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Surveillance kills freedom

WASHINGTON — “The makers of our Constitution undertook to secure conditions favorable to the pursuit of happiness. They recognized the significance of man’s spiritual nature, of his feelings, and of his intellect. They knew that only a part of the pain, pleasure and satisfactions of life ...

Almanac

By The Associated Press Today in History Today is Saturday, Feb. 6, the 37th day of 2021. There are 328 days left in the year. Todayís Highlight in History: On Feb. 6, 1778, during the American Revolutionary War, the United States won official recognition and military support from ...

Almanac

By The Associated Press Today in History Today is Monday, Feb. 8, the 39th day of 2021. There are 326 days left in the year. Todayís Highlights in History: On Feb. 8, 1952, Queen Elizabeth II proclaimed her accession to the British throne following the death of her father, King ...

Understanding the American voters

WASHINGTON — Regular readers of this space may recall that I believe Americans are the most optimistic of voters. Think about it: With the exception of those who were already here when Christopher Columbus arrived and those who were brought here against their will in chains, every American is ...

Power to the people 2.0

WASHINGTON — During the rebellious ‘60s, the slogan “power to the people” became a mantra for the young to protest what they saw as oppression from their elders. Now comes a moment when significant numbers of Americans can exercise real power in ways that will improve the ...

Almanac

By The Associated Press Today in History Today is Friday, Feb. 5, the 36th day of 2021. There are 329 days left in the year. Todayís Highlight in History: On Feb. 5, 2020, the Senate voted to acquit President Donald Trump, bringing to a close the third presidential trial in American ...