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The politics of cake

WASHINGTON — Nothing appears beyond the reach of the social engineers, not even cake. In a 7-2 ruling, the Supreme Court said the Colorado Human Rights Commission had failed to take into account the religious beliefs of a Lakewood baker who refused to make a wedding cake for a gay couple. ...

Almanac

By The Associated Press Today in History Today is Tuesday, June 12, the 163rd day of 2018. There are 202 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On June 12, 1963, civil rights leader Medgar Evers, 37, was shot and killed outside his home in Jackson, Mississippi. (In 1994, ...

Does North Korea wish to become Upper Volta without rockets — or vodka?

WASHINGTON — Back when the Soviet Union had a first-rate nuclear arsenal but a ramshackle third-world economy that produced no consumer goods other than vodka and caviar that anyone elsewhere would buy, the nation was disparaged as “Upper Volta with rockets.” Today the question is: Would ...

Almanac

By The Associated Press Today in History Today is Monday, June 11, the 162nd day of 2018. There are 203 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On June 11, 1776, the Continental Congress formed a committee to draft a Declaration of Independence calling for freedom from ...

Crony Developments

NEW YORK — “Are you on the take?” When I tried to get Edgewater, New Jersey, politicians to answer that question, the mayor wouldn’t discuss it, ultimately telling me, “You may sit down.” The town of Edgewater is right across the Hudson River from Manhattan. Anyone fortunate ...

Almanac

By The Associated Press Today in History Today is Saturday, June 9, the 160th day of 2018. There are 205 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On June 9, A.D. 68, Roman Emperor Nero committed suicide, ending a 13-year reign. On this date: In 1588, construction began ...

Can President Trump shoot Jim Comey?

WASHINGTON — Last weekend, the White House leaked a copy of a letter sent by President Donald Trump’s legal team on Jan. 29 to special counsel Robert Mueller. The letter set forth the president’s legal strategy, arguing essentially that he is immune from prosecution for any crime. To ...

Is there any limit on the president’s power to pardon?

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump once joked he could “stand in the middle of Fifth Avenue and shoot somebody” and not lose voter support. The quip was intended as hyperbole to make a point on the loyalty of his base. Now, Trump says, he has the power to keep himself out of jail ...

Almanac

By The Associated Press Today in History Today is Friday, June 8, the 159th day of 2018. There are 206 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On June 8, 1968, authorities announced the capture in London of James Earl Ray, the suspected assassin of civil rights leader Dr. ...

When politics was fun

WASHINGTON — On Sept. 26, 1960, when Democratic nominee John F. Kennedy and his Republican opponent, Richard Nixon, met in the first ever nationally televised presidential debate — watched or listened to live by some 60 percent of adult Americans — there were no overnight polls or ...

Fact Check: Trump blames Dems for border separations

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump is falsely claiming that “bad legislation passed by the Democrats” has forced his administration to separate children from their families at the border, even though no such law exists. TRUMP’S TWEET Trump tweeted Tuesday: “Separating ...

Almanac

By The Associated Press Today in History Today is Thursday, June 7, the 158th day of 2018. There are 207 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On June 7, 1776, Richard Henry Lee of Virginia offered a resolution to the Continental Congress stating “That these United ...

Is America’s racial divide permanent?

WASHINGTON — For Roseanne Barr, star of ABC’s hit show “Roseanne,” there would be no appeal. When her tweet hit, she was gone. “Roseanne’s Twitter statement, is abhorrent, repugnant and inconsistent with our values, and we have decided to cancel her show,” declaimed Channing ...

Different standards for the left

WASHINGTON — We’ve come a long way from harmless playground jibes like “your mother wears combat boots,” to those of today from the likes of Samantha Bee and other leftist “entertainers” who say things about President Trump and his family that are so vulgar they can’t be printed ...

Almanac

By The Associated Press Today in History Today is Wednesday, June 6, the 157th day of 2018. There are 208 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On June 6, 1968, Sen. Robert F. Kennedy died at Good Samaritan Hospital in Los Angeles, 25 1/2 hours after he was shot by ...

Trump is driving US foreign policy

BERKELEY — I spent last week at a conference in South Korea, during which time Donald Trump went from seeking a meeting with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un to cancelling it, then suggesting it might be back on. “What does Trump want?” South Korean officials at the conference kept ...

Almanac

By The Associated Press Today in History Today is Tuesday, June 5, the 156th day of 2018. There are 209 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On June 5, 1968, Sen. Robert F. Kennedy was shot and mortally wounded after claiming victory in California’s Democratic ...

Is the investigation of President Trump legitimate?

WASHINGTON — This past weekend, President Donald Trump and the most visible member of his legal team, former New York Mayor Rudolph Giuliani, fired up their campaign against special counsel Robert Mueller. They attacked people at the Department of Justice whom Trump appointed. They smeared ...

How They Voted

Senate Bill 941, Spend $100 million on job training and preparation programs: Passed 30 to 2 in the Senate To spend $100 million on government job and career training programs, scholarships, program grants and more, which would be labeled a “Marshall plan for talent.” Senate Bill 942 ...

Almanac

By The Associated Press Today in History Today is Monday, June 4, the 155th day of 2018. There are 210 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On June 4, 1940, during World War II, the Allied military evacuation of some 338,000 troops from Dunkirk, France, ended. British ...