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Almanac

By The Associated PressToday in HistoryToday is Friday, July 29, the 211th day of 2016. There are 155 days left in the year.Today's Highlight in History:On July 29, 1976, the first of eight shootings ascribed to the serial killer known as "Son of Sam" occurred on a street in The Bronx, New ...

The Democratic convention edition

FLINT- Sorry, Republicans, the Dems are kicking your tushies on this convention business. Yes, theirs started off like the stars of "Dumb and Dumber" were running the show. (I mean, my god, how could they even have considered for one second letting the disgraced and disgusting Debbie Wasserman ...

Almanac

By The Associated PressToday in HistoryToday is Thursday, July 28, the 210th day of 2016. There are 156 days left in the year.Today's Highlight in History:On July 28, 1976, an earthquake devastated northern China, killing at least 242,000 people, according to an official estimate.On this ...

Black Votes Matter

WASHINGTON - Black votes matter. If Republicans could get 20 percent of black votes, the Democrats would be ruined. This is highly unlikely, given the approach used by Republicans. However, the point is that Democrats must not only continue to get nine-tenths of black votes, they also need to ...

Almanac

By The Associated PressToday in HistoryToday is Wednesday, July 27, the 209th day of 2016. There are 157 days left in the year.Today's Highlight in History:On July 27, 1996, terror struck the Atlanta Olympics as a pipe bomb exploded at Centennial Olympic Park, directly killing one person and ...

Pence the pliable

WASHINGTON - Crucial political decisions often concern which bridges to cross and which to burn. Donald Trump's dilemma is that he burns some bridges by the way he crosses others. His campaign depends on a low-probability event, and on his ability to cause this event without provoking a ...

Almanac

By The Associated PressToday in HistoryToday is Monday, July 25, the 207th day of 2016. There are 159 days left in the year.Today's Highlight in History:On July 25, 1956, the Italian liner SS Andrea Doria collided with the Swedish passenger ship Stockholm off the New England coast late at night ...

Ignoring politicians

NEW YORK - My Fox colleagues are in Cleveland, diligently interviewing Republicans. Next week, they'll interview Democrats. I'm glad they do it - because I despise most politicians.There are exceptions, of course, but after years of reporting, I've concluded that most politicians have little to ...

Almanac

By The Associated PressToday in HistoryToday is Saturday, July 23, the 205th day of 2016. There are 161 days left in the year.Today's Highlight in History:On July 23, 1996, in one of the best remembered moments of the Atlanta Olympics, Kerri Strug made a heroic final vault despite torn ...

A steppingstone to oblivion

WASHINGTON - The first very first ''presidential'' test in public for every nominee for the White House is the selection of a vice presidential running mate. Right after the 1968 Miami Beach convention where he had won the Republican nomination, Richard M. Nixon explained why he chose his ...

Almanac

By The Associated PressToday in HistoryToday is Friday, July 22, the 204th day of 2016. There are 162 days left in the year.Today's Highlight in History:On July 22, 1916, 10 people were killed when a suitcase bomb went off during San Francisco's Preparedness Day parade, an event sponsored by ...

A steppingstone to oblivion

WASHINGTON - The first very first ''presidential'' test in public for every nominee for the White House is the selection of a vice presidential running mate. Right after the 1968 Miami Beach convention where he had won the Republican nomination, Richard M. Nixon explained why he chose his ...

Almanac

By The Associated PressToday in HistoryToday is Friday, July 22, the 204th day of 2016. There are 162 days left in the year.Today's Highlight in History:On July 22, 1916, 10 people were killed when a suitcase bomb went off during San Francisco's Preparedness Day parade, an event sponsored by ...

The war against back-in parking

FLINT - I seldom take on "causes" here at the old Word Ranch, but I am making an exception today with this direct appeal to you, the people who are, I'm sorry, quite simply ruining this country with your destructive, immoral and disgraceful behavior.I'm of course referring to back-in parking.If ...

Do US political conventions still matter?

By Bill BarrowAssociated PressAmerican political conventions once had real drama as parties held rounds and rounds of voting before settling on a presidential nominee. Now, they are highly staged television pep rallies as party loyalists anoint a nominee determined in state primaries and ...

Almanac

By The Associated PressToday in HistoryToday is Thursday, July 21, the 203rd day of 2016. There are 163 days left in the year.Today's Highlight in History:On July 21, 1861, during the Civil War, the first Battle of Bull Run was fought at Manassas, Virginia, resulting in a Confederate victory.On ...

A replay of Thatcher and Reagan?

WASHINGTON - Is Britain's new prime minister, Theresa May, Margaret Thatcher reincarnated? There are similarities.May is certainly as tough as the Iron Lady. As home secretary for longer than any of her predecessors, she has strongly opposed uncontrolled immigration. The Home Office introduced ...

How They Voted

The House and Senate held pro-forma sessions this week with no votes. Therefore, this report continues its series of describing some of the interesting bills that have been introduced in the current Legislature.Senate Bill 642: Allow more municipal debt for home efficiency loansIntroduced by ...

Almanac

By The Associated PressToday in HistoryToday is Wednesday, July 20, the 202nd day of 2016. There are 164 days left in the year.Today's Highlight in History:On July 20, 1976, America's Viking 1 robot spacecraft made a successful, first-ever landing on Mars.On this date:In 1861, the Congress of ...

A guide to the conventions

BERKELEY - I'll save you the guesswork. On July 21, Donald Trump will become the Republican nominee for president of the United States. On July 28, Hillary Clinton will become the Democratic nominee.Trump's pending coronation won't please elected Republicans who put the nation's welfare above ...