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.
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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.
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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.
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Trump's secret plan against ISIS? A lot like Obama's

By Aaron David Miller and Jason M. Brodsky
Aaron David Miller and Jason M. Brodsky write that when Secretary of State Rex Tillerson convenes the Global Coalition to Counter ISIS, we shouldn't expect a drastic departure from Obama era policies.
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.
WASHINGTON, DC - FEBRUARY 01:  U.S. Supreme Court nominee Judge Neil Gorsuch (C) arrives at a meeting with Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-UT) February 1, 2017 at the Capitol in Washington, DC. President Donald Trump has nominated Judge Gorsuch to the Supreme Court to fill the seat that had left vacant with the death of Associate Justice AntoninÊScaliaÊin February 2016.Ê  (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)

What Gorsuch's originalism puts at risk

By Austin Sarat
Gorsuch's judicial philosophy, praised by many in Congress, isn't a dusty, apolitical academic theory, says Austin Sarat. It's a throwback we dismiss at our peril.
An image grab taken from a propaganda video released on July 5, 2014 by al-Furqan Media allegedly shows the leader of the Islamic State (IS) jihadist group, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, aka Caliph Ibrahim, adressing Muslim worshippers at a mosque in the militant-held northern Iraqi city of Mosul. Baghdadi, who on June 29 proclaimed a "caliphate" straddling Syria and Iraq, purportedly ordered all Muslims to obey him in the video released on social media.

Will Iraq survive victory over ISIS in Mosul?

By Peter Bergen, CNN National Security Analyst
In a tea room in Sulaimani's old bazaar that's dense with the smoke of scores of cigarettes, bunches of grizzled, middle-aged men -- some wearing traditional Kurdish baggy trousers, other wearing suits without ties -- are arguing furiously about the great question of the day:
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WASHINGTON, DC - JUNE 23:  FBI Director James Comey participates in a news conference on child sex trafficking, at FBI headquarters, June 23, 2014 in Washington, DC. Director Comey said that 168 juveniles have been recovered in a nationwide operation targeting commercial child sex trafficking.  (Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images)

Finally, we'll hear from Comey about Russia

By Julian Zelizer
The FBI director's testimony in front of Congress will be a public record of the findings so far of the investigations into reported ties between members of the Trump campaign team and Russians, says Julian Zelizer
TOPSHOT - US President Donald Trump, son Barron and wife Melania step off Air Force One upon arrival at Palm Beach International Airport in West Palm Beach, Florida on March 17, 2017.
Trump is heading to Palm Beach, Florida where he is scheduled to spend the weekend at the Mar-a-Lago estate. / AFP PHOTO / MANDEL NGAN        (Photo credit should read MANDEL NGAN/AFP/Getty Images)

Donald Trump: America's Marie Antoinette

By Dean Obeidallah
Instead of spending money on those Americans most in need, Donald Trump is wasting taxpayer money on maintaining his family's lavish lifestyle in Mar-a-Lago and New York, writes Dean Obeidallah.
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The key players in Monday's Russia hearing

By Juliette Kayyem, CNN National Security Analyst
In advance of the House Intelligence Committee hearing on Russian involvement in the US elections, Juliette Kayyem writes five key players will determine just how big the story gets.

Trump's budget cuts are fair and necessary

By Chris Edwards
There is no magic money tree in Washington, writes Chris Edwards. The state and private sector should pick up the slack for the worthy cuts in Trump's proposed budget.
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GOP plan's odd side effect: more abortions

By Robert J. Walker
The Congressional Budget Office (CBO) estimates that enactment of the Trump-supported American Health Care Act (AHCA) would result in 24 million fewer people having coverage by 2026. And while that will have many implications for Americans' health and wellbeing, here's something else to consider: the AHCA will also increase the number of abortions performed in this country, perhaps more than any single piece of legislation ever enacted by Congress, especially if all funding for Planned Parenthood is blocked.
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What Christians are really doing in Haiti

By Adam Jackley
Mission trips are not exclusively a means to a specific end: to get people saved. They emerge from the blessing of seeing need and trying to meet it.
Portrait of President John F. Kennedy, circa 1960s. (Photo by Fotosearch/Getty Images).

Irish-Americans, remember JFK's words

By Paul Moses
Paul Moses writes that on this St. Patrick's Day, Irish-Americans should reflect on the words of John F. Kennedy and embrace an America strengthened by its immigrant communities.
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"Deep State" myth won't fix wiretapping mess

By Tim Naftali
The Trump administration's wiretapping dance to blame the so-called "Deep State" is inaccurate and dangerous, says Tim Naftali, and a move even Richard Nixon wouldn't make.
Meals on Wheels in San Diego County. The non-profit organization is undergoing a dramatic overhaul as it responds to changing demographics, increased competition and decreased resources. (Anna Gorman/KHN)

Ten of Trump's budget's cruelest cuts

By Rachel Black
Trump says he wants fiscal responsbility, says Rachel Black, but his budget is morally bankrupt. Here are the 10 worst ways the budget will hurt one group: the hungry.
Protesters march in New York's Times Square in solidarity with American Muslims and against the travel ban ordered by US President Donald Trump on February 19, 2017.  / AFP / TIMOTHY A. CLARY        (Photo credit should read TIMOTHY A. CLARY/AFP/Getty Images)

Trump has a good shot to win on travel ban appeal

By Danny Cevallos, CNN Legal Analyst
Danny Cevallos says the law gives presidents wide sway over immigration and that may outweigh the religious discrimination claim stemming from Donald Trump's remarks as a candidate
(COMBO) This combination of file photos created on January 16, 2017 shows then Republican US presidential candidate Donald Trump (November 10, 2015 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin) and German Chancellor Angela Merkel (L, March 14, 2016 in Berlin).
German Chancellor Angela Merkel insisted on January 16, 2017 that "we Europeans have our fate in our own hands", after Donald Trump criticised the EU and praised Britain's decision to leave the bloc. / AFP / Odd ANDERSEN AND Joshua LOTT        (Photo credit should read ODD ANDERSEN,JOSHUA LOTT/AFP/Getty Images)

Donald Trump and Angela Merkel: The odd couple

By David A. Andelman
When Donald Trump and Angela Merkel meet this week, David A. Andelman writes that Merkel, with years of political experience under her belt, will have the upper hand.
PHOTO MOVED IN ADVANCE AND NOT FOR USE - ONLINE OR IN PRINT - BEFORE MARCH 12, 2017 -- Julie Andrews and her daughter Emma Walton Hamilton in New York, Feb. 10, 2017. The 81-year-old Oscar, Emmy and Grammy winner stars in a new Netfilx series for children, "Julie's Greenroom," with a cast of muppets. Andrews helped create, write and produce the show with her daughter and Emmy-winning writer Judy Rothman Rofe. (Tawni Bannister/The New York Times)

Julie Andrews: Rescue the arts from the budget chopping block

By Julie Andrews and Emma Walton Hamilton
The arts are a regular target of budget cuts, but this is a huge mistake, say Julie Andrews and Emma Walton Hamilton. Kids who participate in arts do measurably better at school, career life, and arts enrich communities economically and culturally.
NEWPORT NEWS, Va. (Mar. 2,, 2017)  President Donald J. Trump salutes the rainbow sideboys before his departure of the aircraft carrier Pre-Commissioning Unit Gerald R. Ford (CVN 78). Trump visited March 2 to meet with Sailors and shipbuilders of the Navy's first-in-class aircraft carrier during an all-hands call inside the ship's hangar bay. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Cathrine Mae O. Campbell/Released)

Trump's reckless spending and tax cuts

By Edward D. Kleinbard
President Trump is following in the footsteps of Ronald Reagan, the most fiscally irresponsible president in modern US history, and he is starting with the US already more heavily in debt than in the 1980s, Edward Kleinbard writes
SAN ANSELMO, CA - MAY 09:  The Facebook website is displayed on a laptop computer on May 9, 2011 in San Anselmo, California.  An investigation by The Pew Research Center found that Facebook has become a player in the news industry as the popular social media site is driving an increasing amount of traffic to news web sites.  (Photo Illustration by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

Facebook is helping to power Trump -- and his rivals

By Ramesh Srinivasan
As Trump's team deftly employs Facebook to persuade and maintain a base of support, Ramesh Srinivasan says the social media platform must endeavor to provide a more balanced media diet to all of its users.
The Sikh Coalition holds a press conference and rally in Darien, Illinois where Mr. Inderjit Singh Mukker was the victim of a hate crime.

Alyssa Schukar Photography released to the Sikh Coalition 

September 8, 2015: Inderjit Singh Mukker is viciously assaulted in the Chicago suburb of Darien by a teenager who yells: "Terrorist, go back to your country" and "Bin Laden!" Mukker is left unconscious and has to be hospitalized after the beating.

Indian-Americans, we can't go this alone

By Sayu Bhojwani
Sayu Bhojwani writes that while the recent bout of violence against Indian-Americans isn't new, it will require the community to form alliances with other minority groups to successfully fight back.
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Why Jordan Peele's 'Get Out' just made history

By Clay Cane
His debut film reached over $100 million at the box office--a first for black director-writer. Why? His horror film perfectly captures the cultural moment from a fresh perspective in a clueless Hollywood, says Clay Cane.
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Psaki: Trump's wiretapping fantasy meets reality

By Jen Psaki
DOJ's request for more time to meet Congress' deadline for proof of absurd claim looks a lot like a politicization of the department--one that drags department's career employees in on it, writes Jen Psaki.


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    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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    Steve King, racism will fail

    By Ruth Ben-Ghiat
    Ruth Ben-Ghiat says that Steve King's tweets neglect the lesson -- evident from the Jim Crow South to Fascist Europe to apartheid South Africa -- that states organized around racism are doomed to fail.

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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)


    The most important number you've never heard of

    By John D. Sutter, CNN
    If the world warms more than 2 degrees Celsius, we're all in a lot of trouble. See how you can get involved below.

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