the British Prime Minister, Theresa May, says something will not happen "in any circumstances," get ready for precisely that. May has made so many U-turns that it makes one's head spin just to watch her. Think of her... More>>

Stop worshipping guys like Elon Musk

The ancient Greeks had a great story about the dangers of overconfidence. Remember Icarus from eighth-grade Greek mythology? He flew too close to the sun, fell from the sky, and drowned. The moral of the story: Don't get... More>>

Trump deals a shocking blow to US intelligence agencies

At FBI field offices and CIA stations around the world, our nation's intelligence professionals turned on their televisions Monday and witnessed their own commander in chief take to the airwaves and completely undermine... More>>

Hillary Clinton was exactly right about Trump being Putin's puppet

On the heels of the World Cup final and the eve of Trump's summit with Russian President Vladimir Putin, in Helsinki, Finland, Hillary Clinton took a jab at her former presidential campaign rival. More>>

Trump: A profile in cowardice

Confronted with a true alpha male in Russian President Vladimir Putin, President Donald Trump -- who likes to talk tough -- turned into a fawning beta in Helsinki, Finland, abandoning American interests in favor of... More>>

How long can his war Cabinet tolerate Trump's farce?

How much longer can the foreign policy leaders in President Donald Trump's Cabinet stick by this President? More>>

Trump's zero preparation, zero achievement summit

While this summit in Helsinki, Finland, may not go down in history alongside the moment Franklin D. Roosevelt gave away Eastern Europe to Joseph Stalin at Yalta, it has to rank as the lowest ever in modern times. It's the... More>>

Trump is no longer leader of the free world

Since the Second World War -- spanning 14 US presidents, Republican and Democratic -- the occupant of the Oval Office has been referred to as "the leader of the free world." Until now. More>>

Why the n-word doesn't go away

Warning: This article contains offensive language. More>>

France's World Cup win is a victory for immigrants everywhere

France's electrifying 4-2 World Cup win over Croatia represents a victory for Africa and immigrants everywhere. More>>

Putin wants to pull a fast one on Trump

Every week, I offer a glimpse of the kind of intelligence assessments that are likely to come across the desk of the President of the United States. Modeled on the President's Daily Briefing, or PDB, which the director of... More>>

You're paying for Trump to promote his golf courses

Forget "Make America Great Again." What President Donald Trump truly cares about is "MTGA" -- "Make Trump Great Again," and we saw another example of this objective over the weekend. Trump, playing the role of a pitchman,... More>>

Trump, be a patriot, not a dupe, with Putin

In announcing the indictment against 12 Russian military intelligence officers on Friday, Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein made a plea to the American public: "When we confront foreign interference in American... More>>

Drake vs. the Beatles? Time to retire rap vs. rock cliché

Rapper Drake became the first artist to chart seven simultaneous Billboard Top 10 singles last week, besting the Beatles' record of five in 1964. In today's fractured media landscape, Drake's ability to get so many people... More>>

Sandra Oh's Emmy nomination represents a new wave in Hollywood

It's 2018, and Sandra Oh has just become the very first woman of Asian descent in the 69-year-history of the awards to be nominated for a lead-actress Emmy Award. More>>

Where is Trump's Emmy nomination?

The Emmy nominations have been announced. The list for best drama includes many predictable entries, such as "Game of Thrones" and "The Crown." And there are some newcomers in the comedy category like "Barry" and "Glow."... More>>

How will Trump deal with Putin in Helsinki?

The eyes of the world are now on Donald Trump's performance in Helsinki next week against a formidable foe, Russian President Vladimir Putin. More>>

Indictment of 12 Russians has stunning implications

As scandal-weary as we are, we all need to take a deep breath to confront the gravity of the allegations that special counsel Robert Mueller brought on Friday against 12 members of the GRU, the Russian Military... More>>

Why Theresa May got the Trump gaslight treatment

The American President has taken his gaslighter-in-chief world tour to Europe and is giving British Prime Minister Theresa May the full treatment. In his epically insulting interview with British tabloid The Sun -- owned... More>>

If you want to know whether Strzok was biased, just look at his texts

Many of the media's seasoned political analysts professed to hear nothing new in FBI agent Peter Strzok's congressional testimony Thursday. It is true that the embarrassing and completely inappropriate text messages he... More>>

Cozying up to Trump might be Theresa May's worst decision yet

Earlier this week, Boris Johnson -- Britain's former foreign secretary -- angrily said that Britain risked becoming "a colony" of the European Union in his barbed resignation letter to British Prime Minister Theresa May. More>>

Dear Senate: Don't forget to ask Kavanaugh about immigration

Now that Brett Kavanaugh has been nominated for the Supreme Court, a lot of attention is rightfully being focused on what his positions will be on issues such as Roe vs Wade, the Affordable Care Act, executive power,... More>>

What Trump's tough-guy act at NATO was really about

After a two-day NATO summit in Brussels, Belgium, President Donald Trump is visiting the United Kingdom, where protesters are gathering in London and the Green Day song "American Idiot" has scaled the British pop charts.... More>>

Congress embarrassed itself during Strzok hearing

Congress has done it again. It has wasted our time and proven it cannot seriously exercise its critical role of holding the executive branch accountable. More>>

This new satellite is on a mission straight out of 'Star Trek'

I'm a huge and completely unapologetic science fiction fan. As a child, I sat raptly in front of the screen, watching the explorers of "Star Trek" travel from planet to planet, encountering "new life and new civilizations." More>>

House needs to probe what Jim Jordan knew about alleged sexual abuse

Another member of the Ohio State University wrestling team has stepped forward to join the growing number of those alleging that Rep. Jim Jordan, R-Ohio, knew that the team's doctor was sexually abusing team members while... More>>

Stormy Daniels' arrest? That was some setup

America's favorite porn star, Stephanie Clifford (aka Stormy Daniels), was arrested early Thursday for doing her job at a strip club in Ohio. Undercover police officers apprehended Clifford at Sirens Gentlemen's Club,... More>>

Pakistani women face impossible electoral choice

Watching Maryam Nawaz Sharif deliver a speech in May at one of Pakistan Muslim League (N)'s political rallies is an education in poise. Seemingly impervious to the sweltering heat and jostling crowds, the perfectly coiffed... More>>

Donald Trump is dismantling the West

The gestalt of "the West" -- the postwar community of institutions and liberal values that bound, primarily, Europe and North America -- was already hobbling when Donald Trump took office as US President a year and a half... More>>

Jidenna: There are millions of Nouras across the world

Jidenna is a Grammy-nominated recording artist and producer. The views expressed in this commentary are his own. More>>

Trump's secret NATO strategy

Before you woke up this morning, President Donald Trump had already insulted America's closest friends at a gathering of NATO allies in Brussels, Belgium. European leaders said they were expecting a bad summit, but said... More>>

Why today's everyday hate feels different to me

I must admit it. I thought it would be a white Trump supporter, thought it had to be a white Trump supporter. That was my knee-jerk reaction to the latest example in a long, seemingly never-ending string of spasms of... More>>

Democrats' clown show of outrage over Kavanaugh fools no one

President Donald Trump's nomination of eminently qualified, mainstream conservative Brett Kavanaugh to the US Supreme Court -- combined with the predictable Democratic outrage machine -- has put red state Democratic US... More>>

How Starbucks' straw decision lets me down

In an effort to reduce ocean pollution, Starbucks announced on Monday that it plans to eliminate plastic straws from all stores by 2020. While lessening our environmental footprint is important, Starbucks (and other... More>>

Trump's way: Treating allies like enemies and enemies like allies

British soldier Lance Corporal Jamie Webb, 24, died from the blast of a roadside bomb in southern Afghanistan in March, 2013. More>>

Stop fighting about breastfeeding and face this reality

Right now a whole lot of discussion is focused on the World Health Organization, US policy and the promotion of breastfeeding among new mothers around the world. After the New York Times reported that the US threatened... More>>

America is falling far behind on key world goals

The idea of sustainable development is that every nation (and local community) should aim for a triple bottom line: economic prosperity, social justice and environmental sustainability. However, many of our politicians... More>>

At the border, my son was taken from me

I came to the United States on February 20, 2018, to seek political asylum. As I walked across the international bridge, which connects Brownsville, Texas, to Matamoros, Mexico, I felt fear rising in my throat. More>>

Donald Trump's wrecking ball of mistruth could ruin Western unity

The problem with creating a spectacle is you can forget that it might actually mean something. More>>

Jim Jordan should get what he denies others: The benefit of the doubt

The chief justice of the US court of public opinion is himself in the hot seat and facing uncomfortable allegations of serious wrongdoing. More>>

The hypocrisy at the heart of Trump's rancher pardon

President Trump's decision to pardon cattle ranchers Dwight Hammond Jr. and his son Steven Hammond for committing arson on federal lands in Oregon sends a troubling signal about double standards of justice based on race in... More>>

'Come legally?' Trump, here's what you don't get

"Tell people not to come to our country illegally," was President Donald Trump's comment to reporters as he boarded a plane to Europe on Tuesday. "That's the solution. Don't come to our country illegally. Come like other... More>>

Why a court with Kavanaugh is nothing to fear

Brett Kavanaugh is Donald Trump's nominee to fill Justice Anthony Kennedy's "swing" seat on the Supreme Court, known as such for how often his vote was the deciding one on behalf of either the liberal or conservative... More>>

Donald Trump is in for the trolling of a lifetime

The British government is in crisis, the Prime Minister losing ministers on what feels like a daily basis and the country riven by arguments about how -- or even whether -- to leave the European Union. More>>

In Trump's court pick, who won?

CNN Opinion asked commentators to weigh in on President Donald Trump's choice to fill the Supreme Court seat left vacant by the retirement of Anthony Kennedy -- Judge Brett Kavanaugh. The opinions expressed in these... More>>

Every Supreme Court justice's vote should surprise you

While liberals lament and conservatives rejoice over Donald Trump's presidential privilege to nominate two Supreme Court justices -- Neil Gorsuch and Brett Kavanaugh -- in his first two years, Americans should bemoan not... More>>

Pediatricians know why family separation is child abuse

Around the turn of the last century, the pediatrician Henry Dwight Chapin began the first serious academic study of the hundreds of thousands of children consigned to the orphanages and infant asylums of the newly... More>>

President Trump, you need NATO more than ever

This week, President Donald Trump will travel to the NATO summit in Brussels. America's allies will pay close attention to his every word and seek strong reassurances that the United States will continue to play a leading... More>>

Why we couldn't stop watching the Thai cave rescue

All eyes were on Thailand, as we watched the brave divers who risked their lives to bring a trapped boys' soccer team and their young coach to safety. More>>

The threat Trump has to acknowledge at NATO

US Defense Secretary James Mattis is one of this country's greatest military leaders. A former four-star Marine General, he's well read, thoughtful, pragmatic and highly intelligent. As our foremost national security... More>>

Red state Democrats can easily oppose Beltway Brett Kavanaugh

Now that President Trump has bestowed the rose of Anthony Kennedy's Supreme Court seat upon Judge Brett Kavanaugh, the action moves to the Senate. Special attention there will be paid to Democratic senators who represent... More>>