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August 2, 2014

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A Gaza tale the world has yet to grasp
Saturday, August 2, 2014
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Inhumanity in Gaza is happening right before our eyes — and the whole world is watching. Watching but maybe not really seeing — and certainly not fully grasping. Those unhappy news truths became clear as we chronicled the week’s events from our frequent perch here at the intersection of the media, policy and politics.
Intercession needed in mad world
Saturday, August 2, 2014
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A recent day was my feast day, or as the Italians call it, my “onomastico.” Since I live in the United States, it went completely unnoticed. If I lived in Italy, however, I would have been showered with cards and phone calls. That’s because about 75 percent of the paesani, or “countrymen,” are named after saints, and the other 25 percent are named Sal, which is short for Salvatore, which means savior. I think you can see why Italian obstetricians also need theological degrees before they’re admitted to practice medicine.
Impeachment two-step
Saturday, August 2, 2014
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If you attack the president repeatedly for law-breaking, executive overreach and deceiving the public and Congress, do you have an obligation to impeach him? This is the logical question Republicans are now trying to duck.
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Palms’ sign change is a sign of the times; Franky Perez soars with strings
Friday, August 1, 2014
When you spend as much time as I do at the Palms, you take note of even the subtlest changes. Such as, the removal of the Maloof family name from ...
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‘Spider-Man’ is out, but something is brewing at Wynn/Encore
Friday, August 1, 2014
Philip William McKinley’s name — all three of them, in fact — certainly surfaces with great frequency at Wynn and Encore Las Vegas. ...
Can GOP ‘ideas’ lure minorities back in ’14?
Friday, August 1, 2014
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After six years of bending to the gales of Tea Party vituperation against President Barack Obama, the 2016 Republican presidential hopefuls seem to be rising up like visitors to Oz — with a heart, courage and a brain.
Black Dog Syndrome: Don’t judge a pooch by his color
Friday, August 1, 2014
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It’s not easy being a black dog at the pound. “We don’t discriminate against dogs based on their color, so we don’t automatically place those dogs in a nonadoptable category,” said Dianne Sauve, the director of Palm Beach County’s Animal Care and Control. “But there are times we end up with lots of black dogs.”
Middle foreign policy path
Friday, August 1, 2014
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With metronomic regularity, there is a choreographed minuet of carnage. Israel is attacked. Israel defends itself. Perfunctory affirmations of Israel’s right of self-defense are quickly followed by accusations that Israel’s military measures are disproportionate. Then come demands for a cease-fire, and the attackers replenish their arsenals.
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Quiz time: Did FLOLVJ really receive her high school diploma at pyramids in Egypt?
Thursday, July 31, 2014
For this column, we’re focusing on FLOLVJ (the acronym I like to use for the First Lady of Las Vegas Jazz), long a favorite performer and a woman of vast aptitude, experience and education. Catch her most Saturday nights at the Dispensary ...
GOP is absent on immigration
Thursday, July 31, 2014
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The Republican Party’s paralysis on immigration is so complete — and so utterly irresponsible — that President Barack Obama has no choice but to act on his own.
We’re teaching to the test — not students’ futures
Thursday, July 31, 2014
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I’m worried that we’re no longer teaching students how to think critically or to write well.
No war is an island
Thursday, July 31, 2014
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It’s amazing how much of the discussion of the Gaza war is based on the supposition that it is still 1979. It’s based on the supposition that the Israeli-Palestinian dispute is a self-contained struggle being run by the two parties most directly involved. It’s based on the supposition that the horror could be ended if only deft negotiators could achieve a “breakthrough” and a path toward a two-state agreement.
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‘Star Trek’s’ Walter Koenig still secure playing Chekov (with a V)
Wednesday, July 30, 2014
Walter Koenig is an easygoing sort — until you question the Russian accent, which he exaggerated on a famous TV show a long time ago. ...
Connecting ready-to-work Americans, ready-to-be-filled jobs
Wednesday, July 30, 2014
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Almost six years after the worst financial crisis in generations, our businesses have added nearly 10 million new jobs over the past 52 months. Manufacturers are hiring again, and overall, there’s more work available now than at any time since 2007. For the first time in more than a decade, business leaders around the world have declared that the No. 1 place to invest isn’t China — it’s the United States.
Clean energy, strong tribe
Wednesday, July 30, 2014
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On Thursday, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency will begin a three-day hearing to listen to mothers, fathers, tribal leaders, clean energy workers, faith leaders, utility groups, business owners and others comment on its proposed Clean Power Plan.

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