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Who owns your face?

WASHINGTON — After listening to Dr. Anthony Fauci suggest last weekend that we should expect to be wearing two masks on our faces everywhere we go until the end of 2022, I began thinking again about first principles. Fauci is entitled to express his opinions. Yet, because he is the ...

Almanac

By The Associated Press Today in History Today is Friday, Feb. 26, the 57th day of 2021. There are 308 days left in the year. Todayís Highlight in History: On Feb. 26, 1993, a truck bomb built by Islamic extremists exploded in the parking garage of the North Tower of New Yorkís ...

What to cut? Plenty

WASHINGTON — President Biden has challenged those who oppose the Democrats’ $1.9 trillion bill disingenuously dubbed “COVID relief,” or the more deceitful “American Rescue Plan.” “What would they have me cut?” he asks. Challenge accepted. Even The Washington Post editorial ...

Takeaways from Congress’ first hearing on Capitol riot

WASHINGTON (AP) — Security officials testifying at Congress’ first hearing on the deadly siege of the Capitol cast blame and pointed fingers on Tuesday but also acknowledged they were woefully unprepared for the violence. Senators drilled down on the stunning security failure and missed ...

Almanac

By The Associated Press Today in History Today is Thursday, Feb. 25, the 56th day of 2021. There are 309 days left in the year. Todayís Highlight in History: On Feb. 25, 1986, President Ferdinand Marcos fled the Philippines after 20 years of rule in the wake of a tainted election; ...

Texas freeze underscores extreme weather divide

BERKELEY — Like the poor across America and much of the world, poor Texans are getting hammered by climate change. The state’s prevailing social Darwinism was expressed most succinctly by the mayor of Colorado City, who accused his constituents — trapped in near-subzero temperatures and ...

Rush explained

WASHINGTON — I wasn’t going to write a second column on the passing of Rush Limbaugh but given the reaction from hostile and snarky individuals — even from a few self-styled conservatives — explaining his influence is key to understanding him and more importantly the movement for which ...

Almanac

By The Associated Press Today in History Today is Wednesday, Feb. 24, the 55th day of 2021. There are 310 days left in the year. Todayís Highlight in History: On Feb. 24, 1868, the U.S. House of Representatives impeached President Andrew Johnson by a vote of 126-47 following his ...

Is Biden prepared to lose Afghanistan?

WASHINGTON — Is President Joe Biden prepared to preside over the worst U.S. strategic defeat since the fall of Saigon in 1975? For that may be what’s at stake if Biden follows through on the 2020 peace deal with the Taliban to withdraw all U.S. forces from Afghanistan by May 1 — just ...

Where’s the beef?

WASHINGTON — What is it about people who are successful in one field and believe that gives them credence to serve as an expert in a totally unrelated field? Bill Gates, the founder of Microsoft and reportedly the fourth richest person on the planet, now self-identifies as a climate expert, ...

Almanac

By The Associated Press Today is Tuesday, Feb. 23, the 54th day of 2021. There are 311 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On Feb. 23, 1836, the siege of the Alamo began in San Antonio, Texas. On this date: In 1861, President-elect Abraham Lincoln arrived secretly in ...

I’d rather talk about Michael J. Fox

WASHINGTON — How do we acknowledge the death of someone who made a career of inflicting harm? Perhaps I should start with a story. I first met Michael J. Fox in 2006, not long after Rush Limbaugh had mocked his involuntary movements caused by Parkinson’s disease. Michael was in Ohio ...

Almanac

By The Associated Press Today in History Today is Monday, Feb. 22, the 53rd day of 2021. There are 312 days left in the year. Todayís Highlight in History: On Feb. 22, 1980, the ìMiracle on Iceî took place in Lake Placid, New York, as the United States Olympic hockey team upset the ...

The privacy issue

NEW YORK — I love my digital devices, but people keep telling me to worry more about my privacy. “Encrypt your emails!” “Drop Google and use search engines like DuckDuckGo that don’t track us!” I probably should. But I don’t. I’m lazy, and I like that web companies know me ...

Trump, impeachment and the Constitution

WASHINGTON — The Constitution is the supreme law of the land, thus, all government behavior must conform to it. It is, of course, notwithstanding its supremacy, an imperfect document. Its original iteration in 1789 — and even after the addition of the Bill of Rights in 1791 — implicitly ...

Almanac

By The Associated Press Today in History Today is Saturday, Feb. 20, the 51st day of 2021. There are 314 days left in the year. Todayís Highlight in History: On Feb. 20, 1905, the U.S. Supreme Court, in Jacobson v. Massachusetts, upheld, 7-2, compulsory vaccination laws intended to ...

Does Sen. Ted Cruz really look like Texas?

WASHINGTON — While glued to the coverage, both riveting and chilling, of the Senate trial of former President Donald J. Trump, and watching the House prosecutors and the Senate jurors, I kept wondering how much — or how little — our elected representatives look like the people and the ...

The Rush Limbaugh I knew

WASHINGTON — The man who picked me up at an airport too many years ago to recall the date asked if I had ever heard of a guy named Rush Limbaugh. When I said I had not, he turned on the car radio and said, “listen.” After 15 minutes I was hooked. Limbaugh, who died of lung cancer on ...

Almanac

By The Associated Press Today in History Today is Friday, Feb. 19, the 50th day of 2021. There are 315 days left in the year. Todayís Highlights in History: On Feb. 19, 1942, during World War II, President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed Executive Order 9066, which paved the way for the ...

$15 wage proposal: Job killer or a boon for workers

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden’s effort to raise the federal minimum wage to $15 an hour could provide a welcome opportunity for someone like Cristian Cardona, a 21-year-old fast food worker. Cardona would love to earn enough to afford to move out of his parents’ house in Orlando, ...