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WASHINGTON, DC - MARCH 29: U.S. President Donald Trump walks to the Rose Garden for the daily coronavirus briefing at the White House on March 29, 2020 in Washington, DC. The United States is advising residents of New York, New Jersey and Connecticut not to travel domestically after the number of reported coronavirus (COVID-19) deaths doubled to over 2,000 nationwide within two days. (Photo by Tasos Katopodis/Getty Images)

WASHINGTON, DC - MARCH 29: U.S. President Donald Trump walks to the Rose Garden for the daily coronavirus briefing at the White House on March 29, 2020 in Washington, DC. The United States is advising residents of New York, New Jersey and Connecticut not to travel domestically after the number of reported coronavirus (COVID-19) deaths doubled to over 2,000 nationwide within two days. (Photo by Tasos Katopodis/Getty Images)

Opinion by David Gergen, CNN Senior Political Analyst

CNN senior political analyst David Gergen writes that in historically trying times for the country President Trump has once again failed to step up as a leader.

By LZ Granderson

Eventually the protests over George Kirby’s killing will subside, but no one should hope for a return to ‘normal.’ ‘Normal’ got us here, and keeps us here, writes LZ Granderson. A first step forward is ending the symbiotic relationship between the nation’s police unions and the district and county attorneys elected to hold the union’s membership accountable.

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People clean up broken glass and debris outside of McCormick & Schmick's restaurant in downtown Atlanta, GA, on Saturday, May 30. The building was vandalized during Friday night's protests following the death of George Floyd.

People clean up broken glass and debris outside of McCormick & Schmick's restaurant in downtown Atlanta, GA, on Saturday, May 30. The building was vandalized during Friday night's protests following the death of George Floyd.

By Thomas Lake, CNN

I took a walk on Saturday, from the King Center to Centennial Olympic Park and back, three miles in the heat of the day through a wounded city in a wounded country at the end of a week of death and fire.

A check-cashing business burns during protests in Minneapolis on Friday.

A check-cashing business burns during protests in Minneapolis on Friday.

Opinion by Julian Zelizer, CNN Political Analyst

Americans are waking up to a new nightmare. On top of a pandemic that has ravaged the country, killed more than 100,000 people so far and shut down much of our economy, there are now mass protests in response to the death of George Floyd, a black man who pleaded, “I can’t breathe,” as a white police officer kneeled on his neck. With President Donald Trump sending out tweets threatening violence against looters and police arresting reporters on air, it’s hard for Baby Boomers not to feel like this is 1968 all over again.

MIAMI GARDENS, FL - NOVEMBER 27: Colin Kaepernick #7 of the San Francisco 49ers looks on during a game against the Miami Dolphins on November 27, 2016 in Miami Gardens, Florida. (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)

MIAMI GARDENS, FL - NOVEMBER 27: Colin Kaepernick #7 of the San Francisco 49ers looks on during a game against the Miami Dolphins on November 27, 2016 in Miami Gardens, Florida. (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)

By Joe Lockhart

Joe Lockhart writes about how Colin Kaepernick’s “take a knee” protest has proved him right years later and calls for teams to sign him

Opinion by Elie Honig

The criminal complaint charging former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin with third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter for the death of George Floyd offers key clues about the Hennepin County Attorney’s Office’s approach to the enormously high-stakes prosecution that will unfold over the coming months.

TOPSHOT - Flames rise from a liquor store and shops near the Third Police Precinct on May 28, 2020 in Minneapolis, Minnesota, during a protest over the death of George Floyd, an unarmed black man, who died after a police officer kneeled on his neck for several minutes. - A police precinct in Minnesota went up in flames late on May 28 in a third day of demonstrations as the so-called Twin Cities of Minneapolis and St. Paul seethed over the shocking police killing of a handcuffed black man. The precinct, which police had abandoned, burned after a group of protesters pushed through barriers around the building, breaking windows and chanting slogans. A much larger crowd demonstrated as the building went up in flames. (Photo by Kerem Yucel / AFP) (Photo by KEREM YUCEL/AFP via Getty Images)

TOPSHOT - Flames rise from a liquor store and shops near the Third Police Precinct on May 28, 2020 in Minneapolis, Minnesota, during a protest over the death of George Floyd, an unarmed black man, who died after a police officer kneeled on his neck for several minutes. - A police precinct in Minnesota went up in flames late on May 28 in a third day of demonstrations as the so-called Twin Cities of Minneapolis and St. Paul seethed over the shocking police killing of a handcuffed black man. The precinct, which police had abandoned, burned after a group of protesters pushed through barriers around the building, breaking windows and chanting slogans. A much larger crowd demonstrated as the building went up in flames. (Photo by Kerem Yucel / AFP) (Photo by KEREM YUCEL/AFP via Getty Images)

Opinion by Michael D’Antonio

As fires burned in Minneapolis on the third night of protests in the wake of George Floyd’s death, President Donald Trump tweeted, “When the looting starts, the shooting starts.” In doing so, Trump repeated the words of former Miami Police Chief Walter Headley, who used the phrase in 1967 while announcing a “war” against crime in black neighborhoods, adding, “We don’t mind being accused of police brutality.”

CM5JE4 New York, NY - October 9, 2012: Taiwanese and US flags streaming side by side in an unofficial celebration of the Taiwanese National Day on Mulberry Street, in the Chinatown area of Manhattan, New York, NY, USA, on October 9, 2012

CM5JE4 New York, NY - October 9, 2012: Taiwanese and US flags streaming side by side in an unofficial celebration of the Taiwanese National Day on Mulberry Street, in the Chinatown area of Manhattan, New York, NY, USA, on October 9, 2012

Opinion by Abraham Wen-Shang Chu

History has shown that attempting to scapegoat one race, creed or gender for any reason always has a bad outcome. What starts as name-calling often evolves into discrimination, exclusion, and then injury and death.

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    President Donald Trump walks to speak to members of the media on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington, Tuesday, May 5, 2020, before boarding Marine One for a short trip to Andrews Air Force Base, Md., and then on to Phoenix, Ariz.

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By Jane Greenway Carr, CNN

Michelle Obama opened up to us. Black storytelling transformed screen and page. “Justice,” “misinformation” and “toxic” were words of the year. Here’s a look at 2018 through the lens of social and cultural commentary.

By CNN Opinion

In a year dominated by the Trump presidency and the run-up to the midterm elections, readers came to CNN Opinion looking for insight into the ongoing battles raging in Washington and across America. But politicians and policy divides weren’t the only headline makers. Stories of gun violence, celebrity deaths, a royal wedding and a series of horrific natural disasters attracted your attention, too.

A father and son look out over the South Rim of the Grand Canyon, a detour off historic Route 66, in Arizona, 10 July 2003. More than four million people visit the Grand Canyon every year, most arriving by car. AFP PHOTO / Robyn BECK (Photo credit should read ROBYN BECK/AFP/Getty Images)

A father and son look out over the South Rim of the Grand Canyon, a detour off historic Route 66, in Arizona, 10 July 2003. More than four million people visit the Grand Canyon every year, most arriving by car. AFP PHOTO / Robyn BECK (Photo credit should read ROBYN BECK/AFP/Getty Images)

By LZ Granderson

I could tell that the walls of the room were originally white, but years of dirty hands, sun and time had made them dull. The yellowish hue from the fluorescent lights hanging above didn’t help. Thankfully, the generic floral pictures hanging near the man sitting on the edge of the bed provided some semblance of joy. Nothing else in the room did — especially me.

By Richard Galant, CNN

2017 was a year when discussions of press freedom and the media’s choices reached a new level of intensity.

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Anthony Bourdain explores the Lower Eastside of New York City, New York on April 1, 2018. (photo by David Scott Holloway)

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President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump tour areas affected by Hurricane Michael, Monday, Oct. 15, 2018, in Lynn Haven, Fla. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump tour areas affected by Hurricane Michael, Monday, Oct. 15, 2018, in Lynn Haven, Fla. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

By Jeffrey Sachs

President Donald Trump, Florida Gov. Rick Scott, Florida Sen. Marco Rubio, and others who oppose action to address human-induced climate change should be held accountable for climate crimes against humanity. They are the authors and agents of systematic policies that deny basic human rights to their own citizens and people around the world, including the rights to life, health, and property. These politicians have blood on their hands, and the death toll continues to rise.

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RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - AUGUST 17: Simone Biles of the United States performs on the beam during the Gymnastics Rio Gala on Day 12 of the 2016 Rio Olympic Games on August 17, 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)

By Simone Biles

People love to ask: “What’s your secret?” Sometimes they want to know how I defy gravity on the mat. Other times they want to know how I went from foster care to the Olympics.

SANTA BARBARA, CA - OCTOBER 07: The SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket (R) separates from the space craft (L) behind the rocket trail after launching from Vandenberg Air Force Base carrying the SAOCOM 1A and ITASAT 1 satellites, as seen on October 7, 2018 near Santa Barbara, California. After launching the satellites, the Falcon 9 rocket successfully returned to land on solid ground near the launch site rather than at sea. The satellites will become part of a six-satellite constellation that will work in tandem with an Italian constellation known as COSMO-SkyMed. (Photo by David McNew/Getty Images)

SANTA BARBARA, CA - OCTOBER 07: The SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket (R) separates from the space craft (L) behind the rocket trail after launching from Vandenberg Air Force Base carrying the SAOCOM 1A and ITASAT 1 satellites, as seen on October 7, 2018 near Santa Barbara, California. After launching the satellites, the Falcon 9 rocket successfully returned to land on solid ground near the launch site rather than at sea. The satellites will become part of a six-satellite constellation that will work in tandem with an Italian constellation known as COSMO-SkyMed. (Photo by David McNew/Getty Images)

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Customers buy Mega Millions tickets hours before the draw of the USD 1 billion jackpot, at the Bluebird Liquor store in Torrance, California on October 19, 2018.

Customers buy Mega Millions tickets hours before the draw of the USD 1 billion jackpot, at the Bluebird Liquor store in Torrance, California on October 19, 2018.

By Kate Maltby

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Anyone who needs confirmation of the secret of a strongman — that he’s a weak man, in constant need of ego affirmation — need only look at images of the Helsinki “summit” between American President Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin, which revealed the insecurities of both men underneath the façade of power, and Trump’s submissiveness to Putin in particular.

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NEW YORK, NY - MAY 10: Mark Halperin speaks onstage at THE CIRCUS FYC Panel presented by Showtime and the 92Y at the 92nd Street Y on May 10, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Craig Barritt/Getty Images for Showtime)

Nikki Haley at the United Nations in New York on Monday, April 3, 2017.

Nikki Haley at the United Nations in New York on Monday, April 3, 2017.

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Bill Nye March for Science

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The US has become the most powerful nation on Earth and among the greatest in history, because it has long respected and promoted science. Science is being actively undermined by ideological forces motivated to maintain the status quo rather than advance the nation’s long-term interest, says Bill Nye.

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Steve Bannon, chief strategist for Donal Trump, leaves after the motorcade of US President-elect arrived at Trump Tower on December 10, 2016 in New York.

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NEW YORK, NY - JANUARY 11: President-elect Donald Trump speaks at a news cenference at Trump Tower on January 11, 2017 in New York City. This is Trump's first official news conference since the November elections. (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)

NEW YORK, NY - JANUARY 11: President-elect Donald Trump speaks at a news cenference at Trump Tower on January 11, 2017 in New York City. This is Trump's first official news conference since the November elections. (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)

NEW YORK, NY - JANUARY 11: President-elect Donald Trump speaks at a news cenference at Trump Tower on January 11, 2017 in New York City. This is Trump's first official news conference since the November elections. (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)

NEW YORK, NY - JANUARY 11: President-elect Donald Trump speaks at a news cenference at Trump Tower on January 11, 2017 in New York City. This is Trump's first official news conference since the November elections. (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)

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ARLINGTON, VIRGINIA - NOVEMBER 11: U.S. President Barack Obama makes remarks in the Memorial Amphitheater on Veterans Day after laying a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier at Arlington National Cemetery on November 11, 2016 in Arlington, Virginia. (Photo by Ron Sachs-Pool/Getty Images)

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By Barack Obama

One of my earliest memories is sitting on my grandfather’s shoulders, waving a flag as our astronauts returned to Hawaii. This was years before we’d set foot on the moon. Decades before we’d land a rover on Mars. A generation before photos from the International Space Station would show up in our social media feeds.

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First Lady Michelle Obama talks with students about

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MADISON, WI - JUNE 28: A research specialist at the AIDS Vaccine Research Labs at the University of Wisconsin-Madison processes blood samples taken from pregnant rhesus macaque monkeys infected with the Zika virus on June 28, 2016 in Madison, Wisconsin. Researchers at the University released a study today detailing how research at the facility has found the Zika virus persisted in the blood of pregnant monkeys for 30 to 70 days but only around 7 days in others. The study also found that monkeys previously infected with the virus were resistant to a second infection, which suggests the animals have a naturally occurring immunity. Health professionals in the United States are preparing for the possibility of an epidemic of Zika which can be transmitted by mosquitoes. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)

MADISON, WI - JUNE 28: A research specialist at the AIDS Vaccine Research Labs at the University of Wisconsin-Madison processes blood samples taken from pregnant rhesus macaque monkeys infected with the Zika virus on June 28, 2016 in Madison, Wisconsin. Researchers at the University released a study today detailing how research at the facility has found the Zika virus persisted in the blood of pregnant monkeys for 30 to 70 days but only around 7 days in others. The study also found that monkeys previously infected with the virus were resistant to a second infection, which suggests the animals have a naturally occurring immunity. Health professionals in the United States are preparing for the possibility of an epidemic of Zika which can be transmitted by mosquitoes. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)

By Laurie Garrett

Global health expert Laurie Garrett evaluates the very real risk that Zika, like HIV or Ebola, will become widespread as a sexually transmitted disease

Terry DeCarlo, executive director of the LGBT Center of Central Florida, left, Kelvin Cobaris, pastor of The Impact Church, center, and Orlando City Commissioner Patty Sheehan console each other after the shooting at the Pulse nightclub in Orlando, Florida, Sunday, June 12.

Terry DeCarlo, executive director of the LGBT Center of Central Florida, left, Kelvin Cobaris, pastor of The Impact Church, center, and Orlando City Commissioner Patty Sheehan console each other after the shooting at the Pulse nightclub in Orlando, Florida, Sunday, June 12.

By Peter Bergen, CNN National Security Analyst

In this June 2, 2016 photo, Brock Turner, 20, right, makes his way into the Santa Clara Superior Courthouse in Palo Alto, Calif. The six-month jail term given to Turner, the former Stanford University swimmer who sexually assaulted an unconscious woman after both attended a fraternity party, is being decried as a token punishment. (Dan Honda/Bay Area News Group via AP) MAGS OUT NO SALES

In this June 2, 2016 photo, Brock Turner, 20, right, makes his way into the Santa Clara Superior Courthouse in Palo Alto, Calif. The six-month jail term given to Turner, the former Stanford University swimmer who sexually assaulted an unconscious woman after both attended a fraternity party, is being decried as a token punishment. (Dan Honda/Bay Area News Group via AP) MAGS OUT NO SALES

By Mel Robbins, CNN Commentator

An all-gender restroom at Santee High School in Los Angeles, California.

An all-gender restroom at Santee High School in Los Angeles, California.

By John D. Sutter, CNN

Before I launch into the argument for making all restrooms in the United States gender neutral — that is, removing “men’s” and “women’s” labels — I want to show you a photo.

Former Toronto Mayor Rob Ford passed away from cancer on March 22.

Former Toronto Mayor Rob Ford passed away from cancer on March 22.

By Patrick Krill

LAS VEGAS, NV - FEBRUARY 02: Donald Trump speaks to members of the media before endorsing Republican presidential candidate, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney at the Trump International Hotel & Tower Las Vegas February 2, 2012 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Romney came in first in the Florida primary on January 31 and is looking ahead to Nevada's caucus on February 4. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)

LAS VEGAS, NV - FEBRUARY 02: Donald Trump speaks to members of the media before endorsing Republican presidential candidate, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney at the Trump International Hotel & Tower Las Vegas February 2, 2012 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Romney came in first in the Florida primary on January 31 and is looking ahead to Nevada's caucus on February 4. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)

By Michael D’Antonio

Now that he’s likely GOP candidate, voters must scrutinize Trump’s claims of success, his political beliefs, temperament and character, says Michael D’Antonio.

US Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia speaks during the American Bar Association (ABA) 59th annual

US Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia speaks during the American Bar Association (ABA) 59th annual

By David Axelrod, CNN Senior Political Commentator

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump addresses a rally at Millington Regional Jetport on February 27, in Millington, Tennessee.

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump addresses a rally at Millington Regional Jetport on February 27, in Millington, Tennessee.

By Michael D’Antonio

It wasn’t an accident that the billionaire claimed that he didn’t know about David Duke, writes Michael D’Antonio

Republican Presidential candidate Donald Trump bashes Republican rival Marco Rubio as he talks to supporters at a campaign rally in an airplane hanger at Northwest Arkansas Regional Airport on February 27, 2016 in Bentonville, Arkansas.

Republican Presidential candidate Donald Trump bashes Republican rival Marco Rubio as he talks to supporters at a campaign rally in an airplane hanger at Northwest Arkansas Regional Airport on February 27, 2016 in Bentonville, Arkansas.

By J.J. McCullough

Republican Presidential candidate Donald Trump signs autographs for supporters at the conclusion of a Donald Trump rally at Millington Regional Jetport on February 27, 2016 in Millington, Tennessee. / AFP / Michael B. Thomas (Photo credit should read MICHAEL B. THOMAS/AFP/Getty Images)

Republican Presidential candidate Donald Trump signs autographs for supporters at the conclusion of a Donald Trump rally at Millington Regional Jetport on February 27, 2016 in Millington, Tennessee. / AFP / Michael B. Thomas (Photo credit should read MICHAEL B. THOMAS/AFP/Getty Images)

By Marc Randazza

President Richard Nixon meets with Elvis Presley on December 21, 1970 at the White House.

President Richard Nixon meets with Elvis Presley on December 21, 1970 at the White House.

Editor’s Note: Generation whining has become nearly a national pastime. Millennials say they have it the worst. Generation X feels neglected. Baby boomers are tired of being called narcissistic. In articles and cartoons everywhere — from CNN to The New York Times to Gizmodo and beyond — critics call out this generation’s sense of entitlement, that generation’s self-absorption. We invited writers, activists and CNN contributors from different generations to hash it out.

FILE - In this Oct. 18, 2011 file photo, U.S. Supreme Court justice Antonin Scalia looks into the balcony before addressing the Chicago-Kent College Law justice in Chicago. On Saturday, Feb. 13, 2016, the U.S. Marshals Service confirmed that Scalia has died at the age of 79. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast, File)

FILE - In this Oct. 18, 2011 file photo, U.S. Supreme Court justice Antonin Scalia looks into the balcony before addressing the Chicago-Kent College Law justice in Chicago. On Saturday, Feb. 13, 2016, the U.S. Marshals Service confirmed that Scalia has died at the age of 79. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast, File)

By Helen Prejean

NORTH CHARLESTON, SC - JANUARY 14: Republican presidential candidates (L-R) Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL), Donald Trump and Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) participate in the Fox Business Network Republican presidential debate at the North Charleston Coliseum and Performing Arts Center on January 14, 2016 in North Charleston, South Carolina. The sixth Republican debate is held in two parts, one main debate for the top seven candidates, and another for three other candidates lower in the current polls. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)

NORTH CHARLESTON, SC - JANUARY 14: Republican presidential candidates (L-R) Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL), Donald Trump and Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) participate in the Fox Business Network Republican presidential debate at the North Charleston Coliseum and Performing Arts Center on January 14, 2016 in North Charleston, South Carolina. The sixth Republican debate is held in two parts, one main debate for the top seven candidates, and another for three other candidates lower in the current polls. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)

By Dr. Judy Melinek

Mosaic of the Valles Marineris hemisphere of Mars projected into point perspective, a view similar to that which one would see from a spacecraft. The distance is 2500 kilometers from the surface of the planet, with the scale being .6km/pixel. The mosaic is composed of 102 Viking Orbiter images of Mars. The center of the scene (lat -8, long 78) shows the entire Valles Marineris canyon system, over 2000 kilometers long and up to 8 kilometers deep, extending form Noctis Labyrinthus, the arcuate system of graben to the west, to the chaotic terrain to the east. Many huge ancient river channels begin from the chaotic terrain from north-central canyons and run north. The three Tharsis volcanoes (dark red spots), each about 25 kilometers high, are visible to the west. South of Valles Marineris is very ancient terrain covered by many impact craters.

Mosaic of the Valles Marineris hemisphere of Mars projected into point perspective, a view similar to that which one would see from a spacecraft. The distance is 2500 kilometers from the surface of the planet, with the scale being .6km/pixel. The mosaic is composed of 102 Viking Orbiter images of Mars. The center of the scene (lat -8, long 78) shows the entire Valles Marineris canyon system, over 2000 kilometers long and up to 8 kilometers deep, extending form Noctis Labyrinthus, the arcuate system of graben to the west, to the chaotic terrain to the east. Many huge ancient river channels begin from the chaotic terrain from north-central canyons and run north. The three Tharsis volcanoes (dark red spots), each about 25 kilometers high, are visible to the west. South of Valles Marineris is very ancient terrain covered by many impact craters.

By Brian Patrick Green

With the recent NASA announcement of liquid water flowing on Mars and the movie “The Martian” making a splash at the box office, we might well ask whether humans should go to Mars.

By S.E. Cupp

Social media may have made it worse, but bullying is something almost every 13-year-old will encounter, and parents need to help

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late show stephen colbert intv vice president joe biden orig pkg_00011223.jpg

By Jay Parini

This handout picture taken on October 21, 2012 and released on July 28, 2015 by the Zimbabwe National Parks agency shows a much-loved Zimbabwean lion called

This handout picture taken on October 21, 2012 and released on July 28, 2015 by the Zimbabwe National Parks agency shows a much-loved Zimbabwean lion called

Republican presidential hopeful Carly Fiorina speaks at TechCrunch's Disrupt conference on May 5, 2015 in New York City.

Republican presidential hopeful Carly Fiorina speaks at TechCrunch's Disrupt conference on May 5, 2015 in New York City.

By Julian Zelizer

By Flora Zhang, CNN

Readers: you came, you clicked, you stayed. Here are your pick for the 15 most popular opinion pieces.

A member of the Syrian Red Crescent inspect rubble searching for victims in the rebel-held area of Douma, east of the capital Damascus, following shelling and air raids by Syrian government forces on August 22, 2015. At least 20 civilians and wounded or trapped 200 in Douma, a monitoring group said, just six days after regime air strikes killed more than 100 people and sparked international condemnation of one of the bloodiest government attacks in Syria's war. AFP PHOTO / ABD DOUMANY (Photo credit should read ABD DOUMANY/AFP/Getty Images)

A member of the Syrian Red Crescent inspect rubble searching for victims in the rebel-held area of Douma, east of the capital Damascus, following shelling and air raids by Syrian government forces on August 22, 2015. At least 20 civilians and wounded or trapped 200 in Douma, a monitoring group said, just six days after regime air strikes killed more than 100 people and sparked international condemnation of one of the bloodiest government attacks in Syria's war. AFP PHOTO / ABD DOUMANY (Photo credit should read ABD DOUMANY/AFP/Getty Images)

By Frida Ghitis

By Michael Smart

Imagine being able to travel from New York to Los Angeles without having to step on a plane, yet be able to do so in a fraction of the time it would take to drive. On the surface, that tantalizing prospect took a step closer with the news last month that a Japanese maglev train had reached a top speed of close to 400 mph, breaking its own world record in the process.

By Carol Costello, Anchor

The marriage apocalypse may be coming. Talk to any millennial and you can envision an America virtually marriage-free, with everyone happily single.

Beautiful clouds over the sea

Beautiful clouds over the sea

By Ryan Bell

Atheists are accused of having no source of meaning in their lives, but it is popular Christian theology that saps the meaning from our daily experiences.

Miley Cyrus and her mom Tish

Miley Cyrus and her mom Tish

By Peggy Drexler

It’s getting harder to be outrageous.

Powerful businesswoman standing with back with business team at background.

Powerful businesswoman standing with back with business team at background.

Pepper Schwartz

Some revolutions happen in a single day; others over decades. The rise of the voluntarily single woman has been happening in Western societies slowly, over time, concomitant with well-paying jobs, legal protection from economic or physical abuse, reliable birth control and the possibility of fulfilling careers and adventures.

Sally Kohn explores the history of gay marriage from Plato to today.

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