What covering people like Steve King puts front and center

(CNN)Republican support for Rep. Steve King (R-Iowa) has collapsed following an interview with The New York Times, in which, under fire for his history of racist comments, King mused, “White nationalist, white supremacist, Western civilization — how did that language become offensive?” Denounced by Republican leadership Thursday, King has also…

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The remarkably amicable-sounding divorce of Jeff and MacKenzie Bezos

(CNN)In a post to Twitter earlier today, Amazon.com founder and CEO Jeff Bezos and his wife, MacKenzie, announced that they’re getting divorced after 25 years of marriage and a period of trial separation. “We feel incredibly lucky to have found each other and deeply grateful for every one of the…

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The secret to Michelle Obama’s ‘most admired’ status

(CNN)Polls now confirm it! Michelle Obama is the country’s most admired woman. This recognition is about much more than looks, but they play a part. The decisions Michelle Obama made in creating her public persona reveal how carefully she had to navigate a cultural landscape determined to confine women, especially…

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Serena Williams is being punished for speaking her truth

(CNN)The unfair treatment displayed toward Serena Williams at the US Open is further proof that, in tennis, women are subjected to a double standard. That standard is particularly glaring in the case of female athletes of color. At Saturday’s match, umpire Carlos Ramos issued Williams a warning for allegedly receiving…

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France’s World Cup win is a victory for immigrants everywhere

(CNN)France’s electrifying 4-2 World Cup win over Croatia represents a victory for Africa and immigrants everywhere. France’s at times toxic debate over immigration anticipated America’s contemporary global debate over immigration, one that scapegoats the most vulnerable populations as thieves, rapists and murderers. England’s decision to leave the European Union, what’s…

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The stark reminder in Kate Spade’s bewildering death

(CNN)Fashion designer Kate Spade’s death by apparent suicide, discovered Tuesday by a housekeeper, has hit a tender nerve, particularly in New York. On Tuesday I saw media crews and onlookers surrounding her apartment building; and on Twitter, there was a steady, sad hum of wonder and lament — equal parts…

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