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Pertinent to the present

WASHINGTON — As the museum of human nature, aka the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, marks its 25th anniversary, it continues to receive artifacts, such as a letter handwritten on a yellow scrap of paper. It was donated to the museum by Frank Grunwald, 85, who lives in Indianapolis. ...

Trump and Kanye West trade Twitter love

NEW YORK (AP) — Trump-West 2020? In a moment that seemed to encapsulate 2018’s social media-driven blurring of celebrity and politics, President Donald Trump tweeted his thanks to rap superstar Kanye West on Wednesday for his recent and perhaps unexpected online support. “Thank you ...

Speculation on Sanders

Bernie Sanders is back in the news, showing us all both his good side and the bad. Let’s start with the good. “If Democrats control either the House or the Senate,” he recently told The New York Times, “Trump’s agenda is dead.” Here is Bernie at his best — blunt and colorful, ...

In praise of old fashioned

“It’s a modern changing world Everything is moving fast. But when it comes to love I like What they did in the past.” — The Everly Brothers, 1962 Call me old-fashioned — and I’ve been called worse — but do I sense the possible end to the sexual revolution, which ...

Clinton: Free press under ‘open assault’

NEW YORK (AP) — Hillary Clinton excoriated President Donald Trump for his treatment of the media, saying in remarks on Sunday that press rights and free speech are under open assault in the current administration, which she compared to an authoritarian regime. We are living through an ...

Clinton stars as central villain in GOP’s midterm strategy

NEW YORK (AP) — Almost 18 months have passed since Hillary Clinton lost the presidency. She holds no position of power in government. And she is not expected to run for office again. Yet Clinton is starring in the Republican Party’s 2018 midterm strategy. With control of Congress up ...

Democrats see Wisconsin as proving ground for party revival

PARDEEVILLE, Wis. (AP) — Margo Miller thanked her hosts, covered herself in a blue plastic poncho and headed back into the driving sleet Saturday morning, with more doors to knock on in this rural subdivision but with another new volunteer’s name on her clipboard. Miller and about 50 ...

Authors share their memories of friendship with Barbara Bush

NEW YORK (AP) — Sandra Brown knew she had a friend in Barbara Bush from the moment she heard the story about the 2000 election, when then-Texas Gov. George W. Bush was in a virtual tie with then-Vice President Al Gore for the presidency. “Laura Bush told me how they were all still counting ...

Austerity measures approved for Puerto Rico

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — A majority of federal control board members approved new austerity measures for Puerto Rico on Thursday, saying they would help revitalize the economy and create more jobs amid the U.S. territory’s 11-year recession, while the island’s governor fired off a ...

US manufacturers seek relief from steel and aluminum tariffs

WASHINGTON (AP) — Rising costs. Delayed shipments. A baffling bureaucracy. President Donald Trump's tariffs on imported aluminum and steel are disrupting business for American companies that buy those metals, and many are pressing for relief. Hundreds of companies are asking the Commerce ...

Cuomo could be contender

Democrats scouring their ranks for a 2020 presidential candidate should put Andrew Cuomo high on their list. The New York governor is already on the case, giving speeches tailored for the Iowa caucuses. Assuming Donald Trump wins the Republican nomination for a second term, Cuomo would be an ...

Motivation to work

When President Bill Clinton signed the welfare reform act in 1996, which he negotiated with then-Speaker Newt Gingrich, the left claimed people would starve. They didn’t. According to the nonpartisan Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, between 1996 and 2000, the employment rate for single ...

Supreme Court worries about abandoning online sales tax rule

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court sounded concerned Tuesday about doing away with a rule that has meant shoppers don't always get charged sales tax when they hit "checkout" online. The justices were hearing arguments in a case that deals with how businesses collect sales tax on online ...

Fox’s Hannity shares lawyer with Trump

NEW YORK (AP) — Sean Hannity shares a world view with President Donald Trump and on Monday it was revealed, with some reluctance, that he shares a lawyer, too. The Fox News Channel prime-time host is Trump's most vocal defender on television, and a week ago he was on the air criticizing ...

RNC committing $250 million to retain control of House

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Republican National Committee has committed $250 million to a midterm election strategy that has one goal above all else: Preserve the party’s House majority for the rest of President Donald Trump’s first term. Facing the prospect of a blue wave this fall, the ...

Trump, Comey in war of words

WASHINGTON (AP) — In his scathing appraisal of the man who fired him as FBI chief, James Comey cited "some evidence of obstruction of justice" in President Donald Trump's actions and speculated that Russians might have dirt on the president. Trump struck back, branding Comey a ...

Facebook won’t fix itself

Mark Zuckerberg in 2006: “We really messed this one up. ... We did a bad job of explaining what the new features were and an even worse job of giving you control of them.” Zuckerberg in 2010: “Sometimes we move too fast. ... We will add privacy controls that are much simpler to ...

US publishers worry about pricier newsprint with tariffs

MILWAUKEE (AP) — Newspaper publishers across the U.S. already strapped by years of declining revenue say they’re dealing with an existential threat: Recently imposed tariffs on Canadian newsprint driving up their business costs. The tariffs are a response to a complaint to the U.S. ...

With Trump watching, ‘Fox & Friends’ gains in stature

NEW YORK (AP) — It’s the epicenter of television journalism, the most influential news show on the air. But “Fox & Friends” doesn’t feel that way. Fox News Channel’s day-opener seems much like it has for 20 years, a peppy talk show about news that advances a conservative point ...

‘Iron Stache’ feels a tailwind

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Democrats already enthusiastic about hard-hat-wearing Randy Bryce's challenge of Republican Paul Ryan got a gust of optimism Thursday with the House speaker's decision against seeking re-election. Bryce's "Iron Stache" persona had earned the 53-year-old Army veteran and ...