Deputy Attorney General Sally Q. Yates speaks during a press conference at the Department of Justice on June 28, 2016 in Washington, DC.

Why Sally Yates is suddenly 'interesting'

By Gloria Borger, CNN Chief Political Analyst
Gloria Borger says that the former acting attorney general is likely to testify and when she does, she could well challenge the White House's account of the Michael Flynn controversy
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How Congress can fix internet privacy rule

By Matthew Crain
Congress should write simple law to create a universal opt-in rule for all web companies, not just internet service providers, to protect consumers, writes Matt Crain.
LOS ANGELES, CA - JUNE 17: Gracie Shannon-Sanborn, 5, holds a sign as she joins her father Allen Sanborn (L) and members of Progressive Democrats of America and other activists as they hold a rally in front of Rep. Henry Waxman's office on June 17, 2013 in Los Angeles, California. The protestors were asking the congressman to vote against a House farm bill that would reduce federal spending on the Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Program by $20.5 billion and affect food stamps and other services for the poor. (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)

Stop shaming the poor for being poor

By Issac Bailey
There's little chance of sensible reforms to programs like food stamps until poor people are no longer shamed for being poor, writes Issac Bailey.
A Los Angeles County deputy checks on an inmate at  the county's central jail (7/21/16)

What $100 can buy you in jail might surprise you

By Danny Cevallos, CNN Legal Analyst
"Pay to stay" jails offer perks for a price to inmates who can pay -- but they also provide a net benefit to society, says CNN legal analyst Danny Cevallos.

Democrats will soon get to test Trump at the ballot box

By Lawrence C. Levy
If the Democrats are to regain power in Washington, they'll need to start in the places that for decades have provided the decisive vote in presidential and congressional elections: the nation's suburbs, writes Lawrence Levy
New iPhone 5S handsets let people use their fingerprints to unlock the smartphones at an iPhone event at Apple's headquarters in Silicon Valley on September 10, 2013 in Cupertino, California.  Apple unveiled two new iPhones on Tuesday in its bid to expand its share of the smartphone market, including one as low as $99 with a US carrier contract. "The business has become so large that this year we are going to replace the iPhone 5 and we are going to replace it with two new designs," Apple chief Tim Cook announced at the company's Silicon Valley headquarters. Apple will begin taking orders on Friday, and on September 20 the two devices will go on sale in the United States, Australia, Britain, China, France, Germany, Japan and Singapore. AFP PHOTO/GLENN CHAPMAN        (Photo credit should read GLENN CHAPMAN/AFP/Getty Images)

Why is the government searching cellphones?

By Katie Fallow
Many citizens re-entering U.S. are being subjected to stepped up cellphone searches and questions about their social media, suggesting that the government is dramatically expanding an unconstitutional program, writes Katie Fallow.
Neil Gorsuch testifies before the Senate Judiciary Committee on the nomination of Neil M. Gorsuch to be an Associate Justice of the US Supreme Court during a hearing in the Hart Senate Office Building in Washington, DC on March 22, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / MANDEL NGAN        (Photo credit should read MANDEL NGAN/AFP/Getty Images)

Dishonesty from both parties on Gorsuch

By Joshua A. Douglas
Joshua Douglas says the Republicans brought their Gorsuch confirmation dilemma on themselves by spurning Obama's last court nomination and Democrats aren't confessing their true reason for opposing Trump's nominee

It's time for Nunes to step down

By Paul Callan
At this point there is no evidence that he acted illegally, but the country has the right to expect far more circumspect behavior from the chairman of the House committee in charge of America's secrets, writes Paul Callan.
Isabel Rose with her daughter, Sadie

Transgender child's mom: Love your kids, period

By Isabel Rose
Four years ago on a summer afternoon in late July, I was making cucumber soup in my kitchen when a wisp of light blue flashed across my yard. I dropped my peeler and saw through the window our four-year-old son wandering around the garden dressed like Cinderella.
President Donald Trump and Heath and Human Services Secretary Tom Price arrive on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, March 21, 2017, for a meeting on healthcare with Republicans. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

Note to Trump: Be right, not just fast

By Alice Stewart
Can you hear me now? Can you hear me now? After years of conservative voices falling on deaf ears among the GOP establishment in Washington, principled conservatives, such as those in the House Freedom Caucus (HFC), managed to blunt President Trump's initial stab at repealing and replacing Obamacare.
US President Donald Trump (C) arrives to meet with House Republicans about the new healthcare law at the US Capitol in Washington, DC, on March 21, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / NICHOLAS KAMM        (Photo credit should read NICHOLAS KAMM/AFP/Getty Images)

Is Trump already a lame duck president?

By Dean Obeidallah
Donald Trump may just have achieved another first -- but this isn't one he will like. He may be on the verge of becoming the first president to be considered a "lame duck" within the first two months of his presidency.
 LGBT individuals often experience health issues linked to being regular targets of discrimination or social stigma

A huge sigh of relief on health care

By Laurie Garrett
As House Speaker Paul Ryan pulled the Republican health care bill from voting, I could almost hear the giant sigh of relief from Atlanta and across the nation's health care establishment.
President Donald Trump pauses in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington, Friday, March 24, 2017, during an announcement on the approval of a permit to build the Keystone XL pipeline, clearing the way for the $8 billion project.

Trump's blame game won't work this time

By Julian Zelizer
With the GOP's failure to bring its health care bill to a vote, it's becoming clearer that Trump is not actually able to put together any deal that he wants--and is derailing the GOP's legislative agenda, says Julian Zelizer
WASHINGTON, DC - MARCH 24: U.S. President Donald Trump reacts with HHS Secretary Tom Price (L) and Vice President Mike Pence (R) after Republicans abruptly pulled their health care bill from the House floor, in the Oval Office of  the White House on March 24, 2017 in Washington, DC. In a big setback to the agenda of President Donald Trump and the Speaker, Ryan cancelled a vote for the American Health Care Act, the GOP plan to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act, also called 'Obamacare.' (Photo by Olivier Douliery-Pool/Getty Images)

Why Trump the deal-maker came off looking incompetent

By Michael D'Antonio
A President who admires strongmen tried to strong-arm the Republicans who control the United States House of Representatives. Pass the repeal of Obamacare and replace it with Trumpcare, Donald Trump told the 247 Republicans, or else you'll be ousted in a primary.

GOP, to govern you need to make friends with Democrats

By Errol Louis, CNN Political Commentator
Republicans' embarrassing flub of Obamacare repeal effort makes plain the problem of shutting out Democrats, and putting the GOP agenda at the mercy of party extremists, writes Errol Louis.
Dana Schutz  Open Casket,  2016,  oil on canvas,  39 x 53 in.  Collection of the artist, Photograph by Bill Orcutt

Can white artists paint black pain?

By Aruna D'Souza
Every two years since 1973 the Whitney Museum has mounted its biennial exhibition, an attempt to take the temperature of the nation through its art.
President Donald Trump, followed by Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price, far right, leaves Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, March 21, 2017, after rallying support for the Republican health care overhaul with GOP lawmakers. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

If GOP wins on health care bill, women lose

By Jen Psaki
Trump may be willing to gamble away benefits for a win, but the women and men of the House and Senate have an opportunity to put people, including millions of women, above party.
People gather ahead of a candlelit vigil at Trafalgar Square on March 23, 2017 in London, England.

What Donald Trump Jr. doesn't get about London

By Angela Pupino
Walking home from my 5:00 class in London on Wednesday night, I expected to see a city paralyzed by fear and uncertainty. I expected the normally crowded high street on the way my dorm to be quiet. After all, a terrorist attack had happened only a few hours before and only a mile or so away from my study abroad center near Russell Square.
WASHINGTON, DC - MARCH 20: Judge Neil Gorsuch is sworn in during the first day of his Supreme Court confirmation hearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee in the Hart Senate Office Building on Capitol Hill March 20, 2017 in Washington, DC. Gorsuch was nominated by President Donald Trump to fill the vacancy left on the court by the February 2016 death of Associate Justice Antonin Scalia.

What I would tell Gorsuch about my abortion

By Janice Mac Avoy
For a long time I didn't talk about my abortion. I wasn't ashamed of it, but it wasn't something that was discussed in polite company -- late at night with your girlfriends, but not over cocktails with your acquaintances.
Devin Nunes

Russia probe needs a special prosecutor right now

By Page Pate
Congress is botching the investigation into Russia's meddling in US election and whether Trump and associates involved, says Page Pate. A competent and credible investigator needs to cut through the partisan jockeying.
Conservative Member of Parliament Tobias Ellwood, centre, helps emergency services attend to an injured person outside the Houses of Parliament, London, Wednesday, March 22, 2017.  London police say they are treating a gun and knife incident at Britain's Parliament "as a terrorist incident until we know otherwise." The Metropolitan Police says in a statement that the incident is ongoing. It is urging people to stay away from the area. Officials say a man with a knife attacked a police officer at Parliament and was shot by officers. Nearby, witnesses say a vehicle struck several people on the Westminster Bridge.  (Stefan Rousseau/PA via AP).

A barbarian cannot change Britain

By Timothy Stanley
A country as old and civilized as ours, with police who are crack professionals and a citizenry that springs to aid, won't be cowed by terrorists, writes Tim Stanley.
GULF OF ADEN (Dec. 17, 2016) U.S. Marines assigned to the 2nd Platoon, Maritime Raid Force, 11th Marine Expeditionary Unit (11th MEU), position their rigid-hull inflatable boat to conduct a visit, board, search and seizure (VBSS) mission as part of Exercise Alligator Dagger, Dec. 17, 2016. The unilateral exercise provides an opportunity for the Makin Island Amphibious Ready Group and 11th MEU to train in amphibious operations within the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility. The 11th MEU is currently supporting U.S. 5th Fleet's mission to promote and maintain stability and security in the region. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Gunnery Sgt. Robert B. Brown Jr./Released)

Give the troops a raise

Daniel B. Baer
If Trump wants to increase defense spending by $54 billion, a portion of it should be allotted to giving our military personnel a raise, writes Daniel B. Baer.
WASHINGTON, DC - FEBRUARY 09:  White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer goes back-and-forth with reporters in the Brady Press Briefing Room at the White House February 9, 2017 in Washington, DC. Spicer said the news media has made a bigger deal of President Donald Trump's criticism of the judiciary than President Barack Obama's criticism of the Supreme Court.  (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

Blow the whistle on Sean Spicer

By Mel Robbins, CNN Commentator
Research shows corporation can get infected with culture of lies. Only recourse for a company--or a country--is to call out lies when you see them, says Mel Robbins.

Puzzling out TSA's laptop travel ban

By Bruce Schneier
At a time when trust in the government is at an all-time low, many Americans find it difficult to believe the new travel electronics ban is a justified security measure, writes Bruce Schneier.
ORLANDO, FL - MARCH 05:  Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks at the CFE Arena during a campaign stop on the campus of the University of Central Florida  on March 5, 2016 in Orlando, Florida.  Primary voters head to the polls on March 15th in Florida.  (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

Trump's credibility is shot

By Jen Psaki
Nothing matters more than a president's credibility, and Donald Trump's repeated fabrications are undermining this important cornerstone, writes Jen Psaki.
WASHINGTON, DC - FEBRUARY 16:  U.S. President Donald Trump speaks during a news conference announcing Alexander Acosta as the new Labor Secretary nominee in the East Room at the White House on February 16, 2017 in Washington, DC. The announcement comes a day after Andrew Puzder withdrew his nomination.  (Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images)

Obama didn't tell the truth either

By Jeffrey Lord
Jeffrey Lord writes that while all presidents should tell the truth, the media cannot selectively hold certain presidents to account -- and not others.
Andrew Liveris, chairman and chief executive officer of The Dow Chemical Co., from left, Ivanka Trump, daughter of U.S. President Donald Trump, and Reed Cordish, White House assistant of intragovernmental and technology initiatives, listen during a meeting with Trump, not pictured, and manufacturing executives in the State Dining Room of the White House in Washington, D.C., U.S., on Thursday, Feb. 23, 2017. Trump told some of America's most prominent corporate executives that he intends to put them to work restoring manufacturing jobs and U.S. dominance in trade.

Ivanka's role raises red flags

By Anushay Hossain
As Ivanka Trump assumes an advisory role in the White House, Anushay Hossain says she will have to navigate around a variety of conflicts of interests and ethical gray areas.
WASHINGTON, DC - MARCH 20: ( L to R) James Comey, Director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), and Michael Rogers, Director of the National Security Agency, testify during a House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence hearing concerning Russian meddling in the 2016 United States election, on Capitol Hill, March 20, 2017 in Washington, DC. While both the Senate and House Intelligence committees have received private intelligence briefings in recent months, Monday's hearing is the first public hearing on alleged Russian attempts to interfere in the 2016 election. (Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images)

Plug the leaks and stop blaming Russians for Clinton's loss

By Alice Stewart
There was something for everyone in Monday's hearing -- for Democrats, some fuel for their unproven theory the presidency was stolen from them in last year's election and for Republicans, confirmation that there's a serious problem with the leaking of secrets by officials in Washington, says Alice Stewart.
FBI Director James Comey testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington on March 20, 2017, before the House Intelligence Committee hearing on allegations of Russian interference in the 2016 US presidential election.

Comey drops a bombshell

By Tim Naftali
Today, the most famous (or infamous, depending on your politics) FBI director since J. Edgar Hoover did his job. Director James Comey revealed a bombshell -- and he also probably made a few more enemies.


Political Op-eds 

    Give President Trump the chance that Ronald Reagan got

    By Tom Barrack
    Tom Barrack, a friend of the president, writes that if people stop judging Trump and his administration on every word that is uttered, every hour, and instead hold him accountable over time for the implementation of policies under which he ran, confusion might turn to clarity.

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    QAQORTOQ, GREENLAND - JULY 30: Calved icebergs from the nearby Twin Glaciers are seen floating on the water on July 30, 2013 in Qaqortoq, Greenland. Boats are a crucial mode of transportation in the country that has few roads. As cities like Miami, New York and other vulnerable spots around the world strategize about how to respond to climate change, many Greenlanders simply do what theyve always done: adapt. 'Were used to change, said Greenlander Pilu Neilsen. 'We learn to adapt to whatever comes. If all the glaciers melt, well just get more land. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)
    QAQORTOQ, GREENLAND - JULY 30: Calved icebergs from the nearby Twin Glaciers are seen floating on the water on July 30, 2013 in Qaqortoq, Greenland. Boats are a crucial mode of transportation in the country that has few roads. As cities like Miami, New York and other vulnerable spots around the world strategize about how to respond to climate change, many Greenlanders simply do what theyve always done: adapt. 'Were used to change, said Greenlander Pilu Neilsen. 'We learn to adapt to whatever comes. If all the glaciers melt, well just get more land. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)


      QAQORTOQ, GREENLAND - JULY 30: Calved icebergs from the nearby Twin Glaciers are seen floating on the water on July 30, 2013 in Qaqortoq, Greenland. Boats are a crucial mode of transportation in the country that has few roads. As cities like Miami, New York and other vulnerable spots around the world strategize about how to respond to climate change, many Greenlanders simply do what theyve always done: adapt. 'Were used to change, said Greenlander Pilu Neilsen. 'We learn to adapt to whatever comes. If all the glaciers melt, well just get more land. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)


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