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Are abortion and gay rights American values?

WASHINGTON — “My religion defines who I am. And I’ve been a practicing Catholic my whole life,” said Vice President Joe Biden in 2012. “I accept my church’s position on abortion as ... doctrine. Life begins at conception. ... I just refuse to impose that on others.” For four ...

Scarcities are excuses for expanding government

WASHINGTON — Randolph Bourne (1886-1918) said, “War is the health of the state.” James Madison said, “War is in fact the true nurse of executive aggrandizement,” and the executive almos is the American state, Congress now being more theatrical than actual. Advocates of an ever-larger ...

Almanac

By The Associated Press Today in History Today is Tuesday, June 18, the 169th day of 2019. There are 196 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On June 18, 1979, President Jimmy Carter and Soviet President Leonid I. Brezhnev signed the SALT II strategic arms limitation ...

Swamp things storm the palace

WASHINGTON — If there was “great love all around” during President Trump’s state visit to the United Kingdom, as he tweeted Monday, the participants royal and decidedly otherwise were deceptively discreet. From the coverage, one might have thought that Madame Tussauds had teamed up ...

Fact Check:Trump overstates benefits from Mexico tariffs

DETROIT (AP) — President Donald Trump is overstating the benefits of his threatened tariffs on automobiles and parts imported from Mexico while glossing over the likely harm to American consumers of substantially higher prices for new cars. In tweets Tuesday, Trump exaggerated how much of ...

Almanac

By The Associated Press Today in History Today is Monday, June 17, the 168th day of 2019. There are 197 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On June 17, 1994, after leading police on a slow-speed chase on Southern California freeways, O.J. Simpson was arrested and ...

Terminate abortion, please

WASHINGTON — The abortion issue is more divisive than ever, thanks to extreme anti-abortion legislation recently passed in some states and, lately, to Democratic presidential candidates seemingly vying to be the most pro-choicest. The newest controversy swirls around the 1976 Hyde ...

European officials worry about US hawks starting war in cyberspace

By Rachel Marsden Tribune Content Agency MOSCOW — U.S. national security adviser John Bolton was in the United Arab Emirates last week for the implementation of a defense cooperation agreement between the two nations. Bolton and Abu Dhabi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Zayed, who’s also ...

Almanac

By The Associated Press Today in History Today is Saturday, June 15, the 166th day of 2019. There are 199 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On June 15, 1944, American forces began their successful invasion of Saipan (sy-PAN’) during World War II. B-29 ...

‘We’ once did fight wars

WASHINGTON — Beneath the perfectly manicured lawns and under the pines and elm trees at the Normandy cemetery lie 9,388 Americans who died during D-Day or in the liberation of France that followed. Among them is a most unlikely combatant, a 56-year-old Army officer who was a wounded veteran ...

Praying (or not) for the president

WASHINGTON — Only the most partisan person would begrudge prayers for the president of the United States, but a recent visit by President Trump to the mega McLean Bible Church in Virginia has rubbed some congregants the wrong way. The White House informed the church with only a few minutes ...

Almanac

By The Associated Press Today in History Today is Friday, June 14, the 165th day of 2019. There are 200 days left in the year. This is Flag Day. Today’s Highlight in History: On June 14, 1954, President Dwight D. Eisenhower signed a measure adding the phrase “under God” to the ...

Summer panic sets in

TRAVERSE CITY — Now that it’s June, I’m having my annual bout of “summer panic,” wherein I feel woefully unprepared to take advantage of the few weeks of summer remaining. My internal monologue usually goes like this: “Ack! Only 10 weeks of summer left! I didn’t buy a boat! I ...

Almanac

By The Associated Press Today in History Today is Thursday, June 13, the 164th day of 2019. There are 201 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On June 13, 1966, the Supreme Court ruled in Miranda v. Arizona that criminal suspects had to be informed of their ...

Two old white men take the lead

WASHINGTON — In 2018, a record turnout of women, minorities and young added 40 House seats to Democratic ranks and made Nancy Pelosi speaker. This, we were told, is the new diversity coalition — women, people of color, millennials — that will take down The Donald in 2020. So, how has ...

Almanac

By The Associated Press Today in History Today is Wednesday, June 12, the 163rd day of 2019. There are 202 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On June 12, 2016, an American-born Muslim opened fire at the Pulse nightclub, a gay establishment in Orlando, Florida, leaving ...

The gig is up

BERKELEY — Uber just filed its first quarterly report as a publicly traded company. Although the company lost $1 billion, investors may still do well because the losses appear to be declining. Uber drivers, on the other hand, aren’t doing well. According to a recent study, about half of ...

How They Voted

House Bill 4397, No fault auto insurance reform “clean up” bill: Passed 33 to 4 in the Senate To revise details of the no fault auto insurance reform bill signed into law in May (Senate Bill 1), in particular timing issues related to the implementation of the new law’s changes to ...

Almanac

By The Associated Press Today in History Today is Tuesday, June 11, the 162nd day of 2019. There are 203 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On June 11, 2001, Timothy McVeigh, 33, was executed by injection at the federal prison in Terre Haute, Indiana, for the 1995 ...

A social problem it’s unsuited to solve

WASHINGTON — The earnest improvers at the College Board, which administers the SAT, should ponder Abraham Maslow’s law of the instrument. In 1966, Maslow, a psychologist, said essentially this: If the only tool you have is a hammer, every problem looks like a nail. The College Board wants ...