Donald Trump craves Chrissy Teigen’s approval

(CNN)The President of the United States has a massive platform. He holds the most powerful office in the world. With just a few words, a president can launch a war, move markets, inspire millions, and quite literally change the course of world history. Apparently seething about an MSNBC town hall on criminal justice, where participants issued what he deemed insufficient praise for a piece of criminal justice legislation Trump signed, the President tweeted, “I SIGNED IT INTO LAW, no one else did, & Republicans deserve much credit. But now that it is passed, people that had virtually nothing to do with it are taking the praise.” And then: “Guys like boring musician @johnlegend, and his filthy mouthed wife, are talking …

Let this be the last (plastic) straw debate

(CNN)Dear Democrats — please, for the love of the planet (and for the love of disabled Americans), stop talking about plastic straws. At the CNN Climate Crisis Town Hall on Wednesday, 10 Democratic candidates for president spoke powerfully about the need to transform the way we live on this planet in order to preserve civilization as we know it. Even as climate deniers continue to run the Republican Party, Democratic consensus on the threat has never been more clear. All of our efforts and political will have to address the big structural picture of how we power our world and who does and does not pay for the pollution we spill out across the land, earth, and sky. For the …