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GOOD MORNING: Wild weather weekend leaves people ready for summer

Let’s see a show of hands if you have already had your fill of tornado sirens, warnings of all kinds and rain for the season. Go ahead, right there at your breakfast table raise that hand up in the air. I won’t laugh if you raise both. Man, what a spring. I can’t remember the last time I heard a tornado siren more than once in a particular season.

No more ‘quick and dirty’ fixes for Greece

International Monetary Fund Managing Director Christine Lagarde correctly said last week that the protracted negotiations between Greece and its official creditors required “a comprehensive approach, not a quick and dirty job.” She was responding to the leak of a fund document that highlighted the pressure to craft yet another stopgap that only temporarily averts a meltdown, and she was also emphasizing the need to finding a lasting solution to the crisis that continues to elude the parties.

Sticker shock in preview of Obamacare rate hikes

So the proposed 2016 Obamacare rates have been filed in many states, and in many states, the numbers are eye-popping. Market leaders are requesting double-digit increases in a lot of places. Some of the biggest are really double-digit: 51 percent in New Mexico, 36 percent in Tennessee, 30 percent in Maryland, 25 percent in Oregon. The reason? They say that with a full year of claims data under their belt for the first time since Obamacare went into effect, they’re finding the insurance pool was considerably older and sicker than expected.

GOOD MORNING: Honoring the World War II heroes of Grayson County

Many were just teenage boys when they left Grayson County. Loved ones shed tears and waved goodbye as the boys — thrust into manhood — rolled out on buses or by train, headed into the unknown. World War II had begun and their country needed them to fight in distant lands, not just to protect the freedoms enjoyed in the United States, but to help millions of others being oppressed and slaughtered by cruel, corrupt leaders.

RedBlueAmerica: Are top American journalists revealing their bias?

George Stephanopoulos — ABC’s chief anchor, chief political correspondent and a “Good Morning America” host — last week admitted he had donated $75,000 to the Clinton Foundation since 2011. The admission raised questions about his ability to cover the presidential campaign fairly, and he apologized. It turned out that PBS journalist Judy Woodruff and other media organizations and figures had also donated.

960 years old: DHS class has joint 80th birthday

I learned what it is to be 80 years old Saturday and it isn’t even time for my latest birthday for two more weeks. Thirteen members of the Class of 1953 at the old Denison High School gathered at the Southern Grill and Kitchen for a joint 80th birthday party representing 960 accumulative years of life for those attending.

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GOOD MORNING: Curtains for Draper

We here at the Herald Democrat’s one-man “International Center for the Study of Pop Culture” would be remiss if we didn’t close-out the week with a short eulogy for one of the best television shows of the last decade. AMC’s “Mad Men” wrapped its eight-year, seven-season run a week ago, finally locking the doors, once and for all, at Sterling Cooper.

Fallen soldiers

On May 23, the Texas House of Representatives and the Texas Senate met jointly to hold a memorial ceremony to honor Texan soldiers who lost their lives in the global war against terrorism. The ceremony began with the presentation of the colors by the Texas National Guard, the singing of the national anthem, and the recitation of the Pledge of Allegiance. The governor spoke about the sacrifices made by the service members and their loved ones before the families were presented with state flags. The families of each fallen Texan were invited to the ceremony, which closed with a 19-gun cannon salute and the playing of “Taps.”

JONATHAN CAPEHART: Obama joins Twitter. Racism quickly follows. (+video)

There are moments when I come this close to quitting Twitter. The amount of hatred squeezed into 140 characters or less by lunatics usually cloaked in anonymity is enough to make you question your support for the First Amendment and your faith in the decency of other people. To the uninitiated, the torrent of bigotry can leave you feeling violated. Even the most seasoned, battle-scarred, seen-it-all, can’t-nuthin’-shock-me individual will be left O-o by the filth in his or her Twitter feed.