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Thomas Sowell says farewell

WASHINGTON — Even the best things come to an end. After enjoying a quarter of a century of writing this column for Creators Syndicate, I have decided to stop. Age 86 is well past the usual retirement age, so the question is not why I am quitting, but why I kept at it so long. It was very ...

Congress ushers in new era of all-Republican rule

WASHINGTON (AP) — Congress ushers in a new era of all-Republican rule. On Tuesday at noon, with plenty of pomp and pageantry, members of the 115th Congress were sworn in, with an emboldened GOP intent on unraveling eight years of President Barack Obama’s Democratic agenda and targeting ...

Trump’s dark cloud of illegitimacy

BERKELEY — A dark cloud of illegitimacy hangs over the pending presidency of Donald Trump. Bad enough that Trump rejects the conclusions of the CIA, FBI and other U.S. intelligence agencies that Russia intervened in the 2016 campaign to help him become president. Even worse that Trump ...

Obama’s skewed moral universe

LOS ANGLES — President Barack Obama likes to see himself as a moral leader. “The arc of the moral universe is long,” Obama likes to say, quoting Martin Luther King Jr, “but it bends toward justice.” According to Obama, Obama is a genteel representative of decency and good grace, a man ...

Almanac

By The Associated Press Today in History Today is Tuesday, Jan. 3, the third day of 2017. There are 362 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On Jan. 3, 1967, Jack Ruby, the man who shot and killed Lee Harvey Oswald, the accused assassin of President John F. Kennedy, ...

Making America 1953 again

WASHINGTON — It is axiomatic that if someone is sufficiently eager to disbelieve something, there is no Everest of evidence too large to be ignored. This explains today’s revival of protectionism, which is a plan to make America great again by making it 1953 again. This was when ...

Obama to Israel: Drop dead

WASHINGTON — A headline that would become famous appeared in the New York Daily News in October 1975 after then-President Gerald Ford denied federal assistance to spare the city from bankruptcy. It read: “Ford to City: Drop Dead.” President Obama has told Israel much the same. By ...

Almanac

By The Associated Press Today in History Today is Monday, Jan. 2, the second day of 2017. There are 363 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On Jan. 2, 1942, the Philippine capital of Manila was captured by Japanese forces during World War II. On this date: In ...

A starter list of resolutions

TRAVERSE CITY — Me? I don’t need to make any resolutions. But the rest of you? Well, let’s just say you should hit this New Year’s resolution thing good and hard because — how do I put this politely? — you’ve got some work to do, as evidenced by your body of work ...

Try a little tenderness in 2018

DUBLIN, Ireland — “Try a Little Tenderness” is a song written by Jimmy Campbell, Reg Connelly and Harry M. Woods. According to Wikipedia, it was first recorded on Dec. 8, 1932, by the Ray Noble Orchestra (with vocals by Val Rosing). Probably these names are as unfamiliar to us today as ...

Almanac

By The Associated Press Today in History Today is Tuesday, Jan. 2, the second day of 2018. There are 363 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On Jan. 2, 1893, the U.S. Postal Service issued its first-ever set of commemorative stamps to honor the upcoming World’s ...

Trump’s Choice

NEW YORK — America’s socialists — I mean, progressives, are enraged that President-elect Trump chose Betsy DeVos to be his secretary of education. “Not a good appointment,” yelled Al Sharpton. A “proponent of a for-profit institution! She does not believe in the public school ...

What will happen in 2017?

1) In 2017, President Donald Trump and the Republican-controlled Congress will a. repeal Obamacare entirely. b. squabble among themselves and make only cosmetic changes to Obamacare. c. retain the core of Obamacare because President Trump will have a change of heart. d. repeal Obamacare ...

Almanac

By The Associated Press Today in History Today is Saturday, Dec. 31, the 366th and final day of 2016. Today’s Highlight in History: On Dec. 31, 1946, President Harry S. Truman officially proclaimed the end of hostilities in World War II. On this date: In 1775, during the ...

Did I say that? I apologize

WASHINGTON — For your semi-faithful correspondent, 2016 has been a 12-month exercise in humility. I apologize to you, gentle reader, for the errors — all unforced — to which I subjected you. My introduction to the 2016 campaign was to endorse the timeless wisdom of former Sen. Bill ...

Barack backhands Bibi

WASHINGTON — Did the community organizer from Harvard Law just deliver some personal payback to the IDF commando? So it would seem. By abstaining on that Security Council resolution declaring Israeli settlements in the West Bank and East Jerusalem illegal and invalid, raged Bibi Netanyahu, ...

Almanac

By The Associated Press Today in History Today is Friday, Dec. 30, the 365th day of 2016. There is one day left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On Dec. 30, 1916, Grigory Rasputin, the so-called “Mad Monk” who wielded considerable influence with Czar Nicholas II, was ...

Enough resolutions to go around

FLINT — At this time of year I often hear people say, “I don’t make New Year’s Resolutions because I never know what resolutions to make.” People, you can’t be serious? I encounter many of you each and every day, and let me assure you that you are, as columnist Dave Barry once ...

More terror, more denial

WASHINGTON — Recent terrorist attacks in Ankara, Turkey, and Berlin, Germany, add to a growing list of incidents that are becoming increasingly difficult to remember. Does one begin the list with the plane hijackings in the ‘60s and ‘70s, or the first World Trade Center bombing in 1993, ...

Almanac

By The Associated Press Today in History Today is Thursday, Dec. 29, the 364th day of 2016. There are two days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On Dec. 29, 1916, James Joyce’s first novel, “A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man,” was first published in book ...