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By The Associated Press Today in History Today is Tuesday, March 7, the 66th day of 2017. There are 299 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On March 7, 1967, the musical “You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown,” based on the “Peanuts” comic strips by Charles M. ...

The Bloated Military

NEW YORK — Donald Trump once wanted to cut military spending. Before running for president, he said Congress’ automatic “sequestration” cuts didn’t go far enough, that they were “a very small percentage of the cuts that should be made.” Then he ran for office and said he ...

Trump reinvents himself

WASHINGTON — For Republicans who have been concerned that President Trump has not been specific about his policies and about where he wants to take the country, Tuesday night’s address to Congress and the nation was a welcome relief. For liberals, however, it was a problem precisely because ...

Lavrov vs. McCain: Is Russia an Enemy

WASHINGTON — The founding fathers of the Munich Security Conference, said John McCain, would be “be alarmed by the turning away from universal values and toward old ties of blood, and race, and sectarianism.” McCain was followed by Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov who called for a ...

Almanac

By The Associated Press Today in History Today is Friday, March 3, the 62nd day of 2017. There are 303 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On March 3, 1931, “The Star-Spangled Banner” became the national anthem of the United States as President Herbert Hoover ...

Remember when facts were facts

FLINT — Doesn’t it seem like Trump has been in office for years already? Remember the good old days when facts were facts, Sweden, Bowling Green and Atlanta hadn’t yet been attacked, and 70 percent of the country wasn’t going, “Oh sweet Jesus, what have we done?” - OK, riddle me ...

Shirts vs. Skins 2017

WASHINGTON — Back before kids sports — with their pricey equipment, expensive coaches and summer camps — had become a major American industry, American boys, when playing pickup basketball on a neighborhood court, would simply separate themselves into competing teams, the Skins (without ...

How They Voted

House Bill 4001, Cut state income tax rate by 0.2 percent: Failed 52 to 55 in the House To cut the state income tax rate from the current 4.25 percent to 4.05 percent over two years. The tax could go down another .15 percent later but only if the state rainy day fund is allowed to exceed $1 ...

Almanac

By The Associated Press Today in History Today is Thursday, March 2, the 61st day of 2017. There are 304 days left in the year. Today’s Highlights in History: On March 2, 1867, Howard University, a historically black school of higher learning in Washington, D.C., was founded as it ...

Farewell thoughts and notes from a final column

ESCANABA - Retirement has taken place again but there were still a few items that had to be taken care of before I could officially depart. That is why you’re stuck with one more column, to go with several stories I put together the final couple of days. As mentioned earlier, it’s been a ...

Almanac

By The Associated Press Today in History Today is Wednesday, March 1, the 60th day of 2017. There are 305 days left in the year. Today is Ash Wednesday. Today’s Highlight in History: On March 1, 1867, Nebraska became the 37th state as President Andrew Johnson signed a ...

Why Trumponomics is a recipe for failure

BERKELEY — When Donald Trump gave a speech last Friday at Boeing’s factory in North Charleston, S.C., unveiling Boeing’s new 787 “Dreamliner,” he congratulated Boeing for building the whole plane “right here” in South Carolina. It’s pure fantasy. I’ll let you know why in a ...

Toward better relations with the press

WASHINGTON — Before becoming a newspaper columnist I was a broadcast news reporter for local TV stations and occasionally appeared on the NBC radio and television networks. I have some experience at being on the receiving end of hostilities directed at the media. At a pro-Nixon, pro-Vietnam ...

Almanac

Today in History Today is Tuesday, Feb. 28, the 59th day of 2017. There are 306 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On Feb. 28, 1917, The Associated Press reported that the United States had obtained a diplomatic communication sent by German Foreign Minister Arthur ...

‘Big government’ is ever growing, on the sly

WASHINGTON — In 1960, when John Kennedy was elected president, America’s population was 180 million and it had approximately 1.8 million federal bureaucrats (not counting uniformed military personnel and postal workers). Fifty-seven years later, with seven new Cabinet agencies, and myriad ...

Almanac

By The Associated Press Today in History Today is Monday, Feb. 27, the 58th day of 2017. There are 307 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On Feb. 27, 1942, the Battle of the Java Sea began during World War II; Imperial Japanese naval forces scored a decisive victory ...

Fake News

NEW YORK — “Fake News!” shouts our president, calling out CNN, The New York Times and others. I love it. Although it’s not really true — not the way President Donald Trump means it. The media rarely “fake” anything. Over time, they generally get the facts correct. But the ...

What happened to conservative optimism?

WASHINGTON — I had never heard of Milo Yiannopoulos until recently, perhaps because I don’t visit some of the websites where his musings are published. Milo, as he calls himself because of the difficulty some have pronouncing his last name, was disinvited from this week’s Conservative ...

Almanac

By The Associated Press Today in History Today is Saturday, Feb. 25, the 56th day of 2017. There are 309 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On Feb. 25, 1913, the 16th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, giving Congress the power to levy and collect income taxes, was ...

Some old school advice on tattoos

FLINT — A news story I just read said young people are starting to have their tattoos removed and their piercings spackled over (or however it is doctors fix such things.) “Many are seeking to reverse the impulsive, perhaps keg-fueled decisions of their not-quite-lost youths,” the ...