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July 13th, 2014

Charging smartphones is easily forgotten

    Bad news. Horrible news. The Transportation Security Administration has come up with a new restriction: If you are flying back to the United States from overseas - especially Europe and the Middle East - you should not bring your phone unless it has enough power to turn on when you arrive stateside.

    Well, that's it for me. My phone never has enough power to turn on even when I am safely ensconced on this side of the Atlantic.

    It's a serious problem.

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Google fades into background in fight to save open Internet

    Google, once boastful that it was the leading defender of a free and open Internet, has gone into the shadows.

    Since the Federal Communications Commission proposed in May to let cable and telephone companies offer special Internet fast lanes for companies willing to pay extra, lobbyists for Google haven't visited the agency to intervene, FCC records show. Facebook, the largest social network, also has been absent.

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Fix immigration law to end influx of minors

    Congress likes to put fancy titles on its legislative handiwork, but they should probably just call everything the Law of Unintended Consequences, especially immigration bills.

    The 1965 Cuban Adjustment Act gave all people fleeing that Communist island the right to legal residence once they reach U.S. soil. Over time, this evolved into the "wet foot, dry foot" policy, whereby the U.S. government could exclude a Cuban rafter caught in the surf off Key West - but not after he had touched the beach.

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Dispatch: I've been to Gaza before, but it has never been like this

    This is not my first time in Gaza, but it is my first time here during a military operation. It is disorienting. The distances are so close.

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Clinton's identity crisis

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Are Virginia legislators secretly making a reality TV show?

    Don't you see what they're doing?

    The shopping binges, the bizarro legislation and now the alleged sex and sexting with a teen? It makes perfect sense when you contemplate what must be the real reason Virginia legislators are acting like wackos. They're trying to help the commonwealth by making it home to a top-rated reality show.

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Parents tell Congress how VA failed their children: Veterans who committed suicide

    Parents of military veterans who took their own lives after surviving combat told a congressional panel on Thursday how not to prevent suicide:

    * Turn away a veteran of some 400 combat missions in Iraq because he's no longer active in the National Guard.

    * Then turn him away because he was previously in the Guard and refer him to a military facility where he's promptly referred back to the VA.

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When Warren Harding bared all to his mistress

    Every so often, we get a poignant reminder of what has been lost now that letter writing has been replaced by texting, emoticons or nothing at all, if you're a politician afraid to commit anything to paper for fear it will show up on page one or be read aloud by a committee chairman on a tear.

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'Photo op' gaffe reveals Obama's tin ear

    President Obama's comment that "I'm not interested in photo ops" about the border crisis during last week's visit to Texas was akin to your neighborhood pup not being interested in chasing squirrels.

    Particularly in today's social-media madness of "selfies" and endless Internet traffic of other self-aggrandizing photo opportunities, cameras are catnip to politicians at all levels, and certainly the presidential.

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At last, Cleveland gets another turn in the limelight

    After 80 years, the city of Cleveland, much maligned in lore as "the mistake on the lake," has been selected to host a national political convention in 2016. Famous Ohioans President William McKinley and Mark Hanna, the Karl Rove of his day, might well be turning in their graves.

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