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The privacy issue

NEW YORK — I love my digital devices, but people keep telling me to worry more about my privacy. “Encrypt your emails!” “Drop Google and use search engines like DuckDuckGo that don’t track us!” I probably should. But I don’t. I’m lazy, and I like that web companies know me ...

Trump, impeachment and the Constitution

WASHINGTON — The Constitution is the supreme law of the land, thus, all government behavior must conform to it. It is, of course, notwithstanding its supremacy, an imperfect document. Its original iteration in 1789 — and even after the addition of the Bill of Rights in 1791 — implicitly ...

Almanac

By The Associated Press Today in History Today is Saturday, Feb. 20, the 51st day of 2021. There are 314 days left in the year. Todayís Highlight in History: On Feb. 20, 1905, the U.S. Supreme Court, in Jacobson v. Massachusetts, upheld, 7-2, compulsory vaccination laws intended to ...

Does Sen. Ted Cruz really look like Texas?

WASHINGTON — While glued to the coverage, both riveting and chilling, of the Senate trial of former President Donald J. Trump, and watching the House prosecutors and the Senate jurors, I kept wondering how much — or how little — our elected representatives look like the people and the ...

The Rush Limbaugh I knew

WASHINGTON — The man who picked me up at an airport too many years ago to recall the date asked if I had ever heard of a guy named Rush Limbaugh. When I said I had not, he turned on the car radio and said, “listen.” After 15 minutes I was hooked. Limbaugh, who died of lung cancer on ...

Almanac

By The Associated Press Today in History Today is Friday, Feb. 19, the 50th day of 2021. There are 315 days left in the year. Todayís Highlights in History: On Feb. 19, 1942, during World War II, President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed Executive Order 9066, which paved the way for the ...

$15 wage proposal: Job killer or a boon for workers

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden’s effort to raise the federal minimum wage to $15 an hour could provide a welcome opportunity for someone like Cristian Cardona, a 21-year-old fast food worker. Cardona would love to earn enough to afford to move out of his parents’ house in Orlando, ...

Almanac

By The Associated Press Today in History Today is Thursday, Feb. 18, the 49th day of 2021. There are 316 days left in the year. Todayís Highlight in History: On Feb. 18, 1970, the ìChicago Sevenî defendants were found not guilty of conspiring to incite riots at the 1968 Democratic ...

It’s Biden who’s changing America

BERKRLEY — While most of official Washington has been consumed with the Senate impeachment trial, another part of Washington is preparing the most far-ranging changes in American social policy in a generation. Congress is moving ahead with President Joe Biden’s American Rescue Plan, which ...

Andrew Cuomo’s deadly lie

WASHINGTON — The people who hand out Emmy Awards should ask New York Governor Andrew Cuomo to return the one they gave him. Cuomo received an Emmy for what they called his “masterful” COVID-19 press briefings. The media lauded those performances, extolling his honesty and transparency. ...

Almanac

By The Associated Press Today in History Today is Wednesday, Feb. 17, the 48th day of 2021. There are 317 days left in the year. Todayís Highlight in History: On Feb. 17, 1815, the United States and Britain exchanged the instruments of ratification for the Treaty of Ghent, ending the ...

Socialism never works

NEW YORK — Last week, I reported on two myths about socialism. My new video covers three more. Myth No. 3: Socialism works if it’s “democratic.” As the Democratic Socialists of America put it, “Society should be run democratically — to meet public needs, not to make profits for ...

A mind of winter

WASHINGTON — It was around 8 o’clock on a recent Monday night, and my husband was yelling at the neighbors. “Jackie! Kate! Jackie! Kate!” “Honey, they can’t hear you.” “The lights are on.” “Yes,” I agreed. “Because it’s only 8 o’clock, and they aren’t 90. ...

Almanac

By The Associated Press Today in History Today is Saturday, Feb. 13, the 44th day of 2021. There are 321 days left in the year. Todayís Highlight in History: On Feb. 13, 2016, Justice Antonin Scalia, the influential conservative and most provocative member of the U.S. Supreme Court, ...

Hypocrisy on deficits and national debt

WASHINGTON — On April 1, 2018, when Thad Cochran retired after 40 years as a U.S. senator from Mississippi, he made history; Cochran was the last Republican in Congress to have ever voted to increase federal taxes. He had done so on Dec. 19, 1990, when Republican President George H.W. Bush, ...

Biden avoids wading into impeachment debate

WASHINGTON (AP) — The searing images once again claimed center stage: a mob storming the U.S. Capitol, Trump flags held aloft as violent rioters fought with police and targeted lawmakers. But as the traumatic video footage from Jan. 6 grips viewers of the impeachment trial of former ...

Almanac

By The Associated Press Today in History Today is Friday, Feb. 12, the 43rd day of 2021. There are 322 days left in the year. Todayís Highlight in History: On Feb. 12, 1973, Operation Homecoming began as the first release of American prisoners of war from the Vietnam conflict took ...

We can stop wondering who the Republicans want to be

WASHINGTON — When Marjorie Taylor Greene was a teenager, she — Oops, wrong age. When Marjorie Taylor Greene was barely into her 20s, she — I beg your pardon. Wrong decade. When Marjorie Taylor Greene was in her mid-40s, she clicked “like” on a Facebook post calling for House ...

Almanac

By The Associated Press Today in History Today is Thursday, Feb. 11, the 42nd day of 2021. There are 323 days left in the year. Todayís Highlights in History: On Feb. 11, 2020, the World Health Organization gave the official name of COVID-19 to the disease caused by the coronavirus ...

The spending addiction

WASHINGTON — The problem with free money is that it leads to an addiction much like an addition to drugs. In the case of the $1.9 trillion “relief” bill that has no Republican support, Congress is the supplier, while those on the receiving end become increasingly addicted to government ...