William McKinley on the porch of his home in Canton, Ohio. During the 1896 election.

Tariff tutorial: what the 45th President could learn from the 25th

By John Kirby, CNN National Security Analyst
A vigorous debate over the value of protectionist policies runs through American history -- and it turns out that President Trump may have a lot to learn from the experience of President William McKinley, writes John Kirby
Russia's President Vladimir Putin (L) embraces his Syrian counterpart Bashar al-Assad during a meeting in Sochi on November 20, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / SPUTNIK / Mikhail KLIMENTYEV        (Photo credit should read MIKHAIL KLIMENTYEV/AFP/Getty Images)

Putin is stoking the hellish war in Syria and no one is stopping him

By Gayle Lemmon
Russia is sowing chaos in Syria to grow its leverage in the region, and this presents a challenge to America: how do you rein in a power that feels no check is in the offing? America's leaders need to face up to the reality on the ground, writes Gayle Lemmon.
ARLINGTON HEIGHTS, IL - JANUARY 10: "Store Closing" sign is posted in a Toys R Us store January 10, 2006 in Arlington Heights, Illinois. Vornado Realty Trust, which bought the company last year, announced on Monday, January 9, 2006 that Toys R Us is closing 87 stores including this location, twelve of them will reopen as Babies R Us locations. (Photo by Tim Boyle/Getty Images)

The Toys 'R' Us moments I'll never forget

By Christina Kline
Like most children growing up, every time my family would drive by Toys 'R' Us, my brothers and I would start the usual shouting routine: Can we go? Can we go? CAN WE GO?! Almost every time, my father had the same answer:
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Trump flexes muscles, follows his basic instinct

By Gloria Borger, CNN Chief Political Analyst
Gloria Borger writes that, after a win on tax reform and with a strong economy, Trump feels more and more empowered to do what he wants -- including firing his secretary of state.
WASHINGTON, DC - DECEMBER 22:  U.S. President Donald Trump talks with journalists before signing tax reform legislation into law in the Oval Office December 22, 2017 in Washington, DC. Trump praised Republican leaders in Congress for all their work on the biggest tax overhaul in decades.  (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

Trump is creating a dangerous echo chamber around himself

By Julian Zelizer, CNN Political Analyst
Trump seems eager to orchestrate a purge -- he said this week that there "will always be change" -- and it's all going in the direction of eliminating key dissenting voices, writes Julian Zelizer
PHILADELPHIA, PA - OCTOBER 05:  Elizabeth Holmes, Founder & CEO of Theranos speaks at Forbes Under 30 Summit at Pennsylvania Convention Center on October 5, 2015 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Lisa Lake/Getty Images)

Elizabeth Holmes' disastrous error

By Caroline Polisi
Frauds like the one Elizabeth Holmes allegedly perpetrated are shockingly commonplace, writes Caroline Polisi Well-intentioned young entrepreneurs suddenly find themselves in way too deep, and don't know how to extricate themselves. It's when they double down that they are undone.
SAN FRANCISCO, CA - FEBRUARY 08:  Canada Prime Minister Justin Trudeau looks on before speaking to members of the media during a visit to AppDirect on February 8, 2018 in San Francisco, California. Trudeau is visiting several cities in the U.S.  (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

How Justin Trudeau copes with Trump lies

By Andrew Cohen
For Trudeau, absorbing outrageous statements from Donald Trump, most recently on trade, is part of the daily challenge of managing the President; it is all he can do as Canada struggles to save NAFTA, writes Andrew Cohen.
US President Donald Trump (R) and Russia's President Vladimir Putin talk as they make their way to take the "family photo" during the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) leaders' summit in the central Vietnamese city of Danang on November 11, 2017.
World leaders and senior business figures are gathering in the Vietnamese city of Danang this week for the annual 21-member APEC summit. / AFP PHOTO / POOL / JORGE SILVA        (Photo credit should read JORGE SILVA/AFP/Getty Images)

Why is Trump like a pussycat when it comes to calling out Putin?

By Frida Ghitis
Things move fast in President Trump's Washington. You can hardly keep up with the news. Unless, that is, you are waiting for Trump to condemn Russian President Vladimir Putin and his government. Then it requires a great deal of patience. And the world has taken notice.
LILLE, FRANCE - MARCH 10:  France's far-right party Front National (FN) president Marine Le Pen and former U.S. President Donald Trump advisor Steve Bannon give a joint press conference during the French far-right Front National (FN) party annual congress on March 10, 2018 at the Grand Palais in Lille, north of France. Le Pen will attempt to revive her battered party this weekend at a conference with a proposal to ditch the tainted National Front brand, seen as a key hurdle to winning power.   (Photo by Sylvain Lefevre/Getty Images)

Did Steve Bannon get this half right?

By Ingrid E. Newkirk
Steve Bannon's comments in France are a reminder that just because racism is an instinct for most beings doesn't mean we should wear it like a 'badge of honor' -- more like a badge of shame, says PETA's Ingrid E. Newkirk.
U.S. President Donald Trump speaks at a campaign rally at Atlantic Aviation in Moon Township, Pa., Saturday, March 10, 2018. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

Trump's spin on Saccone won't work

By Michael D'Antonio
The White House and Republican leaders are trying to cast the strong showing of Democrat Conor Lamb as a kind of victory for Trump's agenda; the fact is it's some very bad news for the President, writes Michael D'Antonio.
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Show Rohingya women that we care

By Ashley Judd
The Kutupalong refugee camp is situated in Cox's Bazar, the most southeastern part of Bangladesh, along its border with Myanmar's Rakhine state.


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    By Rebecca Cokley
    I was lying on the cold metal table in the operating room in the midst of giving birth to my second child, in what had been a totally normal and uneventful pregnancy, when the anesthesiologist assigned to my C-section suggested that my obstetrician might want to tie my tubes. He didn't ask me. He didn't even acknowledge that I was there, though I was in a ragged state of consciousness. He said, "While you're down there, we are going to go ahead and tie her tubes, right?"

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