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The Democrats’ economy problem

WASHINGTON — How long can Democrats continue to claim the roaring economy should be credited to the Obama administration? How many, except the self-deluded, actually believe this? The latest bad news for the 2020 Democratic presidential candidates is the 3.2 percent GDP growth in the first ...

Almanac

By The Associated Press Today in History Today is Thursday, May 2, the 122nd day of 2019. There are 243 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On May 2, 2011, Osama bin Laden was killed by elite American forces at his Pakistan compound, then quickly buried at sea after a ...

A nation at war with itself

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump has decided to cease cooperating with what he sees, not incorrectly, as a Beltway conspiracy that is out to destroy him. “We’re fighting all the subpoenas,” Trump said Wednesday. “These aren’t, like, impartial people. The Democrats are out to ...

Impeach or investigate? Democrats see no reason to choose

WASHINGTON (AP) — Whatever happens next, don’t call it impeachment. House Democrats have been careful not to rush to impeachment proceedings against President Donald Trump in the aftermath of Robert Mueller’s report, despite calls to do so by high-profile lawmakers and 2020 presidential ...

Almanac

By The Associated Press Today in History Today is Wednesday, May 1, the 121st day of 2019. There are 244 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On May 1, 1707, the Kingdom of Great Britain was created as a treaty merging England and Scotland took effect. On this ...

Almanac

By The Associated Press Today in History Today is Tuesday, April 30, the 120th day of 2019. There are 245 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On April 30, 1975, the Vietnam War ended as the South Vietnamese capital of Saigon fell to Communist forces. On this ...

Mueller report sheds light on Trump’s character

BERKELEY — Democrats in Congress and talking heads on television will be consumed in the coming weeks by whether the evidence in the Mueller report, especially of obstruction of justice, merits impeachment. Meanwhile, the question of “wink-wink” cooperation with Russia still looms. ...

Biden might offer restful break for weary voters

WASHINGTON — Three days before Joe Biden dove back into the deep end of the political pool, a rival, Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., said the terrorist who bombed the 2013 Boston Marathon, and everyone else in America’s prisons, should be allowed to vote, lest the “chipping away” of voting ...

How They Voted

House Bill 4001, Require conviction for property forfeiture: Passed 37 to 1 in the Senate To establish that property seized from a person because it may be associated with a suspected drug-related crime is not subject to “civil asset forfeiture” unless the individual is actually convicted ...

Almanac

By The Associated Press Today in History Today is Monday, April 29, the 119th day of 2019. There are 246 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On April 29, 1992, a jury in Simi Valley, California, acquitted four Los Angeles police officers of almost all state charges in ...

Green Dreams

NEW YORK — The Green New Deal’s goal is to move America to zero carbon emissions in 10 years. “That’s a goal you could only imagine possible if you have no idea how energy is produced,” James Meigs, former editor of Popular Mechanics magazine, says in my latest video. ...

Did the president obstruct justice?

WASHINGTON — When the Department of Justice designated Robert Mueller as special counsel to take over the FBI investigation of the Trump campaign in May 2017, Mueller’s initial task was to determine if there had been a conspiracy — an illegal agreement — between the campaign and any ...

Almanac

By The Associated Press Today in History Today is Saturday, April 27, the 117th day of 2019. There are 248 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On April 27, 1978, 51 construction workers plunged to their deaths when a scaffold inside a cooling tower at the Pleasants ...

What will voters be looking for in next president?

WASHINGTON — We Americans have a predictable reaction when a president in his performance or his conduct disappoints us: We almost always go looking for a successor presidential candidate who, we think, possesses the very qualities of character and talent we unhappily learned were missing in ...

In defense of Kate Smith

WASHINGTON — The long arm of the PC police has reached back to the ‘30s and arrested, prosecuted and sentenced the late singer Kate Smith. Smith, who popularized Irving Berlin’s song “God Bless America” and was a female pioneer in early television, recorded songs that today in ...

Almanac

By The Associated Press Today in History Today is Friday, April 26, the 116th day of 2019. There are 249 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On April 26, 1865, John Wilkes Booth, the assassin of President Abraham Lincoln, was surrounded by federal troops near Port ...

Michigan and the Napa Valley

TRAVERSE CITY — I spent the last week in Napa Valley, California, and I am here to report that they have this thing out there they call “the sun.” It’s this big, orange ball that hangs in the sky where the clouds should be, and it radiates this stuff called “heat.” I asked the ...

Almanac

By The Associated Press Today in History Today is Thursday, April 25, the 115th day of 2019. There are 250 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On April 25, 1507, a world map produced by German cartographer Martin Waldseemueller contained the first recorded use of the ...

How Mitch McConnell killed the Senate

BERKELEY — Congress has recessed for two weeks without passing a desperately needed disaster relief bill. Why not? Because Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell didn’t want to anger Donald Trump by adding money for Puerto Rico that Democrats have sought but Trump doesn’t want. America ...

Almanac

By The Associated Press Today in History Today is Tuesday, April 23, the 113th day of 2019. There are 252 days left in the year. Today’s Highlights in History: On April 23, 1954, Hank Aaron of the Milwaukee Braves hit the first of his 755 major-league home runs in a game against the ...