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Military women, female veterans shifting from GOP

WASHINGTON (AP) — It had been months since retired Lt. Cmdr. Michele Fitzpatrick paid attention to news coverage. She was turned off by President Donald Trump’s tweetstorms and attacks on critics such as the late Republican Sen. John McCain, a war hero. But as the November midterm elections ...

High court keeping a lower profile

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court began its term with the tumultuous confirmation of Justice Brett Kavanaugh, followed by a studied avoidance of drama on the high court bench — especially anything that would divide the five conservatives and four liberals. The justices have been ...

LaFave: Some highlights of legislation for the UP

As the Michigan Legislature’s 2017-18 session came to a close, the Upper Peninsula received a lot of good news to brighten the holiday season. From sports and recreation to rural broadband, investments were approved that will benefit Yoopers for years to come. I was honored to help lead ...

Defying pundits, Republican share of Latino vote steady under Trump

LITTLETON, Colo. (AP) — Pedro Gonzalez has faith in Donald Trump and his party. The 55-year-old Colombian immigrant is a pastor at an evangelical church in suburban Denver. Initially repelled by Trump in 2016, he’s been heartened by the president’s steps to protect religious groups and ...

Bin Laden was right

Osama bin Laden predicted it and his prophecy appears to be coming true. In his book, “The Looming Tower: Al-Qaeda and the Road to 9/11,” Lawrence Wright quotes bin Laden as saying: “Look at Vietnam, look at Lebanon. Whenever soldiers start coming home in body bags, Americans panic and ...

Trump struggles also means ratings slump for Hannity

NEW YORK (AP) — The drumbeat of bad news for President Donald Trump hasn’t been good for his most prominent backer in the media. While Fox News Channel’s Sean Hannity will end 2018 as cable news’ most popular personality for the second year in a row, he’s been slumping in the ...

The Grinch has lost his mind

WASHINGTON — ‘Tis not the season to be jolly, thanks to Donald Trump. His sudden, unilateral decision to withdraw troops from Syria, forcing the resignation of Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis — one of the last bulwarks against the president’s impulsivity — has cast a pall on the ...

Trump’s reluctant backers grow sour on his policies

BLOOMFIELD HILLS, Mich. (AP) — Jill Mott doesn’t like the tweets. The hard line on the border is too hard. And when asked whether she will vote for President Donald Trump a second time, she lets out a deep sigh. “That is the question,” said Mott, a Republican from suburban ...

Trump border wall by any other name … is steel slats?

WASHINGTON (AP) — The “big beautiful wall” has now become “steel slats.” President Donald Trump is tweaking the words he uses to describe the barrier he’s hoping to build along the U.S.-Mexico border, in part because Democrats appear more amenable to approving money for ...

Capitalists vs. capitalism

It’s bad enough when leftists smear capitalism. I hate it more when capitalists do it, too. I’d hoped for more from the world’s current richest man, Jeff Bezos. I love the service he created. Amazon lets me buy Christmas gifts right from my couch. Its prices are so low that the Fed ...

Whitaker rejected advice to recuse from Russia probe

WASHINGTON (AP) — Acting Attorney General Matthew Whitaker chose not to recuse himself from the Russia investigation even though a top Justice Department ethics official advised him to step aside out of an “abundance of caution,” a senior official said Thursday. Whitaker’s past ...

Mnuchin: Market’s reaction to Fed ‘overblown’

WASHINGTON (AP) — Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said Thursday the negative market reaction after the Federal Reserve’s rate hike this week was “completely overblown.” Mnuchin said the market overreacted, with computerized program trading taking over and driving stock prices down ...

Senate gets tough on criminal justice reform

Republicans and conservatives dating back at least to Richard Nixon have used the slogan “tough on crime” and its corollary “lock ‘em up and throw away the key” as electoral red meat. The problem is what to do when inmates are released with few skills, fewer job prospects and a bleak ...

In farewell, Speaker Ryan sees solutions if ‘politics will allow it’

WASHINGTON (AP) — Outgoing House Speaker Paul Ryan on Wednesday bemoaned America’s “broken politics” in a farewell speech in which he called Washington’s failure to overhaul costly federal benefit programs “our greatest unfinished business.” “Our complex problems are ...

For Trump, economy is a potential 2020 storm cloud

WASHINGTON (AP) — Forget Robert Mueller. The greatest threat to President Donald Trump’s re-election bid may not be the slew of investigations closing in on his Oval Office but a possible economic slowdown. And the president knows it. The Dow Jones Industrial Average fell again ...

AP: Partial government shutdown means what?

WASHINGTON (AP) — As President Donald Trump and Congress bicker over Trump’s call for $5 billion to build a border wall with Mexico, government agencies are preparing for a partial government shutdown set to begin at midnight Friday. In truth, the government won’t really shut down. Many ...

Trump plans to create unified Space Command by year’s end

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump plans to sign an executive order before the end of the year creating a U.S. Space Command as a major military command. Vice President Mike Pence was to make the announcement today at the Kennedy Space Center, in Cape Canaveral, Florida, two U.S. ...

Guest column – Christmas requests: Who’s asking?

The following are two true stories about Christmas. Dear Santa, Love Amanda One day last Christmas while reading the Fort Campbell Army base newspaper, I found a section that included letters to Santa. Slowly, I read each letter. A specific letter that caught my attention was just a few ...

Federal judge’s ruling on ‘Obamacare’ poses new problems for Republicans

WASHINGTON (AP) — A federal judge's ruling that the Obama health law is unconstitutional has landed like a stink bomb among Republicans, who've seen the politics of health care flip as Americans increasingly value the overhaul's core parts, including protections for pre-existing medical ...

Cranky Congress still has work to do

WASHINGTON (AP) — Nothing says, “Is it over yet?” quite like Senate Democratic leader Charles Schumer propping up his feet on the chair next to him. The casual vibe in the normally stuffy Senate was just one sign that the end of an ugly 115th Congress can’t come soon enough, even ...