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Vietnam POW: This is the right way to honor veterans

(CNN)In his second inaugural address, as the American Civil War was coming to a close, President Abraham Lincoln committed Americans “to care for him who shall have borne the battle, and for his widow, and his orphan,” and in so doing reminded us of the need to recognize and honor the men and women who […]

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Trump’s actions are beginning to have global consequences

(CNN)The last time Baghdad sent troops into Kirkuk to kick out Kurdish forces, I was in the first group of journalists taken to see the aftermath. It was, as my wife — then a CNN correspondent — reported, “an object lesson in brutality.” Although Baghdad’s offensive in Kirkuk this week is tame by comparison, it […]

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Donald Jr. almost didn’t sign up to be a Trump

(CNN)Donald Trump Jr. has become a prime target for the House and Senate intelligence committees, Special Counsel Robert Mueller and an army of journalists who are all investigating Russia’s efforts to sway the 2016 election in his father’s favor. So far, the Trump family is standing by Donald Jr. The President praised him for his […]

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Neil Gorsuch’s conservatism runs deep

(CNN)Neil Gorsuch, Donald Trump’s nominee for the Supreme Court, is by all accounts a well-respected conservative jurist, one most likely to become the intellectual heir to Justice Antonin Scalia, whose seat Gorsuch will fill if confirmed. Join us on Twitter and Facebook Not only was Gorsuch a committed warrior but she had an equally committed […]

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Donald Trump: ‘Me generation’ boomer-in-chief

(CNN)The man who will put his hand on the Lincoln Bible on Friday is unlike any president in living memory. But he does not defy understanding. In fact, Donald Trump is a product of his generation, a profoundly narcissistic president who should be regarded as the baby boomer-in-chief. Boomers came of age in a time […]

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Syria: The issue we can’t ignore anymore

(CNN)In the years that I’ve been writing and talking about politics and public policy, I have learned one very sobering lesson: It’s nearly impossible to get people to care about even the most troubling and horrific problems if they are happening on the other side of the world. It’s understandable. We have our own problems […]

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The Dylan situation: imagining the ‘secret minutes’ of a Nobel committee meeting

(CNN)Minutes from the Royal Swedish Academy Meeting, Stockholm, Sweden Date: October 18, 2016 Join us on Twitter and Facebook “I was just thinking … I have an idea for you,” says the caller, seemingly trying to suppress laughter. “Yes, go on,” Elsa says. “We’re listening.” “Well, I have an idea for who should win the […]

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