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June 19th, 2015

Battle of the Abortion Decisions

    It's been a dismal stretch for a woman's right to choose. Not everywhere - I swear that if you stay with me there's going to be a bright spot. But, first, I'm afraid we're going to have to talk about Texas.

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A pothole: the tea party national monument

    My shocks were shocked. My struts, too.

    I was headed down I-25 north of Denver when, with the force of an albatross across the face, a tremendous pothole presented itself. Fortunately, I had hands at 10 and 2. I was obeying the speed limit. Even at that, for a moment, hugging my lane with vehicles on either side of me became a harrowing task.

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A Green-Energy Founding Father

    When historians get around to identifying who greened the national grid, Scott Sklar belongs on their list. The energy consultant and former solar lobbyist with a wild white beard has spent more than 40 years bolstering industries that tread more lightly than fossil fuels and stretch efficiency.

    Now 65, Sklar is having too much fun doing his part to make renewable energy hit critical mass to slow down.

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Why ignorant citizens can be good citizens

    Hillary Clinton's support of automatically registering Americans to vote has sparked a fascinating discussion on the relationship between voting and ignorance.

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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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