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A kaffeeklatsch on race
Thursday, February 26, 2015
OTHER VOICES:
In our collective imaginations, we tend to conceive of the constantly called-for “national conversation on race” as having the formality of some grand conclave of consciousness — an American Truth and Reconciliation equivalent, a spiritual spectacle in which sins are confessed and blame taken and burdens lifted.
Unpaid, unarmed lifesavers in Syria
Thursday, February 26, 2015
OTHER VOICES:
Who would have thought there could be an uplifting story from Syria? Yet, side by side with the worst of humanity, you often see the best. In Syria, that’s a group of volunteers called the White Helmets. Its members rush to each bombing and claw survivors from the rubble.
War authorization’s difficult debate
Thursday, February 26, 2015
OTHER VOICES:
Americans, a litigious people, believe that rules for coping with messy reality can be written in tidy legal language. This belief will be tested by the debate that will resume when Congress returns from a recess it should not have taken, with a war to authorize. The debate concerns an Authorization for Use of Military Force (AUMF) against the Islamic State and also against ...
Photo: Imagine Dragons perform during their Destinations
Wings over America: Imagine Dragons jam on jammed Southwest flight; album debuts at No. 1
Wednesday, February 25, 2015
Wearing a grin and plain white T-shirt you’d buy three-to-a-pack at Target, Imagine Dragons frontman Dan Reynolds returned to the stage — which is to say he returned to his spot at the head of the cabin just in front of the cockpit.
The unsinkable R.B.G.
Wednesday, February 25, 2015
Ruth Bader Ginsburg isn’t planning on going anywhere anytime soon. “Now I happen to be the oldest,” the 81-year-old justice said in the tone of a person who has answered a whole lot of questions about her possible retirement plans. Sitting in her Supreme Court chambers on a dreary afternoon in late January, she added …
We would miss Obamacare
Wednesday, February 25, 2015
Will it take the repeal of the Affordable Care Act or its evisceration by the Supreme Court for us to appreciate what it’s actually done? Critics of the ACA are so insistent on pointing to the problems it has …
Whom do Democrats really want?
Tuesday, February 24, 2015
It’s the last night of the 2016 Democratic Party nominating convention. The first woman presidential nominee takes the stage to claim her hard-fought prize. Balloons drop and confetti fills the air as the crowd begins to chant — wait for it — “Win …
Photo: Director Philip William McKinley, Andrea Wynn, Ste
A ‘proponent of spectacle,’ director Philip William McKinley goes organic in ‘Showstoppers’
Monday, February 23, 2015
The vast majority of audience members who file out of Encore Theater say that they would recommend “Steve Wynn’s Showstoppers” to their family and friends, and the recommendation here, too, is to check out this talent-laden effort.
Photo: Jay DeMarcus, Gary LeVox and Joe Don Rooney of Ras
Monday By the Numbers: How Rascal Flatts have sold, how they’ll need to sell; fair time at MGM Resorts; Imagine Dragons’ Target ad cost
Monday, February 23, 2015
This week, Monday By the Numbers targets Rascal Flatts, which is beginning its series of performances at the Joint in the Hard Rock Hotel on Wednesday night; the MGM Resorts International job fair; and, yes, Target.
Falling wages for Nevada’s team
Monday, February 23, 2015
Guest Column:
Baseball is a lot like life, they say, and the only thing that’s fair is a hit between first and third.
Making sense of news by making fun of it
Monday, February 23, 2015
other voices:
“Did I die?” That’s how “The Daily Show” host Jon Stewart opened his program on the evening after he announced that he was walking away from it after 16 years.
The GOP’s Freudian moment
Monday, February 23, 2015
other voices:
After he won re-election last November, then soon-to-be Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell made two sets of comments reflecting the dueling impulses of the Republican Mind. Freud fans might refer to the superego, aka the conscience, and the id.
The act of rigorous forgiving
Monday, February 23, 2015
There’s something sad in Brian Williams’ need to puff up his Iraq adventures and something barbaric in the public response.
Obama the theologian
Sunday, February 22, 2015
other voices:
President Barack Obama, like many well-read inhabitants of public life, is a professed admirer of Reinhold Niebuhr, the famous mid-20th-century Protestant theologian. And more than most presidents, he has tried to incorporate one of Niebuhr’s insights into his public rhetoric: the idea that no society is innocent, and that Americans in particular need to put aside illusions about our own alleged perfection.
Boehner’s classroom run amok
Sunday, February 22, 2015
other voices:
The House of Representatives seems to be trying mightily to make itself irrelevant, with Speaker John Boehner leading the effort. I can’t help but think of the old proverb: “The dogs bark, but the caravan moves on.”

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