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Against Higher Education

NEW YORK — Today, all Americans are told, “Go to college!” President Obama said, “College graduation has never been more valuable.” But economist Bryan Caplan says that most people shouldn’t go. “How many thousands of hours did you spend in classes studying subjects that ...

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By The Associated Press Today in History Today is Saturday, June 2, the 153rd day of 2018. There are 212 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On June 2, 1953, the coronation of Queen Elizabeth II took place in London’s Westminster Abbey, 16 months after the death of ...

Ireland makes its decision on abortion

WASHINGTON — The scientific, moral and theological battle between life as an “endowed unalienable” right and the evolutionary view that we are just material and energy shaped by pure chance in a random universe with no author of life, no purpose for living and no destination after we die ...

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By The Associated Press Today in History Today is Friday, June 1, the 152nd day of 2018. There are 213 days left in the year. Today’s Highlights in History: On June 1, 1968, the cult British television series “The Prisoner,” starring Patrick McGoohan as an ex-secret agent who finds ...

Some things in life are better

TRAVERSE CITY — There are several popular business/self-improvement books out there now (“Factfulness” and “Enlightenment Now”) that make the case that the world is objectively a much better place than it has ever been. The authors don’t base their position on flaccid, ...

Trade agenda runs into reality of global geopolitics

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump’s hard-line views on trade, a staple of his message long before he entered politics, are beginning to collide with the cold realities of global geopolitics. Trade talks on China and the North American Free Trade Agreement have hit stumbling blocks, ...

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By The Associated Press Today in History Today is Thursday, May 31, the 151st day of 2018. There are 214 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On May 31, 1921, a race riot erupted in Tulsa, Oklahoma, as white mobs began looting and leveling the affluent black district of ...

What Is America’s cause in the world today?

WASHINGTON — After being sworn in for a fourth term, Vladimir Putin departed the Kremlin for Annunciation Cathedral to receive the televised blessing of Patriarch Kirill of the Russian Orthodox Church. The patriarch and his priests in sacred vestments surrounded Putin, who, standing alone, ...

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By The Associated Press Today in History Today is Wednesday, May 30, the 150th day of 2018. There are 215 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On May 30, 1958, unidentified American service members killed in World War II and the Korean War were interred in the Tomb of ...

Trump’s curious coalition

BERKELEY — Donald Trump’s strategy for keeping power is to build up his coalition of America’s white working class and the nation’s ownership class. It’s a curious coalition, to say the least. But if Democrats don’t respond to it, it could protect Trump from impeachment and even ...

The NFL isn’t through

WASHINGT0N — It took two years, boycotts by fans, declining TV ratings, growing alarm among advertisers, a drop in the sale of gear and especially a public shaming by President Trump, but the owners of NFL teams have finally decided their players will not be allowed to kneel or make other ...

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By The Associated Press Today in History Today is Tuesday, May 29, the 149th day of 2018. There are 216 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On May 29, 1953, Mount Everest was conquered as Edmund Hillary of New Zealand and Tensing Norgay of Nepal became the first ...

Trump stokes populism that Taft resisted

WASHINGTON — No elaborate catechism is required to determine if someone is a conservative. A single question, as simple as it is infallible, suffices: For whom would you have voted in the presidential election of 1912? That year, a former president and a future president ran against the ...

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By The Associated Press Today in History Today is Monday, May 28, the 148th day of 2018. There are 217 days left in the year. This is the Memorial Day observance. Today’s Highlight in History: On May 28, 1918, American troops fought their first major battle during World War I as they ...

The Innocence Project

NEW YORK — On TV crime shows like “CSI,” “NCIS” and “Law & Order,” science gets the bad guys. In real life, “science” often ensnares the innocent. Former NYPD Detective Harry Houck gets annoyed when TV shows make forensic science look infallible. “You watch a ...

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By The Associated Press Today in History Today is Saturday, May 26, the 146th day of 2018. There are 219 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On May 26, 1868, the impeachment trial of President Andrew Johnson ended with his acquittal on the remaining charges. On this ...

Trump isn’t willing to take on Big Pharma

BERKELEY— Donald Trump promised to rein in drug prices. It was his only sensible campaign promise. But the plan he announced does little but add another battering ram to his ongoing economic war against America’s allies. He calls it “American patients first” and takes aim at what he ...

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By The Associated Press Today in History Today is Thursday, May 24, the 144th day of 2018. There are 221 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On May 24, 1968, the Rolling Stones single “Jumpin’ Jack Flash” was released in the United Kingdom by Decca Records. On ...

A Trump Doctrine for Singapore and Beyond

WASHINGTON — After Pyongyang railed this week that the U.S.-South Korean Max Thunder military drills were a rehearsal for an invasion of the North, and imperiled the Singapore summit, the Pentagon dialed them back. The B-52 exercises alongside F-22 stealth fighters were canceled. But ...

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By The Associated Press Today in History Today is Wednesday, May 23, the 143rd day of 2018. There are 222 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On May 23, 1618, the Defenestration of Prague took place as Bohemian Protestants angry over what they saw as a threat to their ...