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Cutting a hole in the 4th Amendment, again

WASHINGTON — Hidden beneath the controversy stirred up last week by the publication of a book called “Fire and Fury,” a highly critical insider’s view of the Trump White House that the president has not only denounced on national television but also tried to prevent from being published ...

Almanac

By The Associated Press Today in History Today is Friday, Jan. 19, the 19th day of 2018. There are 346 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On Jan. 19, 1953, CBS-TV aired the widely watched episode of “I Love Lucy” in which Lucy Ricardo, played by Lucille Ball, gave ...

Selling hate to America

NEW YORK — Who will warn Americans about hate groups? The media know: the Southern Poverty Law Center. SPLC, based in Alabama, calls itself “the premier” group monitoring hate. Give us money, they say, and they will “fight the hate that thrives in our country.” I once believed ...

In immigration debate, race matters

WASHINGTON — President Trump “said things which were hate-filled, vile and racist. ... I cannot believe ... any president has ever spoken the words that I ... heard our president speak yesterday.” So wailed Sen. Dick Durbin after departing the White House. And what caused the ...

Big decisions await Congress on immigration

WASHINGTON (AP) — Before a potential government shutdown at midnight Friday night, a host of leftover Washington business is bottled up in Congress, waiting on a deal to prevent the deportation of young immigrants brought to the country illegally as children and an agreement on other ...

Almanac

By The Associated Press Today in History Today is Thursday, Jan. 18, the 18th day of 2018. There are 347 days left in the year. Today’s Highlights in History: On Jan. 18, 1943, during World War II, Jewish insurgents in the Warsaw Ghetto launched their initial armed resistance against ...

Almanac

By The Associated Press Today in History Today is Wednesday, Jan. 17, the 17th day of 2018. There are 348 days left in the year. Today’s Highlights in History: On Jan. 17, 1893, Hawaii’s monarchy was overthrown as a group of businessmen and sugar planters forced Queen Lili’uokalani ...

How merit-based college admissions became so unfair

WASHINGTON — During World War I, chemist James Conant was deeply involved in research on what was considered the worst imaginable weapon: poison gas. During World War II, as a science adviser to President Franklin Roosevelt, Conant was so central to the development of the atomic bomb that he ...

Almanac

By The Associated Press Today in History Today is Monday, Jan. 15, the 15th day of 2018. There are 350 days left in the year. This is the Martin Luther King Jr. federal holiday. Today’s Highlight in History: On Jan. 15, 1943, work was completed on the Pentagon, the headquarters of the ...

Why does anyone care about the Royals?

TRAVERSE CITY — What is it with some people and the British royal family? Some kid of one of them started preschool or something this week and they couldn’t get enough: “Look! How cute!” Cute, sure, but the kid’s just going to nursery school to finger paint and pull hair. So why does ...

Punish poor people

NEW YORK — Store owner Kamal Saleh was just hit with thousands of dollars in fines. His crime? He sold three cigars for $8.89. “Too cheap!” say New York City bureaucrats. “The cigars should have cost 11 cents more.” Politicians want you to spend more for tobacco. They decided ...

Almanac

By The Associated Press Today in History Today is Saturday, Jan. 13, the 13th day of 2018. There are 352 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On Jan. 13, 1968, country singer Johnny Cash performed and recorded a pair of shows at Folsom State Prison in California; ...

Questions abound in prep athletic transfers

(ALERT: The sports editor of The Daily Press has issued an advisory. Due to hazardous winter weather conditions canceling many area sporting events the past two nights, Mike Mattson was forced into an impromptu assignment. He fired up his laptop computer to produce an opinion on high school ...

Change needed for Pack to get back in title mode

­ESCANABA — If many of you are like me you probably thought the Packers were one of the favorites to win the Super Bowl entering this season or at least make the playoffs for the ninth straight year. That seemed to be true a quarter of the way through the season behind MVP-caliber ...

A prophet who deserves a little honor

WASHINGTON — Anyone who cannot resist the temptation to offer public predictions about public events invites and can expect public ridicule. Even pre-eminent 20th-century American columnist and public intellectual Walter Lippmann, who was courted by presidents and prime ministers, is ...

Office Pool 2018

WASHINGTON — 1) In 2018, a. the Democrats will win control of the House of Representatives. b. the Republicans will retain control of the Senate. c. President Donald Trump will provoke the use of the 25th Amendment by his Cabinet to remove him temporarily from office. d. the key issue ...

Almanac

By The Associated Press Today in History Today is Friday, Jan. 12, the 12th day of 2018. There are 353 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On Jan. 12, 1948, the U.S. Supreme Court, in Sipuel v. Board of Regents of University of Oklahoma, unanimously ruled that state ...

Are Trump’s accusers ‘mad’?

WASHINGTON — “Everybody’s got to believe in something. I believe I’ll have another beer.” — W.C. Fields Having lost an election they thought they would win and unable to get over it; having been staggeringly wrong about their predictions that a Trump presidency would be the end of ...

Almanac

By The Associated Press Today in History Today is Thursday, Jan. 11, the 11th day of 2018. There are 354 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On Jan. 11, 1964, U.S. Surgeon General Luther Terry issued “Smoking and Health,” a report which concluded that “cigarette ...

Fire bell in the night for the Ayatollah

WASHINGTON — As tens of thousands marched in the streets of Tehran on Wednesday in support of the regime, the head of the Revolutionary Guard Corps assured Iranians the “sedition” had been defeated. Maj. Gen. Mohammad Ali Jafari is whistling past the graveyard. The protests that ...