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By The Associated Press Today in History Today is Friday, Sept. 7, the 250th day of 2018. There are 115 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On Sept. 7, 1940, Nazi Germany began its eight-month blitz of Britain during World War II with the first air attack on ...

From Labor Day to 1 Percent Day

TRAVERSE CITY — I love Labor Day as much as you do. But for the sake of intellectual honesty, I wonder if it’s time to drop it. Labor Day was created to honor workers and labor organizations. But according to a new Pew Report, real wages (meaning purchasing power) are currently at 1974 ...

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By The Associated Press Today in History Today is Thursday, Sept. 6, the 249th day of 2018. There are 116 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On Sept. 6, 1997, a public funeral was held for Princess Diana at Westminster Abbey in London, six days after her death in a ...

A Cancer on the Papacy?

WASHINGTON — This summer, the sex scandal that has bedeviled the Catholic Church went critical. First came the stunning revelation that Cardinal Theodore McCarrick, former Archbishop of Washington and friend to presidents, had for decades been a predator-priest who preyed on seminarians ...

How They Voted

As the Legislature completes its last week of summer break, the Roll Call Report begins a series that reviews key votes of the 2017-2018 session. Senate Bill 40, Expand state subsidies for particular companies on state line: Passed 24 to 13 in the Senate on February 9, 2017 To let certain ...

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By The Associated Press Today in History Today is Wednesday, Sept. 5, the 248th day of 2018. There are 117 days left in the year. Today’s Highlights in History: On Sept. 5, 1972, the Palestinian group Black September attacked the Israeli Olympic delegation at the Munich Games; 11 ...

Can we get an annulment?

WASHINGTON — The only way I can see the end of the Donald Trump presidency is if there’s overwhelming evidence he rigged the 2016 election — in which case impeachment isn’t an adequate remedy. His presidency should be annulled. Let me explain. Many people are convinced we’re ...

Bipartisanship or caving in?

WASHINGTON — In the days following the death of Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.), there have been mournful cries lamenting the lack of bipartisanship for which his eulogizers and friends claim he stood. Dictionary.com defines bipartisan this way: “representing, characterized by, or including ...

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By The Associated Press Today in History Today is Tuesday, Sept. 4, the 247th day of 2018. There are 118 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On Sept. 4, 1951, President Harry S. Truman addressed the nation from the Japanese peace treaty conference in San Francisco in ...

Final queries for Judge Kavanaugh

WASHINGTON — Four decades ago, New York Sen. Daniel Patrick Moynihan, an intellectual Democrat, observed with amazement and regret that Republicans had become the party of ideas. Today, many of America’s most interesting arguments divide conservatives. One concerns the judiciary’s role in ...

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By The Associated Press Today in History Today is Monday, Sept. 3, the 246th day of 2018. There are 119 days left in the year. This is Labor Day. Today’s Highlight in History: On Sept. 3, 1939, Britain, France, Australia and New Zealand declared war on Germany, two days after the Nazi ...

Social Media Censorship II

NEW YORK — Are those who question the severity of global warming worse than Nazis? I wouldn’t think so, but YouTube, owned by Google, seems to. I wrote last week that YouTube added a Wikipedia link about global warming to videos like ones I do about climate change. Extra information ...

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By The Associated Press Today in History Today is Saturday, Sept. 1, the 244th day of 2018. There are 121 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On September 1, 1945, Americans received word of Japan’s formal surrender that ended World War II. (Because of the time ...

‘Officers Eat Last’

WASHINGTON — The Marine Corps lives by one hard-and-fast rule foreign to American corporate and financial life: “Officers eat last.” Simply stated, the Marine officer in command does not eat until all the Marines he is responsible for — beginning with the corporals and the privates — ...

Double standards

WASHINGTON — Finding someone in Washington who is nonpartisan and puts the nation’s interests ahead of their own is so rare these days that he or she, if found, might well qualify as an endangered species. But once in a while — call it the law of averages — someone speaks the truth. ...

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By The Associated Press Today in History Today is Friday, Aug. 31, the 243rd day of 2018. There are 122 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On August 31, 1972, at the Munich Summer Olympics, American swimmer Mark Spitz won his fourth and fifth gold medals in the ...

The empty nest years have arrived too soon

TRAVERSE CITY — “The last one is finally out of the house.” That’s what I’ve been telling people in a jokey sort of guy way, with the emphasis on the word finally, as if I simply couldn’t wait for this moment to arrive. But I don’t mean a word of it. When we dropped Henry, ...

How They Voted

The Legislature remains in recess with regular sessions resuming Sept. 5. Rather than votes this report contains some interesting or noteworthy recent bill introductions. House Bill 6101: Increase statute of lawsuit limitation on Flint water contamination Introduced by Rep. Sheldon Neeley ...

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By The Associated Press Today in History Today is Thursday, Aug. 30, the 242nd day of 2018. There are 123 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On August 30, 1963, the “Hot Line” communications link between Washington and Moscow went into operation. On this ...

Do Democrats want an impeachment fight?

WASHINGTON — “If anyone is looking for a good lawyer,” said President Donald Trump ruefully, “I would strongly suggest that you don’t retain the services of Michael Cohen.” Michael Cohen is no Roy Cohn. Tuesday, Trump’s ex-lawyer, staring at five years in prison, pled guilty to ...