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Giving Joy


Billy and Company


Fashion Show: Christmas At Capitol


Son Shines


Houses of tomorrow


Fresh and steady beats


God help us every one.


Thanksgiving Music & Monkeying Around with Jim


Here and Abroad

Dining Section

Jams and Grane Give You Reasons to be Thankful, Return The Favor to Heartland Hope

And the Winner Was…

I write this on the morning of Election Day 2012. By the time you read it in print or online, the election will be over and the final tallies will be tallied (hopefully, unless we go through the same month-long Florida nightmare that we suffered in 2000, which damned us with Bush 43, because that one had nothing to do with an actual election).

Try as I might, there was no budging Reader...

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2012 Endorsements

With 1,457 members according to its website, Voice Omaha is blazing a path for civic participation outside the normal two-party political system. They have notched a considerable political gain with their recent work on Omaha’s Equal Rights ordinance. The group’s mission is to be non-partisan and dedicated to creating a more inclusive, just, transparent, sustainable and culturally vibrant Omaha...

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The Company Phipps Keeps

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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