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ARLINGTON, VIRGINIA - NOVEMBER 11: U.S. President Barack Obama makes remarks in the Memorial Amphitheater on Veterans Day after laying a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier at Arlington National Cemetery on November 11, 2016 in Arlington, Virginia. (Photo by Ron Sachs-Pool/Getty Images)

David Axelrod: Obama's legacy can't be erased

By David Axelrod, CNN Senior Political Commentator
Obama's former senior advisor says he's grateful to have been along for some of his friend's amazing journey--and whatever happens next, Obama's accomplishments won't be forgotten.
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WASHINGTON, DC - JANUARY 21: U.S. President Barack Obama waves to spectators after his speech at the ceremonial swearing-in at the U.S. Capitol during the 57th Presidential Inauguration on the West Front of the U.S. Capitol January 21, 2013 in Washington, DC.   Barack Obama was sworn in for a second term as President of the United States.  (Photo by Scott Andrews-Pool/Getty Images)

The Oath: 35 words, four views

CNN Opinion
Whether you know them by heart or have never heard them at all, the 35 words that Donald Trump will speak to become our president will, in some way, impact your next four years. On the occasion of CNN's mini-documentary, "The Oath," CNN Opinion asked scholars and writers to weigh in on how history and happenstance have shaped the president's oath of office.
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What Betsy DeVos' 'grizzlies' answer really tells us

By Jill Filipovic
The GOP's irrational fealty to the NRA defeats any sane debate about gun policy--even about guns in proximity to schoolchildren. But Americans deserve that debate from their leaders, writes Jill Filipovic.
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Why President Trump needs poetry

By Jane Carr, CNN
Former poet laureate Rita Dove describes how writers resist and the power poetry can have for everyday citizens and a commander in chief.
The West side of the US Capitol during a rehearsal for the inauguration of US President-elect Donald Trump on January 15, 2017 in Washington.

We prayed with Donald Trump yesterday

By Scott Black Johnston and Patrick H. O'Connor
The pastors of two New York City churches with unique connections to President-elect Donald J. Trump write about praying with him and their hopes that he will listen to leaders of all faiths.

What Sean Spicer can learn from Bill Belichick

By James Lynch
On Friday, Sean Spicer will become the 30th White House Press Secretary. If Spicer wants to be successful, he might take a tip from his favorite football coach—especially if that coach is six-time Super Bowl champion coach—Bill Belichick. When it comes to handling the press, no one does it better than Coach Belichik.
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President-elect Donald Trump speaks to reporters at Trump Tower on January 13, 2017, in New York City.

President Trump, want to lead America? Start with 'sorry'

By Issac Bailey
Donald Trump will be my president even though I don't want him to be. Make no mistake, though, Trump's taking the oath Friday will be a legitimate political exercise only because he achieved every constitutional requirement to claim the office, not because he is a great, or even a good man.
First Lady Michelle Obama meets with Melania Trump for tea in the Yellow Oval Room of the White House, Nov. 10, 2016. (Official White House Photo by Chuck Kennedy)

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What happens when first ladies share a backseat

By Kate Andersen Brower
After an election that was polarizing and personal, tradition still stipulates that Michelle Obama and Melania Trump ride together to the Capitol, says Kate Andersen Brower.
President-elect Donald Trump speaks during a press conference January 11, 2017 at Trump Tower in New York.

Donald Trump: 'Me generation' boomer-in-chief

By Michael D'Antonio, CNN
The man who will put his hand on the Lincoln Bible on Friday is unlike any president in living memory. But he does not defy understanding. In fact, Donald Trump is a product of his generation, a profoundly narcissistic president who should be regarded as the baby boomer-in-chief.

Why Talladega band belongs at Donald Trump's inauguration

By William R. Harvey
It's right to celebrate the peaceful transition of power in our democracy, whatever one's views, writes Hampton University president, William Harvey, and the parade offers a golden opportunity to spotlight historically black colleges.
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What's the state of sisterhood in the time of Trump?

By Carol Costello
The state of women in the time of Trump is ... fraught. I can't take credit for that insanely perfect word to describe this precarious time -- that goes to feminist writer and critic Roxane Gay.
Presumptive Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump speaks to members of the media during a tour of his International Golf Links course north of Aberdeen on the east coast of Scotland on June 25, 2016.

Donald Trump hailed Britain's vote to leave the EU as "fantastic" shortly after arriving in Scotland on Friday for his first international trip since becoming the presumptive Republican presidential nominee. / AFP / Michal Wachucik        (Photo credit should read MICHAL WACHUCIK/AFP/Getty Images)

Trump as job creator: hope or hoax?

By Douglas Rushkoff
Trump tweet-slamming companies over jobs encourages them to cast any jobs they add as inspired by him. Can this sales-job convince a nation to feel good enough to borrow billions for infrastructure jobs, asks Douglas Rushkoff?
President-elect Donald Trump speaks during a press conference January 11, 2017 at Trump Tower in New York.

Donald Trump: 'Me generation' boomer-in-chief

By Michael D'Antonio, CNN
The man who will put his hand on the Lincoln Bible on Friday is unlike any president in living memory. But he does not defy understanding. In fact, Donald Trump is a product of his generation, a profoundly narcissistic president who should be regarded as the baby boomer-in-chief.

The fight against sex trafficking is bigger than Backpage

By Andrea Powell, CNN
On January 9, after an investigation lasting over 21 months, a Senate subcommittee published a scathing report, finding that classified ads website Backpage.com knowingly facilitated online child sex trafficking on the "adult" section of its website.
President-elect Donald Trump talks to Vice President-elect Mike Pence during a press conference at Trump Tower in New York on January 11, 2017.
Trump held his first news conference in nearly six months Wednesday, amid explosive allegations over his ties to Russia, a little more than a week before his inauguration. / AFP / TIMOTHY A. CLARY        (Photo credit should read TIMOTHY A. CLARY/AFP/Getty Images)

The hope of audacity in Indiana

By Daniel Lee
I first realized that Donald Trump might actually win the presidency when I was with my mom last fall at Deaconess Gateway Hospital in Evansville, Indiana, where she was recovering from knee replacement surgery.
President-elect Donald Trump arrives to speak at a USA Thank You Tour 2016 at the Giant Center on December 15, 2016 in Hershey, Pennsylvania.  / AFP / Don EMMERT        (Photo credit should read DON EMMERT/AFP/Getty Images)

Trump doesn't care if you don't like him

By Julian Zelizer
Donald Trump is betting that America's fascination with the anti-hero will bring him success as president in a divided nation, writes Julian Zelizer

Republicans, enjoy this week's party, but remember 2009

By Steve Israel
Steve Israel says as the Republicans celebrate control of Congress and the White House, they should remember how that kind of undivided power quickly slipped out of the Democrats' hands after the heady days eight years ago
A photo shows the Congress Centre on the eve of the opening day of the World Economic Forum, on January 16, 2017 in Davos.
Inequality will be among the issues topping the agenda as the world's political and business elite meet in Davos from January 17 to 20, when 3,000 people will gather for the annual meeting of the World Economic Forum.  / AFP / FABRICE COFFRINI        (Photo credit should read FABRICE COFFRINI/AFP/Getty Images)

Nobel economist: One-percenters, pay your taxes

By Joseph E. Stiglitz
Oxfam report reveals that eight men have as much wealth as half the world. Corporations must confront this moral failure with some basic steps that will workers and build prosperity for all in the process, writes Joseph Stiglitz.
More than 30 years the Pregnancy Discrimination Act, many pregnant women still experience unfair challenges on the job.

Why we still need to pay attention to Zika

By Lindsay C. Malloy
We need more funding for Zika research to prevent other women from being in my position, says Lindsay C. Malloy, who had a false positive test early in her pregnancy.
MIAMI, FL - FEBRUARY 05: Pedro Rojas holds a sign directing people to an insurance company where they can sign up for the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare, before the February 15th deadline on February 5, 2015 in Miami, Florida. Numbers released by the government show that the Miami-Fort Lauderdale-West Palm Beach metropolitan area has signed up 637,514 consumers so far since open enrollment began on Nov. 15, which is more than twice as many as the next large metropolitan area, Atlanta, Georgia.

Obamacare saved my life. What now?

By Xeni Jardin
I was lying in bed with my dog, recovering from my most recent surgery, when a news alert went off on my iPhone after midnight.
US President-elect Donald Trump arrives at the New York Hilton Midtown in New York on November 8.
Trump stunned America and the world Wednesday, riding a wave of populist resentment to defeat Hillary Clinton in the race to become the 45th president of the United States.

Trump is following the authoritarian playbook

By Ruth Ben-Ghiat
From stifling of press to rewriting history to discrediting justices who object to extra-legal practices, Trump's record bodes ill for the country and demands a vigorous push-back from citizens, writes historian Ruth Ben-Ghiat.
President-elect Donald Trump speaks to reporters at Trump Tower on January 13, 2017, in New York City.

Is the Christopher Steele dossier fake news?

By Nick Dowling
Donald Trump has called the Christopher Steele dossier "fake news" and "phony stuff," but is it? Nick Dowling says the material may or may not be true, but we can't dismiss it lightly
The Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. arrives in Alabama's state capital at the end of the Selma-to-Montgomery march a few weeks after "Bloody Sunday." The Selma campaign is widely considered King's greatest victory.

What MLK might say to Donald Trump

By Peniel Joseph
Donald Trump's critique of civil rights icon John Lewis, says Peniel Joseph, reminds us that Martin Luther King Jr. believed that justice was what love looked like in public.

Ex-spy who wrote intel memos is a pro

By Nick Dowling and David Handley
Two former officials, one American and one British, say the material provided by a retired intelligence operative may or may not be true but deserves to be taken seriously, and intelligence should not be politicized

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