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June 9th, 2015

For prosecutors, two questionable calls

    Not every bad act is a crime. Not every bad act that can technically be categorized as a crime should be pursued by prosecutors. And not every bad act that clearly amounts to a crime should be pursued by prosecutors in the United States.

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Faking It While the World Burns

    Rex Tillerson, of all people, just did the climate movement a big favor.

    He didn’t hand the Sierra Club tens of millions of dollars to fight the coal industry like former New York City mayor Mike Bloomberg. Nor did the chairman and CEO of Exxon Mobil follow former hedge fund investor Tom Steyer‘s lead by giving political candidates with climate cred campaign cash.

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Ending the Greek stalemate won't make things right

    With both sides said to be drawing up final proposals, and a definitive debt crunch thought to be imminent, the months of brinkmanship over Greece may at last be drawing to a close. But who knows, really? You might think making this shambles any worse would challenge even these principals. I don't know. I think they're up to it.

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Another loss for the Biden family

    Personal tragedy revisited Vice President Joe Biden and his family over the weekend with the death at only 46 of his older son, Beau, the former attorney general of Delaware, leaving behind his wife and two children.

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Why Must Americans Clean Up a Foreign Sport?

    The competent Loretta Lynch can no doubt handle the job of cleansing professional soccer of widespread corruption. But why is that the U.S. attorney general's job? One must ask.

    The World Cup does attract a large U.S. audience every four years, but largely because it's played when the basketball and hockey seasons are over. Soccer is the top sport on just about every continent except this one, north of the Rio Grande.

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Turn FIFA into a public company to salvage soccer

    Executives arrested amid allegations of corruption and bribery; a chief executive who appears tone deaf to the damage being done to one of the world's most lucrative brands; and the looming threat that the biggest contributors to revenue will take their business elsewhere. If FIFA was a public company, its shareholders would be in revolt by now.

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This call will not be recorded

    I made a phone call at 12:01 a.m. Monday, and it felt good. For the first time in years, the number I dialed on my iPhone was not captured and stored in a massive government database.

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Planting Seeds in Baltimore

    On a warm Saturday in late May 2008, my wife, Ann, talked me into going to an auditorium in Baltimore to watch a lottery. It was no ordinary lottery. Numbered balls were cranked out of a bingo machine, and the winners got a ticket to a better life.

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My Road to the White House

    I know a hot trend when I see one and I hate to hop aboard too late. So here goes:

    I'm announcing my candidacy for the Republican presidential nomination.

    Sure, I have severely limited name recognition in the hinterlands and, come to think of it, in most urban, suburban and exurban areas as well. But that isn't stopping Lindsey Graham.

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It's your right to have a few sticks of TNT on your hips.

    And now a word from the Dynamite Owners of America – DOA:

    Wake up, America. At this crucial time in our nation’s history, our freedoms are under fire as never before. That’s why we must fight to protect our absolute, clearly defined, Second Amendment right to bear high explosives.

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