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By The Associated Press Today in History Today is Saturday, June 10, the 161st day of 2017. There are 204 days left in the year. Today’s Highlights in History: On June 10, 1967, war in the Mideast ended as Israel and Syria accepted a United Nations-mediated cease-fire; during the six ...

Two polar opposite examples

WASHINGTON — For baseball fans of a certain age, Stan Musial of the St. Louis Cardinals stands alone. Musial’s on-field statistics were beyond impressive. He led the National League in batting seven times, was named the league’s MVP three times, was selected as an all-star 24 times and ...

Almanac

By The Associated Press Today in History Today is Friday, June 9, the 160th day of 2017. There are 205 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On June 9, 1954, during the Senate Army-McCarthy hearings, Army special counsel Joseph N. Welch berated Sen. Joseph R. McCarthy, ...

Gen Z grads recipe for success

TRAVERSE CITY — Usually by the time I get around to my annual advice column for graduating college seniors, the loftier concepts have all been taken. For instance, Mark Zuckerberg, the Facebook guy, told Harvard grads he got a girl to go out with him by telling her, “I’m going to get ...

Almanac

By The Associated Press Today in History Today is Thursday, June 8, the 159th day of 2017. There are 206 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On June 8, 1967, during the six-day Middle East war, 34 American servicemen were killed when Israel attacked the USS Liberty, a ...

The Forever War?

WASHINGTON — On May 22, Salman Abedi, 22, waiting at the entrance of the Arianna Grande pop concert in Manchester, blew himself up, killing almost two dozen people, among them parents waiting to pick up their children. Saturday, three Islamic terrorists committed “suicide-by-cop,” ...

Almanac

By The Associated Press Today in History Today is Wednesday, June 7, the 158th day of 2017. There are 207 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On June 7, 1942, the Battle of Midway ended in a decisive victory for American naval forces over Imperial Japan, marking a ...

Making America meaner

BERKELEY — On the eve of his election to the House of Representatives, Montana Republican Greg Gianforte beat up Ben Jacobs, a reporter for the British newspaper The Guardian What prompted the violence? Jacobs had asked Gianforte for his reaction to the Congressional Budget Office report ...

Debt ceiling issue tops summer budget agenda

WASHINGTON (AP) — Even members of his own party were quick to declare President Donald Trump’s budget plan dead on arrival in Congress last month. And in fact, lawmakers are facing a burst of overdue budget-related work this summer. Most of what’s on the budget agenda probably won’t ...

Almanac

By The Associated Press Today in History Today is Tuesday, June 6, the 157th day of 2017. There are 208 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On June 6, 1944, during World War II, Allied forces stormed the beaches of Normandy, France, on “D-Day” as they began the ...

Buckley captained conservatism

WASHINGTON — In 1950, the year before William F. Buckley burst into the national conversation, the literary critic Lionel Trilling revealed why the nation was ripe for Buckley’s high-spirited romp through its political and cultural controversies. Liberalism, Trilling declared, was “not ...

What price separation from Europe?

WASHINGTON — German Chancellor Angela Merkel has had enough of President Trump. Speaking last Sunday in a Munich beer hall, Merkel suggested that Europe may no longer be able to rely on the United States as a faithful ally and that the continent “really must take our fate into our own ...

Almanac

By The Associated Press Today in History Today is Monday, June 5, the 156th day of 2017. There are 209 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On June 5, 1967, war erupted in the Middle East as Israel, anticipating a possible attack by its Arab neighbors, launched a series ...

Chomsky’s Venezuela lesson

NEW YORK — Venezuela descends into chaos. Its people, once the wealthiest in Latin America, starve. Even The New York Times runs headlines like “Dying Infants and No Medicine.” My Venezuelan-born friend Kenny says his relatives are speaking differently. Cousins who once answered ...

Almanac

By The Associated Press Today in History Today is Saturday, June 3, the 154th day of 2017. There are 211 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On June 3, 2016, Muhammad Ali, the heavyweight boxing champion whose fast fists and irrepressible personality transcended sports ...

The praying mantis explains today’s politics

WASHINGTON — To understand the bizarre political era in which we live, let us recall the mating rituals of the praying mantis. In their amorous encounter, the male mantis approaches the female — which is the physically larger and stronger of the two — and, if permitted, mounts the female ...

Almanac

By The Associated Press Today in History Today is Friday, June 2, the 153rd day of 2017. There are 212 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On June 2, 1897, Mark Twain was quoted by the New York Journal as saying from London that “the report of my death was an ...

Shame on us

TRAVERSE CITY — What doesn’t bother the heck out of us in this country bothers the heck out of me. Prime example: Last week, businessman Greg Gianforte, the Republican candidate in a special election for the state’s only House seat in Congress, knocked a reporter to the ground then ...

Trump promises unfulfilled by House GOP health bill

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump has called the House-passed health care bill a “great plan,” but a new poll finds that three out of four Americans do not believe it fulfills most of his promises. The poll out Wednesday from the nonpartisan Kaiser Family Foundation also found a ...

Almanac

By The Associated Press Today in History Today is Thursday, June 1, the 152nd day of 2017. There are 213 days left in the year. Today’s Highlights in History: It was 50 years ago today — June 1, 1967 — that the Beatles album “Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band” was ...