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It’s worse when candidates agree

Here’s something neither candidate said, but could have, at Monday’s presidential debate over foreign policy when it came to the Middle East: emphasize secular governments over religious ones. Neither President Barack Obama nor Mitt Romney could say that, of course, because they don’t want to be seen as being anti-Islam, or even worse in modern America, anti-religion.

It’s funny ‘cuz it’s true

After focus grouping, poll testing and media vetting, it should come as no surprise that political rhetoric tends toward the banal. When even the politicians uttering the lines seem unconvinced, how are we supposed to be?

Return to Glass-Steagall

If ever it could be said Washington is the cradle of a bipartisan, self-perpetuating cycle in which the rich are coddled, the financial crisis is final proof.

New ending, new beginnings for book, city

When last longtime Las Vegas journalist and author Geoff Schumacher checked in on Southern Nevada, things were going great, and it looked like that would never change.

Not signing away

The pledge is sure taking a beating in Nevada this year.

Banned books, banned ideas, banned thoughts

It may seem ironic, so deep into the information age, that a panel discussion about censorship would still be necessary. After all, the Internet has given us access to everything from the complete text of previously banned books to the gigantic document dumps of Wikileaks, a world of previously secret information available to anybody with a computer, smartphone or tablet.

Listen for what you won’t hear at debate

Ah, presidential debates. Those special times when we learn there was no Soviet domination of Eastern Europe, that Sen. Dan Quayle was no Jack Kennedy, that Ronald Reagan refused to take advantage of the youth and inexperience of Walter Mondale, and that George H.W. Bush was, well, kind of bored.

Dissecting the debate

The first debate in Nevada’s U.S. Senate race is in the books, and it wasn’t exactly Lincoln-Douglas. In fact, it wasn’t much of anything beyond a live-action political ad mercilessly drawn out over an hour.

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