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‘Victims’ Dictate

NEW YORK — “I don’t feel safe,” says a Harvard student in a video. What threatens her? The dean of her Harvard dormitory, law professor Ronald Sullivan, agreed to be part of accused sexual harasser Harvey Weinstein’s legal defense team. Sullivan and his wife were deans of the ...

No credit where credit is due

WASHINGTON — The quote is attributed to President Harry Truman, and Ronald Reagan kept it on his desk: “It is amazing what you can accomplish if you do not care who gets the credit.” It is even more amazing what has been accomplished with the American economy, but Democratic ...

Almanac

By The Associated Press Today in History Today is Saturday, June 1, the 152nd day of 2019. There are 213 days left in the year. Today’s Highlights in History: On June 1, 1813, the mortally wounded commander of the USS Chesapeake, Capt. James Lawrence, gave the order, “Don’t give up ...

Remember: American politics is very imitative

WASHINGTON — It’s a better than even bet that in Massachusetts today there is more than one ambitious young Democratic candidate running for local office who is deliberately pronouncing the word “again” so that it rhymes with “a pain.” Why, you logically ask? Because that’s how ...

Almanac

By The Associated Press Today in History Today is Friday, May 31, the 151st day of 2019. There are 214 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On May 31, 1962, former Nazi official Adolf Eichmann was hanged in Israel a few minutes before midnight for his role in the ...

This isn’t a hard choice

TRAVERSE CITY — I would hate to be in line at McDonald’s behind a Congressional Democrat. “I’ll have the Big Mac … no, wait. There’s a lot of fat in that. Then again, you only live once, right, ha ha! But really I shouldn’t. Maybe I should get some Chicken McNuggets instead. I ...

Once a terrorist always a terrorist

WASHINGTON — Secretary of State Mike Pompeo called the release of self-admitted “American Taliban” member John Walker Lindh “unexplainable and unconscionable.” Lindh, who was paroled last Thursday from a federal prison in Terre Haute, Indiana, served 17 years of a 20-year sentence ...

Almanac

By The Associated Press Today in History Today is Thursday, May 30, the 150th day of 2019. There are 215 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On May 30, 1911, the first Indy 500 took place at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway; the winner was Ray Harroun, who drove a ...

Are we on the ramp to Impeachment Road?

WASHINGTON — After a stroke felled Woodrow Wilson during his national tour to save his League of Nations, an old rival, Sen. Albert Fall, went to the White House to tell the president, “I have been praying for you, Sir.” To which Wilson is said to have replied, “Which way, ...

Almanac

By The Associated Press Today in History Today is Wednesday, May 29, the 149th day of 2019. There are 216 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On May 29, 1953, Mount Everest was conquered as Edmund Hillary of New Zealand and Tensing Norgay of Nepal became the first ...

Trump economy isn’t good for everyone

BERKELEY — The award for this year’s Biggest Backhanded Compliment to Donald Trump from a Trump Toadie goes to acting White House chief of staff Mick Mulvaney, who recently predicted a Trump victory in 2020 because “people will vote for somebody they don’t like if they think it’s good ...

How They Voted

House Bill 4095, Revise foster care home zoning restriction: Passed 73 to 36 in the House To revise a law that prohibits local zoning codes from excluding a child foster care facility with six or fewer residents from being located in a residential neighborhood. The bill changes this to ...

Almanac

By The Associated Press Today in History Today is Tuesday, May 28, the 148th day of 2019. There are 217 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On May 28, 1977, 165 people were killed when fire raced through the Beverly Hills Supper Club in Southgate, Kentucky. On this ...

Trump, Obama and Congress to blame

WASHINGTON — Difficulties with Iran will recur regularly, like the oscillations of a sine wave, and the recent crisis — if such it was, or is — illustrates persistent U.S. intellectual and institutional failures, starting with this: The Trump administration’s assumption, and that of ...

To impeach or not to impeach

WASHINGTON — “If the president does it, that means it is not illegal.” —Richard M. Nixon (1913-1994) The revelation last weekend by Michigan Republican Congressman Justin Amash that he believes the Mueller Report accuses President Donald Trump of impeachable offenses has ignited ...

Almanac

By The Associated Press Today in History Today is Monday, May 27, the 147th day of 2019. There are 218 days left in the year. This is the Memorial Day observance. Today’s Highlight in History: On May 27, 1941, the British Royal Navy sank the German battleship Bismarck off France with a ...

A soldier’s story

EDITOR: Mess Sergeant Parsons always had a hot meal for us when our company came in from a combat operation in Vietnam no matter what time it was. If things weren’t exact he’d start screaming instructions at his cooks. His face would turn red. The vein in his forehead would bulge and ...

In money we trust?

NEW YORK — Look at the dollar bills in your wallet. They say they are “legal tender for all debts.” But are they? What makes them valuable? What makes them worth anything? Each bill says, “In God We Trust.” But God won’t guarantee their value. The $20 bill depicts the White ...

Poll: Older Americans more likely to cite workplace discrimination

CHICAGO (AP) — Are older workers being discriminated against on the job? The answer appears to depend on the age of the person asked. About half of Americans think there’s age discrimination in the workplace, according to a poll by The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs ...

Almanac

By The Associated Press Today in History Today is Saturday, May 25, the 145th day of 2019. There are 220 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On May 25, 1935, Babe Ruth hit his last three career home runs — Nos. 712, 713 and 714 — for the Boston Braves in a game ...