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No Trump!

WASHINGTON - When the publisher of National Review Magazine, Jack Fowler, called and asked me to write 300 words on why I oppose Donald Trump for president of the United States, my first thought was about the derision that was sure to come from Trump supporters.I was not disappointed, or rather ...

Almanac

By The Associated PressToday in HistoryToday is Saturday, Jan. 30, the 30th day of 2016. There are 336 days left in the year.Today's Highlights in History:On Jan. 30, 1945, during World War II, more than 500 Allied captives held at the Japanese prison camp in Cabanatuan (kah-bah-nah-TOO'-ahn) ...

Do emotions Trump facts? Part II

WASHINGTON - Former governor Sarah Palin is an intelligent person, contrary to how liberals have tried to portray her. So it seemed to me that, if anybody could explain why they were promoting the candidacy of Donald Trump, it would be Governor Palin.But I listened in vain for any evidence or ...

Presidential hopefuls worry House Dems, GOP

WASHINGTON (AP) - Donald Trump, Ted Cruz and Bernie Sanders are energizing grassroots voters as the first balloting of the 2016 presidential race draws near. Yet the three maverick contenders are also alarming political operatives over the damage each could wreak on their own parties' House ...

Almanac

By The Associated PressToday in HistoryToday is Friday, Jan. 29, the 29th day of 2016. There are 337 days left in the year.Today's Highlight in History:On Jan. 29, 1845, Edgar Allan Poe's poem "The Raven" was first published in the New York Evening Mirror.On this date:In 1820, Britain's King ...

A sad State of the State

FLINT - OK, yes, it was nice that Gov. Snyder - after months of no or non-apologies ("I'm sorry this happened to you ") - finally said the words "I'm sorry, I'll fix it" during the State of the State, otherwise known as The Great Half Hour Flint Apology-Fest. It was also nice there seemed to be ...

Do emotions Trump facts?

WASHINGTON - Those of us who like to believe that human beings are rational can sometimes have a hard time trying to explain what is going on in politics. It is still a puzzle to me how millions of patriotic Americans could have voted in 2008 for a man who for 20 years - TWENTY YEARS - was a ...

Almanac

By The Associated PressToday in HistoryToday is Thursday, Jan. 28, the 28th day of 2016. There are 338 days left in the year.Today's Highlights in History:On Jan. 28, 1915, the United States Coast Guard was created as President Woodrow Wilson signed a bill merging the Life-Saving Service and ...

The demand for villains

WASHINGTON - The latest tempest in a teapot controversy is over a lack of black nominees for this year's Academy Awards in Hollywood.The assumption seems to be that different groups would be proportionally represented if somebody were not doing somebody else wrong. That assumption carries great ...

Almanac

By The Associated PressToday in HistoryToday is Wednesday, Jan. 27, the 27th day of 2016. There are 339 days left in the year.Today's Highlight in History:On Jan. 27, 1945, during World War II, Soviet troops liberated the Nazi concentration camps Auschwitz and Birkenau in Poland.On this date:In ...

Who lost the white working class?

BERKELEY - Why did the white working class abandon the Democrats?The conventional answer is that Republicans skillfully played the race card.In the wake of the Civil Rights Act, segregationists like Alabama Gov. George Wallace led Southern whites out of the Democratic Party. Later, Republicans ...

Almanac

By The Associated PressToday in HistoryToday is Tuesday, Jan. 26, the 26th day of 2016. There are 340 days left in the year.Today's Highlight in History:On Jan. 26, 1915, President Woodrow Wilson signed the Rocky Mountain National Park Act, which created America's 10th national park.On this ...

China’s flawed ascent

WASHINGTON - China produces an astonishing number of astonishing numbers, including this: In the 20th century, America made automobiles mass-consumption items, requiring prodigious road building. China, however, poured more concrete for roads and other construction between 2011 and 2013 than ...

Dollars for hostages

WASHINGTON - Every American should be glad that American hostages have been freed by the tyrannical Iranian regime and are being reunited with family, friends and co-workers.Less satisfying is the return of Iran's $400 million trust fund, used to buy military equipment, which was frozen in ...

Almanac

By The Associated PressToday in HistoryToday is Monday, Jan. 25, the 25th day of 2016. There are 341 days left in the year.Today's Highlight in History:On Jan. 25, 1915, America's first official transcontinental telephone call took place as Alexander Graham Bell, who was in New York, spoke to ...

Optimism and Obama

NEW YORK - In the commercial that President Obama released prior to his final State of the Union address, Obama said he would tell Congress how "optimistic" he is about America's future.Good. Politicians and the media are at their most dangerous when they try to scare us, telling us disaster is ...

Sanders health plan more generous than Medicare

WASHINGTON (AP) - Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders says his plan for a government-run health care system from cradle to grave is like Medicare for all.But with full coverage for long-term care, most dental care included, no deductibles and zero copays, the Sanders plan is ...

Almanac

By The Associated PressToday in HistoryToday is Saturday, Jan. 23, the 23rd day of 2016. There are 343 days left in the year.Today's Highlight in History:On Jan. 23, 1516, King Ferdinand II of Aragon, who with his late queen consort, Isabella of Castile, sponsored the first voyage of ...

Obama’s gun control plan misfires

WASHINGTON - Some of the fondest memories of my youth involve heading out into the woods in the Western Upper Peninsula to hunt with friends and family. My father had been killed in a mining accident when I was a kid, but I learned to hunt and shoot from people in our community who knew the ...

Campaigns matter, but so do candidates

WASHINGTON - If you've heard this story, please don't stop me. A major pet food company, after years of secret laboratory research by an expert crew of canine scientists, had actually formulated a new and manifestly better dog food. To introduce its creation, the company recruited an all-star ...