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November 24, 2014

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The fable of Kentucky’s Sen. Rand Paul
Thursday, November 20, 2014
OTHER VOICES:
“The most interesting man in politics” is what Politico Magazine crowned Rand Paul in September, when it placed him at the top of a list of 50 people to keep an eye on. And Time magazine used those exact six words, in that exact order, next to a photograph of Paul on its cover last month. The adjective bears notice. Interesting. Not powerful. Not popular. Not even influential. They’re saying that he’s a great character. And that’s not the same as a great candidate.
Rethinking the United States’ foreign policy
Thursday, November 20, 2014
OTHER VOICES:
President Barack Obama’s coming request for Congress to “right-size and update” the Authorization for Use of Military Force (AUMF) against terrorism will be constitutionally fastidious and will catalyze a debate that will illuminate Republican fissures. They, however, are signs of a healthy development — the reappearance of foreign policy heterodoxy in Republican ranks.
Don’t ask how to feed the 9 billion
Thursday, November 20, 2014
OTHER VOICES:
At dinner with a friend the other night, I mentioned I was giving a talk debunking the idea that we need to grow more food on a large scale so we can “feed the 9 billion” — the anticipated global population by 2050. She looked at me, horrified, and said, “But how are you going to produce enough food to feed the hungry?” I suggested she try this exercise ...
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The quack attack uproots ‘MJ’ and ‘Rat Pack,’ but they’ll be back
Wednesday, November 19, 2014
This is a full-scale, authorized, licensed and big-budget musical in which the Robertsons are to be played by actors who can sing and dance. One of the show’s producers is Tommy Mottola, the Sony music exec and former husband of Mariah Carey. So this is a show that has some serious ...
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Jeff Civillico’s greatest juggling act: The annual Win-Win ‘Headliners’ Bash’
Wednesday, November 19, 2014
Jeff Civillico is finding it easier to stage a charity production for his Win-Win Entertainment Foundation than it was a couple of years ago. ...
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Perry Farrell: ‘We are never breaking up’ Jane’s Addiction
Wednesday, November 19, 2014
After a hiatus of about three months, Jane’s Addiction is back onstage, playing Friday night at 9 at Brooklyn Bowl in the Linq Promenade. The band most recently performed at the Bowl in May. ...
History gives clues to Roberts’ thinking on new Obamacare case
Wednesday, November 19, 2014
Other voices:
The Supreme Court’s surprising decision recently to hear a new challenge to the Affordable Care Act has once again focused attention on Chief Justice John Roberts, who cast the deciding vote in a 2012 decision that saved Obamacare from being declared unconstitutional. Many court watchers expect he will …
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Will President Barack Obama’s final two years be a sprint on regulation?
Wednesday, November 19, 2014
Other Voices:
The election results were a crushing political blow for the Obama administration, giving Republicans firm control of both houses of Congress for the final two years of his term. But this in no way signals the end of …
An accord the planet needed
Wednesday, November 19, 2014
Other Voices:
he minute we glimpse a flicker of hope in the fight against climate change, Republicans in Congress announce …
Don’t govern on fantasies
Wednesday, November 19, 2014
Other Voices:
When high-mindedness collides with reality, reality usually wins. Remember this when you hear talk of making the next …
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David Perrico’s imprint is on powerful Tuscany lineup; change in cast brings a Fenton to ‘Showstoppers’
Tuesday, November 18, 2014
The scene tonight is twofold, with Mark Shunock hosting the latest installment of “Mondays Dark” at nearby Vinyl benefiting Vegas Shepherd Rescue. Shunock’s next charity event is ...
Makers and breakers
Tuesday, November 18, 2014
Flip through any newspaper, go from the foreign news to the business pages and what you’ll see is the “other” great geopolitical struggle in the world today. It’s not the traditional one between nation states on land. It’s the struggle between …
Always look on the bright side
Tuesday, November 18, 2014
The polling places hadn’t even opened before the Senate’s right-wing firebrand, Ted Cruz, was demanding …
Democrats need more diversity, too
Tuesday, November 18, 2014
Here we go again. Big election defeats inevitably are followed by major rounds of teeth-gnashing, shirt-rending, soul-searching, finger pointing, self-flagellating and circular firing squad shooting. Now it’s the …
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If there’s a bustle in your hedgerow, it’s probably ‘Raiding the Rock Vault’ at Trop
Monday, November 17, 2014
Now at the Tropicana, "Raiding the Rock Vault" is comfortably familiar, ever-rocking and absent the notorious "Orkin Scene." ...

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