Local columns

Settling the great pasty condiment debate

TRAVERSE CITY — Now that it’s summer again and hordes of trolls (the live below the bridge kind, not the hate-spewing online kind) are headed to the U.P. on vacation, I thought I would perform a public service by helping them avoid a major food faux pas. Namely whether to put ketchup or ...

Retracted CNN story a boon for president

NEW YORK (AP) — For a president seemingly at perpetual war with “fake news,” the resignation of three CNN journalists over a retracted story about a Donald Trump Russian connection is a gift from the political gods when the struggling effort to pass a health bill dominates the ...

Almanac

By The Associated Press Today in History Today is Thursday, June 29, the 180th day of 2017. There are 185 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On June 29, 1767, Britain approved the Townshend Revenue Act, which imposed import duties on glass, paint, oil, lead, paper and ...

The passing of the Pelosi era

WASHINGTON — In the first round of the special election for the House seat in Georgia’s Sixth District, 30-year-old Jon Ossoff swept 48 percent. He more than doubled the vote of his closest GOP rival, Karen Handel. A Peach State pickup for the Democrats and a huge humiliation for ...

Almanac

By The Associated Press Today in History Today is Wednesday, June 28, the 179th day of 2017. There are 186 days left in the year. Today’s Highlights in History: On June 28, 1914, Archduke Franz Ferdinand of Austria and his wife, Sophie, were shot to death in Sarajevo ...

Government by and for Trump

BERKELEY — Recently, the White House invited reporters in to watch what was billed as a meeting of Donald Trump’s Cabinet. After Trump spoke, he asked each of the Cabinet members around the table to briefly comment. Their statements were what you might expect from toadies surrounding a ...

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By The Associated Press Today in History Today is Tuesday, June 27, the 178th day of 2017. There are 187 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On June 27, 1957, Hurricane Audrey slammed into coastal Louisiana and Texas as a Category 4 storm; the official death toll from ...

Why can’t we fly better?

NEW YORK — Wonder why your flight is late? Why planes keep circling? Why even after you’ve landed, you sometimes can’t deplane? Bad weather plays a role, but flying is also nastier because American airports use 50-year-old technology. This shouldn’t surprise us. Government ...

Poll shows most doubt Trump’s respect for institutions

WASHINGTON (AP) — Most Americans say they think President Donald Trump has little to no respect for the country’s democratic traditions, according to a new poll that underscores the difficulty Trump faces in uniting a country deeply divided about his leadership. The new survey, conducted ...

Almanac

Today in History Today is Saturday, June 24, the 175th day of 2017. There are 190 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On June 24, 1947, what’s regarded as the first modern UFO sighting took place as private pilot Kenneth Arnold, an Idaho businessman, reported seeing ...

The Impeach-Trump Conspiracy

WASHINGTON — Pressed by Megyn Kelly on his ties to President Trump, an exasperated Vladimir Putin blurted out, “We had no relationship at all. ... I never met him. ... Have you all lost your senses over there?” Yes, Vlad, we have. Consider the questions that have convulsed this city ...

Some in GOP say threats of violence against them ignored

WASHINGTON (AP) — Whatever the motive of the shooter at a congressional baseball practice, some Republicans say that in the era of President Donald Trump, they’re being threatened like never before. They point to a virulent backlash against Trump that they say goes beyond the bounds of ...

Almanac

Today in History Today is Friday, June 23, the 174th day of 2017. There are 191 days left in the year. Today’s Highlights in History: On June 23, 1967, President Lyndon B. Johnson, Soviet Premier Alexei Kosygin (ah-LEK’-say koh-SEE’-gihn) and their advisers opened a three-day summit ...

No sense of public service

TRAVERSE CITY — Whether they’re ultimately convicted or not, the fact that five public officials are facing charges of involuntary manslaughter (including Department of Health and Human Services Director Nick Lyon and four others) in the poisoning of Flint is important. It says to all ...

Most in US think Trump meddled in Russia probe

WASHINGTON (AP) — A clear majority of Americans believe President Donald Trump has tried to interfere with the investigation into Russia’s alleged election meddling and possible Trump campaign collusion, a new poll shows. Just one in five support his decision to oust James Comey from the ...

Almanac

Today in History Today is Thursday, June 22, the 173rd day of 2017. There are 192 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On June 22, 1944, President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed the Servicemen’s Readjustment Act of 1944, more popularly known as the “GI Bill of ...

Are We Nearing Civil War?

WASHINGTON — President Trump may be chief of state, head of government and commander in chief, but his administration is shot through with disloyalists plotting to bring him down. We are approaching something of a civil war where the capital city seeks the overthrow of the sovereign and its ...

S. Baptists wrestle with tensions over Trump election

PHOENIX (AP) — The Southern Baptist Convention, home to prominent evangelical supporters of President Donald Trump, adopted a statement on moral leadership at the group’s annual meeting that avoided pointed criticism of current political officeholders. The denomination also rejected a ...

Almanac

Today in History Today is Wednesday, June 21, the 172nd day of 2017. There are 193 days left in the year. Summer begins at 12:24 a.m. Eastern time. Today’s Highlights in History: On June 21, 1942, German forces led by Generaloberst (Colonel General) Erwin Rommel captured the Libyan city ...