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WAVELAND, MS - SEPTEMBER 13:  Families walk to a Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) help center September 13, 2005 in Waveland, Mississippi. Thousands of residents of the Gulf Coast are still without electricity or access to basic amenities after Hurricane Katrina swept through the area about sixteen days ago.  (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)

Why Trump needs to appoint a pro to head FEMA

By Ben Smilowitz
Eleven years ago, the shameful response to Hurricane Katrina was dubbed a "failure of initiative." While managing relief sites along the Mississippi Gulf Coast, I saw how a country that was capable of "shock and awe" overseas failed to marshal and coordinate the awesome assets of this nation to help Americans during their darkest hours. The post-disaster autopsy pointed to many causes, including inept political appointees at the helm of agencies with life-saving responsibilities.
President-elect Donald Trump speaks to workers at Carrier air conditioning and heating on December 1, 2016 in Indianapolis, Indiana.

Robert Reich: Has Trump no decency?

By Robert B. Reich
Democracy requires freedom to criticize those in power without fear of retribution. Trump's lashing out in tweets at Carrier union boss and Boeing exec show a tendency that poses a danger to our democracy, says Robert Reich.
American astronaut John Glenn becomes the oldest person in space during the STS-95 mission on board the shuttle Discovery, 1998. (Photo by Space Frontiers/Getty Images)

John Glenn's second act

By Gene Seymour
Following the passing of John Glenn, Gene Seymour reflects on the astronaut-turned-politician's unusually generous and empathic disposition -- even toward his worst critics.
In the '70s, this sprawling period epic -- now considered one of the best films of all time -- was also the box-office king.

Is Trump the Godfather of trade?

By Luigi Zingales
Donald Trump's 'offer-you-can't-refuse' trade policies might work in the short term, writes Luigi Zingales, but the long-term effects could be disastrous.
John Glenn and his wife Annie, along with the crew of the recently completed Space Shuttle Discovery mission, parade up Broadway's 'Canyon of Heroes' in November 1998 as the crew were given a ticker tape parade.

John Glenn's true hero

By Bob Greene, CNN Contributor
For half a century, the world has applauded John Glenn as a heart-stirring American hero. He lifted the nation's spirits when, as one of the original Mercury 7 astronauts, he was blasted alone into orbit around the Earth; the enduring affection for him is so powerful that even now people find themselves misting up at the sight of his face or the sound of his voice.
A picture made October 14, 2011 shows the Capitol Building in Pennsylvania's capital Harrisburg.

When they go low, we go local

By Eric Schneiderman
The road to a resurgent Democratic Party runs through Harrisburg, Madison, Columbus, and Tallahassee, says New York's Attorney General Eric Schneiderman.
US President-elect Donald Trump speaks at the Crown Coliseum in Fayetteville, North Carolina on December 6, 2016 during his USA Thank You Tour.

When Trump attacks

By Frida Ghitis
Frida Ghitis says the heavy handed responses by the president-elect to a union chief and the CEO of Boeing shows the risks involved in disagreeing with Trump
US President Barack Obama shakes hands as he meets with Republican President-elect Donald Trump on transition planning in the Oval Office at the White House on November 10, 2016 in Washington,DC.  / AFP / JIM WATSON        (Photo credit should read JIM WATSON/AFP/Getty Images)

Why Trump and Obama are phone buddies

By Tim Naftali
The modern transition process has potential to be fraught--but with cordial ties, Obama may see opportunity to preserve legacy; Trump make inroads with African Americans.

An investment that's a safer bet than Social Security

By Kent Smetters
Wharton professor Kent Smetters says there's one financial bet people should make before the end of the year: buy I-Bonds, which protect you against inflation, are backed by the full faith and credit of the US and don't carry the heavy fees of many annuities sold by financial advisors.
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How to stand up against hate

By Emily May and Kio Stark
It isn't easy, write Emily May and Kio Stark, but being a better bystander can change the world. The key is knowing that you have options and using them.
Police secure the scene near Comet Ping Pong in Washington, Sunday, Dec. 4, 2016. A man who said he was investigating a conspiracy theory about Hillary Clinton running a child sex ring out of the pizza place fired an assault rifle inside the restaurant on Sunday injuring no one, police and news reports said. (Photo by Sarah L. Voisin/The Washington Post via AP)

Fake news is domestic terrorism

By Cedric L. Alexander
Pizzagate shooting shows irresponsible sharing of fake news can have the same effects as ISIS: using the internet to erode national allegiances, says Cedric L. Alexander.
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Challenge white supremacist on campus

By John McWhorter
It's important that Texas A&M is rejecting Richard Spencer's racism, writes John McWhorter, but it would be even better if they challenged his ideas directly.
This still, released by the family of Walter Scott, appears to show North Charleston, South Carolina police officer Michael Slager shooting Scott in the back as he ran away from the officer. The incident took place Saturday, April 4, 2015.

Double jeopardy won't protect Michael Slager

By Danny Cevallos, CNN Legal Analyst
Danny Cevallos writes that double jeopardy will not save Michael Slager, the former Charleston police officer accused of murdering Walter Scott, from at least two additional trials -- one state and one federal.

What Trump is telling company bosses

By James Pethokoukis
Donald Trump's direct interference in and tax threats against individual companies sets a dangerous -- and costly -- precedent, writes AEI's James Pethokoukis.

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