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By The Associated Press Today in History Today is Friday, Nov. 2, the 306th day of 2018. There are 59 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On Nov. 2, 1976, former Georgia Gov. Jimmy Carter became the first candidate from the Deep South since the Civil War to be elected ...

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By The Associated Press Today in History Today is Wednesday, Oct. 31, the 304th day of 2018. There are 61 days left in the year. This is Halloween. Today’s Highlight in History: On Oct. 31, 1984, Indian Prime Minister Indira Gandhi was assassinated by two Sikh (seek) security ...

Did Trump goad and guide the pipe bomber?

WASHINGTON — By Thursday, the targets of the mailed pipe bombs had risen to nine: George Soros, Hillary Clinton, Barack Obama, Maxine Waters, John Brennan, Eric Holder, Debbie Wasserman Schultz, Joe Biden and Robert De Niro. That list contains four of the highest-ranking officials of Barack ...

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By The Associated Press Today in History Today is Monday, Oct. 29, the 302nd day of 2018. There are 63 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On Oct. 29, 1929, “Black Tuesday” descended upon the New York Stock Exchange. Prices collapsed amid panic selling and ...

Abrams gives Dems sense of 2020 possibilities

GRIFFIN, Ga. — “Life happens,” Stacey Abrams instructs a small but boisterous crowd in a sun-drenched park south of Atlanta. She says: Your car breaks down. Your child gets sick. Could happen on election day. So, vote early. Today. In her campaign to be the first Democrat elected ...

Almanac

By The Associated Press Today in History Today is Monday, Oct. 29, the 302nd day of 2018. There are 63 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On Oct. 29, 1929, “Black Tuesday” descended upon the New York Stock Exchange. Prices collapsed amid panic selling and ...

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By The Associated Press Today in History Today is Saturday, Oct. 27, the 300th day of 2018. There are 65 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On Oct. 27, 1978, Egyptian President Anwar Sadat and Israeli Prime Minister Menachem Begin (men-AH’-kem BAY’-gihn) were ...

Caravan puts Trump legacy on the line

WASHINGTON — Our mainstream media remain consumed with the grisly killing of Washington Post columnist Jamal Khashoggi in the Saudi consulate in Istanbul, and how President Donald Trump will deal with Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman. Understandably so, for this is the most riveting murder ...

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By The Associated Press Today in History Today is Wednesday, Oct. 24, the 297th day of 2018. There are 68 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On Oct. 24, 1972, Hall of Famer Jackie Robinson, who’d broken Major League Baseball’s color barrier in 1947, died in ...

The truth about the Trump economy

BERKELEY — I keep hearing that although Donald Trump is a scoundrel or worse, at least he’s presiding over a great economy. “The single biggest story this year is an economic boom that is durable and lasting,” White House economic adviser Larry Kudlow said recently. Really? Look ...

Shut up, they explain

NEW YORK — Gloria Alvarez, the young woman from Guatemala I wrote about last week, just got blocked by Facebook. Why? Because she criticizes socialism. After Alvarez joined me in my American studio to make a video we titled “Socialism Fails Every Time,” she flew to Mexico City to make ...

Almanac

By The Associated Press Today in History Today is Tuesday, Oct. 23, the 296th day of 2018. There are 69 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On Oct. 23, 1983, 241 U.S. service members, most of them Marines, were killed in a suicide truck-bombing at Beirut International ...

The Vietnam War’s mountain of mendacities

WASHINGTON — Early in his Marine Corps career, which he concluded as a four-star general, Walt Boomer was decorated for valor in Vietnam. He distilled into three words the lesson of that debacle: “Tell the truth.” Max Hastings, an eminent British journalist and historian, has done that in ...

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By The Associated Press Today in History Today is Monday, Oct. 22, the 295th day of 2018. There are 70 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On Oct. 22, 1979, the U.S. government allowed the deposed Shah of Iran to travel to New York for medical treatment — a decision ...

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By The Associated Press Today in History Today is Saturday, Oct. 20, the 293rd day of 2018. There are 72 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On Oct. 20, 1973, in the so-called “Saturday Night Massacre,” special Watergate prosecutor Archibald Cox was dismissed and ...

The irrationality of baseball fans

WASHINGTON — American philosopher Jerry Seinfeld famously exposed how irrational we American baseball fans must be: “Team loyalty is a kind of hard thing to justify, in the end. ... Every year, it’s different guys. ... You’re rooting for clothes, when you get right down to it. ... I ...

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By The Associated Press Today in History Today is Friday, Oct. 19, the 292nd day of 2018. There are 73 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On Oct. 19, 1789, John Jay was sworn in as the first Chief Justice of the United States. On this date: In 1781, British troops ...

Democrats are too polite

TRAVERSE CITY — Michelle Obama was known for saying, “When they go low, we go high.” I’ve always loved the sentiment but I wonder if it needs tweaking in today’s political climate. In my opinion, Democrats have always been too polite, too unwilling to call a lie a lie, too reluctant ...

Why vote for Democrats?

WASHINGTON — Given what the Trump administration is saying are record achievements for a president at this stage in office, why would anyone consider voting for Democrats in the upcoming midterm elections? Writing in The Washington Examiner, Paul Bedard lists 289 accomplishments of the ...

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By The Associated Press Today in History Today is Thursday, Oct. 18, the 291st day of 2018. There are 74 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On Oct. 18, 1892, the first long-distance telephone line between New York and Chicago was officially opened (it could only ...