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April 16, 2014

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Is Barack Obama ‘black’? A majority of Americans say no.

(via The Washington Post)

Comment President Obama made history in 2008 as the first African American president in U.S. history. But according to data in a fascinating new Pew Research Center study, a majority of Americans describe the president as "mixed race," while just more than a quarter (27 percent) call him "black." To see the full story, click here.

Las Vegas’ big bet on gay tourism

(via Moneywatch)

Comment The Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority this week launched what it claims is the first national mainstream tourism television commercial that celebrates same-sex relationships. Separately, an episode of the ABC sitcom “Modern Family” last month featured a gay bachelor party and showcased gay-themed events Las Vegas has to offer. To see the full story, click here.

Religious conservatives warn GOP against holding convention in Las Vegas

(via The Dallas Morning News)

Comment Some of the heaviest hitters on the religious right are pressuring GOP leaders to cross off Las Vegas as a potential host city for its 2016 convention, warning that putting the next convention in Sin City will harm the party’s image and drive away supporters. Dallas already pitches itself as... To see the full story, click here.

Baseball losses the story in Vegas on Championship Monday

(via Sporting News)

Comment Despite many of the Las Vegas sports books losing small on Connecticut’s 60-54 win over Kentucky in the national championships game on Monday, the biggest risk on the day turned out to be the final game posted in baseball, the Rockies and White Sox. To see the full story, click here.

Texas columnist: Dallas or Vegas? GOP, let me help

(via Dallas Morning News)

Comment On paper, national Republican apparatchiks are considering a half-dozen mighty American cities for the site of their summer 2016 convention. The general sentiment, though, is that they’re really down to four long shots and two heavyweights: Sin City and Big D. To see the full story, click here.

After 4 years of basketball, Bishop Gorman grad extending time at Oregon with football

(via The Oregonian)

Comment The new face around spring football practice is no stranger to an Oregon uniform. Point guard Johnathan Loyd, who was basketball coach Dana Altman's first recruit at UO four years ago, became football coach Mark Helfrich's... To see the full story, click here.

BLM seizes cattle in range war with stubborn Nevada rancher

(via By John M. Glionna, Los Angeles Times)

Comment Wielding signs and slogans, several hundred demonstrators rallied Monday to support beleaguered cattle rancher Cliven Bundy and his family in a turf battle against the federal government. They had responded to an alert promising a new skirmish: “Range War begins at the Bundy ranch at 9:30 a.m. We’re going to get the job done!” To see the full story, click ...

Mega-donors are now more important than most politicians

(via The Atlantic)

Comment Quick: Name a senator who served between the Civil War and World War I. Struggling? Now name a tycoon who bought senators during the same period. J.P. Morgan, John D. Rockefeller ... it’s easier. To see the full story, click here.

Manny Pacquiao discusses his controversial loss to Tim Bradley

(via Los Angeles Times)

Comment In the build up to his April 12 fight with Timothy Bradley, Manny Pacquiao has been blogging his thoughts for HBO. A portion of his most recent blog appears below, courtesy of HBO. In it, Pacquiao discusses how he deals with a bad decision after a fight, since many think he won his first fight with Bradley. To see the ...

This Republican candidate wants everyone to stop talking about his vampire costume

(via The Washington Post)

Comment Meet Jake Rush. He's running against Florida Rep. Ted Yoho, a first-term tea party conservative, in the upcoming 3rd district Republican primary. He's a former sheriff deputy and a current attorney, and often talks about how he is a conservative "straight-shooter." However, he also enjoys supernatural live action role playing games. To see the full story, click here.

Macau reports strong 1st-quarter gambling revenue; Wynn, Las Vegas Sands win

(via Forbes)

Comment Forbes reports that Macau casinos generated $4.4 billion in gambling revenue in March, up 13.1% from the same period last year and on the high end of analyst estimates. To see the full story, click here.

Despite disclosure, dark money stays dark in Nevada

(via OpenSecrets.org)

Comment In a settlement reached last week in Nevada, a 501(c)(4) social welfare group that ran ads in that state's 2010 gubernatorial race agreed to pay a $40,000 fine and disclose the donors that fueled its spending. To see the full story, click here.

Las Vegas-based ‘master tracker’ admits his Bigfoot body is hoax

(via San Antonio Express-News)

Comment After a falling out with his Bigfoot crew, master tracker Rick Dyer, whose new title may be “con artist”, admitted that the 8-foot tall body named “Hank” that wooed crowds last month in San Antonio is a prop made to look like a Bigfoot. To see the full story, click here.

Las Vegas woman imprisoned in plot to kill ex-husband says she didn’t want him dead

(via ABC News)

Comment A Las Vegas woman in prison for plotting to murder her ex-husband said she never wanted him dead. To see the full story, click here.

Sales tax slice: The house really does always win — Las Vegas casino purchases airplanes, escapes sales and use taxes

(via Bloomberg BNA)

Comment Most people have probably heard the popular phrase, “the house always wins.” Indeed, it’s often paired with the familiar and belated advice, “you should have quit while you were ahead.” The phrase, to the uninformed, typically refers to the sentiment that, no matter how much money a gambler wins, in the end, the casino will come out on top. To ...