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Why won’t that mean Joe Biden just snap his fingers and lower gas prices?

BY: - November 30, 2021

“In less than a year, Joe Biden has crippled our domestic energy production,” Adam Laxalt tweeted last week. “We’re feeling the effects of Democrat (sic) leadership right now every time we go to the gas pump,” reads a recent fundraising missive from the Nevada Republican Party. “Democrats’ reckless spending has made everything cost more,” including […]

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Guilty verdicts in Arbery killing give no pleasure, only relief

BY: - November 25, 2021

There’s no pleasure to be taken from the guilty verdicts returned Wednesday by a Glynn County jury in the murder of Ahmaud Arbery; there is only relief and thanksgiving that in the end justice could be done, at least in a case in which the evidence was so well-documented and seemingly obvious. Given that they […]

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Evelyn Doublespeak and the Gaslighters

BY: - November 23, 2021

Doublespeak: deliberately euphemistic, ambiguous, or obscure language. Example: I’m sorry you were offended by my motion suggesting you might not be fit to live. It was not my intent to offend you. I am just stating a fact based on the, um, facts that your behavior has demonstrated on certain, perhaps, occasions when there is […]

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The right spits up a new American idol

BY: - November 21, 2021

Weapons worship is woven into our society. And the comfort with which a significant portion of the population denies structural racism is matched only by the bitterness with which they try to cling to it. Little wonder that white gun culture occupies a hallowed presence in the judicial system (reinforced of course by a perverse […]

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If their Senate bids flop Trump should hire Laxalt & Walker to sell timeshares

BY: - November 14, 2021

Could it have been something Laxalt said? During the Republican Jewish Coalition conference in Las Vegas last week, Adam Laxalt tweeted the picture above of himself with Herschel Walker, Trump’s hand-picked Republican to run for Senate in Georgia. The backdrop was the Las Vegas hotel with Trump’s name on it, befitting both candidates’ partnership with […]

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The federal poverty line struggles to capture the economic hardship that half of Americans face

BY: - November 12, 2021

Michael Chase works two jobs in southeast Ohio: one as a hotel night clerk and one as retail support – sorting through donations, setting new merchandise out, cleaning – at a nonprofit. His schedule is not fixed in either job, and his hours are not guaranteed. Some weeks he works back-to-back eight-hour shifts. Some weeks […]

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President Biden’s remarkable record of accomplishment under nearly impossible circumstances

BY: - November 11, 2021

It’s been almost 90 years since humorist Will Rogers uttered his famous lament: “I am not a member of any organized political party. I am a Democrat.” Sadly, for that party and, no doubt, quite amusingly for those otherwise affiliated, the observation would still hold were Rogers alive today. The Democratic Party’s “big tent” may […]

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Yes, House Democrats caved to Manchin

BY: - November 7, 2021

Now that the House has sent the Senate-passed infrastructure bill to Biden’s desk on its own and without an accompanying social spending bill, that latter, larger legislation is entirely at the mercy of Manchinema. The House, particularly it’s more progressive members, had leverage – they wouldn’t pass the bill that Joe Manchin wanted unless the […]

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Fired but not gone yet, Jara still roiling CCSD

BY: - November 5, 2021

Recently fired CCSD Superintendent Jesus Jara started out his first week as a lame duck by announcing he was giving raises to 16 of his top staffers – including 15 currently employed people and one Chief Information Officer to be named later. Then, the Trustees who are loyal to the ousted superintendent derailed an attempt […]

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Allow me to mansplain something

BY: - November 3, 2021

‘“Data! Data! Data!’ he cried impatiently. ‘I can’t make bricks without clay’” —Arthur Conan Doyle through Sherlock Holmes The pandemic has made a bad situation worse with respect to women in the gaming industry. Women have been disproportionately affected by the closing of schools with increased demands on their time and attention from children within the […]

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Cirque du CCSD

BY: - November 2, 2021

The Clark County School District’s latest environmental performance piece Thursday was one of the best theatrical spectacles I have ever had the pleasure of attending. It was funny. It was infuriating. It had unexpected plot twists. It had suspense. A lot of suspense. It was incredibly interactive. And, ultimately, it came to a resolution. A […]

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Queer Halloween saved lives

BY: - October 29, 2021

For many queer and trans folks, Halloween was the one safe place we could express ourselves. It’s been that way for centuries. In 1848, Columbus, Ohio, became one the first cities to officially outlaw people wearing clothing that didn’t align with one’s assigned sex at birth, known at different points of history as cross-dressing, drag […]