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Date

May 21st, 2015

Errors and Lies

    Surprise! It turns out that there's something to be said for having the brother of a failed president make his own run for the White House. Thanks to Jeb Bush, we may finally have the frank discussion of the Iraq invasion we should have had a decade ago.

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What 'Wild' Has Wrought

    This is arguably America's greatest hiking trail, a 2,650-mile serpentine path running through desert and wilderness from the Mexican border to the Canadian border. The Pacific Crest Trail meanders through cactus and redwoods, challenging humans with rivers and snowfields, rattlesnakes and bears.

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Picasso and Fox's Victorian sensibilities

    I wouldn't believe it if it hadn't happened.

    A Fox affiliate, Fox 5 NY, when talking about a Picasso painting - "Women of Algiers (Version O)," which sold for a record $179 million this week - made a point of doing a little censoring of the classic work. Onscreen, a little blur appears over the top half of some women in the - yes - abstract painting.

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He Is Heavy. He's My Brother.

    It isn't about what we know now.

    It's about what we knew then.

    It is simply not true, as Republican presidential aspirant Scott Walker said on Friday, that "any president would have likely taken the same action Bush did with the information he had."

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Greed and the Presidency

    After two terms of sucking it up for the citizens of Arkansas, Mike Huckabee itched to cash in. So he signed on as a pitchman for a bogus diabetes remedy and rented out his mailing list to charlatans peddling Scripture as a cure for cancer.

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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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