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Smearing Team Trump

NEW YORK — Oh, no! I did it again. It was a foolish mistake. But I slipped. I read The New York Times. This is bad for my health, because I get so mad at the smug socialist spin, but how can I (SET ITAL) not (END ITAL) read it? It’s my hometown paper. My wife wakes me up with ...

Almanac

By The Associated Press Today in History Today is Saturday, Feb. 11, the 42nd day of 2017. There are 323 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On Feb. 11, 1929, the Lateran Treaty was signed, with Italy recognizing the independence and sovereignty of Vatican ...

President Trump seems in denial about Gorsuch’s jabs

WASHINGTON (AP) — Supreme Court nominees don’t often bite the hand that picks them and President Donald Trump is having trouble accepting the fact that his hand was bitten. Trump on Thursday disputed what at least three senators and a Republican operative have said — that Judge Neil ...

Major media remain in denial

WASHINGTON — Since Donald Trump’s election, the major media have been trying to figure out what they did wrong, given their fawning coverage of Hillary Clinton and their anti-Donald Trump stories. Didn’t they help twice elect Barack Obama? Why didn’t the formula work this time? Mostly ...

Almanac

By The Associated Press Today in History Today is Friday, Feb. 10, the 41st day of 2017. There are 324 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On Feb. 10, 1967, the 25th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, dealing with presidential disability and succession, was ...

The return of Dr. Marriage

FLINT — It’s time for another edition of Dr. Marriage — the advice column for people mystified by the people with whom they cohabitate … Dear Dr. Marriage: My wife and I get along great and yet she always seems slightly annoyed with me. What’s up with that? Am I doing something ...

Moral supremacy and Mr. Putin

WASHINGTON — Is Donald Trump to be allowed to craft a foreign policy based on the ideas on which he ran and won the presidency in 2016? Our foreign policy elite’s answer appears to be a thunderous no. Case in point: U.S. relations with Russia. During the campaign Trump was clear. He ...

Almanac

By The Associated Press Today in History Today is Thursday, Feb. 9, the 40th day of 2017. There are 325 days left in the year. Today’s Highlights in History: On Feb. 9, 1942, the U.S. Joint Chiefs of Staff held its first formal meeting to coordinate military strategy during World ...

Trump’s takeover of the truth

BERKELEY — Donald Trump is such a consummate liar that in coming months and years our democracy will depend more than ever on the independent press — finding the truth, reporting it and holding Trump accountable for his lies. But Trump’s strategy is to denigrate and disparage the press ...

Be careful what you wish for

WASHINGTON — At the National Prayer Breakfast last week, President Trump promised to “totally destroy” the so-called “Johnson Amendment,” a law that prohibits churches from endorsing or opposing political candidates at the risk of losing their tax-exempt status. Politifact.com gives ...

Exposing Republican code-speak

WASHINGTON — In his first television interview since taking office, Vice President Mike Pence, with apparent sincerity, emphasized to ‘’PBS NewsHour’s’’ Judy Woodruff just how committed he and the White House are to ‘’working right now with the Congress,’’ ‘’working very ...

Almanac

By The Associated Press Today in History Today is Wednesday, Feb. 8, the 39th day of 2017. There are 326 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On Feb. 8, 1942, during World War II, Japanese forces began invading Singapore, which fell a week later. On this ...

Almanac

By The Associated Press Today in History Today is Tuesday, Feb. 7, the 38th day of 2017. There are 327 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On Feb. 7, 1817, America’s first public gas street lamp was lighted in Baltimore at the corner of Market and Lemon streets ...

Trump’s claim terrorism ignored unsupported

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump made an unsupported assertion Monday that terrorist acts in Europe are going unreported. A look at the matter: TRUMP: “All over Europe it’s happening. It’s gotten to a point where it’s not even being reported. And in many cases the very, very ...

Where Justice Scalia was wrong

WASHINGTON — With an asperity born of exasperation, Justice Antonin Scalia once wrote, “If you want aspirations, you can read the Declaration of Independence,” but “there is no such philosophizing in our Constitution,” which is “a practical and pragmatic charter of government.” ...

The President and immigration

WASHINGTON — Recently, we all saw massive public outrage in major cities throughout the country. It was directed at the Jan. 27 issuance of an executive order, signed by President Donald Trump, addressing immigration. With the executive order, the president ordered the suspension of entry of ...

Almanac

By The Associated Press Today in History Today is Monday, Feb. 6, the 37th day of 2017. There are 328 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On Feb. 6, 1952, Britain’s King George VI, 56, died at Sandringham House in Norfolk, England; he was succeeded as monarch by ...

Trump bubble bursts

NEW YORK — No! The bubble burst. My fantasy died. I wasn’t a big Donald Trump backer — on TV I have called him a bully, a narcissist, etc. — but his first days were thrilling! Finally, a president who meant it when he said he’d cut red tape that kills growth, a man who mocks ...

The narrative

WASHINGTON — Just days into the Trump administration, the left’s narrative is clear. First, it was that Trump is an “illegitimate” president because he didn’t win the popular vote, claims about “voter fraud” notwithstanding. Then the left tried name-calling. Unfit. Immoral. ...

Almanac

By The Associated Press Today in History Today is Saturday, Feb. 4, the 35th day of 2017. There are 330 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On Feb. 4, 1789, electors chose George Washington to be the first president of the United States. On this date: In 1783, ...