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Netanyahu’s damage, Clinton’s response

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s job has been doubly difficult recently in the wake of the unnecessarily insulting posturing of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. Clinton was right when she said Israel (meaning its leader) was...

Nevada Smith: The wonders of Windmill Ridge

Back in the 1850s, Mormon pioneers and cattle thieves came to the Pahranagat Valley for its plentiful water. The Mormons settled. The rustlers moved on. In the 1860s, miners combed the nearby Irish Mountains in search of silver and found some. When...

Netanyahu’s bluster finally getting noticed

The dangerous, right-wing bluster of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu serves to undermine his nation’s security, Fareed Zakaria astutely observes in his recent Newsweek essay . While Netanyahu is busy raging against the potential danger of...

Will Ashjian be disqualified?

Expect Jon Ashjian’s Tea Party candidacy to be challenged Monday in Carson City. The challenge seems pretty straight forward: I hear that on March 1 Ashjian filed as a Tea Party candidate for U.S. Senate, swearing all the information in his...

Is Tea Party nearly over for Ashjian?

When Jon Ashjian recently announced his candidacy for U.S. Senate on behalf of the newly minted Tea Party of Nevada, actual participants in the Tea Party movement immediately suspected he was a nefarious mole planted in their midst to assist in the...

Reid responds to maglev media maneuver

After being caught flat-footed by a potentially devastating series of commercials being produced on behalf of American Magline Group, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid’s office issued a strongly worded response Friday morning in defense of the...

Coming Sunday: Sara’s scholarship continues

When Sara Halsey was murdered in May 1993, her mother, Elaine Cavagnaro, immediately started to create a scholarship at UNLV in her honor. The scholarship continues today. Halsey’s murder remains unsolved. “Sara was one of the most affectionate...

Sanford cuts the check; Ensign must be envious

South Carolina Gov. Mark Sanford has agreed to pay $74,000 to settle his sexcapade travel budget problems. Born-again hypocrite Sanford was tied up in an ethics probe after it was revealed that he used state and campaign funds to fund his travel to...

Here’s Amelia’s Team from St. Baldrick’s

The fourth annual St. Baldrick’s shave fundraiser for childhood cancer research at McMullan’s Irish Pub was a big success despite the down economy. This year, Fado and Nine Fine Irishmen also participated in the event, which nationally each year...