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CHARLES KENNY: How the world is wiping out killer diseases

The Ebola outbreak in West Africa appears close to its end. Earlier this month, Liberia was declared Ebola-free, and the World Health Organization reported only seven cases in Guinea and two in Sierra Leone in the first week of May. What’s received less notice is that the older and more persistent infectious scourges of Guinea worm and polio are also both disappearing — and may soon follow smallpox (eradicated 35 years ago) into the burn bag of history. Other infections, including measles and malaria, may follow.

RAMESH PONNURU: 16 questions Hillary Clinton should answer

As her campaign for the presidency kicked off, Hillary Clinton managed to go 27 days without answering a question from the press. On Tuesday, she broke that streak. Here are a few questions reporters might want to ask the next time she decides to give her prospective subjects an opportunity to get unscripted answers from her.

JENNIFER RUBIN: Can Scott Walker capitalize on Jeb Bush’s stumbles?

The 2016 presidential race took an unexpected turn last week. Jeb Bush took an agonizingly long time to get to the obvious answer on Iraq: “Here’s the deal: If we’re all supposed to answer hypothetical questions — knowing what we know now, what would you have done — I would have not engaged. I would not have gone into Iraq.” Even the answer suggested a lack of understanding about the rules of the game in 2015 — “if we’re all supposed to answer hypothetical questions.” Of course, you are all supposed to, especially the one candidate who is trying to assert he will be his “own man.”

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LLOYD GARVER: The Apple Watch - good birth control?

It might be a little expensive, but the new Apple Watch sure is pretty. And judging from the hype, it is the Invention of the Century. The Watch is the next logical product after the success of the iPod, the iPhone and the iPad. My guess is the only reason that Apple didn’t call it an “iWatch” is that they didn’t want it to sound like an app for voyeurs. All of these devices have some important things in common: they look really cool, they’re fun, and they’re not something that anyone actually needs. The Apple Watch looks great and that’s a good enough reason to buy one. But don’t try convincing me that it will save you time and help you get fit.

PETER ORSZAG: Academic bonds strengthen between U.S., China

China is either at or near the so-called Lewis turning point, where it is no longer hugely productive to shift workers from agriculture to manufacturing. Now, growth will need to come increasingly from so-called total factor productivity, which itself is driven by technology and innovation, as Cai Fang, vice president of the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, argues.

CAL THOMAS: Who is a journalist?

My first job in journalism was as a copyboy at the NBC News Bureau in Washington, D.C. In my early 20s, I asked Bill Corrigan, the newsroom manager, “What must I do to get on the air?” He replied, “Get a college degree and a minimum of five years writing experience with a newspaper or wire service.”