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How They Voted

The legislature has scheduled intermittent session days through July that are likely to be mostly pro-forma, with no recorded roll call votes. Rather than votes this report contains some interesting or noteworthy recent bill introductions. Senate Bill 251: Mandate universities admit students ...

Almanac

By The Associated Press Today in History Today is Tuesday, July 2, the 183rd day of 2019. There are 182 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On July 2, 1964, President Lyndon B. Johnson signed into law a sweeping civil rights bill passed by Congress. On this ...

Last century’s immigration debate makes today’s seem enlightened

“Wide open and unguarded stand our gates, And through them presses a wild motley throng ... O Liberty, white Goddess! is it well To leave the gates unguarded?” — Thomas Bailey Aldrich (1892) WASHINGTON — If you think we have reached peak stupidity — that America’s ...

Bribing the Palestinians won’t work

WASHINGTON — The Trump administration thinks appealing to North Korean dictator Kim Jong-Un by dangling promises of prosperity in front of him if he agrees to change his ways is the path to peace on the Korean Peninsula. So far there have been no agreements to build a Trump resort and Kim has ...

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By The Associated Press Today in History Today is Monday, July 1, the 182nd day of 2019. There are 183 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On July 1, 1991, President George H.W. Bush nominated federal appeals court judge Clarence Thomas to the Supreme Court, beginning ...

Candidates’ bad ideas

NEW YORK — So many people want to be president. Unfortunately, many have terrible ideas. Sen. Kamala Harris wants companies to prove they pay men and women equally. “Penalties if they don’t!” she shouts. But there are lots of reasons, other than sexism, why companies pay some men ...

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By The Associated Press Today in History Today is Saturday, June 29, the 180th day of 2019. There are 185 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On June 29, 1988, the U.S. Supreme Court, in Morrison v. Olson, upheld the independent counsel law in a 7-1 decision (the sole ...

The circular firing squad

WASHINGTON — Mo Udall, the legendary Democratic congressman from Arizona, was brutally candid about his party’s bad habit of succumbing to intramural recriminations that became the political equivalent of a civil war in the leper colony. “When Democrats organize a firing squad, they form ...

Sulzberger is right (and wrong)

WASHINGTON — I never thought I would write this, but the publisher of The New York Times, A.G. Sulzberger, is right. Sulzberger wrote an op-ed for The Wall Street Journal in response to President Trump’s claim that his newspaper committed “treason” by publishing a story about U.S. ...

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By The Associated Press Today in History Today is Friday, June 28, the 179th day of 2019. There are 186 days left in the year. Today’s Highlights in History: On June 28, 1978, the Supreme Court ordered the University of California-Davis Medical School to admit Allan Bakke (BAHK’-ee), ...

My old school ways

TRAVERSE CITY — At 58, I like to think I’m still a hip, happenin’ guy. But as it turns out, I’m not. Out of 20 “old school” behaviors that a USA Today article says positively no one does anymore, I still do 12. Possibly 14. But definitely not more than 16. OK, it was 18. For ...

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By The Associated Press Today in History Today is Thursday, June 27, the 178th day of 2019. There are 187 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On June 27, 1991, Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall, the first black jurist to sit on the nation’s highest court, ...

War with Iran would become ‘Trump’s War’

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump cannot want war with Iran. Such a war, no matter how long, would be fought in and around the Persian Gulf, through which a third of the world’s seaborne oil travels. It could trigger a worldwide recession and imperil Trump’s reelection. It would ...

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By The Associated Press Today in History Today is Wednesday, June 26, the 177th day of 2019. There are 188 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On June 26, 1963, President John F. Kennedy visited West Berlin, where he delivered his famous speech expressing solidarity ...

Corrupt State a greater concern

BERKELEY — Donald Trump has been ramping up his “Deep State” rhetoric again. He’s back to blaming a cabal of bureaucrats, FBI and CIA agents, Democrats and “enemies of the people” in the mainstream media for conspiring to remove him from office in order to allow the denizens of ...

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By The Associated Press Today in History Today is Tuesday, June 25, the 176th day of 2019. There are 189 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On June 25, 1950, war broke out in Korea as forces from the communist North invaded the South. On this date: In 1788, ...

Sanders is FDR’s unimaginative echo

WASHINGTON — That the Democrats’ two evenings of dueling oratory snippets this week are called “debates” validates Finley Peter Dunne’s prediction that “when we Americans are through with the English language, it will look as if it had been run over by a musical comedy.” Already a ...

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By The Associated Press Today in History Today is Monday, June 24, the 175th day of 2019. There are 190 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On June 24, 1983, the space shuttle Challenger — carrying America’s first woman in space, Sally K. Ride — coasted to a safe ...

Real X-Men

NEW YORK — Soon, some of you will try to make “better babies.” Already, people pay labs to examine embryos so they can pick ones with DNA they like. Some screen for gender or eye color. Some screen out certain diseases. So far, they’ve been limited to selecting genes that exist in ...

‘20 Dems weigh in on whether to prosecute Trump

WASHINGTON (AP) — With a familiar chant, President Donald Trump’s backers regularly called for Hillary Clinton to be thrown in prison during the 2016 campaign. Now top Democrats are grappling with fraught questions about whether to lock HIM up. As Democrats in Congress press for continued ...