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How important could Douglas County be in next week’s election?

According to the New York Times “538 Blog,” there are 152 scenarios that could result in an electoral college tie in this year’s presidential election, effectively allowing the Republican-controlled House of Representatives to choose the next President.

The chances are slim, but they increase as the race tightens, raising...

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On the Wings of a Black Swan

As that big bastard of a storm named Sandy (and god damn the marketing “genius” at The Weather Channel who came up with the “Super Storm Sandy” moniker) curls its tail across the eastern seaboard leaving millions without power and with waterlogged toes, we sit comfortably here in Omaha with forecasts for warm, dry weather in the coming days and contemplate next Tuesday.

I’ve spent the good...

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Voto Por Mi Familia, I Vote for My Family

Here’s a pop quiz. How many people in north and south Omaha are registered to vote but don’t? Five thousand? Ten thousand? Or more than twenty-five thousand? If you guessed more than twenty-five thousand you would be right. Eight thousand of those non-voting 26,000 registered voters live in south Omaha, and the Heartland Workers Center will be on the streets and the phones trying to motivate...

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Reforming Corrupt Election Financing

To Fred Wertheimer, there is one thing Americans agree on, even in this polarized political climate. 

“All the polls shows that the public strongly objects to the role big money is now playing in American politics. The polling doesn’t show much difference between Democrats, Republicans, or independents,” he said. 

According to an Associated Press National Constitution Center Poll conducted...

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The Life and Times of Nik Fackler

Who exactly is Nik Fackler?

He used to be known as a filmmaker who wrote and directed Lovely, Still, the independent feature film starring none other than Martin Landau, Ellen Burstyn and Elizabeth Banks. If you haven’t seen it, you’re not alone.

But after the film failed to garner national distribution, Fackler changed careers. These days, he’s a rock star (whatever that means in the...

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America’s Lone Justice

“After forty-two years in prison, how can we help them?”

The first question asked after Ramsey Clark’s speech last weekend does not have an easy answer. Clark, 84, a former Attorney General who served under Lyndon Johnson, traveled to Nebraska on a humanitarian mission to visit Ed Poindexter and Mondo We Langa (David Rice) at the Nebraska State Penitentiary. The men, now 68 and 66 years old,...

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You Stay Classy, Omaha

The topic was the future of local television news. The interrogator was a young journalist who just got her first break in the local TV news market. And the underlying theme was how the Internet and Social Media will impact both their futures.

But conversation quickly turned from technology to what “news” is to a generation raised on a steady diet of reality television, game shows and apathy....

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President Romney?

The morning after, while soberly watching the post-game analysis on MSNBC, the pithy Morning Joe hosts seemed not only resolved at the outcome of the previous night’s debate, but slightly relieved if not contrite about the obvious fact that President Obama didn’t just lose the debate, Mitt Romney won it. Decisively.

A deep sense of dread began to grow in the pit of my stomach.

In the days...

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