Make kindness a priority in politics

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(CNN)Kindness is not a term well recognized in 2019. Today, our government is overwhelmingly setting an example of contempt for differences, name calling, one-upmanship and a politicization of each other’s values. I am not surprised we just witnessed our longest shutdown in history. I am especially appalled by the positions of the Trump administration. They […]

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The one thing Trump gets right about Middle East policy

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(CNN)This week Donald Trump’s two senior foreign policy advisers –Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and national security adviser John Bolton — will be in the Middle East trying to explain US policy, particularly on Syria, while reassuring the Arabs and Israel that the US isn’t abandoning the region. It’s safe to say that the jumble […]

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America’s leaders make it too easy for spies to snoop on us

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(CNN)Every week, I offer a glimpse of the kind of intelligence assessments that are likely to come across the desk of the President of the United States, modeled on the President’s Daily Briefing, or PDB, which the director of national intelligence prepares for the President almost daily. Counterintelligence (CI) operations are nothing new, but we’re […]

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GM will never love us back

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(CNN)When I was a kid in Detroit, the neighborhood of Poletown was a thriving ethnic enclave of Polish restaurants, churches and recent immigrants. Then, something terribly wrong happened: Most of the neighborhood was destroyed in 1981 to build a new General Motors plant. The city helped the corporation by using eminent domain to seize and […]

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Trump’s Pittsburgh trip doesn’t calm the anger — and fear

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(CNN)Americans suffered through a terrible week of hate that won’t soon be forgotten. A psychologically disturbed supporter of President Donald Trump sent pipe bombs to a number of his top critics. Just days after the bombs began surfacing, a white man killed two African-Americans in a Kentucky grocery store after trying to enter a predominantly […]

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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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