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The Trump foreign policy doctrine

BERKELEY — What’s the “Trump Doctrine” of foreign policy? At first glance, foreign policy under Trump seems inconsistent, arbitrary and devoid of principle. A few weeks ago, even before the airstrike on Syria, White House communications director Mike Dubke told Trump’s assembled ...

Almanac

By The Associated Press Today in History Today is Tuesday, April 25, the 115th day of 2017. There are 250 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On April 25, 1507, a world map produced by German cartographer Martin Waldseemueller contained the first recorded use of the ...

The ‘Oh, never mind’ president

WASHINGTON — In his first annual message to Congress, John Quincy Adams, among the most experienced and intellectually formidable presidents, warned leaders against giving the impression that “we are palsied by the will of our constituents.” In this regard, if in no other, the 45th ...

How They Voted

House Bill 4080, Authorize new energy-related purchase/debt scheme for schools: Passed 36 to 0 in the Senate To include schools in a scheme authorized by a 2016 law for counties, which lets them contract with vendors for energy efficiency projects, and pay for these with money the projects ...

Almanac

By The Associated Press Today in History Today is Monday, April 24, the 114th day of 2017. There are 251 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On April 24, 1967, Soviet cosmonaut Vladimir Komarov was killed when his Soyuz 1 spacecraft smashed into the Earth after his ...

Earth Day dopes

NEW YORK — Expect more craziness this weekend. Earth Day is today. This year’s theme: Government must “do more” about climate change because “consequences of inaction are too high to risk.” They make it sound so simple: 1) Man causes global warming. 2) Warming is obviously ...

One (restrained) cheer for Washington

WASHINGTON — We’ve all heard the tiresome and discouraging refrain: Washington, our beautiful capital city, is broken. Dysfunctional D.C. does not work. Even with majorities in both the House and the Senate, congressional Republicans could not pass a resolution commending Mother’s ...

Reform the tax code now!

WASHINGTON — Thanks to the beneficence of the federal government (and the calendar), we Americans have until midnight on April 18 to file our income taxes. It’s too bad filing taxes wasn’t an easier process. President Trump has pledged to reform our tax code, which, to most people, ...

Almanac

By The Associated Press Today in History Today is Friday, April 21, the 111th day of 2017. There are 254 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On April 21, 1967, army officers in Greece staged a coup, seizing power and creating a military dictatorship that ruled the ...

Almanac

By The Associated Press Today in History Today is Saturday, April 22, the 112th day of 2017. There are 253 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On April 22, 1864, Congress authorized the use of the phrase “In God We Trust” on U.S. coins. On this date: In 1889, ...

Fly the unfriendly skies

FLINT — Long before the recent United Airlines incident where a man was bloodied and dragged off a flight for not giving up his seat, I thought flying was the most dismal form of transportation known to man, with the possible exception of a gassy camel. But that incident certainly confirmed ...

War cries drown out ‘America First’

WASHINGTON — “Why would I call China a currency manipulator when they are working with us on the North Korean problem?” tweeted President Donald Trump on Easter Sunday. Earlier, after discovering “great chemistry” with Chinese President Xi Jinping over “the most beautiful piece of ...

Almanac

By The Associated Press Today in History Today is Thursday, April 20, the 110th day of 2017. There are 255 days left in the year. Today’s Highlights in History: On April 20, 1977, the U.S. Supreme Court, in Wooley v. Maynard, ruled 6-3 that car owners could refuse to display state ...

Don’t buy this pig in a poke

ESCANABA — I want cheaper gas and cheaper car registration, but they are not on the horizon. The price of gas went up this year because the Legislature raised the gas tax 38 percent, from $.19 to $.263 per gallon. That is why gas prices went up in January. Michigan has the fifth highest gas ...

Almanac

By The Associated Press Today in History Today is Wednesday, April 19, the 109th day of 2017. There are 256 days left in the year. Today’s Highlights in History: On April 19, 1967, Kathrine (cq) Switzer became the first woman to run the Boston Marathon (at that time, a men-only event) ...

The Bannon-Kushner power struggle

BERKELEY — The White House war between Stephen Bannon and Jared Kushner wouldn’t matter in a normal administration with a normal president. But there’s nothing normal about the Trump White House, whose major occupant exists in a giant narcissistic bubble impenetrable by anyone but close ...

Lobbying by Trump associates highlights foreign agent law

WASHINGTON (AP) — Paul Manafort says he’s registering with the Justice Department as a foreign agent. Michael Flynn already has. In both cases, the filings by these associates of President Donald Trump come late — after the lobbying has already taken place — and accompanied by an ...

A case for preventing children’s scraped knees

WASHINGTON — When not furrowing their collective brows about creches and displays of the Ten Commandments here and there, courts often are pondering tangential contacts between the government and religious schools. Courts have held that public money can constitutionally fund the ...

How They Voted

The House and Senate are out for a two-week spring break. Therefore, this report contains no votes but several recently introduced bills of general interest. Senate Bill 59 and House Bill 4409: Authorize student loan tax breaks Introduced by Sen. Curtis Hertel, Jr. (D) and Rep. Andy Schor ...

Almanac

By The Associated Press Today in History Today is Monday, April 17, the 107th day of 2017. There are 258 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On April 17, 1937, cartoon character Daffy Duck made his debut in the Warner Bros. animated short “Porky’s Duck Hunt,” ...