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By The Associated Press Today in History Today is Thursday, Nov. 9, the 313th day of 2017. There are 52 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On Nov. 9, 1967, a Saturn V rocket carrying an unmanned Apollo spacecraft blasted off from Cape Kennedy on a successful test ...

Their America, and ours

WASHINGTON — “Meet you at Peace Cross.” In northwest D.C. in the 1950s, that was an often-heard comment among high schoolers headed for Ocean City. The Peace Cross, in Bladensburg, Maryland, was a 40-feet concrete memorial to the 49 sons of Prince George’s County lost in the Great ...

Almanac

By The Associated Press Today in History Today is Wednesday, Nov. 8, the 312th day of 2017. There are 53 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On Nov. 8, 2016, Republican Donald Trump was elected America’s 45th president, defeating Democrat Hillary Clinton in an ...

The huge tax heist

BERKELEY — You know the plot: The bank robbers set off a bomb down the street from the bank, and while everyone’s distracted, they get away with the loot. In the reality TV show we’re now suffering through, Donald Trump is the bomb. The robbers are the American oligarchs who bankroll ...

Chernow’s ‘Grant’ offers judgment of past

WASHINGTON — Evidence of national discernment, although never abundant, can now be found high on the New York Times combined print and e-book best seller list. There sits Ron Chernow’s biography of Ulysses Simpson Grant, which no reader will wish were shorter than its 1,074 pages. Arriving ...

Almanac

By The Associated Press Today in History Today is Tuesday, Nov. 7, the 311th day of 2017. There are 54 days left in the year. This is Election Day. Today’s Highlight in History: On Nov. 7, 1917, Russia’s Bolshevik Revolution took place as forces led by Vladimir Ilyich Lenin overthrew ...

Brighter outlook for U.P. energy future

They say you need to be a hearty soul to live in the Upper Peninsula, but that doesn’t mean you should have to live with energy that isn’t affordable, reliable and environmentally protective. At the start of the Snyder administration, the U.P. had little control of its energy future. ...

Indictments and ham sandwiches

WASHINGTON — In considering the indictment of former Donald Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort and an associate, I am reminded of former Bill Clinton aide and defender James Carville’s line about the ability of a grand jury to “indict a ham sandwich.” Manafort and a longtime ...

Almanac

By The Associated Press Today in History Today is Monday, Nov. 6, the 310th day of 2017. There are 55 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On Nov. 6, 1977, 39 people were killed when the Kelly Barnes Dam in Georgia burst, sending a wall of water through Toccoa Falls ...

Communism turns 100

NEW YORK — This year marks the hundredth anniversary of one of the worst mistakes ever made: the Communist revolution in Russia. Communist regimes went on to kill about 100 million people. Most died in famines after socialist tyrants forced people to practice inefficient collective ...

Almanac

By The Associated Press Today in History Today is Saturday, Nov. 4, the 308th day of 2017. There are 57 days left in the year. A reminder: Daylight Saving Time ends Sunday, Nov. 5 at 2:00 a.m. local time. Clocks go back one hour. Today’s Highlight in History: On Nov. 4, 1942, during ...

Everything old is new again

TRAVERSE CITY — My adult kids like to tell me I’m old and not very hip. But as usual they’re wrong, and I have evidence in the form of the book “The Revenge of Analog: Real Things and Why They Matter,” published earlier this year by David Sax. I could kiss this man. His book is all ...

An American President and the World

WASHINGTON — The release by the Trump administration of thousands of pages of classified documents related to the assassination of President John F. Kennedy brought to mind two anecdotes about the 35th president and his legacy. After the shock of Dallas, Daniel Patrick Moynihan, who was ...

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By The Associated Press Today in History Today is Friday, Nov. 3, the 307th day of 2017. There are 58 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On Nov. 3, 1900, the first major U.S. automobile show opened at New York’s Madison Square Garden under the auspices of the ...

Can the feds prosecute foreigners?

WASHINGTON — I am in Switzerland this week interacting with and lecturing to students and faculty at the University of Zurich. The subject of our work is the U.S. Constitution and its protections of personal liberty. In most countries, government has begrudgingly granted snippets of ...

It’s Trump’s party now

WASHINGTON — “More is now required of us than to put down our thoughts in writing,” declaimed Jeff Flake in his oration against President Trump, just before he announced he will be quitting the Senate. Though he had lifted the title of his August anti-Trump polemic, “Conscience of a ...

How They Voted

House Bill 4805: Ban imposing “educational development plan” on home school students Passed 101 to 5 in the House on October 26, 2017 To prohibit officials from requiring the parents of a homeschooled student who is enrolled in a public school part time and taking some public school ...

Almanac

By The Associated Press Today in History Today is Wednesday, Nov. 1, the 305th day of 2017. There are 60 days left in the year. This is All Saints Day. Today’s Highlight in History: On Nov. 1, 1512, Michelangelo’s just-completed paintings on the ceiling of the Vatican’s Sistine ...

Almanac

By The Associated Press Today in History Today is Thursday, Nov. 2, the 306th day of 2017. There are 59 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On Nov. 2, 1947, Howard Hughes piloted his huge wooden flying boat, the Hughes H-4 Hercules (derisively dubbed the “Spruce ...

How to end crony capitalism

BERKELEY — The largest corporations and the richest people in America — who donated billions of dollars to Republican candidates for the House and Senate in the 2016 election — appear on the way to getting what they paid for: a giant tax cut. The New York Times reports that business ...