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Andrew Yang: We’re undergoing the greatest economic transformation in our history

(CNN)I never thought I’d run for president. My parents were immigrants to this country — and leader of the free world was not on the list of careers presented to me as a skinny Asian kid growing up in upstate New York. But what happened to manufacturing workers will soon happen to retail workers, call center workers, fast food workers, truck drivers and others, as the next Industrial Revolution takes hold of our economy. Bain, a leading consulting firm, projects automation will disrupt jobs at about three times the rate…

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Julian Assange: Bond villain or cyber-messiah? It’s complicated

(CNN)Once upon a time the ethical debates around journalism were comparatively simple — beginning with the most basic question of all: Who is a journalist? He had been catapulted from the obscurity of a life dribbling out leaks that nobody much noticed, to publishing a flood of classified documents that went to the heart of America’s military and foreign policy operations — even playing a controversial, some say decisive, role in the 2016 US presidential election. From being a marginal figure invited to join panels at geeky tech conferences he…

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Trump just went there

(CNN)It was a week of extremes for President Trump. First he raised his arms in victory after his attorney general laid out his summary of the Mueller report Sunday — then he promptly sent his team to court to try to throw out the Affordable Care Act. Jill Filipovic saw an immoral decision that put ego and Trump’s desire to erase Barack Obama’s legacy first, and Americans’ lives second. “Make America Great Again? This administration wants to make us sick again,” observed Filipovic, “and it’s no exaggeration to say that…

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Why women should be required to register for the draft

(CNN)Today, registering for the draft has been reduced to a rite of passage for many young American men — a perfunctory civic duty with little meaning,since conscription ended more than40years ago. One might question why there is still a required registration, especially since volunteers have filled the ranks of our armed forces. But last month, a federal court in Texasruledthat themale-only registration requirement is unconstitutional. It would be a serious mistake to reinstate the combat exclusion rule as a way to protect women from the draft. Unfortunately, the Trump administration has…

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World stunned by explosion of hate

(CNN)The grieving began quickly after the mass murder of 49 worshipers at two mosques in New Zealand Friday, and so did the debate about what awfulness could lay behind such a catastrophe. Muslims were outraged, though unsurprised. “We run your convenience store, drive your cabs, feed you late-night food when you’ve had a drink or look after you when you’re ill. We serve our communities,” wrote British political commentator Ayesha Hazarika. “Yet we have become the victims of harassment, hatred and now terrorism.”  Dean Obeidallah noted that the news media have too long…

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Foreign Minister Zarif’s risky gamble wins the Iran deal more time

(CNN)Almost a week after Iran’s Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif submitted his resignation over Instagram, it’s become clear that Zarif made a high-risk gamble — and it paid off handsomely. Calculating that both the public and many in the political elite would rally behind him, his wager compelled key Iranian leaders to renew their confidence in him. The Shah tried to outmaneuver his premier. He accepted Mossadegh’s resignation and appointed Ahmad Ghavam as the new prime minister. Ghavam was an Iranian politician who favored a softer approach toward the British.…

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Sorry, Howard Schultz, you’re a billionaire

(CNN)Howard Schultz, former Starbucks CEO, billionaire and possible presidential candidate, doesn’t want to be called a billionaire. He wants you to call him a “person of means.” “The moniker ‘billionaire’ now has become the catchphrase,” said Schultz, who has an estimated net worth of $3.5 billion. “I would rephrase that and say that people of means have been able to leverage their wealth and their interest in ways that are unfair. And I think that speaks to the inequality, but it also speaks to the special interests that are paid…

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Historian: The case for Howard Schultz

(CNN)In the fall of 2016 Hillary Clinton called on Americans to unite behind her and defeat Donald Trump. It did not work. Similarly, in 1972 George McGovern asked Americans to come together and defeat Richard Nixon. That did not work either. But this historical accounting misses the point. Third-party figures did not play spoiler to particular candidates; they were reflections of the weaknesses of the main-party candidates from the start. In each of these elections the presumptive favorite benefited from incumbency as a sitting president (William Howard Taft and George…

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Trump’s unhappy anniversary

(CNN)Year Two of Donald Trump’s presidency ended Sunday, and a happy anniversary it was not. The President had the Clemson Tigers over for Big Macs at the White House (“massive amounts of Fast Food (I paid) … Great guys and big eaters”) and as the midpoint of his term approached, he remained there, grousing on Twitter. Meanwhile, at week’s end, 800,000 federal employees were still without paychecks in the longest government shutdown ever. ‘Please, please, please, put your differences aside’ “Everything about this is ridiculous,” wrote Andrew Robinson, a military…

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Cracks emerging in GOP ranks over shutdown’s toll

(CNN)Something has gone wrong in the past 48 hours with Mitch McConnell’s well-oiled Senate machine. Though the GOP majority leader eventually prevailed, 11 of his Republican colleagues stood on the Senate floor this week and voted to maintain sanctions on companies tied to Russian oligarch and President Vladimir Putin ally Oleg Deripaska, despite direct requests from the White House and McConnell. McConnell is a wily, unflappable, and determined Senate leader, and Democrats who underestimate him do so at their constant political peril, which is why the nervous muttering inside the…

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Karen and Mike Pence’s astonishing moral hypocrisy

(CNN)Karen Pence, the wife of America’s vice president, Mike Pence will be teaching art at a Christian school in Virginia that bans LGBTQ children and requires employees to declare their religious beliefs. Like a real-life setting for “The Handmaid’s Tale,” Immanuel Christian School insists applicants initial a pledge to “live a personal life of moral purity.” This language is disgusting and insults millions of taxpaying American citizens, many who have served their country. That it is acceptable to the wife of the man who is a heartbeat away from the…

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More populism, growing rifts and further instability ahead in 2019

(CNN)2019 will be the year of growing rifts. But be sure of one thing: Our old, comfortable order is going to change — and not in an incremental way that we can more or less handle. Stocks plunge on US-China trade tension 2018 has revealed his foreign policy to be a sham. Ahead of his meeting with Putin over the summer, Trump declared himself “a very stable genius.” But next to the Russian President, he looked like a serial loser. He failed to hold Putin to account in the attack…

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Flynn mystery: Sometimes the quiet one has the most to say

(CNN)When Michael Flynn goes into federal court on Tuesday to be sentenced, there will be little suspense but much mystery. It is all but certain that Judge Emmet Sullivan will not sentence Flynn to prison. But weighty questions — about Flynn’s motivation for lying to the FBI and his usefulness as a cooperating witness to special counsel Robert Mueller — will hang over the proceeding. In addition to the lenient sentencing guideline, Flynn’s attorneys argue in their sentencing memo for a no-jail sentence based primarily on Flynn’s lifetime of military…

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In Taiwan, the DPP’s loss is China’s gain and a setback for the US

Hong Kong (CNN)The major defeat for Taiwan’s ruling Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) in Saturday’s local elections has profound consequences for regional stability and great power politics. The defeat in Kaohsiung is particularly traumatizing for many DPP supporters, as it has been a DPP stronghold for over two decades. Indeed, the main support base for the DPP traditionally lies in southern Taiwan. Due to magnitude of the defeat, President Tsai Ing-wen resigned as chairwoman of the DPP. The DPP defeat reveals widespread dissatisfaction with the ruling party, and a major cause…

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Mohammed bin Salman’s global rehabilitation is underway

First, with baby steps as he visits the United Arab Emirates, his closest allies in the Gulf region. But his ambition, as ever, is huge and impetuous. His current tour is expected to take him to the G20 summit of the world’s most powerful leaders in Buenos Aires next week. President Donald Trump will also be there. Bin Salman’s strategy isn’t just about rehabilitating himself so he can one day be King; it is also about ensuring that his ambitious Vision 2030 to modernize Saudi Arabia can be fully realized.…

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