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June 19th, 2015

Shorter Road Ahead for Driverless Cars

    Friends keep orating that driverless cars are something in the far-ahead future. Apparently, they're not. That future is near.

    Exhibit A is Google's decision to get into the auto insurance business. Now Google wants to be in everyone's business. But its foray into insuring drivers is highly plausible for a company deep into developing driverless cars.

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Republicans Might As Well Pound Sand

    After months of trying to weaken Hillary Clinton by pounding her with everything they've got, the amount of progress Republicans have made is pretty close to zero.

    The GOP seems to have forgotten the central fact about the Clintons: That which does not kill them makes them stronger.

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How to Beat the Bots

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Criminal, yes, but there's nothing gay about Hastert hypocrisy

    In discussing the scandal engulfing former House speaker Dennis Hastert, one thing must be made absolutely clear. What he is alleged to have done to young boys has absolutely nothing to do with being gay or gay rights.

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Benny Johnson got fired at Buzzfeed. You will believe what happened next

    Benny Johnson needed to escape the Internet.

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Why we still fight for religious diversity

    This week's ruling from the U.S. Supreme Court in favor of Samantha Elauf, a Muslim rejected for employment because of her hijab, has excited boundless praise. The New York Times editorial board called the outcome"a good reminder for employers that the best policy is one of inclusiveness and accommodation."

    Absolutely.

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Why I am a centrist

    Is it all over for centrism -- a failed and discredited doctrine? Some people seem to think so. They're mostly wrong, but I'm a centrist, so I'll try to meet them halfway.

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U.S. workers are getting less done, data show

    Friday's jobs report was solidly encouraging. U.S. firms added 280,000 employees to their payrolls, the Bureau of Labor Statistics said, more than analysts had predicted. Behind that big number, though, was a troubling question: If more people are working, why isn't the economy getting much larger? It certainly appears as though American workers are getting less done -- and as they become more inefficient, more of them are needed to keep the economy moving at the same pace.

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Pink Tasers, bra holsters: The new girl power?

    There were pink assault rifles, pink Tasers, leopard-print rifle slings, peach pleather concealment handbags and the Bosom Buddy, a handgun holster that attaches to a bra.

    There was plenty for us chicks at the Nation's Gun Show in Chantilly, Virginia, this past weekend.

    The gun industry's numbers are saying we're the hottest thing going in the weapons world.

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Mexico City cabbies are getting physical with Uber

    The study guides given to prospective drivers for the Uber car service in this plugged and glutted megacity contain warnings that they might find certain neighborhoods and intersections less than hospitable.

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