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April 16, 2014

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Playing hockey with Putin
Saturday, April 12, 2014
other voices:
Shortly before the Sochi Olympics, Russian President Vladimir Putin played in an exhibition hockey game there. In retrospect, he was clearly warming up for his takeover of Crimea. Putin doesn’t strike me as a chess player, in geopolitical terms. He prefers hockey, without a referee, so elbowing, tripping and cross-checking are permitted. Never go to a hockey game with Putin and expect to play by the rules of touch football. The struggle over Ukraine is a hockey game with no referee. If we’re going to play, we, the Europeans and the pro-Western Ukrainians need to be serious. If we’re not, ...
No more chatter at the water cooler
Friday, April 11, 2014
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If you’re closing in on 50 but want to feel much, much older, teach a college course. I’m doing that now, at 49, and hardly a class goes by when I don’t make an allusion that prompts my students to stare at me as if I just dropped in from the Paleozoic era.
Government for sale to highest bidder
Friday, April 11, 2014
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Look for this advertisement on TV, in your local newspaper and online in the not too distant future: “For sale at auction: 535 seats in the U.S. Congress — 100 in Upper House and 435 in Lower Chamber. Seats to be occupied by person of buyer’s choice after bipartisan elective process with no restrictions on qualifications of candidates other than those set out by the major bidders."
Defending a high achiever
Friday, April 11, 2014
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Congratulations, Kwasi Enin. You’re a 17-year-old Long Island high school student who applied to all eight of the nation’s elite Ivy League universities — and received acceptance letters from all of them!
Photo: Brad Garretts Comedy Club
It’s good times for Brad Garrett as his Comedy Club turns 2 at MGM Grand
Thursday, April 10, 2014
When he was a kid, Brad Garrett once performed an impression of a television star. The results were mixed, to put it mildly. This was in 1974, Garrett was age 14 at the time, and the hot sitcom of the moment was ...
What to do with the flu? Bring me my dragons!
Thursday, April 10, 2014
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I’d been hoping to get the flu. I hadn’t had it in years, and there were so many TV series I’d never seen — “The Wire,” “Breaking Bad,” “House of Cards,” “True Detective” — that required an extended convalescence.
The price of admission in politics
Thursday, April 10, 2014
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Three years ago, I wrote about research showing that white lawmakers are more likely to respond to folks named Jake Mueller and minority lawmakers are more likely to respond to folks named DeShawn Jackson.
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Now starring on the Strip: Manny Pacquiao?! Plus, Holly Madison, Melody Sweets
Wednesday, April 9, 2014
This is one of those subjects bound to spark skepticism among boxing devotees, but we’re going there anyway: Would immensely popular Manny Pacquiao be a credible headliner in a Las Vegas stage show? ...
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After the fall, George Wallace to close standup show — and hints at TV project
Wednesday, April 9, 2014
Longtime comedian George Wallace opened at the Flamingo Las Vegas 10 years ago, but, after winning $1.3 in damages from Bellagio on Tuesday afternoon, the Strip headliner has decided to shutter his live show April 26. ...
Senate should act now to stop sexual predators in our schools
Wednesday, April 9, 2014
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I still remember the day I learned there was a sexual predator at the high school in my small town of Pahrump — the high school my girls would eventually attend. I assumed that it was just a matter of a phone call or two, and the teacher would be fired. Instead it took 13 years to find justice for the 60 former students who came forward, including six girls who were raped. To this day, I wonder how many of those children could have been spared had someone acted sooner.
Leaders fail us; results deadly
Wednesday, April 9, 2014
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I have just had an unpleasant encounter with the Department of Motor Vehicles (is there any other kind?). But I am arguing for government. BETTER GOVERNMENT!
Bank on the post office to save America’s ‘bank deserts’
Wednesday, April 9, 2014
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Drive through the dilapidated main strip in Terry, Miss., and it’s easy to see that the town of 1,063 is a hardscrabble place. And last month, life there got harder when the last bank branch in town closed, leaving in the lurch residents who have long depended on it as a convenient place to manage their money.
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In UNLV jacket unveiling, Brandon Flowers is a Runnin’ Rebel with a cause
Tuesday, April 8, 2014
A big fan of the UNLV squad who won the 1989-90 national championship, Brandon Flowers of The Killers wore Rebel red during a recent performance at Reunion Park at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas. ...
A tax reformer’s uphill push
Tuesday, April 8, 2014
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The Sisyphean task of tax reform should be tried only by someone who will not flinch from igniting some highly flammable people — those who believe that whatever wrinkle in the tax code benefits them is an eternal entitlement. Tax reform’s Senate champion is Ron Wyden, the affable, cerebral and tall Oregon Democrat who once wanted to be the NBA’s greatest Jewish power forward since ... never mind.
Flight 370: How can an airliner just vanish? Simple
Tuesday, April 8, 2014
If you want to participate in the search for Flight 370, try this.

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