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Photo: 2015 Rock in Rio USA Day 4 featured Bruno Mars, Jo
Bruno Mars delivers uptown funk to the Strip in fiery sendoff to Rock in Rio USA
Sunday, May 17, 2015
For a night, the embodiment of Elvis and The Rat Pack on the Strip was the guy in the white fedora and Hawaiian-print shirt. He spun and shimmied and smiled and stopped to notice his face on a billboard overlooking Las Vegas Boulevard.
Campaign finance reform matters; here’s why
Sunday, May 17, 2015
The Supreme Court recently upheld a law in Florida that prohibits judges from personally soliciting campaign funds. Integrity is crucial, Justice John Roberts wrote, because the public must have confidence in a judge’s ability to administer justice without fear or favor.
There are better — but harder — solutions than raising minimum wage
Sunday, May 17, 2015
The slogans are everywhere: “Fight for 15”; “People Not Profits”; “One Job Should Be Enough.” Worsening income inequality and the persistence of poverty have spurred a movement to raise the minimum wage, at both the national and state levels. Some West Coast cities already have boosted their minimum wage to $15, or more than double the federal standard. And Los Angeles and others are now considering a similarly aggressive move.
What’s the plan for immigration reform?
Sunday, May 17, 2015
On the screen, one of the Republican Party’s savviest strategists, Kevin Madden, is telling it like it is on immigration reform. He’s talking not really to Sunday’s CNN national audience, but to a slightly smaller audience — his Grand Old Party’s leaders, posturers and presidential wannabes.
How about some power to the people?
Sunday, May 17, 2015
Where I Stand:
Do yourself a favor. Walk outside. Look up, toward the sun, not directly into it. What do you see? What do you feel? What do you think about that? Here is what I think. In 2005 …
Cirque artist Sami Saula will hold concert fundraiser Friday for his son
Cirque artist Sami Saula will hold concert fundraiser Friday for his son
Sunday, May 17, 2015
Elann Saula is a little boy with a lot of fight. But even he needs help in his battle against a serious immune-system disorder. The 4-year-old Elann is ...
Here’s how Hillary is winning
Saturday, May 16, 2015
As fleetly as Hillary Clinton vacuums up the money, she piles up the paradoxes.
Rape kit testing falls short nationwide
Saturday, May 16, 2015
Natasha, 14, had just gotten off the school bus after ninth-grade basketball practice one evening and was walking home on a quiet street beside a creek. When she heard footsteps behind her, she thought it was one of her classmates.
Will the new Joint Chiefs chairman be a lapdog like too many of his predecessors?
Saturday, May 16, 2015
President Barack Obama has nominated Marine Corps Gen. Joseph Dunford to be chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. Dunford waged war effectively in both Iraq and Afghanistan. But it’s one thing to be a battlefield commander, even a four-star theater commander, and another thing to be the chairman of the Joint Chiefs — a job that is more political than strictly military.
Too many live lives like Freddie Gray’s
Saturday, May 16, 2015
Lately it seems as though every few months there’s another urban riot and the nation turns its attention to urban poverty. And in the midst of every storm, there are people crying out that we should finally get serious about this issue. This time it was Jon Stewart who spoke for many when he said: “And you just wonder sometimes if we’re spending a trillion dollars to rebuild Afghanistan’s schools, like, we can’t build a little taste down Baltimore way. Like is that what’s really going on?
Our nation is in a knowledge crisis
Saturday, May 16, 2015
Three out of five eighth-graders tested in a nationwide survey did not know that the 1803 Marbury v. Madison case established the Supreme Court’s power to decide whether a federal law is constitutional. Half of them could not attribute the phrase “We hold these truths to be self-evident” to the Declaration of Independence. Fewer than half could figure out what time it was in Johannesburg if it were 10 a.m. in Lima, even when presented with a time-zone map.
Photo: Taylor Swift performs at Rock in Rio USA on Friday
First night of Rock in Rio USA’s Pop Weekend is Taylor-made
Saturday, May 16, 2015
Taylor Swift uses 1989 as the cornerstone of her career, which makes sense as that was the year she was born. As she took the stage at Rock and Rio USA on Friday night, ...
Funneling the clouds, the ‘weather guru’ reigns over Rock in Rio USA
Funneling the clouds, the ‘weather guru’ reigns over Rock in Rio USA
Friday, May 15, 2015
Around these grounds there has been talk of a “voodoo weather guy” or “weather guru” who has protected Rock in Rio USA from any debilitating wind, rain or even ...
Photo: Neon Riviera sign above the main entrance.
Riviera signs to glow anew at Neon Museum; L.V. Phil to reprise Sinatra’s Reprise era
Friday, May 15, 2015
Just about to haul The Kats Report Bureau back to the Rock in Rio USA festival. Pop Weekend is upon us, with the most significant latest news that John Legend has been moved from the Mercedes Benz Evolution Stage ...
Photo: Stevie Wonder's
Buzz around Life Is Beautiful has Stevie Wonder, Duran Duran joining Imagine Dragons this year
Friday, May 15, 2015
As Rock in Rio USA sets its footing for Pop Weekend at MGM Resorts Festival Grounds, there is some percolation about the next major entertainment festival in Las Vegas. We speak of the third Life Is Beautiful ...

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