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Almanac

By The Associated Press Today in History Today is Tuesday, Oct. 29, the 302nd day of 2019. There are 63 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On Oct. 29, 2012, Superstorm Sandy slammed ashore in New Jersey and slowly marched inland, devastating coastal communities and ...

How They Voted

Senate Bill 174, Revise livestock regulations, postpone hen cage size mandate: Passed 21 to 17 in the Senate To overhaul existing rules on the livestock and farm animal industry, and expand the authority of state officials to establish new requirements and regulations, including ones to ...

Weak political parties and demagogues

WASHINGTON — There are political moments, and this might be one, in which worse is better. Moments, that is, when a society’s per capita quantity of conspicuous stupidity is so high and public manners are so low that a critical mass of people are jolted into saying “enough, already.” ...

Almanac

By The Associated Press Today in History Today is Monday, Oct. 28, the 301st day of 2019. There are 64 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On Oct. 28, 1886, the Statue of Liberty, a gift from the people of France, was dedicated in New York Harbor by President Grover ...

Better than a loan

NEW YORK — Student loan debt keeps growing. There is a better solution than the ones politicians offer, which stick the taxpayer or the loan lenders with the whole bill. It’s called an “income share agreement.” Investors give money to a college, and the college then gives a ...

Almanac

By The Associated Press Today in History Today is Saturday, Oct. 26, the 299th day of 2019. There are 66 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On October 26th, 2001, President George W. Bush signed the USA Patriot Act, giving authorities unprecedented ability to search, ...

Almanac

By The Associated Press Today in History Today is Friday, Oct. 25, the 298th day of 2019. There are 67 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On Oct. 25, 1971, the U.N. General Assembly voted to admit mainland China and expel Taiwan. On this date: In 1760, Britain’s ...

Is the impeachment process fair?

WASHINGTON — Last week, the White House legal counsel wrote to congressional leaders stating President Donald Trump’s legal views of the impeachment investigation now being conducted by the House of Representatives. The essence of Pat Cipollone’s letter argued that the impeachment ...

While Trump rakes in cash, some Senate Republicans lagging

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump is raising record amounts of cash for his 2020 reelection. But that fundraising might isn’t spilling over to the most vulnerable Republicans fighting to hold onto their seats in a narrowly divided Senate. During the third quarter, former astronaut ...

Almanac

By The Associated Press Today in History Today is Thursday, Oct. 24, the 297th day of 2019. There are 68 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On Oct. 24, 1940, the 40-hour work week went into effect under the Fair Labor Standards Act of 1938. On this date: In 1861, ...

Is Putin the new king of the Middle East?

WASHINGTON — “Russia Assumes Mantle of Supreme Power Broker in the Middle East,” proclaimed Britain’s Telegraph. The article began: “Russia’s status as the undisputed power-broker in the Middle East was cemented as Vladimir Putin continued a triumphant tour of capitals ...

Almanac

By The Associated Press Today in History Today is Wednesday, Oct. 23, the 296th day of 2019. There are 69 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On Oct. 23, 1973, President Richard Nixon agreed to turn over White House tape recordings subpoenaed by the Watergate special ...

Trump’s emoluments violations

BERKELEY — Donald Trump reversed his decision to host next June’s G-7 meeting of heads of state at Trump National Doral Miami because it would have been an impeachable offense and a violation of the Constitution’s emoluments clauses. No, that’s not the reason he gave. He said on ...

Almanac

By The Associated Press Today in History Today is Tuesday, Oct. 22, the 295th day of 2019. There are 70 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On Oct. 22, 1962, in a nationally broadcast address, President John F. Kennedy revealed the presence of Soviet-built missile ...

Progressives cut constitutional corners

WASHINGTON — Presidential aspirant Beto O’Rourke, thrashing about in an attempt to be noticed, says tax exemptions should be denied to churches and other institutions that oppose same-sex marriage. O’Rourke’s suggestion, and Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren’s plan to tax the ...

The president’s personality

WASHINGTON — Depending on the polls you read and how you read them, nearly half of those surveyed want the House impeachment inquiry of President Trump to continue. That is not the same as wanting him impeached, much less convicted by the Senate and removed from office, but it represents a ...

Almanac

By The Associated Press Today in History Today is Monday, Oct. 21, the 294th day of 2019. There are 71 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On Oct. 21, 1892, schoolchildren across the U.S. observed Columbus Day (according to the Gregorian date) by reciting, for the ...

Different Sexes

NEW YORK — The media keep telling us: There’s no difference between male and female brains. I don’t believe it. Many of you must be skeptical, too. Seventeen million people watched my old ABC show on sex differences, almost as many as watched “Game of Thrones.” Nonetheless, ...

Almanac

By The Associated Press Today in History Today is Saturday, Oct. 19, the 292nd day of 2019. There are 73 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On Oct. 19, 1987, the stock market crashed as the Dow Jones Industrial Average plunged 508 points, or 22.6 percent in value (its ...

The unbearable debates

TRAVERSE CITY — There ought to be a law that a televised presidential debate has to be between no more than two candidates, must cover a maximum of three topics, and must be moderated by a highly caffeinated person with her or his finger hovering above a giant red button that activates a trap ...