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Give, don’t govern

NEW YORK — This week, children may learn about that greedy man, Ebenezer Scrooge. Scrooge is selfish until ghosts scare him into thinking about others’ well-being, not just his own. Good for the ghosts. But the)way Scrooge addresses others’ needs matters. Today’s advocates of ...

Almanac

By The Associated Press Today in History Today is Saturday, Dec. 28, the 362nd day of 2019. There are three days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On Dec. 28, 1945, Congress officially recognized the Pledge of Allegiance. On this date: In 1612, Italian astronomer ...

Heraclitus was right

WASHINGTON — Although I qualify for the senior discount at the movies, even I’m not old enough to have met Heraclitus, the wise Greek who lived some 25 centuries ago and whom we can thank for the timeless wisdom “Character is destiny.” Here in Washington, one elected national ...

Christmas in America

WASHINGTON — What if Christmas is a core value of belief in a personal God who lived among us and His freely given promise of eternal salvation that no believer should reject or apologize for? What if Christmas is the rebirth of Christ in the hearts of all believers? What if Christmas is the ...

Almanac

By The Associated Press Today in History Today is Friday, Dec. 27, the 361st day of 2019. There are four days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On Dec. 27, 2001, Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld announced that Taliban and al-Qaida prisoners would be held at the U.S. ...

Is impeachment backfiring on Democrats?

WASHINGTON — “We’re gonna impeach the (expletive deleted).” Thus did the member from Michigan, Rashida Tlaib, declare last January to be the goal of the 2019 House Democratic Caucus. Wednesday night, Speaker Nancy Pelosi delivered the goods. The House impeached President Donald ...

Almanac

By The Associated Press Today in History Today is Thursday, Dec. 26, the 360th day of 2019. There are five days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On Dec. 26, 1996, 6-year-old beauty queen JonBenet Ramsey was found beaten and strangled in the basement of her family’s ...

Why we need Christmas

WASHINGTON — Merchants around the world depend on the Christmas season each year for 20 to 50 percent of their yearly sales. The travel industry from airlines to gasoline stations see a nice bump during the holidays. People are going to buy airplane tickets and buy gasoline. Grocery ...

Final Jeopardy for Democrats?

WASHINGTON — While watching “Jeopardy” the other night, I had a fantasy. Suppose Alex Trebek had a Final Jeopardy category called “The Ultimate Impeachment Hypocrite”? Here’s how I thought it might go. Trebek: “We go first to Joe, who is in third place, and he wrote, ‘Who is ...

Almanac

By The Associated Press Today in History Today is Tuesday, Dec. 24, the 358th day of 2019. There are seven days left in the year. This is Christmas Eve. Today’s Highlight in History: On Dec. 24, 1968, the Apollo 8 astronauts, orbiting the moon, read passages from the Old Testament Book ...

How They Voted

This week’s edition presents the annual Missed Votes Report showing how many votes lawmakers missed during 2019. Michigan’s 38 senators and 110 state representatives set a record in 2019 by missing just 768 roll call votes according to the Missed Votes Report compiled by Jack McHugh, ...

Shall anyone be above the law?

WASHINGTON — The rule of law is a cornerstone of American democracy and is integral to the Constitution. It stands for the principles that no person is beneath the laws’ protections. No person is above the laws’ requirements. And the laws apply equally to all people. That is the theory of ...

Almanac

By The Associated Press Today in History Today is Monday, Dec. 23, the 357th day of 2019. There are eight days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On Dec. 23, 1968, 82 crew members of the U.S. intelligence ship Pueblo were released by North Korea, 11 months after they had ...

The case against Socialism

NEW YORK — Sen. Rand Paul just wrote a book, “The Case Against Socialism.” I thought that case was already decided, since socialist countries failed so spectacularly. But the idea hasn’t died, especially amongst the young. “Hitler’s socialism, Stalin’s socialism, Mao’s ...

Analysis: Impeachment forever changes Trump’s legacy

NEW YORK (AP) — The first line of President Donald Trump’s obituary has been written. While Trump is all but certain to avoid removal from office, a portion of his legacy took shape Wednesday when he became just the third president in American history to be impeached by the U.S. ...

Almanac

By The Associated Press Today in History Today is Saturday, Dec. 21, the 355th day of 2019. There are 10 days left in the year. Winter arrives at 11:19 p.m. Eastern time. Today’s Highlight in History: On Dec. 21, 1988, 270 people were killed when a terrorist bomb exploded aboard a Pam ...

Politics can reveal character

WASHINGTON — First, an anecdote circulating about the most courageously candid staff person in the White House allegedly speaking to President Donald J Trump: “Mr. President, you’re coming across as mean-spirited, abusive and so unlikable that people frankly do not want to work for you. ...

Almanac

By The Associated Press Today in History Today is Friday, Dec. 20, the 354th day of 2019. There are 11 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On Dec. 20, 1803, the Louisiana Purchase was completed as ownership of the territory was formally transferred from France to the ...

President Warren Sanders

BERKELEY — There aren’t 20 Senate Republicans with enough integrity to remove the most corrupt president in American history, so we’re going to have to get rid of Trump the old-fashioned way — by electing a Democrat next November 3. That Democrat will be Warren Sanders. Although ...