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Trump: State of Union address to stress ‘unity’

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump said Thursday that “unity” will be the theme of his first State of the Union address under divided government and that he respects Stacey Abrams, who will give the Democratic response. “I hope she does a good job. I respect her,” Trump said ...

Survey seeks input on severe weather plan

The M&M Area Community Foundation has joined four other Community Foundations in the Lake Superior/Upper Peninsula region to release an action plan designed to protect the water resources of the region by limiting the impact of extreme weather events. The “Resilient Future Project” ...

The seen vs. the unseen

Sunday is the Super Bowl. I look forward to playing poker and watching. It’s easy to do both because in a three-hour-plus NFL game there are just 11 minutes of actual football action. So we’ll have plenty of time to watch Atlanta politicians take credit for the stadium that will host ...

Dems fear ex-Starbucks CEO Schultz run benefits Trump

NEW YORK (AP) — Some of the most influential forces in Democratic politics revolted Monday against former Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz’s prospective presidential bid, insisting that an independent run would unintentionally help President Donald Trump win another four years in office. The ...

Poll: Trump’s marks on the economy slip

WASHINGTON (AP) — The public continues to give President Donald Trump his best ratings on the economy, but a new poll finds the share who approve of how he's handling that issue has slipped since last fall. And as his promise of a U.S.-Mexico border wall brought a stalemate over funding to ...

New Michigan Senate leader has tackled big legislation

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Republicans who have kept control of the Michigan Senate for 35 years are putting at the helm an engineer whose legislative career has been defined by two of the most consequential laws of the past decade. Mike Shirkey, whose father was a union steward, pushed early to ...

Conservatives: Trump caved, but confident he’ll get wall

WASHINGTON (AP) — No retreat, no surrender is how President Donald Trump frames his decision to temporarily reopen the government while still pursuing a border wall deal. Some of his conservative backers have a different take: “pathetic” and “wimp.” Other Trump supporters seem ...

Q&A: How soon will the government start up again?

WASHINGTON (AP) — With the longest shutdown in U.S. history officially over, here’s a look at how the federal government will get back to regular business: WHEN WILL FEDERAL WORKERS GET PAID? It’s unclear at this time. The White House tweeted that it will be “in the coming ...

Human trafficking: Your children are safer at Walmart than on social media

If you have a Facebook or Twitter account, or know someone who does, you have likely heard people’s recent reports about suspicious men at area businesses who supposedly walk around searching for their next victim to kidnap for the purpose of sex trafficking. These fears are not based on ...

Going gaga over the ladies

The major media have gone gaga over the number of women newly elected to Congress and those announcing their run for the White House in 2020, with more female candidates likely to follow suit. But media’s bias — one of many — is revealed in their focus on mostly liberal women with ...

Why do people like Lindsey Graham come to Congress?

WASHINGTON — Back in the day, small rural airports had textile windsocks, simple and empty things that indicated which way the wind was blowing. The ubiquitous Sen. Lindsey Graham has become a political windsock, and as such he — more than the sturdy, substantial elephant — is emblematic ...

Trump wants to deliver State of Union next week as planned

WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House is moving forward with plans for President Donald Trump to deliver his State of the Union speech next week in front of a joint session of Congress — despite a letter from House Speaker Nancy Pelosi requesting he delay it. The White House sent an email to ...

Q&A: Supreme Court decision on transgender troops

WASHINGTON (AP) — A sharply divided Supreme Court is allowing the Trump administration to go ahead with its plan to restrict military service by transgender men and women while court challenges continue. The high court split 5-4 on Tuesday in issuing orders allowing the plan to take effect ...

House Dems eager to bring more oversight for DeVos

WASHINGTON (AP) — Wielding control of the House and a new set of investigative powers, Democrats are preparing to bring Education Secretary Betsy DeVos under the sharpest scrutiny she has seen since taking office. DeVos has emerged as a common target for Democrats as they take charge of the ...

GOP senators try to figure out how closely to run with Trump

DENVER (AP) — Republican Sen. Cory Gardner helped mastermind the GOP’s midterm strategy of pushing Senate candidates closer to President Donald Trump. But heading into his own 2020 re-election bid in Colorado, he’s allowing more distance with the not-so-popular president. And he’s not ...

Dear Mom and Dad: Cool it

If you are the mother or father of a high school athlete here in Wisconsin, this message primarily is for you. When you attend an athletic event that involves your son or daughter, cheer to your heart’s content, enjoy the camaraderie that high school sports offer and have fun. But when it ...

Britain, into chaos leaping?

LONDON — The poet Rupert Brooke voiced the exhilaration of those Britons who welcomed the war in 1914 as a chance to escape monotonous normality, “as swimmers into cleanness leaping.” They got four years mired in Flanders’ mud. In a 2016 referendum, Britons voted, 52 percent to 48 ...

Is shutdown really a ‘crisis’?

This government shutdown is now longer than any in history. The media keep using the word “crisis.” “Shutdown sows chaos, confusion and anxiety!” says The Washington Post. “Pain spreads widely.” The New York Times headlined, it’s all “just too much!” But wait. Looking ...

Senate upholds Treasury decision to ease some Russian sanctions

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate has narrowly upheld a Treasury Department decision to lift sanctions from three companies connected to Russian oligarch Oleg Deripaska. A vote to move forward on a Democratic resolution that would have reversed Treasury’s decision failed Wednesday on a 57-42 ...

No-cost birth control faces court challenges

WASHINGTON (AP) — Millions of American women are receiving birth control at no cost to them through workplace health plans, the result of the Obama-era Affordable Care Act, which expanded access to contraception. The Trump administration sought to allow more employers to opt out because of ...