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Almanac

By The Associated Press Today in History Today is Friday, June 17, the 168th day of 2022. There are 197 days left in the year. Todayís Highlight in History: On June 17, 2015, nine people were shot to death in a historic African-American church in Charleston, South Carolina; suspect ...

Sticks, stone and worse

WASHINGTON — Most people are familiar with the phrase “sticks and stones may break my bones, but words will never hurt me.” The incendiary rhetoric that has engulfed our political system has demonstrated that especially violent words can cause hurt, even death, to others. The most ...

Almanac

By The Associated Press Today in History Today is Thursday, June 16, the 167th day of 2022. There are 198 days left in the year. Todayís Highlight in History: On June 16, 1858, accepting the Illinois Republican Partyís nomination for the U.S. Senate, Abraham Lincoln said the slavery ...

How Biden gets re-elected in 2024

BERKELEY — My friends, I’m going to press the pause button on today’s news — including the House January 6 hearings — and try to answer a big question that hangs over American politics right now like a sword of Damocles: Does Joe Biden have a snowball’s chance of being re-elected in ...

Almanac

By The Associated Press Today in History Today is Wednesday, June 15, the 166th day of 2022. There are 199 days left in the year. Todayís Highlight in History: On June 15, 1775, the Second Continental Congress voted unanimously to appoint George Washington head of the Continental ...

Rash optimism on Social Security’s solvency

WASHINGTON — Don’t worry if you get confused reading accounts of the new Social Security Trustees Report. On one hand, you have some articles reporting that this document shows that Social Security will be insolvent in less than 15 years. Others prompt you to pop Champagne corks in ...