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April 15, 2014

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In Afghanistan election, three plausible presidents
Friday, April 4, 2014
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Negative early headlines about Afghanistan’s presidential election Saturday are easy to imagine. Some candidates are already trying to foster a simplified view among Westerners that they can fail to make the likely second-round runoff only if there is fraud. This is a deliberate attempt to provoke U.S. interference, whatever the facts.
Who should be deported?
Thursday, April 3, 2014
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President Barack Obama recently directed Secretary of Homeland Security Jeh Johnson to examine U.S. immigration enforcement policies to see how the department can “conduct enforcement more humanely within the confines of the law.”
Age divide and a blue America
Thursday, April 3, 2014
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Older voters and younger voters used to be largely on the same page when they went to the polls. No more.
The only thing that unites Arabs
Thursday, April 3, 2014
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Disputes within the Arab world are nothing new, but the depth of animosity and the sheer number of fault lines, rivalries and profound strategic disagreements has reached an all-time high.
Photo: Clint Holmes performs at Cabaret Jazz in the Boman
A Holmes-coming for Bill Fayne at the Smith Center; Teller’s take on venues is theatrical
Wednesday, April 2, 2014
Drummer Ronnie Vannucci of The Killers was honored by UNLV’s College of Fine Arts as Alumnus of the Year, but it likely won't be his last award from his alma mater. This is the first step in the school awarding ...
Photo: Angel Porrino arrives at the 2014 Fighters Only Wo
Angel Porrino tapped out of balloon act in ‘Absinthe’
Wednesday, April 2, 2014
Angel Porrino was a friend of Holly Madison and a featured subject on “Holly’s World” when she joined “Absinthe” at Caesars Palace, but she is now out of the show. As those who have been tracking social media have learned over the past several days, her ...
Parallel parking in the Arctic Circle
Wednesday, April 2, 2014
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Aboard the USS New Mexico in the Arctic — I never thought I’d ever get to see what the Arctic ice cap looks like from the bottom up.
Key players emerging from scandal unscathed
Wednesday, April 2, 2014
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Let’s take a minute to search for life lessons in the latest Chris Christie bridge-traffic-jam episode. I believe there are two. First, when the political ship is going down, nobody will bother to rescue the unattached woman and the dork from senior year.
A quiz: Do you speak dictator?
Wednesday, April 2, 2014
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With Vladimir Putin thuggishly stealing Crimea from Ukraine, and serious concern about whether he will also invade eastern Ukraine, a debate is unfolding about whether President Barack Obama is doing enough to stand up to tyranny.
Jobs and skills and zombies
Tuesday, April 1, 2014
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A few months ago, Jamie Dimon, the chief executive of JPMorgan Chase, and Marlene Seltzer, the chief executive of Jobs for the Future, published an article in Politico titled “Closing the Skills Gap.” They began portentously: “Today, nearly 11 million Americans are unemployed. Yet, at the same time, 4 million jobs sit unfilled” — supposedly demonstrating “the gulf between the skills job seekers currently have and the skills employers need.”
The Christian penumbra
Tuesday, April 1, 2014
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Here is a seeming paradox of American life. On the one hand, there is a broad social-science correlation between religious faith and various social goods — health and happiness, upward mobility, social trust, charitable work and civic participation.
Broadcasting in the Twilight Zone
Tuesday, April 1, 2014
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Let me go out on a limb: The Malaysian airliner did not get sucked into a black hole, vanish over the Indian Ocean equivalent of the Bermuda Triangle or crash-land on the spooky island from “Lost.”
How Wal-Mart exploits taxpayers
Tuesday, April 1, 2014
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Talk about a “poverty trap”! The term was recently used by House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan, R-Wis., to suggest that the nation’s panoply of programs to aid low-income households was keeping them from rising into the middle class.
Opening the Internet, or closing it?
Monday, March 31, 2014
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Here’s a conundrum for our times. The Internet has opened up free expression to millions of people around the world, including those who live in dictatorships. But the United States just announced it intends to give up oversight of the functioning of the Internet to an as yet unformed international organization. The idea is to give more government and private entities a bigger stake in controlling the Web. But it could also mean stifling the free flow of ideas.
Think Viking? Think pillaging — and laughter
Monday, March 31, 2014
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Sometimes our view of the world is completely shaken by new theories. That has happened to me with the Vikings.

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