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A ‘lost’ generation?

WASHINGTON — There are people in every generation who believe the generation following theirs is either going to the dogs or will ruin the country. A new Wall Street Journal/NBC News poll lends credence to that way of thinking, especially where Generation Z/millennials (those born in the ...

Almanac

By The Associated Press Today in History Today is Saturday, Aug. 31, the 243rd day of 2019. There are 122 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On August 31, 1986, 82 people were killed when an Aeromexico jetliner and a small private plane collided over Cerritos, ...

What happened to caps?

TRAVERSE CITY — Being an incredibly witty and insightful commentator on the absurdities of life is easier when you’re younger. People think you’re simply being delightfully sarcastic or wry. But when you’re older and you point out something ridiculous, people immediately think ...

Making debates really matter

WASHINGTON — Presidential debates — even those featuring 10 or more candidates well over a year before Election Day — can tell us much about those self-confident enough to offer themselves as the nation’s next commander in chief. For example, eight years ago, the candidates of the out ...

Almanac

By The Associated Press Today in History Today is Friday, Aug. 30, the 242nd day of 2019. There are 123 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On August 30, 1967, the Senate confirmed the appointment of Thurgood Marshall as the first black justice on the U.S. Supreme ...

Almanac

By The Associated Press Today in History Today is Thursday, Aug. 29, the 241st day of 2019. There are 124 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On Aug. 29, 1944, 15,000 American troops of the 28th Infantry Division marched down the Champs Elysees (shahms ay-lee-ZAY’) ...

They’ve lost their minds in San Francisco

WASHINGTON — San Francisco, a city described in song for its natural beauty, is descending into an abyss of homelessness, the use of sidewalks as toilets and a place you might not want to visit, much less live. The latest, but surely not the last demonstration of insanity, is San ...

How They Voted

The legislature remains on summer break with no votes expected until September. Rather than votes this report contains some interesting or noteworthy recent bill introductions. Senate Bill 403: Define fetus as a “dependent” for income tax deduction Introduced by Sen. Rick Outman (R), to ...

Almanac

By The Associated Press Today in History Today is Wednesday, Aug. 28, the 240th day of 2019. There are 125 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On August 28, 1955, Emmett Till, a black teen-ager from Chicago, was abducted from his uncle’s home in Money, Mississippi, ...

Greenland: Trump’s MAGA Idea

WASHINGTON — To those of us of who learned our U.S. history from texts in the 1940s and ‘50s, President Donald Trump’s brainstorm of acquiring Greenland fits into a venerable tradition of American expansionism. The story begins with colonial officer George Washington’s march out ...

Almanac

By The Associated Press Today in History Today is Tuesday, Aug. 27, the 239th day of 2019. There are 126 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On August 27, 2008, Barack Obama was nominated for president by the Democratic National Convention in Denver. On this ...

Trade war shows reality of ‘America First’

WASHINGTON — In a trade war, as in a real one, people are wounded by friendly fire from their side. Consider some casualties in Donald Trump’s “easy to win” — his promise — trade war. Begin with the company whose green machines bear the name of the blacksmith who, in the 1830s in ...

Almanac

By The Associated Press Today in History Today is Monday, Aug. 26, the 238th day of 2019. There are 127 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On August 26, 1920, the 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, guaranteeing American women’s right to vote, was certified in ...

Trump’s Promise

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump promised he’d get rid of bad rules. “Remove the anchor dragging us down!” he said when campaigning for president. “We’re going to cancel every needless job-killing regulation!” Trump was a developer, so he knew that the thicket of rules ...

Almanac

By The Associated Press Today in History Today is Saturday, Aug. 24, the 236th day of 2019. There are 129 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On August 24, 1814, during the War of 1812, British forces invaded Washington, D.C., setting fire to the Capitol (which was ...

The Arizona Gift

WASHINGTON — It approaches a year since Sen. John McCain departed these earthly precincts. He is rightly missed for his principled leadership, for his maverick ways and for his — now increasingly rare — ability to reach out and collaborate effectively with senators across the partisan ...

Democrats spending millions in state races

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Democrats still shaken by the 2010 tea party wave that netted Republicans six governors’ offices, flipped 21 statehouse chambers and drove nearly 700 Democratic state legislators from office are mounting a comeback, pouring millions of dollars into state level ...

Almanac

By The Associated Press Today in History Today is Friday, Aug. 23, the 235th day of 2019. There are 130 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On August 23, 1927, amid worldwide protests, Italian-born anarchists Nicola Sacco and Bartolomeo Vanzetti were executed in Boston ...

Cooling the mass shooting fever

TRAVERSE CITY — We could easily start to cool the mass shooting fever that has gripped America. It isn’t rocket science. We could, for instance: 1) Ban assault weapons and define the term broadly. The assault weapon ban that Congress let lapse in 2004 is a good start but doesn’t go ...

Suburban voters are pressuring GOP to act on guns

GILBERT, Ariz. (AP) — Following the news has grown stressful for Angela Tetschner, a 39-year-old nurse raising four children in this sprawling Phoenix suburb of tile roofs, desert yards, young families and voters who are increasingly up for grabs. “Sometimes I do think about the school ...