In granting clemency to Chelsea Manning, President Obama continued his record of advocating on behalf of all prisoners and setting a positive precedent for the next administration, writes Mara Keisling.
If President Trump wants to go big league, he needs to make an immediate impact with a bold agenda in the first 100 days. From Supreme Court nominations to immigration and trade promises, Mr. Trump needs to make his priorities stick.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The President-elect has said he'll reverse Obama's executive actions that improve wages,benefits and workplace protections. It's time Trump shows how exactly he'll help workers, says Sen. Elizabeth Warren.
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
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.
Why is a painting by a high school student the object of a tug-of-war between rival factions of the 115th Congress? The painting ended up in this fracas after it won Democratic Representative William Clay's congressional art competition last May.
Once upon a time, America's new presidents enjoyed a honeymoon upon taking office -- think Eisenhower, Kennedy, Reagan and Obama. But after a wide ranging and often combative press conference Wednesday, it is obvious that the opening weeks of the Donald Trump presidency will be the stormiest of modern times.
Is the transition of power from Barack Obama to Donald Trump the very strangest in the history of the American presidency? Surely it's a contender: On January 20, an irascibly bombastic real estate mogul and reality star who once accused the President of being a fraud will step up to the plate as commander in chief himself, taking the mantle from the man -- community organizer and law professor, preternaturally calm in public -- he once claimed might never have really been President at all.
Jeff Yang says in satirizing Asian-American stereotype about putting studying for an exam over attending a speech, he inadvertenlty played to another one. But Obama's own farewell message had a better idea.
If Republicans still need reasons to unite behind President-elect Donald Trump, the next few days should provide plenty. This week, Democrats are busy slandering Sen. Jeff Sessions -- their friend and colleague of 20 years -- as a racist and a bigot, essentially re-enacting Hillary Clinton's "irredeemable deplorables" attack, albeit on a smaller, more personal scale.
On Tuesday night, in front of a roaring crowd of enthusiastic supporters in his adopted hometown of Chicago, President Barack Obama delivered a stirring political farewell that simultaneously burnished his legacy, envisioned a more hopeful political future and engaged in the kind of soaring political rhetoric that helped make him a political supernova 12 years ago.
President Obama's farewell address Tuesday night, in combination with Senate hearings for Alabama senator and attorney general nominee Jeff Sessions on Tuesday afternoon, presents a stark example of America's schizophrenic racial landscape.
John Avlon: The primary point of Washington's Farewell was not to recite his administration's accomplishments. Instead, he decided to issue a "warning from a parting friend" about the forces he feared could destroy the American experiment: hyper-partisanship, excessive debt, and foreign wars.
The end of President Barack Obama's tenure in office is a surprising time, with assessments of his achievements unexpectedly colored by how they compare to the unpredictability and tabloid glamour of President-elect Donald Trump.
Opponents of President-elect Donald Trump with significant stock market investments have a problem. We've made a lot of money since Election Day (the Dow is up almost 9%), yet it feels morally wrong to have profited from the victory of a man we consider unfit for office and whose policies we viscerally oppose. It's like possessing stolen property or being the unwilling beneficiary of a nefarious scheme.
If there's any glimmer of truth to the rumors that Hillary Clinton is considering a run for mayor of New York City, it would be evidence that she might have tripped and bumped her head during one of those long walks she's been taking in the woods of Westchester County.
It's not impossible that the United States, much of the world, or even the Kremlin have been looking at the Trump-Putin lovefest through the wrong end of the telescope. Why not examine just how Donald Trump might play Vladimir Putin?
The Syrian civil war is by no means over, but this year will bring a decisive turn in the conflict that may reduce the overall level of violence and fundamentally -- and perhaps for some time to come -- change the balance of power on the ground.
If acceptance is the last stage of grief, Democrats have a way to go before they'll get over this election. From the moment the blue wall crumbled and formerly safe states flipped to Donald Trump, the left has had a tenuous grasp on political reality. Rather than accepting that Trump will be the President on January 20, many have instead jumped from one desperate strategy to another in an effort to overturn the will of the American voters.
Issac Bailey writes that while Trump voters are under no obligation to embrace friends and family who voted for a candidate they deem bigoted, they should also avoid hatred and hostility for the next four years.
The Obama administration's failed policy of "strategic patience" toward Pyongyang contributed to the rapid development of North Korea's arsenal of mass destruction. The acceleration of its nuclear and ballistic missile program represents a grave threat to global peace and stability -- and a direct threat to the American homeland in the immediate future.
A pamphlet proclaiming that President Abraham Lincoln supported a program of interracial sex to create an "American race" meant to cost him his re-election. It didn't work, but the rumor never truly died.