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How They Voted

The House and Senate each passed their own separate auto insurance reform bills this week, with many provisions in common. This report summarizes key features and differences of these complex proposals. Senate Bill 1, Senate version, no-fault auto insurance reform: Passed 24 to 14 in the ...

Almanac

By The Associated Press Today in History Today is Monday, May 13, the 133rd day of 2019. There are 232 days left in the year. This is Mother’s Day. Today’s Highlight in History: On May 13, 1981, Pope John Paul II was shot and seriously wounded in St. Peter’s Square by Turkish ...

Independent journalists

NEW YORK — “I’m not going to let them bully me out of reporting,” said Tim Pool after recording an Antifa protest where angry activists cursed at him. There might have been violence, but Antifa’s “de-escalation team” protected him, he says. That surprised me. “Antifa has a ...

Almanac

By The Associated Press Today in History Today is Friday, May 10, the 130th day of 2019. There are 235 days left in the year. Today’s Highlights in History: On May 10, 1994, Nelson Mandela took the oath of office in Pretoria to become South Africa’s first black president. On this ...

A uniquely American story

WASHINGTON — Feb. 19, 1942, was not President Franklin Roosevelt’s finest day. Some 10 weeks after Japan’s attack on Pearl Harbor, FDR signed Executive Order 9066, which violated the legal rights of some 120,000 Japanese Americans. In short order, people of Japanese descent were given ...

A solution to college debt

WASHINGTON — Congress created the Public Service Loan Forgiveness program in 2007 in an attempt to attract people into professions like teaching, nursing and public-interest law. College graduates would be forgiven their student loans if they pursued a career in such professions. The Wall ...

Almanac

By The Associated Press Today in History Today is Friday, May 10, the 130th day of 2019. There are 235 days left in the year. Today’s Highlights in History: On May 10, 1994, Nelson Mandela took the oath of office in Pretoria to become South Africa’s first black president. On this ...

Is outrage really this dead?

TRAVERSE CITY — Years after Watergate, President Nixon astonished the world when he told interviewer David Frost that “When the president does it, that means that it is not illegal.” The idea is ludicrous, right? If true, that would mean we live in a kingdom not a democracy. At the time, ...

Remembering the pioneers

WASHINGTON — In a country preoccupied with presidential candidates preaching extreme liberalism and even unabashed socialism comes America’s greatest living historian, David McCullough, with a new and needed book. It’s called “The Pioneers” and the subtitle is its theme: “The ...

Almanac

By The Associated Press Today in History Today is Thursday, May 9, the 129th day of 2019. There are 236 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On May 9, 1980, 35 people were killed when a freighter rammed the Sunshine Skyway Bridge over Tampa Bay in Florida, causing a ...

Let Venezuela decide its own destiny

WASHINGTON — “Who would be free themselves must strike the blow... “By their right arms the conquest must be wrought.” So wrote Lord Byron of Greece’s war of independence against the Turks, though the famed British poet would ignore his own counsel and die just days after ...

Almanac

By The Associated Press Today in History Today is Wednesday, May 8, the 128th day of 2019. There are 237 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On May 8, 1996, South Africa took another step from apartheid to democracy by adopting a constitution that guaranteed equal ...

Congress can’t let Trump win fight against oversight

WASHINGTON — On Sunday, the chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, Jerry Nadler (D-N.Y.), threatened to subpoena Attorney General William Barr if he refuses to testify this week about the Mueller report. But a subpoena is unlikely to elicit Barr’s cooperation. “We’re fighting all ...

Poll: Most in US want changes in how government works

By The Associated Press After more than two years of the Donald Trump presidency, Andrea Petrusky is ready for some fundamental changes in the way the United States government works. “Right now we’re being shown all of the loopholes, the president being able to do all the things that no ...

Almanac

By The Associated Press Today in History Today is Tuesday, May 7, the 127th day of 2019. There are 238 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On May 7, 1945, Germany signed an unconditional surrender at Allied headquarters in Rheims (rams), France, ending its role in ...

‘Heartbeat bills’ and the abortion debate

WASHINGTON — While constitutional lawyers, ethicists and theologians — in descending order of importance in the abortion debate — have been arguing in the 46 years since the Supreme Court attempted to settle the debate, some technologists have been making a consequential contribution to ...

How They Vote

House Bill 4206, Allow schools to not make up lost “polar vortex” school days: Passed 38 to 0 in the Senate To establish that public schools do not have to make up the four class days that were canceled during the extreme cold weather of January 29 to February 2, 2019 (some schools missed ...

Almanac

By The Associated Press Today in History Today is Monday, May 6, the 126th day of 2019. There are 239 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On May 6, 1954, medical student Roger Bannister broke the four-minute mile during a track meet in Oxford, England, in 3:59.4. On ...

A lie, a myth and a question

NEW YORK — Socialists like Bernie Sanders tell us that “the rich get richer, and the poor get poorer.” That’s a lie. Yes, rich people got absurdly rich. Last year, says Oxfam, “the wealth of the world’s billionaires increased (by) $2.5 billion a day.” I say, so what? ...

Can the AG defend presidential obstruction?

WASHINGTON — One should expect fireworks this week as Attorney General William Barr testifies before the Judiciary Committees of both the House and the Senate about the investigation and the report of special counsel Robert Mueller regarding Russian interference in the 2016 American ...