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Billionaires are profiting from a pandemic

BERKELEY — Since the start of the pandemic, American billionaires have been cleaning up. As more than 50 million Americans filed for unemployment insurance, billionaires became $637 billion richer. Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg’s wealth has ballooned by 59 percent. Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos’ ...

How They Voted

The legislature did not meet this week and is scheduled to meet next on Aug. 12. Rather than votes, this Roll Call Report describes some current proposals related to gender. House Joint Resolution T: Repeal constitution’s recognition of marriage as only between one man and woman Introduced ...

Almanac

By The Associated Press Today in History Today is Tuesday, Aug. 11, the 224th day of 2020. There are 142 days left in the year. Todayís Highlight in History: On August 11, 1997, President Bill Clinton made the first use of the historic line-item veto, rejecting three items in ...

Spying on journalists

WASHINGTON — Last week, this column argued that the only constitutional role for armed federal forces in Portland, Oregon, was to assist U.S. marshals in protecting federal property and personnel there — in this case, the federal courthouse and those who come to it. The column also argued ...

Almanac

By The Associated Press Today in History Today is Monday, Aug. 10, the 223rd day of 2020. There are 143 days left in the year. Todayís Highlight in History: On August 10, 1944, during World War II, American forces overcame remaining Japanese resistance on Guam. On this date: In ...

More juice!

NEW YORK — Was the power on in your house this morning? If so, thank fossil fuels! A few parts of America do get energy from other sources. Washington state has fast-flowing rivers that allow Washingtonians to get most of their electricity from hydroelectric power. Iowa now gets about 40% ...

Almanac

By The Associated Press Today in History Today is Saturday, Aug. 8, the 221st day of 2020. There are 145 days left in the year. Todayís Highlight in History: On August 8, 1974, President Richard Nixon, facing damaging new revelations in the Watergate scandal, announced he would resign ...

Honoring the fallen

WASHINGTON — Capping a week of deserved tributes, the funeral for Rep. John Lewis in Atlanta’s historic Ebenezer Baptist Church brought me back a quarter-century to another funeral for another revered member of Congress, former House Speaker Thomas P. “Tip” O’Neill. On a cold ...

Trouble with Biden’s VP choices

WASHINGTON — Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden appears to have painted himself into a corner with his promise to select a woman — and apparently from the candidates on his short list, an African-American woman — to be his running mate. While it is just the latest example of his ...

Almanac

By The Associated Press Today in History Today is Friday, Aug. 7, the 220th day of 2020. There are 146 days left in the year. Todayís Highlight in History: On August 7, 1964, Congress passed the Gulf of Tonkin resolution, giving President Lyndon B. Johnson broad powers in dealing with ...

John Lewis funeral was a political event

WASHINGTON — Traditionally, funerals are supposed to serve at least three purposes: honor the life of the deceased, comfort those who mourn his passing and preach a message about eternity and the brevity of life. Tradition was discarded during John Lewis’ funerallast week in Atlanta. Like ...

Almanac

By The Associated Press Today in History Today is Thursday, Aug. 6, the 219th day of 2020. There are 147 days left in the year. Todayís Highlight in History: On August 6, 1945, during World War II, the U.S. B-29 Superfortress Enola Gay dropped an atomic bomb code-named ìLittle Boyî on ...

The truth about the COVID-19 economy

BERKELEY — “The recovery has been very strong,” Donald Trump said last week. Then the Commerce Department reported that the U.S. economy contracted between April and June at the fastest pace in nearly three-quarters of a century, which is as long as economists have been keeping track. The ...

Almanac

By The Associated Press Today in History Today is Wednesday, Aug. 5, the 218th day of 2020. There are 148 days left in the year. Todayís Highlight in History: On August 5, 1974, the White House released transcripts of subpoenaed tape recordings showing that President Richard Nixon and ...

The Biden rule: ‘No men need apply!’

WASHINGTON — There is a real possibility that, this coming week, Joe Biden will be selecting the 47th president of the United States. For the woman Biden picks — he has promised to exclude from consideration all men, black, brown, white or Asian — has a better chance of succeeding to ...

How They Voted

The legislature is scheduled to meet next on Aug. 6. The House did not meet this week and the Senate held a pro-forma session with no voting. Rather than votes, this Roll Call Report describes some topical school-related bills of interest. Senate Bill 1038: Suspend state 11th/12th grade ...

Almanac

By The Associated Press Today in History Today is Tuesday, Aug. 4, the 217th day of 2020. There are 149 days left in the year. Todayís Highlight in History: On August 4, 1944, 15-year-old diarist Anne Frank was arrested with her sister, parents and four others by the Gestapo after ...

Freedom and political dissent

WASHINGTON — Two weeks ago, this column offered a brief history of the freedom of speech in America. The essence of the column was that all public speech is lawful when there is time for more speech to challenge it and that the remedy for hate speech is not censorship, but more speech. Last ...

Almanac

By The Associated Press Today in History Today is Monday, Aug. 3, the 216th day of 2020. There are 150 days left in the year. Todayís Highlight in History: On August 3, 1993, the Senate voted 96-to-three to confirm Supreme Court nominee Ruth Bader Ginsburg. On this date: In ...

The private space race

NEW YORK — This week, American astronauts returned to earth. Their trip to the space station was the first manned launch from the U.S. in 10 years. By NASA? No. Of course, not. This space flight happened because government was not in charge. An Obama administration committee had ...