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Sean Hannity and right-wing media claimed the ‘Biden crime family’ took millions in bribes. Their narrative just fell apart

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Analysis by Oliver Darcy, CNN New York (CNN) — Editor’s Note: A version of this article first appeared in the “Reliable Sources” newsletter. Sign up for the daily digest chronicling the evolving media landscape here. “The Biden crime family.” It has been one of the most dominant narratives in right-wing media and the GOP, used endlessly

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Trump’s self-defense, annotated

Analysis by Zachary B. Wolf, CNN (CNN) — The coming months are going to provide former President Donald Trump with the reality of campaigning from outside a courtroom. He has, heretofore, chosen to attend various court dates. When his criminal trial in Manhattan gets under way in late March, he could conceivably have locked up

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Opinion: Fani Willis and Nathan Wade need to step aside for the sake of the country

CNN Opinion by William Cooper (CNN) — While presiding over the investigation and prosecution of former President Donald Trump and 18 of his allies for attempting to reverse Georgia’s 2020 presidential election results, Fulton County, Georgia, District Attorney Fani Willis has made two severe lapses in judgment — two too many. In June 2022, she held a fundraiser for the political opponent of Republican Georgia state Sen.

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Opinion: Is Putin serious about preferring Biden? Ask Fidel Castro

Opinion by Frida Ghitis (CNN) — Russian President Vladimir Putin fired off a few intriguing statements during a Wednesday television interview with loyal journalist Pavel Zarubin. Among them was his claim that he would prefer that President Joe Biden win the 2024 US presidential election. The remarks brought to mind a long night I spent in Havana, Cuba, listening to

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Opinion: The crux of Israel’s challenge

Opinion by Frida Ghitis (CNN) — More than four months after Hamas, the Iran-backed Islamist group that rules Gaza, launched a brutal attack on Israel, triggering a ferocious response, diplomats met in Cairo this week aiming to reach a temporary ceasefire. Despite the participation of CIA Director William Burns, Mossad chief David Barnea, and other heavyweights, the

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Opinion: Utah incident reveals this inherent threat in anti-trans efforts to ‘protect’ girls in sports

Opinion by Frankie de la Cretaz (CNN) — A teenage girl in Utah has had to seek police protection after a member of the Utah State Board of Education suggested that she could be transgender (she is not). In a now-deleted Facebook post, board member Natalie Cline made false implications about the teenager’s gender identity. Following the incident, the

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Opinion: Fani Willis and Nathan Wade need to step aside for the sake of the country

Opinion by William Cooper (CNN) — While presiding over the investigation and prosecution of former President Donald Trump and 18 of his allies for attempting to reverse Georgia’s 2020 presidential election results, Fulton County, Georgia, District Attorney Fani Willis has made two severe lapses in judgment — two too many. In June 2022, she held a fundraiser for the political opponent of Republican Georgia state Sen. Burt

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Instagram and Threads will no longer promote ‘political’ content. No one knows what they define as ‘political’

Analysis by Oliver Darcy, CNN New York (CNN) — Editor’s Note: A version of this article first appeared in the “Reliable Sources” newsletter. Sign up for the daily digest chronicling the evolving media landscape here. What constitutes “political” content? It’s an important question that Meta has conspicuously left unanswered, despite the Mark Zuckerberg-led social giant vowing

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