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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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Rudy Giuliani’s remarkable retreat on collusion

(CNN)Ever since special counsel Robert Mueller began his investigation of Russian interference in the 2016 election, public interest in the law, crime and justice has surged. Over the past few months, I’ve received countless questions — creative, unexpected, brilliant and challenging — from viewers and readers. People are keenly interested in learning about our legal […]

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Nancy Pelosi should negotiate with Ann Coulter

(CNN)Donald Trump made a public offer on Saturday to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Congressional Democrats in an effort to end the longest government shutdown. He proposed to extend protection for DACA recipients and individuals with Temporary Protected Status in exchange for funding for his beloved wall (yes, the same wall he promised that Mexico […]

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George H.W. Bush could do what Trump can’t: Laugh at himself

(CNN)The tributes to the late President George H.W. Bush have been pouring in, even from some progressives who disagreed with many of his policies but expressed “great respect for his lifetime of service” to our nation. To be clear, when Carvey was on “SNL” and even at the White House holiday party, he was telling […]

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China’s terrifying moves on Hong Kong

(CNN)When the last British governor of Hong Kong sailed out of Victoria Harbor on July 1,1997, many expected the Chinese government to honor pledges to maintain the colony’s basic freedoms, enshrined in the so-called Basic Law — in effect, the territory’s mini-Constitution. That includes a hard crackdown on dissent, especially on anyone who advocates independence […]

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How to get the truth out of Trump

(CNN)Since Donald Trump took office, he and his administration have been yelling about fake news and alternative facts. Now that the midterms are over, and the President is nearing the halfway point of his term, we need to accept that the way we cover this administration isn’t working. The primary reason is Trump — he […]

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Swift response to bomb suspect proves we are still capable of unity

(CNN)On Monday, a pipe bomb was found in the mailbox of billionaire philanthropist and liberal political activist George Soros. Another 13 explosive devices were discovered addressed to Hillary Clinton, Barack Obama, Eric Holder, Maxine Waters, John O. Brennan (via CNN in New York), Joe Biden, Robert De Niro, James Clapper (again via CNN in New […]

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