• WASHINGTON, DC - MARCH 25: (AFP OUT) US President Donald J. Trump listens to remarks from Prime Minister of Israel Benjamin Netanyahu (unseen), before signing an order recognizing Golan Heights as Israeli territory, in the Diplomatic Reception Room of the White House Trump signed an order recognizing Golan Heights as Israeli territory.Netanyahu is cutting short his visit to Washington due to a rocket attack in central Israel that had injured seven people. (Photo by Michael Reynolds - Pool/Getty Images)

    President Trump needs to learn how to pick his battles

    By Samantha Vinograd
    Samantha Vinograd writes that President Donald Trump's warmongering may have fatal consequences -- particularly since his national security team seems ill-equipped to prioritize and develop coherent strategies.
  • Rep. Justin Amash, R-Mich., walks up the House steps for a vote in the Capitol on Thursday, May 9, 2019.

    Justin Amash's impeachment call puts the Constitution ahead of Trump

    By Dean Obeidallah
    Finally, a deeply conservative member of Congress, Rep. Justin Amash of Michigan, has put the US Constitution before partisan loyalty to President Donald Trump. The question is -- will this inspire other Republicans to do the same, or will they continue to defend Trump against any claims of wrongdoing arising from Robert Mueller's investigation? If social media is any indication, it's likely they will do the latter -- at least for now.
  • MONTGOMERY, AL - MAY 15: The Alabama State Capitol stands on May 15, 2019 in Montgomery, Alabama. Today Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey signed a near-total ban on abortion into state law. (Photo by Julie Bennett/Getty Images)

    Alabama abortion law holds state's tangled history up to the light

    by Diane McWhorter
    Some years ago, with the Confederate flag in vogue on state license tags, civic boosters in Alabama's high-tech mecca of Huntsville came up with a more dignified vanity-plate statement -- "First to the Moon," in honor of the Saturn V rocket invented there. (True, the inventors were German, Hitler's missile engineers brought to the United States after the war, but their celebrity leader Wernher von Braun liked to say, "You can see I speak with an accent -- that's because I come from Ahlahbahma.")
  • U.S. President Donald Trump speaks about immigration reform in the Rose Garden of the White House on May 16, 2019 in Washington, DC.

    The law is clear: Congress should get Trump's tax returns

    By Michael Zeldin and David Axelrod, CNN
    The power of Congress to investigate and obtain documents to carry out its legislative powers and oversight of the executive branch is well established. The Supreme Court has long recognized that Congress' authority to obtain information necessary to conduct oversight and investigations is necessarily broad. In 1975, Chief Justice Warren Burger, reaffirmed that "'the scope of [Congress's] power of inquiry . . . is as penetrating and far-reaching as the potential power to enact and appropriate under the Constitution'" and that, ancillary to Congress's oversight and investigative authority, the "[i]ssuance of subpoenas . . . has long been held to be a legitimate use by Congress of its power to investigate."
  • DES MOINES, IA - FEBRUARY 24: New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio speaks at an event hosted by the Asian and Latino Coalition at the Machinist Hall on February 24, 2019 in Des Moines, Iowa. While de Blasio has not announced a campaign for the 2020 Democratic ticket, he spoke at a variety of events in Iowa over the weekend. (Photo by Stephen Maturen/Getty Images)

    Trump has de Blasio pegged just right

    By Arick Wierson
    On Thursday, Bill de Blasio, the mayor of New York, became the newest addition to the already overcrowded field of Democratic candidates vying for the chance to take back the White House from Donald Trump in 2020.
  • WASHINGTON, DC - APRIL 04: U.S. President Donald Trump makes remarks during a meeting of the White House Opportunity and Revitalization Council in the Cabinet Room at the White House April 04, 2019 in Washington, DC. The council was formed to carry out the Trump administration's plan "to encourage public and private investment in urban and economically distressed areas, including qualified opportunity zones," according to the White House. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

    4 ways Trump is trying to be king

    By Julian Zelizer, CNN Political Analyst
    We have seen four major precedents that Donald Trump is setting into place that could have enormous long-term consequences on the institution, Julian Zelizer says.
  • WASHINGTON, DC - JUNE 25: Abortion opponents hold signs in front of the U.S. Supreme Court on June 25, 2018 in Washington, DC. The high court is expected to issue decisions in six remaining cases, including the travel ban, public sector unions and redistricting, ahead of their end-of-June deadline this week.  (Photo by Zach Gibson/Getty Images)

    Alabama's abortion law addresses an urgent human rights issue

    By Carrie Sheffield
    If we believe human life is infinitely valuable, then how a pregnancy begins, even through rape or incest, is irrelevant. A preborn human life is at stake, writes Carrie Sheffield. The Alabama law allows exceptions for when the mother's life is at stak--but what it doesn not allow are abortions motivated by inconvenience, sexual carelessness, financial calculations or worse.
  • MIAMI, FL - OCTOBER 02:  Airport workers protest at Miami International Airport as they call for fair wages, union rights, paid sick leave, and safe workplaces on October 2, 2018 in Miami, Florida. The event was held by the Miami Airport Coalition (MAC), a coalition of unions representing over 10,000 airport workers.  (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

    A tried and true way to fix inequality in America

    By Steven Greenhouse
    Corporate efforts to gut unions--like a recent attempt by Delta to persuade workers not to unionize--has led to their decline, fueling income inequality, stalled wage growth, and economic mobility, writes Steven Greenhouse. But unions bring those with high school degree into the middle class, raise up communities, schools, and increase wages--for nonunion workers too.
  • Heartbreaking photos show Trump's failures on immigration

    By Raul A. Reyes
    The photos, obtained by CNN, could have been taken at a refugee camp in the Third World. Children sleep in the dirt, some covered only by Mylar blankets. A woman and child sit on rocks, huddled against a building. People mill about outside makeshift tents.
  • MIAMI, FLORIDA - FEBRUARY 18:  National Security Adviser John Bolton speaks to the media before the arrival of President Donald Trump during a rally at Florida International University  on February 18, 2019 in Miami, Florida. President Trump is scheduled to speak about  the ongoing crisis in Venezuela. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

    John Bolton is Donald Trump's war whisperer

    By Peter Bergen, CNN National Security Analyst
    John Bolton, President Trump's national security advisor, seemingly hasn't met a war he doesn't love. His enthusiasm for the muscular use of the military seems out of place in the administration of a President who repeatedly has questioned and sought to end America's wars in the Middle East, writes Peter Bergen.
  • Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump gives a double thumbs-up on day three of the Republican National Convention at the Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland, Ohio on July 20, 2016.

 / AFP PHOTO / DOMINICK REUTER        (Photo credit should read DOMINICK REUTER/AFP/Getty Images)

    The Midwest state where Democrats should give up already

    By Scott Jennings
    Not so long ago, the state of Ohio could expect a quadrennial invasion: campaign staffers by the thousands, TV ads and robocalls by the millions would descend as Democrats and Republicans furiously competed for the Buckeye State's 18 electoral votes.
  • Trump aide: How we're aiming to stop surprise medical bills

    By Joe Grogan
    At the White House on Thursday, President Donald Trump announced his principles to solve a huge problem facing our healthcare system: surprise medical bills. Present at the event were victims of outrageously large, surprise bills and their family members.
  • US President Donald J. Trump (L) shakes hands with Chief Justice John Roberts (R) as he arrives to deliver his first address to a joint session of Congress from the floor of the House of Representatives in Washington, DC, USA, 28 February 2017.   / AFP / POOL / JIM LO SCALZO        (Photo credit should read JIM LO SCALZO/AFP/Getty Images)

    Chief Justice John Roberts is under tremendous pressure

    By Elizabeth Wydra
    The chief justice is facing a choice between letting the court support a lawless Republican administration or trying to achieve his goal of keeping the court from appearing too partisan to most Americans.
  • LAS VEGAS, NEVADA - APRIL 27:  Democratic presidential candidate U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) speaks at the National Forum on Wages and Working People: Creating an Economy That Works for All at Enclave on April 27, 2019 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Six of the 2020 Democratic presidential candidates are attending the forum, held by the Service Employees International Union and the Center for American Progress Action Fund, to share their economic policies.  (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)

    Elizabeth Warren: Americans don't need cliché financial advice. They just need to be paid more

    By Elizabeth Warren for CNN Business Perspectives
    Chase Bank fired off a tweet last week staging a hypothetical conversation between one of its customers and her bank account. The customer asks why her account balance is low, and the bank tells her not to go out for food or coffee when she can make it at home instead, or to spend money on a cab when she can just walk. The customer pretends not to listen. "I guess we'll never know," she says, brushing off her low balance and the bank's "advice" on how to manage her money.
  • WASHINGTON, DC - MAY 03: U.S. President Donald Trump talks to reporters while hosting Slovak Republic Prime Minister Peter Pellegrini in the Oval Office at the White House May 03, 2019 in Washington, DC. Pellegrini's visit is part of the Trump Administration's larger diplomatic  attempt to compete with Moscow and Beijing in Central Europe.  (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

    Finally Congress is fighting back vs. Trump. And the stakes couldn't be higher

    By Elie Honig
    Our system of checks and balances is out of balance. Over the past several months, President Donald Trump and the White House have taken a blunt -- but thus far effective -- tack in response to efforts by Congress to exercise its core constitutional oversight authority: You'll get nothing, and you'll like it.
  • NEW YORK, UNITED STATES - 1989:  Real estate tycoon Donald Trump poised in Trump Tower atrium.  (Photo by Ted Thai/The LIFE Picture Collection/Getty Images)

    The Trump revelation we've been waiting for: The emperor had no dough

    By Michael D'Antonio
    As critics scoop up the facts reported by The New York Times regarding Donald Trump's tax returns in the '80s and '90s, showing the President's monumental debt, the most profound reaction is almost certainly occurring inside Trump's psyche, Michael D'Antonio says.
  • WASHINGTON, DC - MAY 08: House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerrold Nadler (D-NY) (C) presides over a mark-up hearing during which the committee will vote on whether to hold Attorney General William Barr in contempt of Congress for not providing an un-redacted copy of special prosecutor Robert Mueller's report in the Rayburn House Office Building on Capitol Hill May 08, 2019 in Washington, DC. Just before Wednesday's hearing President Donald Trump announced that he will invoke executive privilege over all the materials Nadler subpoenaed, including the Mueller report and its underlying evidence. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

    Trump-Congress confrontation goes to Defcon 1

    By Julian Zelizer, CNN Political Analyst
    Julian Zelizer writes that House Judiciary Chairman Jerrold Nadler is surely right to declare that we're in the midst of a constitutional crisis. Unless one side blinks, it will be up to the courts, or perhaps the 2020 election, to resolve it.
  • Former Vogue special event planner Stephanie Winston Wolkoff stops for a photo in front of the media at Trump Tower in New York on December 5, 2016. 
Wolkoff reportedly will be working on the inauguration of US President-elect Donald Trump. / AFP / Kena Betancur        (Photo credit should read KENA BETANCUR/AFP/Getty Images)

    If you work for Trump, expect to be 'thrown under bus'

    By Jill Filipovic
    Boohoo, writes Jill Filipovic. It's hard to be moved by Stephanie Winston Wolkoff's objection to suggestions that she profited excessively from the Trump inaugural and was forced out of her job as a result. She voluntarily worked for a notoriously disloyal and self-dealing family, and turned a blind eye for personal gain, she writes.
  • US Congressman Steve Cohen, Democrat of Tennessee, eats chicken as during a hearing before the House Judiciary Committee on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC, on May 2, 2019. - US Attorney General Bill Barr refused to testify before the committee hearing on his handling of the Mueller report, setting up a showdown that could see Democrats take legal steps to compel his appearance. (JIM WATSON/AFP/Getty Images)

    Rep. Steve Cohen's KFC stunt wasn't finger-lickin' good

    Steve Cohen turned up to Thursday's House Judiciary Committee hearing intent on mocking absent Attorney General William Barr by enjoying a helping of Colonel Sanders' finest. The stunt got attention -- but Barr's absence from the hearing should instead have been treated as a serious issue, writes Douglas Heye.
  • SOUTH SAN FRANCISCO, CA - JANUARY 23:  Jeremy Wong blows vapor from an e-cigarette at The Vaping Buddha on January 23, 2018 in South San Francisco, California. According to a 600 page report by the National Academy of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine, vaping was found to be far less hazardous than smoking.  (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

    Senators: Raise the legal tobacco age to 21

    By Brian Schatz and Todd Young
    Senators Brian Schatz and Todd Young write about how their bipartisan bill, the Tobacco to 21 Act, aims to reduce the number of students using tobacco products.
  • Charlottesville wasn't about Robert E. Lee, Mr. President. It was about racism

    After Joe Biden invoked Charlottesville in kicking off his 2020 bid for the presidency, President Trump doubled down on his notorious "both sides" comments made after the violence. Trump's new claims that he was talking about approaches to Robert E. Lee doesn't hold up, argues historian Nicole Hemmer. She explains why.
  • Clinton's impeachment offers no lesson on Trump. But there's a case that does

    By Joe Lockhart
    There is a debate raging in Washington about the politics of investigations. Some argue the Democrats should aggressively pursue all avenues to hold President Donald Trump accountable for his actions -- including, for example, holding Attorney General William Barr in contempt of Congress for refusing to testify before the House Judiciary Committee. Many even advocate opening up impeachment hearings to further investigate Trump's actions. Others warn that the Democrats can go too far in investigating Trump and could experience a backlash from voters. All sides cite evidence from the impeachment process against President Bill Clinton two decades ago to support their arguments.
  • US Attorney General William Barr testifies before the Senate Judiciary Committee on "The Justice Department's Investigation of Russian Interference with the 2016 Presidential Election" on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC, on May 1,2019. (Photo by Nicholas Kamm / AFP)        (Photo credit should read NICHOLAS KAMM/AFP/Getty Images)

    William Barr gave a pathetic performance

    By Elie Honig
    Attorney General William Barr's Senate testimony on Wednesday was a master class in obfuscation, backtracking and blame-shifting. This performance would've been pathetic coming from an ordinary witness -- never mind from the chief law enforcement officer of the United States.
  • Two hugely revealing letters from Rosenstein and Mueller

    By Shanlon Wu
    Shanlon Wu says that Rod Rosenstein's letter of resignation and Robert Mueller's letter expressing concern about Attorney General William Barr's characterizations of the Mueller report show the differences between these pubic servants. More importantly, Barr's response to Mueller's letter speaks volumes about his character.
  • Stop the medical bill surprises

    By Carrie Sheffield
    It's all too common to get slammed with a medical bill far above what you anticipated, from a pricey routine surgery to a shockingly high co-pay for a simple checkup.