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Almanac

By The Associated Press Today in History Today is Saturday, Oct. 19, the 292nd day of 2019. There are 73 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On Oct. 19, 1987, the stock market crashed as the Dow Jones Industrial Average plunged 508 points, or 22.6 percent in value (its ...

The unbearable debates

TRAVERSE CITY — There ought to be a law that a televised presidential debate has to be between no more than two candidates, must cover a maximum of three topics, and must be moderated by a highly caffeinated person with her or his finger hovering above a giant red button that activates a trap ...

Republican sense of humor

WASHINGTON — Twenty years ago, former U.S. Transportation Secretary, President of the Red Cross and future North Carolina Sen. Elizabeth Dole was a decidedly long-shot candidate for the Republican presidential nomination — an honor her husband, former Senate Majority Leader Bob Dole had won ...

Almanac

By The Associated Press Today in History Today is Friday, Oct. 18, the 291st day of 2019. There are 74 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On Oct. 18, 1977, West German commandos stormed a hijacked Lufthansa jetliner on the ground in Mogadishu, Somalia, freeing all 86 ...

What happened to Rudy Giuliani?

COLUMBIA, S.C. — As the world seems consumed by all things Ukraine, it’s time once again to dust off the ever-popular, evergreen headline: Rudy, Rudy, Rudy. As in, what happened to the nation’s mayor, Rudy Giuliani? He held so much promise. He was the prosecutor and leader who ...

Almanac

By The Associated Press Today in History Today is Thursday, Oct. 17, the 290th day of 2019. There are 75 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On Oct. 17, 1979, Mother Teresa of India was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize. On this date: In 1610, French King Louis XIII, ...

Is impeachment now inevitable?

WASHINGTON — “There go the people. I must follow them, for I am their leader,” is a remark attributed to a French politician during the turbulent times of 1848. Joe Biden’s Wednesday declaration that President Donald Trump should be impeached is in that tradition. Joe is scrambling to ...

A new insight into media bias

WASHINGTON — Since America’s colonial days the press has been a target of those who believe journalists have a point of view that shapes their reporting. There have been numerous articles and studies revealing a journalistic predisposition to opinions and subjects that reinforce liberal ...

Almanac

By The Associated Press Today in History Today is Wednesday, Oct. 16, the 289th day of 2019. There are 76 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On Oct. 16, 1962, the Cuban missile crisis began as President John F. Kennedy was informed that reconnaissance photographs had ...

Trump is child caught with hand in cookie jar

BERKELEY — Donald Trump will almost certainly be impeached in the House, possibly as soon as Thanksgiving. The odds are rising that he’ll be convicted in the Senate. There are two important questions, and the answers to both are becoming more obvious to more Americans every day. The ...

How They Voted

House Bill 4628, Keep most traffic ticket records just four years: Passed 108 to 1 in the House To revise a law that prescribes how long records of an individual’s traffic offenses must be kept. Current law requires records for most violations to be kept for seven years, and certain serious ...

Voters weary of more investigations as impeachment ramps up

FISHERS, Ind. (AP) — As Democrats’ impeachment inquiry into President Donald Trump intensifies, Mark Stenske feels like he’s seen this movie before, and the storyline is getting old. First, there was the nearly two-year investigation into Russia’s interference in the 2016 election and ...

Almanac

By The Associated Press Today in History Today is Tuesday, Oct. 15, the 288th day of 2019. There are 77 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On Oct. 15, 1991, despite sexual harassment allegations by Anita Hill, the Senate narrowly confirmed the nomination of Clarence ...

Spiraling president adds self-impeachment

WASHINGTON — Donald Trump, an ongoing eruption of self-refuting statements (“I’m a very stable genius” with “a very good brain”), is adding self-impeachment to his repertoire. Spiraling downward in a tightening gyre, his increasingly unhinged public performances (Google the one with ...

Trump channels George McGovern

WASHINGTON — The year was 1972 and Americans wanted out of the Vietnam War; the right because it was not being won and the left because of the increasing body count and lies from generals and politicians about “progress” toward defeating the communists. Democratic presidential candidate ...

Almanac

By The Associated Press Today in History Today is Monday, Oct. 14, the 287th day of 2019. There are 78 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On Oct. 14, 1947, U.S. Air Force Capt. Charles E. (“Chuck”) Yeager (YAY’-gur) became the first test pilot to break the sound ...

Domestic and foreign wars

NEW YORK — Democratic presidential candidate Rep. Tulsi Gabbard is controversial within her party. She says the U.S. should talk to its enemies. She was criticized for meeting with Syrian dictator Bashar Assad. But Democrats were supposed to be the anti-war party, I say to her in my ...

Democrats’ Twilight Zone

WASHINGTON — A 1961 “Twilight Zone” episode starred Peter Falk as a Central American revolutionary whose paranoia eventually leads to his destruction. The dictator he has deposed tells him about a mirror given to him by “an old woman,” a mirror that will show him who’s plotting to ...

Almanac

By The Associated Press Today in History Today is Saturday, Oct. 12, the 285th day of 2019. There are 80 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On Oct. 12, 1984, British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher escaped an attempt on her life when an Irish Republican Army bomb ...

Biden’s most important ‘endorsement’

WASHINGTON — Let’s repeat it together three times: Preprimary polls testing would-be presidential nominees have all the permanence of numbers written with a stick in the wet sand at the ocean’s edge just before the high tide comes in. Recent history confirms the unreliability of such ...