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How They Voted

The Legislature had limited sessions this week with no roll call votes of general interest. Rather than votes, this Roll Call Report describes some recent constitutional amendment proposals of general interest. Senate Joint Resolution Q: Ban banning state employees from communicating with a ...

Beijing sends Biden a warning

WASHINGTON — Because of Donald Trump, Vice President Joe Biden thundered during the campaign, the U.S. “is more isolated in the world than we’ve ever been ... America First has made America alone.” Biden promised to repair relations with America’s allies. And he appears to have gone ...

Almanac

By The Associated Press Today in History Today is Wednesday, Nov. 18, the 323rd day of 2020. There are 43 days left in the year. Todayís Highlight in History: On Nov. 18, 1978, U.S. Rep. Leo J. Ryan, D-Calif., and four others were killed in Jonestown, Guyana, by members of the ...

Who gains from Trump’s refusal to concede?

BERKELEY — Leave it to Donald Trump and his Republican allies to spend more energy fighting nonexistent voter fraud than containing a virus that has killed 246,000 Americans and counting. The cost of this misplaced attention is incalculable. While COVID-19 surges to record levels, there’s ...

Who needs faith advisers?

WASHINGTON — If I am deficient in my knowledge about chemistry, or a medical issue, or what kind of car to buy, I consult people who know more than I do on these subjects. When it comes to faith, though, I can handle that with a little help from my friends, meaning the writers of the Old ...

Almanac

By The Associated Press Today in History Today is Tuesday, Nov. 17, the 322nd day of 2020. There are 44 days left in the year. Todayís Highlight in History: On Nov. 17, 1800, Congress held its first session in the partially completed U.S. Capitol building. On this date: In ...

Where should evangelicals go now?

WASHINGTON — Evangelical Christians have unquestionably been a loyal and largely unmovable base of support for President Trump since he has been in office and in some cases before. Should the election results not be overturned by recounts or court decisions, where do they go and what should ...

Almanac

By The Associated Press Today in History Today is Monday, Nov. 16, the 321st day of 2020. There are 45 days left in the year. Todayís Highlight in History: On Nov. 16, 1933, the United States and the Soviet Union established diplomatic relations. On this date: In 1776, British ...

Freeloader U

NEW YORK — Yale University has fancy dining halls. They pay no property tax. Local restaurants struggle to compete, but their tax burden makes that hard. “We basically pay one-third of our rent in taxes!” complains Matt West, manager of Koon Thai Restaurant. “Yale is a money-making ...

Gina’s last kiss

WASHINGTON — I hold it true, whate’er befall; I feel it when I sorrow most. ‘Tis better to have loved and lost Than never to have loved at all.” —Alfred, Lord Tennyson (1809-1892) “In Memoriam” The death of a loved one is never easy. Three of my grandparents died during ...

Almanac

By The Associated Press Today in History Today is Saturday, Nov. 14, the 319th day of 2020. There are 47 days left in the year. Todayís Highlight in History: On Nov. 14, 1970, a chartered Southern Airways DC-9 crashed while trying to land in West Virginia, killing all 75 people on ...

Amid White House win, a sobering fact

WASHINGTON — Joe Biden has reason to be proud; in the last 107 years, only three American presidential nominees have managed to defeat an elected, incumbent president who was seeking a second term. Let history show that the winning trio were all politically gifted leaders who became ...

Almanac

By The Associated Press Today in History Today is Friday, Nov. 13, the 318th day of 2020. There are 48 days left in the year. Todayís Highlight in History: On Nov. 13, 1982, the Vietnam Veterans Memorial was dedicated on the National Mall in Washington, D.C. On this date: In ...

Can Biden heal America?

BERKELEY — In case you missed the news, Joe Biden was elected president of the United States. With almost all ballots counted, Biden has more than 75 million votes and Trump some 71 million. The Electoral College isn’t even close. But Donald Trump still has not conceded, and some leading ...

Bipolar America

WASHINGTON — If Joe Biden survives recounts and several lawsuits filed by the Trump campaign into what Trump says has been widespread vote-counting fraud (we await proof), do not expect him to be hounded over his and Hunter Biden’s business ties to China and Ukraine as President Trump has ...

Almanac

By The Associated Press Today in History Today is Thursday, Nov. 12, the 317th day of 2020. There are 49 days left in the year. Todayís Highlight in History: On Nov. 12, 1948, former Japanese premier Hideki Tojo and several other World War II Japanese leaders were sentenced to death ...

How They Voted

Senate Bill 1185, Restrict epidemic-related lawsuits against medical service providers: Passed 21 to 13 in the Senate To establish in law that, “a health care provider or facility that provides health care services in support of this state’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic is not liable ...

The government’s lust to spy

WASHINGTON — In 2019, agents of the federal and state governments persuaded judges to issue 99% of all requested intercepts. An intercept is any type of government surveillance — telephone, text message, email, even in-person. These are intercepts that theoretically are based on probable ...

Almanac

By The Associated Press Today in History Today is Saturday, Nov. 7, the 312th day of 2020. There are 54 days left in the year. Todayís Highlight in History: On Nov. 7, 1967, Carl Stokes was elected the first Black mayor of a major city — Cleveland, Ohio. On this date: In ...

Almanac

By The Associated Press Today in History Today is Monday, Nov. 9, the 314th day of 2020. There are 52 days left in the year. Todayís Highlight in History: On Nov. 9, 1989, communist East Germany threw open its borders, allowing citizens to travel freely to the West; joyous Germans ...