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November 23, 2014

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Death by typo
Sunday, November 23, 2014
other voices:
My parents used to own a small house with a large backyard, in which my mother cultivated a beautiful garden. At some point, however — I don’t remember why — my father looked at the official deed defining their property and received a shock. According to the text, the Krugman lot wasn’t a rough rectangle; it was a triangle more than a hundred feet long but only around a yard wide at the base.
Net neutrality rules
Sunday, November 23, 2014
other voices:
Is there anybody out there who opposes net neutrality?
Boehner’s stall on immigration
Sunday, November 23, 2014
other voices:
Oh, please. All the melodramatic Republican outrage isn’t fooling anybody. The only reason President Barack Obama had to act on immigration reform was that House Speaker John Boehner wouldn’t.
Follow these guideposts to shape Nevada’s technology future
Sunday, November 23, 2014
Where I Stand:
As we explain in our new report “Cracking the Code on STEM: A People Strategy for Nevada’s Economy,” neither the Las Vegas area nor the state as a whole has a clear plan for delivering the trained STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) workforce required for continued growth in Nevada’s …
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How many presidents have played golf at Shadow Creek? Four!
Saturday, November 22, 2014
Today’s reported golf round at Shadow Creek Golf Course involving President Barack Obama, ex-Yankee Derek Jeter, Diamond Resorts International founder Stephen Cloobeck and Greenspun Media Group owner Brian Greenspun is ...
Obamacare vs. Scaliacare
Saturday, November 22, 2014
Republican leaders in the House and Senate have made clear they’ll deploy every weapon in the legislative arsenal to repeal the Affordable Care Act. They’ll try to …
Brother, can you spare a dime?
Saturday, November 22, 2014
Other voices:
My neighborhood is natural habitat for beggars and panhandlers. The freeway is only a few blocks away, and its overpasses often harbor bedraggled men with cardboard signs asking for a handout. Garbage cans and recycling bins are regularly gleaned for …
The Obama opposition
Saturday, November 22, 2014
The president came to Washington thinking he could change Washington, make it better, unite it and the nation. He was wrong. As he ascended, the tone of political discourse descended, as much because of …
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Imagine Dragons gives something back; Oscar Goodman sticks his neck out
Friday, November 21, 2014
Imagine Dragons hit Sunrise Hospital on Friday afternoon. Not as patients, mind you, but to meet with that hospital’s board to discuss a partnership with the band’s chosen charity, the Tyler Robinson Foundation. ...
What happened to American isolationism? Two beheadings, for starters
Friday, November 21, 2014
Remember when pundits were worried Americans had turned isolationist? As recently as August, polls showed big majorities opposed to military intervention in Iraq, Syria or anywhere else. But it only took a couple of …
Politicians, teens and birth control
Friday, November 21, 2014
Other voices:
Here’s a story of utter irresponsibility: About one-third of American girls become pregnant as teenagers. But it’s not just a story of heedless girls and boys who don’t take precautions. This is also a tale of …
Photo: Entertainer Bill Cosby gestures during an intervie
On Cosby, hard to keep the faith
Friday, November 21, 2014
A few weeks ago, I spent a delightful afternoon and evening with Bill Cosby. I was the emcee of a gala for historically black Claflin University, which is in my hometown; Cosby was the headliner. Both of us were …
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 ...
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.

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