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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 ...

Almanac

By The Associated PressToday in HistoryToday is Tuesday, July 19, the 201st day of 2016. There are 165 days left in the year.Today's Highlight in History:On July 19, 1941, Britain launched its "V for Victory" campaign during World War II with Prime Minister Winston Churchill calling the V-sign ...

Second lock needed at Soo Locks

By Sen. Mike Kowall and Sen. Wayne SchmidtLANSING - Because of the vital importance of the Soo Locks in Sault Ste. Marie to national and international commerce, Michigan plays a critical role in ensuring the economic health and security of the United States.In manufacturing, steel is king, and ...

GOP minds at sea — but not the right one

WASHINGTON - Neither the unanimous decision by the Permanent Court of Arbitration in The Hague, nor China's rejection of it, was surprising. The timing of it was, however, as serendipitous as China's rejection is ominous. Coming as Republican delegates convene on Lake Erie's shore, the ...

Almanac

By The Associated PressToday in HistoryToday is Monday, July 18, the 200th day of 2016. There are 166 days left in the year.Today's Highlight in History:On July 18, 1976, 14-year-old Romanian gymnast Nadia Comaneci (koh-muh-NEECH'), competing at the Montreal Olympics, received the first-ever ...

Cops, Blacks and Crime

NEW YORK - Claims about racist cops from groups like Black Lives Matter lead more people to fear and hate the police.That's bad news for cops. It's also bad for black people who live in crime-ridden neighborhoods, says Heather Mac Donald, author of "The War on Cops."She points out that activist ...

The race narrative

WASHINGTON - In just the last few days, two African-American men were shot and killed by non-African-American police officers in Minnesota and Louisiana and five non-African-American police officers were shot and killed in Dallas by an African-American man who declared he "wanted to kill white ...

Almanac

By The Associated PressToday in HistoryToday is Saturday, July 16, the 198th day of 2016. There are 168 days left in the year.Today's Highlight in History:On July 16, 1969, Apollo 11 blasted off from Cape Kennedy on the first manned mission to the surface of the moon.On this date:In 1790, a ...

The War on Cops: Part II

WASHINGTON - Even in this age of runaway emotions, there are still some people who want to know the facts. Nowhere are facts more important, or more lacking, than in what has been aptly called ''The War on Cops,'' the title of a devastating new book by Heather Mac Donald.Few, if any, of the ...

Clinton struggles to make inroads with young Americans

WASHINGTON (AP) - Hillary Clinton is struggling to make inroads among young Americans who overwhelmingly supported Bernie Sanders during the Democratic presidential primary, a worrisome sign as she tries to reassemble the coalition that twice propelled Barack Obama into the White House.Opinions ...

Almanac

By The Associated PressToday in HistoryToday is Thursday, July 14, the 196th day of 2016. There are 170 days left in the year.Today's Highlight in History:On July 14, 1966, the city of Chicago awoke to the shocking news that eight student nurses had been brutally slain during the night in a ...

The War on Cops

WASHINGTON - There was never a more appropriately named book than ''The War on Cops'' by Heather Mac Donald, published a few weeks ago, on the eve of the greatest escalation of that war by the ambush murders of five policemen in Dallas.Nor is this war against the police confined to Dallas. It ...

Almanac

By The Associated PressToday in HistoryToday is Wednesday, July 13, the 195th day of 2016. There are 171 days left in the year.Today's Highlight in History:On July 13, 1793, French revolutionary writer Jean-Paul Marat was stabbed to death in his bath by Charlotte Corday, who was executed four ...

The Department of Political Justice

WASHINGTON - Is it worth impairing the reputation of the FBI and the Department of Justice to save Hillary Clinton from a deserved criminal prosecution by playing word games?What has become of the rule of law - no one is beneath its protections or above its requirements - when the American ...

Hillary Clinton and identity politics

WASHINGTON - Have you heard that Hillary Clinton is the "first woman" ever to be nominated for president by a major political party? Of course you have. The media have repeated the line so often it is broken news.Hillary Clinton's nomination and the euphoria in the press (one NPR female ...

Almanac

By The Associated PressToday in HistoryToday is Tuesday, July 12, the 194th day of 2016. There are 172 days left in the year.Today's Highlight in History:On July 12, 1984, Democratic presidential candidate Walter F. Mondale announced his choice of U.S. Rep. Geraldine A. Ferraro of New York to ...

Is anemic growth the new normal?

ST. LOUIS - America's economy has now slouched into the eighth year of a recovery that demonstrates how much we have defined recovery down. The idea that essentially zero interest rates are, after seven and a half years, stimulating the economy "strains credulity," says James Bullard, president ...

Free pass for HillaryFree pass for Hillary

WASHINGTON - FBI Director James Comey has given Hillary Clinton something better than a get out of jail free card. He's protected her from indictment by recommending to the Department of Justice that she not be prosecuted for her and her staff's "extremely careless" handling of emails on ...