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Save the media!

WASHINGTON — I confess to a certain self-interest in today’s column. The media, especially newspapers, are in trouble. Conservatives like myself have been relentless in attacking their collective bias over the years, but as more of them fold or reduce staff, it is crucial the institution be ...

Almanac

By The Associated Press Today in History Today is Monday, April 6, the 97th day of 2020. There are 269 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On April 6, 1896, the first modern Olympic games formally opened in Athens, Greece. On this date: In 1862, the Civil War ...

The unsung heroes

WASHINGTON — Congress passed and the president signed a $2 trillion “stimulus” bill. “Not enough!” shrieked politicians. They said the government must do more. They demanded President Donald Trump reactivate the Defense Production Act, a 1950 law that lets government force ...

AP-NORC poll: About half of workers lose income due to virus

WASHINGTON (AP) — About half of all working Americans report some kind of income loss affecting themselves or a member of their household due to the coronavirus pandemic, with low-income Americans and those without college degrees especially likely to have lost a job, according to a new poll ...

Almanac

By The Associated Press Today in History Today is Saturday, April 4, the 95th day of 2020. There are 271 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On April 4, 1968, civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr., 39, was shot and killed while standing on a balcony of the ...

Creativity, compassion combat coronavirus

WASHINGTON — Attention readers: Mark Shields is off this week. Please enjoy the following column by Veronique De Rugy. It’s easy to feel depressed and scared these days. News about the impact and death toll of the new coronavirus, COVID-19, is constant. Government responses have been ...

Almanac

By The Associated Press Today in History Today is Friday, April 3, the 94th day of 2020. There are 272 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On April 3, 1996, Unabomber Theodore Kaczynski (kah-ZIHN’-skee) was arrested at his remote Montana cabin. On this date: In ...

Ignore billionaires; public health comes first

BERKELEY — Dick Kovacevich, former CEO of Wells Fargo bank, thinks most Americans should return to work in April, urging that we “gradually bring those people back and see what happens.” Lloyd Blankfein, former CEO of Goldman Sachs, whose net worth has been estimated at $1.1 billion, ...

Almanac

By The Associated Press Today in History Today is Thursday, April 2, the 93rd day of 2020. There are 273 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On April 2, 1865, Confederate President Jefferson Davis and most of his Cabinet fled the Confederate capital of Richmond, ...

The dark hole of debt

WASHINGTON — It is not cognitive dissonance — the impossibility of holding two or more contradictory beliefs simultaneously — to favor the $2 trillion coronavirus stimulus bill passed by Congress and signed by President Trump while at the same time worrying about what the increasing ...

Almanac

By The Associated Press Today in History Today is Wednesday, April 1, the 92nd day of 2020. There are 274 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On April 1, 1976, Apple Computer was founded by Steve Jobs, Steve Wozniak and Ronald Wayne. On this date: In 1789, the U.S. ...

Can this pandemic usher in a new era?

WASHINGTON — To fight the coronavirus at home, France is removing all military forces from Iraq. When NATO scaled back its war games in Europe because of the pandemic, Russia reciprocated. Moscow announced it would cancel its war games along NATO’s border. Nations seem to be ...

How They Voted

In response to the coronavirus emergency the legislature has scheduled tentative one-day-a-week sessions but is unlikely to meet again before April 21. During this period the weekly roll call report will share descriptions of some interesting or noteworthy recent bill introductions, beginning ...

Almanac

By The Associated Press Today in History Today is Tuesday, March 31, the 91st day of 2020. There are 275 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On March 31, 1968, at the conclusion of a nationally broadcast address on Vietnam, President Lyndon B. Johnson stunned listeners ...

Almanac

By The Associated Press Today in History Today is Monday, March 30, the 90th day of 2020. There are 276 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On March 30, 1981, President Ronald Reagan was shot and seriously injured outside a Washington, D.C. hotel by John W. Hinckley, ...

The red tape pandemic

NEW YORK — Coronavirus is frightening. I’m working from home, practicing “social distancing.” Experts say it’ll help “flatten the curve” so fewer people will be infected simultaneously. Then hospitals won’t be overwhelmed. But the infection rate grows. Doctors and hospitals ...

Whatever became of Dan Quayle?

WASHINGTON — He was the 44th vice president of the United States in the George H.W. Bush administration, but for the last 20 years, Dan Quayle has stayed mostly away from the unfriendly glare of political life. I called him to get his thoughts on the coronavirus and the current political ...

Almanac

By The Associated Press Today in History Today is Saturday, March 28, the 88th day of 2020. There are 278 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On March 28, 2003, American-led forces in Iraq dropped thousand-pound bombs on Republican Guard units guarding the gates to ...

Not wasting a serious crisis

WASHINGTON — My sainted mother was a public school teacher until she married my father and immediately, as a married woman, was forced by local Massachusetts rules then in force to leave the classroom. (My own grade school teachers included Miss Galvin, Miss Harrington, Miss Donahue, Miss ...

Beware a government of fear

WASHINGTON — “Those who would give up essential Liberty, to purchase a little temporary Safety, deserve neither Liberty nor Safety.” — Benjamin Franklin (1706-1790) One of my Fox colleagues recently sent me an email attachment of a painting of the framers signing the Constitution of ...