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Parkland students: We are trying to succeed where the adults have failed

Before February 14, 2018, our only familiarity with gun violence was limited to the world of video games -- the ones that our parents were strongly opposed to us playing. After February 14, 2018, our only memory of gun... More>>

Russia's trying to toss us an apple of discord. We mustn't bite.

Special counsel Robert Mueller's indictments accusing 13 Russians of conspiracy to meddle with the election have now given us a clearer picture of Russian efforts against the United States. Their strategy was simple:... More>>

Donald Trump Jr. sells America's integrity cheap

With Donald Trump as President, American integrity is on sale -- get it while it lasts. More>>

To stop mass shootings, fix culture of hate

Hate is a problem that affects all of us, a reality we were reminded of when Nikolas Cruz walked into Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, and killed 17 people. As more information about Cruz emerges,... More>>

Democrats, spare me your hypocrisy on guns

On Wednesday, the unthinkable happened. More>>

Parkland student: My generation won't stand for this

I thought it was going to be a wonderful day. My high school, Marjory Stoneman Douglas, was full of cheerful students -- many of whom were celebrating Valentine's Day with one another. Even those who didn't have a... More>>

Parkland students show why 16-year-olds should be able to vote

The real adults in the room are the youth from Parkland, Florida, who are speaking out about the need for meaningful gun control laws. They are proving that civic engagement among young people can make a difference. The... More>>

Florida student: They told us: 'Hands up. Drop anything in your hands.'

I was at school and anxious to leave for the day. The bell was supposed to ring in about 10 minutes. Then the fire alarm went off. The whole class was sort of skeptical about the alarm, thinking it was a prank or an... More>>

Serena Williams: What my life-threatening experience taught me about giving birth

I almost died after giving birth to my daughter, Olympia. More>>

For the first time in a long time, I'm optimistic

Driving through a middle-class suburb of Cape Town a few days ago, I noticed about 20 people lined up in an orderly queue on the sidewalk. As I got closer, I saw that everyone was carrying plastic containers, and some even... More>>

The mom's story I could not forget

Some stories do not leave you. You cannot forget them long after you tell them. And you wonder, often, how they end. More>>

Melania, Hillary and Jackie: Are the rules about infidelity finally changing?

Melania Trump's experience as first lady seems to be following an unfortunate tradition. First ladies have many things in common: no job description, no pay and, for many of them, humiliating betrayals by their husbands.... More>>

Trump should be reading this every day

The Washington Post reported this month that President Donald Trump "rarely if ever" reads the classified intelligence briefing he gets each morning, in a break with presidential tradition. More>>

Let's value our children like the treasure they are and guard them accordingly

The day after the horrific massacre in Parkland, Florida, as I entered my high-rise office, it dawned on me that the building's lobby has six guards, several armed, and that I have to swipe my key card at three checkpoints... More>>

For Mueller, this is only the beginning

Special counsel Robert Mueller's indictment against 13 Russian individuals and three Russian entities marks a major turning point in his investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election. More>>

Make our elections a lot more secure

Election security has come under scrutiny over the last year -- and deservedly so. The 2016 election opened our eyes to how new technologies we rushed to purchase after the butterfly ballots and hanging chads of the 2000... More>>

'Black Panther' inspires more than African Americans

The box-office success of "Black Panther" gives me hope that one day my minority group, Arab Americans and Muslims, will see a superhero from our community on the big screen. More>>

Why does Melania stay?

In an article published this week in The New Yorker, reporter Ronan Farrow describes an extramarital affair President Donald Trump allegedly began in 2006 -- a few years into his marriage to Melania Trump and not long... More>>

Mueller tells a compelling story of Russian intrigue that was designed to elect Trump

As both a prosecutor and defense attorney, I have written and reviewed many indictments. Though often brimming with legalese, they are designed by prosecutors to tell a compelling and detailed crime story. The indictment... More>>

What do the gun violence debate and 2016 election have in common?

The news that a federal grand jury has indicted 13 Russians over interference in the 2016 US election comes on the heels of what would seem to be a totally unrelated event -- the mass shooting in a Florida school. The... More>>

Trump's carefully constructed house of lies

No one could be surprised to learn that, according to an article in The New Yorker, Donald Trump allegedly employed an elaborate scheme to hide a betrayal of his wife Melania while carrying on an affair with ex-Playboy... More>>

Van Jones: 'Black Panther' is a revelation

Every once in a while, a movie arrives right on time. More>>

Trump and the GOP are making the Republican brand toxic for a generation

What's good for Donald Trump might not be good for the GOP, and the evidence of the growing risks become clearer by the day. As the nation watched the President respond to the horrific shooting in Florida, with the... More>>

A gas tax hike will solve exactly none of our problems

News reports indicate that Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao is considering a higher gas tax to pay for the $1.5 trillion infrastructure plan. "The President has not declared anything out of bounds, so everything is on... More>>

An accidental expert

My life was forever changed last September. More>>

The usual approach to school security isn't working

Mass shootings are becoming increasingly deadly. Our security approach to stopping school shootings is not working. It may even be making things worse. More>>

What the fate of Meghan Markle's troll can teach us about being human

Following a damaging and racist tweet from politician Paul Nehlen, Twitter banned the Republican congressional candidate from Wisconsin for what a company representative called "repeated violations of our terms of... More>>

Please don't sanitize Meghan Markle

If the rain in Spain falls mainly on the plain, the rain on the grounds of Kensington Palace will fall in a markedly similar fashion. More>>

The ugly truth behind Aetna doctor's testimony

A company doctor who spent three years reviewing medical claims for the insurance giant Aetna has confessed that he never once looked at any patient's medical records before making his decisions. The doctor, Jay Ken... More>>

Trump is uniquely positioned to cut a deal to prevent school shootings

With yet another tragic mass shooting in the books, we've fallen back into a familiar, almost comfortable place in Washington. Both sides, especially on social media, go into their respective corners and essentially do not... More>>

America's cult of guns

Guns are a religion now. And too many of our fellow citizens -- including evangelical Christians, of all people -- will continue to heedlessly worship at this altar, despite the dead children, the dead teachers, the dead... More>>

Is this the beginning of the end for Netanyahu?

Benjamin Netanyahu has now used up at least 13 of his nine lives, dodging indictments over fraud and breach of trust on at least one occasion as Israeli Prime Minister -- and staging one of the greatest comebacks in... More>>

America leads the world -- in this horrific way

Americans often think of themselves as belonging to an exceptional nation, and in many ways they do. They belong to a tolerant, multicultural society that has led the world toward a more innovative and more inclusive... More>>

Michael Cohen may want to rethink being Trump's martyr

Most lawyers aren't willing to sacrifice themselves for their clients. That is, it seems, except in the case of Michael Cohen. Known to the world as "President Trump's personal lawyer," Cohen claims to have taken a... More>>

Don't tell me about the warning signs, President Trump

It's not easy to predict who will murder someone -- or to stop them, even when you respond to the "warning signs." I know from first-hand experience. More>>

The rights of disabled Americans are under attack

The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) has been law for 28 years now -- and I can honestly say that rights for Americans with disabilities, including accessibility to public spaces, are now facing more uncertainty and... More>>

A devilishly difficult job for Rex Tillerson in Turkey

The State Department says Rex Tillerson is ready for "difficult conversations" when he arrives in Ankara this Friday. He'd better be. More>>

Australian minister's affair leads to sex ban with staffers

The Australian Prime Minister's move to ban relationships between ministers and their staffers brings politics in Canberra in line with corporate standards around the country. More>>

'I'm so sick of this' -- another deadly school shooting

It was a slightly lazy afternoon. I had had a busy week at work and hadn't managed to get the kids Valentine's cards. I had left for work early and hadn't seen them and so I thought I'd run to the store quickly, pick up... More>>

Why the IOC should see Shaun White as a warning sign

On Wednesday at the PyeongChang Olympics, American snowboarder Shaun White won his third gold medal (and the 100th gold for the US in the Winter Olympics) amidst news of sexual misconduct allegations against him. More>>

President Zuma, you will not be missed

In March 2009, less than two months before Jacob Zuma assumed office as the fourth President of post-apartheid South Africa, the Dalai Lama's visa application to enter the country was denied. The Tibetan spiritual leader... More>>

Tampons in the mail? Just the beginning of the change we need

Women pressuring T.J. Shope, a Republican Arizona state representative, to push forward a bill that would provide free and unlimited feminine hygiene products to female inmates in Arizona's state prison are sending him --... More>>

Elitist arrogance in Brussels could tear the EU apart

At a time when the European Union is mired in crisis, its proponents would be advised to look beyond the clich├ęs of the intolerant, quarrelsome Central Europeans in its ranks and not dismiss their concerns about the future... More>>

Air Force Academy leader: Why diversity?

A few months ago, I stood in front of more than 4,000 Air Force Academy cadets and delivered a simple message in response to a racist incident that occurred at our preparatory school: If you can't treat someone with... More>>

New cancer test isn't ready for prime time

A simple blood test to detect cancer early. How great is that? More>>

It's the Super Bowl of wonks, but will Trump really listen?

The Senate Intelligence Committee hearing on worldwide threats on Tuesday was like the Super Bowl for national security wonks. The best players were on the field and it seemed like the whole world was watching. More>>

Bigotry about the Olympics defies historical reality

The Olympics are one of my favorite sporting events. If we allow ourselves a moment of grace, the Games can be a soothing balm for a nation battered by political divisiveness, racial and gender tension. More>>

In the shadow of the Olympics, a brutal trade in dog meat

Untold millions will be cheering on Olympic athletes from around the world as they compete in Pyeongchang, South Korea. But while those athletes are skating and skiing and curling their way into Olympic history, not far... More>>

Trump's 'Blue Apron'-type plan is crumbs to the poor

According to the Trump administration, the poor could really use a meal-kit service like Blue Apron. In theory... sure! Easier access to more nutritious food is a great idea, and could be part of a broader social service... More>>

Why I swipe left on Trump voters

It's been three decades since I dated. Needless to say, a lot has changed! Eager to expedite the process following my imminent divorce, I recently jumped into the world of online dating, where wannabe suitors are just a... More>>

Scientific breakthrough could be as simple as measuring the wobble of a muon

This past week was an exciting one for scientists. No, not only because of the breathtaking launch of SpaceX's Falcon Heavy rocket, but also because a new, ultra-precise, scientific facility is beginning operations at... More>>

North and South Korea must remember that Trump is watching them

After only five days, the PyeongChang Olympics have already brought us some amazing athletic feats, including Red Gerard's gold medal-winning slope-style run and Evgenia Medvedeva's record-breaking figure skating. More>>

Affair with ex-staffer could cost Australian Deputy PM his job

Australia's Deputy Prime Minister Barnaby Joyce is perhaps best known for the Pistol and Boo affair -- when he threatened actor Johnny Depp with perjury over bringing his dogs into the country illegally. More>>

Retired Marine: John Kelly should resign

It has been just over six months since retired Gen. John Kelly took over as White House chief of staff. For most Americans, Kelly's selection for the position in July 2017 represented a potential turning point for a highly... More>>

Outside the legal system, 'due process' means nothing

President Trump's predictable response to the domestic abuse accusations against Rob Porter and David Sorensen -- a tweet that read in part, "is there no such thing any longer as Due Process?" --- shows his fundamental... More>>

Obama's new portrait of loneliness

The National Portrait Gallery today unveiled its official portrait of President Barack Obama, alongside that of former First Lady Michelle Obama. But which Obama is on view in this painting? More>>

Guess who will pay for Trump's newest pipe dream?

President Donald Trump is trying to rebuild America's crumbling infrastructure on the cheap, asking Congress to trim $200 billion from other programs and commit it to new roads, bridges, ports, sewer systems and other... More>>

Why Christiane Amanpour wants to talk about sex

The idea came to me in the bathroom. More>>

Oxfam's sex scandal won't surprise anyone who has worked in a war zone

It is no secret that there have been repeated, large-scale sexual exploitation scandals involving UN peacekeeping forces in Congo, Central African Republic and Liberia since the mid 2000s, often cited as the "sex-for-food... More>>

Is it time to revisit Black History Month?

It is a strange thing to celebrate Black History at this jagged, racially divided, moment in US history. Some of the passages from the 1968 Kerner Commission Report on race and racial violence in cities, for example, sound... More>>

Why we're fighting for MLK's final cause

Fifty years ago today, hundreds of black sanitation workers in Memphis walked off their jobs after two of their brothers were crushed to death by their truck's faulty compactor. For more than 60 days, the striking workers... More>>

How one farm is delaying Cape Town's Day Zero

Like many people in Cape Town, I teared up earlier this week as I watched a video of the gates of a privately owned dam being opened to release 10 billion liters of water, a lifesaving gift for our drought stricken city. More>>

The world's most progressive democracy is being born. Don't let it get strangled

We are only three weeks into the invasion of Afrin in Northern Syria by Turkey and their quislings in the Free Syrian Army, a dangerous turn for the Syrian civil war, and yet it no longer features on our front pages and... More>>

Mideast tensions get even worse

As if the broken, angry, dysfunctional Middle East needed another conflict, along came an unprecedented escalation between Israel, Iran and Syria to make the region even more volatile and dangerous. More>>

Trump may be the most anti-women US President ever

Donald Trump wants you to believe he has "great respect" for women, but his words and actions tell a far different story. In fact, Trump may be the most anti-women US president ever. More>>

Gerry Adams steps off the stage (but he won't be far away)

Sinn Fein President Gerry Adams has carefully choreographed his departure this coming weekend from the party's most powerful post, but it's unlikely that we've seen the last of him. More>>

Run, Hope Hicks, run

It is clear that Hope Hicks' boss, President Donald Trump, does not care about women. And that includes Hicks. "It's sad," Mr. Trump said of accusations against alleged wife beater Rob Porter. "We certainly wish him well,"... More>>

Pelosi and the Democrats sold out the Dreamers

This week, House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi spoke in Congress for eight hours straight about immigrant youth. She shared our stories and called for passage of the Dream Act. More>>

Black Panther is for film what Barack Obama was for the presidency

For a few hours starting next weekend, black America will exhale, something it has not done since the Republican Party chose as its presidential nominee a man who rose to national political prominence on open bigotry and... More>>

What 'Lady Doritos' reveals about the 2018 midterms

Lady Doritos. Really? PepsiCo floated a supposed trial balloon recently, as its CEO posited on the Freakonomics radio show that women "don't like to crunch too loudly in public." More>>

A big victory for Trump

President Donald Trump walks away from a turbulent week with a major political victory in the form of a massive deal that raises military and domestic spending caps by $300 billion, giving both parties many items that they... More>>

A toxic legacy for my generation

Trillion dollar deficits, once considered a temporary stimulative measure aimed at healing the wounds of the Great Recession, are becoming accepted as business as usual in Washington. More>>

Surprise: Trade didn't collapse in Trump's first year, it flourished

On Tuesday, the Commerce Department announced that the US trade deficit had actually increased in 2017. More>>

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