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Almanac

By The Associated Press Today in History Today is Monday, June 14, the 165th day of 2021. There are 200 days left in the year. This is Flag Day. Todayís Highlight in History: On June 14, 1993, President Bill Clinton nominated Judge Ruth Bader Ginsburg to serve on the U.S. Supreme ...

The climate censors

NEW YORK — Whom does Facebook trust to censor? A Ph.D. graduate from France. Really. The Frenchman, Emmanuel Vincent, started a group he calls “Climate Feedback.” It does “a new kind of fact-checking.” It sure is new. And wrong. I released a video in which some climate ...

Torture enters the courtroom

WASHINGTON — For the first time in American history, a federal judge last week authorized the government to admit as evidence in a criminal case in a public courtroom words uttered by the defendant that were obtained under torture. The fruits of torture — which is any cruel or degrading ...

Almanac

By The Associated Press Today in History Today is Saturday, June 12, the 163rd day of 2021. There are 202 days left in the year. Todayís Highlight in History: On June 12, 1987, President Ronald Reagan, during a visit to the divided German city of Berlin, exhorted Soviet leader ...

In pursuit of wisdom

WASHINGTON — In an era of political correctness, virtue signaling and woke-ness, wisdom is in such short supply that when discovered it stands out like a beacon in a storm. Wisdom should not be equated with information, of which we have plenty, though information is less informative than it ...

Fostering mindfulness and relationships in the garden

WASHUNGTON — When I was 8, my stepmother bought me a packet of seeds, bachelor’s buttons, and we planted them in the backyard. We hadn’t known each other long, and this is one of my first memories of us together. The flowers grew leggy and sparse, but I was thrilled. Our new relationship ...