Koch network plans to back a Republican — other than Donald Trump — in the 2024 presidential primary

CNN  —  The deep-pocketed network associated with billionaire Charles Koch is preparing to throw its money and weight behind a single Republican candidate in the 2024 presidential primary – in a move that could significantly reshape the GOP field. Americans for Prosperity Action, the main political arm of the Koch network, “is prepared to support … Read more

China protests after US jets shoot down suspected spy balloon

Hong Kong CNN  —  China has expressed its “strong dissatisfaction and protest” against Washington’s decision to shoot down its balloon, accusing it of “overreacting” and “seriously violating international practice.” US military fighter jets on Saturday shot down the balloon over the Atlantic Ocean in a mission President Joe Biden hailed as a success. The United … Read more

Inside Biden’s decision to ‘take care of’ the Chinese spy balloon that triggered a diplomatic crisis

Washington CNN  —  When President Joe Biden learned a likely Chinese spy balloon was drifting through the stratosphere 60,000 feet above Montana, his first inclination was to take it down. By then, however, it was both too early and too late. After flying over swaths of sparsely populated land, it was now projected to keep … Read more

Opinion: Trump’s first challenger is the one GOP needs

Editor’s Note: Gavin J. Smith is a public relations professional and political strategist. He is CEO of Gavin James Public Affairs, a public relations and marketing consulting firm in Lexington, South Carolina. During the Trump administration, he was press secretary for the Department of Labor and deputy communications director for the Department of Health and … Read more

What to know about the suspected Chinese spy balloon

CNN  —  A suspected Chinese surveillance balloon in the skies over the continental United States has sparked national security and diplomatic concerns, adding to already tense Washington-Beijing relations. The incident prompted Secretary of State Antony Blinken to postpone his highly anticipated trip to China, saying Friday that the high-altitude Chinese balloon entering US airspace “created … Read more

Opinion: What’s really behind Florida’s attack on African American Studies

Editor’s Note: Leslie Kay Jones is an assistant professor in the Department of Sociology at Rutgers New Brunswick, specializing in social movements. The views expressed here are her own. Read more opinion on CNN. CNN  —  As a student growing up in Florida, I vividly recall my International Baccalaureate English teacher inviting students to read … Read more

Opinion: Suspected spy balloon shows how diplomacy can go way off course

Editor’s Note: David A. Andelman, a contributor to CNN, twice winner of the Deadline Club Award, is a chevalier of the French Legion of Honor, author of “A Red Line in the Sand: Diplomacy, Strategy, and the History of Wars That Might Still Happen” and blogs at Andelman Unleashed. He formerly was a correspondent for … Read more

Opinion: Biden’s very tough decision

Editor’s Note: John Avlon is a CNN senior political analyst and anchor. He is the author of “Lincoln and the Fight for Peace.” The views expressed in this commentary are his own. Read more opinion at CNN. CNN  —  Halfway through his first term and on the eve of his second State of the Union, … Read more

A look at China’s history of spying in the US

CNN  —  The suspected Chinese surveillance balloon that violated American airspace this week has fueled a diplomatic crisis with the postponement of Secretary of State Anthony Blinken’s planned trip to Beijing. But the two countries have a long history of spying on each other. The US has sought to collect its own intelligence about the … Read more

Exclusive: Supreme Court justices used personal emails for work and ‘burn bags’ were left open in hallways, sources say

CNN  —  Long before the leak of a draft opinion reversing Roe v. Wade, some Supreme Court justices often used personal email accounts for sensitive transmissions instead of secure servers set up to guard such information, among other security lapses not made public in the court’s report on the investigation last month. New details revealed … Read more