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August 1, 2014

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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.
Chamber lost its way in right turn
Wednesday, July 30, 2014
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Twice a year, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce convenes what it calls its Committee of 100 — which is composed of heads of regional chambers and Washington trade associations. They hear about the business climate from the chamber’s longtime president, Thomas Donohue, and about the political landscape from Bruce Josten, its chief lobbyist.
Paul Ryan’s new clothes
Tuesday, July 29, 2014
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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.
Obamacare teeters on a typo
Tuesday, July 29, 2014
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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.

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