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Almanac

By The Associated Press Today in History Today is Wednesday, Aug. 16, the 228th day of 2017. There are 137 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On August 16, 1977, Elvis Presley died at his Graceland estate in Memphis, Tennessee, at age 42. On this date: In 1777, ...

Night thoughts on Trump and America

WASHINGTON — With Donald Trump vacationing at one of his golf resorts, the rest of us may have a chance to relax. But in truth, it’s more like a short break in a continuing nightmare, with just enough time to turn on the light, look at the clock and ponder where we are before the nightmare ...

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By The Associated Press Today in History Today is Tuesday, Aug. 15, the 227th day of 2017. There are 138 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On August 15, 1947, India became independent after some 200 years of British rule. On this date: In 1057, Macbeth, King of ...

Sanctuary Cities and Rule of Law

WASHINGTON — Earlier this week, the Trump Department of Justice told the mayor of Chicago that it would cease funding grants to the Chicago Police Department that had been approved in the Obama administration because Chicago city officials were not cooperating with federal immigration ...

Resistance leaders play long game, dismiss impeachment

ATLANTA (AP) — The resistance movement that flourished with Donald Trump’s ascendance to the White House isn’t necessarily itching to see his presidency undone by the investigation into Russia’s election meddling or even impeachment. They’d rather beat Trump and other Republicans at ...

Almanac

By The Associated Press Today in History Today is Monday, Aug. 14, the 226th day of 2017. There are 139 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On August 14, 1947, Pakistan became independent of British rule. On this date: In 1848, the Oregon Territory was ...

Most say time to end effort to repeal health law

WASHINGTON (AP) — Message to President Donald Trump and congressional Republicans: It’s time to make the Obama health care law more effective. Stop trying to scuttle it. That’s the resounding word from a national poll released Friday by the nonpartisan Kaiser Family Foundation. The ...

Almanac

By The Associated Press Today in History Today is Saturday, Aug. 12, the 224th day of 2017. There are 141 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On August 12, 1867, President Andrew Johnson sparked a move to impeach him as he defied Congress by suspending Secretary of War ...

Authentic Republican wisdom

WASHINGTON — American campaigns were not always, I can testify from personal witness, about the politics of personal destruction. Your political adversary was your opponent, not your enemy. Just 10 years ago, at the funeral of a former Republican president, the eulogy, at the personal request ...

Sanctuary cities vs. hideouts

WASHINGTON — In biblical times, a sanctuary city was a place where someone who had committed unintentional manslaughter could find refuge from “the avenger of blood.” If the offender left the sanctuary city, he could be set upon by a relative of the dead person and killed. No sanctuary ...

Almanac

By The Associated Press Today in History Today is Friday, Aug. 11, the 223rd day of 2017. There are 142 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On August 11, 1997, President Bill Clinton made the first use of the historic line-item veto, rejecting three items in spending ...

Regulating Guns

NEW YORK — Have a gun license? Plan to bring your gun to my hometown? Don’t. Mean New York authorities will make your life miserable. Patricia Jordan and her daughter flew here from her home state of Georgia. She wanted her gun nearby for protection. Jordan obeyed all the ...

Anything but shopping

TRAVERSE CITY — A mall in China has installed what are being called “husband storage pods,” which contain a comfortable chair and video games to help him pass the time while she shops. American malls and big box stores, please follow suit. I don’t necessarily need the video games, ...

GOP insurgents claim Trump mantle

WASHINGTON (AP) — Republicans face a problem as they try to defend a slim majority in the Senate and win races elsewhere: Insurgent primary candidates are trying to lay claim to President Donald Trump’s mantle, and knock out the establishment’s choices. The latest case is in Nevada, ...

Almanac

By The Associated Press Today is Thursday, Aug. 10, the 222nd day of 2017. There are 143 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On August 10, 1977, postal employee David Berkowitz was arrested in Yonkers, New York, accused of being “Son of Sam,” the gunman who killed ...

Is Trump’s Russia policy being hijacked?

WASHINGTON — In crafting the platform in Cleveland on which Donald Trump would run, America Firsters inflicted a major defeat on the War Party. The platform committee rejected a plank to pull us deeper into Ukraine, by successfully opposing new U.S. arms transfers to Kiev. Improved ...

Common sense uncommon in Washington

WASHINGTON — “Sound practical judgment that is independent of specialized knowledge, training, or the like; normal native intelligence.” — Dictionary.com’s definition of common sense. Sometimes what used to be called “common sense” can seem radical in Washington, which is used ...

Almanac

By The Associated Press Today is Wednesday, Aug. 9, the 221st day of 2017. There are 144 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On August 9, 1945, three days after the atomic bombing of Hiroshima, Japan, a U.S. B-29 Superfortress code-named Bockscar dropped a nuclear device ...

Trump reeling from Affordable Care Act loss

BERKELEY — The demise of the Republican effort to repeal the Affordable Care Act is hardly the end of the story. Donald Trump will not let this loss stand. Since its inception in 2010, Republicans have made the Affordable Care Act a symbol of Obama-Clinton overreach — part of a supposed ...

What the world needs now

WASHINGTON — Insidious is the force that causes us to dream of things we wish (or don’t wish) were so. Thus, on the eve of this column’s creation, I dreamt of Donald J. Trump. We were seated at a dinner table for eight, but the other six chairs were empty. We spoke of many things, from ...