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By The Associated Press Today in History Today is Wednesday, Feb. 10, the 41st day of 2021. There are 324 days left in the year. Todayís Highlight in History: On Feb. 10, 1967, the 25th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, dealing with presidential disability and succession, was ...

Ideological imperialism leading to a bad end

WASHINGTON — When it was learned in 2016 that Russia may have hacked the emails of John Podesta and the DNC, and passed the fruits on to WikiLeaks to aid candidate Donald Trump, mighty was the outrage of the American establishment. If Russia’s security services filched those emails, and ...

AP-NORC poll: Americans are split on Trump’s impeachment

WASHINGTON (AP) — A majority of Americans say former President Donald Trump bears at least some blame for the Capitol insurrection, and about half say the Senate should vote to convict him at the end of his impeachment trial. That’s according to a survey from The Associated Press-NORC ...

Almanac

By The Associated Press Today in History Today is Tuesday, Feb. 9, the 40th day of 2021. There are 325 days left in the year. Todayís Highlight in History: On Feb. 9, 1825, the House of Representatives elected John Quincy Adams president after no candidate received a majority of ...

How They Voted

Allocate federal Coronavirus relief money and more House Bill 4019, Allocate new federal coronavirus relief dollars to schools: Passed 59 to 50 in the House To appropriate $868.5 million in recently-approved federal coronavirus relief money, which is about 25% of the entire amount available ...

Real socialism

NEW YORK — People hate America’s big disparities in wealth. It’s a reason why, among young people, socialism is as popular as capitalism. The Democratic Socialists of America want a country based on “freedom, equality and solidarity.” That sure sounds good. But does socialism ...

Surveillance kills freedom

WASHINGTON — “The makers of our Constitution undertook to secure conditions favorable to the pursuit of happiness. They recognized the significance of man’s spiritual nature, of his feelings, and of his intellect. They knew that only a part of the pain, pleasure and satisfactions of life ...

Almanac

By The Associated Press Today in History Today is Saturday, Feb. 6, the 37th day of 2021. There are 328 days left in the year. Todayís Highlight in History: On Feb. 6, 1778, during the American Revolutionary War, the United States won official recognition and military support from ...

Almanac

By The Associated Press Today in History Today is Monday, Feb. 8, the 39th day of 2021. There are 326 days left in the year. Todayís Highlights in History: On Feb. 8, 1952, Queen Elizabeth II proclaimed her accession to the British throne following the death of her father, King ...

Understanding the American voters

WASHINGTON — Regular readers of this space may recall that I believe Americans are the most optimistic of voters. Think about it: With the exception of those who were already here when Christopher Columbus arrived and those who were brought here against their will in chains, every American is ...

Power to the people 2.0

WASHINGTON — During the rebellious ‘60s, the slogan “power to the people” became a mantra for the young to protest what they saw as oppression from their elders. Now comes a moment when significant numbers of Americans can exercise real power in ways that will improve the ...

Almanac

By The Associated Press Today in History Today is Friday, Feb. 5, the 36th day of 2021. There are 329 days left in the year. Todayís Highlight in History: On Feb. 5, 2020, the Senate voted to acquit President Donald Trump, bringing to a close the third presidential trial in American ...

Can ‘systemic racism’ be eliminated?

WASHINGTON — Second only to his fixation on “climate change” is President Biden’s focus on “systemic racism.” In addition to reinstating mandatory race theory training for federal employees, Biden proposes spending even more money we don’t have to fix a problem beyond the ...

Almanac

By The Associated Press Today in History Today is Thursday, Feb. 4, the 35th day of 2021. There are 330 days left in the year. Todayís Highlight in History: On Feb. 4, 1945, President Franklin D. Roosevelt, British Prime Minister Winston Churchill and Soviet leader Josef Stalin began ...

Biden shouldn’t compromise on relief

WASHINGTON — Ten Senate Republicans have proposed a COVID-19 relief bill of about $600 billion. That’s less than a third of President Joe Biden’s plan. They promise “bipartisan support” if he agrees. Their proposal isn’t a compromise. It would be a total surrender. It trims direct ...

Almanac

By The Associated Press Today in History Today is Tuesday, Feb. 2, the 33rd day of 2021. There are 332 days left in the year. Todayís Highlight in History: On Feb. 2, 1990, in a dramatic concession to South Africaís Black majority, President F.W. de Klerk lifted a ban on the African ...

How They Voted

The new 101st Michigan Legislature resumed sessions this week after a week-long suspension. It will likely be several more weeks before new bills advance through committees and are taken up by the full House or Senate for a vote. There was one politically meaningful action this week when the ...

Is the establishment still terrified of Trump?

WASHINGTON — As soon as the Senate received the lone article of impeachment accusing President Donald Trump of “incitement of insurrection” in the Jan. 6 mob assault on the Capitol, Rand Paul rose to object. The Senate, he said, has no right to try a private citizen, which Trump now is. ...

Almanac

Today in History Today is Tuesday, Feb. 2, the 33rd day of 2021. There are 332 days left in the year. Todayís Highlight in History: On Feb. 2, 1990, in a dramatic concession to South Africaís Black majority, President F.W. de Klerk lifted a ban on the African National Congress and ...

What we owe our college students

WASHINGTON — Two weeks into spring semester at the University of Florida, groups of unmasked college students — 30 or more at a time, many hollering as they partied — stood in lines to enter bars and clubs in Gainesville. Photos in The Gainesville Sun showed them standing elbow to ...