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August 17, 2019

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Two narcissists have the world in their hands
Saturday, August 17, 2019
OPINION:
Trump and President Xi Jinping of China are still locked in a cage match over who is the true big dog in today’s global economy. Both are desperate not only to “win,” but to be seen to win, and not be subjected to the scorn of their rivals or critics on social media.
Trump’s China policy incoherent, value-free
Saturday, August 17, 2019
OPINION:
A concern for human rights and democracy has often been seen as an add-on to our country’s foreign policy, an attractive veneer over the usual realpolitik. But President Donald Trump is demonstrating that a supposedly “America First” policy focused entirely on trade and divorced from a commitment to our values is incoherent.
NATO still relevant in a dangerous world
Saturday, August 17, 2019
OPINION:
This year, the North Atlantic Treaty Organization marks its 70th anniversary. In international statecraft, such long-lasting alliances are exceedingly rare. NATO’s longevity is due partly to the fact that it combines national interest, which can be fleeting, with national values, which it is hoped are more lasting.
A mayor’s vision for North Las Vegas
A mayor’s vision for North Las Vegas
Friday, August 16, 2019
Where I Stand:
Let me take you on a journey into the future: It’s 2029, and North Las Vegas has hit its stride. Industry bustles at Apex Industrial Park, where tens of thousands of workers arrive …
Getting numb to the word racism? That’s by design
Friday, August 16, 2019
Opinion:
Tucker Carlson often reserves an entire “Tucker Carlson Tonight” show on Fox News for discussions on the so-called buzz words “racist” and “racists” and “racism.” And he often ridicules the use of those words. As if he sometimes seems to revel in himself or conservatives being …
When to take a conspiracy seriously
Friday, August 16, 2019
Opinion:
The challenge in thinking about a case like the suspicious suicide of Jeffrey Epstein, who spent his life acquiring sex slaves and serving as a procurer to the ruling class, can be summed up in two sentences. Most conspiracy theories are false. But often some of the things they’re trying to explain …
Trump undermines belief in truth
Thursday, August 15, 2019
Opinion:
President Donald Trump will do just about anything to get his daily, hypodermic fix of attention, including the spread of racist tropes and conspiracy theories. And no, I am not starting a rumor that Trump is secretly a drug addict. It is a metaphor. But if my editors and their fact checkers were all on vacation, encouraging this lie would surely kindle enthusiasm in portions of the left, outrage on the populist right and tut tutting from centrists concerned about …
50 years ago, peace was given a chance
Thursday, August 15, 2019
Opinion:
Fifty years ago, when I was 19, I got the assignment from the trade magazine Billboard to cover the Woodstock Festival because none of the older writers wanted to go. My review the following week rhapsodically began, “About 400,000 rock fans …
Iowa voters’ idiosyncrasies defy pundits’ expectations
Thursday, August 15, 2019
Opinion:
After watching Joe Biden and Elizabeth Warren campaign in Iowa, I understand why some people group them together. Both are folksy, white and in their 70s. Both speak of the searing childhood experience of seeing their fathers lose their jobs, and both make economic security for the middle class central to …
Common sense is in order for lawsuit against state on cannabis licensing
Wednesday, August 14, 2019
Guest column:
What is the substance of this lawsuit? And what is the precedent set, for this state and others, when a state agency is not allowed to manage its program within …
This trade war is not working
Wednesday, August 14, 2019
Opinion:
President Donald Trump has set off what could end up becoming a full-blown trade war. As we go down this path, it is worth keeping something firmly in view: Tariffs don’t work. I’m not spouting free-market theory; I’m making a practical observation. There have been many efforts in recent decades to help industries in decline in America. I can think of no case where tariffs …
Hate is so much bigger than Trump
Wednesday, August 14, 2019
Opinion:
Some of the country’s most knowledgeable physicians can’t tell me with any certitude why I ended up losing sight in my right eye and am in danger of going blind, but one of my column’s readers …
Paid sick leave law a good first step for Nevada workers
Wednesday, August 14, 2019
Guest column:
It’s that time of year when those of us with little Nevadans are transitioning into back-to-school mode after enjoying the final few summer days at the park or pool. As a mom, I am always …
In Las Vegas, life is truly beautiful
In Las Vegas, life is truly beautiful
Tuesday, August 13, 2019
Where I Stand:
It is sometimes difficult to recognize history as it is happening, but I believe our city has entered a key moment that will affect our community for years to come. Put simply, our city is on the cusp of becoming …
Two photos paint stark contrast of presidents
Tuesday, August 13, 2019
Opinion:
The picture of Barack Obama with a child was luminous with hope and idealism. The one of Donald Trump with a child was dark with pain and shattered …