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GOOD MORNING: Not all sequels are bad

In recent years there has been a growing trend in Hollywood that has always bothered me. Some say it is the movie studios trying to milk movie-goers for as much as they can, while others say it is a sign that the movie industry is running out of original ideas. I prefer to use the term “sequelitis” for Hollywood’s ability to unfailingly create a sequel out of anything that proves to be profitable.

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CASS SUNSTEIN: You’re probably Frank Sinatra’s cousin too

The world’s first Global Family Reunion will be June 6 in New York City. The invitation list runs to 7 billion people: Earth’s entire population. So far, 77 million of them have a proven connection to the world’s biggest family tree, created by A.J. Jacobs, the reunion’s mastermind, who is fascinated that many millions of people can find familial connections to many millions of other people, past and present. You’re a cousin, so you’re welcome to attend.

MARK L. HOPKINS: It’s not nice to fool with Mother Nature

The headline said, “Antarctic ice shelf ‘will be gone’ by 2020.” In the text of the article it tells us that an ice shelf roughly 15 times the size of Manhattan Island that has existed for 10,000 years is quickly disappearing. The study that provided this information was published in the journal Earth and Planetary Science Letters and was written by researchers from NASA and The University of California.

CAL THOMAS: Obama’s hot-air commencement address

I didn’t attend my commencement ceremony at American University in Washington, D.C. I chose instead to receive my degree in the mail. I didn’t want to listen to a boring speaker, likely unaffiliated with the school or anyone in it, drone on in Washington’s notorious summer heat.

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.