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An open letter to Hillary Clinton, and more

Hillary Clinton.
Hillary Clinton.AP/file 2015

Check out five opinions trending online, from geeks in the newsroom to Cold War 2.0.

Open letter to Hillary: New York Times columnist Maureen Dowd writes an open letter to Hillary Clinton – or, rather, the Leaders of the Clinton Republic of Chappaqua.

“It has come to our attention while observing your machinations during your attempted restoration that you may not fully understand our constitutional system,” Dowd writes. “Thus, we are writing to bring to your attention two features of our democracy: The importance of preserving historical records and the ill-advised gluttony of an American feminist icon wallowing in regressive Middle Eastern states’ payola.” Read more.

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The Secret Service and alcohol: The Secret Service has an alcohol problem, writes Marc Ambinder for Politico, and the agency cannot be reformed without addressing it.

“Alcohol abuse is an epidemic. It is a public health catastrophe. It probably infects every elite organization in the country. It is not fair to single out the Secret Service here. But it is quite reasonable to expect them to take extraordinary measures to deal with the problem, in ways that exceed what another organization might do.” Read more.

When journalism gets geeky: Presenting at SXSW in Austin, Washington Post executive editor Martin Baron and Post CIO Shailesh Prakash talked about the partnership between the newsroom and engineering. The WashPost PR Blog has a Twitter recap here .

Cold War, updated: Russia’s aggression has created fault lines that are leading to Cold War 2.0, writes Paul Hockenos for Al Jazeera America.

“On the 25th anniversary of the Berlin Wall’s breach, Europeans hoped to celebrate the continent’s liberation from the onerous strictures of the East-West conflict. But instead they woke up to a re-divided Europe and a costly, debilitating new Cold War.” Read more.

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Immigrants or expats? What’s in a name? Assumptions about race and class, writes Mawuna Remarque Koutonin for the UK Guardian, arguing that the terms “immigrant” and “expat” are freighted with cultural meaning.

“Defined that way, you should expect that any person going to work outside of his or her country for a period of time would be an expat, regardless of his skin color or country. But that is not the case in reality; expat is a term reserved exclusively for Western white people going to work abroad.” Read more.

Ellen Clegg is a member of the Globe staff. She tweets @ellenclegg.

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