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By The Associated PressToday is Tuesday, July 14, the 195th day of 2015. There are 170 days left in the year.Today's Highlight in History:On July 14, 1865, the Matterhorn, straddling Italy and Switzerland, was summited as a seven-member rope party led by British climber Edward Whymper reached ...

The wrinkle in the ACA decision

WASHINGTON - "What chumps!"- Chief Justice John Roberts, June 29, 2015WASHINGTON - Roberts' intellectual complexity does not prevent him from expressing himself pithily, as he did with those words when dissenting in a case from Arizona. Joined by Antonin Scalia, Clarence Thomas and Samuel ...

Repeating myself on an Iran nuclear deal

WASHINGTON - Am I allowed to repeat myself when it comes to the negotiations over the U.S.-Iran nuclear deal?Why not, since that is what Iran's leaders are doing. They are repeating themselves by refusing inspections of some of their facilities where only a fool would believe nuclear weapons ...

Almanac

By The Associated PressToday is Monday, July 13, the 194th day of 2015. There are 171 days left in the year.Today's Highlight in History:On July 13, 1965, President Lyndon B. Johnson nominated Thurgood Marshall to be U.S. Solicitor General; Marshall became the first black jurist appointed to ...

Hillary’s Secret War

WASHINGTON - In the course of my work at Fox News, I am often asked by colleagues to review and explain documents and statutes. Recently, in conjunction with my colleagues Catherine Herridge, our chief intelligence correspondent, and Pamela Browne, our senior executive producer, I read the ...

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By The Associated PressToday is Saturday, July 11, the 192nd day of 2015. There are 173 days left in the year.Today's Highlight in History:On July 11, 1955, the U.S. Air Force Academy swore in its first class of cadets at its temporary quarters at Lowry Air Force Base in Colorado.On this ...

Your Lawmakers

State Rep. Ed McBroomS-1487 House Office BuildingP.O. Box 30014Lansing, MI 48909Phone: (517) 373-0156Toll Free: (855) 347-8108 [855 DIST108]E-mail: EdMcBroom@house.mi.govState Sen. Tom CaspersonP.O. Box 30036Lansing, MI 48909-7536Phone: (517) 373-7840E-mail: ...

Trump: In the ‘American’ Tradition

WASHINGTON - Lately, blows have been dealt to the conventional wisdom surrounding billionaire and Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump. First, the smart money told us that Mr. Trump just enjoyed all the media attention a potential White House run brought his way, that he would never ...

Anti-pot taboo shrinks in presidential politics

DENVER (AP) - Presidential candidates are talking about marijuana in ways unimaginable not long ago.White House hopefuls in both parties are taking donations from people in the new marijuana industry, which is investing heavily in political activism as a route to expanded legalization and ...

Almanac

By The Associated PressToday is Friday, July 10, the 191st day of 2015. There are 174 days left in the year.Today's Highlight in History:On July 10, 1940, during World War II, the Battle of Britain began as the Luftwaffe started attacking southern England. (The Royal Air Force was ultimately ...

The vacation hangover

FLINT - If I were you I wouldn't get surgery these next couple of weeks. Or get your car repaired. Or, I don't know, read a newspaper column.Many of us won't be at our best. Wrong legs are sure to be amputated, frammastats and thingamajiggers are sure to be installed upside down, and, speaking ...

Clinton unveiling 2016 policy ideas

WASHINGTON (AP) - Earlier this year, Hillary Rodham Clinton's campaign lost count of its experts.In the months before she began her second run for the White House, Clinton spent hours quizzing economists, lawyers, educators and activists about everything from executive compensation to the ...

Almanac

By The Associated PressToday is Thursday, July 9, the 190th day of 2015. There are 175 days left in the year.Today's Highlight in History:On July 9, 1776, the Declaration of Independence was read aloud to Gen. George Washington's troops in New York.On this date:In 1540, England's King Henry ...

Supreme Court Disasters

WASHINGTON - Many people are looking at the recent Supreme Court decisions about ObamaCare and same-sex marriage in terms of whether they think these are good or bad policies. That is certainly a legitimate concern, for both those who favor those policies and those who oppose them.But there is ...

Almanac

By The Associated PressToday is Wednesday, July 8, the 189th day of 2015. There are 176 days left in the year.Today's Highlight in History:On July 8, 1776, Col. John Nixon gave the first public reading of the Declaration of Independence, outside the State House (now Independence Hall) in ...

Why we must fight economic apartheid

BERKELEY - Almost lost in the wave of responses to the Supreme Court decisions last week upholding the Affordable Care Act and allowing gays and lesbians to marry was the significance of the court's decision on housing discrimination.In a 5-4 ruling, the court found that the Fair Housing Act of ...

Almanac

By The Associated PressToday is Tuesday, July 7, the 188th day of 2015. There are 177 days left in the year.Today's Highlight in History:On July 7, 1865, four people were hanged in Washington D.C. for conspiring with John Wilkes Booth to assassinate President Abraham Lincoln: Lewis Powell (aka ...

Some GOP candidates becoming unhinged

WASHINGTON - In 1824, in retirement 37 years after serving as the Constitutional Convention's prime mover, James Madison, 73, noted that the 1787 "language of our Constitution is already undergoing interpretations unknown to its founders." He knew that the purport of the text would evolve "with ...

Almanac

By The Associated PressToday is Monday, July 6, the 187th day of 2015. There are 178 days left in the year.Today's Highlights in History:On July 6, 1945, President Harry S. Truman signed an executive order establishing the Medal of Freedom. Nicaragua became the first nation to ratify the United ...

Heroes and Villains

WASHINGTON - Have you seen the new Jurassic Park movie, "Jurassic World?"It had the biggest opening of any movie in history. The movie tells how a reckless biotech company releases dinosaurs that kill its customers. Its tale of heroes vs. villains made me think about how America has changed ...