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August 6th, 2015

Clinton's new email fuss is no scandal

    The latest controversy over Hillary Clinton's emails -- the allegation that classified information was improperly transmitted on her private email server -- is, or should be, a non-scandal.

    Clinton has only herself to blame for a lot of the email mess. She should have behaved like other government officials and used an official account, however cumbersome the multiple device consequences might have been.

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Stepping on a Slippery Slope

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Donald Trump, meet Everett Alvarez, who was a POW even longer than John McCain

    Everett Alvarez Jr. sometimes goes days without thinking about the hell he endured - nearly nine years as a prisoner of war in Vietnam, one of the longest periods of captivity in U.S. military history.

    "I'm too busy," says the former Navy commander, who is 77 now and runs his own multimillion-dollar IT and management consulting company in Northern Virginia.

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Cars get smarter, and drivers get more apprehensive

    The more we learn about driverless and Internet-connected cars, the more we're learning to fear them. Between reports of test-drive accidents, however minor, and hackings on actual highways, new automotive technology is sparking a fresh push by national governments to regulate these next-generation vehicles.

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Creeping out of the Foxhole

    At long last Republican presidential hopefuls crept out of their foxholes, where they’d been cowering and maintaining radio silence, to attack Donald Trump.

    With one or two exceptions, the field went AWOL as Trump trashed immigrants, calling them drug runners and rapists. But as soon as Trump said “I like people who weren’t captured,” suggesting that Senator John McCain was less than a hero, they pounced.

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Don’t Get Burned by Coal’s Demise

    Stanford, Georgetown, and other universities are stripping coal stocks and bonds out of their endowments. Why? For starters, they don’t want to lose money.

    At least 200 U.S. coal-fired power plants have stopped operating since 2010, shrinking the total fleet by 40 percent. The price steelmakers pay for coal has withered, sinking by two-thirds over the past four years.

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Rolling Up Some Common Sense with Willie Nelson

    With marijuana prohibition finally ending in states and cities across the land — including full legalization in Alaska, Colorado, Washington State, Oregon, and Washington, D.C. — who could be better than my friend Willie Nelson to lead the way for weed quality and social responsibility?

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A plea for conservatives to speak from the heart

    Arthur Brooks is a stranger to convention. A self-styled "liberal bohemian," he had an early career as an itinerant professional French horn player. He later got a Ph.D and became a university professor. He now heads the American Enterprise Institute, an influential research organization.

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Bill Cosby: Moralist or pervert?

    It's a family experience I'll never forget. Heading for a Grand Canyon vacation back in the '80s, Carol and I first stopped in Las Vegas to see a Bill Cosby show with our young sons. It was a memorable evening. Then one of the most admired men in America, Cosby was at the top of his game: sharp, funny, inspiring.

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Only losers out-Trump Trump

    The Fox News debate this week ought to be an occasion for the Republican Party's presidential candidates to put new and innovative ideas on display. At the center of the discussion should be last Friday's report about the historically anemic wage growth during this year's second quarter.

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