Padma Lakshmi: I could have been that immigrant child rip from her mother

( CNN) I was two years old when my mother left me in India with my grandparents to come to the United States. She was fleeing an abusive wedding, and needed to find a job and a safe place for us to land. I didn’t understand. Every day, I’d sit on a step outside our…

Europe is breathing a sigh of relief over Germany

( CNN) There was an almost audible sigh of relief from Europe’s capitals on Sunday night when the German Social Democrat( SPD) voted for formal negotiations with Angela Merkel’s Christian Democratic Union and Bavarian sister party the Christian Social Union. Failure to endorse the proposed plan for government would have hurled Europe into another existential…

Justice Kavanaugh: What to expect

( CNN) Now that Brett Kavanaugh has taken a seat on the Supreme court, what might we expect? To help answer this question, it is useful to employ a modified version of then-Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld’s quote about “knowns” and “unknowns.” The new swing justice — representing the ideological middle of the court and…

Why House Democrats must vigorously analyse Trump

( CNN) Beginning in January, House Democrats must investigate Donald Trump’s administration — and they must do so aggressively. President Trump’s tenure has raised an unprecedented number of red flags about the abuse of power that might be taking place inside the executive branch. The questions seem unending. Did Trump attempt to obstruct justice during…

With Arpaio pardon, Trump indicates he wants to be the imperial chairperson

( CNN) President Donald Trump loves the imperial presidency. His explosive forgivenes of Sheriff Joe Arpaiowas meant to send a signal to the base about immigration policy but also is proved that he is willing to flex his presidential muscle however he ensure fit. He will pardon people, he will use executive powers — like…

Begala: Democrats are about to fight like crazy

( CNN) In these hyperbolic periods, it’s easy to fall into overstatement. Somehow, the farm-to-table dining predilections of Sarah Huckabee Sanders or the subliminal, sartorial messages of the first lady have become the subject of breathless debate. Cotton-candy disputes swirl for a moment and then disappear. He advised Democrat to cease moping, avoid complacency and…

Disillusioning performances from Hillary Clinton, Bernie Sanders

( CNN) One of the techniques I teach my debate team is to weave current events into our debates as much as possible. But neither Bernie Sanders nor Hillary Clinton understood that you shouldn’t simply give the same answers as in previous debates. You need to build your debates responsive to what’s happening in the…