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Ocasio-Cortez feud with Pelosi tests party

WASHINGTON (AP) — They don’t talk to each other much, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. But they’re lately speaking at one another in a way that threatens party unity and underscores broader tensions reshaping the Democrats. Their power struggle has spilled ...

Almanac

By The Associated Press Today in History Today is Friday, July 12, the 193rd day of 2019. There are 172 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On July 12, 1984, Democratic presidential candidate Walter F. Mondale announced his choice of U.S. Rep. Geraldine A. Ferraro of ...

Politics and fireworks

TRAVERSE CITY — This will not surprise you but I disagree with our tinhorn dictator about his Fourth of July celebration. Turning it into a military parade is so juvenile, so beneath us, so … Soviet. We’re better than that. Or used to be, anyway. - I like Michigan’s more restrictive ...

Almanac

By The Associated Press Today in History Today is Thursday, July 11, the 192nd day of 2019. There are 173 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On July 11, 1972, the World Chess Championship opened as grandmasters Bobby Fischer of the United States and defending champion ...

Look to the Declaration

WASHINGTON — On this 243rd anniversary of the beginning of the best thing that ever happened — “The Great Republic” was Winston Churchill’s tribute — many of today’s most interesting arguments about America’s nature and meaning are among conservatives. One concerns the relevance ...

Censoring the census

WASHINGTON — The notion of history repeating itself is usually viewed as a negative statement, but some history is worth repeating because we might learn and be guided by it. \In last week’s 5-4 ruling by the Supreme Court rejecting the Trump administration’s claim that adding a ...

Almanac

By The Associated Press Today in History Today is Monday, July 8, the 189th day of 2019. There are 176 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On July 8, 1947, a New Mexico newspaper, the Roswell Daily Record, quoted officials at Roswell Army Air Field as saying they had ...

Fourth vs. Force

NEW YORK — Happy Fourth of July! We have reason to celebrate. The Fourth honors the founding of America. It’s the anniversary of the day in 1776 that the Declaration of Independence was approved. The Declaration was important. It didn’t say that America would be the best ...

Memo to Trump: Trade Bolton for Tulsi

WASHINGTON — “For too long our leaders have failed us, taking us into one regime change war after the next, leading us into a new Cold War and arms race, costing us trillions of our hard-earned tax payer dollars and countless lives. This insanity must end.” Donald Trump, circa ...

Almanac

By The Associated Press Today in History Today is Saturday, July 6, the 187th day of 2019. There are 178 days left in the year. Today’s Highlights in History: On July 6, 1885, French scientist Louis Pasteur tested an anti-rabies vaccine on 9-year-old Joseph Meister, who had been bitten ...

Unintended consequence of summer of ‘19

WASHINGTON — At least three score years ago, my savvy precinct committeewoman impressed upon me an immutable political truth: Every election is not about the candidate(s); no, every election is about the voters ... and about the future. I’m relieved that my precinct committeewoman was not ...

Questions I would have asked the Democrats

WASHINGTON — The likelihood I would ever be invited to serve on a network panel questioning the Democratic presidential candidates is equivalent to an invitation to take the next trip to the moon. Still, as I tortured myself watching the two “debates,” which were not really debates, but ...

Almanac

By The Associated Press Today in History Today is Friday, July 5, the 186th day of 2019. There are 179 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On July 5, 1954, Elvis Presley’s first commercial recording session took place at Sun Records in Memphis, Tennessee; the song he ...

Distinguishing news from opinion

TRAVERSE CITY — This is an opinion column, not news. I say that, in part, because of the following, which a conservative follower posted to my Facebook page the other day: “The author of this article is bias and only tells the small part of the whole story that tries to persuade her point ...

Poll: Trump not boosted by strong American economy

WASHINGTON (AP) — The solid economy is doing little to bolster support for President Donald Trump. Americans give Trump mixed reviews for his economic stewardship despite the growth achieved during this presidency, according to a new survey by The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public ...

Almanac

By The Associated Press Today in History Today is Wednesday, July 3, the 184th day of 2019. There are 181 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On July 3, 1976, Israel launched its daring mission to rescue 106 passengers and Air France crew members being held at Entebbe ...

Distinguishing news from opinion

TRAVERSE CITY — This is an opinion column, not news. I say that, in part, because of the following, which a conservative follower posted to my Facebook page the other day: “The author of this article is bias and only tells the small part of the whole story that tries to persuade her point ...

Poll: Trump not boosted by strong American economy

WASHINGTON (AP) — The solid economy is doing little to bolster support for President Donald Trump. Americans give Trump mixed reviews for his economic stewardship despite the growth achieved during this presidency, according to a new survey by The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public ...

Almanac

By The Associated Press Today in History Today is Wednesday, July 3, the 184th day of 2019. There are 181 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On July 3, 1976, Israel launched its daring mission to rescue 106 passengers and Air France crew members being held at Entebbe ...

America’s economic system is broken

BERKELEY — Chinese President Xi Jinping might possibly agree in the coming days on further steps to bring down China’s trade imbalance with the U.S., giving Donald Trump a face-saving way of ending his trade war. But Xi won’t agree to change China’s economic system. Why should ...