"All immigrant families have their own stories. But we don't all lie about them.": In 2011, Florida Senator Marco Rubio came under criticism for having suggested that his parents fled Cuba for political reasons when they came, in fact, for economic opportunity.
"Just so we're all clear on the death threat thing.": Al Hickok might well have argued that under Nevada court decisions going back to 1872 he was within his rights to fire on the cuckolded husband in the car. In 2011, Nevada enacted a "Stand Your Ground" law codifying those decisions and stating that deadly force may be used without retreating if an individual "is not the original aggressor" and "is not actively engaged in conduct in furtherance of criminal activity at the time deadly force is used."
"A strike would cripple the city.": A large-scale strike led by Local 226 of the Culinary Workers union did cripple the city in 1976 and unions have staged smaller labor actions several times in the years since. In general, Las Vegas show girls are not represented by a union except for those performing in shows imported directly from Broadway. All of the details about their pay, working conditions, and the weight of the headdresses are accurate.
"I'll stand my ground in Washington, too.": MSNBC anchors Joe Scarborough and Mika Brzezinski, who also appear in episode 2, covered the case of Trayvon Martin, a Florida teen killed by George Zimmerman, who claimed he was merely standing his ground under Florida law.
"We're looking into violations of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act in Macau.": Sheldon Adelson's company is under federal investigation for alleged violations of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act at the Macau Sands casino.
"And you mention the Watt brothers why?" The Watt brothers, Shelly and Saul, are based in part on the Koch brothers, Sheldon Adelson (casino owner who gave $100 million to Republicans in 2012) and James Watt, who was Ronald Reagan's right-wing secretary of the Interior in the 1980s.