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By The Associated Press Today in History Today is Tuesday, June 26, the 177th day of 2018. There are 188 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On June 26, 1948, the Berlin Airlift began in earnest after the Soviet Union cut off land and water routes to the isolated ...

Can Bill Weld restore conservatism?

WASHINGTON — “This,” exclaimed Margaret Thatcher, thumping Friedrich Hayek’s 500-page tome “The Constitution of Liberty” on a table in front of some Conservative Party colleagues, “is what we believe.” It also is what Bill Weld believes, which is why he aspires to be the ...

Almanac

By The Associated Press Today in History Today is Monday, June 25, the 176th day of 2018. There are 189 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On June 25, 1868, Congress passed an Omnibus Act allowing for the readmission of Florida, Alabama, Louisiana, Georgia, North ...

Poll: Americans say no to presidential self-pardons

NEW YORK (AP) — Even in an era of deep political division, Democrats and Republicans agree presidents should not pardon themselves. And if the nation’s chief executive ever does so, majorities of Americans in both parties believe Congress should impeach that president. Those are the ...

Chinese Big Brother

NEW YORK — Upset because Facebook and Google invade your privacy? Be glad you don’t live in China. Facebook and other Western apps are banned there. The government views their openness as a threat. So the Chinese use platforms like WeChat and Alibaba. Now the Chinese government takes ...

Bias and the beholder

WASHINGTON — Would you consider a jihadist biased against Jews? Could a member of a white supremacist group be accused of bias against non-whites? The Justice Department’s inspector general, Michael Horowitz, and FBI Director Christopher Wray claim the 500-plus-page report found no ...

Almanac

By The Associated Press Today in History Today is Saturday, June 23, the 174th day of 2018. There are 191 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On June 23, 1868, Christopher Latham Sholes received a patent for his “Type-Writer,” featuring a QWERTY keyboard; it was ...

Where is the Republican Gene McCarthy?

WASHINGTON — After Election Day in 1964, when Lyndon B. Johnson won a landslide victory over Republican Barry Goldwater and Democrats procured a 68-32 majority in the Senate, the Democratic Caucus of the U.S. Senate met in private. Rightly confident — they now had the numbers needed to pass ...

Almanac

By The Associated Press Today in History Today is Friday, June 22, the 173rd day of 2018. There are 192 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On June 22, 1918, a train carrying members of the Hagenbeck-Wallace Circus and their families was rear-ended during an emergency ...

Pizza and potholes

TRAVERSE CITY — Domino’s has a publicity stunt going right now where they pave over potholes in states around the country (although, oddly enough, not Michigan) to prevent damage to their pizzas. Pretty clever. Pretty sad, too. We’ve officially reached the point where government at ...

More assaults on the rule of law

WASHINGTON — Amid all the happy hoopla over President Donald Trump’s trip to Singapore, where he began the process for what he hopes will be the normalization of relations between the United States and North Korea and the denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula, has come an effort by the ...

Almanac

By The Associated Press Today in History Today is Thursday, June 21, the 172nd day of 2018. There are 193 days left in the year. Summer begins at 6:07 a.m. Eastern time. Today’s Highlight in History: On June 21, 1788, the United States Constitution went into effect as New Hampshire ...

Trump’s historic gamble

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump appears to belong to what might be called the Benjamin Disraeli school of diplomacy. The British prime minister once counseled, “Everyone likes flattery; and when you come to Royalty you should lay it on with a trowel.” At his Singapore summit, ...

Almanac

By The Associated Press Today in History Today is Wednesday, June 20, the 171st day of 2018. There are 194 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On June 20, 1893, a jury in New Bedford, Massachusetts, found Lizzie Borden not guilty of the ax murders of her father and ...

The constitutional crisis is now

BERKELEY — I keep hearing that if Donald Trump fires special counsel Robert Mueller, we’ll face a constitutional crisis. Or if Mueller subpoenas Trump to testify and Trump defies the subpoena, it’s a constitutional crisis. Or if Mueller comes up with substantial evidence that Trump is ...

How They Voted

Senate Bill 848, Appropriations, “Omnibus” budget: Passed 33 to 2 in the Senate The “omnibus” non-education state government budget for the fiscal year that begins on Oct. 1, 2018. This authorizes $39.937 billion in spending, up from $38.786 billion authorized the year before. Of this ...

Almanac

By The Associated Press Today in History Today is Tuesday, June 19, the 170th day of 2018. There are 195 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On June 19, 1953, Julius Rosenberg, 35, and his wife, Ethel, 37, convicted of conspiring to pass U.S. atomic secrets to the ...

Congress suffers arthritic knees

WASHINGTON — Sen. Tim Kaine, D-Va., wonders: “Is there any doubt that America would view a foreign nation firing missiles at targets on American soil as an act of war?” His question might be pertinent to why the Singapore summit happened, and what, if anything, was changed by it. The ...

A tribute to Charles Krauthammer

WASHINGTON — I have often thought that tributes to those we love are best made when the object of our affection is still with us, rather than at their funerals. I do not know Charles Krauthammer well, though we would occasionally see each other at Fox News when I worked there and at ...

Almanac

By The Associated Press Today in History Today is Monday, June 18, the 169th day of 2018. There are 196 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On June 18, 1983, astronaut Sally K. Ride became America’s first woman in space as she and four colleagues blasted off aboard ...