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Joe Biden as Hamlet, what happened at Zappos, and more

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Check out five opinions trending online, from Israel's terror spiral to signs of a Bernie Sanders coalition.

Will he run or won't he? Speculation about Joe Biden has reached a fever pitch, writes Dana Milbank for the Washington Post, fodder for pundits but not much more.

"Finally, it can be reported: Joe Biden is running for president, unless he isn't. He will announce his decision this weekend, unless he doesn't. Furthermore, Biden is approaching important deadlines for declaring his candidacy, unless those deadlines don't matter. His advisers really want him to run, except those who don't, and he has been sounding out potential staffers, or perhaps not. He finds the opportunity irresistible, except when he lacks the passion for it." Read more.


Alaska mine veto wrong: The Environmental Protection Agency was wrong to preemptively veto the Pebble Mine in Alaska, writes the editorial board of the Wall Street Journal.

"It is by now beyond dispute that the Environmental Protection Agency went rogue when it halted Alaska's proposed Pebble Mine project. And yet, there's more. The more comes via an independent report that criticizes the agency for its preemptive 2014 veto of Pebble, a proposal to create the country's largest copper and gold mine in southwest Alaska. Under the Clean Water Act, the Army Corps of Engineers evaluates permit applications for new projects. The EPA has a secondary role of reviewing and potentially vetoing Corps approval. Here, the EPA issued a veto before either Pebble could file for permits or the Corps could take a look." Read more.

What happened at Zappos: Zappos, known for its freewheeling corporate culture under unorthodox CEO Tony Hsieh, decided to eliminate managers. Here's what happened, documented by Rodger Hodge for the New Republic.

"It is, in fact, just one example of a growing movement, driven largely, but by no means exclusively, by the technology industry, that seeks to apply insights derived from evolutionary biology and psychology, systems and chaos theory, as well as New Age spirituality and postmodern philosophy, to corporate management practices." Read more.


Terror cycle in Israel: The cycle of violence in Israel is nearing the point of no return, writes the editorial board of the Jerusalem Post.

"For months now, a tense modus vivendi was maintained in relations between Palestinians and Israelis. But in recent days, the situation has been deteriorating rapidly and seems to be on the verge of spinning out of control. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas both have a moral obligation to their respective people to do everything in their power to put an end to the cycle of violence before we reach the point of no return." Read more.

The Sanders coalition: "America's most famous socialist might be more electable than he looks," writes political analyst Jamelle Bouie for Slate. Or, at the very least, send a message to Hillary Clinton.

"But if you take all the anecdotes and information together, you begin to see the outlines of a 'Sanders coalition' in the Democratic Party: Predominantly white, with a connection to the white working class, and forged around core economic concerns. If durable, it's the kind of coalition that could force Hillary Clinton into a more serious contest for votes, if not delegates." Read more.


Ellen Clegg is Editorial Page editor of The Boston Globe. To suggest a publication or topic for review, e-mail ellen.clegg@globe.com.