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Almanac

By The Associated Press Today is Thursday, April 5, the 95th day of 2018. There are 270 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On April 5, 1764, Britain’s Parliament passed The American Revenue Act of 1764, also known as the Sugar Act, which was repealed in 1766. On ...

Does the Pope believe in Hell?

WASHINGTON — “Pope Declares No Hell?” So ran the riveting headline on the Drudge Report of Holy Thursday. Drudge quoted this exchange, published in La Repubblica, between Pope Francis and his atheist friend, journalist Eugenio Scalfari. Scalfari: “What about bad souls? Where are ...

Almanac

By The Associated Press Today in History Today is Wednesday, April 4, the 94th day of 2018. There are 271 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On April 4, 1968, civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr., 39, was shot and killed while standing on a balcony of the ...

Dollars for decency

WASHINGTON — Last week, Laura Ingraham, Fox News’ queen of snark, tweeted that David Hogg — a 17-year-old who survived the mass shooting in Parkland, Florida, and has been among the eloquent advocates for gun control — “whines about” being rejected by four universities to which he ...

Poll: Trump benefiting from economic policies

WASHINGTON (AP) — A growing American economy and passage of a Republican tax overhaul appear to be helping President Donald Trump lift his approval ratings from historic lows, according to a new poll by The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research. Trump remains unpopular ...

Almanac

By The Associated Press Today in History Today is Tuesday, April 3, the 93rd day of 2018. There are 272 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On April 3, 1968, civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr. delivered what turned out to be his final speech, telling a rally of ...

A spring training quiz for baseball fans

“There’ll be two buses leaving the hotel for the park tomorrow. The 2 o’clock bus will be for those of you who need a little extra work. The empty bus will leave at 5 o’clock.” — Dave Bristol, Milwaukee Brewers manager, 1972 WASHINGTON — Everyone needs extra work to prepare ...

John Bolton’s enemies

WASHINGTON — Among the several ways to judge a person’s fitness for office are the enemies he has made. In the case of John Bolton, President Trump’s choice to become national security adviser, those who oppose his appointment — liberals, neocons and some Republicans all with ...

Almanac

By The Associated Press Today in History Today is Monday, April 2, the 92nd day of 2018. There are 273 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On April 2, 1968, “2001: A Space Odyssey,” the groundbreaking science-fiction film epic produced and directed by Stanley ...

The Red Pill

NEW YORK — In the movie “The Matrix,” swallowing a red pill reveals the truth, while downing a blue pill leaves you trapped in illusion. Today, in the parlance of some political activists, “taking the red pill” means seeing the lies of mainstream media — and learning the truth. ...

Hope for the Dead

WASHINGTON — What is the connection between personal freedom and rising from the dead? When America was in its infancy and struggling to find a culture and frustrated at governance from Great Britain, the word most frequently uttered in speeches and pamphlets and editorials was not ...

Almanac

By The Associated Press Today in History Today is Saturday, March 31, the 90th day of 2018. There are 275 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On March 31, 1968, at the conclusion of a nationally broadcast address on Vietnam, President Lyndon B. Johnson stunned ...

How They Voted

The Legislature is on spring break with no sessions scheduled until April 10. Rather than votes this report contains some noteworthy legislative proposals to amend the constitution. To become law these require a two-thirds vote in the House and Senate and approval by ...

Liberal Conscience AWOL?

WASHINGTION — In one of the most closely watched 2018 congressional campaigns, avidly followed nationally as a potential predictor of November’s midterm elections by both increasingly apprehensive Republicans and guardedly optimistic Democrats, there was only one candidates debate, ...

Almanac

By The Associated Press Today in History Today is Good Friday, March 30, the 89th day of 2018. There are 276 days left in the year. The Jewish holiday Passover begins at sunset. Today’s Highlight in History: On March 30, 1981, President Ronald Reagan was shot and seriously injured ...

Kids speak their mind

TRAVERSE CITY — Anyone who bashes “kids these days” for their supposed faults and flaws (all bunk, by the way — kids are smarter and better than ever) didn’t watch last weekend’s “March for Our Lives” protest in Washington, D.C. All I could say is “Wow.” Kid after kid, ...

Almanac

By The Associated Press Today in History Today is Thursday, March 29, the 88th day of 2018. There are 277 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On March 29, 1943, World War II rationing of meat, fats and cheese began, limiting consumers to store purchases of an average ...

Is Trump assembling a war cabinet?

WASHINGTON — The last man standing between the U.S. and war with Iran may be a four-star general affectionately known to his Marines as “Mad Dog.” Gen. James Mattis, the secretary of defense, appears to be the last man in the Situation Room who believes the Iran nuclear deal may be ...

Budget contributes to national insecurity

WASHINGTON — President Trump wants us to believe that the ridiculous 2,232-page spending bill passed by Congress, but unread by most members, is a matter of “national security,” because it has money to rebuild the military. He said he had to sign the bill for that reason, but promised ...

Almanac

By The Associated Press Today in History Today is Wednesday, March 28, the 87th day of 2018. There are 278 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On March 28, 1898, the U.S. Supreme Court, in United States v. Wong Kim Ark, ruled 6-2 that Wong, who was born in the United ...