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Almanac

By The Associated Press Today in History Today is Wednesday, Sept. 9, the 253rd day of 2020. There are 113 days left in the year. Todayís Highlight in History: On Sept. 9, 1776, the second Continental Congress made the term ìUnited Statesî official, replacing ìUnited Colonies.î ...

How They Voted

Senate Bill 745, Authorize temporary increase in unemployment benefits and more: Passed 37 to 0 in the Senate To appropriate $2.87 billion federal dollars to cover the additional $300 per week boost to unemployment benefits authorized in August by a federal “Lost Wages Assistance ...

A better president

NEW YORK — The media obsess about Trump/Biden, but another candidate will be on every state ballot: Libertarian Party nominee Jo Jorgensen. Dr. Jorgensen, a psychology lecturer at Clemson University, is very different from Donald Trump and Joe Biden. Instead of promising government ...

The lesson behind Falwell’s fall

WASHINGTON — The ouster of Liberty University president Jerry Falwell Jr. over allegations of sexual misconduct and other behavior that falls short of the university’s code of conduct — not to mention Scripture — is another in a long list of object lessons each generation of Christians ...

Almanac

By The Associated Press Today in History Today is Tuesday, Sept. 8, the 252nd day of 2020. There are 114 days left in the year. Todayís Highlight in History: On Sept. 8, 1974, President Gerald R. Ford granted a ìfull, free, and absolute pardonî to former President Richard Nixon ...

Has President Trump incited violence?

WASHINGTON — All states have laws that prohibit assault and destruction of others’ property. States and the federal government also have laws that prohibit bystanders from encouraging others to engage in violence. The latter is known as incitement. When violence has erupted in American ...

Almanac

By The Associated Press Today in History Today is Saturday, Sept. 5, the 249th day of 2020. There are 117 days left in the year. Todayís Highlight in History: On Sept. 5, 1972, the Palestinian group Black September attacked the Israeli Olympic delegation at the Munich Games, killing ...

Want to boost economic growth?

WASHINGTON — Intellectuals are supposed to speak truth to power. Unfortunately, some seem to be more interested in saying what everyone expects them to say, which only reinforces the status quo. Thankfully, a few scholars are resisting this trend, fighting for what is true rather than what is ...

Almanac

By The Associated Press Today in History Today is Friday, Sept. 4, the 248th day of 2020. There are 118 days left in the year. Todayís Highlight in History: On Sept. 4, 1781, Los Angeles was founded by Spanish settlers under the leadership of Governor Felipe de Neve. On this date: ...

The real threat to law and order is Trump

BERKELEY — To be re-elected, Donald Trump knows he has to distract the nation from the pandemic that he has flagrantly failed to control — leaving more than 180,000 Americans already dead, tens of millions jobless and at least 30 million reportedly hungry. So he’s counting on the ...

Almanac

By The Associated Press Today in History Today is Thursday, Sept. 3, the 247th day of 2020. There are 119 days left in the year. Todayís Highlight in History: On Sept. 3, 2005, President George W. Bush ordered more than 7,000 active duty forces to the Gulf Coast as his administration ...

A tale of two conventions

WASHINGTON — The two political conventions are finally over. To paraphrase Charles Dickens, one convention promoted the best of times, the other the worst of times. If you are a Democrat, or a virulent anti-Trumper (not necessarily the same), you saw their virtual convention paint a picture ...

Almanac

By The Associated Press Today in History Today is Wednesday, Sept. 2, the 246th day of 2020. There are 120 days left in the year. Todayís Highlight in History: On Sept. 2, 1963, Alabama Gov. George C. Wallace prevented the integration of Tuskegee High School by encircling the ...

Is Biden ceding the law-and-order issue?

WASHINGTON — Is Joe Biden forfeiting the law-and-order issue to Donald Trump? So it would seem. “Republicans Use Law and Order As Rallying Cry” was the top headline on The New York Times’ front-page story on Vice President Mike Pence’s acceptance speech at Fort McHenry Wednesday ...

Virus worries force election officials to get creative

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The coronavirus has upended everyday life in ways big and small. What happens when those disruptions overlap with voting? Thousands of state and local election officials across the U.S are sharing ideas and making accommodations to try to ensure that voters and polling ...

Almanac

By The Associated Press Today in History Today is Tuesday, Sept. 1, the 245th day of 2020. There are 121 days left in the year. Todayís Highlight in History: On September 1, 1945, Americans received word of Japanís formal surrender that ended World War II. (Because of the time ...

How They Voted

The legislature did not meet last week, and its next session is scheduled for September 1. Rather than votes, this Roll Call Report describes some recently introduced bills related to insurance during the coronavirus epidemic, including unemployment insurance. Senate Bill 1024 and House Bill ...

Almanac

By The Associated Press Today in History Today is Monday, Aug. 31, the 244th day of 2020. There are 122 days left in the year. Todayís Highlight in History: On August 31, 1997, Prince Charles brought Princess Diana home for the last time, escorting the body of his former wife to a ...

Big Spending Trump

NEW YORK — Last week, I tallied Joe Biden’s spending plans. This week, President Trump’s. Which presidential candidate will bankrupt America first? When Donald Trump ran for president, he promised “big league” spending cuts. Once in office, he again said he’d cut the budget, ...

Disproving a negative

WASHINGTON — Labeling another person has become a popular political pastime. The intent is to use a label that is impossible to disprove no matter the amount of contrary evidence. Perhaps the worst label one can attach to another person is “racist.” How does one disprove that? The left ...