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Almanac

By The Associated Press Today in History Today is Friday, March 22, the 81st day of 2019. There are 284 days left in the year. Today’s Highlights in History: On March 22, 1765, the British Parliament passed the Stamp Act to raise money from the American colonies, which fiercely ...

It’s a dog’s life

TRAVERSE CITY — One of the things the lovely yet formidable Marcia loves most about me is how I’m always generously sharing fascinating news articles with her regardless of what she’s doing at the time. For instance, the other day, I said, “Listen to this: These researchers at MSU say ...

A harsh president

WASHINGTON — President Trump made a rare appearance at a church last Sunday. It’s a safe bet the sermon was not based on Proverbs 15:1 — “A gentle answer turns away wrath, but a harsh word stirs up anger.” If it was, it didn’t appear to have much effect. Before and after church, ...

Almanac

By The Associated Press Today in History Today is Thursday, March 21, the 80th day of 2019. There are 285 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On March 21, 2006, the social media website Twitter was established with the sending of the first “tweet” by co-founder ...

Is diversity a root cause of dual loyalty?

WASHINGTON — “We can’t be divided by race, religion, by tribe. We’re defined by those enduring principles in the Constitution, even though we don’t necessarily all know them.” So Joe Biden told the firefighters union this week. But does Joe really believe that? Or does that not ...

Almanac

By The Associated Press Today in History Today is Wednesday, March 20, the 79th day of 2019. There are 286 days left in the year. Spring arrives at 5:58 p.m. Eastern time. Today’s Highlight in History: On March 20, 1995, in Tokyo, 12 people were killed, more than 5,500 others sickened ...

We need to bust up big tech

BERKELEY — Sen. Elizabeth Warren, a presidential hopeful, announced she wants to bust up giants such as Facebook, Google and Amazon. America’s first Gilded Age began in the late 19th century with a raft of innovations — railroads, steel production, oil extraction — but culminated in ...

Warren embraces underdog role, faces 2020 challenges

BOSTON (AP) — Elizabeth Warren has spent much of the last decade as a leader of the Democratic Party’s liberal wing. But three and a half months into her presidential campaign, the Massachusetts senator is facing tough questions about fundraising and electability, along with lingering ...

Almanac

By The Associated Press Today in History Today is Tuesday, March 19, the 78th day of 2019. There are 287 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On March 19, 1945, during World War II, 724 people were killed when a Japanese dive bomber attacked the carrier USS Franklin off ...

Worse living through chemistry

WASHINGTON — On Feb. 12, Joaquin Guzman Loera, aka “El Chapo,” was convicted of multiple crimes related to running the Sinaloa drug cartel, Mexico’s largest. Thirteen days before his conviction, authorities seized enough of the synthetic opioid called fentanyl for 100 million lethal ...

How They Voted

House Bill 4286, Make good on wrongful imprisonment compensation promise: Passed 110 to 0 in the House To appropriate $10 million to make good on the promise made by a 2016 law that authorized payment of $50,000 for each year of wrongful imprisonment served by a person who did not commit the ...

Abrams, Biden huddle together as both look to 2020

ATLANTA (AP) — Former Vice President Joe Biden and Georgia Democrat Stacey Abrams met privately Thursday in Washington, bringing together two starkly different faces of their party as they both weigh their political futures. Biden, 76, who served as President Barack Obama’s closest ...

Almanac

By The Associated Press Today in History Today is Monday, March 18, the 77th day of 2019. There are 288 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On March 18, 1965, the first spacewalk took place as Soviet cosmonaut Alexei Leonov went outside his Voskhod 2 capsule, secured ...

Your fair share

WASHINGTON — Do you pay enough taxes? What is enough? When asked on “60 Minutes,” Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez didn’t seem to have a specific tax rate in mind, but then she said, “back in the ‘60s ... you see tax rates as high as 60 or 70 percent.” Suddenly, 70 percent tax ...

Can Congress amend the Constitution?

WASHINGTON — “Emergency does not create power. Emergency does not increase granted power or remove or diminish the restrictions imposed upon power granted or reserved. The Constitution was adopted in a period of grave emergency. Its grants of power to the federal government and its ...

Almanac

By the Associated Press Today in History Today is Saturday, March 16, the 75th day of 2019. There are 290 days left in the year. Today’s Highlights in History: On March 16, 1521, Portuguese explorer Ferdinand Magellan and his crew reached the Philippines, where Magellan was killed ...

Our house is a mess

TRAVERSE CITY — It’s amazing to me (and I’ll bet Gov. Whitmer, too) how everyone has better solutions to fixing Michigan’s Third World roads the second anyone (in this case, Whitmer) dares to put forward a plan. Look, I don’t want to pay .45 extra cents per gallon. I’d prefer to ...

In Dems’ ‘Medicare for All’ battle cry, GOP sees ‘20 weapon

WASHINGTON (AP) — “Medicare for All” has become catnip for Democratic presidential candidates and many lawmakers, yet Republicans prepping for next year’s congressional races are also flocking to it — for entirely different reasons. GOP strategists say they’ll use proposals to ...

Almanac

By the Associated Press Today in History Today is Thursday, March 14, the 73rd day of 2019. There are 292 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On March 14, 1964, a jury in Dallas found Jack Ruby guilty of murdering Lee Harvey Oswald, the accused assassin of President ...

Almanac

By the Associated Press Today in History Today is Wednesday, March 13, the 72nd day of 2019. There are 293 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On March 13, 1954, the Battle of Dien Bien Phu began during the First Indochina War as Viet Minh forces attacked French ...