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July 30, 2014

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  • In honor of Grumpy Cat’s Vegas appearance, a few Grumpy Cat Vegas memes
    July 30, 2014
    Start practicing your best pout! Stop smiling. Seriously. Stop it.
  • A rendering of the City of Rock at Rock in Rio Las Vegas 2015.
    What to expect when Rock in Rio debuts on the Strip
    July 30, 2014
    From a zipline over the main-stage area (!) to in-your-face brand marketing, a few elements to anticipate during the four-day festival.
  • Obamacare teeters on a typo
    July 29, 2014
    Remember how Democrats rushed into passing President Obama’s Affordable Care Act back in 2010 while they still had the votes? Now health care for millions teeters on a typo.
  • The rise of the left coast
    July 29, 2014
    The states, Justice Louis Brandeis famously pointed out, are the laboratories of democracy. And it’s still true. For example, one reason we knew or should have known that Obamacare was workable was the post-2006 success of Romneycare in Massachusetts. More recently, Kansas went all-in on supply-side economics, slashing taxes on the affluent in the belief that this would spark a huge boom; the boom didn’t happen, but the budget deficit exploded, offering a lesson to those willing to learn from experience.
  • Paul Ryan’s new clothes
    July 29, 2014
    Paul Ryan is counting on this: Because he says he wants to preserve a safety net, speaks with concern about poor people and put out a 73-page report, many will elide over the details of the proposals he made in his major anti-poverty speech.
  • Despair is not an option in Gaza
    July 29, 2014
    Once again, Israelis and Palestinians have been plunged into another round of violence, which only brings bloodshed and destruction, breeds more hatred and plants the seeds of the next round.
  • Energy efficiency isn’t built piecemeal
    July 29, 2014
    Once again proposed statewide energy efficiency standards are in the news.
  • Getting past GOP obstruction
    July 29, 2014
    So Republicans thought they could keep the Obama administration from accomplishing anything by just saying no to everything.
  • In the wake of Jezebel’s Hakkasan promoter story, some perspective on Vegas nightlife
    In the wake of Jezebel’s Hakkasan promoter story, some perspective on Vegas nightlife
    July 23, 2014
    "I find most promoters and VIP hosts are professional and courteous—and I’m no bottle customer."
  • Old with the new: The Stage Door, pictured in a file photo five years ago, is a bastion of old Vegas and new development.
    Surrounded by development, Battista’s and Stage Door Casino stay the same
    July 23, 2014
    Somehow, among giants like the Linq, High Roller and Cromwell, this little slice of strange still belongs.
  • Peace may never be at hand
    July 22, 2014
    Israelis and Palestinians may someday make peace. But the assumption should be that it won’t happen soon — perhaps not in our lifetimes.
  • $300,000 drug won’t be the last
    July 22, 2014
    Kalydeco is truly a wonder drug. Developed by Vertex Pharmaceuticals, it is the first drug that attacks not just the symptoms but the underlying cause of cystic fibrosis, a genetic lung disease that usually kills victims by the time they reach their 40s.
  • Actually understand climate change
    July 22, 2014
    The column by Frances Beinecke (“Despite misinformation effort, U.S. is targeting climate change,” July 11) recites all the tired myths and cliches of the global warming movement but offers not one iota of evidence. One would have hoped the leader of an organization with an annual budget of more than $100 million would be better informed about an issue as important as climate change.
  • Will Flight 17 sober us up?
    July 22, 2014
    Tragedies concentrate the mind. American politics was trundling along on its usual unserious and trivial trajectory when news of the crash of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 in Ukraine shook the world. Suddenly, the stakes in public life and foreign policy were very high.
  • GOP border stance is trouble for ’16
    July 18, 2014
    Republicans are once again criticizing the Obama administration’s handling of immigration. Despite a lot of talk, the GOP has done nothing to improve its dire political standing with Hispanics.
  • Companies take benefits, flee taxes
    July 18, 2014
    The U.S. Supreme Court keeps telling us that corporations are people, but some of these “people” have a curious sense of patriotism.
  • Obama’s foreign policy echoes that of Nixon
    July 18, 2014
    Don’t like President Barack Obama’s foreign policy? Blame President Richard Nixon. Just don’t hold your breath waiting for the former to acknowledge the influence of the latter, even as we approach the 40th anniversary next month of Nixon’s resignation.
  • Free to be … Not you, just me
    July 18, 2014
    What if we were just free?
  • A second chance for young offenders
    July 18, 2014
    America’s experiment with harsh punishment for nonviolent offenders has proved to be self-defeating. Rather than lessening crime, these policies promote recidivism when nonviolent offenders are unable to find employment, fall into poverty and return to crime.
  • Listen to Rush; you might like it
    July 18, 2014
    It is obvious to me that the letter writer who says “Shame on those who air Limbaugh” (July 15) has never or rarely listened to Rush Limbaugh, or has a very closed mind.
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