Getting your child vaccinated is a gift to others

(CNN)Every year, families all across the United States perform a selfless act that can help to transform the lives of millions of the most vulnerable children. I don’t mean goodwill holiday donations of food or clothing, or people making out generous checks to their favorite Christmas charity. I’m not even…

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Five things even Trump critics can give him credit for this Christmas

(CNN)President Donald Trump ends his second year in office isolated and under siege. A self-inflicted government shutdown is happening over Christmas, the stock market is suffering its worst month in a decade (compounded by his talk of sacking the Fed chair) and the resignation of Defense Secretary James Mattis is…

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After his politicized Thanksgiving call, maybe Trump should not visit the troops

(CNN)President Donald Trump says he will soon be visiting troops in a war zone. It’s a pity he’s had to be goaded into that. He needlessly politicized that conversation, railing against the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals, which has ruled against him on immigration, complaining about unfair trade deals, and…

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How Democrats can leverage the midterm results to win big in 2020

(CNN)The 2018 midterms can be extraordinarily helpful to Democrats in the 2020 presidential election. One power that is afforded to the House majority centers on its ability to inject issues into national debate. This is the congressional bully pulpit. House Democrats may face some difficulty finding legislation that will make…

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Saudi Arabia’s Khashoggi story is preposterous, but MBS will get a pass

Istanbul The answer, it seems, is an indemnity from the White House for complicity in an alleged murder. Mohammed Bin Salman, Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince, or MBS as he is known, is widely believed to own a $500M mega-yacht, one of the world’s most expensive houses, a sumptuous chateau outside…

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Here’s who will be hurt by New York’s cap on Uber and Lyft

(CNN)New York City’s recent decision to place a one-year cap on new for-hire vehicle licenses is a sad example of government favoritism for the yellow taxi industry against fair-market competitors like Uber and Lyft. This will hurt poor and minority riders and entrepreneurs, and subject New Yorkers, like myself, further…

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How Andrew Cuomo is sidestepping Cynthia Nixon’s challenge

(CNN)A few minutes into New York’s sole Democratic primary debate for governor, incumbent Gov. Andrew Cuomo — who is running for a third term — fielded a question that has been on the minds of many: Will he be a candidate for president in 2020? Pressed for a direct promise…

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Justin Trudeau doesn’t want to be the odd man out

(CNN)Every week, I offer a glimpse of the kind of intelligence assessments that are likely to come across President Donald Trump’s desk. Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau probably doesn’t want to be the odd man out in any revised North American Free Trade Agreement. We assess he is likely motivated…

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