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Bloom Energy’s bumpy future

Bloom Energy plans to go public on the New York Stock Exchange in late July. For a green energy start-up backed by the big Silicon Valley venture firm Kleiner Perkins Caulfield & Byers, Bloom has had a bumpy 16 years reaching this milestone. The financial and energy media have covered Bloom’s self-inflicted controversies, which are hardly over.

Tickler's Crab Shack (The Washington Times)

Tranquility, oysters and the livin’ is easy

Tilghman is barely an island, separated from the Eastern Shore of Maryland only by Knapps Narrows, a slender passage between Harris Creek, the mouth of the Choptank River and the Chesapeake Bay. The passage is covered by a drawbridge, which rises frequently as the motorized sailboats signal they’re chugging through.

U.S. President Donald Trump, second from left, gives a statement as Russian President Vladimir Putin, second from right, looks on and translators take notes at the beginning of a meeting at the Presidential Palace in Helsinki, Finland, Monday, July 16, 2018. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

Helsinki hellfire keeps the press aflame

All hell broke loose when President Trump declared, with Vladimir Putin by his side, that he did not believe his own intelligence agencies who said that the Kremlin was behind the criminal cyberwar attack to disrupt the 2016 elections.

Evening the Sacles Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

#UsToo strikes back, demanding equal justice

They’re hiring lawyers, in that all-American way of proving they’re serious, and they’re organizing what they proudly call “the men’s movement.” If it’s derivative, they should call it #UsToo. It’s a further poisoning of the well whence both men and women drink.

President Donald Trump speaks to members of the media as he meets with members of Congress in the Cabinet Room of the White House, Tuesday, July 17, 2018, in Washington. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

Questioning intelligence

Did President Trump bungle the moment in Helsinki by casting doubt on American intelligence findings that Russian agents “meddled” in the 2016 election? His critics, including some Republicans, say so — and on Tuesday, Mr. Trump said he had misspoken when he expressed doubt about Russian culpability. but several things need to be kept in mind.

In this July 11, 2018, photo, U.S. President Donald Trump takes his seat as he attends the multilateral meeting of the North Atlantic Council in Brussels, Belgium. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais, Pool)

Would, wouldn’t, whatever — now let’s move on

- The Washington Times

President Donald Trump clarified in a press conference that he meant to say in Helsinki that he saw no “reason why it wouldn’t” — rather than “it would” — be Russia that meddled in America’s 2016 elections. And OK to that. Believe the man or not. Whatever. Either way — let’s move on, please.

Syria Strategy Illustration by Linas Garsys/The Washington Times

A joint strategy for Syria

The Trump-Putin summit came at a highly propitious time, with respect to the Syrian civil war that is now in its final stage. Statements by both leaders reflect not only a common understanding of the problems in Syria that lie ahead but the reality that this is an area where both leaders have been engaged with Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu on the need to ensure Israeli security as well as the refugee problem and a need to eliminate ISIS and other radical terrorists in the area.

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Media straining at gnats

While President Trump is working real miracles on our behalf, Hillary Clinton's blatant collusion with the Justice Department and the FBI to criminally interfere with a presidential election and a Democratic primary on her own behalf is ignored.

FILE  - This Wednesday, April 26, 2017 file photo shows a Google icon on a mobile phone, in Philadelphia. European Union antitrust chief Margrethe Vestager is planning a statement on Wednesday, July 18, 2018 amid reports that her office will slap a record $5 billion fine on Google for abuse of its dominant position in the Android mobile phone operating systems. The decision was widely expected this week and financial media, including Bloomberg and the Financial Times, said the amount would total 4.3 billion euros. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke, File)

Europe's war on American success

America's high-tech colossi dominate the globe: Amazon, Uber, Apple, Microsoft, Lyft, Intel, Facebook, Google, Instagram, eBay, Twitter, Lyft and others were all made in America. Europe's tech companies, by contrast, are puny. Only Spotify, a Swedish music-streaming app, has made much of splash globally.

Cancer care still primitive

If ever there were a candidate for a failed institution, it would be the American Cancer Society and the standard of care that it supports ("New study reveals stunning results for cancer patients who opt for natural remedies," Web, July 19). Three decades ago there were 1,500 to 1,600 people per day dying of cancer — and it is the same now. Of course the ACS is bested by the American Diabetes Association. After three decades of their standard of care and supposed prevention, more than 60 percent of the U.S. population is either diabetic or pre-diabetic. The only thing that has improved overall in those years is the amount of money to be made from these diseases.

As envisioned by President Trump, some 32 miles of new wall will be built in the Border Patrol's Rio Grande Valley sector at a price of $784 million, or $24.5 million per mile. (Associated Press/File)

A simple solution

Mitt Romney coined the term "self-deportation" in 2012 to describe his plan for stemming the flood of illegal immigrants pouring over the border. If illegals couldn't get jobs here because they have no documentation, they would decide to go home.

The splash of Pope Francis

You have to wonder about an incoming pope whose personal motto is "Make a mess!" For those of you who didn't know, "Hagan lo!" -- which means exactly that in Spanish -- is a favorite expression of the current occupant of the Throne of Saint Peter. If he hasn't made a mess yet, Pope Francis, born Jorge Bergoglio to Argentine parents of Italian immigrant stock in 1936, has certainly made a splash.

People chant slogans as they burn a U.S. flag outside the Los Angeles office of U.S. Rep. Maxine Waters, Thursday, July 19, 2018, in Los Angeles. A crowd gathered at the field office to counter a protest by a self-styled militia group burned the flag taken from the back of a pickup truck that drove up to the scene. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)

Democrats need to chill, but science says they can't

- The Washington Times

If happiness had a political tag, conservative would be its name. A study in the Social Psychological and Personality Science found conservatives are happier than liberals and those those of right-leaning ideologies are far more likely than their left-leaning counterparts to grasp the "meaning of life." That explains a lot.

In this Nov. 12, 2015, file photo, a man walks past a building on the Google campus in Mountain View, Calif. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu, File)

Google's A.I. 'ethics principles' sound great, guarantee little

- The Washington Times

Google has put in place some ethical rules to guide its company's artificial intelligence pursuits. And the principles do show promise. But let's be clear: The devil remains in the details. It's one thing to lay out a path to walk, a wish-list to fulfill. It's another thing entirely to have the technological know-how to fulfill these goals.