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No resolutions this year

TRAVERSE CITY — I didn’t make a New Year’s resolution this year, but if I had it would have been: “I resolve to stop nagging myself all year long, every day, to incessantly improve at this or that.” The older I get, the more I’ve learned the value of telling that voice in my head to ...

If Baghdad wants us out, let’s go!

WASHINGTON — Fifteen years after the U.S. invaded Iraq to turn Saddam Hussein’s dictatorship into a beacon of democracy, Iraq’s Parliament, amid shouts of “Death to America!” voted to expel all U.S. troops from the country. Though nonbinding, the expulsion vote came after mobs ...

Almanac

By The Associated Press Today in History Today is Thursday, Jan. 9, the ninth day of 2020. There are 357 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On Jan. 9, 1945, during World War II, American forces began landing on the shores of Lingayen Gulf in the Philippines as the ...

Killing of Iranian general is only the latest example of Trump’s lawlessness

WASHINGTON — Donald Trump’s killing of Qassem Suleimani brings America to the brink of a war with Iran without any congressional approval, in direct violation of the war-making authority Congress has under the Constitution. Other presidents have started wars in reckless disregard of the ...

Add Iran’s leadership to ash heap of history

WASHINGTON — Addressing the British Parliament in 1982, President Ronald Reagan outlined a plan for placing the Soviet Union and Marxism-Leninism on the “ash heap of history.” It is an objective President Trump might pursue against the mullahs in Iran, who are subsidizing terrorism in the ...

Almanac

By The Associated Press Today in History Today is Wednesday, Jan. 8, the eighth day of 2020. There are 358 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On Jan. 8, 1815, the last major engagement of the War of 1812 came to an end as U.S. forces defeated the British in the Battle ...

Our real existential crisis — extinction

WASHINGTON — If Western elites were asked to name the greatest crisis facing mankind, climate change would win in a walk. Thus did Time magazine pass over every world leader to name a Swedish teenage climate activist, Greta Thunberg, its person of the year. On New Year’s Day, the ...

Almanac

By The Associated Press Today in History Today is Tuesday, Jan. 7, the seventh day of 2020. There are 359 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On Jan. 7, 2004, President George W. Bush proposed legal status, at least temporarily, for millions of immigrants improperly ...

Analysis: What’s next after killing of Iran general?

JERUSALEM (AP) — The unprecedented killing of Iran’s top general in a U.S. airstrike in Iraq has sent shockwaves across the Middle East, with Iran and its allies vowing revenge amid fears of an all-out war. But while they have vast arsenals and are within striking distance of U.S. troops ...

Almanac

By The Associated Press Today in History Today is Monday, Jan. 6, the sixth day of 2020. There are 360 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On Jan. 6, 1941, President Franklin D. Roosevelt, in his State of the Union address, outlined a goal of “Four Freedoms”: ...

Three Tips for 2020

NEW YORK — I learned three new things this year that made my life better! I share them with you here, hoping they make your 2020 easier. My “life hacks” are about popcorn, iPhones and butter. Weird? Maybe. Now I report on how politicians wreck just about everything, but at ...

Office Pool 2020

WASHINGTON — 1) In 2020, President Donald Trump will... a. start a war with Iran. b. refuse to enforce Obamacare. c. retain the core of Obamacare because he will have a change of heart. d. be re-elected. 2) At the end of 2020... a. more American troops will be deployed around ...

Almanac

By The Associated Press Today in History Today is Saturday, Jan. 4, the fourth day of 2020. There are 362 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On Jan. 4, 1964, Pope Paul VI began a visit to the Holy Land, the first papal pilgrimage of its kind. On this date: In ...

Help (urgently) needed: US Head of State

WASHINGTON — The American president, in addition to serving as commander in chief, is expected to be this nation’s consoler in chief, as well as the nation’s teacher and even preacher. Who alive on Jan. 28, 1986, does not remember the words of then-President Ronald Reagan from the Oval ...

American corporations are sacrificing workers

BERKELEY — Boeing just fired CEO Dennis Muilenburg in order “to restore confidence in the company moving forward as it works to repair relationships with regulators, customers and all other stakeholders,” according to a company statement. Restore confidence? Muilenburg’s successor ...

Almanac

By The Associated Press Today in History Today is Friday, Jan. 3, the third day of 2020. There are 363 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On Jan. 3, 1961, President Dwight D. Eisenhower announced the United States was formally terminating diplomatic and consular ...

A look at life 100 years ago

WASHINGTON — It’s can be useful and instructive to observe the turning of a decade by looking back on what life was like in America a mere 100 years ago. On Jan. 2, 1920, the Dow Jones Industrial Average was 108.76. Today it is over 28,000 points. In 1920, the U.S. had become an ...

Almanac

By The Associated Press Today in History Today is Thursday, Jan. 2, the second day of 2020. There are 364 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On Jan. 2, 1960, Sen. John F. Kennedy of Massachusetts launched his successful bid for the presidency. On this date: In ...

Messy primary finally meets election year

ATLANTA (AP) — The presidential politics calendar turned to 2020 nearly a year ago. This week, the actual date catches up. What weíre watching as the preseason closes and election year opens: THE NARRATIVE The ups, downs and swerves of 2019 yielded a stable top slate. Former Vice ...

Almanac

By The Associated Press Today in History Today is Tuesday, Dec. 31, the 365th and final day of 2019. Today’s Highlight in History: On Dec. 31, 1986, 97 people were killed when fire broke out in the Dupont Plaza Hotel in San Juan, Puerto Rico. (Three hotel workers later pleaded guilty ...