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Cruel and Stupid

NEW YORK — President Trump’s attorney general, Jeff Sessions, ordered federal prosecutors to seek maximum penalties for drug-related crimes. This is both cruel and stupid. It’s cruel because Session’s 5,000 prosecutors must now push for long jail sentences even for people who pose ...

Almanac

By The Associated Press Today in History Today is Saturday, May 20, the 140th day of 2017. There are 225 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On May 20, 1927, Charles Lindbergh took off from Roosevelt Field in Long Island, New York, aboard the Spirit of St. Louis on his ...

Almanac

By The Associated Press Today in History Today is Friday, May 19, the 139th day of 2017. There are 226 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On May 19, 1927, the silent movie “Wings,” a World War I drama starring Clara Bow, Charles “Buddy” Rogers and Richard ...

Comey & The Saturday Night Massacre

WASHINGTON — History repeats itself, first as tragedy, then as farce, said Marx. On publication day of my memoir of Richard Nixon’s White House, President Trump fired FBI Director James Comey. Instantly, the media cried “Nixonian,” comparing it to the 1973 Saturday Night ...

More column fodder from Trump

TRAVERSE CITY — Another week, another ridiculous amount of Trump nonsense to write about. I should be happy, right? He’s fantastic column fodder. But now the consistency of his “I’m not Nixon, I just act like him, on steroids” buffoonery is just depressing. This is not a man to lead a ...

Would Trump request to end Flynn probe have broken law?

WASHINGTON (AP) — Some lawmakers are accusing President Donald Trump of obstruction of justice after revelations that FBI Director James Comey wrote a private account of the president asking him to shut down an investigation into former national security adviser Michael Flynn. Congressional ...

Almanac

By The Associated Press Today in History Today is Thursday, May 18, the 138th day of 2017. There are 227 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On May 18, 1927, in America’s deadliest school attack, part of a schoolhouse in Bath Township, Michigan, was blown up with ...

3 American Presidents and the Truth

WASHINGTON — There have been three memorable American presidents, the story goes. President George Washington could never tell a lie. President Richard Nixon could never tell the truth. And President Donald Trump cannot tell the difference. At a White House news conference, Trump referred to ...

Do the right thing

ESCANABA — Dear Mr. John Bergman, I write this in the Daily Press because I doubt you see most of your mail and your office has not responded to a short, handwritten note I sent more than two months ago. In town hall meetings held by members of Congress, it was apparent that members ...

Almanac

By The Associated Press Today in History Today is Wednesday, May 17, the 137th day of 2017. There are 228 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On May 17, 1792, the New York Stock Exchange had its beginnings as a group of brokers met under a tree on Wall Street and ...

The moral travesty of Trumpcare

BERKELEY — Shame on every one of the 217 Republicans in the House of Representatives who voted to repeal the Affordable Care Act last Thursday and substitute it with basically nothing. Trumpcare isn’t a replacement of the Affordable Care Act. It’s a transfer from the sick and poor to ...

How They Voted

House and Senate sessions were shortened this week due to the tragic death by suicide of Rep. John Kivela from Marquette after a second drunk driving arrest. This report includes some Senate budget votes and amendments from the previous week. Senate Bill 135, Senate version, 2017-18 Health ...

Almanac

By The Associated Press Today in History Today is Tuesday, May 16, the 136th day of 2017. There are 229 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On May 16, 1868, the U.S. Senate failed by one vote to convict President Andrew Johnson as it took its first ballot on the eleven ...

Awards have lost their meaning

WASHINGTON — Awards once meant something. There was a time not that long ago when they were given in recognition of important accomplishments. Today, we tend to value celebrity over steady achievement. Fame is paramount. It matters little how one attains it. The Kardashians are just one of ...

Almanac

By The Associated Press Today in History Today is Monday, May 15, the 135th day of 2017. There are 230 days left in the year. Today’s Highlights in History: On May 15, 1942, President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed a measure creating the Women’s Army Auxiliary Corps, whose members came ...

Improved Health Bill

NEW YORK — The House repealed Obamacare! OK, they didn’t really — but they passed a bill that repeals some bad parts of it, like the individual mandate tax, medicine cabinet tax, flexible spending account tax and health savings account withdrawal tax. Good. Now the Senate will ...

AP Poll: Most Americans are unfamiliar with school choice, vouchers

WASHINGTON (AP) — Even as fierce political battles rage in Washington over school choice, most Americans know little about charter schools or private school voucher programs. Still, more Americans feel positively than negatively about expanding those programs, according to a new poll released ...

Almanac

By The Associated Press Today in History Today is Saturday, May 13, the 133rd day of 2017. There are 232 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On May 13, 1917, three shepherd children, Lucia de Jesus dos Santos and two of her cousins, Jacinta and Francisco Marto, ...

Democrats’ dumb ‘No Choice’ move

WASHINGTON — Just eight years ago, there were 256 Democrats in the U.S. House. Today there are just 193. Then, there were only 40 Republican U.S. senators; today the GOP Senate majority numbers 52. During that same span, Democrats have suffered a net loss of 947 state legislative seats, and ...

Almanac

By The Associated Press Today in History Today is Friday, May 12, the 132nd day of 2017. There are 233 days left in the year. Today’s Highlights in History: On May 12, 1967, “Are You Experienced,” the groundbreaking debut album of the Jimi Hendrix Experience, was released in ...