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Biracial, American and now a Duchess: Meghan leaves mark on monarchy

(CNN)When Prince William married Catherine Middleton in 2011, it was hard to ignore the fact that the occasion was largely white, male and entrenched in the sort of tradition the world associates with the British monarchy. That’s not all. The Most Reverend Michael Curry — the first African-American head of the Episcopal Church in the US — delivered a blistering address, in a break from royal custom. He spoke for 13 captivating minutes, at one point quoting the civil rights leader, The Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King: “We must discover…

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The universe is out of balance and nobody knows why

(CNN)It seems like everywhere we look, the universe is balanced. Life and death. Yin and Yang. Jedi knights and Sith lords. But it’s not true of the universe as a whole. Our universe is made of matter. That might win the prize for “obvious statement of the year,” but it’s actually one of the most puzzling observations of modern science. In 1928, British physicist Paul Dirac was fiddling around with the then-new theories of quantum mechanics and special relativity, trying to merge them into a single theory that would explain…

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Mueller’s questions are a red cape and Trump is the bull

(CNN)Like a matador waving a red cape, someone is torturing President Donald Trump by leaking the questions that could be posed to him by special counsel Robert Mueller: And yet, given the disciplined behavior of the special counsel’s team, which has been the very model of integrity, it seems almost certain that the list of questions was leaked by someone who is supposed to be on the President’s side. Why would someone who works for Trump do such a thing? The likeliest answer is that the President’s staff or lawyers…

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On the economy, Trump needs to get his statistics straight

(CNN)“JOBS, JOBS, JOBS!” The President also used the jobs number as a justification for his endorsement of accused child molester Alabama GOP Senate candidate Roy Moore. “Putting Pelosi/Schumer Liberal Puppet Jones into office in Alabama would hurt our great Republican Agenda,” Trump tweeted on Monday. He added: “Look at your 401-k’s since Election. Highest Stock Market EVER! Jobs are roaring back!” But the reality is much different from the picture the President paints. In fact, it turns out he is a much better salesman than statistician. The US economy has…

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Trump truly deserves to be ‘Person of the Year’

(CNN)Twitter exploded Friday night and into Saturday after Donald Trump alleged that he was offered Time magazine’s title of “Person of the Year” and Time responded by challenging the President’s account of events. A short time later, however, Time responded on Twitter by challenging Trump’s account, “The President is incorrect about how we choose Person of the Year. Time does not comment on our choice until publication, which is December 6.” Join us on Twitter and Facebook If Time magazine makes a huge mistake by not declaring Trump “Person of…

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Since the attack, my husband Rand Paul hasn’t taken a single breath without pain

(CNN)The average person takes 20,000 breaths a day. Since November 3, my husband, Rand Paul, has not taken a single one without pain. He has not had a single night’s sleep uninterrupted by long periods of difficult breathing or excruciating coughing. Despite this, he refused to give in to the pain and was determined to fly back to Washington last week to do his job. As we walked through the airport returning from D.C., he was shivering with a 102.5 fever, and the next morning his internist diagnosed pneumonia in…

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Maternal mortality is the shame of US health care

(CNN)There was a lot I didn’t know about pregnancy and childbirth before I went through it myself. Join us on Twitter and Facebook After ample time, my placenta was not budging. In an instant, the energy in the room turned. Something wasn’t going as it should be. The midwife eventually called for backup, someone took my baby from my arms, and there I was feeling vulnerable and confused. By the end of it, I hemorrhaged more than 800 mls of blood — almost two pints. But then, it was over.…

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Trump is doing to the Dreamers what was done to him

(CNN)To understand how President Donald Trump could rescind a program protecting nearly 800,000 undocumented immigrants, it helps to recognize two of his strongest traits. The first is his conviction, as he explained it to me in 2014, that “most people aren’t worthy of respect.” The second is his profound fear of his fellow human being — at least ones who don’t resemble him. The exclusionary exercise Trump enjoyed while firing people on TV reflected an approach to life he had taken since entering the family business. And in his insulated…

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12 things Trump should know about North Korea

(CNN)The escalating verbal exchange between the erratic, unpredictable and verbally excessive North Korean Supreme Leader Kim Jong Un and the erratic, unpredictable and verbally excessive US President Donald Trump is bringing the Korean peninsula deeper into a crisis the Trump administration appears to have no real strategy to solve. But if the Trump administration wants to effectively mitigate the North Korean threat, they will need to understand 12 key points: How to turn the screws on N. Korea Reaction to N. Korea can’t be nuclear Will Trump’s hardball tactics work?…

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

(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 in military service. Right now, only about 1% of the nation make that choice, and transgender troops are a part…

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

(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 leaving a bankrupt system unchallenged. Until Democrats display the strength to reject the system, they’ll continue to lose, and “A…

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What we need to learn from Linkin Park frontman’s death

(CNN)It’s a tragic day for the music industry. The lead singer of Linkin Park, Chester Bennington, was found dead in his Los Angeles home at 41. Sadly authorities were treating the case as a possible suicide. Eerily, Bennington died on what would’ve been his dear friend Chris Cornell’s 53rd birthday — the Soundgarden frontman hung himself on May 18, 2017. Both men are now part of a long, disturbing history of rock and roll and untimely death. Chester Bennington’s melodic but rugged voice helped spawn rock classics like “In the…

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O.J. Simpson hearing was not a slam dunk

(CNN)A Nevada parole board has granted O.J. Simpson parole after hearing the former NFL star (sort of) show remorse for his role in an armed robbery back in 2007. In fact, the four-member board unanimously voted to grant parole. Unlike her father, Simpson’s daughter performed well in speaking on his behalf. But the reality is that parole boards — like judges — hear those speeches from family members so often that they are usually numb to them. After all, these speeches are all pretty much the same. They’re some variation…

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Kid Rock, The Rock and our rocky future

(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. The Rock has been talking about this for some time now. One day we might see POTUS using his signature…

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

(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 appearances of male students don’t seem to affect their grades, female students who are perceived as unattractive get lower grades…

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