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Dan Corkery: ICYMI: Mastering the Twitterverse

Hillary, Hillary, Hillary, when are you going to learn?

Recode is where you mounted your defense last week? Where you tried to salvage your reputation? Where you pitched your next book?

As a technology-news website, Recode is an also-ran, trailing CNet, Gizmodo, The Verge and others.

George Will: Public broadcasting: Needless yet seemingly immortal

WASHINGTON — As changing technologies and preferences make government-funded broadcasting increasingly preposterous, such broadcasting actually becomes useful by illustrating two dismal facts. One is the immortality of entitlements that especially benefit those among society's articulate upper reaches who feel entitled.

Scott Reeder: Raising Illinois taxes not a good idea

SPRINGFIELD — Both Republicans and Democrats in Springfield are making noise about raising our taxes, and that just makes me plain nervous.

A tax hike just isn't the fiscal salve needed to stave the state's financial woes.

Jim Dey: Lawyer is a slugger in war on bad rules

Wearing glasses, a suit and scholarly demeanor, Jacob Huebert comes across as an unlikely warrior in the fight for freedom.

Indeed, he looks more like a law professor — which he once was — than a guy looking for trouble.

But show him some people being pushed around by government bureaucrats enforcing pointless rules, and he's ready for battle.

Dan Corkery: The Pentagon Papers, the press and the heroic past

The Washington Post hosted quite a field trip last Thursday.

Actors Meryl Streep, Tom Hanks and director Steven Spielberg were visiting to research how the newspaper operates. It's part of their preparation for the upcoming film "The Post," about the paper's role in publishing portions of the Pentagon Papers in 1971.

George Will: How to restore American self-reliance

WASHINGTON — When in the Senate chamber, Ben Sasse, a Nebraska Republican, sits by choice at the desk used by the late Daniel Patrick Moynihan. New York's scholar-senator would have recognized that Sasse has published a book of political philosophy in the form of a guide to parenting.

Jim Dey: Curious court rulings highlight Northwestern 'innocence' case

Talk about a hot legal and political potato.

Now it's the state courts that can't quite figure out how to handle the scandal growing out of the phony crusade by Northwestern University journalism students that freed a guilty man from prison and replaced him there with an innocent one.

Sundiata Cha-Jua/Real Talk: Why resurrect Malcolm X? Why now?

May 19 marked the 92nd birthday of El-Hajj Malik El-Shabazz, Malcolm X. Across the U.S., blacks are organizing to commemorate the life and legacy of the legendary African-American human rights activist. In the second decade of the 21st century, as the struggle for black liberation is resurging, commemoration of the fiery prophet of African-American self-determination is skyrocketing.

Dan Corkery: Climbing the stairs to the past and future

Bill Lyon, the great sportswriter for The News-Gazette and the Philadelphia Inquirer, described the stairs at 48 Main St. as being "pitched at a Himalayan angle." While climbing them, your head is down like a hiker.

Loren Tate, also a legendary sportswriter, hurled a balky typewriter down those same stairs. That was his way of telling management the newsroom needed new typewriters.

George Will: Feds spin ever-growing web

WASHINGTON — A blind spider creeping through America's judicial thicket might be heading to the Supreme Court, which will have to decide if the contentment or even the survival of the Bone Cave Harvestman spider species, which lives only in two central Texas counties, is any of the federal government's business. If it is, what isn't?