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If Trump can change his mind on hunting, why not on Haiti?

The Trump administration's decision to end Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for Haiti, originally granted through a humanitarian program begun under the administration of Republican President George Herbert Walker Bush in... More>>

Are men really clueless about sexual harassment?

Six weeks after the first stories broke alleging that Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein engaged in a decadeslong pattern of sexual harassment (he denies it), the list of men accused of similar acts keeps getting longer.... More>>

What Trump can learn about giving thanks

As millions gather around American tables this week with family and friends to celebrate Thanksgiving, it's worth thinking about gratitude and what it really means to feel grateful for everything we've been given. More>>

Ex-Tiger Beat editor: I watched fame take its toll on young David Cassidy

For a certain segment of pre-teen and young teen girls In the early 1970s, David Cassidy was bigger than Elvis and the Beatles, combined. He was what we called a "number one fave" at Tiger Beat, the teen magazine where I... More>>

Since the attack, my husband Rand Paul hasn't taken a single breath without pain

The average person takes 20,000 breaths a day. Since November 3, my husband, Rand Paul, has not taken a single one without pain. He has not had a single night's sleep uninterrupted by long periods of difficult breathing or... More>>

Value your constitutional rights? Thank a journalist

Journalism in America today faces an aggressive assault on its legitimacy. The President declares the news media "the enemy of the people," and those in his inner circle routinely label any coverage they consider negative... More>>

Mladic judgment brings back stench of Bosnian genocide

By Nic Robertson CNN Editor's note: Nic Robertson is CNN's international diplomatic editor. The opinions in this article belong to the author. This article has been updated to reflect the latest developments in this story. (CNN) -- It will be 25 years this Christmas since I learned what genocide smelled like. Like nothing I'd ever experienced before, it was an assault on my senses. The military commander responsible, Ratko Mladic, has today finally learned his fa... More>>

Amanpour: The Srebrenica genocide was a defining moment

In the spring of 1995, Gen. Rupert Smith, commander of the UN Protection Force in Bosnia, began warning that the Bosnian Serbs would soon try to take back zones that had been declared "safe" by the United Nations. More>>

How Sarah Sanders humiliated the press

At Monday's daily press briefing, White House press secretary Sarah Sanders encouraged reporters to first state things they were thankful for before asking their questions. Most of them obliged. They shouldn't have. More>>

Companies, think before you tweet

Many companies are facing a tricky decision this week: whether to continue advertising on Sean Hannity's show on Fox News amid calls to boycott the program. More>>

Hoboken mayor: Diversity is an American value

The weekend before I was elected mayor this month, a flier with the phrase "Don't let TERRORISM take over our town" above a picture of me appeared on car windshields in Hoboken. As a Sikh, I maintain uncut hair and a... More>>

Those coming after Robert Mugabe are not good, clean men

The resignation of Robert Mugabe, after the intervention of the army and then the move to impeach him, ends his 37 years in power -- which included his physical and intellectual degeneration over the last decade. More>>

Charlie Rose played the role of dirty older man on 'CBS This Morning'

The sexual harassment and assault claims against powerful men keep rolling in, and this week, it's Charlie Rose under scrutiny after a stunning piece in The Washington Post detailed allegations of years of Rose's... More>>

What was remarkable in Air Force general's comments on nukes

A four-star US general made news by saying he would not obey an illegal order by the President. It was one of the most remarkably unremarkable things an active-duty officer of his rank has said in some time. More>>

Why conservatives lost faith in mainstream media

The conservative skepticism of the media runs deep. More>>

Minnesota writer's view: Al Franken must resign

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.... More>>

How to make #MeToo stick this time

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... More>>

Technology has changed our world, but hasn't done enough for people with disabilities

When I was growing up in an orphanage in St. Petersburg with spina bifida, my only way to be mobile was to walk on my hands. I had no other option. As a child, I would try to keep up with the other kids solely using my... More>>

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

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... More>>

How the Pentagon Papers changed the "information leak" game

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... More>>

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

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... More>>

Donald Trump is LaVar Ball -- with nuclear weapons

President Donald Trump versus LaVar Ball: It's Toddler-in-Chief versus Dad Toddler. More>>

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

Angela Merkel, Germany's iron chancellor, is in trouble -- and by extension, so is much of the European Union. More>>

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

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 --... More>>

Dear senators: Don't bankrupt our country

Dear Sens. Susan Collins, Bob Corker, Jeff Flake, Ron Johnson, John McCain and Lisa Murkowski: More>>

This Thanksgiving, comedians should give thanks for Trump

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... More>>

Make Obamacare better with Medicare-X

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. More>>

The newspaper ad that changed everything

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... More>>

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

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... More>>

How it feels to be a Zimbabwean today

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... More>>

Why I'm marching for Puerto Rico

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. More>>

The policy that the US porn industry has and Facebook needs

"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... More>>

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

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... More>>

Do we love our guns more than our children?

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... More>>

Retreat isn't in Steve Bannon's DNA

Retreat isn't in Steve Bannon's DNA -- even when it's in his own best interest. More>>

How we should really celebrate National Unfriend Day

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... More>>

On Franken, Trump shouldn't have gone there

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

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.... More>>

The Brexit psychodrama is going exactly as expected

So far, the Brexit negotiations between Britain and the EU have been entirely predictable. More>>

Does a free press mean more regulation for Facebook?

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... More>>

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

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... More>>

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

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... More>>

Sexual harassment is bigger than party politics

There's a bad case of selective amnesia spreading through Washington these days and it has infected the public debate about sexual harassment. More>>

White supremacy movement is more than just an American problem

Millions of Americans are shocked by the recent displays of white supremacy on US soil. But it's not just America that is seeing these types of demonstrations. More>>

Meek Mill case shows vengeful aspect of justice system

Imagine being a father, excited to surprise your son with the ultimate gift: a weekend at Disneyland. But before you can buy tickets, pack your bags, or even begin to imagine the ear-to-ear grin on his face when you tell... More>>

Child marriage is happening at an alarming rate across the US

People are looking in shocked disgust at the defenders of Roy Moore. How can so many Alabamans throw their support behind Moore, the Republican nominee for a United States Senate seat there, who is accused of pursuing or... More>>

GOP's double whammy against the middle class

Republicans in Congress are rushing headlong toward voting for one of the biggest tax cuts in American history, with bills slashing taxes for corporations and the wealthiest Americans. More>>

How to seek justice, for journalists and for all

The UN estimates that over the last decade, more than 900 journalists, including our son, James W. Foley, have been killed for bringing news to the public. Sadly, only one in 10 of these cases has led to a conviction. More>>

GOP tax plan spells disaster for Asian-Americans

It says something about the present state of the Republican Party that some of the leadership are likely breathing a sigh of relief that the horrific distraction du jour -- e.g., "traditional values"-focused US Senate... More>>

Donald Trump bores us with his vacation slides

Remember when your relatives would come back from vacation and force you to watch their slide show to prove what a great time they had? More>>

#MeAt14 shows how hideous Moore's case is

Just when I thought the sexual harassment and assault allegations against men such as Harvey Weinstein, James Toback and Louis C.K. couldn't get any more repulsive or any creepier, I then hear the sickening allegations... More>>

Defending Roy Moore is a fool's errand

The stories about Roy Moore and his predatory behavior with teenage girls while he was in his 30s are damning: five women, none of whom volunteered to speak out happily, all of whom have kept a dark secret for decades. The... More>>

The world looks to America to defend press freedom

For a brief period, following more than four decades of military repression, Myanmar saw an explosion of independent media. Beginning in 2011, exiled journalists flooded back into the country and started new publications.... More>>

Should we fear killer robots?

Physicist Stephen Hawking recently warned of the dangers of artificial intelligence and "powerful autonomous weapons." Autonomous technology is racing forward, but international discussions on managing the potential risks... More>>

The stupidity of Donald Trump Jr.

Another day of the Trump administration, another revelation that its members and associates have been engaged in behavior that would have been major career-ending scandals in any other presidency. This time, it's... More>>

Why does Vladimir Putin hate me?

Three weeks ago, as I was planning a trip to the United States, Vladimir Putin placed me on Interpol's most wanted list. That meant I risked arrest at any international border and that as a UK citizen it also meant my US... More>>

Brexit is getting messy and the UK is facing a political crisis

British Prime Minister Theresa May has lost two Cabinet ministers in the last two weeks, and the future of a third rests with an ongoing investigation into his conduct. A fourth is at the center of a growing diplomatic row... More>>

Amanpour: No free press, no democracy

A few short days ago, here in Britain we marked Armistice Day. More>>

The abuse of migrants in Libya is a blot on the world's conscience

Libya is awash with tears for the tens of thousands of migrants from across Africa and beyond who have traveled there in search of a better life. More>>

After US mail screwup, cut Dreamers a break

We messed up, but it is still your problem. More>>

Louis C.K. never asked us to admire him

Fitfully conscious, on his deathbed in 2005, Nobel laureate Saul Bellow turned to his friend Eugene Goodheart and inquired: "Was I a man or was I jerk?" His seeming concern for whether he would be best remembered for his... More>>

Twitter's problem is hate, not verification

This week, Twitter stopped verifying accounts after public outcry that the company had bestowed a coveted blue check mark next to the Twitter handle of the white supremacist Jason Kessler. But, in an effort to resolve a... More>>

SNL gets tough on Roy Moore, Fox News defends him

Saturday Night Live and Fox News both addressed the allegations that Republican US Senate candidate Roy Moore had relationships with several teenage girls, including a 14-year-old, when he was in his 30s. But it was the... More>>

Rep. Adam Schiff: One thing Mike Pence and I agreed on

Seven years ago, I was proud to stand behind President Barack Obama as he signed into law the Daniel Pearl Freedom of the Press Act. The bill, which I named in honor of former Wall Street Journal reporter Daniel Pearl,... More>>

Bernie Sanders: We must end global oligarchy

One of the major, untold stories of our time is the rapid movement toward global oligarchy, in which just a handful of billionaires now own and control a significant part of the world economy. More>>

How Australia's citizenship crisis could bring down its prime minister

The Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull has had better months. More>>

Trump absolves Putin and shoots himself in the foot

Until Saturday, President Donald Trump had earned some praise for his trip to Asia. Overall, the visit seemed to go well by the standards we use to evaluate him. There were few unsettling tweets over the past few days, at... More>>

Ask the tough questions

While freedom of the press is a right spelled out in the Constitution and upheld by the courts, it is also every single American citizen's responsibility to foster and protect. More>>

Whose freedom is it?

Press freedom is YOUR freedom. That's the way I recommend thinking about "freedom of the press." More>>

Judy Gold: You think you know Louis C.K. You don't

Several weeks ago, I received a call from a journalist asking if I had any information about recent sexual misconduct allegations against Louis C.K. My response was, "Come on! I'm a 6'2" lesbian." More>>

What Trump and Putin should've really discussed in Asia

Diplomacy is all too often about missed opportunities. The encounters in Danang between Presidents Vladimir Putin and Donald Trump were certainly examples of such chances. By all accounts, a couple of brief grip 'n grins... More>>

Trump stays on script but is empty-handed so far

US President Donald Trump has been relatively disciplined during his tour of Asia so far. More>>

Psaki: 'If true' is a shameful dodge

On Thursday, allegations surfaced in The Washington Post from not one, but four women, who said they had been pursued as teenagers by the Steve Bannon-backed conservative candidate for US Senate in Alabama, Roy Moore. More>>

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