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Politicians on the take?

NEW YORK — Politicians shut down businesses because of COVID-19. But the rules don’t apply to everyone. In San Francisco, gyms were forced to close, but government gyms stayed open. In my new video, we see a Dallas woman being jailed for keeping her salon open and a New Jersey man ...

Almanac

By The Associated Press Today in History Today is Saturday, Sept. 19, the 263rd day of 2020. There are 103 days left in the year. Todayís Highlight in History: On Sept. 19, 1881, the 20th president of the United States, James A. Garfield, died 2 1/2 months after being shot by Charles ...

Why so much anger?

WASHINGTON — There was a time in America, unknown or not experienced by people under the age of 50, when politics was a contact sport played with mostly accepted rules and the equivalent of “sportsmanship.” Losers would graciously concede and wish the victor well, in most cases vowing to ...

Nuts: The President who was unfit for service

WASHINGTON — On the morning of Dec. 22, 1944, German soldiers waving white flags approached American troops defending the Belgian city of Bastogne against the Nazi counterattack known as the Battle of the Bulge. The German army had the American defenders completely surrounded and outnumbered, ...

Almanac

By The Associated Press Today in History Today is Friday, Sept. 18, the 262nd day of 2020. There are 104 days left in the year. Todayís Highlight in History: On Sept. 18, 1850, Congress passed the Fugitive Slave Act, which created a force of federal commissioners charged with ...

The West is burning, but Trump doesn’t care

BERKELEY — The air outside my window is yellow today. It was orange yesterday. The air quality index is over 200. The Environmental Protection Agency defines this as a “health alert” in which “everyone may experience more serious health effects if they are exposed for 24 hours.” ...

Voters see economy through political lens in polarized era

APPLETON, Wis. (AP) — Nothing can shake Scott Rice’s faith that President Donald Trump will save the U.S. economy — not seeing businesses close or friends furloughed, not even his own hellish bout with the novel coronavirus. He was once a virus skeptic. But then the disease seeped into ...

Almanac

By The Associated Press Today in History Today is Thursday, Sept. 17, the 261st day of 2020. There are 105 days left in the year. Todayís Highlight in History: On Sept. 17, 1787, the Constitution of the United States was completed and signed by a majority of delegates attending the ...

A focused Trump can still pull it out

WASHINGTON — If Donald Trump loses the election, history will attribute his defeat to a pandemic that killed 200,000 Americans during his reelection campaign, and a historic depression deliberately induced to put the economy in a coma as the nation suffered through that pandemic. But ...

Woodward rides again

WASHINGTON — On hearing that President Trump sat for 18 interviews with Bob Woodward of The Washington Post my first reaction was “what the...” Why Woodward? There can only be two reasons. The first must have been that the president thought he could persuade the man to like him. The ...

Almanac

By The Associated Press Today in History Today is Wednesday, Sept. 16, the 260th day of 2020. There are 106 days left in the year. Todayís Highlights in History: On Sept. 16, 1974, President Gerald R. Ford announced a conditional amnesty program for Vietnam war deserters and ...

How They Voted

Senate Bill 892, Make rules for ‘semi-autonomous personal delivery devices’ (‘R2D2’): Passed 22 to 16 in the Senate To establish regulations allowing semi-autonomous “personal delivery devices” to make deliveries on roads and sidewalks. The bill defines these as devices for ...

Almanac

By The Associated Press Today in History Today is Tuesday, Sept. 15, the 259th day of 2020. There are 107 days left in the year. Todayís Highlight in History: On September 15, 1963, four Black girls were killed when a bomb went off during Sunday services at the 16th Street Baptist ...

The Anti-Trump conspiracy

WASHINGTON — The cable networks, including Fox News, could talk of little else Labor Day weekend but the Atlanticmagazine piece by Jeffrey Goldberg alleging President Trump had said Americans who have died in wars are “losers” and “suckers.” The comments allegedly were made two years ...

Almanac

By The Associated Press Today in History Today is Monday, Sept. 14, the 258th day of 2020. There are 108 days left in the year. Todayís Highlight in History: On Sept. 14, 1901, President William McKinley died in Buffalo, New York, of gunshot wounds inflicted by an assassin; Vice ...

China’s dark turn

NEW YORK — “I’m more anti-China than you!” That’s a new theme of this election. Joe Biden says, “We will never again be at the mercy of China!” Donald Trump replies, “China would own our country if Joe Biden got elected!” It’s strange to hear competition, because just ...

Trump attacks the military

WASHINGTON — I was appalled at the allegations against President Donald Trump leveled in a recent article in The Atlantic. The article claimed that the president referred to American soldiers killed in World War I and buried in France as “losers” and “suckers.” It also offered that ...

Almanac

By The Associated Press Today in History Today is Saturday, Sept. 12, the 256th day of 2020. There are 110 days left in the year. Todayís Highlight in History: On Sept. 12, 1962, in a speech at Rice University in Houston, President John F. Kennedy reaffirmed his support for the ...

America’s most trusted ‘referee’

WASHINGTON — What do presidential candidates George H.W. Bush, Michael Dukakis, Bill Clinton, Bob Dole, Ross Perot, Al Gore, George W. Bush, John Kerry, Barack Obama, John McCain and Mitt Romney all have in common? On the biggest night each of their political careers, when they — live and ...

Almanac

By The Associated Press Today in History Today is Friday, Sept. 11, the 255th day of 2020. There are 111 days left in the year. Todayís Highlight in History: On September 11, 2001, nearly 3,000 people were killed as 19 al-Qaida hijackers seized control of four jetliners, sending two ...