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    Why Trump is still winning

    (CNN)This is the real battle going on in DC today: not Democrats vs. Republicans but President Donald Trump vs. establishment Republicans. Trump is trampling upon every taboo and sensitivity that liberalism has erected in the last 50 years, and Republican leaders have learned to get by in that uptight habitat. How can this guy still […] More

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    Why we can’t stop watching Donald Trump

    (CNN)When Americans gathered at the Thanksgiving dinner table this year, there was one person who was almost on everyone’s mind — President Donald Trump. Some families dove deep into debates about our President, while others depended on strict rules against any mention of politics. Unlike almost any other president in recent history, Trump has consumed […] More

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    Why the Matt Lauer case feels like betrayal

    (CNN)Savannah Guthrie of NBC’s “Today” show reported the breaking news this morning of the network’s sudden firing of her long-time colleague Matt Lauer. NBC News had received and investigated a report of “inappropriate sexual behavior in the workplace,” and in her reaction, she was simultaneously utterly professional and unavoidably human. “As I’m sure you can […] More

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    Louis C.K. never asked us to admire him

    (CNN)Fitfully conscious, on his deathbed in 2005, Nobel laureate Saul Bellow turned to his friend Eugene Goodheart and inquired: “Was I a man or was I jerk?” His seeming concern for whether he would be best remembered for his art or his life was well-founded. He had a Nobel, a Pulitzer and three National Book […] More

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    America is seduced by ‘leadership bling’ and lacks true leaders

    (CNN)Only a little more than 10 months into Donald Trump’s tenure, a significant majority of America’s citizenry view their 45th president as a kind of anti-leader, encouraging the worst elements at home to commit bad actions, undermining his own diplomats, ham-fistedly comforting bereaved service widows, downplaying his staffers’ Russian connections, and sowing discord and instability […] More

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    The place where the Cold War never ended

    (CNN)For all the debate over whether cooling US-Russia ties constitute a new Cold War, President Trump’s current five-nation, 13-day marathon of a trip should already have made something clear: In one part of the world, at least, the Cold War never really ended. Indeed, looking back, from a Japanese perspective, one of the most bewildering […] More

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    Kevin Spacey chose to engage an old and toxic myth

    (CNN)The President of the United States is enmeshed in scandal this week. So is Kevin Spacey. It feels a characteristic irony of 2017 that even as a real-life President fights allegations that could remove him from office, our most notorious fictional President is removed from the air. Netflix announced on Wednesday that “House of Cards,” […] More

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    How America has silently accepted the rage of white men

    (CNN)In the wake of one of the worst massacres in modern American history, our government’s highest leaders will be silent about why things like this keep happening. “Warmest condolences” will be tweeted to families of those who lost their lives, minutes of mourning will pass and murmurs of mental health issues and lone-wolf actors will […] More

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    Don’t make babies rely on breast milk in war zones

    (CNN)As they sought to help those escaping the hell of Mosul and its siege, the staff of Doctors Without Borders grappled with a huge challenge: many, many undernourished babies. The surprising thing is that Lannaud and his colleagues at the humanitarian aid group didn’t place the blame for these underfed little ones just on war […] More

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