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Why Line 5 must go – and what we’re doing to protect Michigan residents

By Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel LANSING — The scare tactics surrounding my office’s lawsuit to decommission Line 5 have whipped people into a frenzy of misinformation and concern. Let’s get one thing straight: We specifically asked the Court to shut down and decommission Line ...

The limits of free speech

WASHINGTON — During the past week, President Donald Trump excited two bitter public controversies by sending and publishing two highly inappropriate and offensively incendiary tweets. The first of these was aimed at four female members of Congress — each a person of color, and, as members ...

Almanac

By The Associated Press Today in History Today is Tuesday, July 23, the 204th day of 2019. There are 161 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On July 23, 1999, space shuttle Columbia blasted off with the world’s most powerful X-ray telescope and Eileen Collins, the ...

The puzzling problem of vaping

SAN FRANCISCO — A 29-story office building at 123 Mission St. illustrates the policy puzzles that fester because of these facts: For centuries, tobacco has been a widely used legal consumer good that does serious and often lethal harm when used as it is intended to be used. And its ...

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By The Associated Press Today in History Today is Monday, July 22, the 203rd day of 2019. There are 162 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On July 22, 1991, police in Milwaukee arrested Jeffrey Dahmer, who later confessed to murdering 17 men and boys (Dahmer ended up ...

Moonstruck by the moon landing

By Dan Young ESCANABA — On Sunday night, July 20, 1969, I was a 16-year- old teenager, lying on our living room floor, watching Jules Bergman on our small, 16-inch black and white TV, as he fiddled with a plastic model of a bug-like spacecraft. It had been about four hours since Neil ...

Gagging investigators

NEW YORK — Recording events from public land shouldn’t be a crime. Yet when a woman in Utah, standing by a public road, filmed farmworkers pushing a cow with a bulldozer, the farmer drove up to her and said, “You cannot videotape my property.” Soon the police came and local ...

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By The Associated Press Today in History Today is Saturday, July 20, the 201st day of 2019. There are 164 days left in the year. Today’s Highlights in History: On July 20, 1969, astronauts Neil Armstrong and Edwin “Buzz” Aldrin became the first men to walk on the moon after ...

The old ‘left’ and ‘right’ labels are obsolete

BERKELEY — I keep hearing that the Democratic Party has moved “left” and that some Democratic candidates may be “too far left.” But in this era of unprecedented concentration of wealth and political power at the top, I can’t help wondering what it means to be “left.” A ...

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By The Associated Press Today in History Today is Wednesday, July 17, the 198th day of 2019. There are 167 days left in the year. Today’s Highlights in History: On July 17, 1996, TWA Flight 800, a Europe-bound Boeing 747, exploded and crashed off Long Island, New York, shortly after ...

Are Yanks, Brits going their separate ways?

WASHINGTON — When Sir Kim Darroch’s secret cable to London was leaked to the Daily Mail, wherein he called the Trump administration “dysfunctional ... unpredictable ... faction-riven ... diplomatically clumsy and inept,” the odds on his survival as U.K. ambassador plummeted. When ...

Democrats confront generational divide

LACONIA, N.H. (AP) — Amy McInerney at first saw Joe Biden as Democrats’ best hope to beat President Donald Trump — an experienced politician with the potential to peel off some of Trump’s working-class supporters. Then she heard Pete Buttigieg speak. “I felt like Pete more ...

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By The Associated Press Today in History Today is Tuesday, July 16, the 197th day of 2019. There are 168 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On July 16, 1969, Apollo 11 blasted off from Cape Kennedy on the first manned mission to the surface of the moon. On this ...

Democrats should nominate Bennet

WASHINGTON — With a disgust commensurate with the fact, Michael Bennet, the Colorado Democrat, says that during 40% of his 10 Senate years the government has been run on “continuing resolutions.” Congress passes these in order to spare itself the torture of performing its primary ...

How They Voted

The legislature is on break through July, with no votes until at least August. Rather than votes this report contains some interesting or noteworthy recent bill introductions. Senate Bill 342: Ban police use of face recognition technology Introduced by Sen. Peter Lucido (R), to prohibit law ...

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By The Associated Press Today in History Today is Monday, July 15, the 196th day of 2019. There are 169 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On July 15, 1976, a 36-hour kidnap ordeal began for 26 schoolchildren and their bus driver as they were abducted near Chowchilla, ...

Government bullies

NEW YORK — The city of Dunedin, Florida, wants Jim Ficken’s home. Ficken’s mom died, so he went to South Carolina to take care of her estate. He asked a friend to look after his house. But then the friend died, and no one cut Ficken’s grass. When it grew to 10 inches, Dunedin ...

The Constitution, Census and Citizenship

WASHINGTON — Late last month, the Supreme Court ruled on a challenge to a question that the Commerce Department announced it would add to the 2020 census. The census itself has been mandated by the Constitution to be taken every 10 years so that representation in the House of Representatives ...

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By The Associated Press Today in History Today is Saturday, July 13, the 194th day of 2019. There are 171 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On July 13, 1985, “Live Aid,” an international rock concert in London, Philadelphia, Moscow and Sydney, took place to raise ...

Hungary’s sound immigration policy

WASHINGTON — Two summers ago on a visit to Budapest, I asked the spokesman for the Hungarian government about the growing problem of migrants coming into Europe. He told me Hungary doesn’t have a migrant problem because they don’t have welfare programs. So, he said, migrants continue ...