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Shutdown’s silver lining

NEW YORK — The government has closed most schools. So, more parents are teaching kids at home. That upsets the government school monopoly. Education “experts” say parents lack the expertise to teach their kids. Without state schooling, “learning losses... could well be ...

‘Snake oil’ cures

WASHINGTON — On Monday, in an off-the-cuff comment following a White House meeting with restaurant industry leaders, President Trump revealed that he has been taking the anti-Malaria drug hydroxychloroquine for “about a week and a half now” to protect himself from COVID-19. Asked why, ...

Virus blame game continues to spread

WASHINGTON — The coronavirus did apparently originate in China. Now President Donald Trump wants to punish that country for its role in letting the virus spread to the United States. This is just another poor excuse to push the same protectionist policies he has always favored. It’s also a ...

Almanac

By The Associated Press Today in History Today is Friday, May 22, the 143rd day of 2020. There are 223 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On May 22, 1968, the nuclear-powered submarine USS Scorpion, with 99 men aboard, sank in the Atlantic Ocean. (The remains of the ...

Intimidation is intimidation

TRAVERSE CITY — COVID-19 has the floor right now. But it is not the only virus galloping across America. Guns are a virus. Hatred is a virus. Intolerance is a virus. Racism is a virus. Sexism and sexual abuse is a virus. White nationalism is a virus. “Me first” is a ...

Stealth legislation

WASHINGTON — In the pantheon of great lines suitable for induction into Bartlett’s Familiar Quotations is Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s 2010 comment about Obamacare: “We have to pass the bill so that you can find out what is in it.” While that seemed outrageous and even comical to many at ...

Almanac

By The Associated Press Today in History Today is Thursday, May 21, the 142nd day of 2020. There are 224 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On May 21, 1927, Charles A. Lindbergh landed his Spirit of St. Louis monoplane near Paris, completing the first solo airplane ...

Fauci vs. Trump — Who’s right?

WASHINGTON — “We have met the moment and we have prevailed,” said President Donald Trump Monday, as he supported the opening of the U.S. economy before the shutdown plunges us into a deep and lasting depression. Tuesday, Dr. Anthony S. Fauci, the nation’s leading expert on infectious ...

Almanac

By The Associated Press Today in History Today is Wednesday, May 20, the 141st day of 2020. There are 225 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On May 20, 1961, a white mob attacked a busload of Freedom Riders in Montgomery, Alabama, prompting the federal government to ...

Pandemic has exposed American exceptionalism as a mirage

BERKELEY — No other nation has endured as much death from COVID-19 nor nearly as a high a death rate as has the United States. With 4.25 percent of the world population, America has the tragic distinction of accounting for nearly 30 percent of pandemic deaths so far. And it is the only ...

Almanac

By The Associated Press Today in History Today is Tuesday, May 19, the 140th day of 2020. There are 226 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On May 19, 1943, in his second wartime address to the U.S. Congress, British Prime Minister Winston Churchill pledged his ...

A nation of sheep

WASHINGTON — “When the people fear the government, there is tyranny. When the government fears the people, there is liberty.” — Thomas Jefferson (1743-1826) — — — To Thomas Jefferson, the fulcrum between the people and the government they have elected was fear. He argued ...

Almanac

By The Associated Press Today in History Today is Monday, May 18, the 139th day of 2020. There are 227 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On May 18, 1980, the Mount St. Helens volcano in Washington state exploded, leaving 57 people dead or missing. On this ...

You’ll freeze in the dark!

NEW YORK — Last Sunday, Mother’s Day, made me think how my mom warned me, as a young teen: “Work hard! Or you’ll freeze in the dark!” Sometimes, the warning ended, “Or you’ll starve in the cold.” She grew up during the Depression. She and her peers were sensibly worried ...

Poll shows partisan split over virus-era religious freedom

NEW YORK (AP) — As the nation’s houses of worship weigh how and when to resume in-person gatherings while coronavirus stay-at-home orders ease in some areas, a new poll points to a partisan divide over whether restricting those services violates religious freedom. Questions about whether ...

Almanac

By The Associated Press Today in History Today is Saturday, May 16, the 137th day of 2020. There are 229 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On May 16, 1943, the nearly month-long Warsaw Ghetto Uprising came to an end as German forces crushed the Jewish resistance and ...

Many Republicans DO have a sense of humor

WASHINGTON — An American politician can help herself politically by being able to believably use self-deprecating humor, which sends a clear message: “I am not pompously self-important or thin-skinned; I do not take myself completely seriously.” No one was better at self-deprecation ...

Opening up America

WASHINGTON — The choice before us seems to be no choice at all: stay inside and have no human contact with another soul, keep businesses closed, denying a livelihood to millions, or step outside and risk death. Though I believe the risk is small when comparing the number of people who have ...

Almanac

By The Associated Press Today in History Today is Friday, May 15, the 136th day of 2020. There are 230 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On May 15, 1948, hours after declaring its independence, the new state of Israel was attacked by Transjordan, Egypt, Syria, Iraq ...

Michael Flynn’s exoneration

WASHINGTON — For three years former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn was put through a legal and financial wringer by top officials within the FBI, including its then-director James Comey. The FBI investigation threatened to destroy Flynn’s career, finances and life, as, according to ...