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The election is over?

TRAVERSE CITY — “Well, I guess that’s it, it’s over,” said my back home pal Moon Dimple. “Some context would help,” I said. “You know. The election.” What I knew is I was being set up. He can be clueless sometimes but even he knows the presidential election isn’t for ...

A campaign year of less wisdom and less wit

WASHINGTON — In the nine presidential elections between the 1952 victory of Dwight D. Eisenhower and George H.W. Bush’s 1988 win, just two Republicans won the White House: Richard Nixon and Ronald Reagan. One man was indispensable to the winning campaigns of these two very different ...

Almanac

By The Associated Press Today in History Today is Friday, June 19, the 171st day of 2020. There are 195 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On June 19, 1964, the Civil Rights Act of 1964 was approved by the U.S. Senate, 73-27, after surviving a lengthy filibuster. On ...

Will Churchill’s statue be next to fall?

WASHINGTON — On Gen. George Washington’s orders, the Declaration of Independence, signed in Philadelphia, was read aloud to his army. On hearing it, the troops marched to Bowling Green, decapitated and pulled down the statue of George III, and sent the remnants to be melted down into musket ...

The shame is ours

WASHINGTON — It is a gift, as Robert Burns wrote, to see ourselves as others see us. One of those “others” is Caroline Glick, who writes on her webpage from Israel: “Americans are now expected to kneel for the Star Spangled Banner and disavow American history while swallowing whole a ...

Almanac

By The Associated Press Today in History Today is Thursday, June 18, the 170th day of 2020. There are 196 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On June 18, 1983, astronaut Sally K. Ride became America’s first woman in space as she and four colleagues blasted off aboard ...

How They Voted

Senate Joint Resolution G, Protect “electronic data and communications” from unreasonable search and seizure: Passed 38 to 0 in the Senate To place before voters in the next general election a constitutional amendment to add “electronic data and communications” to the Article I ...

Almanac

By The Associated Press Today in History Today is Wednesday, June 17, the 169th day of 2020. There are 197 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On June 17, 1972, President Richard Nixon’s eventual downfall began with the arrest of five burglars inside the Democratic ...

Trump’s use of the military backfired

BERKELEY — History teaches that mass protests against oppression can lead either to liberation or brutal repression. This past week, Donald Trump bet his political future on repression. Much of the rest of America, on the other hand, wants to liberate black people from police brutality and ...

Almanac

By The Associated Press Today in History Today is Tuesday, June 16, the 168th day of 2020. There are 198 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On June 16, 1996, Russian voters went to the polls in their first independent presidential election; the result was a runoff ...

Next time call a ‘pig’

WASHINGTON — The Minneapolis City Council has passed a measure to dismantle the city’s police department and replace it with what Council President Lisa Bender calls “a transformative new model of public safety.” This is supposed to better protect people in the aftermath of the murder ...

Almanac

By The Associated Press Today in History Today is Monday, June 15, the 167th day of 2020. There are 199 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On June 15, 1775, the Second Continental Congress voted unanimously to appoint George Washington head of the Continental ...

Let them risk their lives

NEW YORK — Deaths from COVID-19 are dropping, but we probably can’t resume normal life until someone develops a vaccine. Experts say it will take at least 12 to 18 months. Why so long? Because to make sure a vaccine works, researchers must recruit lots of volunteers and wait for them to ...

A knee on our throats

WASHINGTON — For two months now, most of America has endured a government-imposed lockdown. I hate to use that word — lockdown — as it connotes locking prisoners into their cells during prison disturbances. But it is the word that the government itself uses when referring to its orders of ...

Almanac

By The Associated Press Today in History Today is Saturday, June 13, the 165th day of 2020. There are 201 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On June 13, 1967, President Lyndon B. Johnson nominated Solicitor-General Thurgood Marshall to become the first black justice ...

Are Dems smart enough to take yes for an answer?

WASHINGTON — Here’s the fail-safe test for whether a political party is growing and strengthening or shrinking in size and prospects: Is that party spending its time, energy and effort seeking, recruiting and welcoming converts to its ranks, or is that party instead hunting down heretics ...

A contract with black America

WASHINGTON — On October 26, 2016, presidential candidate Donald Trump spoke to a mostly African American audience in Charlotte, North Carolina. He said: “Every African-American citizen in this country is entitled to a government that puts their jobs, wages and security first...I will not ...

Almanac

By The Associated Press Today in History Today is Friday, June 12, the 164th day of 2020. There are 202 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On June 12, 1994, Nicole Brown Simpson and Ronald Goldman were slashed to death outside her Los Angeles home. (O.J. Simpson was ...

Trump’s presidency is over

BERKELEY — You’d be forgiven if you hadn’t noticed. His verbal bombshells are louder than ever, but Donald J. Trump is no longer president of the United States. By having no constructive response to any of the monumental crises now convulsing America, Trump has abdicated his ...

Almanac

By The Associated Press Today in History Today is Thursday, June 11, the 163rd day of 2020. There are 203 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On June 11, 1776, the Continental Congress formed a committee to draft a Declaration of Independence calling for freedom from ...