This is starting to smell a little.

FBI files released last week as part of the Hillary Clinton email investigation show that her private server was made in a makeshift lab on K Street, Fox News reported Friday evening.

The report also noted that it took Clinton’s IT specialist, Bryan Pagliano, months to create the server.

If Hillary Clinton’s “home-brew” server ever got the Mary Shelley treatment, IT specialist Bryan Pagliano would make a fine Dr. Frankenstein–FBI documents reveal new details about how he painstakingly created the machine over a series of months while working in a room along Washington’s storied K Street.

According to files released last Friday evening, Pagliano worked to design and build the now-infamous server inside a room once used as part of Clinton’s campaign headquarters. On the street known as Washington’s power corridor, Pagliano even used computer remnants from Clinton’s failed 2008 presidential bid, where he had worked as an IT

I remember when Ben Wattenberg said

“When you have thousands of people walking across you border, you call it an invasion”

The Berlin Wall was a prison designed to keep people in. A wall on the U.S.-Mexican border would be intended to keep people out. That difference is as significant as the difference between capitalist democracy and a Communist dictatorship, or between lawlessness and the rule of law. Nobody has to agree with Trump, or think that building a wall is more than an empty campaign promise that elicits hoots and cheers at arena rallies. But it’s amazing to see how far critics will go in abusing rhetoric in order to level the wall before it’s even built.

Good idea.

Many words have been used to describe Aabid Surti over the years. Writer, artist, cartoonist. Humble, soft-spoken, energetic. But few would have expected conservationist or environmentalist to be added to the list. Especially not when Mr. Surti was in his 70s. But the Drop Dead Foundation (DDF), a nonprofit run by him, has in the past nine years managed to save millions of gallons of water in the Mira Road-Bhayander suburbs of Mumbai. How? By fixing leaky taps.

Insider trading. … It will never go away.

Once again, insider trading is on the Supreme Court’s agenda, and that’s not a good thing. The law of insider trading is clear and sensible. Yet the SEC and the Department of Justice argue otherwise. In a case that the Supreme Court will hear imminently, Salman v. U.S., the government is fighting to broaden the rules and increase its own power. What they are resisting is not ambiguity in the law, but the restraints on their power imposed by Congress and the federal courts.

Because the executive branch dislikes clear and sensible rules that will limit its prosecutorial authority, there have been decades of conflict over the law of insider trading between judges and bureaucrats. These bureaucrats—mainly the SEC and a few rogue prosecutors like Preet Bharara, the U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York—have fought a rearguard action against the federal judiciary, mainly the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit and the U.S. Supreme Court, over what the law of insider trading should be. The courts say that the law should protect property rights in information, promote market efficiency, and reward costly research with market gains. The SEC says that the law should promote a notion of “fairness” among market participants that is so vague that the SEC declines to define or even describe it.

The federal courts distinguished illegal trading from legal trading with great precision over 30 years ago in two cases, now iconic: Chiarella v. United States and Dirks v. SEC. These cases held, respectively, that an element of the crime of insider trading was the breach of a duty of trust and confidence toward the owner of the information being traded, and that sharing corporate information is not a crime unless it involves a breach of such a duty.

Progress never sleeps.

Americas declared free of measles

The Region of the Americas is the first in the world to have eliminated measles, a viral disease that can cause severe health problems, including pneumonia, blindness, brain swelling and even death. This achievement culminates a 22-year effort involving mass vaccination against measles, mumps and rubella throughout the Americas.

Good idea.

One day, microrobots may be able to swim through the human body like sperm or paramecia to carry out medical functions in specific locations. Researchers from the Max Planck Institute for Intelligent Systems in Stuttgart have developed functional elastomers, which can be activated by magnetic fields to imitate the swimming gaits of natural flagella, cilia and jellyfish. Using a specially developed computer algorithm, the researchers can now automatically generate the optimal magnetic conditions for each gait for the first time. According to the Stuttgart-based scientists, other applications for this shape-programming technology include numerous other micro-scale engineering applications, in which chemical and physical processes are implemented on a miniscule scale.