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Almanac

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By The Associated Press Today in History Today is Wednesday, June 27, the 178th day of 2018. There are 187 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On June 27, 1846, New York and Boston were linked by telegraph wires. On this date: In 1787, English historian Edward ...

AP-NORC Poll: Americans not hopeful about ties with allies

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WASHINGTON (AP) — Americans feel U.S. relations have a better chance at improving in the year ahead with traditionally hostile nations such as North Korea and Russia than they do with allies such as Britain and Canada, according to a new poll from The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public ...

Lawmakers, governor step up for schools

Editorial

It's campaign season in Michigan, in case you haven't noticed. And candidates for governor and the Legislature — especially Democrats — are blaming their Republican colleagues for many of the woes in education. But as this latest budget shows, GOP lawmakers just approved the largest ...

Break up the biggest Wall Street banks

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BERKELEY — Federal bank regulators are proposing to allow Wall Street more freedom to make riskier bets with federally insured bank deposits — such as the money in your checking and savings accounts. Watch your wallets. The new proposal waters down the so-called “Volcker Rule” ...

The politics behind separation anxiety

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WASHINGTON — Need proof that the current controversy over children of undocumented immigrants is more political than humanitarian? Hillary Clinton said she was “adamantly against illegal immigrants” and supported a border wall until she ran for president in 2016. In his 1995 State of ...

Almanac

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By The Associated Press Today in History Today is Tuesday, June 26, the 177th day of 2018. There are 188 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On June 26, 1948, the Berlin Airlift began in earnest after the Soviet Union cut off land and water routes to the isolated ...

Keep safety in mind this summer

Editorial

Summer has arrived and Michiganders and visitors alike are urged to make safety a top priority in all seasonal activities while enjoying Michigan at home or on the road. Summer safety tips from Michigan State Police Director Col. Kriste Kibbey Etue and State Fire Marshal Kevin Sehlmeyer will ...

Can Bill Weld restore conservatism?

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WASHINGTON — “This,” exclaimed Margaret Thatcher, thumping Friedrich Hayek’s 500-page tome “The Constitution of Liberty” on a table in front of some Conservative Party colleagues, “is what we believe.” It also is what Bill Weld believes, which is why he aspires to be the ...

Almanac

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By The Associated Press Today in History Today is Monday, June 25, the 176th day of 2018. There are 189 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On June 25, 1868, Congress passed an Omnibus Act allowing for the readmission of Florida, Alabama, Louisiana, Georgia, North ...

Poll: Americans say no to presidential self-pardons

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NEW YORK (AP) — Even in an era of deep political division, Democrats and Republicans agree presidents should not pardon themselves. And if the nation’s chief executive ever does so, majorities of Americans in both parties believe Congress should impeach that president. Those are the ...

Copper Country cruelly battered by storms

Editorial

This time, it’s personal. It’s not that the other natural disasters, hurricanes, river floods, wildfires in distant locations our nation has experienced in recent years were impersonal. Obviously, when any American is against the wall, the rest of us feel badly and wonder what we can ...

Chinese Big Brother

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NEW YORK — Upset because Facebook and Google invade your privacy? Be glad you don’t live in China. Facebook and other Western apps are banned there. The government views their openness as a threat. So the Chinese use platforms like WeChat and Alibaba. Now the Chinese government takes ...

Bias and the beholder

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WASHINGTON — Would you consider a jihadist biased against Jews? Could a member of a white supremacist group be accused of bias against non-whites? The Justice Department’s inspector general, Michael Horowitz, and FBI Director Christopher Wray claim the 500-plus-page report found no ...

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By The Associated Press Today in History Today is Saturday, June 23, the 174th day of 2018. There are 191 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On June 23, 1868, Christopher Latham Sholes received a patent for his “Type-Writer,” featuring a QWERTY keyboard; it was ...

Keep pets in mind when using fireworks

Editorial

With the Fourth of July rapidly approaching, remember some pets adversely react to the lights and noise of fireworks. With a little extra effort, our pets can be spared the trauma they sometimes experience from fireworks. Be mindful of the following: - Keep your pets indoors during ...

Put flags of our enemies in the trash pile of history

Letters to the Editor

EDITOR: I hope everyone has a safe and happy 4th. I also hope we collectively take the day to remember the sacrifices of our troops that the holiday stands for. I hope we understand and respect the enormous sacrifices that were and continue to be made so we can enjoy the freedom this country ...

Comments about city clerk hiring

Letters to the Editor

EDITOR: I’d like to add a few comments to Judi LaCosse’s letter regarding the Escanaba City Council hiring an under-qualified applicant for city clerk rather than the highly qualified deputy clerk. I am just a bystander from Ford River Township, but when I read the newspaper coverage in ...

Where is the Republican Gene McCarthy?

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WASHINGTON — After Election Day in 1964, when Lyndon B. Johnson won a landslide victory over Republican Barry Goldwater and Democrats procured a 68-32 majority in the Senate, the Democratic Caucus of the U.S. Senate met in private. Rightly confident — they now had the numbers needed to pass ...

Almanac

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By The Associated Press Today in History Today is Friday, June 22, the 173rd day of 2018. There are 192 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On June 22, 1918, a train carrying members of the Hagenbeck-Wallace Circus and their families was rear-ended during an emergency ...

Americans are a generous people

Editorial

Americans are famously compassionate people. When we learn of someone in need, we tend to dig into our pockets to help them. Last year, we set a new record: about $410 billion in charitable giving, according to an authoritative report by the Giving USA organization. It totaled donations from ...