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Almanac

By The Associated Press Today in History Today is Monday, Aug. 5, the 217th day of 2019. There are 148 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On August 5, 1962, actress Marilyn Monroe, 36, was found dead in her Los Angeles home; her death was ruled a probable suicide from ...

Lots of free stuff!

NEW YORK — Never before have presidential candidates offered voters so much “free” stuff. Kamala Harris wants you to “collect up to $500 a month.” Elizabeth Warren says, “We need to go tenfold in our research and development in green energy.” No one has tracked the cost ...

How They Voted

The legislature is on summer break with no votes until at least August. Rather than votes this report contains some interesting or noteworthy recent bill introductions. Senate Bill 380: Authorize teacher college loan repayment grants Introduced by Sen. Rosemary Bayer (D), to give college ...

Almanac

By The Associated Press Today in History Today is Saturday, Aug. 3, the 215th day of 2019. There are 150 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On August 3, 1972, the U.S. Senate ratified the Anti-Ballistic Missile Treaty between the United States and the Soviet Union. ...

Can Democrats ever get to the fourth stage?

WASHINGTON — It is time to remind ourselves of the Four Stages of Political Defeat and whether the losing side — in this case, the Democrats who suffered an unexpected and stinging rebuke in 2016 — will be able to recover and compete. Because political parties are composed of human ...

Almanac

By The Associated Press Today in History Today is Friday, Aug. 2, the 214th day of 2019. There are 151 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On August 2, 1990, Iraq invaded Kuwait, seizing control of the oil-rich emirate. (The Iraqis were later driven out in Operation ...

What’s next for Democrats post-Mueller?

WASHINGTON — The Washington Post, which has done everything in its dwindling power with articles, editorials and columns denouncing, demeaning and attempting to destroy President Trump, appears to have temporarily — but only temporarily — raised the white flag. A headline following former ...

Almanac

By The Associated Press Today in History Today is Thursday, Aug. 1, the 213th day of 2019. There are 152 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On August 1, 1944, an uprising broke out in Warsaw, Poland, against Nazi occupation; the revolt lasted two months before ...

Assailing the truth in two distinct ways

BERKELEY — There are two kinds of Donald Trump lies. One is about facts. The other is about those who call him out on his fabrications. An example of the first occurred on Sunday, when Trump issued a tweetstorm of lies: “The Robert Mueller Rigged Witch Hunt, headed now by 17 (increased ...

Inconvenient truths for 2020 Democrats

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Democratic presidential contenders have some inconvenient truths to grapple with. It’s not easy, for example, to summon foreboding words on the economy — accurately — when the U.S. has been having its longest expansion in history. Health care for all raises ...

Almanac

By The Associated Press Today in History Today is Wednesday, July 31, the 212th day of 2019. There are 153 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On July 31, 1954, Pakistan’s K2 was conquered as two members of an Italian expedition, Achille Compagnoni and Lino Lacedelli ...

After Mueller, where do Democrats go?

WASHINGTON — The Democrats who were looking to cast Robert Mueller as the star in a TV special, “The Impeachment of Donald Trump,” can probably tear up the script. They’re gonna be needing a new one. For six hours Wednesday, as three cable news networks and ABC, CBS and NBC all ...

Almanac

By The Associated Press Today in History Today is Tuesday, July 30, the 211th day of 2019. There are 154 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On July 30, 1956, President Dwight D. Eisenhower signed a measure making “In God We Trust” the national motto, replacing ...

A hazard of bipartisanship

WASHINGTON — Acting on the principle “Why put it off until tomorrow when you can do the wrong thing today?” the House of Representatives last week voted to repeal a tax that is not scheduled to take effect until 2022. The vote against the “Cadillac tax” was 419-6, a reminder that ...

Almanac

By The Associated Press Today in History Today is Monday, July 29, the 210th day of 2019. There are 155 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On July 29, 1981, Britain’s Prince Charles married Lady Diana Spencer in a glittering ceremony at St. Paul’s Cathedral in ...

Wages war

NEW YORK — Sen. Bernie Sanders’ presidential campaign was just disrupted by campaign workers demanding the same $15 per hour Sanders demands government force all employers to pay. It serves him right. Years ago, the activist group ACORN faced the same problem. After fighting for a ...

The longest pleasure

“Now hatred is by far the Longest pleasure; “Men love in haste, but they detest at leisure.” — George Gordon, Lord Byron WASHINGTON — When I was an undergraduate at Princeton University during the height of the Vietnam War, surrounded by fellow students who condemned it and even ...

Almanac

By The Associated Press Today in History Today is Saturday, July 27, the 208th day of 2019. There are 157 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On July 27, 1909, during the first official test of the U.S. Army’s first airplane, Orville Wright flew himself and a ...

Stop looking for a Democratic Trump

WASHINGTON — Our vote for president is the most “personal” vote we Americans get to cast. We’re far more likely to base our choice for the U.S. House or the Senate on issues — such as health care costs, immigration or the environment — than we are our presidential choice. In a ...

End immigration to mend it

WASHONGTON — For safety reasons, fire marshals control the number of people who can occupy a building at any one time. We’ve seen what happens when crowds get too large and a fire breaks out, causing panic and often death. So why not control the crowd illegally entering America? We ...