Marcia Cross’ personal revelation was a generous act

(CNN)Nearly a year after Desperate Housewives actress Marcia Cross disclosed that she’d undergone treatment for anal cancer, she has revealed that the disease was likely caused by the same strain of human papillomavirus — or HPV — that led to her husband’s throat cancer. Indeed, Cross confronted the discomfort head-on in a Wednesday interview with CBS’s Dr. Jon LaPook, where she made her revelation. Viewers were warned that some words during the interview might make people uncomfortable. “I know that there are people who are ashamed,” she told LaPook. “You have cancer. Do you have to then also feel ashamed like you did something bad because it took up residence in your anus?” Cross told LaPook she has fully embraced …

Trump, the deal breaker, aims for a grand bargain

(CNN)Deal-breaking, rather than deal-making, is defining the President’s record on national security issues — from the Iran Nuclear Deal and Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty to the Trans Pacific Partnership and the Arms Control Treaty. With the New Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty (START) — a major arms control agreement that limits the number of strategic weapons that the US and Russia have — set to expire in 2021, the global arms control architecture is getting significantly weaker under Trump. His reported desire to negotiate a grand arms control bargain with China and Russia, two nuclear powers, should be balanced by a realistic assessment of what nuclear weapons mean to these countries, how they perceive US credibility and why their motivation for …

Marianne Williamson: America is becoming an aristocracy

(CNN)During my 35-year career working with individuals and groups going through traumatic experiences, I have helped people navigate the consequences of an irresponsible political establishment. As a result, I have strong ideas about some of the things that have gone wrong in America and how to help us heal. We need to remind ourselves that economic injustice is a moral transgression. Neglecting the medical, educational and social needs of millions of people so that a few can swell their bank accounts is a moral transgression. And until we bring our political policies back into alignment with our moral core, then nothing will fundamentally heal this country. The political establishment has had 40 years to correct itself. And so, it is …

I fell in love with this language…on ‘Sesame Street’

(CNN)“I sometimes dream in Spanish,” wrote Bakir Brown. “I was first introduced and fell in love with the language by watching ‘Sesame Street.’ I just loved how the words just literally rolled off the tongue. It was beautiful. I still remember (how) the skit from so long ago taught me my first Spanish words, “abierto” and “cerrado” — “open” and “closed.” Bakir Brown, Richmond, Virginia The melting pot exists only on the surface I came here from Italy in 1991, and besides a few vacation trips and one nine months’ stretch in 2007, I have been living in Central Texas for the last 28 years. Yes, I still have my Italian accent, and still struggle to some extent. Even though …

What Trump must force Kim to do in Vietnam

(CNN)Every week, I offer a glimpse of the kind of intelligence assessments that are likely to come across the desk of the President of the United States, modeled on the President’s Daily Briefing, or PDB, which the director of national intelligence prepares for the President almost daily. Before high profile meetings, the intelligence community often provides the President with a strategic assessment of the state of play and what to expect when engaging with a foreign counterpart. Sign up for our new newsletter. Join us on Twitter and Facebook First, one way to make this happen is to get his team involved with Kim’s. Any additional time US experts can spend with their North Korean counterparts can provide valuable insights …

Arrest a student after he doesn’t say the pledge? Arrest the teacher instead

(CNN)Why wasn’t the teacher arrested? She instead chose to be a bully: arguing with the boy, essentially telling him if you don’t like it here, you can always go back to where you came from. Apparently, the teacher, who said she emigrated from Cuba, missed the history lessons about those who emigrate to America from their homeland and the Africans who were hunted down, kidnapped from many nations, and sold into slavery in America. Big difference. Though Lakeland students are not mandated to say the pledge, the boy was removed from class, arrested and charged with disruption of a school facility and resisting an officer without violence. The school district said that the student was arrested for becoming disruptive (and …

Howard Schultz: Americans need more opportunities

(CNN)It is difficult to find Americans who believe the government is working for them. Luckily, I inherited my mother’s optimism that I could make a better life for myself. I also grew up at a time when access to education and a first job helped me earn success. After I became the first in my family to go to college, I got a job in sales, where I learned what it means to be accountable. Since then, and throughout my career, I have worked with teams of talented people to address many of our country’s challenges by making opportunities like access to health care, jobs, and education available to more people. Over its history, Starbucks has employed some 3 million …

House chair: Why I’m no longer accepting corporate PAC money

(CNN)As a freshman member of Congress in 1997, one of my first speeches was about campaign finance reform. I warned that unregulated contributions were threatening to undermine our democracy, and said, “It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to figure out that our current campaign finance system is broken and needs to be fixed.” The Supreme Court’s disastrous Citizens United decision in 2010 led to the rise of dark money groups (nonprofits that don’t have to disclose their donors) and super PACs, political action committees that can accept unlimited contributions from individuals and corporations and spend it on behalf of candidates as long as they don’t hand the money directly to them. Sign up for our new newsletter. Join us on …