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May 28th, 2015

Clinton's compulsive speechifying

    Again with the speeches. The gross excessiveness of it all, vacuuming up six-figure checks well past the point of rational need or political seemliness. The ceaseless drip of information that ought to have already been released, now being presented with a self-serving back pat over transparency.

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Stop logging our phone calls

    Once in a great while, House Republicans get it right. So let me praise them for leading a bipartisan effort to curtail the National Security Agency's bulk collection of data on the phone calls of innocent Americans.

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May 21st

Jeb Bush's agony

    Am I am the only person outside the Bush family who has a smidgen of empathy for Jeb Bush's roller-coaster ride in trying to answer a straightforward question: Was going to war in Iraq the right thing to do?

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Unaffiliated and Underrepresented

    President Barack Obama is a Christian (despite the fact that most Republicans apparently still believe that his "deep down" beliefs are Muslim, according to one poll conducted last year.)

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The proof is in the answers

    Let us talk about answering hypothetical questions, gotcha-type questions and no questions at all. That is, let us talk about Jeb Bush, Mike Huckabee and Hillary Clinton.

    Bush first flubbed his answer Monday to a question from Fox News' Megyn Kelly about the war in Iraq.

    Kelly: "Knowing what we know now, would you have authorized the invasion?"

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Like the blues? Thank a hippie

    News that B.B. King has died aggravates my anecdotage, the stage of life in which every new development reminds you of an old story.

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Forget the Fitbit. Focus on lunch.

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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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