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Almanac

By The Associated Press Today in History Today is Monday, Nov. 30, the 335th day of 2020. There are 31 days left in the year. Todayís Highlight in History: On Nov. 30, 2000, Al Goreís lawyers battled for his political survival in the Florida and U.S. Supreme Courts; meanwhile, GOP ...

A most unusual Thanksgiving

WASHINGTON — I have loved song lyrics since briefly flirting in my teens and early 20s with a career in musical comedy, settling instead for journalism after a sobering assessment of my talents. Lyricists, from Jerome Kern, to Irving Berlin, Cole Porter, Betty Comden and Adolph Green, ...

Private property’s harvest

NEW YORK — I’m thankful. Yes, we’ve got the pandemic, lockdowns, a worsening deficit, etc. But we still live in a relatively free country at the most prosperous time in human history. The pandemic showed that when people are faced with crises, we adjust. Restaurants switched to ...

Almanac

By The Associated Press Today in History Today is Saturday, Nov. 28, the 333rd day of 2020. There are 33 days left in the year. Todayís Highlight in History: On Nov. 28, 1520, Portuguese navigator Ferdinand Magellan reached the Pacific Ocean after passing through the South American ...

How They Voted

With no voting this past week, this edition of the Roll Call Report contains roll call votes on resolutions from the 2019-2020 legislature. Members of the Michigan House and Senate introduce hundreds of mostly non-binding resolutions each year. Most are uncontroversial expressions of ...

When will we ever learn?

WASHINGTON — Missing in any debate about whether it is wise for the United States to reduce our troop numbers in both Afghanistan and Iraq, as the Trump administration has ordered, down to 2,500 Americans in each country (a number, let it be noted, that is too few to fight and too many to ...

Almanac

By The Associated Press Today in History Today is Friday, Nov. 27, the 332nd day of 2020. There are 34 days left in the year. Todayís Highlight in History: On Nov. 27, 1924, Macyís first Thanksgiving Day parade — billed as a ìChristmas Paradeî — took place in New York. On ...

Stress-testing American democracy

BERKELEY — Financial regulators subject banks to stress tests to see if they have enough capital to withstand sharp downturns. Now America is being subject to a stress test to see if it has enough strength to withstand Donald Trump’s treacherous campaign to discredit the 2020 presidential ...

Justice Alito and warning signs

WASHINGTON — Everywhere one looks there are warning signs, from labels on cigarette packs warning that smoking causes cancer, to ridiculous labels on thermometers that read, “Once used rectally, the thermometer should not be used orally.” Associate Justice Samuel Alito has delivered ...

Almanac

By The Associated Press Today in History Today is Wednesday, Nov. 25, the 330th day of 2020. There are 36 days left in the year. Todayís Highlight in History: On Nov. 25, 2002, President George W. Bush signed legislation creating the Department of Homeland Security, and appointed Tom ...

Is Trump exiting Afghanistan — to attack Iran?

WASHINGTON — With the Pentagon’s announcement that U.S. forces in Afghanistan will be cut in half — to 2,500 — by inauguration day, after 19 years, it appears the end to America’s longest war may be in sight. The Pentagon also announced a reduction of U.S. troop levels in Iraq to ...

Almanac

By The Associated Press Today in History Today is Tuesday, Nov. 24, the 329th day of 2020. There are 37 days left in the year. Todayís Highlight in History: On Nov. 24, 1859, British naturalist Charles Darwin published ìOn the Origin of Species,î which explained his theory of ...

Justice Alito and warning signs

WASHINGTON — Everywhere one looks there are warning signs, from labels on cigarette packs warning that smoking causes cancer, to ridiculous labels on thermometers that read, “Once used rectally, the thermometer should not be used orally.” Associate Justice Samuel Alito has delivered ...

Almanac

By The Associated Press Today in History Today is Monday, Nov. 23, the 328th day of 2020. There are 38 days left in the year. Todayís Highlight in History: On Nov. 23, 1963, President Lyndon B. Johnson proclaimed Nov. 25 a day of national mourning following the assassination of ...

The climate hustle

NEW YORK — I hear that climate change will destroy much of the world. “There will be irreversible damage to the planet!” warns a CNN anchor. Joe Biden says he’ll spend $500 billion a year to fight what his website calls an “existential threat to life.” Really? I’m a ...

Here we go again

WASHINGTON — Rightful liberty is unobstructed action according to our will within limits drawn around us by the equal rights of others. I do not add ‘within the limits of the law’ because the law is often but the tyrant’s will, and always so when it violates the right of an individual. ...

Semifinal thoughts on Election 2020

WASHINGTON — Joe Biden won the White House, we are reminded almost daily, on his third try, having run unsuccessfully in both 1988 and 2008. It’s funny; I can’t recall, having covered the 1980 presidential race, much ever being made of the fact that that year’s winner, Republican ...

Almanac

By The Associated Press Today is Friday, Nov. 20, the 325th day of 2020. There are 41 days left in the year. Todayís Highlight in History: On Nov. 20, 2000, lawyers for Al Gore and George W. Bush battled before the Florida Supreme Court over whether the presidential election recount ...

Almanac

By The Associated Press Today in History Today is Saturday, Nov. 21, the 326th day of 2020. There are 40 days left in the year. Todayís Highlight in History: On Nov. 21, 1980, 87 people died in a fire at the MGM Grand Hotel in Las Vegas, Nevada. On this date: In 1920, the Irish ...

This Thanksgiving, choose love

Thanksgiving is my favorite day of the year. It’s a holiday with none of the pressures of Christmas. I cook a lot of food and give a lot of hugs. Nothing makes me happier than our house full of the people I love. This preamble is brought to you by a columnist who wants you and those you ...