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Almanac

By The Associated Press Today in History Today is Saturday, Aug. 29, the 242nd day of 2020. There are 124 days left in the year. Todayís Highlight in History: On Aug. 29, 2005, Hurricane Katrina hit the Gulf Coast near Buras, Louisiana, bringing floods that devastated New Orleans. ...

Never forget how you made them feel

WASHINGTON — The “post-game” analyses of the 2020 Democratic National Convention have gone on for longer than the convention itself. Critics continue to weigh in on whether Barack Obama or Michelle Obama was the more effective speaker and whether Joe Biden, in his 24-minute acceptance ...

Sell the Postal Service!

WASHINGTON — Neither snow nor rain nor heat nor gloom of night stays these couriers from the swift completion of their appointed rounds.” — Unofficial motto of the United States Postal Service The United States Postal Service — formerly the Post Office — is an American institution ...

Disproving a negative

WASHINGTON — Labeling another person has become a popular political pastime. The intent is to use a label that is impossible to disprove no matter the amount of contrary evidence. Perhaps the worst label one can attach to another person is “racist.” How does one disprove that? The left ...

Almanac

By The Associated Press Today in History Today is Thursday, Aug. 27, the 240th day of 2020. There are 126 days left in the year. Todayís Highlight in History: On August 27, 2008, Barack Obama was nominated for president by the Democratic National Convention in Denver. On this ...

Will the Catholic Bishops call out Joe?

WASHINGTON — As a cradle Catholic and recipient of Notre Dame’s Laetare Medal, Joe Biden is outspoken in declaring that the principles and beliefs of his Catholic faith guide his public life. “Joe is a man of faith,” was a recurring theme at the Democratic convention that nominated ...

Personal is political — which is why Trump’s in trouble

BERKELEY — My wife and I have been warned that we may need to evacuate because of fires ravaging the Bay Area. The climate crisis is largely to blame for these fires, which are growing in number and intensity every year. It’s also to blame for the increasing number and virulence of ...

Almanac

By The Associated Press Today in History Today is Wednesday, Aug. 26, the 239th day of 2020. There are 127 days left in the year. Todayís Highlight in History: On August 26, 1968, the Democratic National Convention opened in Chicago; the four-day event that resulted in the nomination ...

How They Voted

Last week the Michigan House and Senate met to approve a plan and rules for remote instruction in most Michigan schools this fall, described in this report. The next scheduled sessions are for Sept. 1. House Bill 5913, Authorize Remote Public School Instruction Only in 2020-21: Passed 23 to ...

Almanac

By The Associated Press Today in History Today is Tuesday, Aug. 25, the 238th day of 2020. There are 128 days left in the year. Todayís Highlight in History: On August 25, 1944, during World War II, Paris was liberated by Allied forces after four years of Nazi occupation. On this ...

When Puff the Magic Multiplier goes poof

WASHINGTON — When revenue shrinks by 1% of GDP and spending increases by 51% over 10 months, you get a $2.8 trillion deficit. That figure, according to the Congressional Budget Office, is significantly larger than the deficit Uncle Sam accumulated over the first 10 months of 2019. Yet, many ...

Almanac

By The Associated Press Today in History Today is Monday, Aug. 24, the 237th day of 2020. There are 129 days left in the year. Todayís Highlight in History: On August 24 in A.D. 79, long-dormant Mount Vesuvius erupted, burying the Roman cities of Pompeii and Herculaneum in volcanic ...

Big spending Biden

NEW YORK — Which presidential candidate will bankrupt America first, Donald Trump or Joe Biden? Last year, we compared the costs of the leading Democratic candidates’ promises. At that time, Biden, to his credit, proposed the least new spending. Kamala Harris promised the most. She ...

The source of Republican problems

WASHINGTON — In a new book about her grandfather, Dwight D, Eisenhower, titled “How Ike Led: The Principles Behind Eisenhower’s Biggest Decisions,” Susan Eisenhower writes admiringly about Ike’s pursuit of what she calls “the middle way.” In a decision that still infects ...

Almanac

By The Associated Press Today in History Today is Thursday, Aug. 22, the 234th day of 2020. There are 131 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On August 22, 1851, the schooner America outraced more than a dozen British vessels off the English coast to win a trophy that ...

Almanac

By The Associated Press Today in History Today is Friday, Aug. 21, the 233rd day of 2020. There are 132 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On August 21, 2000, rescue efforts to reach the sunken Russian nuclear submarine Kursk ended with divers announcing none of the ...

The life of the parties

BERKELEY — As America heads into its quadrennial circus of nominating conventions (this year’s even more surreal because of the pandemic), it’s important to understand the real difference between America’s two political parties at this point in history. Instead of “left” versus ...

The Israeli-UAE agreement

WASHINGTON — Anything that reduces tensions in the Middle East and contributes to Israel’s security should be applauded. The agreement between the UAE and Israel to establish diplomatic relations in exchange for Israel’s suspension of settlements and claims to sovereignty over Judea and ...

Almanac

By The Associated Press Today in History Today is Thursday, Aug. 20, the 233rd day of 2020. There are 133 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On August 20, 1964, President Lyndon B. Johnson signed the Economic Opportunity Act, a nearly $1 billion anti-poverty ...

How They Voted

The legislature did not meet this week. Rather than votes, this Roll Call Report describes some topical health policy bills of interest. The Senate has scheduled an unusual Saturday session on Aug. 15 To take up proposals related to school reopening policies in the 2020-21 school year, which ...