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Marco Rubio's Massive (Yet Defensible) Flip-Flop

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In Defense of Republican Opportunists

In February, Marco Rubio declared, "We cannot be a party that nominates someone who refuses to condemn white supremacists and the Ku Klux Klan." This week, he said he'd be "honored" to campaign for just that man. Self-serving? Yes. Cowardly? Yes. But Jonathan Bernstein says Rubio's flip-flop is perfectly defensible political behavior.

China Has a Lot to Learn From Disney

Some 2,500 theme parks operate across China, and 90 percent of them aren't making money. With Walt Disney Co. set to open its largest-ever theme park in Shanghai this June, Adam Minter considers what the American behemoth could teach local operators. 

Don't Let the TSA Ruin Your Summer Vacation

If you plan to fly this holiday weekend, start lowering your expectations now: Complaints about airport security delays and surly screeners are skyrocketing. The Transportation Safety Authority is begging poverty, but the Bloomberg View editorial board says its $7.4 billion budget and 50,000 employees should suffice.

Instead of spending more, it could spend better. Consider the PreCheck expedited screening program, which was supposed to cut back on security waits but instead made lines longer. It's a classic case of misallocated resources, Justin Fox laments: Only 3 million people have signed up for a program intended (and funded) to benefit 25 million by now.

Barbecuing for Vegetarians: A Survival Guide

If you're firing up the grill for Memorial Day weekend, don't settle for veggie burgers, tofu dogs and other such atrocities. Megan McArdle offers five delicious recipes to sate herbivores and meat-eaters alike. 

Ritholtz's Reads

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