What do the gun violence debate and 2016 election have in common?

By Frida Ghitis
The news that a federal grand jury has indicted 13 Russians over interference in the 2016 US election comes on the heels of what would seem to be a totally unrelated event -- the mass shooting in a Florida school. The indictments were over alleged meddling in the presidential election, but Russia's efforts to undermine US democracy may extend well beyond that. Russia appears to be stoking divisions on the acrimonious subject of gun violence, one where America's system of government appears to be failing.
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Russian President Vladimir Putin looks on as he attends a ceremony for Russia's Navy Day in Saint Petersburg on July 30, 2017.
President Vladimir Putin oversaw a pomp-filled display of Russia's naval might as the Kremlin paraded its sea power from the Baltic Sea to the shores of Syria.  Some 50 warships and submarines were on show along the Neva River and in the Gulf of Finland off the country's second city of Saint Petersburg after Putin ordered the navy to hold its first ever parade on such a grand scale.  / AFP PHOTO / POOL / Alexander Zemlianichenko        (Photo credit should read ALEXANDER ZEMLIANICHENKO/AFP/Getty Images)

Mueller's compelling story of Russian intrigue to elect Trump

By Paul Callan
Russian operatives used millions of dollars and an array of fake social media accounts to support the themes of the Trump campaign in a bid to defeat Hillary Clinton, and in such a close election, they had to have had an impact, writes Paul Callan
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US President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump look on during the 95th annual National Christmas Tree Lighting ceremony at the Ellipse in President's Park near the White House in Washington, DC on November 30, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / Nicholas Kamm        (Photo credit should read NICHOLAS KAMM/AFP/Getty Images)

Why does Melania stay?

By Peggy Drexler
Although divorcing a husband alleged to have been repeatedly unfaithful to her would surely please the "Free Melania" crowd, the First Lady surely will not be surprised about the reports--and may have a good reason to remain, writes Peggy Drexler.
MIAMI BEACH, FL - FEBRUARY 06: Karen McDougal attends Playboy's Super Saturday Night Party at Sagamore Hotel on February 6, 2010 in Miami Beach, Florida. (Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images for Playboy)

Trump's carefully constructed house of lies

By Michael D'Antonio
No one could be surprised to learn that, according to an article in The New Yorker, Donald Trump allegedly employed an elaborate scheme to hide a betrayal of his wife Melania while carrying on an affair with ex-Playboy model Karen McDougal.
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Democrats, spare me your hypocrisy on guns

By SE Cupp
The tragic Parkdale school shooting has sent Democrats and the media into a non-stop frenzy of finger pointing at Republicans and the NRA, completely ignoring Democrats' long failures on gun control--even when they controlled the White House, House and Senate, writes SE Cupp.
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An accidental expert

By Eric Bolling
Eric Bolling says his life changed forever after the awful news of his son's death due to an overdose and that he is now doing what he can to warn other parents about the opioid crisis
President Donald Trump delivers a statement on the mass shooting at a South Florida High School from the White House, Thursday, Feb. 15, 2018, in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

Trump and the GOP are making the Republican brand toxic for a generation

By Julian Zelizer, CNN Political Analyst
What's good for Donald Trump might not be good for the GOP, and the evidence of the growing risks become clearer by the day, writes Julian Zelizer. A party that allies with extremist anti-immigrant, anti-gun control and anti-women sentiments is endangering itself, he says
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A gas tax hike will solve exactly none of our problems

By Stephen Moore
News reports indicate that Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao is considering a higher gas tax to pay for the $1.5 trillion infrastructure plan. "The President has not declared anything out of bounds, so everything is on the table," Chao said.


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