• PHILADELPHIA, PA - OCTOBER 17:  Voters cast their early voting ballot at drop box outside of City Hall on October 17, 2020 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.  With the election only a little more than two weeks away, a new form of in-person early voting by using mail ballots, has enabled millions of voters to already cast their ballots.  President Donald Trump won the battleground state of Pennsylvania by only 44,000 votes in 2016, the first Republican to do so since President George Bush in 1988.  (Photo by Mark Makela/Getty Images)

    The real key to winning this election (opinion)

    Opinion by Julian Zelizer, CNN Political Analyst
    As Joe Biden leads the national polls and the country sees potential record-breaking turnout in early voting, Julian Zelizer writes that this election will be decided based on who turns out the biggest vote
  • Supreme Court nominee Judge Amy Coney Barrett is sworn into her Senate Judiciary Committee confirmation hearing on Capitol Hill on October 12, 2020 in Washington, DC.

    Republicans' claims about Amy Coney Barrett insult our intelligence

    Opinion by Jill Filipovic
    Barring the sudden emergence of a collective conscience, Senate Republicans will confirm Judge Amy Coney Barrett to the Supreme Court on Monday. They have told the public - and reiterated with a 12-0 vote of her nomination out of the Senate Judiciary Committee - that this is a perfectly legitimate path forward, and that Barrett is a highly qualified judge who will follow the law. What they have not mentioned is her extreme ideology.
  • President Donald Trump speaks during the second and final presidential debate Thursday, Oct. 22, 2020, at Belmont University in Nashville, Tenn. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

    How Trump could undermine Fauci and remake the US government

    Opinion by Laurie Garrett
    While many Americans were looking ahead to the final presidential debate earlier this week, President Donald Trump was signing an executive order the likes of which has never been seen in a democracy. It is an edict expected under a dictatorship, a banana republic or a military regime. And it appears to stifle the President's opponents within the government, posing a particular danger should it affect policymakers who are working tirelessly to fight the Covid-19 epidemic.
  • Noah's mom says he loves to go out and find frogs in the back yard. He makes a place with water and rocks for them to hang out in, observes them and then releases them near the river that runs behind the house so that they are safe from the lawn mower when his dad cuts the grass.

    The 8-year-old who fears adults can't be trusted to fix the climate crisis

    Opinion by John D. Sutter
    Noah is an 8-year-old in Flamborough, Ontario. He loves nature shows and his two cats, Shadow and Whispers (he probably meant to name the second cat "Whiskers," according to his mom, but he mixes those words up sometimes). When he grows up, he wants to be a veterinarian or a nature photographer -- something that puts him in touch with animals and the Earth.
  • PRAGUE, CZECH REPUBLIC - OCTOBER 10: A health care worker conducts a COVID-19 test at a drive-in testing station on October 10, 2020 in Prague, Czech Republic. After relaxing almost all restrictive measures in the summer, the Czech government has responded to one of the worst spikes in European countries by declaring a state of emergency earlier this week. That has been accompanied by restrictions ranging from limiting public events to closing restaurants and pubs at 8pm. (Photo by Gabriel Kuchta/Getty Images)

    Covid-19 has exposed the US need to invest in public health

    Opinion by Susan Blumenthal and Rebekah Gee
    Covid-19 has crippled the US economy, compromised the health of our nation and exposed the shameful health disparities that negatively affect people of color and those living in poverty. In light of the devastation this pandemic has wreaked on our country, it is urgent for the US to invest in public health to better detect and prevent the spread of infectious and chronic diseases, redesign America's health care system for equity as well as effectiveness, and collaborate across multiple sectors of society to meet the basic needs of all Americans.
  • A woman pulls a baby on a pallet as they prepare to move to a new temporary camp for migrants and refugees, on the island of Lesbos, Greece, September 21, 2020. REUTERS/Yara Nardi     TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY

    Refugees like my ancestors are part of what made America great

    Opinion by Maya Rackoff
    I am the great-granddaughter of refugees who fled Russian pogroms in 1895. Had they not been given safe haven here in the United States, they would have been tortured and killed. My very existence depends on international humanitarianism, an awareness that has inspired me to work closely with others like them.