Midterms looked horrible for GOP. Then Kavanaugh happened

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(CNN)Hurricane Florence reminded Americans of something that we in coastal areas know all too well — the impact and depth of natural disasters are unpredictable. Some people are lucky enough to ride out the storm. For others, underestimating it is a dangerous mistake. Join us on Twitter and Facebook Any objective analysis shows that Senate […]

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Why counting calories in a restaurant could be dangerous

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London (CNN)This week, draft legislation seen by the Daily Telegraph and the BBC shows UK government plans to force restaurants, cafes, and other food outlets to show calorie content alongside all menu items. If parents are already struggling to feed children for optimal health, the focus on calories could throw them further off track. Willpower […]

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Kofi Annan protected us from our worst instincts

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(CNN)In every generation we depend on a few people of supreme decency and intelligence to hold the world together. In Jewish tradition, there are at all times 36 tzadikim, righteous people, without whom the world would perish. Kofi Annan was one of the righteous people, a man of extraordinary intelligence, decency, warmth and joy of […]

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Trouble still ahead for GOP — even with a growing economy

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(CNN)President Donald Trump has come to the end of another difficult political week for himself and the Republican party. How can this be? Historically, midterms have often gone poorly for the party of the president irrespective of economic conditions. In 1966, the economy was very strong but President Lyndon Johnson’s Democrats saw the size of […]

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This daring rescue shows international cooperation isn’t dead after all

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(CNN)In the dead of night and with help from countries including the United States, Canada, Jordan, Israel and the United Kingdom, the rescuers got rescued themselves. Almost immediately, the Syrian regime and its Russian backers criticized the operation. And the White Helmets. Indeed, the extraction of more than 400 Syrian Civil Defense members — known […]

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The stark reminder in Kate Spade’s bewildering death

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(CNN)Fashion designer Kate Spade’s death by apparent suicide, discovered Tuesday by a housekeeper, has hit a tender nerve, particularly in New York. On Tuesday I saw media crews and onlookers surrounding her apartment building; and on Twitter, there was a steady, sad hum of wonder and lament — equal parts women recalling their first Kate […]

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Trump’s ‘Blue Apron’-type plan is crumbs to the poor

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(CNN)According to the Trump administration, the poor could really use a meal-kit service like Blue Apron. In theory… sure! Easier access to more nutritious food is a great idea, and could be part of a broader social service package aimed at reducing poverty and improving health. It proposes slashing Medicaid, federal housing subsidies, health insurance, […]

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US options on North Korea: It’s a choice between bad and worse

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(CNN)So, it has finally happened. This means it is time to start taking the North Korean problem seriously. The public will demand from the politicians “to do something,” but the sad truth is that options are highly limited. North Korea fired a second long-range, intercontinental ballistic missile on Friday Experts believe if the projectile had […]

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