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George Takei: I hear terrible echoes of the past

By George Takei
On the 75th anniversary of the order that led to the internment of 120,000 Japanese-Americans, George Takei warns that Trump policies targeting Muslims and immigrants risk ignoring a painful lesson from America's past.
Blind Sheikh Omar Abdel Rahman sits and prays inside an iron cage at the opening of court session in August 1989 in Cairo. Abdel-Rahman, the spiritual leader of Egypt's fundamentalist group Jamaa Islamiyya, was jailed for life in January 1996 for his role in terrorist attacks, including blowing up the World Trade Center in New York in February 1993 and an assassination bid against Egyptian President Mubarak.

The cleric who altered the course of modern history

By Peter Bergen, CNN National Security Analyst
Omar Abdel-Rahman, the Egyptian cleric who died in an American prison on Saturday, was also the spiritual guide and inspiration behind the 9/11 attacks, writes Peter Bergen.
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President Donald Trump introduces Gene Huber on stage to speak during a campaign rally at the AeroMod International hangar at Orlando Melbourne International Airport on February 18, 2017 in Melbourne, Florida. President Trump is holding his rally as he continues to try to push his agenda through in Washington, DC.

Donald Trump and the psychology of blame

By Robert Klitzman
People want simple and quick answers to help make sense of a confusing reality, writes Robert Klitzman. Donald Trump has given many that easy narrative.
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President-elect Donald Trump (L) stands with Trump National Security Adviser Lt. General Michael  Flynn (R) at Mar-a-Lago in Palm Beach, Florida, where he is holding meetings on December 21, 2016.

Russiagate: What kind of scandal?

By Julian Zelizer
Julian Zelizer says some Washington scandals have fizzled while others have resulted in big change. It's too early to tell where this one will wind up, he says.
WASHINGTON, DC - FEBRUARY 16:  U.S. President Donald Trump calls on a reporter during a news conference announcing Alexander Acosta as the new Labor Secretary nominee in the East Room at the White House on February 16, 2017 in Washington, DC. The announcement comes a day after Andrew Puzder withdrew his nomination.  (Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images)

Why Trump wants you to hate the media

By Frida Ghitis
While trust in the media overall is low, audiences do have significant levels of trust in the media outlets Trump is attacking, Frida Ghitis writes
A man walks to use a voting booth March 1, 2016, at one of the Virginia primary election polling stations at Colin Powell Elementary School, in Centreville, Virginia.
Voters in a dozen states will take part in "Super Tuesday" -- a series of primaries and caucuses in states ranging from Alaska to Virginia, with Virginia the first to open its polling stations at 6:00 am (1100 GMT).  / AFP / PAUL J. RICHARDS        (Photo credit should read PAUL J. RICHARDS/AFP/Getty Images)

To safeguard voting rights, go local

By Joshua A. Douglas
As recently as Thursday's press conference, President Donald Trump continued to peddle falsehoods about his electoral win. It came after a weekend when one of his top aides, Stephen Miller, brazenly claimed that Democrats sent busloads of voters from Massachusetts into New Hampshire, preventing Trump and fellow Republican Kelly Ayotte from winning the state.

Trump's performance fuels worry about his presidency

By Julian Zelizer
His thin skin. His inability to separate fact from fiction. His continuing focus on his election victory margin. His failure to push policy along. All of these are reasons for people to think this still-young presidency is off the rails, writes Julian Zelizer
U.S. President Donald Trump speaks during a news conference announcing Alexander Acosta as the new Labor Secretary nominee in the East Room at the White House on February 16, 2017 in Washington, DC.

Trump voters applaud press conference

By Kayleigh McEnany
While the establishment politicians and the left scoff at President Trump's Thursday press conference, Trump voters celebrate a victorious display of confidence. After a week of rampant speculation about selective leaks from the intelligence community, Trump boldly took to the East Room podium to address a room full of inquisitive journalists.
U.S. Attorney R. Alexander Acosta talks to reporters during a news conference in Miami, Wednesday, Sept. 17, 2008. Acosta announced eight people and eight corporations have been charged with illegally exporting to Iran electronic parts that have military uses, including microchips that have been found in Improvised Explosive Devices in Iraq. (AP photo/Alan Diaz)

Why would Acosta join the Trump team?

By Raul A. Reyes
On Thursday, President Donald Trump held a bizarre news conference in which he railed against the media, Senate Democrats, and the intelligence community. He insisted his former national security adviser, Michael T. Flynn, had done nothing wrong. He falsely asserted that he had "the biggest electoral college win since Ronald Reagan." Oh, and he named his new nominee for secretary of labor, Alexander Acosta. That was supposedly his reason for holding the press conference, yet it took only a few sentences out of about 80 minutes.

Combat troops to Syria? Not so fast

By Mark Hertling
Retired Lt. Gen. Mark Hertling says reports of a presidentially-directed review to step up campaign against ISIS don't signal anything close to a done deal, more like part of military planners' complex exploration of many options.
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The Cold War returns to the high seas

By James Holmes
By placing a Russian surveillance vessel off the East Coast of the United States, Vladimir Putin is flexing his muscles and reminding the US that it doesn't have a monopoly on the high seas, writes James Holmes.
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The irony of Trump whining about leaks

By Paul Begala
There is some poetic justice in seeing the man who was made President because of leaks potentially hobbled by ones that may legitimately reveal wrongdoing, writes Paul Begala.
President Donald Trump and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu participate in a joint news conference in the East Room of the White House in Washington, Wednesday, Feb. 15, 2017. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

Is the two-state solution dead?

By Aaron David Miller
Aaron David Miller writes that President Trump has added a layer of uncertainty to the future of Israeli-Palestinian relations by opening the door to endorsing an ill-defined one-state solution.

Courts, let the cameras in

By Stephanie S. Abrutyn
Courts, including the US Supreme Court, should allow cameras inside so the public can better understand legal proceedings and maintain confidence in the judiciary, writes Stephanie S. Abrutyn.
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Can SNL topple the Trump administration?

By Dean Obeidallah
Alec Baldwin's highly anticipated episode wasn't wall-to-wall Trump; Melissa McCarthy's Sean Spicer and Kate McKinnon's Kellyanne Conway show that SNL is also has key Trump staffers in its sights.
WASHINGTON, DC - FEBRUARY 01:  National Security Adviser Michael Flynn answers questions in the briefing room of the White House February 1, 2017 in Washington, DC. Flynn said the White House is "officially putting Iran on notice" for a recent missile test and support for Houthi rebels in Yemen.  (Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images)

Flynn's talks with Russian ambassador point to larger problem

By Frida Ghitis
Frida Ghitis writes that new revelations revive questions of whether Trump's administration colluded with the Kremlin in its campaign to interfere with the US election, and whether Trump's decisions on Russia are guided by anything other than America's best interests.

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