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Comey's unforgivable error

By Ryan Lizza
In his interview with Jake Tapper, the former FBI Director once again demonstrated an enormous blind spot about his role in the election, writes Ryan Lizza.
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Cuban President Raul Castro (R) talks with First Vice President Miguel Diaz Canel (L), during the homage for the 50th anniversary of Ernesto "Che" Guevara's death, in Santa Clara, Cuba, on October 8, 2017.
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Cuba's new president just a rebranding of repression

By Frida Ghitis
Above all, the transfer of power to a new president-- Miguel Diaz-Canel--amounts to an effort by Castro and the Communist Party to maintain control, to preserve the political system in the face of an aging leadership and monumental economic challenges, writes Frida Ghitis.
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Tennessee's legislature is acting like it's still 1968

By Tami Sawyer
It would seem that the Tennessee GOP has enough to concern themselves with this session to not get caught up in retaliation over the removal of Confederate statues in Memphis. Poverty, education, and health care are all pressing issues in the state. But instead of focusing on solving the challenges related to these constituent concerns, lawmakers filed multiple bills at the beginning of the session in January to provide additional protections to the statues. While the Tennessee House did not pass any bills in the first 3 weeks of their 15 week session (and the Senate passed only one), causing intraparty concern, House members did spend ample time debating the legality of the removal of these statues from Memphis. Their removal had been championed by black community leaders off-and-on for years in the majority-black city, which is also the largest in the state.
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We shouldn't be surprised that Southwest's hero pilot is a woman

By Juliette Kayyem, CNN National Security Analyst
The pilot who landed the damaged Southwest plane happened to be a woman, a hero to us, but to her and her colleagues, just a professional performing exactly to plan--and proof, again, that there is no "female" approach to high-risk jobs, writes Juliette Kayyem.

Pilot: What happened on that Southwest flight

By Les Abend
No one can deny the tragic consequences for one particular passenger on board Southwest Flight 1380. Nor can one deny the terrifying chaos that must have been part of the scene in the cabin Tuesday morning when the left engine self-destructed, throwing shrapnel into the fuselage. Quite frankly, the situation should never have occurred. Why?
Man smoking marijuana cigarette soft drug in Amsterdam, Netherlands

The new 4/20: Beyond legalizing it

By Jolene Forman and Suchitra Rajagopalan
April 20 is a day of celebration for marijuana enthusiasts. The origin of 420 dates back to the early 1970s, when 4:20 p.m. marked the time that high school students in Marin County, just north of San Francisco, would regularly meet to consume marijuana. As people across the United States light up to mark the occasion, it is important to reflect on the ongoing legacy of marijuana criminalization and its widespread impact on black and brown communities.

Stormy and scandal serve Trump's agenda

By Julian Zelizer, CNN Political Analyst
President Trump just can't seem to help himself as he stokes the Stormy scandal and helps promote James Comey's book, writes Julian Zelizer. It's the reverse of the "Wag the Dog" strategy -- Trump is using scandal to distract from the policy measures he's imposing
Robert Kraft, Colin Kaepernick and Meek Mill

The irony of Robert Kraft visiting Meek Mill in prison

By Issac Bailey
Robert Kraft, one of the most powerful owners in the National Football League, took the unusual step of visiting a rapper named Meek Mill in a state prison in Pennsylvania. The symbolism of the extremely wealthy white owner of the New England Patriots taking time to check on a young black man serving time for no good reason, because of minor parole violations, can be intoxicating.

Prison reform is possible even in the Trump Era

By Van Jones
Van Jones says he and other advocates of prison reform lost heart when the Trump Justice Department turned against sensible prison reform measures. But he says the influence of Jared Kushner has been positive, and there are signs Congress may fast track a bill called the Prison Reform and Redemption Act, which needs strengthening
Children in a classroom

US is falling behind other nations in providing pre-K schooling

By W. Steven Barnett and Mark K. Shriver
When it comes to early childhood education, the United States needs to step up. Many developed nations now have more than 90% enrollment in pre-K programs, surpassing the US with just 66% enrollment for 4-year-olds. Rising superpowers are making significant commitments to expand access to early education over the next few years, with China promising to have pre-K for every 4-year-old and most 3-year-olds by 2020.
Fox News Host Sean Hannity speaks during the annual Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) 2016 at National Harbor in Oxon Hill, Maryland, outside Washington, March 4, 2016. / AFP / SAUL LOEB        (Photo credit should read SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images)

Sean Hannity needs a class in journalistic ethics

By Paul Callan
Hannity could also use a Law School 101 lesson to teach him that communications with an attorney on matters unrelated to legal matters are not shielded by privilege, writes Paul Callan

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