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Millions of things unite us

TRAVERSE CITY — Relax, America. It’s OK to talk to your neighbors again. I have proof that we are not as hopelessly and irretrievably different from one another as our recent political differences would suggest. What is this proof? “Michigan roads suck.” That’s one of the ...

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By The Associated Press Today in History Today is Thursday, July 19, the 200th day of 2018. There are 165 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On July 19, 1980, the Moscow Summer Olympics began, minus dozens of nations that were boycotting the games because of the ...

Indoor plant displays: built-ins, wall pockets and more

By Solvej Schou Associated Press Imagine stepping into a bathtub, and instead of bathroom tiles lining the wall next to you, there’s a fresh vertical garden, lush with bright green ferns, lavender, baby’s tears, mint and other fragrant plants. San Francisco-based design studio Siol ...

Trump calls off Cold War II

WASHINGTON — Beginning his joint press conference with Vladimir Putin, President Trump declared that U.S. relations with Russia have “never been worse.” He then added pointedly, that just changed “about four hours ago.” It certainly did. With his remarks in Helsinki and at the ...

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By The Associated Press Today in History Today is Wednesday, July 18, the 199th day of 2018. There are 166 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On July 18, 1940, the Democratic National Convention at Chicago Stadium nominated President Franklin D. Roosevelt (who was ...

Trump’s art of the no-deal

BERKELEY — Donald Trump promised to be America’s dealmaker in chief. “We need a leader that wrote ‘The Art of the Deal,’” he said in the speech announcing his candidacy. “I’m a negotiator. I’ve done very well over the years through negotiation,” he said during a Republican ...

Filling the swamp

WASHINGTON — When Donald Trump started running for the Republican nomination for president in June 2015, he began by attacking the Republican establishment in Washington, and he began his attack by calling the establishment “the swamp.” His real target was the permanent government and ...

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By The Associated Press Today in History Today is Tuesday, July 17, the 198th day of 2018. There are 167 days left in the year. Today’s Highlights in History: On July 17, 1944, during World War II, 320 men, two-thirds of them African-Americans, were killed when a pair of ammunition ...

Dads Needed

NEW YORK — Warren Farrell was once considered a feminist leader. He hung around with Gloria Steinem and wrote about why men and women should break out of rigid old gender roles. But then, as he learned more, he started to disagree with parts of modern feminism. “I don’t agree with ...

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By The Associated Press Today in History Today is Saturday, July 14, the 195th day of 2018. There are 170 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On July 14, 1933, all German political parties, except the Nazi Party, were outlawed. On this date: In 1789, in an event ...

Is Europe awakening to the threat?

WASHNGTON — Much of Europe was asleep, or in denial, when the Nazis took power and began rebuilding their military in violation of the Versailles Treaty that brought World War I to an end. Now, after years of virtually unlimited migration from predominately North African and other Muslim ...

Hero or Villain? Trump’s court pick is in for a fight

WASHINGTON (AP) — To hear Republicans tell it, Brett Kavanaugh is a skilled and well-respected judge who reveres the Constitution. To Democrats, he’s a threat to women’s reproductive rights and the Obama health care program. It’s likely to become the most turbulent confirmation fight ...

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By The Associated Press Today in History Today is Thursday, July 12, the 193rd day of 2018. There are 172 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On July 12, 1909, the House of Representatives joined the Senate in passing the 16th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, ...

Is a Trump court in the making?

WASHINGTON — If Mitch McConnell’s Senate can confirm his new nominee for the Supreme Court, President Donald Trump may have completed the capture of all three branches of the U.S. government for the Republican Party. Not bad for a rookie. And the lamentations on the left are surely ...

What are we going to do?

BERKELEY — My friends, this is a dark hour. Intolerance, cruelty, racism, misogyny, xenophobia and environmental destruction have been let loose across the land. Donald Trump controls the Republican Party, the Republican Party controls the House and Senate, and Trump may soon control the ...

Can immigrants be deported without a trial?

WASHINGTON — Last weekend, President Donald Trump argued that those foreigners who enter the United States unlawfully should simply be taken to the border, escorted across it and let go. According to the president, this would save precious government resources, avoid the business of ...

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By The Associated Press Today in History Today is Tuesday, July 10, the 191st day of 2018. There are 174 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On July 10, 1940, during World War II, the Battle of Britain began as the Luftwaffe started attacking southern England. (The ...

What might a socialist US government do?

Polly: He’s a socialist but he doesn’t like people. Brian: Nor do I, much. Polly: You’re a conservative. You don’t have to. — From “Getting On,” by Alan Bennett WASHINGTON — This, one of the pleasures of being a conservative, is not for Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, 28. She ...

Pruitt leaves his mark on businesses but will it last?

By The Associated Press As head of the Environmental Protection Agency, Scott Pruitt tried to roll back rules affecting many industries, but whether he made lasting changes in the government’s regulation of business or failed to leave a legacy could be decided in the courts. Pruitt tried ...

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By The Associated Press Today in History Today is Monday, July 9, the 190th day of 2018. There are 175 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On July 9, 1776, the Declaration of Independence was read aloud to Gen. George Washington’s troops in New York. On this ...