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Mr. President, this is funny stuff

Let’s start Sunday with a laugh. From Jimmy Fallon comes this great one: “Along with the Nobel Peace Prize, President Obama also gets $1.4 million. $1.4 million. Usually, to get a check that big you need to blackmail David Letterman.” Here are a few...

In a jam, Ensign is 'toast'

Leave it to Kent Harper, multi-tasking and multi-talented editor of the Ely Times and Eureka Sentinel, to slice through the political pumpernickel and nail Nevada's resident heel, U.S. Sen. John Ensign.

Coming Wednesday: Ensign cracks me up

Growing criticism of embattled U.S. Sen. John Ensign could lead to his forced resignation now that the Senate Ethics Committee and FBI have begun to study his affair and ham-fisted cover-up attempt. Please, I beg you. For the sake of humor writers...

When mob life imitates mob art

Tough-guy actor Paul Burke died Sept. 13 at age 83. He was known for a long career in movies and television. His best-known roles came on television in the early 1960s as the star of “Naked City” and “12 0’Clock High.” But Burke kept busy throughout...

Sen. Ensign and the trust thing

Ethically challenged Sen. John Ensign (R-Nev., Seldom Seen) hasn’t exactly made himself available to the press much lately as he’s ducked devastating questions about his actions following his affair with a former staffer. But that doesn’t mean he’s...