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A Public Service

WASHINGTON — Sometimes someone inadvertently performs a public service by bringing an unbelievably stupid and dangerous idea to the surface, where it can be exposed for what it is. The New York Times can be credited — if that is the word — with performing this public service in a recent ...

A Public Service

WASHINGTON — Sometimes someone inadvertently performs a public service by bringing an unbelievably stupid and dangerous idea to the surface, where it can be exposed for what it is. The New York Times can be credited — if that is the word — with performing this public service in a recent ...

Almanac

By The Associated Press Today in History Today is Friday, Dec. 23, the 358th day of 2016. There are eight days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On Dec. 23, 1941, during World War II, American forces on Wake Island surrendered to the Japanese. On this date: In ...

Almanac

By The Associated Press Today in History Today is Friday, Dec. 23, the 358th day of 2016. There are eight days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On Dec. 23, 1941, during World War II, American forces on Wake Island surrendered to the Japanese. On this date: In ...

Dear Santa… just one more time

FLINT — Dear Santa: If I could have one thing for Christmas this year, I wouldn’t ask for a car. I wouldn’t ask for world peace. I wouldn’t ask for a winning lottery ticket. I would ask to feel like my 10-year-old self on Christmas just one more time. I would ask for the smell of ...

Hope and humility

WASHINGTON — Former Sen. Alan Simpson (R-WY) once said that, “Those who travel the high road of humility will not be troubled by heavy traffic.” That descriptive and funny line came to mind after I heard what first lady Michelle Obama told Oprah Winfrey last week in a TV interview. ...

Almanac

By The Associated Press Today in History Today is Thursday, Dec. 22, the 357th day of 2016. There are nine days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On Dec. 22, 1941, British Prime Minister Winston Churchill arrived in Washington for a wartime conference with President ...

The ‘Diversity’ Fraud

WASHINGTON — Nothing so epitomizes the politically correct gullibility of our times as the magic word ‘’diversity.’’ The wonders of diversity are proclaimed from the media, extolled in the academy and confirmed in the august chambers of the Supreme Court of the United States. But have ...

Our excellent electoral vote system

WASHINGTON — Political mildness is scarce nowadays, so it has been pleasantly surprising that post-election denunciations of the Electoral College have been tepid. This, even though the winner of the presidential election lost the popular vote by perhaps 2.8 million votes, more than five ...

Almanac

By The Associated Press Today in History Today is Wednesday, Dec. 21, the 356th day of 2016. There are 10 days left in the year. Winter arrives at 5:44 a.m. Eastern time. Today’s Highlight in History: On Dec. 21, 1891, the first basketball game is believed to have been played at ...

The creeping tyranny of Trump

BERKELEY — On the evening of Dec. 7, minutes after a local Indiana union leader, Chuck Jones, criticized Donald Trump on CNN for falsely claiming that he had kept 1,100 Carrier jobs in the United States, Trump tweeted, “Chuck Jones, who is President of United Steelworkers 1999, has done a ...

Mike Pence says Trump has a mandate

WASHINGTON — When Mike Pence becomes the 48th vice president of the United States next month, he will take on the role of a political lobbyist for Donald Trump’s activist agenda. In an interview I conducted with Pence in his transitional office next to a sandwich shop in Washington, he ...

Almanac

By The Associated Press Today in History Today is Tuesday, Dec. 20, the 355th day of 2016. There are 11 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On Dec. 20, 1946, the Frank Capra film “It’s A Wonderful Life,” starring James Stewart and Donna Reed, had a preview ...

Starbucks and our pursuit of snobbery

WASHINGTON — Indiana’s Thomas R. Marshall, who was America’s vice president 100 years ago, voiced — he plucked it from a Hoosier humorist — one of the few long-remembered utterances to issue from that office: “What this country needs is a good 5-cent cigar,” which would be $1.11 ...

How They Voted

House Bill 4629, Repeal bond requirement to contest asset forfeiture: Passed 29 to 8 in the Senate To repeal a requirement that a property owner whose property has been seized by police and is subject to civil forfeiture must provide a cash bond in order to contest the taking, and if the ...

Almanac

By The Associated Press Today in History Today is Monday, Dec. 19, the 354th day of 2016. There are 12 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On Dec. 19, 1946, war broke out in Indochina as troops under Ho Chi Minh launched widespread attacks against the French. On ...

Skating to Freedom

NEW YORK — My last Fox Business Network TV show aired Friday. That news pleases some people, like internet trolls who write that they are happy to be “rid of that noted LIAR and falsifier of news” who produces “hit pieces.” Another wrote, “Hopefully the cancer came back to finish ...

Did the Russians hack Hillary?

WASHINGTON — Earlier this week, leaders of the Democratic National Committee and former officials of Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign made the startling allegation that the Russian government hacked into Clinton’s colleagues’ email accounts to tilt the presidential election ...

Almanac

By The Associated Press Today in History Today is Saturday, Dec. 17, the 352nd day of 2016. There are 14 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On Dec. 17, 1903, Wilbur and Orville Wright of Dayton, Ohio, conducted the first successful manned powered-airplane flights ...

John Glenn, the genuine article

WASHINGTON — If you were old enough to tie your shoes Feb. 20, 1962, then you almost surely remember Marine Col. John H. Glenn Jr. entering the history books by becoming the first American to orbit the Earth. During that flight, Americans, watching on their black-and-white television sets, ...