Sunday at 9AM & NOON ET

Two things that could hinder U.S. efforts to ‘destroy’ ISIS
An ISIS parade in the Kirkuk Province.
September 11th, 2014
05:54 PM ET

Two things that could hinder U.S. efforts to ‘destroy’ ISIS

By CNN’s Deena Zaru

The United States is relying on two key partners in the fight to destroy ISIS - the new Iraqi government and the moderate Syria opposition.

President Barack Obama announced in a speech Wednesday night a plan for U.S. airstrikes in Syria, as well as increased U.S. support for the Syrian opposition.

FULL POST


Filed under: Peanut Gallery • SOTU Extra • State of the Union
SCOTUS: Corporations are people
Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images
June 30th, 2014
05:00 PM ET

SCOTUS: Corporations are people

By CNN's Deena Zaru

The Supreme Court ruled Monday that for-profit corporations can be exempt from providing certain contraceptives to their employees if providing coverage for those products conflicts with the corporation’s religious beliefs.

The Court's opinion affirmed the principle that corporations are people and therefore like people, have constitutionally protected religious liberty.
The 5-4 decision against Obama’s contraceptive mandate not only presents legal obstacles for the mandate but also sets a significant precedent when it comes to the court’s understanding of religious freedom.

FULL POST


Filed under: Obamacare • SCOTUS • SOTU Extra • State of the Union
Temporary relief for flood of children at U.S.-Mexico border
June 29th, 2014
08:19 AM ET

Temporary relief for flood of children at U.S.-Mexico border

By CNN's Kylie Mohr

“This is a humanitarian crisis,” so says Jeanne-Aimee De Marrais of “Save the Children.”  She is talking about the thousands of children flooding the U.S. border with Mexico.

“This is an unprecedented influx of unaccompanied children,” said Marrais, the director of domestic emergencies for Save the Children.  “We aren’t aware of any other influx of kids, in this scope and scale, anywhere in the world.  There’s not a manual of ‘how do you handle this?’”

FULL POST


Filed under: Immigration • SOTU Extra • US-Mexico Border
The inside scoop on Dave Brat from his students
June 14th, 2014
08:45 PM ET

The inside scoop on Dave Brat from his students

By CNN's Kylie Mohr

“He was very professional and he enforced a dress code in class – you couldn’t wear flip flops.” So says a recent graduate from Randolph-Macon College about Professor David Brat. The same David Brat who defeated House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-VA) in a primary Tuesday that sent political shockwaves from the Richmond, Virginia suburbs up I-95 to the U.S. Capitol.

“He was very serious about preparing his students for the future,” said Alyssa Warren, Randolph-Macon’s 2013 valedictorian. Violations to the no jeans, no t-shirts, no flip-flop dress code resulted in an ethics paper assignment.

FULL POST


Filed under: Conservatives • Dave Brat • SOTU Extra • State of the Union • TEA Party • Virginia
ISIS and the fight for Iraq
June 14th, 2014
07:07 PM ET

ISIS and the fight for Iraq

By CNN's Annesha Bhattacharya

40 miles west of Baghdad, on the banks of the Euphrates River, lies the desert city of Falluja. It was once known as the “City of Mosques” – a hub of trade, culture, and prosperity. Today Falluja is overshadowed by the ISIS – an extremist group that has poured into Iraq. Over the course of this week, several prominent Iraqi cities have been overrun by ISIS forces. They have vowed to continue on to Baghdad. In its wake, ISIS has left death, destruction, and thousands of displaced Iraqis.

For Falluja, this is nothing new.
FULL POST


Filed under: Lukman Faily • SOTU Extra • State of the Union
Timeline of U.S. negotiations with terrorists
June 7th, 2014
08:56 PM ET

Timeline of U.S. negotiations with terrorists

By CNN's Annesha Bhattacharya

Through all the noise and controversy surrounding the return of Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, one thing has remained clear – President Obama is not apologizing for his decision to bring Bergdahl home. “We do not leave anybody wearing the American uniform behind,” he repeated, citing this as a basic American principle.

What about another American principle – refusing to negotiate with terrorists? First explicitly brought up during the Reagan presidency, and again played a leading role in the Bush administration, this principle has been embraced by numerous American politicians as a central tenet of American foreign policy.

But is it true? Take a look at some of the most glaring – as well as some of the least well known – examples of U.S. negotiations with terrorists throughout history.

FULL POST


Filed under: SOTU Extra • State of the Union
"Coming home": the next steps for Bowe Bergdahl
June 7th, 2014
04:38 PM ET

"Coming home": the next steps for Bowe Bergdahl

By CNN's Kylie Mohr

Despite the bold news headlines, "coming home" isn't as easy as it sounds. Now that Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl has been freed, can't he just get on a plane and be on his way to his family? Not so fast. Bergdahl faces much more than a media firestorm as he prepares to re-enter society. POW reintegration, or "decompression" in Army speak, is a tedious process fraught with potential difficulties, especially for Bergdahl.

Prompted by the vast number of returned POWs after the Vietnam War, the Pentagon developed the following protocol. There are three main phases:

FULL POST


Filed under: Bowe Bergdahl • SOTU Extra • State of the Union • Taliban
How the Arab world views President Obama
June 7th, 2014
03:58 PM ET

How the Arab world views President Obama

By CNN's Deena Zaru

President Obama’s poll numbers are up in the Arab and Muslim world after years of decline.

It started off well for the President, five years ago in June 2009, President Obama delivered a speech at Cairo University in Egypt, signaling that his presidency will bring a “new beginning” to U.S. relations with the Arab and Muslim world.

FULL POST


Filed under: SOTU Extra • State of the Union
Iran significantly reduces Uranium enrichment ahead of deadline
June 1st, 2014
11:31 PM ET

Iran significantly reduces Uranium enrichment ahead of deadline

By CNN's Tara Kangarlou

There have been some major developments in regards to Iran’s controversial nuclear program since last Friday, when the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) sent a comprehensive report to its member states and the Security Council that presents significant steps in Iran’s on-going nuclear negotiations—a report that was immediately followed by a surprise meeting between Iran’s Foreign Minister Zarif and High Representative Ashton, which were followed by President Obama’s foreign policy speech on Wednesday at West Point Academy.

FULL POST


Filed under: Iran • SOTU Extra • State of the Union
Is U.S. action on Syria too little too late?
May 30th, 2014
06:11 PM ET

Is U.S. action on Syria too little too late?

By CNN's Deena Zaru

President Obama reaffirmed Wednesday in his commencement speech at West Point that the United States will not intervene militarily in Syria, stating that there is “no military solution that can eliminate the terrible suffering anytime soon.”

Taking boots on the ground off the table, the President supports a collaborative and political approach. He pledged to work with Congress to “ramp up” support for elements of the Syrian opposition who "offer the best alternative to terrorists and a brutal dictator."

FULL POST


Filed under: SOTU Extra • Syria
« older posts

Contributors