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Poll: Public doubts Senate trial will be revealing

WASHINGTON (AP) — Americans are sharply divided along party lines about whether President Donald Trump should be removed from office, and they doubt the Senate impeachment trial will do anything to change their minds, according to a poll from The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public ...

Almanac

By The Associated Press Today in History Today is Friday, Jan. 24, the 24th day of 2020. There are 342 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On Jan. 24, 1943, President Franklin D. Roosevelt and British Prime Minister Winston Churchill concluded a wartime conference in ...

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TRAVERSE CITY — I view it as my mission in life to gripe bitterly and predictably about stuff in life that should be better. I like to think of these gripes as helpful suggestions - guidance, if you will - pointing the way to a better society. It’s not easy work but I do it, anyway. ...

The show trial begins

WASHINGTON — The contrast could not have been starker. One picture showed House Speaker Nancy Pelosi smiling as she signed (with numerous pens) two articles of impeachment against President Trump. She passed out the pens like souvenirs to fellow Democrats. They were embossed in gold with her ...

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By The Associated Press Today in History Today is Thursday, Jan. 23, the 23rd day of 2020. There are 343 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On Jan. 23, 1964, the 24th Amendment to the United States Constitution, eliminating the poll tax in federal elections, was ...

Trump, Davos elite have no interest in inequality

BERKELEY — As the U.S. Senate debates Donald Trump’s future, CEOs, financiers and politicians from around the world are descending on Davos in the Swiss Alps for their annual self-congratulatory defense of global capitalism. The events are not unrelated. Trump is charged with abusing his ...

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By The Associated Press Today in History Today is Wednesday, Jan. 22, the 22nd day of 2020. There are 344 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On Jan. 22, 1998, Theodore Kaczynski (kah-ZIHN’-skee) pleaded guilty in Sacramento, California, to being the Unabomber ...

A malicious indictment Mitch should toss out

WASHINGTON — About the impeachment of President Donald Trump she engineered with her Democratic majority, Nancy Pelosi said Wednesday: “It’s not personal. It’s not political. It’s not partisan. It’s patriotic.” Seriously, Madam Speaker? Not political? Not partisan? Why then ...

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By The Associated Press Today in History Today is Tuesday, Jan. 21, the 21st day of 2020. There are 345 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On Jan. 21, 1861, Jefferson Davis of Mississippi and four other Southerners whose states had seceded from the Union resigned from ...

How They Voted

House Bill 4706, Get specific on required responses to child abuse reports: Passed 105 to 1 in the House To revise details of how child abuse or neglect reports are categorized based on whether children in a household are considered either “safe, safe with services, or unsafe,” and the ...

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By The Associated Press Today in History Today is Monday, Jan. 20, the 20th day of 2020. There are 346 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On Jan. 20, 2001, George Walker Bush became America’s 43rd president after one of the most turbulent elections in U.S. ...

Licensed to fail

NEW YORK — People who want to work should be allowed to work. That includes people who once went to jail. With President Donald Trump’s support, Congress spends your money giving ex-cons “employment assistance.” Why bother? State laws often make such employment impossible. ...

A tangled web of deception

WASHINGTON — When witnesses testify in a courtroom and offer varying, contradictory or even unlawful explanations of the events under scrutiny, juries tend not to believe them. The same is now happening with the Trump administration’s defense of its killing Iranian Maj. Gen. Qassem ...

‘Nations with allies thrive’

WASHINGTON — Retired Marine Corps Gen. Jim Mattis, the former secretary of defense and an exceptionally well-read warrior, has said, “Throughout history, we see nations with allies thrive, and nations without allies wither.” Mattis’ words brought to mind those 13 fateful days in ...

The Iran protests

WASHINGTON — The latest protests in Iran by people angry over the Iranian military’s missile launch that “unintentionally” downed a Ukrainian jetliner killing many Iranians, Canadians and others, is different from past protests over rigged elections, rising gas prices, and what ...

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By The Associated Press Today in History Today is Friday, Jan. 17, the 17th day of 2020. There are 349 days left in the year. Today’s Highlights in History: On Jan. 17, 1995, more than 6,000 people were killed when an earthquake with a magnitude of 7.2 devastated the city of Kobe ...

Parent of an adult

TRAVERSE CITY — There’s this profoundly odd moment as a parent where you look at your kid and see — as improbable as this may seem — an adult. Suddenly, he’s not the toddler who peevishly swatted the rump of a well-dressed society lady who unwisely stepped between him and the tubs ...

How They Voted

The 100th Michigan Legislature began its 2020 session on the second Wednesday in January, as specified in the state Constitution, with a few votes on bills of general interest. Senate Bill 434, Authorize cosmetology “mobile salons”: Passed 102 to 5 in the House To direct the state ...

Almanac

By The Associated Press Today in History Today is Thursday, Jan. 16, the 16th day of 2020. There are 350 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On Jan. 16, 1991, the White House announced the start of Operation Desert Storm to drive Iraqi forces out of Kuwait. (Allied ...

American companies are free agents

BERKELEY — Donald Trump’s “phase one” agreement with China, expected to be signed this week, is intended partly to slow China’s move into new technologies like electric cars by protecting the intellectual property of American corporations. Which lends a certain irony to Tesla’s ...