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Almanac

By The Associated Press Today in History Today is Saturday, Aug. 18, the 230th day of 2018. There are 135 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On August 18, 1920, the 19th Amendment to the Constitution, guaranteeing all American women’s right to vote, was ratified as ...

Omarosa tries to channel Anita Hill

WASHINGTON — Where have we seen this play before: A woman comes forward to accuse a conservative of inappropriate behavior in hopes of harming him sufficiently so he will be unable to achieve his policy objectives? People with even short memories will recall “act one” was Anita Hill, a ...

War on regulation is trickle-down economics

BERKELEY — When Donald Trump isn’t blaming foreigners for everything that ails America, he’s blaming regulations. Last week he even blamed regulations for the wildfires now ravaging California. They’re “made so much worse,” he tweeted, “by the bad environmental laws which ...

Wife is steady source of stories

TRAVERSE CITY — People who have read my column for a long time often ask me if I make up the stories I tell about my family, especially the lovely yet formidable Marcia. For instance, I once wrote about the day she phoned me at work and said, frantically, “Hehp eee!” “What’d you ...

Almanac

By The Associated Press Today in History Today is Thursday, Aug. 16, the 228th day of 2018. There are 137 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On August 16, 1987, 156 people were killed when Northwest Airlines Flight 255 crashed while trying to take off from Detroit; ...

Who determines ‘universal values’?

WASHINGTON — Is it any of Canada’s business whether Saudi women have the right to drive? Well, Foreign Minister Chrystia Freeland just made it her business. Repeatedly denouncing Riyadh’s arrest of women’s rights advocate Samar Badawi, Freeland has driven the two countries close ...

Prison reform: An unlikely GOP issue

WASHINGTON — Prison reform has normally been an issue embraced by Democrats, not Republicans. But, perhaps, like so many other things in the Trump administration, this, too, is about to change. Last Thursday, President Trump held a roundtable discussion at his Bedminster, New Jersey, ...

Almanac

By The Associated Press Today in History Today is Wednesday, Aug. 15, the 227th day of 2018. There are 138 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On August 15, 1945, in a pre-recorded radio address, Japan’s Emperor Hirohito announced that his country had accepted terms ...

Advice for the president

WASHINGTON — Dear Mr. President, “Would you take this advice I hand you like a brother”? It’s a song lyric from the musical “The Pajama Game,” but fitting here. There is a way you can hang onto your base, keeping them engaged, energized, without the constant Twitter assaults on ...

On enthusiasm, Democrats have advantage

ATLANTA (AP) — Democratic voters were more enthusiastic than Republicans in nearly a dozen federal special elections since President Donald Trump took office, an Associated Press analysis found, giving party leaders hope that even a series of narrow losses in GOP territory bodes well for them ...

Almanac

By The Associated Press Today in History Today is Tuesday, Aug. 14, the 226th day of 2018. There are 139 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On August 14, 1935, President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed the Social Security Act into law. On this date: In 1848, the ...

How They Voted

The Legislature remains on a summer and primary season break, with a tentative session scheduled for Aug. 15, and regular sessions resuming Sept. 5. Rather than votes this report contains some interesting or noteworthy recent bill introductions. Senate Bill 1061: Require state to allow some ...

Almanac

By The Associated Press Today in History Today is Monday, Aug. 13, the 225th day of 2018. There are 140 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On August 13, 1961, East Germany sealed off the border between Berlin’s eastern and western sectors before building a wall that ...

Ignorant Sanders

NEW YORK — Sen. Bernie Sanders is all over the internet! New York Magazine says he is “quietly building a digital media empire.” Mic.com calls it “one of the most powerful progressive media outfits in America.” This matters because bettors rank Sanders one of the top four ...

GOP candidates motivate with anxiety

WASHINGTON (AP) — There’s a border crisis in Pennsylvania. The radical left is surging in New Jersey. And Nancy Pelosi is a threat to New York. Republican candidates in the nation’s premier midterm battlegrounds have embraced a central message in their fight to maintain the House ...

Almanac

By The Associated Press Today in History Today is Saturday, Aug. 11, the 223rd day of 2018. There are 142 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On August 11, 1965, rioting and looting that claimed 34 lives broke out in the predominantly black Watts section of Los ...

Should Trump voluntarily talk to Mueller?

WASHINGTON — When federal prosecutors are nearing the end of criminal investigations, they often invite the subjects of those investigations to speak with them. The soon-to-be defendants are tempted to give their version of events to prosecutors, and prosecutors are looking to take the legal ...

Almanac

By The Associated Press Today in History Today is Friday, Aug. 10, the 222nd day of 2018. There are 143 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On August 10, 1792, during the French Revolution, mobs in Paris attacked the Tuileries (TWEE’-luh-reez) Palace, where King ...

Starbucks and season-jumping blues

TRAVERSE CITY — 3D-printed guns? Yeah, that’s what we need as a society. I’ll tell you what: When 3D printing becomes cheaper (a plastic gun now costs between $5,000 and $600,000), this country is in for a world of hurt. We rely on metal detectors to protect our courts, stadiums, ...

The Matrix at 20

WASHINGTON — Next year marks the 20th anniversary of the sci-fi movie classic “The Matrix,” which depicts powerful machines attempting to subdue the human race. Sometimes art imitates life, and sometimes it’s the other way around. On occasion, art can be prophetic. “The Matrix” is ...