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Almanac

By The Associated Press Today in History Today is Tuesday, July 16, the 197th day of 2019. There are 168 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On July 16, 1969, Apollo 11 blasted off from Cape Kennedy on the first manned mission to the surface of the moon. On this ...

Democrats should nominate Bennet

WASHINGTON — With a disgust commensurate with the fact, Michael Bennet, the Colorado Democrat, says that during 40% of his 10 Senate years the government has been run on “continuing resolutions.” Congress passes these in order to spare itself the torture of performing its primary ...

How They Voted

The legislature is on break through July, with no votes until at least August. Rather than votes this report contains some interesting or noteworthy recent bill introductions. Senate Bill 342: Ban police use of face recognition technology Introduced by Sen. Peter Lucido (R), to prohibit law ...

Almanac

By The Associated Press Today in History Today is Monday, July 15, the 196th day of 2019. There are 169 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On July 15, 1976, a 36-hour kidnap ordeal began for 26 schoolchildren and their bus driver as they were abducted near Chowchilla, ...

Government bullies

NEW YORK — The city of Dunedin, Florida, wants Jim Ficken’s home. Ficken’s mom died, so he went to South Carolina to take care of her estate. He asked a friend to look after his house. But then the friend died, and no one cut Ficken’s grass. When it grew to 10 inches, Dunedin ...

The Constitution, Census and Citizenship

WASHINGTON — Late last month, the Supreme Court ruled on a challenge to a question that the Commerce Department announced it would add to the 2020 census. The census itself has been mandated by the Constitution to be taken every 10 years so that representation in the House of Representatives ...

Almanac

By The Associated Press Today in History Today is Saturday, July 13, the 194th day of 2019. There are 171 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On July 13, 1985, “Live Aid,” an international rock concert in London, Philadelphia, Moscow and Sydney, took place to raise ...

Hungary’s sound immigration policy

WASHINGTON — Two summers ago on a visit to Budapest, I asked the spokesman for the Hungarian government about the growing problem of migrants coming into Europe. He told me Hungary doesn’t have a migrant problem because they don’t have welfare programs. So, he said, migrants continue ...

Ocasio-Cortez feud with Pelosi tests party

WASHINGTON (AP) — They don’t talk to each other much, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. But they’re lately speaking at one another in a way that threatens party unity and underscores broader tensions reshaping the Democrats. Their power struggle has spilled ...

Almanac

By The Associated Press Today in History Today is Friday, July 12, the 193rd day of 2019. There are 172 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On July 12, 1984, Democratic presidential candidate Walter F. Mondale announced his choice of U.S. Rep. Geraldine A. Ferraro of ...

Politics and fireworks

TRAVERSE CITY — This will not surprise you but I disagree with our tinhorn dictator about his Fourth of July celebration. Turning it into a military parade is so juvenile, so beneath us, so … Soviet. We’re better than that. Or used to be, anyway. - I like Michigan’s more restrictive ...

Almanac

By The Associated Press Today in History Today is Thursday, July 11, the 192nd day of 2019. There are 173 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On July 11, 1972, the World Chess Championship opened as grandmasters Bobby Fischer of the United States and defending champion ...

Look to the Declaration

WASHINGTON — On this 243rd anniversary of the beginning of the best thing that ever happened — “The Great Republic” was Winston Churchill’s tribute — many of today’s most interesting arguments about America’s nature and meaning are among conservatives. One concerns the relevance ...

Censoring the census

WASHINGTON — The notion of history repeating itself is usually viewed as a negative statement, but some history is worth repeating because we might learn and be guided by it. \In last week’s 5-4 ruling by the Supreme Court rejecting the Trump administration’s claim that adding a ...

Almanac

By The Associated Press Today in History Today is Monday, July 8, the 189th day of 2019. There are 176 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On July 8, 1947, a New Mexico newspaper, the Roswell Daily Record, quoted officials at Roswell Army Air Field as saying they had ...

Fourth vs. Force

NEW YORK — Happy Fourth of July! We have reason to celebrate. The Fourth honors the founding of America. It’s the anniversary of the day in 1776 that the Declaration of Independence was approved. The Declaration was important. It didn’t say that America would be the best ...

Memo to Trump: Trade Bolton for Tulsi

WASHINGTON — “For too long our leaders have failed us, taking us into one regime change war after the next, leading us into a new Cold War and arms race, costing us trillions of our hard-earned tax payer dollars and countless lives. This insanity must end.” Donald Trump, circa ...

Almanac

By The Associated Press Today in History Today is Saturday, July 6, the 187th day of 2019. There are 178 days left in the year. Today’s Highlights in History: On July 6, 1885, French scientist Louis Pasteur tested an anti-rabies vaccine on 9-year-old Joseph Meister, who had been bitten ...

Unintended consequence of summer of ‘19

WASHINGTON — At least three score years ago, my savvy precinct committeewoman impressed upon me an immutable political truth: Every election is not about the candidate(s); no, every election is about the voters ... and about the future. I’m relieved that my precinct committeewoman was not ...

Questions I would have asked the Democrats

WASHINGTON — The likelihood I would ever be invited to serve on a network panel questioning the Democratic presidential candidates is equivalent to an invitation to take the next trip to the moon. Still, as I tortured myself watching the two “debates,” which were not really debates, but ...