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Almanac

By The Associated PressToday is Monday, July 27, the 208th day of 2015. There are 157 days left in the year.Today's Highlights in History:On July 27, 1940, Bugs Bunny made his "official" debut in the Warner Bros. animated cartoon "A Wild Hare." Billboard magazine published its first "music ...

The War on Uber

WASHINGTON - Hillary Clinton gave a speech warning that the new "sharing economy" of businesses such as the ride-hailing company Uber is "raising hard questions about workplace protections."Democrats hate what labor unions hate, and a taxi drivers' union hates Uber, too. Its NYC website ...

Lawsuits and Impeachment

WASHINGTON - Whenever Democrats are in real trouble politically, the Republicans seem to come up with something new that distracts the public's attention from the Democrats' problems. Who says Republicans are not compassionate?With public opinion polls showing President Obama's sinking approval ...

Almanac

By The Associated PressToday is Saturday, July 25, the 206th day of 2015. There are 159 days left in the year.Today's Highlight in History:On July 25, 1965, Bob Dylan drew boos from some spectators at the Newport Folk Festival as he performed with a rock band. (The cause of the negative ...

The congressional party trap

WASHINGTON - In five of the past six presidential elections, the Republican Party has lost the nation's popular vote to the Democrats. In those same six presidential contests, 18 states and the District of Columbia, totaling among them 242 electoral votes (you need only 270 to win the White ...

Almanac

By The Associated PressToday is Friday, July 24, the 205th day of 2015. There are 160 days left in the year.Today's Highlight in History:On July 24, 1915, the SS Eastland, a passenger ship carrying more than 2,500 people, rolled onto its side while docked at the Clark Street Bridge on the ...

21st Century Cures legislation is a model for health care reform

WASHINGTON - Having served Northern Michigan as a doctor for over three decades, I have seen the pain that uncured illnesses cause the patient and their family. Just last week, I was sitting at a coffee shop in Traverse City, and I spoke with a man whose college-aged daughter was recently ...

There should be no sanctuary from the law

WASHINGTON - According to the Wall Street Journal, the last serious attempt to count the number of federal criminal laws appears to have been made in 1982 by a retired Justice Department official named Ronald Gainer. He failed, but the estimate then was "...50 titles and 23,000 pages of federal ...

Almanac

By The Associated PressToday is Thursday, July 23, the 204th day of 2015. There are 161 days left in the year.Today's Highlight in History:On July 23, 1945, French Marshal Henri Petain (ahn-REE' pay-TAN'), who had headed the pro-Axis Vichy (vee-shee) government during World War II, went on ...

Is the Civil War over?

WASHINGTON - In the wake of the recent murders in a South Carolina church, the killer's hope of igniting a race war produced the opposite effect. Blacks and whites in South Carolina came together to condemn his act and the race hate behind it.Some saw in the decision to remove the Confederate ...

Almanac

By The Associated PressToday is Wednesday, July 22, the 203rd day of 2015. There are 162 days left in the year.Today's Highlight in History:On July 22, 1975, the U.S. House of Representatives joined the Senate in voting to restore the American citizenship of Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee. ...

How They Voted

The Senate did not meet last week, while the House convened but took no votes. This week's Roll Call Report again examines some more recent constitutional amendment proposals of general interest.House Joint Resolution E: Establish part time legislatureIntroduced by Rep. Michael Webber (R), to ...

Letters Welcome

?The Daily Press welcomes letters of opinion from readers. Letters submitted must include the sender's name, address and telephone number, as well as signature. Only writers' names and community will be printed. Names cannot be withheld and letters should be kept to 500 words or less.?Letters ...

Defining Hillary Clinton

WASHINGTON - When I listen to Hillary Clinton speak, as she did Monday at The New School in New York, outlining her "economic policy" should she become president, my first reaction was not to her lack of substance and the predictability of her party line about taxing the rich more and "income ...

How They Voted

While the legislature is in a recess with no votes to report, the Roll Call Report examines some recent constitutional amendment proposals of general interest.House Joint Resolutions A and K, and Senate Joint Resolution F: Repeal constitutional ban on graduated income taxIntroduced by ...

Almanac

By The Associated PressToday is Monday, July 20, the 201st day of 2015. There are 164 days left in the year.Today's Highlight in History:On July 20, 1969, astronauts Neil Armstrong and Edwin "Buzz" Aldrin became the first men to walk on the moon after reaching the surface in their Apollo 11 ...

Wealth Gap

WASHINGTON - Nearly 10,000 people turned out to hear Bernie Sanders in Wisconsin. Why? Apparently, many Democrats want socialism.Sanders is the Vermont senator who is running for the Democratic Party's presidential nomination.Sanders calls himself a "democratic socialist," not to be confused ...

They hate us, but who cares?

WASHINGTON - In her 1985 speech after receiving the Best Actress Oscar for her role in "Places in the Heart," actress Sally Field famously gushed, "You like me; you really, really like me."The latest in a long history of surveys examining the public's level of trust in the news media might ...

Almanac

By The Associated PressToday is Saturday, July 18, the 199th day of 2015. There are 166 days left in the year.Today's Highlight in History:On July 18, 1947, President Harry S. Truman signed a Presidential Succession Act which placed the speaker of the House and the Senate president pro tempore ...

Bush campaign, super PAC raise $114.4M

WASHINGTON (AP) - Republican presidential candidate Jeb Bush raised $114.4 million in the first six months of the year to fuel his White House ambitions, a historic amount that takes full advantage of the nation's evolving campaign finance laws.No candidate for president has benefited from so ...