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By The Associated Press Today in History Today is Thursday, Sept. 27, the 270th day of 2018. There are 95 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On September 27, 1939, Warsaw, Poland, surrendered after weeks of resistance to invading forces from Nazi Germany and the ...

Has Russia given up on the West?

WASHINGTON — By the end of his second term, President Ronald Reagan, who had called the Soviet Union an “evil empire,” was strolling through Red Square with Russians slapping him on the back. Bliss was it in that dawn to be alive. And how have we husbanded the fruits of our Cold War ...

Almanac

By The Associated Press Today in History Today is Wednesday, Sept. 26, the 269th day of 2018. There are 96 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On Sept. 26, 1960, the first-ever debate between presidential nominees took place as Democrat John F. Kennedy and Republican ...

Three big lessons we didn’t learn

BERKELEY — Ten years ago, after making piles of money gambling with other people’s money, Wall Street nearly imploded, and the outgoing George W. Bush and incoming Obama administrations bailed out the bankers. America should have learned three big lessons from the crisis. We didn’t, to ...

Trump’s beast in the night

WASHINGTON — If you have been following the serious destruction brought about by Hurricane Florence in North Carolina and the political turmoil caused by the allegations of teenage sexual misconduct made by Dr. Christine Blasey Ford against Judge Brett Kavanaugh, along with his firm and ...

Almanac

By The Associated Press Today in History Today is Tuesday, Sept. 25, the 268th day of 2018. There are 97 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On Sept. 25, 1981, Sandra Day O’Connor was sworn in as the first female justice on the Supreme Court. On this date: In ...

Fear-based parenting

WASHINGTON — Police came to Kim Brooks’ parents’ door in suburban Richmond, Virginia, demanding that her mother say where her daughter was or be arrested for obstructing justice. So began a Kafkaesque two-year ordeal that plunged Brooks into reflections about current parenting practices. ...

Almanac

By The Associated Press Today in History Today is Monday, Sept. 24, the 267th day of 2018. There are 98 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On September 24, 1789, President George Washington signed a Judiciary Act establishing America’s federal court system and ...

Prices should rise

NEW YORK — Officials in states hit by Hurricane Florence are on the lookout for “price gouging.” People who engage in “excessive pricing” face up to 30 days jail time, said North Carolina’s attorney general. South Carolina passed a “Price Gouging During Emergency” law that ...

Democrats’ delay tactics

WASHINGTON — You have to hand it to the Democrats. They know how to use the media and the political process to gum up the works when it is to their advantage. Following the last-minute surfacing of Christine Blasey Ford, who claims she was sexually assaulted by Brett Kavanaugh at a party in ...

Almanac

By The Associated Press Today in History Today is Saturday, Sept. 22, the 265th day of 2018. There are 100 days left in the year. Autumn arrives at 9:54 p.m. Eastern time. Today’s Highlight in History: On Sept. 22, 1949, the Soviet Union exploded its first atomic bomb. On this ...

Downside of being right

WASHINGTON — It is always dangerous to be right, noted Voltaire, in matters where the established authorities are all wrong. In 2002, barely a year after the attacks of 9/11, the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal and the Washington Post, three papers that rarely agree editorially on ...

Almanac

By The Associated Press Today in History Today is Friday, Sept. 21, the 264th day of 2018. There are 101 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On Sept. 21, 1981, the Senate unanimously confirmed the nomination of Sandra Day O’Connor to become the first female justice ...

Miss Michigan won a bigger prize

TRAVERSE CITY — Miss Michigan didn’t win the Miss America pageant but she did win a bigger prize, I figure. R-e-s-p-e-c-t. You probably didn’t see the pageant. Relatively few did. The ratings said about four million TVs were tuned to it, down about 20 percent from the previous year, ...

The left is running on empty

WASHINGTON — The woman who alleged in a confidential letter that as a high school student in Maryland in the ‘80s Brett Kavanaugh “pinned her to a bed on her back and groped her over her clothes, grinding his body against hers and clumsily attempting to pull off her one-piece bathing suit ...

Almanac

By The Associated Press Today in History Today is Thursday, Sept. 20, the 263rd day of 2018. There are 102 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On Sept. 20, 1962, James Meredith, a black student, was blocked from enrolling at the University of Mississippi by Democratic ...

The unpardonable heresy of Tucker Carlson

WASHINGTON — Our diversity is our greatest strength. After playing clips of Democratic politicians reciting that truth of modern liberalism, Tucker Carlson asked, “How, precisely, is diversity our strength? Since you’ve made this our new national motto, please be specific.” Reaction ...

How They Voted

With the Legislature holding intermittent sessions during the general election campaign season, the Roll Call Report continues its review of key votes from the 2017-2018 session. Senate Bill 103, Revise school truancy and chronic absence rules: Passed 28 to 9 in the Senate on May 18, ...

Almanac

By The Associated Press Today in History Today is Wednesday, Sept. 19, the 262nd day of 2018. There are 103 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On Sept. 19, 1881, the 20th president of the United States, James A. Garfield, died 2 1/2 months after being shot by Charles ...

Kavanaugh will further divide us

BERKELEY — Yale Law School, from which Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh got his law degree, issued a statement about him with glowing quotes from professors attesting to his impeccable legal credentials. Perhaps the Yale Law faculty deemed his credentials impeccable because he ...