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Trump, the Saudis, and America’s disastrous ‘enemy of my enemy is my friend’ strategy

(CNN)“He’s a son of a bitch, but he’s our son of a bitch.” President Franklin Delano Roosevelt is said to have been talking about Nicaraguan dictator Anastasio Somoza. It was 1939, and you can imagine him, cigarette and martini in hand, making the case for realpolitik in a world hurtling toward world war. The alliance worked when it came to killing Hitler and his Third Reich. But then came the Yalta Conference and a too-casual carving up of the continent, which left Eastern Europe under Soviet-controlled tyranny for the next…

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Women are the future of the Democratic party

(CNN)In the lead-up to the midterm elections, a new CNN poll offers some good news for Democrats — thanks to women. In other words, any impending Democratic victory will likely be thanks to women. But we aren’t just voting. A record number of us are running for office this year. Female donors are giving more money than ever to midterm races. We are working on campaigns, door-knocking, fundraising, and showing up at marches and protests. Join us on Twitter and Facebook And finally, the Democratic Party needs to support women…

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Want to learn about consent? Ask a porn star

(CNN)Tasha Reign, a porn star, is exactly what American boys need right now. Join us on Twitter and Facebook If you don’t like the idea of Reign teaching your son about consensual sex, she gets it. But she urges parents- especially fathers — to drop the macho act and tell their sons it’s okay to ask a young woman questions in the heat of the moment. “Before each act, ask if it’s okay,” she told me. Put simply: Can I kiss you? Do you mind if I hug you? Do…

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GOPer: Six ways the media can regain lost credibility

(CNN)In the past few weeks, we’ve seen the editorial pages lock arms in organized opposition to President Donald Trump, the host of “Meet the Press,” Chuck Todd, call for a more aggressive approach to reporting, and The New York Times give precious space to an anonymous “insider” attack on the White House. 1. Focus on policies, not personalities Whatever the day, even during important hurricane coverage, much of the conversation still centers on Donald Trump. And Trump is particularly adept at ensuring the media reacts to his whims, rather than…

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The question Bob Woodward’s book doesn’t answer

(CNN)Bob Woodward’s “Fear: Trump in the White House” is a runaway hit. The book has captured many of the Washington headlines since parts of it leaked out last week, and on Tuesday, its first day on sale, it sold more than 750,000 copies. Why is this happening? The answers have less to do with the President than with everything that surrounds him. These are questions that demand the historian’s interest in context rather than the reporter’s thirst for detail. The questions need to start with the Republican Party, which has…

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Anonymous ‘resistance’ is weak tea compared with standing up to Nixon

(CNN)If Richard Nixon were alive today, he probably would not agree that “President Trump is facing a test to his presidency unlike any faced by a modern American leader.” Leading with this sentence, the anonymous “Steady State” op-ed that appeared in The New York Times this week followed that declaration with assuring, but also vague, examples of resistance inside the Trump administration that conflated concerns over some of the President’s policies with his affinity for authoritarianism. The figures who said no to President Richard Nixon, on the other hand, did…

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Spear phishing has become even more dangerous

(CNN)The continued prosecution of “all the President’s men” does little to stop the Russians from attempting to influence America’s upcoming midterm elections. And reports from Missouri to California suggest they are already looking for our cyber weaknesses to exploit. Just last week, Microsoft blocked six fake websites that were likely to be used by the same Russian intelligence unit responsible for the 2016 DNC hack to spear phish American targets. But the internet is vast and there are many more fundamental weaknesses still available to exploit. Take the URLs with…

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Europe needs a clean break from America on security

(CNN)It might at first look like a full-scale rebellion in Europe. He obviously sets no store in multilateralism or diplomacy, which has underpinned the certainties of the Atlantic alliance of the postwar decades until today. On Monday, French President Emmanuel Macron declared that Europe must stake out “strategic autonomy” on defense since the US has “turned its back” on its postwar partners. He confidently claimed that the EU intended to become a geopolitical heavyweight, which would amount to a “rebalancing of the world order.” Macron’s statements follow those of German…

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Watch out Trump, China is taking Africa from under your nose

(CNN)Look out Donald Trump, while you’re not watching, China is quietly stealing a continent from you. And India may not be far behind. President Trump has still not visited the continent and has not announced plans to do so. Why should we care? China and India care deeply. After all, Africa is home to Nigeria — poised to become the world’s third most populous country and all the challenges that poses in terms of more jobs for an increasingly youthful population, not to mention food and infrastructure. But it’s also…

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Rob Rogers’ firing is a frightening omen

(CNN)Every once in a great while, American readers experience a rare moment of collective awareness about editorial cartooning — in the aftermath of the Charlie Hebdo massacre in France and the Mohammed cartoon controversy in Denmark, for example, when the loss of life and violent demonstrations forced the world to take note. As with so many other outrages, America then usually goes back to sleep and pays little attention to the existential threat to editorial cartooning unfolding under their noses. I was actually the first one to comment — “That…

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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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