On Brexit, the EU isn’t strong enough to be weak right now

London (CNN)When Donald Tusk, President of the EU Council, tweeted on Wednesday that there was a “special place in hell” for those who promoted Brexit without a plan, the reaction from certain corners of London was furious. Europe has endured a near-unprecedented migration crisis. The euro area is still recovering from the aftermath of the global financial crisis — which hit Greece so hard it needed the largest bailout in history. It is coping with populist movements becoming increasingly powerful in national elections, forcing mainstream politicians to ape once-fringe political ideas. It has among its ranks countries like Poland and Hungary openly undermining the rule of law. And it is looking at Rome, wondering if — maybe when — Italy’s …

Bernie Sanders in 2020? Progressives are split

(CNN)On Saturday, Twitter was abuzz with the news that Bernie Sanders, the independent Vermont senator, might be “imminently,” as Yahoo News reported, jumping into the 2020 race for president. In 2016, I supported Sanders in the Democratic presidential primary. After Hillary Clinton became the nominee, however, I became a surrogate for the Clinton campaign, speaking on her behalf to the Arab and Muslim American community since I’m a member of both. So when I speak of the reaction to Sanders’ possible run in 2020, I do this as someone who supported him in the past for championing issues that leading Democrats were not discussing at the time — from railing against the “billionaire class” — which he declared “controls the …

‘Spider-verse’ gets the science right — and wrong

(CNN)(Warning: Contains mild spoilers) Using the data it generated, which is basically billions of photographs of particle collisions, we discovered the Higgs boson, the last missing piece of the standard model. The standard model is our best understanding of the subatomic world, which consists of particles far smaller than atoms. The scientific data we’ve recorded has resulted in over 2,000 scientific papers, with no signs of slowing down. Visually, the part of the equipment seen on the screen in the Spider-Verse isn’t actually the LHC itself, but rather a particular piece of scientific apparatus called the Compact Muon Solenoid, or CMS. In the real world, the LHC accelerates protons and collides them together. In contrast, the CMS is essentially a …

GOPer: With a wildly flailing president, it’s up to Congress to end the shutdown

(CNN)With this government shutdown now the longest in American history, it’s time to bring it to an end. Of course, this is Washington, and Trump and his administration have other ideas. He and members of his team have toyed with the idea of declaring a national emergency, though Trump has said he is not quite ready to do so. Trump has also been presented with proposals to redirect military construction or disaster emergency funds to build a wall — without congressional authorization. If either of these two options were invoked, a legal challenge would be filed immediately, further inflaming the ongoing crisis in political leadership. Such extreme proposals would trample Congress’ Article I power of the purse authority, set a …