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May 21st, 2015

The Greatest Generation of Scientists

    A great man died late last month, one of the last of the pioneering biologists who essentially created the modern science of molecular biology. His name was Alexander Rich; he was 90 years old; and he had spent the past 57 years as a professor at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where he was still going to work right up until the last two months of his life.

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Let George Do It

    Just in case you haven't heard: May 28 is the date that George Pataki will announce whether he's running for the Republican presidential nomination.

    Yes! George Pataki. Of New York. How can you not remember? He was governor for 12 years, for heaven's sake.

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Jeb Bush's slippery slope on Iraq

    Jeb Bush's ham-handed answer to questions about the 2003 invasion of Iraq has raised another: Is he really ready for prime time as a 2016 presidential prospect?

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Internet companies shouldn't be censors

    PayPal blocked an account set up by Russian activists seeking to collect funds for the publication of a report on Russia's involvement in eastern Ukraine. The U.S. online payment company explained that it didn't "provide the option of using its system to receive donations to political parties or causes in Russia." It's just the latest example of an Internet giant cast in a role for which it is ill-equipped.

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If the Numbers Are So Good...

    How come everyone I know is depressed?

    I mean the job numbers. And I don't mean that literally everyone I know is depressed. But you don't hear too many people humming show tunes in the grocery line. People seem to pull away from the television screen in the elevator, as if the bad news is contagious.

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Hillary: Hiding in plain sight

    In President Obama's struggle with Congress to win fast-track authority on trade with 12 Pacific nations, a conspicuously missing voice has been that of his former secretary of state, Hillary Clinton, now a declared 2016 presidential candidate. It's in keeping with her obvious strategy to campaign in a defensive crouch.

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A socialist prophet?

    Sen. Bernie Sanders's presidential campaign is the first such effort by a democratic socialist since Norman Thomas waged the last of his six such campaigns on the Socialist Party ticket in 1948.

    It's about time.

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A gift basket for Clinton from the GOP

    At this point in the campaign, do you see the Republican presidential hopeful who's going to beat Hillary Clinton? I didn't think so.

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The poor get a moment

    Will we regard poverty as a haunting national problem, or will the focus groups continue to tell politicians of all stripes to talk only about the middle class because mentioning the poor is politically toxic?

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The Left Is So Wrong on Trade

    The left's success in denying President Obama fast-track authority to negotiate the Trans-Pacific Partnership is ugly to behold. The case put forth by a showboating Sen. Elizabeth Warren -- that Obama cannot be trusted to make a deal in the interests of American workers -- is almost worse than wrong. It is irrelevant.

    The Senate Democrats who turned on Obama are playing a 78 rpm record in the age of digital downloads.

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