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The pro-life movement’s moment

WASHINGTON — Since 1973, when Roe vs. Wade ushered in what would eventually lead to abortion on demand, including partial-birth abortion and even the failure to protect babies born alive after failed procedures — the pro-life movement has achieved few legislative victories. That may be ...

Almanac

By The Associated Press Today in History Today is Thursday, May 23, the 143rd day of 2019. There are 222 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On May 23, 1934, bank robbers Clyde Barrow and Bonnie Parker were shot to death in a police ambush in Bienville Parish, ...

Our veterans deserve the best in return

WASHINGTON — In October 1966, I called my family from Gustavus Adolphus College to let them know I had decided to become a Marine. I remember the call as if it was yesterday: My mother dropped the phone and didn’t say a word. My father, on the other hand, a World War II Navy veteran, had a ...

Who wants this war with Iran?

WASHINGTON — Speaking on state TV of the prospect of a war in the Gulf, Iran’s supreme leader Ayatollah Khamenei seemed to dismiss the idea. “There won’t be any war. ... We don’t seek a war, and (the Americans) don’t either. They know it’s not in their interests.” The ...

Almanac

By The Associated Press Today in History Today is Wednesday, May 22, the 142nd day of 2019. There are 223 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On May 22, 1992, after a reign lasting nearly 30 years, Johnny Carson hosted NBC’s “Tonight Show” for the final time (Jay ...

Once upon a time in America

WASHINGTON — There was a time in American history — nearly all of it up to the presidency of Woodrow Wilson — when the federal government followed basic constitutional norms. With some unique and discrete exceptions, like the Civil War, Congress wrote the laws, the president enforced ...

Abortion ban aims for high court, but won’t get there soon

WASHINGTON (AP) — Alabama’s virtual ban on abortion is the latest and most far-reaching state law seemingly designed to prod the Supreme Court to reconsider a constitutional right it announced 46 years ago in the landmark Roe v. Wade decision. But Chief Justice John Roberts may prefer a ...

Almanac

By The Associated Press Today in History Today is Tuesday, May 21, the 141st day of 2019. There are 224 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On May 21, 1932, Amelia Earhart became the first woman to fly solo across the Atlantic Ocean as she landed in Northern Ireland, ...

Children shouldn’t pay price for bigotry

WASHINGTON — Republican James G. Blaine (1830-1893) was a House speaker, senator and two-time secretary of state, but he is remembered, if at all, for this doggerel: “Blaine, Blaine, James G. Blaine/ the continental liar from the state of Maine.” His lasting legacy, however, is even more ...

Almanac

By The Associated Press Today in History Today is Monday, May 20, the 140th day of 2019. There are 225 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On May 20, 1927, Charles Lindbergh took off from Roosevelt Field on Long Island, New York, aboard the Spirit of St. Louis on his ...

Sex ‘trafficking’ panic

NEW YORK — When police charged New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft with soliciting prostitution, the press said the police rescued sex slaves. “They were women who were from China, who were forced into sex slavery,” said Trevor Noah on “The Daily Show.” We’re told this ...

My sentimental journey with Doris Day

WASHINGTON — It was Oscar Levant who uttered the famous line: “I knew Doris Day before she was a virgin.” In a way it was a backhanded compliment to a woman who represented in most of her film roles an image of chastity and virtue that was once mostly promoted in American culture, ...

Almanac

By The Associated Press Today in History Today is Saturday, May 18, the 138th day of 2019. There are 227 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On May 18, 1896, the U.S. Supreme Court, in Plessy v. Ferguson, endorsed “separate but equal” racial segregation, a concept ...

A story ‘too good to check’

WASHINGTON — Shortly after the cooling of the earth, when I was working for The Washington Post, I more than once heard a grizzled editor skeptically caution a younger reporter who was sure that he, alone, had gotten a stop-the-presses exclusive scoop that was going to lead the paper and, ...

Almanac

By The Associated Press Today in History Today is Friday, May 17, the 137th day of 2019. There are 228 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On May 17, 2004, Massachusetts became the first state to allow same-sex marriages. On this date: In 1536, Archbishop of ...

House has constitutional duty to impeach

BERKELEY — Donald Trump is causing a constitutional crisis with his blanket refusal to respond to any subpoenas. So what happens now? An impeachment inquiry in the House won’t send him packing before Election Day 2020 because Senate Republicans won’t convict him of impeachment. So the ...

Back to the past with Joe Biden

WASHINGTON — Joe Biden, the leading Democrat in the overcrowded presidential sweepstakes (there are more of them running than horses in the recent Kentucky Derby), appears to want to take America back to the days of the Obama administration, which he was a part of for eight years. What would ...

Almanac

By The Associated Press Today in History Today is Thursday, May 16, the 136th day of 2019. There are 229 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On May 16, 1966, China launched the Cultural Revolution, a radical as well as deadly reform movement aimed at purging the ...

Are all the world’s problems ours?

WASHINGTON — In 2003, George W. Bush took us to war to liberate Iraq from the despotism of Saddam Hussein and convert that nation into a beacon of freedom and prosperity in the Middle East. Tuesday, Mike Pompeo flew clandestinely into Baghdad, met with the prime minister and flew out in ...

GOP focus on women, minorities for 2020 challengers

WASHINGTON (AP) — Top Republicans are hunting district-by-district for just the right candidates — women and minorities in many cases — to help them recapture the House six months after a political tidal wave swept Democrats into control of the most diverse majority in history. Among ...