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Facebook, Twitter should be held accountable

BERKELEY — Mark Zuckerberg of Facebook says he’ll run political ads even if they are false. Jack Dorsey of Twitter says he’ll stop running political ads altogether. Dorsey has the correct approach, but the debate skirts the bigger question: Who is responsible for protecting democracy ...

How They Voted

House Bill 4980, Expand clearing criminal records (expungements): Passed 95 to 13 in the House To authorize automatic expungement of up to two felony and four misdemeanor convictions from an individual’s public criminal history records. This would apply when 10 years have passed from the ...

Almanac

By The Associated Press Today in History Today is Tuesday, Nov. 12, the 316th day of 2019. There are 49 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On Nov. 12, 2001, American Airlines Flight 587, an Airbus A300 headed to the Dominican Republic, crashed after takeoff from New ...

Who needs spiritual advisers?

WASHINGTON — As far as I can tell from a reading of history, while some presidents were friends of clergy, who sometimes advised them, to my knowledge, none hired them as staff members. Until the presidency of Richard Nixon. It was during Nixon’s administration that Charles Colson began ...

Almanac

By The Associated Press Today in History Today is Monday, Nov. 11, the 315th day of 2019. There are 50 days left in the year. Today is Veterans Day. Today’s Highlight in History: On Nov. 11, 1972, the U.S. Army turned over its base at Long Binh to the South Vietnamese, symbolizing the ...

Follow Barry Sander’s example

TRAVERSE CITY — I wish Democrats would follow the example of the great Barry Sanders and hand the ball to the ref when they score a touchdown instead of acting like total … Have fun inserting the last word there. For the record, I was thinking “dipsticks.” How about you? I’m ...

Almanac

By The Associated Press Today in History Today is Saturday, Nov. 9, the 313th day of 2019. There are 52 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On Nov. 9, 1620, the passengers and crew of the Mayflower sighted Cape Cod. On this date: In 1872, fire destroyed nearly 800 ...

Almanac

By The Associated Press Today in History Today is Friday, Nov. 8, the 312th day of 2019. There are 53 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On Nov. 8, 2000, a statewide recount began in Florida, which emerged as critical in deciding the winner of the 2000 presidential ...

The day Nixon routed the Establishment

WASHINGTON — What are the roots of our present disorder, of the hostilities and hatreds that so divide us? When did we become this us vs. them nation? Who started the fire? Many trace the roots of our uncivil social conflict to the 1960s and the Johnson years when LBJ, victorious in a ...

Almanac

By The Associated Press Today in History Today is Wednesday, Nov. 6, the 310th day of 2019. There are 55 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On Nov. 6, 1984, President Ronald Reagan won re-election by a landslide over former Vice President Walter Mondale, the ...

Only two candidates could fix system

BERKELEY — In the conventional view of American politics, Joe Biden is a moderate, while Elizabeth Warren and Bernie Sanders are on the left, and Donald Trump is on the right. This conventional view is rubbish. The most powerful force in American politics today is anti-establishment fury at ...

Trick or Trick

WASHINGTON — In those monster movies so popular at Halloween, it usually takes a while for the killer to be revealed, but when he is, the terror he inspired among his targets often comes to a frightening conclusion for viewers. This analogy perfectly fits the impeachment scenario now ...

Almanac

By The Associated Press Today in History Today is Tuesday, Nov. 5, the 309th day of 2019. There are 56 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On Nov. 5, 2017, a gunman armed with an assault rifle opened fire in a small South Texas church, killing more than two dozen ...

Quiet eloquence of example

WASHINGTON — The 1994 funeral of former Speaker of the House Thomas P. “Tip” O’Neill was truly memorable. To the same North Cambridge, Massachusetts, church, St. John the Evangelist — where O’Neill was baptized as an infant and had married his beloved Millie — came two former U.S. ...

Almanac

Since clocks “fell back” to standard time on Sunday, and it now gets dark one hour earlier, the Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) reminds motorists to watch out for pedestrians, joggers, and bicyclists on the drive home. Research from the University of Michigan Transportation ...

In defense of teachers

TRAVERSE CITY — News reports say there’s an acute teacher shortage in America. How does that surprise anyone? Their pay is low. The job is stressful. They’re criticized for “taking the summer off,” as if they have anything to do with that. They’re used by the GOP as a pawn in their ...

Almanac

By The Associated Press Today in History Today is Friday, Nov. 1, the 305th day of 2019. There are 60 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On Nov. 1, 1936, in a speech in Milan, Italy, Benito Mussolini described the alliance between his country and Nazi Germany as an ...

Almanac

By The Associated Press Today in History Today is Thursday, Oct. 31, the 304th day of 2019. There are 61 days left in the year. This is Halloween. Today’s Highlight in History: On Oct. 31, 1941, the Navy destroyer USS Reuben James was torpedoed by a German U-boat off Iceland with the ...

Almanac

By The Associated Press Today in History Today is Wednesday, Oct. 30, the 303rd day of 2019. There are 62 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On Oct. 30, 1912, Vice President James S. Sherman, running for a second term of office with President William Howard Taft, died ...

No more billionaires?

WASHINGTON — He was the Bernie Sanders of his day. Charlie Chaplin, the iconic actor and at the time a well-known political leftist (some said communist), delivered a speech in San Francisco in 1941 prior to America’s entry into World War II. As recounted in the biography of her parents, ...