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Almanac

By The Associated Press Today in History Today is Wednesday, March 15, the 74th day of 2017. There are 291 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On March 15, 1767, the seventh president of the United States, Andrew Jackson, was born in the Waxhaw settlement along the ...

Three possible reasons for Trump’s rant

BERKELEY — Donald Trump alleged in a series of tweets that former President Barack Obama orchestrated a “Nixon/Watergate” plot to tap Trump’s phones at his Trump Tower headquarters last fall in the run-up to the election. Trump concluded that the former president is a “Bad (or sick) ...

How They Voted

Senate Bill 129, Regulate small copper mines different than big ones: Passed 24 to 11 in the Senate To establish a separate and more streamlined regulatory regime over small (“native”) copper mining operations. Sen. Tom Casperson, R - Escanaba, Yes Senate Bill 19, Cut off parole ...

Almanac

By The Associated Press Today in History Today is Tuesday, March 14, the 73rd day of 2017. There are 292 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On March 14, 1967, the body of President John F. Kennedy was moved from a temporary grave to a permanent memorial site at ...

A place to celebrate America’s principles

TEMPE, Ariz. — Encouraging developments are as welcome as they are rare in colleges and universities that cultivate diversity in everything but thought. Fortunately, state legislatures, alumni and philanthropists are planting little academic platoons that will make campuses less ...

Killing Big Bird

WASHINGTON — Next week, Donald Trump releases his new budget. It’s expected to cut spending on things like the National Endowment for the Arts, the National Endowment for the Humanities and the Corporation for Public Broadcasting. Good! Government has no business funding art. When ...

Congress created a monster

WASHINGTON — Those of us who believe that the Constitution means what it says have been arguing since the late 1970s that congressional efforts to strengthen national security by weakening personal liberty are unconstitutional, un-American and ineffective. The Foreign Intelligence ...

Almanac

By The Associated Press Today in History Today is Saturday, March 11, the 70th day of 2017. There are 295 days left in the year. The Jewish holiday Purim begins at sunset. Daylight saving time returns Sunday at 2 a.m. local time; clocks go forward one hour. Today’s Highlight in ...

The million dollar carp

FLINT — In his State of the State address last month, Gov. Snyder offered a million bucks (really) to whoever comes up with the best idea to stop the dreaded Asian carp that are headed for the Great Lakes via Chicago’s waterways. Once they make it — gulp, gulp, gulp — there goes the ...

Leadership Washington could learn from

WASHINGTON — Hollywood’s critics, of which there has never been a shortage, have long accused that California village of being the national home office of insincerity and shallowness. Two great 20th-century American wits memorably made that case. Fred Allen wrote, “All the sincerity in ...

Advocates say First Amendment can withstand Trump attacks

NEW YORK (AP) — Whenever Donald Trump fumes about “fake news” or labels the press “the enemy of the people,” First Amendment scholar David L. Hudson Jr. hears echoes of other presidents — but a breadth and tone that are entirely new. “Mr. Trump may not know it, but it was Thomas ...

The Trump effect

WASHINGTON — Here are two scenarios. One: you are a retiree who in recent years has been concerned about the value of your stock portfolio. Suddenly, the value of your stocks and stock-based mutual funds surges, the Dow rising 1,000 points to record highs within weeks. You examine the ...

Almanac

By The Associated Press Today in History Today is Thursday, March 9, the 68th day of 2017. There are 297 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On March 9, 1841, the U.S. Supreme Court, in United States v. The Amistad, ruled in favor of a group of Africans captured by ...

State should treasure education, fund it

ESCANABA — “For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.” Matthew 6:21. — — — Michigan’s education policy has been a disaster. The state’s policy has worked against the best efforts by local school districts. In 1993 the state wrested education policy ...

Americans are divided on admitting refugees

WASHINGTON (AP) — Where immigrants are concerned, James Wright is OK with people who are here legally, as well as illegally — if they haven’t committed crimes. But turn the talk specifically to the risks and benefits of admitting refugees to the U.S., and the New Jersey resident gives a ...

Almanac

By The Associated Press Today in History Today is Wednesday, March 8, the 67th day of 2017. There are 298 days left in the year. Today’s Highlights in History: On March 8, 1917, Russia’s “February Revolution” (referring to the Old Style calendar) began in Petrograd; the result ...

Trump’s most shameful lie

BERKELEY — On Feb. 9, at a closed-door meeting with a group of U.S. senators. Donald Trump claimed that both he and former New Hampshire Sen. Kelly Ayotte would have been victorious in the Granite State last fall if not for the “thousands” of people who were “brought in on buses” from ...

The political divide over American identity

NEW YORK (AP) — Add one more to the list of things dividing left and right in this country: We can’t even agree what it means to be an American. A new survey from The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research finds Republicans are far more likely to cite a culture grounded ...

Almanac

By The Associated Press Today in History Today is Tuesday, March 7, the 66th day of 2017. There are 299 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On March 7, 1967, the musical “You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown,” based on the “Peanuts” comic strips by Charles M. ...

The Bloated Military

NEW YORK — Donald Trump once wanted to cut military spending. Before running for president, he said Congress’ automatic “sequestration” cuts didn’t go far enough, that they were “a very small percentage of the cuts that should be made.” Then he ran for office and said he ...