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The end of 2017 is upon us: Here's how not to go crazy

By Sarah Knight
The holiday season is upon us and boy is it . . . complicated. Festive? Yes. Fun? That too. But for many, the holidays bring an equal measure of stress (on the calendar, the psyche and the wallet) and usher in an end-of-this-year and beginning-of-next-year reckoning that has the potential to seriously harsh your holly jolly.
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Why I confronted Jeff Flake on a plane

By Ady Barkan
Ady Barkan, a young father who recently learned he has ALS, writes that the GOP tax plan would throw life-sustaining Medicare insurance into jeopardy: it would raise the deficit by more than $1 trillion, automatically triggering cuts that would devastate our country's safety net.
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Toobin: What excruciating video of judicial nominee reveals

By Jeffrey Toobin, CNN
The embarrassing inabilty of Trump's judicial nominee, Matthew Peterson, to answer basic legal questions highlights Trump's rapid drive to fill federal federal judgeships with conservatives--qualified or not--whose effects will be felt for decades, writes Jeffrey Toobin.
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Lt. General Abdul-Wahab al-Saadi, center, commander for the Iraqi counterterrorism forces' operation to re-take Fallujah from Islamic State militants, speaks during an interview with The Associated Press at a military camp outside Fallujah, Iraq, Monday, June 27, 2016.  Al-Saadi who led the operation to retake the city, said that IS militants torched hundreds of houses in Fallujah's north and west as they fled Sunday, just as the fighters did in many of the city's other neighborhoods over the course of the operation. (AP Photo/Hadi Mizban)

Bergen: It wasn't Trump but this general's elite soldiers who defeated ISIS

By Peter Bergen, CNN National Security Analyst
Two months ago President Trump was quick to take credit for the looming defeat of ISIS when Raqqa fell to US-backed forces. But the credit belongs with the storied "Golden Division" of Iraq's Counter-Terrorism Service, led by Lt. General Abdul-Wahab al-Saadi, writes Peter Bergen.
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BIRMINGHAM, AL - DECEMBER 12:  Voters wait in line to cast their ballot at a polling station setup in the St Thomas Episcopal Church on December 12, 2017 in Birmingham, Alabama. Alabama voters are casting their ballot for either Republican Roy Moore or his Democratic challenger Doug Jones in a special election to decide who will replace Attorney General Jeff Sessions in the U.S. Senate.  (Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

Democrats, please learn from Birmingham

By Bakari Sellers
Since the election of President Donald Trump, Democrats have been obsessed with the disaffected Trump voter. I hate to break it to Democrats, but these voters just aren't that into you. Want proof? Look no further than Tuesday's shocker in Alabama.
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CAMBRIDGE, MA - MARCH 8: A Resist button is seen on the back of a hat as women gather to sing in Harvard Square in Cambridge, MA as part of a Day Without A Woman protest on Mar. 8, 2017. (Photo by Jessica Rinaldi/The Boston Globe via Getty Images)

2018 will be the year of women

By Marianne Schnall
After a turbulent year fending off efforts to diminish our power and silence our voices, women are harnessing their outrage, writes Marianne Schnall--newly energized, politically engaged and more resolute than ever. In the new year, women will demand real change.

Social media won't win the suburban vote

By S. Mitra Kalita, CNN
A century ago, the philosopher John Dewey coined the term "social endosmosis" to describe an ideal democracy, made up of many parts dependent on each other. He warned of the dangers of a community whose interests limit "full interaction with other groups, so that its prevailing purpose is the protection of what it has got, instead of reorganization and progress through wider relationships. ... isolation makes for rigidity and formal institutionalizing of life, for static and selfish ideals within the group."
Rep. Marcy Kaptur (D-OH) (C) and fellow Democratic members of Congress hold a news conference to voice their opposition to the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade deal at the U.S. Capitol June 10, 2015 in Washington, DC.

Congresswoman's victim-blaming comment is an outrage

By Peggy Drexler
Democratic Rep. Marcy Kaptur's comments were out of line: Instead of trying to define, and condemn, women's "inappropriate clothing," Peggy Drexler says how about we define, and condemn, men's inappropriate behavior.
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Of course, Selma made the difference for Doug Jones

By Errol Louis, CNN Political Commentator
At a time when the Democratic Party has drastically scaled back operations nationwide in conservative bastions like Alabama, it fell to civil rights leaders -- including activists and ministers, attorneys and businessmen -- to organize and energize black voters to sweep the Democratic candidate to victory, writes Errol Louis.

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