The thing ‘SNL’ does to Trump

The thing ‘SNL’ does to Trump
(CNN)Trump's "locked and loaded" standoff with North Korea has Americans in high anxiety, hair-pulling among White House officials may be stalling his agenda, Robert Mueller's Russia campaign-interference probe appears to be heating up with the recent FBI raid of President Donald Trump's former campaign chairman Paul Manafort, and Trump faces the lowest-ever approval ratings for a president at this time in his first term.The first episode served as a reminder of the vital, cathartic role that "SNL" has played

Congressmen: Our bipartisan plan for health care

Congressmen: Our bipartisan plan for health care
(CNN)People are sick of politics and politicians. They have had it with the finger-pointing and blame games while the world is engulfed in chaos. We're freshman members of Congress from different political parties, but we know there is more that unites us than divides us. That's why we're part of the Problem Solvers Caucus: a group of more than 40 lawmakers, split evenly between Democrats and Republicans, committed to -- you guessed it -- solving problems.Join us on Twitter

Firing Mueller would be a catastrophic mistake

Firing Mueller would be a catastrophic mistake
(CNN)On October 20, 1973, President Richard Nixon executed the infamous "Saturday Night Massacre" in which Watergate special prosecutor Archibald Cox was fired and the special prosecutor's office was shut down.President Trump said Thursday that he hasn't given any thought to firing Robert Mueller, who is leading the Russia investigation that Trump has described as a "witch hunt."

‘Sex and the City’ star could run for NY governor

‘Sex and the City’ star could run for NY governor
(CNN)"Sex and the City" star Cynthia Nixon appears to be considering a run for governor of New York. On the "Today" show on Tuesday, she said she was being encouraged to throw her hat in the ring, but declined to say whether she would do so.Nixon has been a longtime political advocate, particularly on education issues, and served on Mayor Bill de Blasio's advisory board for the Mayor's Fund to Advance New York City. Many believe his biggest challenge

Randazza: Outrage over Google memo goes too far

Randazza: Outrage over Google memo goes too far
(CNN)Over the weekend, a Google employee wrote what has been described as a 10-page "manifesto against diversity." Boiling down 10 pages into a short column, and then commenting on it, is impossible.Cue the outrage and applause machines -- depending on which political tribe you belong to. Of course, the outrage machine is calling for him to be tracked down and fired. I take the opposite view, but not because I agree with him. In fact, I mostly disagree with

‘A Better Deal’ is more of the same from Dems

‘A Better Deal’ is more of the same from Dems
(CNN)Democrats would like voters to believe the party's slogan for its new economic agenda rolled out Monday, "A Better Deal," describes a program aimed at fighting for regular people -- even though it mostly rings like a sales pitch for a discounted item at a shopping mall. Worse, the specifics of the strategy are a path to more electoral failure, because "A Better Deal" embraces falsehoods about economic power while leaving a bankrupt system unchallenged.Until Democrats display the strength

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

I read about Bannon and Clinton so you don’t have to
(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 bestseller lists and monopolized the attention of the chattering classes since their releases. ("Shattered" was published in April; "Devil's Bargain" hit shelves this past

Kid Rock, The Rock and our rocky future

Kid Rock, The Rock and our rocky future
(CNN)It looks like these days everyone with a Wikipedia entry or a star on the Walk of Fame is thinking of running for public office. Another Rock -- former professional wrestler turned action star-hero "The Rock," Dwayne Johnson -- might be the person challenging President Donald Trump for re-election in 2020, assuming the President makes it that far. A campaign committee formally filed the papers to draft him for president. The Rock has been talking about this for some

How Trump’s ‘compliment’ to Brigitte Macron hurts America

How Trump’s ‘compliment’ to Brigitte Macron hurts America
(CNN)In a remarkably awkward farewell, President Donald Trump and French President Emmanuel Macron shook hands for 24 seconds before Trump left France Friday morning. But the way Trump bungled his arrival in the country yesterday was more troubling. "You're in such good shape," he said. "She's in such good physical shape. Beautiful." Women who are viewed as unattractive don't fare well in America. A recent study found that, while the appearances of male students don't seem to affect their

Fifty years after the riots that shook America, has anything changed?

Fifty years after the riots that shook America, has anything changed?
(CNN)On the hot summer night on of July 12, 1967, two white policemen in Newark, New Jersey, arrested an African-American cabdriver named John Smith for "tailgating" and driving in the wrong direction. The police also accused Smith of physical assault and using offensive language. Race relations had been growing more tense over the year as Newark Mayor Hugh Addonizio announced a series of decisions that had angered the African-American community. Violence later erupted in the city and in other

Why Russia-probe investigators are looking at anti-money laundering database

Why Russia-probe investigators are looking at anti-money laundering database
(CNN)It has been reported that the Senate and House Intelligence committees investigating possible ties between Trump campaign officials and the Russians have begun to receive access to financial data from the Treasury Department's Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN). It does this, in part, byThese reports come from more than 80,000 financial institutions and 500,000 individuals who maintain foreign bank accounts. FinCEN makes this information available to law enforcement and other government authorities for use in criminal, tax and regulatory

‘Hawaii Five-0’ Asian actors won’t be without projects for long

‘Hawaii Five-0’ Asian actors won’t be without projects for long
(CNN)It's been a little more than a week since word leaked that Daniel Dae Kim and Grace Park were leaving CBS's resilient hit "Hawaii Five-0," and pieces of the story behind the story have begun to fall into place. The picture that's emerging isn't pretty. Although, according to "Hawaii Five-0" showrunner Peter Lenkov, the raise in CBS's final offer to Kim and Park was "generous," money in Hollywood isn't just about money. It also reflects respect for an artist's

Gordon Brown and Shakira: G20 leaders agreed to education financing, now comes the harder part

Gordon Brown and Shakira: G20 leaders agreed to education financing, now comes the harder part
(CNN)If ours was a world where every child was in school and learning, then the two of us probably would have never met. But more than a decade ago, frustrated by education targets made by the international community set and missed, we came together to push back in a world where far too many children go without a quality education. It's up to all of us to make sure that children around the world have access to this essential

The helium shutoff — a side effect of the Qatar confrontation

The helium shutoff — a side effect of the Qatar confrontation
(CNN)The recent diplomatic dustup between Qatar and many other Gulf nations caused some nervousness for some of the world's most cutting edge scientists.While most people might think of helium as simply being the gas that is used for balloons at children's birthday parties, it is actually a critical ingredient for some of the highest technologies on Earth. Join us on Twitter and FacebookSo, what should we do to avert future crises like that posed by the Qatar blockade? The

What goes on in the mind of ‘trolls’

What goes on in the mind of ‘trolls’
(CNN)Here we are today, in Donald Trump's version of "modern day presidential": Random badly behaved men on the Internet suddenly find their juvenile online aliases thrust into the national spotlight, as "HanA**holeSolo" did this week when he conceded he had created the Trump v. CNN meme -- and it was further revealed that he was a regular purveyor of racist and anti-Semitic content on pro-Trump subreddits. Two of these anonymous men have shown up in my real life, off

White House chief usher: equal parts ringmaster, palace guard, and consigliere

White House chief usher: equal parts ringmaster, palace guard, and consigliere
(CNN)Traditionally, the chief usher of the White House hasn't been someone who comes and goes with each administration; it's a position that endures. The White House chief usher as a fixture of the institution is as American as apple pie.First lady Melania Trump recently announced that Timothy Harleth, who worked at the Trump International Hotel in Washington, will be the next White House chief usher. He joins a select group of men, and one woman, who've held the job.