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Alaska’s governor on the virus and the election

ANCHORAGE — From the moment Gov. Mike Dunleavy, a Republican, was made aware of the threat of COVID-19, he acted faster than most other states and the federal government. In an interview, I asked him why he moved so quickly when others did not? “We got a call from the (U.S.) State ...

Almanac

By The Associated Press Today in History Today is Thursday, Sept. 24, the 268th day of 2020. There are 98 days left in the year. Todayís Highlight in History: On September 24, 1789, President George Washington signed a Judiciary Act establishing Americaís federal court system and ...

Last best chance to capture Supreme Court

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell are on the cusp of making history. With Trump having named two justices to the U.S. Supreme Court, Neil Gorsuch and Brett Kavanaugh, they have an opening to elevate a third justice to fill the seat of Ruth Bader ...

The conservative moment

WASHINGTON — The passing of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg gives conservatives and Republicans what they claim to have wanted since judicial activism became the norm in the 1960s. From outlawing prayer and Bible reading in public schools, to the infamous Roe v. Wade decision, ...

Almanac

By The Associated Press Today in History Today is Wednesday, Sept. 23, the 267th day of 2020. There are 99 days left in the year. Todayís Highlight in History: On Sept. 23, 1952, Sen. Richard M. Nixon, R-Calif., salvaged his vice-presidential nomination by appearing on television ...

Ginsburg was guided by principle

BERKELEY — People in public life tend to fall into one of two broad categories — those who are motivated by principle, and those motivated by power. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, who died Friday night at the age of 87, exemplified the first. When he nominated her in 1993, ...