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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Trump’s transgender tweets are an affront to the all-volunteer military

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(CNN)There is a lot to dislike about President Donald Trump’s decision this morning to reinstate the ban on transgender service. As long as they swear the oath to defend our ideas, meet the professional standards, complete the training and thereafter serve with honor, they have the privilege of defending our country. It’s led to a […]

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I read about Bannon and Clinton so you don’t have to

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(CNN)“Devil’s Bargain” — Bloomberg Businessweek reporter Joshua Green’s in-depth exploration of the mind and machinations of former Breitbart News boss and Trump chief strategist Steve Bannon — and “Shattered” — a painstaking account of Hillary Clinton’s unsuccessful campaign by Jonathan Allen, also of Bloomberg, and Amie Parnes of The Hill — have both climbed the […]

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