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A judicial slap to a careless Congress

WASHINGTON - Another small step was taken last week on the steep and winding ascent back to constitutional norms. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit, the nation's second-most important court, did its judicial duty by reprimanding Congress for abandoning constitutional propriety.The ...

Almanac

By The Associated PressToday in HistoryToday is Monday, Oct. 17, the 291st day of 2016. There are 75 days left in the year.Today's Highlight in History:On Oct. 17, 1777, British forces under Gen. John Burgoyne surrendered to American troops in Saratoga, New York, in a turning point of the ...

What candidates won’t say

NEW YORK - Catch politicians in private moments and you might hear what they really believe: Donald Trump "can do anything" to women because he's powerful. Hillary Clinton's "private" positions aren't the same as her "public" ones.In public, politicians mostly get away with spouting talking ...

The Bickersons revisited

WASHINGTON - Not since George and Martha in the play "Whose Afraid of Virginia Woolf?" or for older readers Don Ameche and Frances Langford in the radio comedy "The Bickersons," have we seen the kind of verbal pugilism practiced in Sunday night's presidential debate between Donald Trump and ...

Almanac

By The Associated PressToday in HistoryToday is Saturday, Oct. 15, the 289th day of 2016. There are 77 days left in the year.Today's Highlights in History:On Oct. 15, 1966, President Lyndon B. Johnson signed a bill creating the U.S. Department of Transportation. The revolutionary Black Panther ...

What’s that scent in the air?

WASHINGTON - It is all but impossible for you or for me to understand, let alone appreciate, how painfully public and publicly painful it must be for a losing major-party presidential nominee to bear the agony of losing the November general election. The first line of your obituary has now been ...

Almanac

By The Associated PressToday in HistoryToday is Friday, Oct. 14, the 288th day of 2016. There are 78 days left in the year.Today's Highlight in History:On Oct. 14, 1066, Normans under William the Conqueror defeated the English at the Battle of Hastings.On this date:In 1890, Dwight D. ...

The creepy clown craze

FLINT - The only things scarier than Creepy Clowns wandering the woods are Angry Dads with Baseball Bats Who Would Love to Get Within Louisville Slugger Range of Creepy Clowns Wandering the Woods. I know. I'm one of them. Man, I'd like to have a word or two with the twits pulling that stunt and ...

Almanac

By The Associated PressToday in HistoryToday is Thursday, Oct. 13, the 287th day of 2016. There are 79 days left in the year.Today's Highlight in History:On Oct. 13, 1792, the cornerstone of the executive mansion, later known as the White House, was laid during a ceremony in the District of ...

Words Versus Deeds

WASHINGTON - Donald Trump's gutter talk about women shows yet again that he is bad news. The problem is that Hillary Clinton is far worse.Trump's talk is indefensible. But Hillary Clinton's actions as Secretary of State, carrying out the Obama administration's foreign policies, have cost many ...

Almanac

By The Associated PressToday in HistoryToday is Wednesday, Oct. 12, the 286th day of 2016. There are 80 days left in the year.Today's Highlight in History:On Oct. 12, 1492 (according to the Old Style calendar), Christopher Columbus arrived with his expedition in the present-day Bahamas.On this ...

Focus on Trump shouldn’t give GOP free pass

BERKELEY - The Hillary Clinton campaign is relentlessly focusing on the defects of Donald Trump rather than the defects of the Republican agenda. That's understandable, and it could be a winning strategy. But it has pitfalls.The campaign's goal is to attract a wide swath of voters who might ...

Trump, Clinton and their debate claims

WASHINGTON (AP) - Donald Trump mischaracterized the record on Hillary Clinton's defense of her husband and her own treatment of women when he brought up Bill Clinton's sexual history and other episodes of the past. Clinton didn't give a square account of the fallout from her email practices.A ...

Almanac

By The Associated PressToday in HistoryToday is Tuesday, Oct. 11, the 285th day of 2016. There are 81 days left in the year. The Jewish Day of Atonement, Yom Kippur, begins at sunset.Today's Highlight in History:On Oct. 11, 1986, President Ronald Reagan and Soviet leader Mikhail S. Gorbachev ...

Putin is bringing back the 1930s

WASHINGTON - Vladimir Putin's serial humiliations of America's bewildered secretary of state regarding Syria indicate Putin's determination to destabilize the world. Here is an even more ominous indication of events moving his way: On just one day last week, Italian ships plucked 6,055 migrants ...

Dunbar High School after 100 years

WASHINGTON - One hundred years ago, on October 2, 1916, a new public high school building for black youngsters was opened in Washington, D.C. and named for black poet Paul Laurence Dunbar. Its history is a story inspiring in many ways and appalling in many other ways.Prior to 1916, the same ...

Almanac

By The Associated PressToday in HistoryToday is Monday, Oct. 10, the 284th day of 2016. There are 82 days left in the year. This is Columbus Day in the United States, as well as Thanksgiving Day in Canada.Today's Highlight in History:On Oct. 10, 1966, the Beach Boys' single "Good Vibrations" by ...

A taxing situation

WASHINGTON - What would you think of an individual or a company that earned a pre-tax profit of $29.9 million in one year, paid nothing in taxes and still received a $3.5 million refund?Am I speaking of Donald Trump? No, it is The New York Times Company. Forbes magazine studied the newspaper's ...

Almanac

By The Associated PressToday in HistoryToday is Friday, Oct. 7, the 281st day of 2016. There are 85 days left in the year.Today's Highlight in History:On Oct. 7, 1916, in the most lopsided victory in college football history, Georgia Tech defeated Cumberland University 222-0 in Atlanta.On this ...

Safety and being a kid

FLINT - I need a break - we all need a break - from the election, so today I'm going to write about jungle gyms, specifically the one in a black and white photo - circa 1920s or so - someone posted to Facebook the other day.You should see this thing. It's a lawyer's dream and an insurance ...