Local columns

A CNN Smear

NEW YORK — Did you happen to catch CNN’s latest smear? Anderson Cooper’s show recently featured a “two-part exclusive” that claims Donald Trump’s EPA director had conspired with the CEO of a mining company to “withdraw environmental restrictions” so the company could dig ...

Almanac

By The Associated Press Today in History Today is Saturday, Oct. 21, the 294th day of 2017. There are 71 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On Oct. 21, 1917, members of the 1st Division of the U.S. Army training in Luneville (luhn-nay-VEEL’), France, became the ...

Who will not be the 2020 presidential nominee

WASHINGTON — In 1963, the legendary Russell Baker, writing in The New York Times, explained how we in the press, years before the nation’s next presidential campaign, are miraculously able to agree upon who qualify — and, perhaps more importantly, who do not qualify — as plausible White ...

Trump and Obamacare

WASHINGTON — Late last week, President Donald Trump signed an executive order directing the secretaries of the treasury and health and human services to cease making payments to health care insurance companies in behalf of the more than 6 million Americans who qualify for these payments under ...

Almanac

By The Associated Press Today in History Today is Friday, Oct. 20, the 293rd day of 2017. There are 72 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On Oct. 20, 1967, a jury in Meridian, Mississippi, convicted seven men of violating the civil rights of slain civil rights workers ...

Avery Bundgaard

Sorry folks, NBA cooler than NFL

ESCANABA — With the NBA season officially under way this is the best time of the year in sports. The NFL is in full swing with the MLB playoffs creating some intrigue and now all the excitement of the NBA season adds to an action packed time in sports. Football is still the most popular ...

Songs that should be banned

TRAVERSE CITY — An NPR writer broke the rules recently by writing something with a pulse. By that I mean an opinion. (I saw the print edition, but if he read his piece on air, I’m sure he did so in a hushed voice, like he didn’t want to set off a nearby time bomb.) The writer’s name ...

As congressional investigations wear on, some eye a finish

WASHINGTON (AP) — As congressional investigations into Russian interference in the 2016 elections wear on in the Capitol, some lawmakers are starting to wonder when — and how — the probes will end. After months of clandestine interviews and a few public, partisan committee clashes, some ...

Almanac

By The Associated Press Today in History Today is Thursday, Oct. 19, the 292nd day of 2017. There are 73 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On Oct. 19, 1987, the stock market crashed as the Dow Jones Industrial Average plunged 508 points, or 22.6 percent in value (its ...

Is war with Iran now inevitable?

WASHINGTON — With his declaration Friday that the Iran nuclear deal is not in the national interest, President Donald Trump may have put us on the road to war with Iran. Indeed, it is easier to see the collisions that are coming than to see how we get off this road before the shooting ...

Trump head, Pence tail

WASHINGTON — If a metaphor could be used for this White House, it might be a two-sided coin with President Trump the head and Vice President Mike Pence the tail. The president tends toward the bombastic to get people’s attention and make his points, while his vice president is calm and ...

Almanac

By The Associated Press Today in History Today is Wednesday, Oct. 18, the 291st day of 2017. There are 74 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On Oct. 18, 1767, the Mason-Dixon line, the boundary between colonial Pennsylvania, Maryland and Delaware, was set as ...

Cities shouldn’t tax our pop

Michigan lawmakers are making sure your soda is safe. (Your what? Your pop.) Following attempts by local governments in nearby cities to tax sugary beverages, the House and Senate have passed a ban on local governments putting such measures in place. It’s up to Gov. Rick Snyder now to sign ...

A memo to Rex Tillerson about the ‘moron’

BERKELEY — To: Rex Tillerson From: Robert Reich Subject: The Moron I can understand why you feel Washington is a place of “petty nonsense,” as you said last week when you called a news conference to rebut charges that you called Donald Trump a moron last summer at a meeting of ...

Cochran’s illness shows risks of aging Senate

WASHINGTON (AP) — Top Republicans coping with a razor-thin majority as they try pushing a partisan agenda through the Senate are running smack into another complication — the sheer age and health issues of some senators. When the office of the ailing Sen. Thad Cochran announced Monday ...

Almanac

By The Associated Press Today in History Today is Tuesday, Oct. 17, the 290th day of 2017. There are 75 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On Oct. 17, 1931, mobster Al Capone was convicted in Chicago of income tax evasion. (Sentenced to 11 years in prison, Capone was ...

Trump is turning in a widening gyre

WASHINGTON — With eyes wide open, Mike Pence eagerly auditioned for the role as Donald Trump’s poodle. Now comfortably leashed, he deserves the degradations that he seems too sycophantic to recognize as such. He did Trump’s adolescent bidding with last Sunday’s pre-planned virtue ...

Secession — let them leave

NEW YORK — The United States was born when the Founding Fathers seceded from England. So why do so many people now see secession as a terrible thing? Recently, people in Catalonia voted to break away from Spain — not to declare war on Spain or refuse to trade with Spain, just to ...

Is taking a knee protected speech?

WASHINGTON — “The constitutionally guaranteed ‘freedom to be intellectually ... diverse or even contrary,’ and the ‘right to differ as to things that touch the heart of the existing order,’ encompass the freedom to express publicly one’s opinions about our flag, including those ...

Almanac

By The Associated Press Today in History Today is Saturday, Oct. 14, the 287th day of 2017. There are 78 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On Oct. 14, 1947, U.S. Air Force Capt. Charles E. (“Chuck”) Yeager (YAY’-gur) became the first test pilot to break the ...