Local columns

Trump isn’t willing to take on Big Pharma

BERKELEY— Donald Trump promised to rein in drug prices. It was his only sensible campaign promise. But the plan he announced does little but add another battering ram to his ongoing economic war against America’s allies. He calls it “American patients first” and takes aim at what he ...

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By The Associated Press Today in History Today is Thursday, May 24, the 144th day of 2018. There are 221 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On May 24, 1968, the Rolling Stones single “Jumpin’ Jack Flash” was released in the United Kingdom by Decca Records. On ...

A Trump Doctrine for Singapore and Beyond

WASHINGTON — After Pyongyang railed this week that the U.S.-South Korean Max Thunder military drills were a rehearsal for an invasion of the North, and imperiled the Singapore summit, the Pentagon dialed them back. The B-52 exercises alongside F-22 stealth fighters were canceled. But ...

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By The Associated Press Today in History Today is Wednesday, May 23, the 143rd day of 2018. There are 222 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On May 23, 1618, the Defenestration of Prague took place as Bohemian Protestants angry over what they saw as a threat to their ...

U.P. has a more reliable energy future

LANSING — We were excited recently to celebrate a significant anniversary at the Michigan Public Service Commission. It wasn’t to mark the founding of the MPSC; for more than a century, we’ve been ensuring safe, reliable energy and telecommunications services at reasonable rates for all ...

Midterms show start of Democratic scramble for 2020

ATLANTA (AP) — Look closely enough at the 2018 midterm campaign and you’ll see the stirrings of a Democratic scramble to reclaim the White House from President Donald Trump. The leading players — from established national figures such as former Vice President Joe Biden and Sens. Bernie ...

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By The Associated Press Today in History Today is Tuesday, May 22, the 142nd day of 2018. There are 223 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On May 22, 1968, the nuclear-powered submarine USS Scorpion, with 99 men aboard, sank in the Atlantic Ocean. (The remains of the ...

Taxpayers shouldn’t pay for Nassar settlement

TRAVERSE CITY — Here’s a headline that ought to make your blood boil: “MSU’s $500M payout could mean tuition hike, using taxpayer money.” The reference is to the lawsuit settlement between the university and the 332 victims (to date) of serial molester and former MSU gymnastics ...

Amazon fights back

NEW YORK — Seattle is worried about the well-being of the poor and mentally ill people living there, so it’s going to drive businesses out of town. OK, that’s not how the politicians describe their plan, but that’s probably how it will work out. Members of Seattle’s city council ...

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By The Associated Press Today in History Today is Saturday, May 19, the 139th day of 2018. There are 226 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On May 19, 1943, in his second wartime address to the U.S. Congress, British Prime Minister Winston Churchill pledged his ...

Which politicians look like their home state?

WASHINGTON — West Virginia — which, between 2015 and 2016, was the only state to see both more deaths than births and more citizens move out than move in — could understandably be expected to be somewhat unwelcoming to the recent arrival who seeks public office. The Mountain State’s ...

The bitterness tour

MELBOURNE, Australia — When you hear “world tour” you usually think of superstars performing concerts in various cities for adoring fans. Not so with the presidentially deprived, entitlement-driven Hillary Clinton. Last week, Hillary Clinton came to Melbourne, Australia’s second ...

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By The Associated Press Today in History Today is Friday, May 18, the 138th day of 2018. There are 227 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On May 18, 1953, Jacqueline Cochran, 47, became the first woman to break the sound barrier as she piloted a Canadair F-86 Sabre ...

One at a time

WASHINGTON — Following the 2016 election, President Obama rightly warned the Trump transition team “we only have one president at a time.” It was a reminder that there can be just one person articulating American foreign policy so world leaders will have no doubt as to the United ...

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By The Associated Press Today in History Today is Thursday, May 17, the 137th day of 2018. There are 228 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On May 17, 1968, nine men and women, including brothers Daniel and Philip Berrigan, entered the Selective Service office in ...

Are Bibi and Bolton in the Wheel House now?

WASHINGTON — Brushing aside the anguished pleas of our NATO allies, President Trump Tuesday contemptuously trashed the Iranian nuclear deal and reimposed sanctions. Prime Minister Theresa May of Great Britain, President Emmanuel Macron of France and German Chancellor Angela Merkel were put ...

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By The Associated Press Today in History Today is Wednesday, May 16, the 136th day of 2018. There are 229 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On May 16, 1868, at the U.S. Senate impeachment trial of President Andrew Johnson, 35 out of 54 senators voted to find Johnson ...

A different definition of ‘financial hardship’

BERKELEY — The Environmental Protection Agency recently granted to an oil refinery owned by Carl Icahn a so-called “financial hardship” waiver. The exemption allows the refinery to avoid clean air laws, potentially saving Icahn millions of dollars. Icahn is not exactly a hardship case. ...

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By The Associated Press Today in History Today is Tuesday, May 15, the 135th day of 2018. There are 230 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On May 15, 1968, two days of tornado outbreaks began in 10 Midwestern and Southern states; twisters were blamed for 72 deaths, ...

Hating DeVos

WASHINGTON — People hate Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos. When she spoke at the Kennedy School of Government, students held up signs calling her a “white supremacist.” When she tried to visit a school, activists physically blocked her way. The haters claim DeVos knows little ...