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Odds and ends as 2021 (thankfully) arrives

WASHINGTON — My friend Mark Russell, the wonderful American humorist, had an ironclad prediction: The results of the 2020 Census will show that more than 215,000 Americans, in the coming year, will reach the age of 100, and Russell adds, “All of them will have valid Florida driver’s ...

Almanac

By The Associated Press Today in History Today is Thursday, Dec. 31, the 366th and final day of 2020. Todayís Highlight in History: On Dec. 31, 2019, the health commission in the central Chinese city of Wuhan announced that experts were investigating an outbreak of respiratory ...

Congress caught doing something right

WASHINGTON — They say the personal is political. The political is also personal. Spending hours under the Capitol dome as Congress negotiated a COVID-19 relief package, I saw personalities break through the hot air. Sen. Cory Booker, D-N.J., literally walked in circles around the ...

Biden’s climate change litmus test

WASHINGTON — From the looks of President-elect Joe Biden’s selections for cabinet positions and other high offices it seems belief in “climate change” has become a litmus test. Biden appears to have raised climate change to the level of a religious doctrine. In namingJohn Kerry a ...

Almanac

By The Associated Press Today in History Today is Wednesday, Dec. 30, the 365th day of 2020. There is one day left in the year. Todayís Highlight in History: On Dec. 30, 1903, about 600 people died when fire broke out at the recently opened Iroquois Theater in Chicago. On this ...

Are ‘Never Trumpers’ the future of the GOP?

WASHINGTON — Denouncing the $900 billion COVID-19 relief bill as a parsimonious “disgrace” and hinting at an Alamo-style finish on Jan. 6, when Congress votes to declare Joe Biden the next president, Donald Trump is not going to go quietly. The anti-Trumpers and “Never Trumpers” ...