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Almanac

By The Associated PressToday is Thursday, Nov. 5, the 309th day of 2015. There are 56 days left in the year.Today's Highlight in History:On Nov. 5, 1940, President Franklin D. Roosevelt won an unprecedented third term in office as he defeated Republican challenger Wendell L. Willkie.On this ...

Conflicting strategies shape GOP debate furor

WASHINGTON (AP) - Despite a handful of high-profile defections, most Republican presidential candidates are still demanding changes to the GOP's coming debates. That's not to say they are speaking with one voice. The White House hopefuls have distinct, sometimes contradictory, strategies to ...

Ignoring the Obvious

WASHINGTON - A recent, widely publicized incident in which a policeman was called to a school classroom to deal with a disruptive student has provoked all sorts of comments on whether the policeman used "excessive force."What has received far less attention, though it is a far larger question, ...

What’s ahead in long grind of 2016 campaign

WASHINGTON (AP) - Election Day 2015 is Tuesday, which means we're a year away from the big Election Day to come - the one with the next president on the ballot. Here's a look at some of the milestone ahead before the end of the 2016 presidential campaign.---A DEBATE OVER DEBATESNov. 10: The ...

Almanac

By The Associated PressToday is Wednesday, Nov. 4, the 308th day of 2015. There are 57 days left in the year.Today's Highlight in History:On Nov. 4, 1955, Baseball Hall of Fame pitcher Cy Young died in Newcomerstown, Ohio, at age 88.On this date:In 1884, Democrat Grover Cleveland was elected to ...

Does Iran’s anti-Semitism run too deep?

WASHINGTON - Yale historian Timothy Snyder is indebted to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who recently made Snyder's new book even more newsworthy than his extraordinary scholarship deserves to be. And Netanyahu is indebted to Snyder, whose theory of Hitler's anti-Semitism is germane ...

Almanac

By The Associated PressToday is Monday, Nov. 2, the 306th day of 2015. There are 59 days left in the year.Today's Highlight in History:On Nov. 2, 1865, the 29th president of the United States, Warren Gamaliel Harding, was born near Marion, Ohio.On this date:In 1795, the 11th president of the ...

Government thrives on fear

WASHINGTON - This Halloween, what do you fear?I fear fear itself because when we are afraid, we willingly give away our freedoms.Global warning? More power to the EPA!9/11? Vote 100 to 0 to create a TSA!Kids don't learn? Common Core!Crime up? Spend on police! (Or for leftists: increase ...

Hillary escapes again

WASHINGTON - A special House committee investigating the terrorist attack in Benghazi, Libya, on Sept. 11, 2012 that killed Ambassador Christopher Stevens and three other Americans may have helped Hillary Clinton become president of the United States.The former secretary of state refused an ...

Almanac

By The Associated PressToday in HistoryToday is Saturday, Oct. 31, the 304th day of 2015. There are 61 days left in the year. This is Halloween. A reminder: Daylight saving time ends Sunday at 2 a.m. local time. Clocks go back one hour.Today's Highlight in History:On Oct. 31, 1517, Martin ...

Why Republican voters don’t act like GOP

WASHINGTON - In the important matter of choosing their parties' presidential nominees, Republicans and Democrats have behaved entirely differently. Republicans have preferred their presidential candidates to be familiar and well-credentialed and to have previously run well, if unsuccessfully, ...

Almanac

By The Associated PressToday in HistoryToday is Friday, Oct. 30, the 303rd day of 2015. There are 62 days left in the year.Today's Highlight in History:On Oct. 30, 1965, the miniskirt had its "coming out," of sorts. British model Jean Shrimpton scandalized onlookers by showing up for Victoria ...

Trump tops list of electable Republican candidates

WASHINGTON (AP) - A majority of Republican voters view only four of their party's presidential contenders as potential general election winners, according to an Associated Press-GfK poll that reflects the sustained strength of the GOP's outsider candidates.Billionaire businessman Donald Trump ...

Readers respond to Heller columns

FLINT - You write, I write ...From: Lorraine F., about Daylight Saving TimeShe writes: "Have we made any progress in getting rid of daylight savings time?"I write: No, Lorraine, the meaningless scourge that is DST is still with us. It ends Sunday, matter of fact, meaning I am once more about to ...

Hillary 2.0

WASHINGTON - Many people may share Senator Bernie Sanders' complaint that he was tired of hearing about Hillary Clinton's e-mails. But the controversy is about issues far bigger than e-mails.One issue is the utter disaster created by the Obama administration's foreign policy in Libya, carried ...

Almanac

By The Associated PressToday in HistoryToday is Thursday, Oct. 29, the 302nd day of 2015. There are 63 days left in the year.Today's Highlight in History:On Oct. 29, 1940, a blindfolded Secretary of War Henry L. Stimson drew the first number - 158 - from a glass bowl in America's first ...

The morality of a $15 minimum wage

BERKELEY - Have you noticed how often conservatives who disagree with a policy proposal call it a "job killer"?They're especially incensed about proposals to raise the federal minimum wage. They claim it will force employers to lay off workers worth hiring at the current federal minimum of ...

Almanac

By The Associated PressToday in HistoryToday is Tuesday, Oct. 27, the 300th day of 2015. There are 65 days left in the year.Today's Highlight in History:On Oct. 27, 1787, the first of the Federalist Papers, a series of essays calling for ratification of the United States Constitution, was ...

Candidates should choose their judicial muse

WASHINGTON - A supremely important presidential issue is being generally neglected because Democrats have nothing interesting to say about it and Republicans differ among themselves about it. Four Supreme Court justices are into the fourth quarters of their potential centuries - Stephen Breyer ...

Doing for yourself

WASHINGTON - A recent New York Times headline read, "Raising Taxes on the Wealthiest Would Pay for Bold Plans." The story says that by soaking the rich "the government could raise large amounts of revenue ... while still allowing them to take home a majority of their income."Nowhere in the ...