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Winners, losers in failure of House GOP health plan

Columns

WASHINGTON (AP) — The old and the poor made out great when House Republicans failed Friday to dismantle Barack Obama's Affordable Care Act. The rich and the almost rich didn't do so well. The measure would have repealed major parts of Obama's health law, capping future funding for Medicaid ...

Ryan fails in first test of Trump presidency

Columns

WASHINGTON (AP) — House Speaker Paul Ryan guaranteed a win on the Republican plan to dismantle Barack Obama's health care law. Instead, he suffered a brutal defeat, cancelling a vote and admitting "we're going to be living with Obamacare for the foreseeable future." Friday's painful rebuke ...

Taking steps to guard against poisonings

Editorials

The places where we work, where we live and make our homes, where we relax and put worry aside — all should be free of fears that what we breathe or drink or otherwise come in contact with could harm us. Yet that isn’t always the case, even in this modern age. Last year, the Michigan ...

Whatever replaces Obamacare will look a lot like Obamacare

Columns

WASHINGTON — “Mend it, don’t end it” was Bill Clinton’s rhetorical straddle regarding affirmative action. Republican efforts to “repeal and replace” the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare) look increasingly like “mend it, don’t end it.” The problem is not that, as is ...

Area veterans to meet Monday

Letters to the Editor

Area veterans are forming an organization to be called the Dickinson County Veterans Alliance to assist the newly established Dickinson County Office of Veterans Affairs. The new county office is a government agency, under the county commissioners control, and is bound by its bylaws to ...

Feds: Trump DC hotel not in violation of government lease

Columns

WASHINGTON (AP) — The federal agency overseeing Donald Trump’s lease for a luxury hotel in Washington ruled Thursday his inauguration as president doesn’t violate terms of the agreement barring government officials from profiting from the property. In a letter to the Trump Organization, ...

Paper recycling keeps growing

Editorials

Paper recycling is an American success story that’s on a path toward better results. Thanks to industry initiatives and the diligence of consumers, nearly twice as much paper is recovered today than just 15 years ago. According to the Environmental Protection Agency, 52 million tons, or ...

Gorsuch steals the week

Columns

WASHINGTON — Watching the Senate confirmation hearings of Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch, one might easily find oneself wishing he were president of the United States. Alas, he’s not. But Gorsuch’s selection to replace the late Justice Antonin Scalia is the sanest act committed by a ...

Fact Check: Trump ‘achievements’

Columns

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump is taking credit for persuading TransCanada Corp. to withdraw a hefty lawsuit against the U.S. government over the previous administration’s rejection of the Keystone XL pipeline. But the Canadian company says its bid for compensation for the stalled ...

Police should not be allowed to have sex with prostitutes

Editorials

Yes, you read that headline right. The Michigan legislature will consider making it illegal for police officers to have sex with prostitutes during undercover operations. A move that begs the question: “Really, that’s not the law already?” Nope. Among the 50 states plus the District ...

VICE PRESIDENT MIKE PENCE, center, joins Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., right, and Sen. John Barrasso, R-Wyo., left, to speak with reporters Tuesday about the Republican plan to replace Obamacare. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

AP Interview: McConnell rejects some Trump aid cuts

Columns

WASHINGTON — Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell on Tuesday shot down prospects for major parts of President Donald Trump’s budget, rejecting proposed cuts to foreign aid and medical research. “Every president sends up a budget, and with all due respect to the current president, I ...

State needs new FOIA law passed

Letters to the Editor

I saw in the Saturday, March 18, edition the column “How They Voted.” I would like to convey the importance of the new Freedom of Information Act legislation that was pushed by state Rep. Beau LaFave by telling you about experience I had last year trying to obtain FOIA information from a ...

House Speaker Paul Ryan of Wisconsin speaks at a news conference at the Republican National Committee Headquarters in Washington on Wednesday as the GOP moves on its long-awaited plan to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

Ryan’s legacy as speaker on line with health care vote

Columns

WASHINGTON (AP) — The vote on the Republican health care bill is a defining moment for House Speaker Paul Ryan that could boost his aggressive agenda to overhaul the tax code and remake the federal government. Or send it off the rails. If he fails? “It will be very hard to manage ...

Trying to fight fears about vaccinations

Editorials

The battle over vaccinations goes on. Vaccinations were developed to combat illness. That should be enough reason to get them. Yet debate persists about whether they are needed, necessary, perhaps even harmful. This week, state and national public health experts, physicians, hospitals and a ...

AP Photo

NATIONAL EDUCATION ASSOCIATION staff members from Washington joining students, parents and educators at a May 13, 2014, rally at the Supreme Court in Washington on the 60th anniversary Brown v. Board of Education decision that struck down “separate but equal” laws that kept schools segregated.

Bedroom to boardroom, high court in your business

Columns

WASHINGTON — Quick, name a Supreme Court justice. OK, name three. One of the current justices, Stephen Breyer, once noted wryly that their names are less well-known than those of the Three Stooges. But from the time Americans roll out of bed in the morning until they turn in, the ...

How fake news goes mainstream

Letters to the Editor

EDITOR: The chronology of a fake news story — Judge Andrew P.Napolitano: “Sources have told me that the British foreign surveillance service, the Government Communications Headquarters, known as GCHQ, most likely provided Obama with transcripts of Trump’s calls.” Brietbart: ...

Changes may be coming to Eagle Mine operations

Editorials

It comes as good news that local residents — including and especially those in the environmental community — will have an opportunity to comment on a change in the permit that regulates activities at the Eagle Mine, once the company that owns the mine asks for it. Mine officials, we ...

Questions for Judge Gorsuch as he goes before committee

Columns

WASHINGTON — This week, the Senate Judiciary Committee will question Neil Gorsuch about the judiciary’s role. Herewith some pertinent questions: — Lincoln’s greatness began with his recoil from the 1854 Kansas-Nebraska Act, which empowered residents of those territories to decide ...

Honesty should not be exceptional

Letters to the Editor

When I was attending college in Oshkosh, Wis., some years back, I had a part-time bartending job at Beaner’s Bar. During the EAA convention, a number of people from Chicago would attend the convention and socialize at the bar during the evening. I accidentally overcharged a patron and ...

AP Explains: Senate confirmation and the Supreme Court pick

Columns

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate has confirmed 124 Supreme Court justices since the United States was founded. Neil Gorsuch wants to be the newest member of the relatively small group of men and women who guide the nation's judicial branch. The modern-day confirmation process is arduous, with ...