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Can Libertarian Weld restore conservatism?

WASHINGTON — “This,” exclaimed Margaret Thatcher, thumping Friedrich Hayek’s 500-page tome “The Constitution of Liberty” on a table in front of some Conservative Party colleagues, “is what we believe.” It also is what Bill Weld believes, which is why he aspires to be the ...

Nielsen’s career likely forever linked to family border separations

WASHINGTON (AP) — Fair or not, Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen will probably always be the face of family separations at the U.S.-Mexico border. The 46-year-old former Bush administration official this week became known as the Cabinet member who skewed the facts at a press ...

Inhumanity rules the border

WASHINGTON — Put yourself in the room with immigration officials and try to imagine exactly which argument would convince you that separating children from their migrating parents would be a good idea. Would it work for you because you’re a stickler for obedience to rules — no ...

Trump administration pulls US out of UN human rights council

WASHINGTON (AP) — The United States is leaving the United Nations’ Human Rights Council, which Ambassador Nikki Haley called “an organization that is not worthy of its name.” It’s the latest withdrawal by the Trump administration from an international institution. Haley said Tuesday ...

Redistricting changes headed to the ballot in several states

A U.S. Supreme Court ruling Monday on redistricting lawsuits in Wisconsin and Maryland comes as several states already are considering changes to the criteria and processes that will be used to draw legislative districts after the 2020 Census. In most places, the state legislature and ...

LaFave: We need real-world education for high school students

There are growing number of career-oriented opportunities available in the Upper Peninsula right now. And it’s overdue for Michigan to allow on-the-job exploration and training involving those good-paying opportunities to become an acceptable part of high school education. That’s why ...

Justice watchdog report provides ammo for both Trump and his critics

WASHINGTON (AP) — A Justice Department watchdog report has turned into Washington’s latest Rorschach test: President Donald Trump and his critics are cherry-picking what they want from its findings to either discredit or defend investigators conducting a probe into his campaign and White ...

‘War games’ halt could weaken defenses in Korea

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump’s decision to suspend major U.S. military exercises in South Korea could weaken allied defenses, depending on the length and scope of the hiatus. But the potential for diplomatic damage seems even greater. The United States, South Korea and Japan ...

Ryan: Children shouldn’t be separated from their parents at Mexican border

WASHINGTON (AP) — House Speaker Paul Ryan said Thursday he’s not comfortable with a Trump administration policy that separates children and parents at the southern border, as congressional Republicans face increasing pressure to address concerns about vulnerable families being torn ...

On the Army’s 243rd birthday, suggesting youth consider service

On this very day 243 years ago, the U.S. Army was born. Our nation was built on the backs of soldiers who fought for freedom, and for centuries, soldiers have continued to defend those freedoms. For the past four decades, the soldiers raising their right hands for the American way of life ...

Poll finds most parents, kids share same views on Trump, economy

WASHINGTON (AP) — In some ways, President Donald Trump has brought Tammy Kennedy and her daughter, Sue Ann, together on politics. They don’t agree on every issue— Tammy supports abortion rights, for example, while Sue Ann opposes them. Even so, the two agree on most issues and ...

US politicians take wait-and-see stance to summit

WASHINGTON (AP) — Confusion, skepticism and a bit of optimism ricocheted around Capitol Hill on Tuesday as lawmakers tried to figure out what comes next after President Donald Trump’s historic summit with Kim Jong Un over North Korea’s nuclear program. Republicans and Democrats ...

Lawsuit says DOJ not providing documents to ex-FBI official

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Justice Department has repeatedly refused to provide former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe with documents related to his firing, according to a lawsuit filed on his behalf. The complaint filed Tuesday says the Justice Department has publicly defended the firing yet ...

Poll: Americans want more of what journalists want to report

NEW YORK (AP) — There’s substantial agreement on what Americans want from the news media and what journalists want to report, according to a pair of studies that also reveal a troubling caveat: a nagging feeling among both the ideal isn’t being met. Public suspicion about journalism is ...

Does North Korea want to become Upper Volta?

WASHINGTON — Back when the Soviet Union had a first-rate nuclear arsenal but a ramshackle third-world economy that produced no consumer goods other than vodka and caviar that anyone elsewhere would buy, the nation was disparaged as “Upper Volta with rockets.” Today the question is: Would ...

Many have their doubts about Trump-Kim summit

WASHINGTON (AP) — The self-proclaimed master dealmaker is facing doubts from multiple corners as he prepares to negotiate with Kim Jong Un. Ahead of President Donald Trump’s landmark summit this week with the North Korean leader, U.S. allies and many Republicans are raising concerns that ...

GOP risks fallout from Justice Department move on health law

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration’s decision to stop defending in court the Obama health law’s popular protections for consumers with pre-existing conditions could prove risky for Republicans in the midterm elections — and nudge premiums even higher. The Justice Department ...

The politics of cake

Nothing appears beyond the reach of the social engineers, not even cake. In a 7-2 ruling, the Supreme Court said the Colorado Human Rights Commission had failed to take into account the religious beliefs of a Lakewood baker who refused to make a wedding cake for a gay couple. Justice Anthony ...

Prospect of Native congresswoman galvanizes American Indians

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico, a state with deep historical ties to American Indians whose images and symbols are rooted in everything from the state flag to town names, has moved closer to electing the first Native American woman to the U.S. House of Representatives. Deb Haaland’s ...

Loose lips sank the Colorado baker’s case

WASHINGTON — “Loose lips sink ships” was a World War II slogan warning Americans against inadvertently disclosing important secrets, such as troop ships’ sailing schedules. On Monday, the Supreme Court showed that loose lips can sink cases. In Colorado in 2012, a Christian baker ...