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How Trump has given Biden a major campaign boost

(CNN)After three years of his chaotic presidency, President Donald Trump has made nostalgia a big, bold idea among Democrats. This is one of the secrets to former Vice President Joe Biden’s ongoing success in the polls. The President, with the full support of his party in Congress, has pushed politics so far off-kilter that Americans […]

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Trump needs a better response to Kim Jong Un’s New Year’s resolution

(CNN)While Kim Jong Un may like hyperbole almost as much as President Donald Trump does, his regime’s latest claim of successfully conducting “another crucial test” is a cause for serious concern as analysts determine exactly what transpired. Trump issued an implicit threat to Kim last weekend after a suspected engine test at the Sohae Satellite […]

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This is House Democrats’ big chance to bring in John Bolton

(CNN)US District Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson ruled on Monday that former White House counsel Don McGahn must honor a House subpoena to testify. “The primary takeaway from the past 250 years of recorded American history is that Presidents are not kings,” Jackson wrote. “This means that they do not have subjects, bound by loyalty or […]

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George H.W. Bush children: What our dad’s life taught us

(CNN)Despite the very public nature of his role, our father, the late President George H.W. Bush, was a humble man who preferred to keep the spotlight off himself. However, now that we find ourselves upon the first anniversary of his passing, we wanted to take a moment to share more about the legacy of kindness […]

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Marie Yovanovitch’s strikingly courageous move

(CNN)On October 11 the world watched as the former US ambassador to Ukraine Marie Yovanovitch strode boldly into the Capitol. In a basement room away from cameras, she addressed the House Intelligence, Foreign Affairs and Oversight committees. Her deposition lasted more than nine hours. Yovanovitch’s opening statement, obtained by the New York Times and the […]

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What really ‘triggered’ Donald Trump Jr.

(CNN)Donald Trump Jr. has already copped to being a troll. In his new book, published Tuesday, he offers proof that he is also a huckster who goes all-in with the entertaining gobbledygook associated with the family name. Sometimes he’s a whining victim. Sometimes he’s a hero. Always he’s a chip off the old block. Donald […]

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Why the Trump-Fox News relationship really is unprecedented

(CNN)On Monday, the New Yorker’s Jane Mayer published an explosive expose on “the Fox News White House,” a deeply reported story alleging that the channel had killed a story about Stormy Daniels before the 2016 presidential election and that President Trump tried to spike the AT&T-Time Warner merger apparently because he wasn’t happy with the […]

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Trump’s Jared and Ivanka problem

(CNN)Every week, I offer a glimpse of the kind of intelligence assessments that are likely to come across the desk of the President of the United States, modeled on the President’s Daily Briefing, or PDB, which the director of national intelligence prepares for the President almost daily. Several ongoing national security risks persist — and […]

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On Jussie Smollett story, we deserve to know the truth

(CNN)We know the “who.” It’s the reason the story gathered national attention in the first place. We mostly know the “when,” “where” and “how.” They were the reasons for immediate doubts. At a time in which stories of discrimination are met with a disturbing amount of cynicism, the last thing anyone who is a champion […]

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America’s week of zero

(CNN)Call it the week of zero. Zero work for many federal employees (and zeroes in their paychecks) as the government shutdown slipped into the record books on Saturday, becoming the longest one ever; zero movement on a southern border wall, even after President Trump used an Oval Office speech to demand it, and then threatened […]

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