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A moving experience

SAN FRANCISCO — Evidence that when Democrats rule taxes are never high enough can be found at any gas station in this once politically competitive state. Last month, the California gas tax was raised 12 cents a gallon. Regular gas at some stations is again approaching, and in some cities ...

Bush administration alums rising in Trump’s orbit

WASHINGTON (AP) — For all the lingering tensions between President Donald Trump and former President George W. Bush, Trump’s White House shares one thing in common with his Republican predecessor’s: People. Trump has installed more than three dozen veterans of the Bush administration, ...

Trump quick to criticize Franken, silent on Moore

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump is displaying selective outrage over allegations of sexual harassment against prominent men in politics, as his own tortured past lingers over his response. Trump moved quickly Thursday to condemn accusations against Minnesota Democratic Sen. Al Franken ...

Forest products industry needs litigation reform

Michigan’s forest-products industry is having a hard enough time competing on a global market as demand for newsprint and magazine stock continues to decline amid the shift to digital media. The last thing we need to contend with is out-of-control litigation. We’re the largest industry in ...

Franken apologizes after woman says he kissed, groped her in 2006

WASHINGTON (AP) — Minnesota Sen. Al Franken faced a storm of criticism and a likely ethics investigation after a Los Angeles radio anchor accused him of forcibly kissing her and groping her during a 2006 USO tour. He was the first member of Congress caught up in the recent wave of allegations ...

Sessions seeks balance in pondering Clinton probe

WASHINGTON (AP) — In asking senior federal prosecutors to examine a number of Republican grievances, Attorney General Jeff Sessions is trying to strike a balance. He appears to be attempting to placate a boss who has repeatedly suggested Sessions’ own job might be in jeopardy for failing ...

AP Explains: What happened when Russia bought Uranium One

WASHINGTON (AP) — The sale of Uranium One, a Canadian firm with rights to mine U.S. uranium, to a Russian company is in the news again with the Department of Justice signaling it could appoint a special counsel to look into the matter. President Donald Trump and his supporters have ...

The corruption of faith

When Jim Zeigler, the state auditor of Alabama, invoked the Bible to defend Republican Senate candidate Roy Moore against allegations that he had inappropriate contact with underage girls while single and in his 30s (which Moore has sort of denied), it signaled perhaps the final stage in the ...

Will Trump try to push Moore out of Senate race?

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump spent five days in Asia largely keeping the Alabama Senate scandal at bay. He won’t be so lucky on U.S. soil. The president returned to Washington on Tuesday night and walked straight into a party panic over the sexual misconduct accusations ...

Moore calls new sexual claims ‘false’

WASHINGTON (AP) — Roy Moore’s support from fellow Republicans is hemorrhaging after a second woman accused the Alabaman of groping her when she was a teenager in the late 1970s, the latest setback to his effort to win an open Senate seat that suddenly seems up for grabs. “I can tell you ...

Noting progress, problems for Homeless Awareness Week

The Michigan State Housing Development Authority is building on 50 years of advocacy and actions that enhance community and economic vitality through housing and historic preservation. They are mission-driven to develop new housing strategies to improve the quality of life for Michigan ...

Moore threatens lawsuit over story that threatens campaign

WASHINGTON (AP) — Alabama Republican Roy Moore says a lawsuit will be filed over the newspaper report carrying allegations he had sexual contact with a 14-year-old girl four decades ago and that neither Democrats nor Republicans want to see him win a special Senate election. While pressure ...

James Rice

At medical center, every day is Veterans Day

IRON MOUNTAIN — On Veterans Day, we celebrate the service, sacrifice, and enduring achievements of more than 21 million living Americans who served our nation in uniform so that we may enjoy the freedoms we cherish so much. On Nov. 1, President Trump proclaimed November as Veterans and ...

Jack Bergman

The story of service before self

I recently had the privilege of firing the starting pistol and greeting runners at the finish line of the 42nd annual Marine Corps Marathon. More than 40,000 people participated in the 10k and marathon. Those running, wheeling, and walking in this race all participated with purpose. Team ...

Tax split between House, Senate poses a big challenge

WASHINGTON — The House and Senate tax overhaul plans are broadly similar, but crucial differences are creating headaches for Republican leaders determined to keep myriad interest groups and factions of the GOP satisfied. And then there’s the ambitious timetable they’ve set of finishing in ...

DANIEL PAUL, ACCOMPANIED by Spc. Catlin Cone at Fort Campbell, Kentucky, examines the controls of a Blackhawk helicopter.

The highest obligation and privilege

“The soldier is the Army. No army is better than its soldiers. The soldier is also a citizen. In fact, the highest obligation and privilege of citizenship is that of bearing arms for one’s country.” —George S. Patton, Jr. The American soldier is quiet, resolute and extremely ...

Dem wins: Anti-Trump surge or ‘not so fast?’

NEW YORK (AP) — Jubilant Democrats across America are declaring their big election victories in Virginia and New Jersey — their first of the young Trump era — mark the beginning of an anti-Trump surge that could re-shape the balance of power in Congress in 2018. Senate Democratic leader ...

GOP tax bill makes raid on university endowments

WASHINGTON — Such is the federal government’s sprawl, and its power to establish new governing precedents, mere Washington twitches can jeopardize venerable principles and institutions. This is illustrated by a seemingly small but actually momentous provision of the Republicans’ tax bill ...

Children wave U.S. and Chinese flags as President Donald Trump arrives at Beijing Airport today in Beijing, China. Trump is on a five-country trip through Asia, traveling to Japan, South Korea, China, Vietnam and the Philippines. He won the presidency a year ago today. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

A year later, Trump still living the 2016 election

WASHINGTON (AP) — Donald Trump handily won the election a year ago today. Ask him and he’ll tell you about it. Ten months into his presidency, Trump is still focused — some say fixated — on the election that catapulted him to power. Egged on by longtime friends and cable news, he ...

Chernow’s ‘Grant’ offers measured judgment of past

WASHINGTON — Evidence of national discernment, although never abundant, can now be found high on the New York Times combined print and e-book best seller list. There sits Ron Chernow’s biography of Ulysses Simpson Grant, which no reader will wish were shorter than its 1,074 pages. Arriving ...