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Almanac

By The Associated Press Today in History Today is Monday, Nov. 9, the 314th day of 2020. There are 52 days left in the year. Todayís Highlight in History: On Nov. 9, 1989, communist East Germany threw open its borders, allowing citizens to travel freely to the West; joyous Germans ...

A little compassion, please

WASHINGTON — There is no place quieter or more forlorn than the losing candidate’s headquarters the morning after election night. If the phone rings, it’s a good bet that it is either one more unpaid creditor looking for payment or a wrong number. Gone are yesterday’s hopes for the ...

Pollsters wrong again

WASHINGTON — The pollsters got it wrong again. Some claimed going into Tuesday’s election that Joe Biden had an unbeatable margin of 17 points in some states. Pundits claimed Republicans would lose between five and 15 seats in the House. It appears they’ve picked up a few. And because ...

Almanac

By The Associated Press Today in History Today is Friday, Nov. 6, the 311th day of 2020. There are 55 days left in the year. Todayís Highlight in History: On Nov. 6, 1860, former Illinois congressman Abraham Lincoln of the Republican Party was elected President of the United States ...

FAQs about Trump, Biden and the election

BERKELEY — Q: You’ve been in or around politics for more than 50 years. How are you feeling about Tuesday’s election? A: I’m more frightened for my country than I’ve ever been. Another four years of Donald Trump would be devastating. Nonetheless, I suspect Joe Biden will win. Q: ...

Cal Thomas: The choice 2020

WASHINGTON — Every four years this columnist writes about the stark choice between the candidates for president (and vice president) and their views on how the country should be run. Every election is declared “the most important in history.” This year it might prove true. Were it not ...

Almanac

By The Associated Press Today in History Today is Thursday, Nov. 5, the 310th day of 2020. There are 56 days left in the year. Todayís Highlight in History: On Nov. 5, 2009, a shooting rampage at the Fort Hood Army post in Texas left 13 people dead; Maj. Nidal Hasan, an Army ...

The choice 2020

WASHINGTON — Every four years this columnist writes about the stark choice between the candidates for president (and vice president) and their views on how the country should be run. Every election is declared “the most important in history.” This year it might prove true. Were it not ...

Almanac

By The Associated Press Today in History Today is Wednesday, Nov. 4, the 309th day of 2020. There are 57 days left in the year. Todayís Highlight in History: On Nov. 4, 2008, Democrat Barack Obama was elected the first Black president of the United States, defeating Republican John ...

What the next president faces

WASHINGTON — Of the presidents in the modern era, many have been dealt a difficult hand by history, but perhaps none more so than Donald Trump. In 1952, Harry Truman was in his third year of a stalemated war in Korea that was costing 200 American lives every week. He lost the New Hampshire ...

How They Voted

Some key votes by the 2019-2020 Michigan Legislature. Senate Bill 1, Reform auto insurance: Passed 34 to 4 in the Senate on May 24, 2019 To no longer mandate that auto insurance policies include unlimited personal injury protection (PIP) coverage. Among many other changes customers could ...

Almanac

By The Associated Press Today in History Today is Tuesday, Nov. 3, the 308th day of 2020. There are 58 days left in the year. Todayís Highlight in History: On Nov. 3, 1936, President Franklin D. Roosevelt won a landslide election victory over Republican challenger Alfred ìAlfî ...

Thoughts on the Divided States of America

WASHINGTON — During the darkest days of the American Revolution, Thomas Paine, the British-born-turned-American political philosopher, wrote of his adopted country, “These are the times that try men’s souls.” He was referring to the hard choices that were facing the colonists. History ...

Almanac

By The Associated Press Today in History Today is Monday, Nov. 2, the 307th day of 2020. There are 59 days left in the year. Todayís Highlight in History: On Nov. 2, 1976, former Georgia Gov. Jimmy Carter became the first candidate from the Deep South since the Civil War to be ...

Don’t freak out!

NEW YORK — Worried about Tuesday? Remember: The most important parts of life happen outside politics. Love, friendship, family, raising children, building businesses, worship, charity work — that is the stuff of life! Politicians get in the way of those things. But despite the efforts ...

Almanac

By The Associated Press Today in History Today is Saturday, Oct. 31, the 305th day of 2020. There are 61 days left in the year. This is Halloween. Todayís Highlight in History: On Oct. 31, 1941, work was completed on the Mount Rushmore National Memorial in South Dakota, begun in ...

Patriotism on full display

WASHINGTON — Mick Mulvaney was a four-term Republican congressman from South Carolina with a reputation as a hawk on government spending in 2017 when President Donald Trump chose him to be director of the Office of Budget and Management, the nation’s top fiscal officer. Mulvaney held that ...

Almanac

By The Associated Press Today in History Today is Friday, Oct. 30, the 304th day of 2020. There are 62 days left in the year. Todayís Highlight in History: On Oct. 30, 2005, the body of Rosa Parks arrived at the U.S. Capitol, where the civil rights icon became the first woman to lie ...

Reversing the Republican power grab

BERKELEY — Amy Coney Barrett was confirmed on Monday as the ninth justice on the U.S. Supreme Court. This is a travesty of democracy. The vote on Barrett’s confirmation occurred just eight days before Election Day. By contrast, the Senate didn’t even hold a hearing on Barack Obama’s ...

Unasked questions on ‘60 Minutes’

WASHINGTON — The “60 Minutes” interviews of the presidential and vice-presidential candidates last Sunday were more revealing for questions not asked and for sidestepping than for what inquiring minds really want to know prior to Election Day. First, there was the presumption that ...