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AP-NORC Poll: Most don’t want young immigrants deported

WASHINGTON (AP) — Just 1 in 5 Americans want to deport young immigrants brought to the United States as children and now here illegally, the focus of a politically fraught debate between the White House and Congress. Americans also have largely negative opinions about President Donald ...

Almanac

By The Associated Press Today in History Today is Friday, Oct. 13, the 286th day of 2017. There are 79 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On Oct. 13, 1792, the cornerstone of the executive mansion, later known as the White House, was laid by President George ...

Troubles in the NFL

TRAVERSE CITY — The NFL is reportedly having trouble getting enough butts in the seats. Some photos of the stands look like shots of the National Mall during Trump’s inauguration — a lot of empty real estate. The National Anthem protest is one obvious reason why, which is puzzling to ...

The dead soul of Stephen Paddock

WASHINGTON — What was his motive? Why did he do it? Why did Stephen Paddock, 64, rent rooms at the Mandalay Bay hotel, sneak in an arsenal of guns, a dozen of them converted to fully automatic, and rain down death on a country music concert? “We will never know,” writes columnist ...

Almanac

By The Associated Press Today in History Today is Thursday, Oct. 12, the 285th day of 2017. There are 80 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On Oct. 12, 1492 (according to the Old Style calendar), Christopher Columbus’ expedition arrived in the present-day ...

Choice saves drivers money on car insurance

LANSING — I have walked through nearly every neighborhood in Delta, Dickinson and Menominee counties, getting to know the people I represent in the state Legislature. Far too many homes have vehicles with Wisconsin license plates parked in the driveway. When I ask why, I always get the same ...

Trump’s presidency increasingly irrelevant

BERKELEY — Announcement: Donald Trump is no longer the president of the United States. Oh, sure, he has the title and he has the bully pulpit — from which he’s bullying everyone from NBA players to people protesting white supremacists to DACA kids. But he’s not actively governing ...

Defining evil

WASHINGTON — Responding to the recent Las Vegas concert shooting that killed more than 50 people and injured hundreds more, President Trump described the act as one “of pure evil.” One definition of “evil” sounds so inadequate in today’s culture: “morally wrong or bad; immoral; ...

Almanac

By The Associated Press Today in History Today is Tuesday, Oct. 10, the 283rd day of 2017. There are 82 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On Oct. 10, 1967, the Outer Space Treaty, prohibiting the placing of weapons of mass destruction on the moon or elsewhere in ...

America’s most accomplishing politicians

DETROIT — With biblical succinctness, and foreshadowing a resurrection, Mike Duggan said, “Let there be light!” and 65,000 LED streetlights replaced the 40 percent of the city’s streetlights that were broken when he took office in 2014. They are among the many reasons that on Nov. 7 he, ...

AP Poll: Disapproval for anthem protest, Trump response

WASHINGTON (AP) — Most Americans think refusing to stand for the national anthem is disrespectful to the country, the military and the American flag. But most also disapprove of President Donald Trump’s calling for NFL players to be fired for refusing to stand. The NFL protests began last ...

Almanac

By The Associated Press Today in History Today is Monday, Oct. 9, the 282nd day of 2017. There are 83 days left in the year. This is Columbus Day in the United States, as well as Thanksgiving Day in Canada. Today’s Highlight in History: On Oct. 9, 1967, Marxist revolutionary guerrilla ...

Get out of the way

NEW YORK — The hurricane devastation is severe. What should the federal government do? Give us lots of money, say many. Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee, D-Texas, demanded $150 billion — just for Texas. So far, Congress has agreed to $15 billion in hurricane relief. But more will come. Few ...

Can the government keep us safe?

WASHINGTON — Here we go again. The United States has been rattled to the core by an unspeakable act of evil perpetrated by a hater of humanity. A quiet, wealthy loner rented a hotel suite in Las Vegas, armed it with shooting platforms and automatic weapons, knocked out two of the windows, and ...

Almanac

By The Associated Press Today in History Today is Saturday, Oct. 7, the 280th day of 2017. There are 85 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On Oct. 7, 1977, the Queen double-A single “We Are the Champions” (by lead singer Freddie Mercury) and “We Will Rock You” ...

Math, history and tax reform

WASHINGTON — In school, I liked math the least and history the most. Both can be useful in the coming debate over President Trump’s proposed tax reforms. The one thing I learned in math class is that if the formula is wrong, the answer will be wrong. In history class I learned we are not ...

Almanac

By The Associated Press Today in History Today is Friday, Oct. 6, the 279th day of 2017. There are 86 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On Oct. 6, 1927, the era of talking pictures arrived with the opening of “The Jazz Singer” starring Al Jolson, a feature ...

A good rivalry is needed this week

ESCANABA — Move up your fish fry Friday night — it’s time for another Gladstone-Escanaba football game. Yes, it’s rivalry week and the talk around water coolers at area financial institutions, factories and other work places is this darn football game. No disrespect to Michigan vs. ...

The weird odyssey of Trump’s travel bans

WASHINGTON — The weird odyssey of President Donald Trump’s travel bans continues. The original ban, signed as an executive order Jan. 27, barred absolutely all immigrants and refugees from seven predominantly Muslim countries. The countries had actually been chosen by the State Department ...

Low marks for Trump’s Puerto Rico response

WASHINGTON (AP) — Americans are more likely to approve than disapprove of how President Donald Trump is handling hurricane relief in Florida and Texas, but it’s a different story when it comes to Puerto Rico. According to a new poll by the Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs ...