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Almanac

By The Associated PressToday in HistoryToday is Friday, Sept. 16, the 260th day of 2016. There are 106 days left in the year.Today's Highlight in History:On Sept. 16, 1966, the Metropolitan Opera officially opened its new opera house at New York's Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts with the ...

A hatred for polls

FLINT - As I write this, there are only 58 more days to go before the presidential election.I can't wait.Not for the election. I'm actually dreading that. I think everyone's dreading that. No matter who wins, half of us are moving to Canada. Unless they build a wall to keep us out.But I am ...

Trump says Clinton lacks policies

WASHINGTON (AP) - Republican Donald Trump has rolled out a new attack line against Hillary Clinton as they enter the final stretch of the presidential race, and it's a head-turner. His claim: that his Democratic rival has been running a policy-free campaign, lacking specific proposals.It's ...

Almanac

By The Associated PressToday in HistoryToday is Thursday, Sept. 15, the 259th day of 2016. There are 107 days left in the year.Today's Highlight in History:On Sept. 15, 1963, four black girls were killed when a bomb went off during Sunday services at the 16th Street Baptist Church in ...

Hillary should fulfill CEO pay promise

BERKELEY - What can be done to deter pharmaceutical companies from jacking up the prices of critical drugs, prevent Wall Street banks from excessive gambling, and nudge CEOs into taking a longer-term view?Answer: Fulfill Bill Clinton's campaign pledge on CEO pay.In 1992, he proposed to bar ...

How They Voted

House Bill 4209, Impose licensure, regulation on medical marijuana industry: Passed 25 to 12 in the SenateTo impose a 3 percent tax on retail medical marijuana sales, along with a licensure mandate and comprehensive regulatory regime for medical marijuana growers, transporters, dispensaries and ...

Almanac

By The Associated PressToday in HistoryToday is Tuesday, Sept. 13, the 257th day of 2016. There are 109 days left in the year.Today's Highlight in History:On Sept. 13, 1971, a four-day inmates' rebellion at the Attica Correctional Facility in western New York ended as police and guards stormed ...

Racial Issues

WASHINGTON - Ordinarily, it is not a good idea to base how you vote on just one issue. But if black lives really matter, as they should matter like all other lives, then it is hard to see any racial issue that matters as much as education.The government could double the amount of money it ...

Almanac

By The Associated PressToday in HistoryToday is Wednesday, Sept. 14, the 258th day of 2016. There are 108 days left in the year.Today's Highlight in History:On Sept. 14, 1814, Francis Scott Key was inspired to write the poem "Defence of Fort McHenry" after witnessing the American flag flying ...

IRS commissioner merits impeachment

WASHINGTON - Republican congressional leaders ardently want conservative members of the House to not force a vote on impeaching the IRS commissioner. The public does not care about John Koskinen's many misdeeds. And impeachment will distract attention from issues that interest the public. And ...

Almanac

By The Associated PressToday in HistoryToday is Monday, Sept. 12, the 256th day of 2016. There are 110 days left in the year.Today's Highlight in History:On Sept. 12, 1960, Democratic presidential candidate John F. Kennedy addressed questions about his Roman Catholic faith, telling the Greater ...

Trying to limit free speech

NEW YORK- Donald Trump tells reporters, "We're going to have people sue you like you never got sued before."Hillary Clinton doesn't like her opponents funding documentaries that criticize her, so she demands Congress overturn the Supreme Court decision that allows it.The world is full of people ...

Hillary Clinton and the FBI

WASHINGTON - On Sept. 2, the FBI released a lengthy explanation of its investigation of Hillary Clinton and a summary of the evidence amassed against her. It also released a summary of Clinton's July FBI interrogation.The interrogation was in some respects standard and in others very troubling. ...

Hillary Clinton and the FBI

WASHINGTON - On Sept. 2, the FBI released a lengthy explanation of its investigation of Hillary Clinton and a summary of the evidence amassed against her. It also released a summary of Clinton's July FBI interrogation.The interrogation was in some respects standard and in others very troubling. ...

Almanac

By The Associated PressToday in HistoryToday is Saturday, Sept. 10, the 254th day of 2016. There are 112 days left in the year.Today's Highlight in History:On Sept. 10, 1846, Elias Howe received a patent for his sewing machine.On this date:In 1608, John Smith was elected president of the ...

Democrats need white blue-collar voters

WASHINGTON - You're a white male blue-collar voter, and you think about how your nation's political and financial establishment has treated you and yours over the past 25 years. All "the best people" - presidents and prize-winning professors and respected editorial writers - told you that ...

Almanac

By The Associated PressToday in HistoryToday is Friday, Sept. 9, the 253rd day of 2016. There are 113 days left in the year.Today's Highlight in History:On Sept. 9, 1776, the second Continental Congress made the term "United States" official, replacing "United Colonies."On this date:In 1543, ...

Trump south of the border

FLINT - Donald Trump's meeting with Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto was private. But I managed to get my hands on a secret transcript. Here's what transpired:Nieto: "Ah, so you are the loud, orange man I have heard so much about. Welcome to Mexico. My, you really are orange, aren't ...

Hillary Clinton channels Nixon

WASHINGTON - One wouldn't think Hillary Clinton and former President Richard Nixon would have a lot in common, but in responding to FBI investigators that she "could not recall any briefing or training by State related to retention of federal records or handling classified information," Clinton ...

Almanac

By The Associated PressToday in HistoryToday is Thursday, Sept. 8, the 252nd day of 2016. There are 114 days left in the year.Today's Highlights in History:On Sept. 8, 1966, the science-fiction series "Star Trek" premiered on NBC; the situation comedy "That Girl," starring Marlo Thomas, debuted ...