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How They Voted

In response to the coronavirus emergency the legislature has scheduled tentative one-day-a-week sessions but is unlikely to meet again before April 21. During this period the weekly roll call report will share descriptions of some interesting or noteworthy recent bill introductions, beginning ...

Almanac

By The Associated Press Today in History Today is Tuesday, March 31, the 91st day of 2020. There are 275 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On March 31, 1968, at the conclusion of a nationally broadcast address on Vietnam, President Lyndon B. Johnson stunned listeners ...

Almanac

By The Associated Press Today in History Today is Monday, March 30, the 90th day of 2020. There are 276 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On March 30, 1981, President Ronald Reagan was shot and seriously injured outside a Washington, D.C. hotel by John W. Hinckley, ...

The red tape pandemic

NEW YORK — Coronavirus is frightening. I’m working from home, practicing “social distancing.” Experts say it’ll help “flatten the curve” so fewer people will be infected simultaneously. Then hospitals won’t be overwhelmed. But the infection rate grows. Doctors and hospitals ...

Whatever became of Dan Quayle?

WASHINGTON — He was the 44th vice president of the United States in the George H.W. Bush administration, but for the last 20 years, Dan Quayle has stayed mostly away from the unfriendly glare of political life. I called him to get his thoughts on the coronavirus and the current political ...

Almanac

By The Associated Press Today in History Today is Saturday, March 28, the 88th day of 2020. There are 278 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On March 28, 2003, American-led forces in Iraq dropped thousand-pound bombs on Republican Guard units guarding the gates to ...

Not wasting a serious crisis

WASHINGTON — My sainted mother was a public school teacher until she married my father and immediately, as a married woman, was forced by local Massachusetts rules then in force to leave the classroom. (My own grade school teachers included Miss Galvin, Miss Harrington, Miss Donahue, Miss ...

Beware a government of fear

WASHINGTON — “Those who would give up essential Liberty, to purchase a little temporary Safety, deserve neither Liberty nor Safety.” — Benjamin Franklin (1706-1790) One of my Fox colleagues recently sent me an email attachment of a painting of the framers signing the Constitution of ...

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By The Associated Press Today in History Today is Friday, March 27, the 87th day of 2020. There are 279 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On March 27, 2006, Al-Qaida conspirator Zacarias Moussaoui (zak-uh-REE’-uhs moo-SOW’-ee) testified at his federal trial that ...

Life will return to normal at some point

TRAVERSE CITY — When people think the sky is falling, there’s an obvious risk in saying “Yes, it is … but it’s also not.” I’m going to take that risk. Yes, the coronavirus is awful. It’s killed roughly 12,000 worldwide so far. But it could have killed more. Believe it or ...

A lesson from coronavirus

WASHINGTON — If anything good can come from the coronavirus pandemic, it is the revelation of America’s overreliance on China, especially when it comes to drugs. Interviewed by NBC News, retired Brigadier General John Adams said, “Basically, we’ve outsourced our entire industry to ...

Almanac

By The Associated Press Today in History Today is Thursday, March 26, the 86th day of 2020. There are 280 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On March 26, 1945, during World War II, Iwo Jima was fully secured by U.S. forces following a final, desperate attack by ...

Are Americans all-in for a long coronavirus war?

WASHINGTON — “It’s a war,” says President Donald Trump of his efforts to contain the coronavirus pandemic, and likening his role to that of “wartime president.” New York Governor Andrew Cuomo welcomed the president’s claim to his commander in chief role in the crisis and his ...

Almanac

By The Associated Press Today in History Today is Wednesday, March 25, the 85th day of 2020. There are 281 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On March 25, 1931, in the so-called “Scottsboro Boys” case, nine young black men were taken off a train in Alabama, ...

How They Voted

The Legislature met one day this week and has scheduled tentative sessions for one day per week during the coronavirus public health emergency, which will only take place if there is a specific need. In coming weeks the Roll Call Report will feature recently introduced bill of interest. House ...

Almanac

By The Associated Press Today in History Today is Tuesday, March 24, the 84th day of 2020. There are 282 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On March 24, 1989, the supertanker Exxon Valdez (vahl-DEEZ’) ran aground on a reef in Alaska’s Prince William Sound and ...

Freedom in a time of madness

WASHINGTON — “The Constitution of the United States is a law for rulers and people, equally in war and in peace, and covers with the shield of its protection all classes of men, at all times and under all circumstances.” — Ex parte Milligan, U.S. Supreme Court (1866) During the Civil ...

Almanac

By The Associated Press Today in History Today is Monday, March 23, the 83rd day of 2020. There are 283 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On March 23, 1933, the German Reichstag adopted the Enabling Act, which effectively granted Adolf Hitler dictatorial powers. On ...

Price gouging

NEW YORK — “We don’t have any...!” Fill in the blank. People are stocking up on things, fearing that we will be stuck in our homes, under quarantine, without essential supplies. Some hoard toilet paper. A popular internet video features someone driving up to what appears to be a ...