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Rosenstein joins the posse

WASHINGTON — “With the stroke of a pen, Rod Rosenstein redeemed his reputation,” writes Dana Milbank of The Washington Post. What had Deputy Attorney General Rosenstein done to be welcomed home by the Post like the prodigal son? Without consulting the White House, he sandbagged ...

Almanac

By The Associated Press Today in History Today is Wednesday, May 24, the 144th day of 2017. There are 221 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On May 24, 1775, John Hancock was unanimously elected President of the Continental Congress in Philadelphia, succeeding Peyton ...

Almanac

By The Associated Press Today in History Today is Thursday, May 25, the 145th day of 2017. There are 220 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On May 25, 1977, the first “Star Wars” film (later renamed “Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope”) was released by 20th ...

The end of Trump’s presidency

BERKELEY — The question is no longer whether there are grounds to impeach Donald Trump. The question is when enough Republicans will put their loyalty to America ahead of their loyalty to their party. Trump’s statements last week about his firing of former FBI Director James Comey provide ...

How They Voted

Senate Bill 337, Criminalize female genital mutilation of minors: Passed 37 to 0 in the Senate To make it a crime subject to 15 years in prison to perform a clitoridectomy, infibulation, or other female genital mutilation on person less than age 18. Claims that the procedure is required by ...

Culture thrives when it’s all shook up

WASHINGTON — In July 1954, a 19-year-old Memphis truck driver recorded at Sun Studio the song “That’s All Right.” When a local disc jockey promised to play it, the truck driver tuned his parents’ radio to the station and went to a movie. His mother pulled him from the theater because ...

Big hack attack and the NHS

GLASGOW, Scotland — The ransomware cyberattack that wormed its way into at least 74 countries recently exposed new vulnerabilities in the UK’s National Health Service (NHS), as if it weren’t vulnerable enough. Hospital systems in England and Scotland were taken offline. Major operations ...

Almanac

By The Associated Press Today in History Today is Monday, May 22, the 142nd day of 2017. There are 223 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On May 22, 1992, after a reign lasting nearly 30 years, Johnny Carson hosted NBC’s “Tonight Show” for the final time (Jay ...

Almanac

By The Associated Press Today in History Today is Tuesday, May 23, the 143rd day of 2017. There are 222 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On May 23, 1967, Egypt closed the Straits of Tiran to Israeli shipping, an action which helped precipitate war between Israel and ...

Cruel and Stupid

NEW YORK — President Trump’s attorney general, Jeff Sessions, ordered federal prosecutors to seek maximum penalties for drug-related crimes. This is both cruel and stupid. It’s cruel because Session’s 5,000 prosecutors must now push for long jail sentences even for people who pose ...

Almanac

By The Associated Press Today in History Today is Saturday, May 20, the 140th day of 2017. There are 225 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On May 20, 1927, Charles Lindbergh took off from Roosevelt Field in Long Island, New York, aboard the Spirit of St. Louis on his ...

Almanac

By The Associated Press Today in History Today is Friday, May 19, the 139th day of 2017. There are 226 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On May 19, 1927, the silent movie “Wings,” a World War I drama starring Clara Bow, Charles “Buddy” Rogers and Richard ...

Comey & The Saturday Night Massacre

WASHINGTON — History repeats itself, first as tragedy, then as farce, said Marx. On publication day of my memoir of Richard Nixon’s White House, President Trump fired FBI Director James Comey. Instantly, the media cried “Nixonian,” comparing it to the 1973 Saturday Night ...

More column fodder from Trump

TRAVERSE CITY — Another week, another ridiculous amount of Trump nonsense to write about. I should be happy, right? He’s fantastic column fodder. But now the consistency of his “I’m not Nixon, I just act like him, on steroids” buffoonery is just depressing. This is not a man to lead a ...

Would Trump request to end Flynn probe have broken law?

WASHINGTON (AP) — Some lawmakers are accusing President Donald Trump of obstruction of justice after revelations that FBI Director James Comey wrote a private account of the president asking him to shut down an investigation into former national security adviser Michael Flynn. Congressional ...

Almanac

By The Associated Press Today in History Today is Thursday, May 18, the 138th day of 2017. There are 227 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On May 18, 1927, in America’s deadliest school attack, part of a schoolhouse in Bath Township, Michigan, was blown up with ...

3 American Presidents and the Truth

WASHINGTON — There have been three memorable American presidents, the story goes. President George Washington could never tell a lie. President Richard Nixon could never tell the truth. And President Donald Trump cannot tell the difference. At a White House news conference, Trump referred to ...

Do the right thing

ESCANABA — Dear Mr. John Bergman, I write this in the Daily Press because I doubt you see most of your mail and your office has not responded to a short, handwritten note I sent more than two months ago. In town hall meetings held by members of Congress, it was apparent that members ...

Almanac

By The Associated Press Today in History Today is Wednesday, May 17, the 137th day of 2017. There are 228 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On May 17, 1792, the New York Stock Exchange had its beginnings as a group of brokers met under a tree on Wall Street and ...

The moral travesty of Trumpcare

BERKELEY — Shame on every one of the 217 Republicans in the House of Representatives who voted to repeal the Affordable Care Act last Thursday and substitute it with basically nothing. Trumpcare isn’t a replacement of the Affordable Care Act. It’s a transfer from the sick and poor to ...