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Almanac

By The Associated Press Today in History Today is Friday, March 1, the 60th day of 2019. There are 305 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On March 1, 1932, Charles A. Lindbergh Jr., the 20-month-old son of Charles and Anne Lindbergh, was kidnapped from the family home ...

Selling naming rights to stadiums

TRAVERSE CITY — Cobo Hall in Detroit just sold naming rights to Chemical Bank. Nothing against Chemical Bank but I wish stadiums and other venues weren’t named for businesses. It’s a lot more fun going to, say, Tiger Stadium than Comerica Park. And I don’t care how long it’s been DTE ...

Picking up good migration

PALM BEACH, Florida — While most attention has been focused on immigrants trying to enter the United States over America’s southern border, there is legal migration taking place that has been largely ignored, though it may have at least as much economic and political impact as the ...

Almanac

By The Associated Press Today in History Today is Thursday, Feb. 28, the 59th day of 2019. There are 306 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On Feb. 28, 1942, the heavy cruiser USS Houston and the Australian light cruiser HMAS Perth were attacked by Japanese forces ...

On to Caracas and Tehran

WASHINGTON — In the Venezuelan crisis, said President Donald Trump in Florida, “All options are on the table.” And if Venezuela’s generals persist in their refusal to break with Nicolas Maduro, they could “lose everything.” Another example of Yankee bluster and bluff? Or is ...

Trump’s brazen unconstitutional overreach

WASHINGTON — Last week, President Donald Trump followed through on a threat he had been making for months. It was not a blistering or insulting tweet. It was not an attack on the press or congressional Democrats. It was an attack on the Constitution. Here is the back story. In 2015, Trump ...

Almanac

By The Associated Press Today in History Today is Wednesday, Feb. 27, the 58th day of 2019. There are 307 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On Feb. 27, 1951, the 22nd Amendment to the Constitution, limiting a president to two terms of office, was ratified. On this ...

Schultz’s presidential run reckless

BERKELEY — America is the only place in the world where any citizen over the age of 35 can run for president. No experience in government necessary. No support from a political party necessary. You don’t even have to have any ideas or policy proposals. Take Howard Schultz, the former CEO ...

Dems see opportunity, danger in Midwest

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump smashed the blue wall in his first White House bid, chiseling a path to the presidency through Midwestern states that hadn’t backed a Republican presidential contender in three decades. But as he gears up for his re-election bid, there are early ...

Almanac

By The Associated Press Today in History Today is Tuesday, Feb. 26, the 57th day of 2019. There are 308 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On Feb. 26, 1904, the United States and Panama proclaimed a treaty under which the U.S. agreed to undertake efforts to build a ...

Supreme Court can undo past confusion

WASHINGTON — For decades the Supreme Court has entangled itself in Establishment Clause decisions that have been, in the words of Alice in Wonderland, curiouser and curiouser. On Wednesday, it can leaven with clarity the confusion it has sown. The First Amendment’s first words say, ...

How They Voted

The legislature did not vote on any bills of general interest last week, although in the Senate a voice-vote was held on requesting the state Supreme Court to give an opinion on legislative actions related to two initiated laws enacted last fall. This report describes that request, and some ...

Almanac

By The Associated Press Today in History Today is Monday, Feb. 25, the 56th day of 2019. There are 309 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On Feb. 25, 1986, President Ferdinand Marcos fled the Philippines after 20 years of rule in the wake of a tainted election; ...

Bogus gun research

NEW YORK — Last week Rep. Nancy Pelosi warned President Donald Trump that if he declared an “emergency” to build a wall, “think what a president with different values can present... Why don’t you declare (the epidemic of gun violence in America) an emergency, Mr. President? I wish you ...

Back to Munich

WASHINGTON — “There are none so blind as those who will not see.” One might think that after denying the evidence of Adolf Hitler’s rise and objectives that resulted in World War II, Europeans might be more attuned to modern threats. Last week on a visit to Munich (oh, the irony), ...

Almanac

By The Associated Press Today in History Today is Saturday, Feb. 23, the 54th day of 2019. There are 311 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On Feb. 23, 1954, the first mass inoculation of schoolchildren against polio using the Salk vaccine began in Pittsburgh as some ...

Congress loses a man of courage and decency

WASHINGTON — As on so many matters, former Republican Senate leader Bob Dole put it best when he said that almost all members of Congress love to make tough speeches; they just don’t like to make tough votes. Rep. Walter B. Jones Jr., the North Carolina Republican who died on his 76th ...

Almanac

By The Associated Press Today in History Today is Friday, Feb. 22, the 53rd day of 2019. There are 312 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On Feb. 22, 1997, scientists in Scotland announced they had succeeded in cloning an adult mammal, producing a lamb named ...

Waiting for final Mueller report? It may be short on detail

WASHINGTON (AP) — Robert Mueller’s Russia investigation has to end with a report. But anyone looking for a grand narrative on President Donald Trump, Russian election interference and all the juicy details uncovered over the past 20 months could end up disappointed. The exact timing of ...

In defense of teachers

TRAVERSE CITY — I posted a cartoon to my Facebook page this week of a teacher at her desk wearing a t-shirt bearing the words “I support merit pay for politicians” on it. That’s funny, of course. But I couldn’t resist adding this: “I agree. And while we’re at it, let’s give them ...