The thing ‘SNL’ does to Trump

August 12, 2017

(CNN)Trump’s “locked and loaded” standoff with North Korea has Americans in high anxiety, hair-pulling among White House officials may be stalling his agenda, Robert Mueller’s Russia campaign-interference probe appears to be heating up with the recent FBI raid of President Donald Trump’s former campaign chairman Paul Manafort, and Trump faces the lowest-ever approval ratings for a president at this time in his first term. The first episode served as a…

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Firing Mueller would be a catastrophic mistake

August 11, 2017

(CNN)On October 20, 1973, President Richard Nixon executed the infamous “Saturday Night Massacre” in which Watergate special prosecutor Archibald Cox was fired and the special prosecutor’s office was shut down. President Trump said Thursday that he hasn’t given any thought to firing Robert Mueller, who is leading the Russia investigation that Trump has described as a “witch hunt.” Join us on Twitter and Facebook A firing of Mueller should lead…

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Trump’s transgender tweets are an affront to the all-volunteer military

July 27, 2017

(CNN)There is a lot to dislike about President Donald Trump’s decision this morning to reinstate the ban on transgender service. As long as they swear the oath to defend our ideas, meet the professional standards, complete the training and thereafter serve with honor, they have the privilege of defending our country. It’s led to a highly professional, well-led and motivated force that continues to be the world’s example of professionalism…

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‘A Better Deal’ is more of the same from Dems

July 26, 2017

(CNN)Democrats would like voters to believe the party’s slogan for its new economic agenda rolled out Monday, “A Better Deal,” describes a program aimed at fighting for regular people — even though it mostly rings like a sales pitch for a discounted item at a shopping mall. Worse, the specifics of the strategy are a path to more electoral failure, because “A Better Deal” embraces falsehoods about economic power while…

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I read about Bannon and Clinton so you don’t have to

July 23, 2017

(CNN)“Devil’s Bargain” — Bloomberg Businessweek reporter Joshua Green’s in-depth exploration of the mind and machinations of former Breitbart News boss and Trump chief strategist Steve Bannon — and “Shattered” — a painstaking account of Hillary Clinton’s unsuccessful campaign by Jonathan Allen, also of Bloomberg, and Amie Parnes of The Hill — have both climbed the bestseller lists and monopolized the attention of the chattering classes since their releases. (“Shattered” was…

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Who’s behind GOP’s stunning defeat on health care?

July 18, 2017

(CNN)Monday night, two Republican Senators — Mike Lee and Jerry Moran — announced that they would not vote to send the health care bill to the floor. The announcement marked a stunning defeat for a Republican Party that controls the White House and Congress and which has made this item the top priority for years. As the blame game now begins, everyone in Washington will be asking — who killed…

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Kid Rock, The Rock and our rocky future

July 16, 2017

(CNN)It looks like these days everyone with a Wikipedia entry or a star on the Walk of Fame is thinking of running for public office. Another Rock — former professional wrestler turned action star-hero “The Rock,” Dwayne Johnson — might be the person challenging President Donald Trump for re-election in 2020, assuming the President makes it that far. A campaign committee formally filed the papers to draft him for president….

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How Trump’s ‘compliment’ to Brigitte Macron hurts America

July 15, 2017

(CNN)In a remarkably awkward farewell, President Donald Trump and French President Emmanuel Macron shook hands for 24 seconds before Trump left France Friday morning. But the way Trump bungled his arrival in the country yesterday was more troubling. “You’re in such good shape,” he said. “She’s in such good physical shape. Beautiful.” Women who are viewed as unattractive don’t fare well in America. A recent study found that, while the…

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Donald Trump Jr. astonishes America

July 13, 2017

(CNN)Donald Trump Jr.’s decision to take a meeting with a Russian lawyer who had alleged ties to the Kremlin may be the most baffling move by a high-level political operative in recent memory. Second only to his apparent thinking that such a meeting would be a good decision. In short, the emails suggest he was prepared to meet with a potential agent of a hostile foreign government. And because he…

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‘Hawaii Five-0’ Asian actors won’t be without projects for long

July 9, 2017

(CNN)It’s been a little more than a week since word leaked that Daniel Dae Kim and Grace Park were leaving CBS’s resilient hit “Hawaii Five-0,” and pieces of the story behind the story have begun to fall into place. The picture that’s emerging isn’t pretty. Although, according to “Hawaii Five-0” showrunner Peter Lenkov, the raise in CBS’s final offer to Kim and Park was “generous,” money in Hollywood isn’t just…

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Gordon Brown and Shakira: G20 leaders agreed to education financing, now comes the harder part

July 9, 2017

(CNN)If ours was a world where every child was in school and learning, then the two of us probably would have never met. But more than a decade ago, frustrated by education targets made by the international community set and missed, we came together to push back in a world where far too many children go without a quality education. It’s up to all of us to make sure that…

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Putin set a trap and Trump fell into it

July 8, 2017

(CNN)The Russians just played the President. It was predictable. And he let it happen. To start with, Russia has been living with sanctions put in place more than three years ago because of their annexation of Crimea. Just yesterday, President Donald Trump questioned the validity of American intelligence on foreign soil and then questioned whether other countries or actors were involved in the hacking. But before that, H.R. McMaster, the…

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White House chief usher: equal parts ringmaster, palace guard, and consigliere

July 2, 2017

(CNN)Traditionally, the chief usher of the White House hasn’t been someone who comes and goes with each administration; it’s a position that endures. The White House chief usher as a fixture of the institution is as American as apple pie. First lady Melania Trump recently announced that Timothy Harleth, who worked at the Trump International Hotel in Washington, will be the next White House chief usher. He joins a select…

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Callan: The problem with Mika and Joe’s Trump allegation

July 1, 2017

(CNN)As most Americans begin a particularly lengthy Fourth of July holiday weekend, television screens, and virtually all the media are focused on the burning questions: “Did Mika really have a face-lift?” and “Did Trump really tweet that?” In Mika Brzezinski’s case, however,the answer is being seriously discussed as possibly having a bearing on whether the President of the United States has committed an act of possible criminal blackmail and/or extortion…

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McConnell’s test: Can he do more than obstruct?

June 28, 2017

(CNN)Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is facing a major test this week. Since revealing the details of the Republican health care plan, McConnell has watched as a number of important senators in his own party announced their concerns or opposition. Some, such as Wisconsin Sen. Ron Johnson, have urged him to postpone the vote based on the assumption that, at this moment, it would not pass the upper chamber where…

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Psaki: Democrats, don’t lose your cool over Georgia vote

June 21, 2017

(CNN)Democrats, don’t lose your mind and your motivation over Jon Ossoff’s defeat in GA-06. In 2010, the special election to fill the seat of Democrat John Murtha, a member who had held his seat in southwestern Pennsylvania for 36 years, was seen as a major test for both parties. And when it was over many Democrats breathed a sigh of relief that the party had overcome attack ads on issues…

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Ossoff’s liberalism just wasn’t right for Georgia district

June 21, 2017

(CNN)The Georgia special election was the Democrats’ best chance so far this year to flip a House seat and score a victory for the anti-Trump resistance. Jon Ossoff’s defeat is a major blow to well-funded liberal momentum and activism, to which GOP voters in the South responded, “Frankly my dear, I don’t give a damn.” More than $50 million was spent in the special election to replace Republican Tom Price,…

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Rosenstein must recuse himself from involvement in Mueller probe

June 18, 2017

(CNN)The President’s latest Twitter attack on the special counsel investigation by Robert Mueller is likely to claim a new victim: Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, the lawyer at least nominally in charge of the investigation. Shortly thereafter, the President shocked the nation with the announcement that he had fired the controversial FBI director he had only recently praised. The White House press office immediately pointed to Rosenstein’s detailed memo as…

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Executions in Pakistan: Is ISIS targeting China?

June 15, 2017

(CNN)The deaths of two Chinese nationals in Pakistan suggest that as Beijing’s strategic and economic footprint grows so too will the threats posed to Chinese interests. While China has often asserted that it is opposed to the terrorism perpetrated by groups such as al Qaeda or ISIS, such a position has not prompted it to join international efforts to combat them in Afghanistan or the Middle East. Beijing vows justice…

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In Sessions hearing, GOP senators sought truth, Dems sought to hit Trump

June 15, 2017

(CNN)A generally mild-mannered Jeff Sessions expressed outrage and indignation during his testimony before the Senate intelligence committee hearing on the Russia investigation on Tuesday. Throughout the 2 hour probe, two things became crystal clear: Republican senators want to get to the bottom of Russian interference in our election process and Democratic senators are focused on exposing confidential information in an effort to sabotage the Trump presidency. Committee Chairman Richard Burr,…

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It’d be shocking if the Warriors went to the White House

June 15, 2017

Washington (CNN)It would be quite a shock and seriously awkward if the Golden State Warriors went to the White House for the customary congratulations from the President. He went on a post-election rant at a team news conference where expressed his disappointment that “the man who’s going to lead you has used racist, misogynist words.”

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What would happen if Trump tried to fire special counsel Mueller

June 14, 2017

(CNN)Newsmax CEO Christopher Ruddy created a storm of controversy when he suggested Monday that President Trump was contemplating firing the newly appointed Special Counsel Robert Mueller III, a man destined to be a festering thorn in the side of the Trump administration for months or years to come. And on Tuesday, aboard Air Force One, White House deputy press secretary Sarah Sanders addressed the idea of firing Mueller with these…

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Hundreds Of Young Russians Arrested En Masse At Nationwide Protests

June 14, 2017

In a crackdown meant to quell a movement of youthful activism, many of the arrests appeared to target students and young people, watchdog groups reported. Navalny, an outspoken critic of President Vladimir Putin who has crusaded against corruption, was arrested before he could join the protests and sentenced in a midnight hearing to 30 days in jail, his second such sentence this year. Before this weeks event, he used a…

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Comey may find himself boxed in … by himself

June 3, 2017

(CNN)Those waiting for shocking new revelations from James Comey in his congressional testimony next week are likely to be disappointed. After all, Comey is the same 6-foot-8-inch former FBI Director who attempted to “blend in” with the blue drapes during a previous White House visit with his then-boss, President Donald Trump, who fired him last month. Gergen: Invoking executive privilege a mistake NYT reporter: Trump joked about Russia ties More…

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