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Almanac

By The Associated Press Today in History Today is Tuesday, Nov. 28, the 332nd day of 2017. There are 33 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On Nov. 28, 1942, fire engulfed the Cocoanut Grove nightclub in Boston, killing 492 people in the deadliest nightclub blaze ever. ...

College basketball begins under clouds

WASHINGTON — Although it is plausible to suspect this, it is not true that the Credit Mobilier scandal of the late 1860-early 1870s (financial shenanigans by politicians and others surrounding construction of the Union Pacific Railroad) and the 1920s Teapot Dome scandal (shady dealings by ...

Can Trump-haters be thankful for him?

WASHINGTON — Any other Republican president but Donald Trump might expect to get at least some credit for the mostly positive direction in which the country is headed. Unfortunately, the Trump-haters prefer to focus on his, shall I say, unusual personality, rather than results. So let’s put ...

Almanac

By The Associated Press Today in History Today is Monday, Nov. 27, the 331st day of 2017. There are 34 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On Nov. 27, 1967, the Beatles album “Magical Mystery Tour” was released in the United States by Capitol Records. On this ...

Thankful for property

NEW YORK — Did you have a happy Thanksgiving? Before you ate that turkey, I hope you thought about why America has turkeys for you to eat. Most people don’t know. Everyone’s heard about that first Thanksgiving feast — Pilgrims and Indians sharing the harvest. We like the drawings of ...

Debt and taxes and perdition

WASHINGTON — Should the government borrow against the future? Should it guarantee higher taxes for your children and grandchildren in return for lower taxes for you? If government’s moral legitimacy depends on the consent of the governed, as Thomas Jefferson argued in the Declaration of ...

Almanac

By The Associated Press Today in History Today is Saturday, Nov. 25, the 329th day of 2017. There are 36 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On Nov. 25, 2016, Fidel Castro, who led his rebels to victorious revolution in 1959, embraced Soviet-style communism and defied ...

The powerful waging war on the weak

WASHINGTON — The story is as timeless as it is ugly. The names of the actors change, but the plot remains the same. The powerful — whether the undocumented maid’s employer, the factory owner who signs the teenage worker’s paycheck or the producer who can cast an aspiring actress — are ...

A moving experience

SAN FRANCISCO — Evidence that when Democrats rule taxes are never high enough can be found at any gas station in this once politically competitive state. Last month, the California gas tax was raised 12 cents a gallon. Regular gas at some stations is again approaching, and in some cities ...

Almanac

By The Associated Press Today in History Today is Friday, Nov. 24, the 328th day of 2017. There are 37 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On Nov. 24, 1917, nine members of the Milwaukee police department and two civilians were killed when a bomb exploded inside a ...

Things I’m not thankful for

TRAVERSE CITY — Before we all humbly give thanks tommorrow, I’d like to get a few things off my chest. Here are a few things I’m not thankful for: - Whose genius idea is behind the open/close buttons on elevators? Am I the only one who isn’t mentally quick enough to pick the right one ...

Museum of the Bible more than a museum

WASHINGTON — The Museum of the Bible opened in Washington, D.C., last weekend, and not a moment too soon for a city (and nation) plagued by scandal. In addition to ongoing investigations by a special counsel and various congressional committees, sexual harassment seems to have infected the ...

Almanac

By The Associated Press Today in History Today is Wednesday, Nov. 22, the 326th day of 2017. There are 39 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On Nov. 22, 1963, John F. Kennedy, the 35th president of the United States, was assassinated while riding in a motorcade in ...

Patriotism, taxes and Trump

BERKELEY — Selling the Donald Trump/Republican tax plan should be awkward for an administration that has made patriotism its central theme. That’s because patriotism isn’t mostly about saluting the flag and standing during the national anthem. It’s about taking a fair share of the ...

Almanac –

By The Associated Press Today in History Today is Tuesday, Nov. 21, the 325th day of 2017. There are 40 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On Nov. 21, 1942, the Alaska Highway, also known as the Alcan Highway, was formally opened at Soldier’s Summit in the Yukon ...

Is America Up for a Second Cold War?

WASHINGTON — After the 19th national congress of the Chinese Communist Party in October, one may discern Premier Xi Jinping’s vision of the emerging New World Order. By 2049, the centennial of the triumph of Communist Revolution, China shall have become the first power on earth. Her ...

Almanac

By The Associated Press Today in History Today is Monday, Nov. 20, the 324th day of 2017. There are 41 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On Nov. 20, 1947, Britain’s future queen, Princess Elizabeth, married Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, at Westminster ...

Simpler Tax Simplification

NEW YORK — As you read this, President Trump’s tax plan is being debated. Congress will change it. Where this ends, no one knows. I want two things: 1. Simplification. 2. More money in private hands. Trump offers some of both. His cuts would leave more money in private hands, ...

More Hillary Chronicles

WASHINGTON — The Department of Justice will soon commence an investigation to determine whether there should be an investigation (you read that nonsense correctly) of a scandal involving the Clinton Foundation and a company called Uranium One. It appears that FBI decisions made during the ...

Almanac

By The Associated Press Today in History Today is Saturday, Nov. 18, the 322nd day of 2017. There are 43 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On Nov. 18, 1942, “The Skin of Our Teeth,” Thornton Wilder’s Pulitzer Prize-winning allegory about the history of ...