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Did I say that? I apologize

WASHINGTON — For your semi-faithful correspondent, 2016 has been a 12-month exercise in humility. I apologize to you, gentle reader, for the errors — all unforced — to which I subjected you. My introduction to the 2016 campaign was to endorse the timeless wisdom of former Sen. Bill ...

Barack backhands Bibi

WASHINGTON — Did the community organizer from Harvard Law just deliver some personal payback to the IDF commando? So it would seem. By abstaining on that Security Council resolution declaring Israeli settlements in the West Bank and East Jerusalem illegal and invalid, raged Bibi Netanyahu, ...

Almanac

By The Associated Press Today in History Today is Friday, Dec. 30, the 365th day of 2016. There is one day left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On Dec. 30, 1916, Grigory Rasputin, the so-called “Mad Monk” who wielded considerable influence with Czar Nicholas II, was ...

Enough resolutions to go around

FLINT — At this time of year I often hear people say, “I don’t make New Year’s Resolutions because I never know what resolutions to make.” People, you can’t be serious? I encounter many of you each and every day, and let me assure you that you are, as columnist Dave Barry once ...

More terror, more denial

WASHINGTON — Recent terrorist attacks in Ankara, Turkey, and Berlin, Germany, add to a growing list of incidents that are becoming increasingly difficult to remember. Does one begin the list with the plane hijackings in the ‘60s and ‘70s, or the first World Trade Center bombing in 1993, ...

Almanac

By The Associated Press Today in History Today is Thursday, Dec. 29, the 364th day of 2016. There are two days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On Dec. 29, 1916, James Joyce’s first novel, “A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man,” was first published in book ...

Random thoughts, looking back

WASHINGTON — Any honest man, looking back on a very long life, must admit — even if only to himself — being a relic of a bygone era. Having lived long enough to have seen both “the greatest generation” that fought World War II and the gratingest generation that we see all around us ...

GOP vexed by factions on replacing health law

WASHINGTON (AP) — Republicans are united on repealing President Barack Obama’s health care law, but ideologically and practically speaking, they’re in different camps over replacing it. Getting the factions together won’t be easy. Some Republicans would revise and rebrand ...

Almanac

By The Associated Press Today in History Today is Wednesday, Dec. 28, the 363rd day of 2016. There are three days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On Dec. 28, 1846, Iowa became the 29th state to be admitted to the Union. On this date: In 1612, Italian astronomer ...

Why Trump will continue to hold rallies

BERKELEY — Donald Trump has just finished the last of his nine post-election “thank-you tour” rallies. Why did he do them? And why is he planning further rallies after he becomes president? One clue is that Trump conducted them only in the states he won. And most attendees appeared to ...

More terror, more denial

WASHINGTON — Recent terrorist attacks in Ankara, Turkey, and Berlin, Germany, add to a growing list of incidents that are becoming increasingly difficult to remember. Does one begin the list with the plane hijackings in the ‘60s and ‘70s, or the first World Trade Center bombing in 1993, ...

Almanac

By The Associated Press Today in History Today is Tuesday, Dec. 27, the 362nd day of 2016. There are four days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On Dec. 27, 1904, James Barrie’s play “Peter Pan: The Boy Who Wouldn’t Grow Up” opened at the Duke of York’s ...

When a house is accused of a crime

“The thing that is in Room 101 is the worst thing in the world. ... The worst thing in the world varies from individual to individual.” — George Orwell, “1984” — — — PHILADELPHIA — For Christos and Markela Sourovelis, for whom the worst thing was losing their home, ...

The oilman who brought Trump, Bush world together

WASHINGTON (AP) — Throughout the presidential campaign, the Bush family and many of its Republican allies turned their backs on Donald Trump. Now, they’re finding common cause with Trump over his pick to lead the State Department: Exxon Mobil CEO Rex Tillerson, who has long orbited their ...

Almanac

By The Associated Press Today in History Today is Monday, Dec. 26, the 361st day of 2016. There are five days left in the year. The seven-day African-American holiday Kwanzaa begins today. This is Boxing Day. Today’s Highlight in History: On Dec. 26, 1941, during World War II, ...

The familiarity of Christmas

WASHINGTON — Familiarity doesn’t always breed contempt. Not if it’s a familiarity with Christmas. While America and much of the world are focusing attention on the coming of the new president, little attention is paid to a gift not even the world’s richest person could pay for and ...

Almanac

By The Associated Press Today in History Today is Saturday, Dec. 24, the 359th day of 2016. There are seven days left in the year. This is Christmas Eve; the Jewish Festival of Lights, Hanukkah, begins at sunset. Today’s Highlight in History: On Dec. 24, 1906, Canadian physicist ...

Close Them Down!

NEW YORK — Donald Trump is appointing good people — Andy Puzder, for example, Trump’s nominee for labor secretary. When Puzder took over Carl’s Jr. and Hardee’s restaurants, they were deep in debt. Four years later, they were profitable. I bet his 70,000 workers are happy about ...

Like charity, patriotism begins at home

WASHINGTON — Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., holds an office higher than the presidency. John McCain is a patriot. Like his fellow warriors, he does not talk about the horror and the pain he endured and he lived with. The memories must no doubt be too personal and too powerful. McCain, the most ...

Like charity, patriotism begins at home

WASHINGTON — Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., holds an office higher than the presidency. John McCain is a patriot. Like his fellow warriors, he does not talk about the horror and the pain he endured and he lived with. The memories must no doubt be too personal and too powerful. McCain, the most ...