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

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: 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

Opinion: Sarah Huckabee Sanders is Trumpism repackaged

Editor’s Note: Julian Zelizer, a CNN political analyst, is a professor of history and public affairs at Princeton University. He is the author and editor of 25 books, including the New York Times best-seller, “Myth America: Historians Take on the Biggest Lies and Legends About Our Past” (Basic Books). Follow him on Twitter @julianzelizer. The … Read more

2 arrested in central California shooting that left 6 dead

CNN  —  Two suspects were taken into custody, one after a shootout, in a “cartel-style” massacre last month that left six people dead in central California, including a young mother and her 10-month-old son, authorities announced Friday. The suspects, identified in charging documents as Angel Uriarte, 35, and Noah Beard, 25, are known members of … Read more

Mason Greenwood: Crown Prosecution Service drops attempted rape charges against Manchester United forward

CNN  —  Charges of attempted rape and assault against Manchester United footballer Mason Greenwood were dropped on Thursday due to the withdrawal of key witnesses, the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) announced. A charge of controlling and coercive behavior was also dropped, according to the CPS. A spokesperson in the CPS statement said, “In this case … Read more

Man dies following brawl at middle school basketball game

CNN  —  A 60-year-old man died following a brawl that broke out on Tuesday night in the town of Alburgh during a middle school basketball game, Vermont State Police (VST) said in a statement Wednesday. Russell Giroux was taken by ambulance to Northwestern Medical Center in St. Albans where he was pronounced dead, VST said. … Read more

Nikki Haley is about to answer the first big question of the 2024 White House race

CNN  —  Donald Trump so far isn’t scaring anyone off. One of the defining early questions of the 2024 presidential election seems about to be answered with some of the ex-president’s potential rivals for the Republican nomination making clear moves toward the race. Former South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley is expected to launch a campaign … Read more

Andrew Tate loses appeal against detention in Romania

CNN  —  Andrew Tate, the controversial former kickboxer turned social media influencer, and his brother Tristan have lost their appeal and will remain in detention in Romania on allegations of human trafficking and rape, CNN affiliate Antena 3 reported Wednesday. The brothers will remain in the custody of Bucharest Police until February 27, Antena 3 … Read more

Report: Man accused of kidnapping, torturing Oregon woman dies from self-inflicted gunshot wound following police standoff

CNN  —  A week after authorities discovered a woman bound and beaten in a southwest Oregon home, the kidnapping suspect has died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound, a CNN affiliate reports. Benjamin Obadiah Foster, 36, died in a hospital after an hourslong standoff with law enforcement Tuesday evening in Grants Pass, Oregon, CNN affiliate KTVL … Read more