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The Trump speech and the response

WASHINGTON — Despite advance billing that President Trump’s border wall speech would break news and contain new information, it was mostly familiar rhetoric: criminals and drugs, rapists and murderers are coming to America and the wall is the only way to stop them. The president named ...

Almanac

By The Associated Press Today in History Today is Friday, Jan. 11, the 11th day of 2019. There are 354 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On Jan. 11, 1913, the first enclosed sedan-type automobile, a Hudson, went on display at the 13th National Automobile Show in New ...

2018 was bad on many fronts

TRAVERSE CITY — If I’m 2019, I’d be feeling pretty cocky right about now. 2018 was so bad on so many fronts — politics, journalism, human rights, environment, climate change, weather, stocks, Michigan sports, pop culture (here I’m specifically thinking of Snoop Dogg totally ruining ...

Office Pool 2019

WASHINGTON — 1) On Jan. 1, 2020, Donald Trump will be a. fighting an indictment for fraud. b. fighting impeachment proceedings. c. running for re-election. d. no longer president. 2) In 2019, the House Democrats will a. drive Trump crazy with subpoenas and investigations. b. ...

Almanac

By The Associated Press Today in History Today is Thursday, Jan. 10, the 10th day of 2019. There are 355 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On Jan. 10, 1863, the London Underground had its beginnings as the Metropolitan, the world’s first underground passenger ...

Trump & The Post: Whose side is Mitt on?

WASHINGTON — If there is a more anti-Trump organ in the American establishment than The Washington Post, it does not readily come to mind. Hence, in choosing to send his op-ed attack on President Donald Trump to the Post, Mitt Romney was collaborating with an adversary of his party and his ...

What’s the point of a carbon tax rebate?

DUBLIN, Ireland — The Irish government is proposing rebates to a carbon tax it recently imposed to households that comply with what it considers “low-carbon lifestyles.” The rebate, according to Prime Minister Leo Varadkar, might be in the form of a check, an increase in welfare benefits ...

Almanac

By The Associated Press Today in History Today is Wednesday, Jan. 9, the ninth day of 2019. There are 356 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On Jan. 9, 1861, Mississippi became the second state to secede from the Union, the same day the Star of the West, a merchant ...

America’s New Year’s resolution

WASHINGTON — After Donald Trump’s first bizarre year as president, his apologists told us he was growing into the job and that in his second year he’d be more restrained and more respectful of democratic institutions. Wrong. He’s been worse. Exhibit A: the “wall.” After ...

Decision time on Brexit

LONDON — To Brexit, or not to Brexit, that is the question (apologies to Shakespeare). The answer to whether the UK will pull out of the European Union as a majority of voters favored in a 2016 referendum will be decided this month. Maybe. Prime Minister Theresa May told Parliament that ...

Almanac

By The Associated Press Today in History Today is Tuesday, Jan. 8, the eighth day of 2019. There are 357 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On Jan. 8, 2011, U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, D-Ariz., was shot and critically wounded when a gunman opened fire as the ...

A sign of intelligent life in the Democratic Party

WASHINGTON — If Republicans have a lick of sense, they are alarmed by a recent sign of intelligent life in the other party. The sign is the election by Democrats in the House of Representatives of Illinois Rep. Cheri Bustos as chair of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee. In ...

Almanac

By The Associated Press Today in History Today is Monday, Jan. 7, the seventh day of 2019. There are 358 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On Jan. 7, 1999, for the second time in history, an impeached American president went on trial before the Senate. President Bill ...

The unknown Second Korean DMZ War

RAPID RIVER — Taken from an article at www.koreawar.org by Major Vander E. Jenerette, U.S. Army Retired (used with permission) “From late 1966 through 1969, the Korean peninsula provided the background for a military confrontation that included guerilla warfare, sabotage and terrorism ...

Sweden isn’t Socialist

NEW YORK — For years, I’ve heard American leftists say Sweden is proof that socialism works, that it doesn’t have to turn out as badly as the Soviet Union or Cuba or Venezuela did. But that’s not what Swedish historian Johan Norberg says in a new documentary and Stossel TV video. ...

Almanac

By The Associated Press Today in History Today is Saturday, Jan. 5, the fifth day of 2019. There are 360 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On Jan. 5, 1957, President Dwight D. Eisenhower proposed assistance to countries to help them resist Communist aggression in ...

Resolved: To speak English

WASHINGTON — “Why can’t the English teach their children how to speak?” asked Professor Henry Higgins in the musical “My Fair Lady.” It’s a good question for Americans, especially millennials. On a recent flight two young women sat behind me, chattering away rather loudly. In ...

Almanac

By The Associated Press Today in History Today is Friday, Jan. 4, the fourth day of 2019. There are 361 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On Jan. 4, 1965, President Lyndon B. Johnson delivered his State of the Union address in which he outlined the goals of his ...

Resolutions you have to make

TRAVERSE CITY — This is the time when people start to ask, “Should I make any resolutions for the New Year?” It’s a ridiculous question. Of COURSE you should make resolutions. You’re a hot mess. Based on how often you annoy me with your behavior, you need to make lots and lots of ...

Women changing makeup of military, politics

WASHINGTON (AP) — It had been months since retired Lt. Cmdr. Michele Fitzpatrick paid attention to news coverage. She was turned off by President Donald Trump’s tweetstorms and attacks on critics such as the late Republican Sen. John McCain, a war hero. But as the November midterm elections ...