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Single-payer health care

NEW YORK — America needs single-payer health care, say progressives. That’s a system where government pays doctors and hospitals, and no sick person has to worry about having enough money to pay for care. After all, they say, “Health care is a “right!” “Who pays for it?” asks ...

Will the real attorney general please stand up?

WASHINGTON — Last week’s surprise forced resignation of Jeff Sessions as attorney general of the United States set in motion a series of events that will soon resonate in all corners of the Department of Justice. President Donald Trump has been steamed at Sessions ever since Sessions ...

Almanac

By The Associated Press Today in History Today is Saturday, Nov. 17, the 321st day of 2018. There are 44 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On Nov. 17, 1973, President Richard Nixon told Associated Press managing editors in Orlando, Florida: “People have got to know ...

How They Voted

This edition of the Roll Call Report highlights bills on issues that may arise in the coming lame duck legislative session. Senate Bill 1171: Undo repeal of lower minimum wage for “tipped” workers Introduced by Sen. Dave Hildenbrand (R), to delete the provision of the 2018 initiated law ...

The remaining election of 2018

WASHINGTON — The Greek philosopher Heraclitus taught us that “character is destiny.” Nowhere is character more apparent than in how one responds to adversity. After the failed U.S.-organized invasion of Fidel Castro’s Cuba, President John F. Kennedy rightly took responsibility: ...

The shame of the Catholic Church

WASHINGTON — One doesn’t have to be Roman Catholic or even Christian to recognize the great good the Catholic Church has done. America would be worse off were it not its pro-life stance and numerous acts of charity. But good works are sometimes diluted or even overwhelmed by evil works, ...

Almanac

By The Associated Press Today in History Today is Friday, Nov. 16, the 320th day of 2018. There are 45 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On Nov. 16, 1933, the United States and the Soviet Union established diplomatic relations. On this date: In 1776, British ...

Here’s how we fix things

TRAVERSE CITY — After losing his job in the Nov. 6 election, Scott Walker, the governor of Wisconsin, wanted a recount because the vote was close but he couldn’t get one because of a new state law that only allows recounts in races lost by more than 1 percent. Walker lost by 1.2 ...

What will the Dems do with their new House?

WASHINGTON — The Democratic Party has won control of the House of Representatives. Its members effectively will be able to block all legislation that the Senate passes and the president wants. They also will be able to unleash their subpoena power mercilessly on the executive branch. Will the ...

Almanac

By The Associated Press Today in History Today is Thursday, Nov. 15, the 319th day of 2018. There are 46 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On Nov. 15, 1864, during the Civil War, Union forces led by Maj. Gen. William T. Sherman began their “March to the Sea” from ...

The war for the soul of America

WASHINGTON — The war in Washington will not end until the presidency of Donald Trump ends. Everyone seems to sense that now. This is a fight to the finish. A postelection truce that began with Trump congratulating House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi — “I give her a great deal of credit ...

What’s wrong with Florida elections?

MIAMI — Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) had the best line when it comes to the latest Florida election in which contests for governor and the U.S. Senate are still undecided. Rubio tweeted: “Bay County was hit by a Cat 4 Hurricane just 4 weeks ago, yet managed to count votes & submit timely ...

Almanac

By The Associated Press Today in History Today is Wednesday, Nov. 14, the 318th day of 2018. There are 47 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On Nov. 14, 1970, a chartered Southern Airways DC-9 crashed while trying to land in West Virginia, killing all 75 people on ...

America has rejected Trumpism

BERKELEY — Make no mistake: America has rejected Trumpism. No one seriously expected the Senate to flip, because Democrats had to defend 26 seats in that chamber, compared with only nine held by Republicans. The real battleground was the House, where Democrats had to achieve a net gain of ...

Democratic gains may mean tighter gun, looser pot laws

By The Associated Press From New York to New Mexico, residents in a number of states can expect a leftward push for expanded health care coverage, gun control, education funding and legalized recreational marijuana as Democrats who gained new or stronger powers in the midterm elections seek to ...

Almanac

By The Associated Press Today in History Today is Tuesday, Nov. 13, the 317th day of 2018. There are 48 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On Nov. 13, 1942, President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed a measure lowering the minimum draft age from 21 to 18. On this ...

Political antibodies strengthening the nation

WASHINGTON — America’s body politic has recently been scarred by excruciating political shingles, and 2018 campaigning was equivalent to acid reflux. But Tuesday’s elections indicated that some political antibodies are strengthening the nation’s immune system. Tuesday was, on ...

How They Voted

Senate Bill 477, Mandate 10 mph speed reduction when passing emergency vehicles: Passed 34 to 0 in the Senate To require drivers to slow to 10 mph below the posted speed limit when passing police or emergency vehicles on the side of the road, and also require this when passing roadside tow ...

Gamblers have the best track record

NEW YORK — Republicans held the Senate! Democrats took the House but by a narrower margin! Did I just embarrass myself? I write this Election Day morning, before most polling places even opened. I don’t know the actual results, of course. But I’ll pretend I do because I trust the ...

Will the moment seize Democrats?

WASHINGTON — We are about to find out whether Democrats meant it when they lamented the loss of civility in Washington. Having won the majority in the House of Representatives in Tuesday’s election, will they cooperate with Republicans and “reach across the aisle,” or will they pander ...