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Biden vs. Scott

WASHINGTON — The contrast between President Biden’s first address to Congress last Wednesday night and the Republican response delivered by Sen. Tim Scott (R-SC) reminded me of another occasion between one long-winded and another profound speaker. It was 1863 and the nationally known ...

Almanac

By The Associated Press Today in History Today is Thursday, May 6, the 126th day of 2021. There are 239 days left in the year. Todayís Highlight in History: On May 6, 1954, medical student Roger Bannister broke the four-minute mile during a track meet in Oxford, England, in 3:59.4. ...

Biden vs. Biden on ‘Is America a racist country?’

WASHINGTON — “Hear me clearly: America is not a racist country.” So declared Sen. Tim Scott, a Black Republican, in his televised rebuttal to Joe Biden’s address to Congress. Asked the next day what he thought of Scott’s statement, Biden said he agrees. “No, I don’t think the ...

Pelosi and Harris made history. What’s next?

WASHINGTON — There are many reasons to reflect on the historical significance of President Joe Biden’s first joint address to Congress. It was a great speech by a man who understands why he is in this role, in this time. He knows who we need him to be, and isn’t that a relief. I first ...

Almanac

By The Associated Press Today in History Today is Wednesday, May 5, the 125th day of 2021. There are 240 days left in the year. Todayís Highlight in History: On May 5, 1925, schoolteacher John T. Scopes was charged in Tennessee with violating a state law that prohibited teaching the ...

Biden’s first 100 days

BERKELEY — By almost any measure, Joe Biden’s first 100 days as president have been hugely successful. Getting millions of Americans inoculated against COVID-19 and beginning to revive the economy are central to that success. Some two-thirds of Americans support Biden’s $1.9 stimulus ...

How They Voted

House Bill 4052, End daylight savings time; put whole state on Eastern time: Passed 87 to 22 in the House To establish that if the U.S. Congress approves, it is the intent of the legislature to make daylight saving time the year-round standard time statewide. This would take effect only if ...

Almanac

By The Associated Press Today in History Today is Tuesday, May 4, the 124th day of 2021. There are 241 days left in the year. Todayís Highlight in History: On May 4, 1961, the first group of ìFreedom Ridersî left Washington, D.C. to challenge racial segregation on interstate buses ...

Virginia flunks math

WASHINGTON — The state of Virginia, which used to be reliably red and mostly conservative, is providing more evidence of an increasingly blue and liberal hue. Virginia is “considering” renovating its math courses. As the publication Virginia Mercury noted, “In webinars (Virginia ...

Liberty winning?

NEW YORK — Do I live in an alternate universe? The media tell me my side is (SET ITAL)winning(END ITAL). Salon claims, “We all live in Kochland, the Koch brothers’ libertarian utopia.” Tucker Carlson says, “Our leadership class remains resolutely libertarian.” What? Who? ...

Unconstitutional debt and future generations

WASHINGTON — Earlier this week, President Joseph R. Biden Jr. asked Congress to raise taxes and increase borrowing so his administration can spend $2.3 trillion — on top of the $1.9 trillion Congress authorized two months ago for so-called COVID relief — for thousands of projects he calls ...

Almanac

By The Associated Press Today in History Today is Saturday, May 1, the 121st day of 2021. There are 244 days left in the year. Todayís Highlight in History: On May 1, 2011, President Barack Obama announced the death of Osama bin Laden during a U.S. commando operation (because of the ...

Almanac

By The Associated Press Today in History Today is Monday, May 3, the 123rd day of 2021. There are 242 days left in the year. Todayís Highlights in History: On May 3, 1948, the Supreme Court, in Shelley v. Kraemer, ruled that covenants prohibiting the sale of real estate to Blacks or ...

U.P. hospital leaders speak on pandemic

ESCANABA — This is a message from your Upper Peninsula hospital leaders and health experts - fellow Yoopers who have endured the hardships of this pandemic alongside you. We’re proud to have the important job of caring for our families, friends, and neighbors. And having been on the front ...

Almanac

By The Associated Press Today in History Today is Friday, April 30, the 120th day of 2021. There are 245 days left in the year. Today’ís Highlight in History: On April 30, 1975, the Vietnam War ended as the South Vietnamese capital of Saigon fell to Communist forces. On this ...

AP Fact Check: Biden skews record on migrants; GOP on virus

WASHINGTON (AP) — Taking a swipe at his predecessor, President Joe Biden gave a distorted account of the historical forces driving migrants to the U.S. border, glossing over the multitudes who were desperate to escape poverty in their homelands when he was vice president. In his speech to ...

If all the world’s a stage, COVID-19 is writing the script

WASHINGTON — The 9/11 attacks gave us the heightened security theater now on display in all U.S. airports. Day after day for the last two decades, Transportation Security Administration agents have patted down travelers from teens to the elderly, looking for weapons that nobody expects to ...

How They Voted

Senate Bill 134, Authorize penalties for defrauding drug tests: Passed 33 to 1 in the Senate To make the manufacture, advertisement, sale, or distribution of synthetic urine or another adulterant for purposes of defrauding a drug test a crime subject to one year in prison and a $1,000 ...

Almanac

By The Associated Press Today in History Today is Thursday, April 29, the 119th day of 2021. There are 246 days left in the year. Todayís Highlight in History: On April 29, 1992, a jury in Simi Valley, California, acquitted four Los Angeles police officers of almost all state charges ...

Musk, Bezos have celestial plans but should do more for workers

BERKELEY — Elon Musk and Jeff Bezos want to colonize outer space to save humanity, but they couldn’t care less about protecting the rights of workers here on earth. Musk’s SpaceX just won a $2.9 billion NASA contract to land astronauts on the moon, beating out Bezos. The money isn’t ...