• The company Trump keeps reveals him

    By Michael D'Antonio
    Donald Trump's sketchy friends and shadowy associates violate boundaries most people respect. These men reveal who Trump is, says Michael D'Antonio.
  • WASHINGTON, DC - OCTOBER 19:  White House Chief of Staff John Kelly speaks during a White House briefing October 19, 2017 in Washington, DC.

    John Kelly, there is no compromise with slavery

    By Jill Filipovic
    Was the American Civil War caused by seditious traitors who decided the hill they would die on was the one defending the racist enslavement of human beings, or was it that a simple inability to compromise led an honorable man who gave up his country to fight for his state? According to White House chief of staff John Kelly, it's the latter.
  • Donors put money in red Salvation Army kettle.

    How to make Americans more generous, not less

    By Daniel Rashke and Alyssa A. DiRusso
    Daniel Rashke and Alyssa A. DiRusso write that Congress is considering changes to the tax code which would greatly reduce the proportion of taxpayers who benefit from incentives for charitable giving. Instead lawmakers should adopt a new way to allow more Americans to benefit from giving to charity
  • Russian President Vladimir Putin delivers a speech at the 5th World Congress of Compatriots Living Abroad in Moscow on November 5, 2015. AFP PHOTO / RIA NOVOSTI / MIKHAIL KLIMENTYEV        (Photo credit should read MIKHAIL KLIMENTYEV/AFP/Getty Images)

    What Europe gets about cyber threats that the US hasn't -- yet

    By Lanhee J. Chen
    As technology executives prepare to testify this week before Congress about Russia's meddling in the 2016 election, expect to hear plenty about what companies like Facebook, Twitter, and Google could have done then and can be doing now to prevent disinformation from appearing on our screens. And amid a news cycle dominated by news of indictments and a guilty plea for false statements to the FBI in connection with the Mueller investigation, these companies should take this opportunity to come forward, to share what they know with investigators, and to review policies and procedures to make sure their platforms are less susceptible to intrusion.
  • Manafort charges will send shivers through the White House

    By Paul Callan
    Paul Callan: As the first indictments are unsealed, hints regarding the road ahead begin to emerge in this controversial investigation. President Trump may be concerned about whether the special counsel is looking into the operations of his business empire before the campaign began, he says
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    The ominous absurdity of Trump's tax cuts

    By Jeffrey Sachs
    Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin's call for corporate tax cuts is akin to his request for a government plane for his honeymoon: both are adventures in avarice. Donald Trump, Mnuchin, Gary Cohn, and the key billionaire funders of the Republican Party (including the Koch brothers, Sheldon Adelson, and Robert Mercer) would each reap a fortune from the proposed tax cuts. They are out to loot the kitty, and are close to getting away with this daylight robbery.
  • US President Donald Trump speaks to the media prior to departing on Marine One from the South Lawn of the White House in Washington, DC, October 25, 2017, as he travels to Dallas, Texas. (SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images)

    Controversial Trump dossier: What really matters

    By Michael Weiss
    While the story of the Clinton campaign and the DNC funding pat of the dossier on Trump did break news, it wasn't the bombshell revelation that Republicans have made it out to be, writes Michael Weiss.
  • A general view of rifles on a range at Forward Operating Base (FOB) Shank in Afghanistan's Logar Province on May 28, 2014. US forces will complete their withdrawal from Afghanistan by the end of 2016, President Barack Obama has said, unveiling a plan to end America's longest war.

    The secret to ending war

    By Gayle Tzemach Lemmon
    Gayle Tzemach Lemmon: The chances for securing stability and building peace grow when women are included. The new Women, Peace, and Security Act of 2017 is an important step in the right direction
  • TOPSHOT - US President Donald Trump receives high-fives from students as he arrives at Dallas Love Field in Dallas, Texas, on October 25, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / JIM WATSON (Photo credit should read JIM WATSON/AFP/Getty Images)

    The cynical brilliance of Donald Trump

    Michael D'Antonio, CNN
    In his usual style, President Donald Trump recently stood on the White House lawn and reminded us that he's a "very intelligent person" and offered as proof the fact that he graduated from an Ivy League college where he was a "nice student." The "nice" part was apparently a way to connect his remarks to the question that prompted him, which was not about his intelligence but about whether or not he might want to act more civilly.
  • WASHINGTON, DC - OCTOBER 24:  Sen. Jeff Flake (R-AZ) speaks to reporters on Capitol Hill after announcing he will not seek re-election October 24, 2017 in Washington, DC.

    Flake should have fought for his beliefs

    By Timothy Stanley
    Flake's announcement he won't run again betrayed impotence in face of new GOP powered by rage, not the morality the says he aspires to; his walking away concedes he knows Trump isn't going anywhere, writes Tim Stanley.
  • White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders pauses while speaking to the media during the daily briefing in the Brady Press Briefing Room of the White House, Friday, Oct. 20, 2017, in Washington. (AP/Andrew Harnik)

    Reines: How media should respond to Trump attacks

    By Philippe Reines
    As the President attempts to delegitimize reporting on his administration as "Fake News" serious news outlets must take key steps--including self-policing-- to push back, writes Philippe Reines.
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    Bergen: War against ISIS goes global

    By Peter Bergen, CNN National Security Analyst
    The Niger battle in which four soldiers were killed has drawn attention because of spat between Trump and widow of soldier, but the incident also underlines how far the war on terror has spread across the globe since the 9/11 attacks, writes Peter Bergen
  • The real questions we should be asking about Niger

    By Philip Mudd and Andrew Liepman
    Instead of engaging in political squabbles post-Niger ambush, we need to be focused on better understanding the risks and benefits of US counterterrorism efforts abroad, write Philip Mudd and Andrew Liepman.
  • Sen. Jeff Flake, R-Ariz., accompanied by his wife Cheryl, leaves the Capitol in Washington, Tuesday, Oct. 24, 2017, after announcing he won't seek re-election in 2018. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

    Say goodbye to your Republican Party

    By Kurt Bardella
    With Jeff Flake calling it a day and the Republican Party's moral failure to stand-up to Donald Trump, Steve Bannon and the GOP base, maybe the best hope for Republicans is to lose the House and Senate majorities to the Democrats next year, writes Kurt Bardella.
  • US President Donald Trump and Singaporean Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong(not seen) take part in a joint press conference in the Rose Garden of the White House in Washington, DC, October 23, 2017.

    What happened when Trump showed me his foot

    By Michael D'Antonio
    Michael D'Antonio: The real reason for Trump's deferment from Vietnam was his bone spur, which he showed me when trying to clear up his lies about his absence from the battlefield.
  • BELTSVILLE, MD - OCTOBER 13:  (AFP OUT) U.S. President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump tour the U.S. Secret Service James J. Rowley Training Center on October 13, 2017 in Beltsville, Maryland. (Photo by Ron Sachs - Pool/Getty Images)

    Melania Trump wants to stop bullies. Really.

    By Jill Filipovic
    The irony is inescapable: her husband regularly bullies. But her cause is good, writes Jill Filipovic, if she can move beyond talk and take on the huge underlying social dynamics-- like misogyny, racism, homophobia.
  • US President Donald Trump and Singaporean Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong(not seen) take part in a joint press conference in the Rose Garden of the White House in Washington, DC, October 23, 2017.

    What happened when Trump showed me his foot

    By Michael D'Antonio
    Michael D'Antonio: The real reason for Trump's deferment from Vietnam was his bone spur, which he showed me when trying to clear up his lies about his absence from the battlefield.
  • McCain and Trump still fighting Vietnam War

    By Kate Maltby
    At a time when Trump is embattled over his handling of his call to the wife of a slain servicemember, McCain points out that Trump avoided military service, a stinging reminder of the long shadow Vietnam still casts, writes Kate Maltby.
  • US President Donald Trump speaks alongside Secretary of State Rex Tillerson (L) during a Cabinet Meeting in the Cabinet Room of the White House in Washington, DC, October 16, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / SAUL LOEB        (Photo credit should read SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images)

    How Trump has undermined Tillerson

    By Samantha Vinograd
    President Trump, by weakening America's standing in the world, has made Secretary Tillerson's five-country tour incredibly challenging, writes Samantha Vinograd.
  • Carter delivers a lecture on the eradication of the Guinea worm at the House of Lords of Parliament in London in February 2016.

    Carter and Trump: More in common than you think

    By Tim Stanley
    Jimmy Carter's recent defense of Donald Trump makes sense when you consider that Carter, like Trump, was a Washington outsider who did not always toe the establishment party line, writes Tim Stanley.
  • WASHINGTON, DC - SEPTEMBER 27:  US President Donald Trump speaks to the media after arriving back at the White House on Marine One September 27, 2017 in Washington, DC. President Trump traveled to Indianapolis, Indiana to unveil his administration's tax reform plan.  (Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images)

    Guess who loses with Trump's tax plan?

    By Dean Obeidallah
    Dean Obeidallah writes that if Trump's tax plan becomes law of the land, America's must vulnerable -- the poor, disabled and elderly -- will suffer the most.
  • Low bar set for Singapore Prime Minister Lee's trip to meet Trump

    By Michael Barr
    If Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong can return home from his visit to the White House with nothing more than a photo op with Donald Trump, some good headlines in the Singapore press and a contract to buy a few billion dollars' worth of planes from Boeing, he will consider the trip a success.
  • WASHINGTON DC - OCTOBER 07: President Donald Trump walks across the South Lawn to the White House on October 7, 2017 in Washington, DC. Trump traveled to North Carolina to attend fund raising events.  (Photo by Shawn Thew-Pool/Getty Images)

    Why Trump is the 'Invisible President'

    By Michael D'Antonio
    A schoolyard game is "would you rather be able to fly or be invisible?" Management experts say this tells a lot about a person. The obfuscating President, says Michael D'Antonio, would obviously choose invisibility.
  • WASHINGTON, DC - OCTOBER 19:  White House Chief of Staff John Kelly speaks during a White House briefing October 19, 2017 in Washington, DC.

    John Kelly showed his true colors

    By Dorothy A. Brown
    On October 4, tragedy struck and four Americans were killed in Niger. For over a week Donald Trump was silent. On October 16, President Trump was asked why he had not spoken about the Niger ambush.
  • Begala: Trump's dodge on fallen troops was a disgrace

    By Paul Begala
    In using a question on his response to four soldiers slain in Niger to make an unfounded slam at Obama and other presidents, Donald Trump debased the presidency and those who serve, writes Paul Begala.
  • PHILADELPHIA, PA - OCTOBER 16: Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) makes remarks after receiving the the 2017 Liberty Medal from former Vice President Joe Biden (not shown) at the National Constitution Center on October 16, 2017 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

    Everyone should read John McCain's speech

    By John Kirby, CNN National Security Analyst
    If we hear the words of leaders like McCain as a reminder of who we are as a nation, rather than just as a rebuke of the divisions Trump has brought, we'll come out better than before.
  • US President Donald Trump and National Security Advisor H. R. McMaster board Air Force One before departing from Andrews Air Force Base for Miami, Florida on June 16, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / MANDEL NGAN        (Photo credit should read MANDEL NGAN/AFP/Getty Images)

    Trump is neither strategic nor competent

    By Aaron David Miller and Richard Sokolsky
    Contrary to the view of National Security Advisor HR McMaster, Trump has left a vacuum that has shaken US allies, provided opportunities for adversaries, and undermined US credibility and influence around the world, write Aaron David Miller and Richard Sokolsky.
  • SPRINGVILLE, UT - JUNE 17:  David Barkerlooks at an AR-15 semi-automatic gun to  at Action Target on June 17, 2016 in Springville, Utah. Semi-automatics are in the news again after the nightclub shooting in Orlando F;lord last week. (Photo by George Frey/Getty Images)

    Sachs: A modest proposal on guns

    By Jeffrey Sachs
    A compromise on regulations for the Second Amendment that keeps protection of gun ownership--semi-automatic included --is possible, Jeffrey Sachs writes.
  • Former advisor to President Donald Trump and executive chairman of Breitbart News, Steve Bannon introduces Roy Moore, Republican candidate for the U.S. Senate in Alabama, at an election-night rally on September 26, 2017 in Montgomery, Alabama. Moore, former chief justice of the Alabama supreme court, defeated incumbent Sen. Luther Strange (R-AL) in a primary runoff election for the seat vacated when Jeff Sessions was appointed U.S. Attorney General by President Donald Trump. Moore will now face Democratic candidate Doug Jones in the general election in December.

    GOP doesn't have a clue--but Bannon does

    By Mark Bauerlein
    To grasp why many warm to Bannon's war talk, listen to Paul Ryan using "inclusion" and other accommodating, liberal catchwords, says Mark Bauerlein. To the right, such language represents assaults on the patriotic, religious beliefs they prize.
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    Trump, stir up Mexican populism at your own risk

    By Peter Schechter
    If the leftist nationalist candidate wins the Mexican presidential election, it could jeopardize security cooperation and the health of the increasingly integrated economies of the US and Mexico, writes Paul Schechter.
  • WASHINGTON, DC:  Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke listens to a question during a Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee hearing on Capitol Hill, on June 20, 2017 in Washington, DC. The committee heard testimony on U.S. President Donald Trump's proposed FY2018 budget request for the Interior Department.  (Mark Wilson/Getty Images)

    Secretary Zinke, it's time to call it quits

    By Joel Clement
    Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke has demonstrated that his priorities lie with the President and special interest groups -- not the American people, whom he should be working for, writes Joel Clement.
  • US President Donald Trump speaks with reporters outside the White House prior to his departure aboard Marine One on October 7, 2017. 
During the exchange, President Trump called NBC News, "Fake News" after the news agency reported tension between Trump and US Secretary of State Rex Rex Tillerson. The President will travel to Greensboro, North Carolina this evening to participate in a roundtable discussion with Republican National Committee members. / AFP PHOTO / Alex EDELMAN        (Photo credit should read ALEX EDELMAN/AFP/Getty Images)

    Trump's self-defeating war

    By Scott Jennings
    The emergence of two new fronts in Trump's war on the Republican establishment endangers his ability to deliver on his campaign promises, writes Scott Jennings.
  • LONDON, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 01: Miami Dolphins players kneel down during the national anthem before the NFL game between the Miami Dolphins and the New Orleans Saints at Wembley Stadium on October 1, 2017 in London, England. (Photo by Henry Browne/Getty Images)

    Why taking the knee stomps on my foot

    By Michael Caputo
    NFL players taking the knee don't intend to offend combat veterans. But to many, they are doing exactly that, whether they intend to or not, says Michael Caputo.
  • Vice President Mike Pence, front center, stands during the playing of the national anthem before an NFL football game between the Indianapolis Colts and the San Francisco 49ers, Sunday, Oct. 8, 2017, in Indianapolis. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy)

    Pence's stunt further inflames the nation

    By Jemar Tisby
    On Sunday, Vice President Mike Pence, former governor of Indiana, traveled to Indianapolis to attend a football game between the Indianapolis Colts and the San Francisco 49ers, but he didn't even make it to kickoff. Pence left after several 49ers players knelt during the National Anthem. Later he tweeted that he would not, "dignify any event that disrespects our soldiers, our Flag, or our National Anthem." But the entire spectacle represented an act of performative outrage likely scripted in advance.
  • Tillerson should quit now

    By Julian Zelizer, CNN Political Analyst
    Julian Zelizer says the secretary of state can exert significant influence in only one way -- by resigning on principle and explaining that the Trump White House must change course
  • WASHINGTON, DC - SEPTEMBER 11:  U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson (L) looks at President Donald Trump during a ceremony to commemorate the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks at the Pentagon September 11, 2017 in Washington, D.C. U.S. President Donald Trump was presiding over his first 9/11 commemoration on the 16th anniversary of the terrorist attacks that killed nearly 3,000 people when hijackers flew commercial airplanes into New York's World Trade Center, the Pentagon and a field near Shanksville, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Andrew Harrer/Pool/Getty Images)

    Are Tillerson's days numbered?

    By Aaron David Miller and Richard Sokolsky
    Though Secretary Tillerson doesn't plan to resign, Aaron David Miller and Richard Sokolsky write that he faces a difficult road ahead, as the President continues to undermine his authority.
  • SPRINGVILLE, UT - JUNE 17:  David Barkerlooks at an AR-15 semi-automatic gun to  at Action Target on June 17, 2016 in Springville, Utah. Semi-automatics are in the news again after the nightclub shooting in Orlando F;lord last week. (Photo by George Frey/Getty Images)

    After Vegas, this bill should never become law

    By Wayne Pacelle
    Wayne Pacelle: The SHARE Act is a dangerous piece of legislation that puts Americans at greater risk of gun violence and promotes the reckless killing of wildlife in the United States.
  • Trump in Puerto Rico: A narcissist's tour de force

    By Michael D'Antonio
    Michael D'Antonio: President Trump's visit to Puerto Rico was an opportunity to show empathy for those suffering from a disaster, but he used much of it to elicit praise for his team
  • U.S. President Donald Trump and HHS Secretary Tom Price walk to a House Republican closed party conference on Capitol Hill, on March 21 in Washington, DC. President Trump is urging House Republicans to support his American Health Care Act.

    Trump is the swamp monster

    By Jen Psaki
    Jen Psaki writes that Tom Price's resignation is about than just him; it's about Trump growing the swamp at the expense of the American people.
  • 'Trump's Katrina?' No, it's much worse

    By Juliette Kayyem, CNN National Security Analyst
    George W. Bush's response to Hurricane Katrina will no longer serve as the measure of presidential failures during crisis, writes Juliette Kayyem.
  • FILE - In this Friday, Sept. 22, 2017, file photo, President Donald Trump speaks at a campaign rally for Sen. Luther Strange, R-Ala., in Huntsville, Ala. Citizens of eight countries will face new restrictions on entry to the U.S. under a proclamation signed by Trump on Sunday, Sept. 24. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci, File)

    Did Trump Win the NFL Fight?

    By Scott Jennings
    Polls show that many Americans agree with the President and disapprove of players kneeling during the national anthem to protest racial injustice, writes Scott Jennings.
  • Trump, tweet about Puerto Ricans being US citizens

    By Errol Louis, CNN Political Commentator
    Errol Louis: The president should remind Americans that those on the island are citizens - not doing so makes it easier for people to argue against sending aid.
  • MIAMI - APRIL 14:  Felipe Castro holds a sign advertising a tax preparation office for people that still need help completing their taxes before the Internal Revenue Service deadline on April 14, 2010 in Miami, Florida.  With only one day to go before the April 15th deadline to file taxes, accountants around the U.S. are swamped with people who waited until the last day to file. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

    Tax reform is an opportunity US can't afford to miss

    By David Farr
    David Farr, board chair of the National Association of Manufacturers, says American manufacturing workers face increasingly fierce competition overseas and federal tax policies put US companies at a clear disadvantage.
  • The road to diplomacy on the Korean peninsula

    By Ernest J. Moniz and Sam Nunn
    To stop the escalating nuclear and missile programs in North Korea, the US needs to willing to lead talks with Pyongyang, write Ernest Moniz and Sam Nunn.
  • President Donald Trump waves before speaking about tax reform at the Farm Bureau Building at the Indiana State Fairgrounds, Wednesday, Sept. 27, 2017, in Indianapolis. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

    Trump's massive tax cut -- for the rich

    By Edward J. McCaffery
    Although Trump boasts that his proposed tax plan would double the standard deduction, it would hurt many Americans including single parents, large families, and those working in blue states, writes Edward McCaffery
  • Jared Kushner, son-in-law and senior adviser to US President Donald Trump, looks on during a meeting between Trump and Republican congressional leaders in the Roosevelt Room at the White House in Washington, DC, on June 6, 2017. (NICHOLAS KAMM/AFP/Getty Images)

    Does Trump's team have a Clinton email problem?

    By Douglas Cox
    Douglas Cox says the use of private email accounts by members of President Trump's administration poses questions similar to some of those asked about the Hillary Clinton emails
  • Tax cuts: What took so long?

    By Stephen Moore
    The corporate tax cuts in Trump's proposed tax plan would not be intended to enrich business owners, but rather to recapitalize businesses and create more jobs, writes Stephen Moore
  • Why congressman alluding to women as 'eye candy' is no joke

    By Kara Alaimo
    The congressman's remark alluding to women in his caucus as "eye candy" drew backlash that should not be dismissed as humorless or politically correct. Such "joking" reflects serious, real-world and consequential views that keep women in a second class of American culture, Kara Alaimo says.
  • For Alabama's GOP primary, it's personality over policy

    By Douglas Heye
    Roy Moore's victory over the Trump-backed Luther Strange show that volume—and anger---turned up high is what tends to get rewarded. For Republicans hoping to build a long-term GOP majority, that should be troubling, writes Douglas Heye.
  • Trump's lack of empathy about Puerto Rico is staggering

    By Raul A. Reyes
    American citizens in Puerto Rico, the US Virgin Islands, Texas and Florida all deserve continuing attention and concern from our President. But so far, Trump's callous tweets stand as their own shameful disaster, writes Raul Reyes.
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    What NFL controversy means to Trump: Show time!

    By Michael D'Antonio
    Michael D'Antonio writes that Trump's NFL comments show he is the man he has always been -- selfish and bombastic -- and incapable of growing into the responsibilities of his new job.
  • People vote in the Super Tuesday primary at Centreville High School March 1, 2016, in Centreville, Virginia.

    For fair elections ... can we get a recount?

    By Norman Eisen
    Though we fell short in our 2016 presidential election recount efforts, we must do better in the future to thwart against hacking and other threats, writes Norman Eisen.
  • Trump's ugly battles with the NFL go way back

    By Jeff Pearlman
    For years, Trump tried to own an NFL team, attempting to parlay his ownership of a team in the now defunct USFL into entry in the big league. Being denied what he wants is key to his bad-mouthing of the NFL, writes Jeff Pearlman.
  • Senator Bernie Sanders, Independent from Vermont, discusses Medicare for All legislation on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC, on September 13, 2017. The former US presidential hopeful introduced a plan for government-sponsored universal health care, a notion long shunned in America that has newly gained traction among rising-star Democrats. (JIM WATSON/AFP/Getty Images)

    On healthcare, let's do the impossible

    By Jonathan Tasini
    Jonathan Tasini says appealing to what seems impossible has and will continue to transform the healthcare debate - and other policy problems - in America.
  • CHICAGO, IL - MAY 16:  Passengers at O'Hare International Airport wait in line to be screened at a Transportation Security Administration (TSA) checkpoint on May 16, 2016 in Chicago, Illinois. Waiting times at the checkpoints today have been reported to be as long 2 hours. The long lines have been blamed for flight delays and a large number of passengers missing flights completely.  (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)

    Trump's new travel ban still doesn't fly

    By David Sterman and Peter Bergen, CNN National Security Analyst
    The revised ban is a solution to a problem that doesn't exist, say David Sterman and Peter Bergen
  • Why single payer health care is a terrible option

    By Scott W. Atlas
    Despite its decades of documented failure in Western Europe, single payer health care has newfound among support Democrats -- and it could come at great cost to the American people, writes Scott W. Atlas
  • Large banner outside AFD election party rally reading "stop Nazis"

    We can say goodbye to a stable Germany

    By Frida Ghitis
    Though Angela Merkel successfully won re-election, the disturbingly strong performance of the far right Alternative for Germany is what will send jolts at home and abroad, Frida Ghitis says.