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The President and immigration

WASHINGTON — Recently, we all saw massive public outrage in major cities throughout the country. It was directed at the Jan. 27 issuance of an executive order, signed by President Donald Trump, addressing immigration. With the executive order, the president ordered the suspension of entry of ...

Almanac

By The Associated Press Today in History Today is Monday, Feb. 6, the 37th day of 2017. There are 328 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On Feb. 6, 1952, Britain’s King George VI, 56, died at Sandringham House in Norfolk, England; he was succeeded as monarch by ...

Trump bubble bursts

NEW YORK — No! The bubble burst. My fantasy died. I wasn’t a big Donald Trump backer — on TV I have called him a bully, a narcissist, etc. — but his first days were thrilling! Finally, a president who meant it when he said he’d cut red tape that kills growth, a man who mocks ...

The narrative

WASHINGTON — Just days into the Trump administration, the left’s narrative is clear. First, it was that Trump is an “illegitimate” president because he didn’t win the popular vote, claims about “voter fraud” notwithstanding. Then the left tried name-calling. Unfit. Immoral. ...

Almanac

By The Associated Press Today in History Today is Saturday, Feb. 4, the 35th day of 2017. There are 330 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On Feb. 4, 1789, electors chose George Washington to be the first president of the United States. On this date: In 1783, ...

It’s the White House calling

WASHINGTON — In this era of tweets and texts, the White House of President Donald Trump, ever respectful of tradition, is bringing back the personal phone call. For example, Steve Bannon, the president’s chief strategist, by telephone told The New York Times’ Michael Grynbaum that his ...

Almanac

By The Associated Press Today in History Today is Friday, Feb. 3, the 34th day of 2017. There are 331 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On Feb. 3, 1917, the United States broke off diplomatic relations with Germany, which had announced a policy of unrestricted ...

How They Voted

No bills have been voted on so far in the opening weeks of the 2017-18 Michigan Legislature. This report contains some newly introduced bills of general interest. House Joint Resolution A: Establish part time legislature Introduced by Rep. Michael Webber (R), to place before voters in ...

Sweetgrass earns national raves

ESCANABA — Sweetgrass Golf Club continues to draw national attention, even though no one has played there since October. The site of an annual Symetra Tour tournament has received Platinum billing from golfvacationinsider.com, a website devoted to golf news and notes. To give you a ...

The week that was

WASHINGTON — Republican members of Congress met in Philadelphia last weekend for what was called a retreat. It might have been more accurately labeled an advance. Perhaps not since the days of Franklin Roosevelt’s first term has so much been done by so few that will potentially impact so ...

Where’s the benefit in Trump’s ban?

FLINT — I get — we all get — that the party that controls Congress and the White House gets to remake the country in its own image. To the winner go the spoils. But how are we a better country for it? That’s what I can’t figure out: Why do the Republicans in charge think America is ...

Almanac

By The Associated Press Today in History Today is Wednesday, Feb. 1, the 32nd day of 2017. There are 333 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On Feb. 1, 1942, during World War II, the Voice of America broadcast its first program to Europe, relaying it through the ...

Seven truths for Democrats

BERKELEY — The ongoing contest between the Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders wings of the Democratic Party continues to divide Democrats. It’s urgent Democrats stop squabbling and recognize seven basic truths: 1. The party is on life support. Democrats are in the minority in both the ...

Almanac

By The Associated Press Today in History Today is Tuesday, Jan. 31, the 31st day of 2017. There are 334 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On Jan. 31, 1917, during World War I, Germany served notice that it was beginning a policy of unrestricted submarine ...

An excess of intellectual emptiness

WASHINGTON — In 2013, a college student assigned to research a deadly substance sought help via Twitter: “I can’t find the chemical and physical properties of sarin gas someone please help me.” An expert at a security consulting firm tried to be helpful, telling her that sarin is not ...

Americans need help fast

WASHINGTON — The new medical insurance premium for my wife and I will be just a few dollars shy of $2,000 per month for 2017. This amounts to a total of $24,000 for the year. Should either of us have a serious illness or medical procedure then our out of pocket expense will be $11,000. ...

Almanac

By The Associated Press Today in History Today is Monday, Jan. 30, the 30th day of 2017. There are 335 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On Jan. 30, 1948, Indian political and spiritual leader Mohandas K. Gandhi, 78, was shot and killed in New Delhi by Nathuram ...

DeVos should have said

NEW YORK — Donald Trump’s nominee for secretary of education, Betsy DeVos, probably survived the grilling she got from angry Democrats last week. When Sen. Patty Murray demanded she promise not “to privatize public schools,” DeVos replied, “Not all schools are working for the ...

Feeling good (so far)

WASHINGTON — “It’s a new dawn It’s a new day It’s a new life For me And I’m feeling good.” — “Feeling Good” President Trump’s critics are finding it difficult to stay focused following a flurry of actions taken by the new American CEO. In just the first two ...

Almanac

By The Associated Press Today in History Today is Saturday, Jan. 28, the 28th day of 2017. There are 337 days left in the year. This is the Chinese New Year of the Rooster. Today’s Highlight in History: On Jan. 28, 1986, the space shuttle Challenger exploded 73 seconds after ...