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Almanac

By The Associated Press Today in History Today is Thursday, Oct. 5, the 278th day of 2017. There are 87 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On Oct. 5, 1947, President Harry S. Truman delivered the first televised White House address as he spoke on the world food ...

Double your twitter

TRAVERSE CITY — Twitter is doubling the number of characters for tweets from 140 to 280. So if you thought President Trump’s tweets couldn’t any more nuts, guess again. I think it’s a mistake. Most people can’t be interesting with 140 characters. What makes anyone think they’ll be ...

Judge Moore and God’s Law

WASHINGTON — When elected chief justice of the Alabama Supreme Court in 2000, Judge Roy Moore installed in his courthouse a monument with the Ten Commandments that Moses brought down from Mount Sinai carved into it. Told by a federal court his monument violated the separation of church and ...

How They Voted

House Bill 4616: Make local governments liable for gun ban preemption violations Passed 69 to 39 in the House on September 27, 2017 To authorize private lawsuits against a local government that violates a state preemption on local firearms ownership or use restrictions. The bill would allow ...

Almanac

By The Associated Press Today in History Today is Wednesday, Oct. 4, the 277th day of 2017. There are 88 days left in the year. Today’s Highlights in History: On Oct. 4, 1957, the Soviet Union launched Sputnik 1, the first artificial satellite, into orbit. The family sitcom “Leave It ...

What happened to the deficit hawks?

BERKELEY — When Barack Obama was president, congressional Republicans were deficit hawks. They opposed almost everything Obama wanted to do by arguing that it would increase the federal budget deficit. But now that Republicans are planning giant tax cuts for corporations and the wealthy, ...

Americans want local leaders to fight warming

WASHINGTON (AP) — Americans want their local officials to take on the challenge of battling global warming now that President Donald Trump is withdrawing the nation an international climate change agreement. That’s according to a new poll by The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public ...

Almanac

By The Associated Press Today in History Today is Tuesday, Oct. 3, the 276th day of 2017. There are 89 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On Oct. 3, 1967, folk singer-songwriter Woody Guthrie, the Dust Bowl Troubadour best known for “This Land Is Your Land,” died ...

Council turns to interpretations

SEATTLE — In this city, which is a petri dish of progressivism, a prevailing theory is that when you raise the price of something, people will buy less of it, except when they do not. Another, and related, theory is that constitutional and statutory texts should be construed in the spirit of ...

Almanac

A pilot program launched this summer will make it easier for companies to hire retirees as temporary or part-time labor, a move that could help address the growing jobs shortage and promote retention of talent. The brainchild of AARP-Michigan is called ‘Experience for Hire’ and combines ...

Disabled by government

NEW YORK — A third threat to free speech at University of California, Berkeley has led to more censorship than political rioters or college administrators. It’s the Americans with Disabilities Act. Berkeley is expensive. Out of state students must pay $60,000 a year. But for five ...

Almanac

By The Associated Press Today in History Today is Saturday, Sept. 30, the 273rd day of 2017. There are 92 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On September 30, 1947, the World Series was broadcast on television for the first time; the New York Yankees defeated the ...

Men who saved baseball from itself

WASHINGTON — From Aug. 10, 1994, to April 25, 1995, Major League Baseball went on strike. The 1994 World Series was canceled. Fans, furious at both management and the players, voted with their feet by staying away afterward. Average attendance at games fell by more than a fifth, and — of ...

Unnecessary roughness

WASHINGTON — If you like professional sports, a major reason — perhaps THE reason — you attend games, or watch them on TV, is that it helps you escape from whatever occupies your mind the rest of the week. You certainly don’t want the issues of the day encroaching on your ...

Almanac

By The Associated Press Today in History Today is Friday, Sept. 29, the 272nd day of 2017. There are 93 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On September 29, 1982, Extra-Strength Tylenol capsules laced with deadly cyanide claimed the first of seven victims in the ...

No consequences for Equifax

TRAVERSE CITY — The most frustrating thing about the Equifax data breach — other than your life savings potentially disappearing overnight, now or 25 years from now — is that no one will truly ever pay for it. The CEO certainly won’t pay for it, even though half of America had its ...

Will NFL demand respect for Old Glory?

WASHINGTON — “America refuses to address the pervasive evil of white cops killing black men, and I will not stand during a national anthem that honors the flag of such a country!” That is the message Colin Kaepernick sent by “taking a knee” during the singing of “The Star Spangled ...

Trump’s tightening legal noose

WASHINGTON — The Donald Trump I know is a smart guy who often thinks a few steps ahead of those whose will he is trying to bend. But I lately wonder whether he grasps the gravity of the legal peril that is beginning to show up around him. In the past week, we learned of an unfiltered public ...

Almanac

By The Associated Press Today in History Today is Wednesday, Sept. 27, the 270th day of 2017. There are 95 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On September 27, 1942, Glenn Miller and his Orchestra performed together for the last time, at the Central Theater in Passaic, ...

The Vietnam War revisited

WASHINGTON — “The highest patriotism is not a blind acceptance of official policy, but a love of one’s country deep enough to call her to a higher plain.” — Sen. George McGovern (D-SD) Filmmakers Ken Burns and Lynn Novick have performed a vital public service in making their ...