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Today in History Today is Saturday, June 24, the 175th day of 2017. There are 190 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On June 24, 1947, what’s regarded as the first modern UFO sighting took place as private pilot Kenneth Arnold, an Idaho businessman, reported seeing ...

The Impeach-Trump Conspiracy

WASHINGTON — Pressed by Megyn Kelly on his ties to President Trump, an exasperated Vladimir Putin blurted out, “We had no relationship at all. ... I never met him. ... Have you all lost your senses over there?” Yes, Vlad, we have. Consider the questions that have convulsed this city ...

Some in GOP say threats of violence against them ignored

WASHINGTON (AP) — Whatever the motive of the shooter at a congressional baseball practice, some Republicans say that in the era of President Donald Trump, they’re being threatened like never before. They point to a virulent backlash against Trump that they say goes beyond the bounds of ...

Almanac

Today in History Today is Friday, June 23, the 174th day of 2017. There are 191 days left in the year. Today’s Highlights in History: On June 23, 1967, President Lyndon B. Johnson, Soviet Premier Alexei Kosygin (ah-LEK’-say koh-SEE’-gihn) and their advisers opened a three-day summit ...

No sense of public service

TRAVERSE CITY — Whether they’re ultimately convicted or not, the fact that five public officials are facing charges of involuntary manslaughter (including Department of Health and Human Services Director Nick Lyon and four others) in the poisoning of Flint is important. It says to all ...

Most in US think Trump meddled in Russia probe

WASHINGTON (AP) — A clear majority of Americans believe President Donald Trump has tried to interfere with the investigation into Russia’s alleged election meddling and possible Trump campaign collusion, a new poll shows. Just one in five support his decision to oust James Comey from the ...

Almanac

Today in History Today is Thursday, June 22, the 173rd day of 2017. There are 192 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On June 22, 1944, President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed the Servicemen’s Readjustment Act of 1944, more popularly known as the “GI Bill of ...

Are We Nearing Civil War?

WASHINGTON — President Trump may be chief of state, head of government and commander in chief, but his administration is shot through with disloyalists plotting to bring him down. We are approaching something of a civil war where the capital city seeks the overthrow of the sovereign and its ...

S. Baptists wrestle with tensions over Trump election

PHOENIX (AP) — The Southern Baptist Convention, home to prominent evangelical supporters of President Donald Trump, adopted a statement on moral leadership at the group’s annual meeting that avoided pointed criticism of current political officeholders. The denomination also rejected a ...

Almanac

Today in History Today is Wednesday, June 21, the 172nd day of 2017. There are 193 days left in the year. Summer begins at 12:24 a.m. Eastern time. Today’s Highlights in History: On June 21, 1942, German forces led by Generaloberst (Colonel General) Erwin Rommel captured the Libyan city ...

Trump’s infrastructure scam

BERKELEY — At a roundtable discussion with state transportation officials last Friday, Donald Trump said America’s aging roads, bridges, railways and water systems were being “scoffed at and laughed” at. He vowed that they “will once again be the envy of the world.” This seems to ...

The religious left’s Second Coming

WASHINGTON — The religious left feels left out. According to an article in The New York Times, liberal clergy feel excluded from the political arena and blame the religious right for occupying what they once believed was their exclusive territory. They are, according to the story’s ...

Almanac

Today in History Today is Tuesday, June 20, the 171st day of 2017. There are 194 days left in the year. Summer begins at 9:24 p.m. Pacific time/10:24 p.m. Mountain time/11:24 p.m. Central time (12:24 a.m. Eastern time June 21). Today’s Highlight in History: On June 20, 1967, boxer ...

Engineering without a license

WASHINGTON — Washington hopes that infrastructure, which is a product of civil engineering, will be much discussed. But if you find yourself in Oregon, keep your opinions to yourself, lest you get fined $500 for practicing engineering without a license. This happened to Mats Jarlstrom as a ...

House GOP brace for potential midterm losses

WASHINGTON (AP) — House GOP leaders warned their rank-and-file members of the potential for heavy midterm losses next year that could cost Republicans their majority, and they urged renewed attention and focus to a positive agenda and message. The warning was aimed at encouraging lawmakers ...

Once in a While, a Good Leak

WASHINGTON — Last weekend, the FBI arrested an employee of a corporation in Augusta, Georgia, that had a contract with the National Security Agency and charged her with espionage. Espionage occurs when someone who has been entrusted to safeguard state secrets fails to do so. In this case, the ...

Almanac

By The Associated Press Today in History Today is Saturday, June 17, the 168th day of 2017. There are 197 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On June 17, 1972, President Richard Nixon’s eventual downfall began with the arrest of five burglars inside Democratic ...

Drive into a Ditch Day

TRAVERSE CITY — As you know, this column is all about making society a safer, saner, happier place. Stop rolling your eyes like that. Just indulge me. Anyway, with that noble thought in mind, I would like to propose that we add an official day to the calendar here in Michigan called ...

Lying liars

WASHINGTON — “I’ll never lie to you.”— Jimmy Carter, the 1976 presidential campaign. All politicians lie, because they are human and all humans lie. The question before us is this: If President Trump lied to FBI Director James Comey, should that “lie,” lead to impeachment? Did ...