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Elon University Commencement Address

05 21 16

I would like to depart from the tradition of showering you with personal advice. Instead, at the risk of offending some of you, I want to talk about the deepening concerns that I and many others have about the future…

Opinion: Donald Trump faces his biggest test

05 17 16

Donald Trump faces his biggest test By David Gergen, CNN Senior Political Analyst (CNN) As his meeting with Republican leaders demonstrated Thursday, Donald Trump is entering a new phase in his quest for the presidency — one that makes different demands…

Trump: History in the making

05 04 16

(CNN) Too often these days, we in the media like to proclaim that an event is “historic” when, in truth, it is a mere footnote. But after the Indiana primary, it really is true that historians will long be wondering…

Ted Cruz: Now the odds-on favorite

04 06 16

Geraldo Mora/Getty Images (CNN) With his decisive victory in Wisconsin, Sen. Ted Cruz has not only shaken up the Republican presidential race, but heading into the homestretch, he has suddenly become the odds-on favorite to win the nomination in Ohio.  With…

Nancy Reagan’s real role in the Reagan White House

03 08 16

(CNN) Some years ago, I asked an eminent presidential historian, David Herbert Donald, what asset a president needs most. He thought briefly and answered, “A friend.” That response has resonated with me ever since and instantly recurred Sunday when sad news arrived…

Opinion: Making history: Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump blaze trails

03 02 16

(CNN) Even as we in the commentariat dig into the entrails of Super Tuesday voting — for example, asking how many left-handed, 24-year-old Lutherans caucused in Minnesota and how they voted — we should not overlook the larger significance of this…

A New Public Finance Tool to Help the Most Vulnerable

02 19 16

Tracy Palandjian is CEO of Social Finance, the nonprofit that developed the South Carolina and Connecticut Pay for Success projects. David Gergen is a professor of public service and co-director of the Center for Public Leadership at the Harvard Kennedy School.…

Opinion: Hillary, are you listening to Slammin’ Sammy?

10 16 15

[CNN] – Sam Snead, a golf legend for some four decades, used to caution players: “Forget your opponents; always play against par.” Hillary Clinton might heed that advice Tuesday night as she enters the first Democratic debate, hosted by CNN.…

Opinion: After Boehner, the deluge?

09 28 15

[CNN] – After his emotion-packed encounter with Pope Francis, House Speaker John Boehner appears to be a man who has achieved an inner peace — but his resulting decision to step down could send disruptive ripples through our politics for…

Opinion: For Trump, it’s a wrestling match

09 17 15

[CNN] Candidates and the media alike are billing Wednesday night’s GOP debate on CNN as round two of America’s premier boxing match. Everyone is asking which candidate will land the hardest punch. But there is one man on stage who…