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Almanac

By The Associated Press Today in History Today is Tuesday, April 20, the 110th day of 2021. There are 255 days left in the year. Todayís Highlight in History: On April 20, 1999, the Columbine High School massacre took place in Colorado as two students shot and killed 12 classmates ...

Joe Biden and guns

WASHINGTON — “A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.” — Second Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. President Joseph R. Biden Jr. recently announced his determination to use his ...

Analysis: How the Kremlin provides a safe harbor for ransomware

BOSTON (AP) — A global epidemic of digital extortion known as ransomware is crippling local governments, hospitals, school districts and businesses by scrambling their data files until they pay up. Law enforcement has been largely powerless to stop it. One big reason: Ransomware rackets are ...

Almanac

By The Associated Press Today in History Today is Saturday, April 17, the 107th day of 2021. There are 258 days left in the year. Todayís Highlight in History: On April 17, 1970, Apollo 13 astronauts James A. Lovell, Fred W. Haise and Jack Swigert splashed down safely in the Pacific, ...

Biden’s crony anti-infrastructure plan

WASHINGTON — “A crony anti-infrastructure plan” is, sadly, the best description of the Biden administration’s proposed $2.3 trillion infrastructure plan. It’s insanely expensive and unnecessary, especially coming, as it does, on top of last year’s fiscal insanity. Over the past ...

Analysis: Biden takes a risk pulling troops from Afghanistan

BRUSSELS (AP) — At its start, America’s war in Afghanistan was about retribution for 9/11. Then it was about shoring up a weak government and its weak army so that Osama bin Laden’s al-Qaida could never again threaten the United States. Now it’s about over. With bin Laden long since ...

Almanac

By The Associated Press Today in History Today is Friday, April 16, the 106th day of 2021. There are 259 days left in the year. Todayís Highlight in History: On April 16, 2007, in one of Americaís worst school attacks, a college senior killed 32 people on the campus of Virginia Tech ...

Will there be a penalty for withdrawal from Afghanistan?

WASHINGTON — President Biden’s announced intention to complete the withdrawal of all U.S. forces from Afghanistan by September 11, exactly 20 years after the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon, will complete a goal former President Trump wanted to meet, but did ...

How They Voted

The Legislature is on spring break until April 13. Rather than votes, this Roll Call Report describes some newly introduced bills of interest. Senate Bill 150: Restrict governor s commitment of National Guard Introduced by Sen. Tom Barrett (R), to prohibit a governor from ordering a member ...

Almanac

By The Associated Press Today in History Today is Thursday, April 15, the 105th day of 2021. There are 260 days left in the year. Todayís Highlight in History: On April 15, 1947, Jackie Robinson, baseballís first Black major league player, made his official debut with the Brooklyn ...

Deal between corporate America and the GOP

BERKELEY — For four decades, the basic deal between big American corporations and politicians has been simple. Corporations provide campaign funds. Politicians reciprocate by lowering corporate taxes and doing whatever else corporations need to boost profits. The deal has proven beneficial ...

Lost liberties

WASHINGTON — If one can say the pandemic has had any positive side effect, it has been to help us focus on what the loss of liberties looks like. Such losses do not occur immediately but erode over time as people become increasingly comfortable with government claiming to know what is best ...

Almanac

By The Associated Press Today in History Today is Wednesday, April 14, the 104th day of 2021. There are 261 days left in the year. Todayís Highlight in History: On April 14, 1912, the British liner RMS Titanic collided with an iceberg in the North Atlantic at 11:40 p.m. shipís time ...

Vaccine patriotism vs. vaccine globalism

WASHINGTON — When the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines first proved their efficacy, preventing nearly 95% of coronavirus infections in those who got the shots in test trials, a vexing issue immediately arose. Who should get priority in receiving these life-saving shots? Generally speaking, the ...

Mask wearing in America

WASHINGTON — Like most everyone else, I‘m tired of wearing a mask. Every time I go to the grocery, a restaurant, church, or work I have to put on a mask. Not long ago, if we wore a mask into a bank or convenience store, the attendants would be alarmed and call 911. Today if we don‘t ...

Almanac

By The Associated Press Today in History Today is Tuesday, April 13, the 103rd day of 2021. There are 262 days left in the year. Todayís Highlight in History: On April 13, 1970, Apollo 13, four-fifths of the way to the moon, was crippled when a tank containing liquid oxygen burst. ...

Get thee vaccinated, Evangelical friends

WASHINGTON — Sometimes, I wonder if I’m ever going to get over how some humans have behaved during this pandemic. First, the good news: As of this week, more than 65 million people in the U.S. have been fully vaccinated against COVID-19. Millions more are well on their way. Now, the ...

Almanac

By The Associated Press Today in History Today is Monday, April 12, the 102nd day of 2021. There are 263 days left in the year. Todayís Highlight in History: On April 12, 1945, President Franklin D. Roosevelt died of a cerebral hemorrhage in Warm Springs, Georgia, at age 63; he was ...

Biden’s California dream

NEW YORK — I was surprised to read (in The Los Angeles Times) that the Biden administration’s “role model for America” is... California! He wants to “Make America California.” That’s is a terrible idea. Californians now rush to move out of California. Some hopeful folks ...

The tyranny of the majority

WASHINGTON — Which is better — to be ruled by one tyrant three thousand miles away, or three thousand tyrants one mile away?” — Rev. Mather Blyes (1706-1788) Does it really matter if the instrument curtailing liberty is a monarch or a popularly elected legislature? This conundrum, ...