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WASHINGTON — The Department of Justice will soon commence an investigation to determine whether there should be an investigation (you read that nonsense correctly) of a scandal involving the Clinton Foundation and a company called Uranium One. It appears that FBI decisions made during the ...

Almanac

By The Associated Press Today in History Today is Saturday, Nov. 18, the 322nd day of 2017. There are 43 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On Nov. 18, 1942, “The Skin of Our Teeth,” Thornton Wilder’s Pulitzer Prize-winning allegory about the history of ...

‘Pre-mortem’ of the 2018 elections

WASHINGTON — American voters, almost invariably dissatisfied with the political status quo, generally endorse change. In 2016, Donald Trump was certainly the candidate of change, and Hillary Clinton, seeking a third consecutive Democratic term in the White House, represented continuity. ...

Can GOP keep Roy Moore out of the Senate?

WASHINGTON (AP) — Senate Republicans face a limited, unappealing set of options in responding to Alabama GOP candidate Roy Moore, who is caught up in allegations of sexual misconduct decades ago with minors. The election is already underway, with absentee ballots being mailed in with ...

Almanac

By The Associated Press Today in History Today is Friday, Nov. 17, the 321st day of 2017. There are 44 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On Nov. 17, 1917, French sculptor Auguste Rodin (roh-DAN’) died in Meudon at age 77. On this date: In 1558, Elizabeth I ...

Moments in U.S. history

TRAVERSE CITY — The Trump-Putin bromance continued last week. Trump, who briefly chatted with Putin at an economic summit, was asked by reporters if Putin had said anything about Russian meddling in last year’s U.S. presidential election. Trump’s response: “Every time he sees me he says ...

Almanac

By The Associated Press Today in History Today is Thursday, Nov. 16, the 320th day of 2017. There are 45 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On Nov. 16, 1907, Oklahoma became the 46th state of the union. On this date: In 1776, British troops captured Fort ...

That Bloodbath in the Old Dominion

WASHINGTON — The day after his “Silent Majority” speech on Nov. 3, 1969, calling on Americans to stand with him for peace with honor in Vietnam, Richard Nixon’s GOP captured the governorships of Virginia and New Jersey. By December, Nixon had reached 68 percent approval in the Gallup ...

The corruption of faith

WASHINGTON — When Jim Zeigler, the state auditor of Alabama, invoked the Bible to defend Republican Senate candidate Roy Moore against allegations that he had inappropriate contact with underage girls while single and in his 30s (which Moore has sort of denied), it signaled perhaps the final ...

Almanac

By The Associated Press Today in History Today is Wednesday, Nov. 15, the 319th day of 2017. There are 46 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On Nov. 15, 1942, the naval Battle of Guadalcanal ended during World War II with a decisive U.S. victory over Japanese ...

Hunters needed to help the hungry

By Keith Creagh and Dr. Phillip Knight LANSING — Michigan’s hunters know firsthand the pride and satisfaction of being able to bring home a nutritious meal of wild game to the family supper table. They also know how hard it can be sometimes to provide that food. Imagine trying to feed ...

Trump’s most damning legacy

BERKELEY — In a radio interview, Donald Trump said that “the saddest thing is, because I am the president of the United States, I am not supposed to be involved with the Justice Department. I’m not supposed to be involved with the FBI. I’m not supposed to be doing the kind of things I ...

Repeal and replace the tax code

WASHINGTON — The Republicans’ tax bill would somewhat improve the existing revenue system that once caused Mitch Daniels (former head of the Office of Management and Budget, former Indiana governor) to say: Wouldn’t it be nice to have a tax code that looked as though it had been designed ...

How They Voted

Senate Bill 584: Expand concealed pistol “no-carry zone” exemptions Passed 25 to 12 in the Senate on November 8, 2017 To authorize an exemption from the “no-carry zone” restrictions in the law authorizing shall-issue concealed pistol licenses, if a licensee gets extra training. ...

Preventing veteran suicides a top priority

IRON MOUNTAIN — On Veterans Day we celebrate the service, sacrifice, and enduring achievements of over 21 million living Americans who served our nation in uniform so that we may enjoy the freedoms we cherish so much. On Nov. 1, President Trump proclaimed November as Veterans and ...

Almanac

By The Associated Press Today in History Today is Saturday, Nov. 11, the 315th day of 2017. There are 50 days left in the year. This is Veterans Day in the U.S., Remembrance Day in Canada. Today’s Highlight in History: On Nov. 11, 1918, fighting in World War I ended as the Allies and ...

You first have to like politics

WASHINGTON — On the consensus list of the most significant American presidents following George Washington, there is a common trait. Abraham Lincoln, Franklin D. Roosevelt, Teddy Roosevelt, Thomas Jefferson and Harry Truman — each of these great leaders was first a very good politician who ...

Hillary and Bill Houdini

WASHINGTON — How do they do it? I am not the first to compare the Clintons to Harry Houdini, the great magician and escape artist, but Bill and Hillary make him look like a rank amateur. No law seems to touch them. No regulation seems to control them. No prosecutor wants to take the risk of ...

Almanac

By The Associated Press Today in History Today is Friday, Nov. 10, the 314th day of 2017. There are 51 days left in the year. Today’s Highlights in History: On Nov. 10, 1982, the newly finished Vietnam Veterans Memorial was opened to its first visitors in Washington, D.C., three days ...

Almanac

By The Associated Press Today in History Today is Monday, Nov. 13, the 317th day of 2017. There are 48 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On Nov. 13, 1977, the satirical comic strip “Li’l Abner” by Al Capp appeared in newspapers for the last time. On this ...