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Replacing social control with investment

BERKELEY — Some societies center on social control, others on social investment. Social-control societies put substantial resources into police, prisons, surveillance, immigration enforcement and the military. Their purpose is to utilize fear, punishment and violence to maintain what they ...

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By The Associated Press Today in History Today is Tuesday, June 30, the 182nd day of 2020. There are 184 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On June 30, 1971, the Supreme Court ruled, 6-3, that the government could not prevent The New York Times or The Washington Post ...

The afterlife of America’s original sin

WASHINGTON — “Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.” — George Santayana I am amazed at the efforts around the country to remove and destroy painful mementos of our history. One would think that historical figures need to be perceived as perfect to survive the ...

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By The Associated Press Today in History Today is Monday, June 29, the 181st day of 2020. There are 185 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On June 29, 1613, London’s original Globe Theatre, where many of Shakespeare’s plays were performed, was destroyed by a fire ...

The new censors

NEW YORK — Do you say what you think? That’s risky! You may get fired! You’ve probably heard about a New York Times editor resigning after approving an opinion piece by Senator Tom Cotton that suggested the military to step in to end riots. Many Times reporters tweeted out the same ...

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By The Associated Press Today in History Today is Saturday, June 27, the 179th day of 2020. There are 187 days left in the year. Todayís Highlight in History: On June 27, 1991, Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall, the first black jurist to sit on the nationís highest court, ...

Give individuals and small businesses a government-backed line of credit

WASHINGTON — Attention readers: Mark Shields is off this week. Please enjoy the following column by Veronique De Rugy. The economy is reopening. Consumer spending increased by almost 18% last month, sending the stock market soaring. That’s the good news. The bad news is that with no ...

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By The Associated Press Today in History Today is Friday, June 26, the 178th day of 2020. There are 188 days left in the year. Todayís Highlight in History: On June 26, 1948, the Berlin Airlift began in earnest after the Soviet Union cut off land and water routes to the isolated ...

The First Freedom

WASHINGTON — Here is a pop quiz on the Constitution. What is the first freedom protected by the Bill of Rights? If you guessed speech or press, then you are close. The first protected freedom is religion. The two religion clauses in the First Amendment keep the government out of our pockets ...

When the mob rules

WASHINGTON — What did we think would happen once boundaries were destroyed? The chaos plaguing the country today was inevitable after truth, standards and self-control were all but ignored by many in our society. That great “philosopher,” the late Marilyn Monroe, was ahead of her time ...

Almanac

By The Associated Press Today in History Today is Thursday, June 25, the 177th day of 2020. There are 189 days left in the year. Todayís Highlight in History: On June 25, 1876, Lt. Col. Colonel George A. Custer and his 7th Cavalry were wiped out by Sioux and Cheyenne Indians in the ...

Can we coexist with Asia’s communists?

WASHINGTON — Wednesday, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo met for seven hours at Hickam Air Force Base in Hawaii with the chief architect of China’s foreign policy, Yang Jiechi. The two had much to talk about. As The Washington Post reports, the “bitterly contentious relationship” ...

Almanac

By The Associated Press Today in History Today is Wednesday, June 24, the 176th day of 2020. There are 190 days left in the year. Todayís Highlight in History: On June 24, 1497, the first recorded sighting of North America by a European took place as explorer John Cabot spotted land, ...

Who profits from racism

WASHINGTON — Jamie Dimon, chief executive of JPMorgan Chase, took a knee last week before cameras at a branch of his bank. Larry Fink, CEO of giant investment fund BlackRock, decried racial bias. Starbucks vowed on Twitter to “stand in solidarity with our Black partners, customers and ...

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By The Associated Press Today in History Today is Tuesday, June 23, the 175th day of 2020. There are 191 days left in the year. Todayís Highlight in History: On June 23, 1888, abolitionist Frederick Douglass received one vote from the Kentucky delegation at the Republican convention ...

How They Voted

House Resolution 277, Discourage local police defunding: Passed 79 to 29 in the House To discourage local units of government from defunding or abolishing their local police departments. Rep. Beau LaFave, R - Iron Mountain, Yes Senate Resolution 125, Denounce decision to put coronavirus ...

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By The Associated Press Today in History Today is Monday, June 22, the 174th day of 2020. There are 192 days left in the year. Todayís Highlight in History: On June 22, 1940, during World War II, Adolf Hitler gained a stunning victory as France was forced to sign an armistice eight ...

Bad cops — bad unions

NEW YORK — For my internet video this week, my staff showed me clips of violent cops. It’s not just Derek Chauvin kneeling on George Floyd’s neck for almost nine minutes — it’s the other cops who just watch. It’s the Buffalo cops who floored a protester and simply walked by as ...

An opportunity for Trump in Tulsa

WASHINGTON — President Trump on Tuesday unveiled a plan to make reforms in police departments and acknowledged for the first time the existence of “systemic racism.” He also promised to meet with some African American families whose relatives have been killed by police officers. That is ...

Almanac

By The Associated Press Today in History Today is Saturday, June 20, the 172nd day of 2020. There are 194 days left in the year. Summer begins at 5:44 p.m., Eastern time. Today’s Highlight in History: On June 20, 1837, Queen Victoria acceded to the British throne following the death of ...