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Troublesome questions for President Trump

WASHINGTON — In a startling revelation earlier this week, The New York Times published what it claims are 49 questions that special counsel Robert Mueller sent to lawyers for President Donald Trump. The questions are apparently a road map of inquiry that Mueller and his prosecutors and FBI ...

New York AG’s fall: From defender to alleged abuser

NEW YORK (AP) — Less than three months ago, New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman went before the news cameras to announce a lawsuit accusing movie mogul Harvey Weinstein and his former studio of abusing and intimidating a multitude of women. “We have never seen anything as ...

Almanac

By The Associated Press Today in History Today is Thursday, May 10, the 130th day of 2018. There are 235 days left in the year. Today’s Highlights in History: On May 10, 1968, the “Night of the Barricades” began in Paris’ Latin Quarter as tens of thousands of student protesters ...

Memo to Trump: defy Mueller

WASHINGTON — If Donald Trump does not wish to collaborate in the destruction of his presidency, he will refuse to be questioned by the FBI, or by a grand jury, or by Special Counsel Robert Mueller and his malevolent minions. Should Mueller subpoena him, as he has threatened to do, Trump ...

The exhaustion factor

WASHINGTON — The “wall of protection” conservative media has erected around President Trump may be crumbling. Fox News Channel, whose opinion programs — especially Sean Hannity’s — have been staunch defenders (some critics say mouthpieces) for the president, and The Wall Street ...

Almanac

By The Associated Press Today in History Today is Wednesday, May 9, the 129th day of 2018. There are 236 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On May 9, 1958, “Vertigo,” Alfred Hitchcock’s eerie thriller starring James Stewart and Kim Novak, premiered in San ...

How Democrats can stop Trump

BERKELEY — Why did working-class voters choose a selfish, thin-skinned, petulant, lying, narcissistic, boastful megalomaniac for president? With the 2018 midterms around the corner, and prospective Democratic candidates already eyeing the 2020 presidential race, the answer is important ...

The vulgar goes mainstream

WASHINGTON — To be vulgar once earned societal disapproval, ostracism from polite company and — in my grandmother’s era — put a young person in danger of having his mouth washed out with soap. Today, vulgarities are now mainstream. People speaking in a way that “would make a sailor ...

Almanac

By The Associated Press Today in History Today is Tuesday, May 8, the 128th day of 2018. There are 237 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On May 8, 1978, David R. Berkowitz pleaded guilty in a Brooklyn courtroom to murder, attempted murder and assault in connection ...

Propaganda Networks

NEW YORK — Why does American journalist Abby Martin do propaganda for socialist murderers? You’ve heard about Russian propaganda. Martin once worked for RT, Russia’s state-run news network. Now she’s got a similar gig at teleSUR, an anti-capitalist, pro-socialist news network ...

Almanac

By The Associated Press Today in History Today is Saturday, May 5, the 125th day of 2018. There are 240 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On May 5, 1862, Mexican troops defeated French occupying forces in the Battle of Puebla. On this date: In 1494, during his ...

Hostile Language

WASHINGTON — It’s an established American tradition to call people what they wish to be called. That’s why after he converted religions, nearly everyone — except a few die-hard bigots — called the heavyweight champion Muhammad Ali instead of Cassius Clay. Marion Morrison chose to ...

Democrats strive to tighten their hold in several states

INDEPENDENCE, Ore. (AP) — Unfazed by signs banning soliciting and dogs that barked at her in almost every home she visited, a political newbie knocked on doors, handed out campaign flyers and asked voters to elect her to the Oregon Senate. Deb Patterson, who canvassed in the riverside town ...

Almanac

By The Associated Press Today in History Today is Friday, May 4, the 124th day of 2018. There are 241 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On May 4, 1968, the Oroville Dam in Northern California was dedicated by Gov. Ronald Reagan; the 770-foot-tall earth-filled ...

Let’s have a Minister of Laughter

TRAVERSE CITY — A few months ago, Great Britain Prime Minister Theresa May appointed a Minister of Loneliness, probably the first in world history. “For far too many people, loneliness is the sad reality of modern life,” May said, citing a report indicating 14 percent of the population ...

Learning from North Korea’s history

WASHINGTON — Before meeting with North Korea’s “very honorable” (Trump’s words) dictator, Kim Jong-Un, the president should bone up on the history of that country’s duplicity and deception, including ways it has used the wishful thinking of some past U.S. presidents to achieve its ...

Almanac

By The Associated Press Today in History Today is Thursday, May 3, the 123rd day of 2018. There are 242 days left in the year. Today’s Highlights in History: On May 3, 1978, spam email was born as Gary Thuerk (thurk), a marketing executive for the Digital Equipment Corp. of Maynard, ...

Macron: The last multilateralist

WASHINGTON — “Together,” President Macron instructed President Trump, “we can resist the rise of aggressive nationalisms that deny our history and divide the world.” Before Congress he denounced “extreme nationalism,” invoked the U.N., NATO, WTO, and Paris climate accord, and ...

Almanac

By The Associated Press Today in History Today is Wednesday, May 2, the 122nd day of 2018. There are 243 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On May 2, 1908, the original version of “Take Me Out to the Ball Game,” with music by Albert Von Tilzer and lyrics by Jack ...

The shameful silence of the CEOs

BERKELEY — Congressional Republicans would be more willing to stand up to Donald Trump if their major financial backers — big business and Wall Street — had more backbone. Ever since 1971, when then-future Supreme Court Justice Lewis Powell urged corporations to mobilize politically, ...