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Jeb Bush must speak truth to GOP voters

by CNN // March 2, 2015 // Updated 23:20 GMT // 0 Comments

Of course, that could have been because expectations were so low. You remember “Bush Derangement Syndrome.” When George W. Bush was president, it afflicted liberals who thought the chief executive couldn’t do anything right. Now that Jeb might run for president in 2016, the condition vexes conservatives who believe that when it comes to choosing […]

On LAPD shooting, take a broader view

by CNN // March 2, 2015 // Updated 23:19 GMT // 0 Comments

Over the weekend, Los Angeles Police Department officers shot a man known as “Africa.” The killing was caught on video by bystanders as well as by currently un-released body-cam and surveillance cameras. There are ongoing protests and an official investigation into the shooting has been launched. Police Chief Charlie Beck came to the officers’ defense. […]

Did ‘SNL’ ISIS skit cross a line?

by CNN // March 2, 2015 // Updated 20:55 GMT // 0 Comments

It’s outrage time again. This time it’s over a “Saturday Night Live” commercial parody that aired over the weekend. The subject (take a deep breath and prepare to be shocked): ISIS. Yes, that barbaric terrorist group was ridiculed in a parody of a Toyota Camry commercial. The original Toyota ad depicted a father driving his […]

The complicated life — and tragic death — of Boris Nemtsov

by CNN // March 2, 2015 // Updated 12:59 GMT // 0 Comments

Boris Nemtsov, the Russian opposition leader slain Friday night a stone’s throw from the Kremlin, was a true original, one of the towering figures of his country’s post-communist political odyssey. We do not know yet who it was who shot him four times in the back. Various theories have been floated. But by far the […]

Bibi vs. Barack: It’s time for a truce

by CNN // March 2, 2015 // Updated 05:52 GMT // 0 Comments

The speech itself is a terrible mistake. Arranging it without prior consultation with the White House was not only an affront to Barack Obama but to the Presidency itself. One would have thought that after all the uproar, Netanyahu would have caught a “cold” and postponed, but now that he plans to go ahead, he […]

Has Netanyahu gone too far?

by CNN // March 2, 2015 // Updated 02:04 GMT // 0 Comments

Netanyahu is driven not only by his concerns about Iran’s nuclear threatthe topic of his addressbut also by domestic political considerations. Israel will hold its national elections just two weeks after his visit to Washington. Netanyahu is fighting for his political life as he faces a tougher than expected re-election campaign. He has been widely […]

Nemtsov killing: A chilling historical parallel?

by CNN // February 28, 2015 // Updated 21:32 GMT // 0 Comments

In Moscow on February 27, 2015, a lone gunman killed Boris Nemtsov, a former deputy prime minister and a powerful and charismatic opposition leader who stood as an alternative to Vladimir Putin. In Leningrad on December 1, 1934, a lone gunman killed Sergey Kirov, a powerful Bolshevik who stood as an alternative to Josef Stalin. […]

What Star Trek taught me

by CNN // February 28, 2015 // Updated 13:12 GMT // 0 Comments

All I have is a model communicator with a flip-lid that makes three different sound effects. And a Federation of Planets command badge. And the complete DVD set of the Star Trek animated series. And knowledge of every plot line of every episode of the original series. – Read CNNOpinion’s new Flipboard magazine. Follow us […]

Buzz Aldrin: Leonard Nimoy, my fellow space traveler

by CNN // February 28, 2015 // Updated 02:09 GMT // 0 Comments

Nimoy’s Mr. Spock in the original “Star Trek” television show, followed by the series of movies, proved to be a seminal, enduring and endearing character. While the late Neil Armstrong’s “one small step for man,” as we began our exploration of the Moon back in July 1969, is ageless, so, too, is Spock’s iconic “live […]

Buzz Aldrin: Leonard Nimoy, my fellow space traveler

by CNN // February 28, 2015 // Updated 02:09 GMT // 0 Comments

I was saddened to learn of the passing of Leonard Nimoy, a fellow space traveler because he helped make the journey into the final frontier accessible to us all. Nimoy’s Mr. Spock in the original “Star Trek” television show, followed by the series of movies, proved to be a seminal, enduring and endearing character. While […]

Time for grown-up debate on inequality

by CNN // February 28, 2015 // Updated 01:29 GMT // 0 Comments

Imagine an American billionaire who is so callous that he could fly into Davos, Switzerland, for the annual World Economic Conference and announce that “America’s lifestyle expectations are far too high and need to be adjusted so we have less things and a smaller, better existence.” Pretty outrageous, don’t you think? It gets worse. The […]

Time to face facts over extremism

by CNN // February 27, 2015 // Updated 22:18 GMT // 0 Comments

Our minds still try to resist the idea that someone is willing to kill another human being because of the words that he or she writes. Yet that is exactly what happened to Avijit Roy, an American citizen hacked to death by men brandishing knives and machetes during a trip to his native Bangladesh. Roy […]

Why blue/black/white/gold dress went viral

by CNN // February 27, 2015 // Updated 20:31 GMT // 0 Comments

There’s a simple reason why the dress debate and the rampaging llamas in Arizona have taken over our news feeds, our conversations and our lives this weekand it has more to do with cat videos than science. To put it simply, we’d rather debate something positive, like the dress, than ISIS and Department of Homeland […]

Nimoy is Spock, Spock is Nimoy

by CNN // February 27, 2015 // Updated 18:56 GMT // 0 Comments

Everybody on the planet knows that Gene Roddenberry created Mr. Spock, the laconic, imperturbable extra-terrestrial First Officer for the Starship Enterprise. But Mr. Spock doesn’t belong to Roddenberry, even though he is the grand exalted progenitor of everything that was, is, and forever will be “Star Trek.” Mr. Spock belongs to Leonard Nimoy, who died […]

‘Old guard’ civil rights groups blew it on net neutrality

by CNN // February 27, 2015 // Updated 13:50 GMT // 0 Comments

The Federal Communications Commission got it right on “net neutrality.” So did President Obama, who took a bold stand in favor of keeping the Internet free. So did leaders such as Reps. John Lewis, Keith Ellison and Maxine Waters, and the Rev. William Barber II, one of the architects of “Moral Mondays” protests and a […]

Pilot: What keeps you safe from terror hijackings

by CNN // February 26, 2015 // Updated 19:37 GMT // 0 Comments

Brooklyn? Who would have thought the latest terrorist threat would have origins in one of the oldest boroughs in New York? My mother grew up in Brooklyn. And the fact that her son is an airline pilot gives her pause for concern. Mention of the word “hijack” makes Mom shudder. Of course, she is not […]

Why ‘Jihadi John’ is so worrying

by CNN // February 26, 2015 // Updated 18:46 GMT // 0 Comments

The revelations Thursday over the identity of “Jihadi John”that he apparently grew up and was educated in Britain, and that he has a degree in computing from Westminster University in Londonhave left us with some profoundly troubling issues. It appears clear that security authorities have known for some time who he is, but kept this […]

What terrorists are really angry about

by CNN // February 26, 2015 // Updated 16:03 GMT // 0 Comments

But what we do know is that it has become common, even routine, to argue that there exists a process by which potential terrorists become “radicalized.” The concept, which has become something of a buzzword, suggests that the central motivation for terrorist violence is ideological. However, Islamist terrorists in the West have generally been set […]

Say no to guns on college campuses

by CNN // February 26, 2015 // Updated 13:54 GMT // 0 Comments

A bulletproof vest? The gun lobby is now pushing bills in state legislatures across the country that would allow guns onto college campuses. Here in Florida, they’re pushing a group of five bills that would force public colleges and universities to allow hidden, loaded guns on campus, and would even allow guns in K-12 schools. […]

What Bill O’Reilly owes America

by CNN // February 25, 2015 // Updated 22:58 GMT // 0 Comments

Fox News host Bill O’Reilly, grappling with accusations that he embellished and/or fabricated reports placing him at the center of dramatic news events, tipped his hand more than he realized by threatening one of the many journalists asking questions about the accuracy of his accounts. “I am coming after you with everything I have,” O’Reilly […]

Time to silence terrorists on social media

by CNN // February 25, 2015 // Updated 22:27 GMT // 0 Comments

Reports Wednesday that three men have been arrested over plans to travel from New York to join ISISand that one of them allegedly posted online about his desire to shoot the President of the United Statesis simply the latest reminder that terrorist groups and their sympathizers are exploiting the freedom of cyberspace. Earlier this month, […]

Why Obama did GOP a favor on Keystone veto

by CNN // February 25, 2015 // Updated 21:06 GMT // 0 Comments

When Barack Obama issued just the third veto of his presidency on Tuesday, of a bill allowing construction of the Keystone XL pipeline, Republicans were outraged, or at least pretended they were outraged. House Speaker John Boehner called it a “national embarrassment,” and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell promised a vote to override the veto, […]

Judicial hypocrisy on juvenile sentencing?

by CNN // February 25, 2015 // Updated 16:46 GMT // 0 Comments

As Wisconsin prepares to try two children as adults in an attempted murder case allegedly inspired by the mythical Slenderman, the prosecution of two preteens in adult court challenges our faith in the juvenile justice system. The entire juvenile justice system is premised upon one bedrock principle. It’s an immutable fact that our parents and […]

Don’t be soothed by Walmart pay hike

by CNN // February 25, 2015 // Updated 00:08 GMT // 0 Comments

Walmart, the nation’s largest private employer, announced last week that it will raise the wages of approximately 500,000 of its employees by lifting its base wage to $10 by 2016 for current workers (and to the same rate for new hires after six months training). It’s a step in the right direction, but not enough. […]

I’m 53. I’ll wear short shorts if I want

by CNN // February 25, 2015 // Updated 00:00 GMT // 0 Comments

So, please, fashion mags, clothing stores and Hollywood, stop with the “how to dress in your 20s, 30s, 40s and beyond” nonsense. J.Crew is the latest to inform me, that at my advanced age, short shorts are not for me. (And I thought legs were the last to go.) – Follow us on Twitter @CNNOpinion. […]

Ideology hurting homeland’s security

by CNN // February 24, 2015 // Updated 22:23 GMT // 0 Comments

Imagine that you lived in a country that every day had to stay vigilante because of the risk of terrorist attacksphysical or of the cyber variety. Or that has faced blizzards of historic proportions, with another winter storm on the way. And imagine if the people you were depending on to help you were expected […]

Why is FDA dropping ball on ‘superbug’?

by CNN // February 24, 2015 // Updated 18:36 GMT // 0 Comments

Last week, UCLA Medical Center notified 179 patients that it had potentially exposed them to a fearsome “superbug,” and urged them to get tested. The hospital accidentally infected seven people in procedures involving specialized endoscopes, called duodenoscopes, that proved difficult to thoroughly clean. Two of the people died. The “superbug” at issue — carbapenem-resistant Enterobacteriaceae, […]

U.S. should keep force as option for Ukraine

by CNN // February 24, 2015 // Updated 16:00 GMT // 0 Comments

If the United States wants to avoid the prospect of the violence spilling over into a broader conflict, it will need to keep the option of more direct involvementincluding the provision of armsfirmly on the table. Until recently, the White House has understandably been focused on countering the rise of the Islamic State of Iraq […]

Why drafting Elizabeth Warren is a plus

by CNN // February 24, 2015 // Updated 12:55 GMT // 0 Comments

I am not endorsing her as a candidate, at this point. But I am excited about the movement that is pushing her candidacy, unlike a whole bunch of Beltway types who have lined up to say how silly the whole notion is. Warren will not run, they cry — though a draft movement has convinced […]

Al-Shabaab looking for attention

by CNN // February 24, 2015 // Updated 00:37 GMT // 0 Comments

The Somali jihadi group Al-Shabaab grabbed headlines at the weekend when it released a video urging Muslims living in the United States, Britain and Canada to launch terrorist attacks against high-profile shopping mallsincluding the Mall of America in Minnesota. So, why the threat now? And how worried should we be? The answer to the first […]

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