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Almanac

By The Associated Press Today in History Today is Friday, Sept. 13, the 256th day of 2019. There are 109 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On Sept. 13, 2001, two days after the 9/11 terror attacks, the first few jetliners returned to the nation’s skies, but several ...

Almanac

By The Associated Press Today in History Today is Thursday, Sept. 12, the 255th day of 2019. There are 110 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On Sept. 12, 2001, stunned rescue workers continued to search for bodies in the World Trade Center’s smoking rubble a day ...

The temptation of tyranny

WASHINGTON — Does the president of the United States have too much power? That question has been asked lately with respect to President Donald Trump’s use of federal funds to construct 175 miles of sporadic walls along a portion of the 2,000-mile common border between Texas and Mexico. ...

Almanac

By The Associated Press Today in History Today is Wednesday, Sept. 11, the 254th day of 2019. There are 111 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On Sept. 11, 2001, America faced an unprecedented day of terror as 19 al-Qaida members hijacked four passenger jetliners, ...

Can Joe Biden run this marathon?

WASHINGTON — Thursday, Sept. 14, looks to be a fateful day in the half-century-long political career of Joe Biden. That night, a three-hour debate will be held, a marathon in politics. Biden will be on stage, taking incoming missiles for 180 minutes from nine rivals, each of whom is ...

How They Voted

Senate Bill 23, Authorize prison for “porch pirates”: Passed 106 to 3 in the House To make stealing or intercepting mail or packages left in or near a person’s mailbox a crime, with penalties of up to one year in jail and a $500 fine for a first offense, and for a second and subsequent ...

An all-too-real parable of ‘privilege-hoarding’

WASHINGTON — Nestled on the Front Range of the Rockies, the city of Crystal was a largely upper-middle-class paradise, chock full of health-conscious and socially conscious — meaning, of course, impeccably progressive — Coloradans. Then in slithered a serpent in the form of a proposal for ...

Will Democrats tax your retirement savings?

WASHINGTON — The late bank robber Willie “The Actor” Sutton is said to have been asked by a reporter why he robbed banks, to which he supposedly replied, “Because that’s where the money is.” In his autobiography, Sutton denied the quote, but it serves as a warning to those who fear ...

Almanac

By The Associated Press Today in History Today is Monday, Sept. 9, the 252nd day of 2019. There are 113 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On Sept. 9, 1971, prisoners seized control of the maximum-security Attica Correctional Facility near Buffalo, New York, beginning ...

Recovering from Labor

NEW YORK — On Labor Day, did you celebrate workers? More likely, you made it a day of rest. Fine. It’s good to have a choice. I didn’t have a choice about joining a union when I was hired by CBS and then ABC. They told me that if I wanted to work, I had to pay dues to AFTRA (the ...

A nonemergency of his own making

WASHINGTON — Late last week, President Donald Trump issued a tweet in which he purported to order American businesses to cease doing work with their employees and contract partners in China. He claimed he was exercising presidential powers pursuant to what he contended was the national ...

Almanac

By The Associated Press Today in History Today is Saturday, Sept. 7, the 250th day of 2019. There are 115 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On Sept. 7, 1977, the Panama Canal treaties, calling for the U.S. to eventually turn over control of the waterway to Panama, ...

Could the 2020 election be another 1980?

WASHINGTON — The final results of the 1980 presidential election between the Democratic President Jimmy Carter and his Republican challenger, former California Gov. Ronald Reagan are rightly recorded as a landslide Republican victory. Carter carried just six states: his native Georgia; his ...

Almanac

By The Associated Press Today in History Today is Friday, Sept. 6, the 249th day of 2019. There are 116 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On Sept. 6, 2006, President George W. Bush acknowledged for the first time that the CIA was running secret prisons overseas and ...

No fence-sitters on Line 5

TRAVERSE CITY — There are no fence-sitters on Line 5, including me. I’m squarely on the side that says oil and water don’t mix. It makes no sense to risk the Great Lakes based on the word of a company with a lousy record of keeping oil and gas, you know, actually inside its pipes. (Right, ...

Almanac

By The Associated Press Today in History Today is Thursday, Sept. 5, the 248th day of 2019. There are 117 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On Sept. 5, 1975, President Gerald R. Ford escaped an attempt on his life by Lynette “Squeaky” Fromme, a disciple of ...

Let them howl, Boris!

WASHINGTON — Facing a Parliamentary majority opposed to a hard Brexit — a crashing out of the EU if Britain is not offered a deal she can live with — Boris Johnson took matters into his own hands. He went to the Queen at Balmoral and got Parliament “prorogued,” suspended, from Sept. ...

Unequal justice

WASHINGTON — One doesn’t have to be a cynic to be cynical about the Justice Department’s decision not to hold former FBI Director James Comey accountable for what an Inspector General report called his violation of FBI policies and his setting a “dangerous example” in order to ...

Almanac

By The Associated Press Today in History Today is Wednesday, Sept. 4, the 247th day of 2019. There are 118 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On Sept. 4, 1998, Internet services company Google filed for incorporation in California. On this date: In 1781, Los ...

Almanac

By The Associated Press Today in History Today is Tuesday, Sept. 3, the 246th day of 2019. There are 119 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On Sept. 3, 1943, Allied forces invaded Italy during World War II, the same day Italian officials signed a secret armistice with ...