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December 15, 2017

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Nevadans can still benefit from ACA
Tuesday, December 12, 2017
Guest column:
It has been seven years since the Affordable Care Act was signed into law. Despite constant changes creating hurdle after hurdle, staff at the Silver State Health Insurance Exchange, Nevada’s state agency that helps individuals obtain affordable health coverage, has continued to press forward. Our small but mighty team remains focused on …
Will 2017 go down as unforgettable?
Tuesday, December 12, 2017
Some years are indelibly etched into history, like 1941, with the bombing of Pearl Harbor; 1964, with the Civil Rights Act; and 1968, with the anti-war demonstrations. Such a year may be 2017, not only because of Donald Trump’s presidency but also because of …
How much more will GOP defile itself for Trump?
Tuesday, December 12, 2017
What shall it profit a man,” Jesus asked, “if he gain the whole world and suffer the loss of his own soul?” The current Republican Party seems to not understand that question. Donald Trump seems to have …
With GOP piling on FBI, crisis is upon us
Tuesday, December 12, 2017
The apotheosis of Republican congressional collusion with Donald Trump’s efforts to hang on at all costs came at a hearing of the House Judiciary Committee. One Republican after another attacked …
Claim about obstruction of justice gets little traction among scholars
Monday, December 11, 2017
Analysis:
Forty years ago, former President Richard Nixon famously told interviewer David Frost, when asked whether a president can order an illegal act in the nation’s best interests, “Well, when the president does it, that means it is not illegal.” President Donald Trump’s personal lawyer, John Dowd, didn’t go quite that far …
Random musings: travel, media and failing upward
Monday, December 11, 2017
On the list of things that have caused me distress this year, deep distress, is travel pricing. Why does it sometimes cost more to fly from Providence, R.I. to Washington, D.C., than to Aberdeen, Scotland? Why can I, on good days — and I’ve just had a good day — get an airline fare with a good hotel in Washington for less than…
Party ideology or decency? GOP will decide
Monday, December 11, 2017
Just how disordered have our politics become? And how off-the-rails is the Republican Party? …
There’s reason to cheer, but not on gun policy
Monday, December 11, 2017
Did you know “Top Chef” is coming back to TV this week? Perhaps you’re tired of reality cooking contests. But imagine how relaxing it could be to spend an entire hour in a world where the worst possible thing that could happen involves …
Students mirror US attitudes on gun control
Sunday, December 10, 2017
Sun Youth Forum:
I participated in the Law and Crime category, which was centered on several of the most divisive legal, criminal and ethical issues facing our society. Our conversation focused not only the problems and moral dilemmas created by our legal system, but also the manner in which students believed these issues …
Here’s why young people hate capitalism
Saturday, December 9, 2017
When I arrived, people were lined up for blocks; walking to the door, I felt like I was on the guest list at an underground nightclub. Most attendees appeared to be in their 20s and 30s, part of a generation that is uniquely suspicious of capitalism, a system most of their elders …
Trump continues to drive ‘wingman’ Bannon’s agenda
Saturday, December 9, 2017
Steve Bannon may no longer be physically in the White House, but his spirit lingers there as the guide of the Donald Trump administration and the soul at the core of …
Senate’s recklessness threatens to put many in financial jeopardy
Saturday, December 9, 2017
Debate and careful negotiation over tradeoffs in a genuinely bipartisan context was at the heart of the success of the last comprehensive tax reform in 1986. By contrast, the GOP’s extravaganza this year is entirely …
Republicans’ tax plans are worth the risk
Friday, December 8, 2017
The Republicans’ tax legislation is built on economic projections that are as confidently as they are cheerfully made concerning the legislation’s shaping effect on the economy over the next 10 years. This claim to prescience must amaze …
Tillerson ouster would move U.S. toward war
Friday, December 8, 2017
The conflict between Trump and Tillerson reflects the deep uncertainty among U.S. officials as to why North Korea’s leader Kim Jong Un wants to pursue his nuclear program and what to do about it. Trump has called Kim “little rocket man” but fears an attack on North Korea would trigger a response in which …
Today’s Einsteins being thwarted by income gap
Friday, December 8, 2017
Much of human progress depends on innovation. It depends on people coming up with a breakthrough idea to improve life. Think about penicillin or cancer treatments, electricity or the …