• In this Tuesday, February 7, 2017, photo released by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement shows foreign nationals being arrested this week during a targeted enforcement operation conducted by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) aimed at immigration fugitives, re-entrants and at-large criminal aliens in Los Angeles.

    A nation of immigrants enters dark chapter

    By Raul A. Reyes
    The Trump administration's harsh new DHS orders get it wrong on immigration enforcement, increasing the risk of racial profiling, threatening due process and creating a looming threat for Dreamers, writes Raul Reyes.
  • Trump's brilliant choice of McMaster

    By Peter Bergen, CNN National Security Analyst
    President Donald Trump's appointment of Lt. Gen. H.R. McMaster to be his national security adviser is a brilliant decision.
  • President Donald Trump smiles as he prepares to speak at his "Make America Great Again Rally" at Orlando-Melbourne International Airport in Melbourne, Fla., Saturday, Feb. 18, 2017.  (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

    Why Trump's supporters still love him

    By Timothy Stanley
    He maintains a striking consistency between who he was as a candidate and is as the President, says Tim Stanley, and has cannily stoked hostility to the media to rally his troops and create an enemy to blame for his failures.
  • President Donald Trump, shakes hands with Army Lt. Gen. H.R. McMaster, at Trump's Mar-a-Lago estate in Palm Beach, Florida on February 20, 2017, where he announced that McMaster will be the new national security adviser.

    Can McMaster steer Trump clear of ISIS disaster?

    By David A. Andelman
    There is a great, potentially existential, danger lurking deep within the next critical decision President Trump will have to make -- the one he has said would define his presidency: how to do away with ISIS.
  • US Army Lieutenant General H.R. McMaster looks on as US President Donald Trump announces him as his national security adviser at his Mar-a-Lago resort in Palm Beach, Florida, on February 20, 2017.

    What McMaster needs to say to Americans

    By Gayle Lemmon
    A good start as H.R. McMaster begins his work would be helping our country's citizens to recognize this: We are a nation at war, writes Gayle Lemmon.
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    You've committed the graver sin, Senator Scott

    By Issac Bailey
    Though Sen. Tim Scott should not have been disparaged for supporting Jeff Sessions for Attorney General, he did a greater injustice by helping to elect Donald Trump, who will turn the clock back on racial equality, writes Issac Bailey.
  • President-elect Donald Trump (L) stands with Trump National Security Adviser Lt. General Michael  Flynn (R) at Mar-a-Lago in Palm Beach, Florida, where he is holding meetings on December 21, 2016.

    Russiagate: What kind of scandal?

    By Julian Zelizer
    Julian Zelizer says some Washington scandals have fizzled while others have resulted in big change. It's too early to tell where this one will wind up, he says.
  • President Donald Trump introduces Gene Huber on stage to speak during a campaign rally at the AeroMod International hangar at Orlando Melbourne International Airport on February 18, 2017 in Melbourne, Florida. President Trump is holding his rally as he continues to try to push his agenda through in Washington, DC.

    Donald Trump and the psychology of blame

    By Robert Klitzman
    People want simple and quick answers to help make sense of a confusing reality, writes Robert Klitzman. Donald Trump has given many that easy narrative.
  • WASHINGTON, DC - FEBRUARY 16:  U.S. President Donald Trump calls on a reporter 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)

    Why Trump wants you to hate the media

    By Frida Ghitis
    While trust in the media overall is low, audiences do have significant levels of trust in the media outlets Trump is attacking, Frida Ghitis writes
  • A man walks to use a voting booth March 1, 2016, at one of the Virginia primary election polling stations at Colin Powell Elementary School, in Centreville, Virginia.
Voters in a dozen states will take part in "Super Tuesday" -- a series of primaries and caucuses in states ranging from Alaska to Virginia, with Virginia the first to open its polling stations at 6:00 am (1100 GMT).  / AFP / PAUL J. RICHARDS        (Photo credit should read PAUL J. RICHARDS/AFP/Getty Images)

    To safeguard voting rights, go local

    By Joshua A. Douglas
    To ensure fair elections, voting rights advocates must begin at the local level to expand the electorate and to make voting convenient, Joshua A. Douglas says.
  • Trump's performance fuels worry about his presidency

    By Julian Zelizer
    His thin skin. His inability to separate fact from fiction. His continuing focus on his election victory margin. His failure to push policy along. All of these are reasons for people to think this still-young presidency is off the rails, writes Julian Zelizer
  • 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.

    Trump voters applaud press conference

    By Kayleigh McEnany
    While the establishment politicians and the left scoff at President Trump's Thursday press conference, Trump voters celebrate a victorious display of confidence. After a week of rampant speculation about selective leaks from the intelligence community, Trump boldly took to the East Room podium to address a room full of inquisitive journalists.
  • U.S. Attorney R. Alexander Acosta talks to reporters during a news conference in Miami, Wednesday, Sept. 17, 2008. Acosta announced eight people and eight corporations have been charged with illegally exporting to Iran electronic parts that have military uses, including microchips that have been found in Improvised Explosive Devices in Iraq. (AP photo/Alan Diaz)

    Why would Acosta join the Trump team?

    By Raul A. Reyes
    On Thursday, President Donald Trump held a bizarre news conference in which he railed against the media, Senate Democrats, and the intelligence community. He insisted his former national security adviser, Michael T. Flynn, had done nothing wrong. He falsely asserted that he had "the biggest electoral college win since Ronald Reagan." Oh, and he named his new nominee for secretary of labor, Alexander Acosta. That was supposedly his reason for holding the press conference, yet it took only a few sentences out of about 80 minutes.
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    The Cold War returns to the high seas

    By James Holmes
    By placing a Russian surveillance vessel off the East Coast of the United States, Vladimir Putin is flexing his muscles and reminding the US that it doesn't have a monopoly on the high seas, writes James Holmes.
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    The irony of Trump whining about leaks

    By Paul Begala
    There is some poetic justice in seeing the man who was made President because of leaks potentially hobbled by ones that may legitimately reveal wrongdoing, writes Paul Begala.
  • President Donald Trump and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu participate in a joint news conference in the East Room of the White House in Washington, Wednesday, Feb. 15, 2017. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

    Is the two-state solution dead?

    By Aaron David Miller
    Aaron David Miller writes that President Trump has added a layer of uncertainty to the future of Israeli-Palestinian relations by opening the door to endorsing an ill-defined one-state solution.
  • GRAND JUNCTION, CO - OCTOBER 18: Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump (L) jokes with retired Gen. Michael Flynn as they speak at a rally at Grand Junction Regional Airport on October 18, 2016 in Grand Junction Colorado. Trump is on his way to Las Vegas for the third and final presidential debate against Democratic rival Hillary Clinton. (Photo by George Frey/Getty Images)

    Can Congress force Flynn to testify?

    By Danny Cevallos, CNN Legal Analyst
    It's possible, says Danny Cevallos, and if Congress tries a court challenge to Trump's executive privilege on the matter of Flynn's pre-inauguration Russia contacts, things could get tricky for Trump.
  • WASHINGTON, DC - FEBRUARY 10: National Security Adviser Michael Flynn sits before U.S. President Donald Trump and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe hold a joint press conference at the White House on February 10, 2017 in Washington, DC. The two answered questions from American and Japanese press.  (Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images)

    Flynn's exit fixes nothing

    By Frida Ghitis
    If the Trump administration thinks that Mike Flynn's departure from his post as national security adviser will bring an end to the scandal that ended his tenure, it is about find out that just the opposite is true. This crisis is not over; it's only beginning.
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    Can SNL topple the Trump administration?

    By Dean Obeidallah
    Alec Baldwin's highly anticipated episode wasn't wall-to-wall Trump; Melissa McCarthy's Sean Spicer and Kate McKinnon's Kellyanne Conway show that SNL is also has key Trump staffers in its sights.
  • Chairman Jason Chaffetz (R-UT) questions Cecile Richards, president of Planned Parenthood Federation of America Inc. during her testimony in a House Oversight and Government Reform Committee hearing on Capitol Hill, September 29, 2015 in Washington, DC.

    Does Jason Chaffetz understand his job?

    By Andrew Koppelman and Steven Lubet
    Rep. Jason Chaffetz's blind eye towards Trump's potential conflicts of interest shows that he doesn't understand Congress' power to investigate, Andrew Koppelman and Steven Lubet say.
  • WASHINGTON, DC - FEBRUARY 01:  National Security Adviser Michael Flynn answers questions in the briefing room of the White House February 1, 2017 in Washington, DC. Flynn said the White House is "officially putting Iran on notice" for a recent missile test and support for Houthi rebels in Yemen.  (Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images)

    Flynn's talks with Russian ambassador point to larger problem

    By Frida Ghitis
    Frida Ghitis writes that new revelations revive questions of whether Trump's administration colluded with the Kremlin in its campaign to interfere with the US election, and whether Trump's decisions on Russia are guided by anything other than America's best interests.
  • How Trump's Yemen blunders put your safety at risk

    By Juliette Kayyem, CNN National Security Analyst
    With his binary, good vs. bad, view of a complex world, Trump authorized Yemen raid even as he included that country in immigration ban, hurting US relations with a key, though imperfect, ally in war on terror.
  • President Donald Trump speaks during a meeting with airline executives in the State Dining Room of the White House in Washington, Thursday, Feb. 9, 2017. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

    Trump's 'phenomenal' tax reform

    By David M. Smick
    If Donald Trump is going to deliver on his tax reform promises, he's going to have to make some hard political choices, writes David Smick
  • GRAND RAPIDS, MI - DECEMBER 9: President-elect Donald Trump looks on during a rally at the DeltaPlex Arena, December 9, 2016 in Grand Rapids, Michigan. President-elect Donald Trump is continuing his victory tour across the country. (Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images)

    On travel ban Trump should take a lesson from Nixon

    By Tim Naftali
    In Watergate scandal, Judge Sirica, a Republican, ordered tapes released that implicated Nixon in Watergate. Trump should bear this in mind if he expects Justices to put politics above the reputation of the judiciary.
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    When Trump meets Abe, they need to talk beef

    By Craig Uden
    With Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe meeting Friday with President Trump, the issue of international trade is once again front and center. And while we'll certainly hear a lot about how various industries are affected by trade, it's important to remember just how important access to international markets is to an often-overlooked sector: American farmers and ranchers.
  • Bill O'Reilly interviews President Trump

    Trump vs. America: The fight for democracy

    By Frida Ghitis
    When President Trump equated the United States with the regime of Russian President Vladimir Putin, he took one more step in placing America at the center of a global war between democracy and authoritarianism.
  • WASHINGTON, DC - FEBRUARY 02: (AFP OUT) U.S. President Donald Trump listens as television producer Mark Burnett introduces him at the National Prayer Breakfast February 2, 2017 in Washington, DC. Every U.S. president since Dwight Eisenhower has addressed the annual event.  (Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images)

    Trump's claim that media under-covers terrorism is baloney

    By Peter Bergen, CNN National Security Analyst
    Peter Bergen searched a popular media database and found that the 78 terrorist incidents cited by the White House as under-covered by the media in fact were the subject of 78,000-plus articles.
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    Law is on DOJ's side in court showdown

    By Kayleigh McEnany
    Tuesday night, the Ninth Circuit will hear oral argument on the travel ban; if the court rules as the law directs, says Kayleigh McEnany, it will rescind the temporary restraining order on Trump's travel freeze.
  • WASHINGTON, D.C. - NOVEMBER 09: President-elect Donald Trump meets with House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI) at the U.S. Capitol for a meeting November 10, 2016 in Washington, DC. Earlier in the day president-elect Trump met with U.S. President Barack Obama at the White House. (Photo by Zach Gibson/Getty Images)

    How GOP should approach replacing Obamacare

    By Lanhee J. Chen
    Republicans face challenges as they look to replace Obamacare, says Lanhee J. Chen. But they have a strong foundation in policy and values on which to build.
  • WASHINGTON, DC - JANUARY 22: U.S. President Donald Trump walks out with U.S. Vice President Mike Pence during a swearing in ceremony of White House senior staff in the East Room of the White House on January 22, 2017 in Washington, DC. Trump today mocked protesters who gathered for large demonstrations across the U.S. and the world on Saturday to signal discontent with his leadership, but later offered a more conciliatory tone, saying he recognized such marches as a "hallmark of our democracy." (Photo by Andrew Harrer-Pool/Getty Images)

    Don't overlook Trump's permanent partner

    By Joshua Spivak
    Joshua Spivak says the controversies over Steve Bannon and cabinet picks obscure the unique position of influence held by Trump's one permanent partner: Mike Pence.
  • Bill O'Reilly interviews President Trump

    Trump vs. America: The fight for democracy

    By Frida Ghitis
    When President Trump equated the United States with the regime of Russian President Vladimir Putin, he took one more step in placing America at the center of a global war between democracy and authoritarianism.
  • US President Donald Trump waits for a lunch meeting with Harley Davidson executives and union representatives in the Roosevelt Room of the White House February 2, 2017 in Washington, DC. / AFP / Brendan Smialowski        (Photo credit should read BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP/Getty Images)

    Borger: Does Trump's 'management by conflict' equal chaos?

    By Gloria Borger, CNN Chief Political Analyst
    Gloria Borger writes that President Trump's White House is a combustible combination: a staff searching for defined roles and a more deliberative policy process and a president who likes to freelance.
  • Sean Spicer has a problem: Melissa McCarthy

    By SE Cupp
    The new target of SNL parody needs to embrace the attention--like many politicians have successfully done before him--and avoid angry Trumpian reactions, writes SE Cupp.
  • US President Donald Trump waits for a lunch meeting with Harley Davidson executives and union representatives in the Roosevelt Room of the White House February 2, 2017 in Washington, DC. / AFP / Brendan Smialowski        (Photo credit should read BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP/Getty Images)

    Does Trump's 'management by conflict' equal chaos?

    By Gloria Borger, CNN Chief Political Analyst
    Gloria Borger writes that President Trump's White House is a combustible combination: a staff searching for defined roles and a more deliberative policy process and a president who likes to freelance.
  • HOUSTON, TX - FEBRUARY 05:  Lady Gaga performs during the Pepsi Zero Sugar Super Bowl 51 Halftime Show at NRG Stadium on February 5, 2017 in Houston, Texas.  (Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images)

    Lady Gaga: The perfect reflection of Trump?

    By S.E. Cupp
    While conservatives and supporters of President Trump are (in many cases rightfully) complaining that the Super Bowl is following Hollywood award shows in politicizing entertainment, Lady Gaga, who performed the half-time show this year, is actually a perfect reflection of Trump -- rather than a rejection of him.
  • Is GOP really softening on Obamacare?

    By Julian Zelizer
    Will Republicans back away from repealing the Affordable Care Act? That's the rumbling from Washington. Though President Trump said in a Fox News interview on Sunday that it could take until next year to introduce a new plan, some Republicans have been saying they now intend to "repair" the ACA rather than repeal or replace it.
  • U.S. President Donald Trump poses after signing Executive Orders in the Oval Office of the White House, including an order to review the Dodd-Frank Wall Street to roll back financial regulations of the Obama era February 3, 2017 in Washington, DC.

    Donald Trump's most bone-chilling tweet

    By Dean Obeidallah
    Trump's attempts to delegitimize our media, our intelligence community and now our federal judiciary should terrify every American, says Dean Obeidallah.
  • President Donald Trump signs an executive order for border security and immigration enforcement improvements, Wednesday, Jan. 25, 2017, at the Homeland Security Department in Washington.  (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

    Why tech companies are getting political

    By David Boaz
    President Donald Trump has tried to court executives of technology companies. Before he even took office, he hosted the heads of such companies as Google, Amazon, Microsoft, Facebook and Tesla at Trump Tower.
  • SEAL Team 6 Raid in Yemen raises questions

    By Peter Bergen, CNN National Security Analyst
    The raid which killed 14 al Qaeda fighters and 10 civilians has raised questions about the approach President Donald Trump will take to fighting terrorism, the timing of the raid and the advisers who were consulted
  • Former ExxonMobil CEO Rex Tillerson, U.S. President-elect Donald Trump's nominee for Secretary of State, testifies during his confirmation hearing before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee January 11, 2017 on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC.

    Tillerson makes a strong start at State

    By Aaron David Miller
    Rex Tillerson offered a strong introduction as Secretary of State. But securing influence in the White House won't be easy, writes Aaron Miller.
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    Terror victim: Overcoming our fear of the other

    By Elaine Dang
    I survived a terrorist attack -- the kind President Trump uses to perpetuate a fear of "The Other." I am not a national security expert, but I am someone who has come face-to-face with terrorism. I, likely more than many experts who often base their knowledge on theory and secondhand information, can understand how this fear can spiral into something ugly.
  • WASHINGTON, DC - JANUARY 31:  Judge Neil Gorsuch (L) speaks to the crowd as his wife Louise (R) looks on after U.S. President Donald Trump (2nd L) nominated him to the Supreme Court during a ceremony in the East Room of the White House January 31, 2017 in Washington, DC. If confirmed, Gorsuch would fill the seat left vacant with the death of Associate Justice Antonin Scalia in February 2016.  (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)

    The curveball in the Gorsuch nomination

    By Jeffrey Pojanowski
    Gorsuch has favored an approach to administrative law that would limit President Donald Trump's discretion and power, writes Jeff Pojanowski
  • ARLINGTON, VA - JANUARY 27: U.S. President Donald Trump signs executive orders in the Hall of Heroes at the Department of Defense on January 27, 2017 in Arlington, Virginia. Trump signed two orders calling for the "great rebuilding" of the nation's military and the "extreme vetting" of visa seekers from terror-plagued countries. (Photo by Olivier Douliery-Pool/Getty Images)

    Don't normalize Trump's vision for America

    By Alex Shams
    I am a child of a Muslim refugee. My father found safety and shelter in the United States after fleeing violence in his homeland, Iran. Yet under President Donald Trump's ban, he likely would have been denied entry, no questions asked.
  • Are powerful women Trump's Achilles heel?

    By Jill Filipovic
    If there's one thing Donald Trump can't stand, it's a woman who stands up for herself -- which makes women standing up to him all the more crucial, and all the more delectable, in his administration's turbulent early days. How will our new President respond when women are not his subordinates or paramours, but are the ones working to enact the checks and balances on his governmental power?
  • Steve Bannon, chief strategist for Donal Trump, leaves after the motorcade of US President-elect arrived at Trump Tower on December 10, 2016 in New York.

    Trump and Bannon coup in the making?

    By Ruth Ben-Ghiat
    We're not even two weeks into the Trump presidency. Has your head exploded yet? If so, you're right where Donald Trump and our shadow ruler, Steve Bannon, want you to be.
  • MIAMI, FL - JANUARY 27: Cecelia O'Brian (L) and Trisha Tatum (R), join with other protesters against Miami-Dade Mayor Carlos Gimenez's decision to abide by President Donald Trump's order, that any "sanctuary" cities could possibly lose federal funding, as they make themselves heard outside the Stephen P. Clark Center Government Center after police locked them out on January 27, 2017 in Miami, Florida.  Miami-Dade County had stopped holding potentially illegal inmates in 2013 but the Mayor's decision overturned that practice and now Miami-Dade's seems to comply with the executive order of the President.  (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

    America's cities reflect America's values

    By Eric Garcetti
    America has arrived at the kind of moment in history that does not come very often -- when we are being tested in ways that are so extraordinary, we rediscover ourselves. One day, we will look back on the first weeks of 2017 and ask ourselves what we did to stand up, speak out, and live up to our values.
  • Neil Gorsuch: Scalia's true heir?

    President Donald Trump nominated Judge Neil Gorsuch on Tuesday night to fill the seat on the Supreme Court of the United States left vacant by the death of Antonin Scalia. CNN contributors and analysts offered these assessments of his choice. The opinions expressed in these commentaries are solely those of the authors.
  • Steve Bannon, chief strategist for Donal Trump, leaves after the motorcade of US President-elect arrived at Trump Tower on December 10, 2016 in New York.

    David Axelrod: I woke up this morning as an alternative fact

    By David Axelrod, CNN Senior Political Commentator
    Contrary to what Sean Spicer said, former Obama adviser says he and Robert Gibbs did not regularly attend the most sensitive National Security Council meetings. Including adviser Steve Bannon in those meetings is unprecedented.
  • President Donald Trump has banned entry into the US for citizens from Syria, Iraq, Iran, Yemen, Libya, Somalia and Sudan.

    Trump's travel ban wouldn't have stopped these deadly terrorists

    By Peter Bergen, CNN National Security Analyst, and David Sterman
    None of those who have conducted lethal jihadist terror attacks in the US since 9/11 emigrated from or were born into a family that emigrated from a country that is under the Trump travel ban, according to Peter Bergen and David Sterman.
  • U.S. President Donald Trump signs an executive order in the Oval Office of the White House January 30, 2017 in Washington, DC. Trump said he will "dramatically" reduce small business regulations overall with this executive action. (Photo by Andrew Harrer - Pool/Getty Images)

    Trump's order is a balm for Christians, not a ban on Muslims

    By Carol Swain
    Last Friday, President Trump signed an executive order titled: "Protecting the Nation from Foreign Terrorist Entry into the United States." In the following days, mass hysteria and an onslaught of misleading news reports have falsely depicted the President's actions as an unconstitutional ban on Muslims entering the United States.
  • A man carries a sign supporting refugees prior to marching from Battery Park to Foley Square in the Manhattan borough of New York, NY on Saturday, January 29, 2017.

    How can I be a refugee twice?

    By Porochista Khakpour
    When news of Donald Trump's executive order broke on Wednesday, I had just started a new semester of adjunct teaching at Columbia University. I was relieved to put my phone on silent, mentally shelve the news, and face a new classroom. I was back to walking with a cane -- I've had late-stage Lyme disease for years -- and I wondered which joke to lead with first: something that would disarm them about my illness, or something about how their professor might be in an internment camp before their finals. I did neither. I dreaded the end of class, when I'd have to look at my phone again -- wondering which part of my identity would clash with what fresh news update: partially-disabled, chronically ill, Iranian, American, artist, academic, journalist, woman.
  • President Donald Trump holds an executive memorandum on defeating the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria after signing it in the Oval Office of the White House on January 28, 2017, in Washington, DC.

    President Trump, we know what you're up to

    By Michael A. Nutter
    Michael Nutter says the president needs to realize that Americans aren't going to share his bizarre, egomaniacal view of the world and are not going to condone his attempts to bully people
  • DALLAS, TX - JANUARY 28: Protesters gather to denounce President Donald Trump's executive order that bans certain immigration, at Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport on January 28, 2017 in Dallas, Texas. President Trump signed the controversial executive order that halted refugees and residents from predominantly Muslim countries from entering the United States. (Photo by G. Morty Ortega/Getty Images)

    This is no way to protect our national security

    By Juliette Kayyem, CNN National Security Analyst
    Juliette Kayyem writes that even if the Trump ban were justified (and she thinks it isn't), the lack of preparation and coordination by administration officials on implementing it is a shocking failure