Opinion

Trump family drops access offered for charity donations

Columns

WASHINGTON (AP) — Donald Trump’s children may see his move to the White House as a way to raise money for their favorite causes. Two recent fundraising pitches featuring the incoming first family were meant to benefit charities, but they also raised questions among ethics experts the ...

AP: No proof of voter fraud in Michigan

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DETROIT (AP) — A widely shared story that claimed in headlines that Michigan had mass Democratic voter fraud and more than half of presidential candidate Hillary Clinton’s Detroit vote faces disqualification is false. State election officials say there is no proof to back up either ...

Revolt fizzles as Trump wins electoral vote

Columns

WASHINGTON (AP) — So much for an Electoral College revolt. Despite weeks of lobbying and a day of protests, President-elect Donald Trump won all but two of the Electoral College votes he claimed on Election Day, ensuring he will become America’s 45th president. There were more protest ...

Time to accept Donald Trump as next president

Editorials

If it ever appeared in doubt after the Nov. 8 election, it became abundantly clear Monday: The United States does have a president-elect who will take the oath of office Jan. 20, and his name is Donald Trump. Texas, perhaps fittingly, put Trump past the 270 electoral votes Monday needed to ...

Why a stronger US dollar could hinder Trump’s economic plans

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WASHINGTON (AP) — President-elect Donald Trump’s ambitious plans to revive exports, return jobs to the United States and increase oil drilling are running up against a home-grown threat: The surging U.S. dollar. Since the Nov. 8 election, the dollar has shot up 5 percent. An index that ...

Wisconsin conservative talk show host ends 23-year run

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MILWAUKEE (AP) — A leading voice in conservative radio who helped promoted the Republican political agenda in Wisconsin but was outspoken in opposing Donald Trump, retired from his popular radio show Monday. Milwaukee talk radio host Charlie Sykes said his decision to end a 23-year run at ...

Increasing speed limits make sense on some roadways

Editorials

A package of bills being sent to Gov. Rick Snyder’s desk that would, among other things, increase speed limits on more than 1,000 miles of roadway across the Great Lakes state makes sense if it’s supported by scientific study. The Michigan Legislature on Tuesday approved increasing the ...

Michigan electors in line to vote for Trump

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DETROIT (AP) — Electors in Michigan are in line to obey state law and vote for Republican President-elect Donald Trump. The state requires the 16 members of the Electoral College convening today at the statehouse to vote according to the results of the Michigan’s presidential election, ...

GOP electors cite rural voice in Electoral College

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ATLANTA (AP) — As members of the Electoral College prepare to choose Donald Trump as the 45th president of the United States, some Republican electors say they are defending rural and small-town America against big-state liberalism and its support for national popular vote leader Hillary ...

Trump aides on Russian meddling: He still won

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WASHINGTON (AP) — Donald Trump’s top aides on Sunday said the president-elect isn’t ready to accept the finding by intelligence agencies that Moscow hacked Democratic emails in a bid to elevate Trump. And even if it’s true, they add, Trump still won the White House fair and ...

Many helped Shop with a Cop have a good year

Editorials

Bouquet From Florence County Sheriff Jeff Rickaby: I would like to say thank you to the 55 businesses and individuals that contributed to Shop with a Cop. Your donations this year led to another very successful year serving more than 25 children in our area. We appreciate this ...

Make wellness resolutions stick in 2017

Columns

Along with singing “Auld Lang Syne” at the start of the New Year, making resolutions is a tradition for millions of Americans. However, while choosing a resolution is easy, sticking to it can be impossible. A 2014 YMCA survey found that less than a quarter of respondents kept their ...

Help your mail carrier — clear a path to the box

Editorials

Now that winter has settled into the Upper Peninsula in earnest, the U.S. Postal Service is asking that residents in Michigan and northern Wisconsin please clear the snow and ice from sidewalks, stairs and mailboxes “to help letter carriers deliver the mail.” As an agency whose unofficial ...

Trump, Ryan for now learn how to get along

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WASHINGTON (AP) — President-elect Donald Trump and House Speaker Paul Ryan have put their rocky start behind them and are learning how to get along — for now. One key to their blossoming new friendship: Along with Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, they are mapping out an agenda for ...

Daily News too harsh on Trump

Letters to the Editor

EDITOR: What has happened to the Iron Mountain Daily News? Since you rolled out your new web page, I have noticed that there is more anti-Trump coverage. Before you start cutting him to the quick, why don’t you give him a chance to see what he will do for America. God knows that the ...

Having a safe and festive holiday season

Editorials

It’s difficult to think of Christmas without the beauty of the lights, the decorated tree ... and, of course, more lights. Especially in the Upper Peninsula, when the darkness conveniently comes earlier in December to let those lights shine longer and that perfect, fresh Christmas tree ...

Starbucks and our pursuit of snobbery

Columns

WASHINGTON — Indiana’s Thomas R. Marshall, who was America’s vice president 100 years ago, voiced — he plucked it from a Hoosier humorist — one of the few long-remembered utterances to issue from that office: “What this country needs is a good 5-cent cigar,” which would be $1.11 ...

The electoral voters speak, and they’re not switching

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WASHINGTON (AP) — Republican electors have been hounded to abandon Donald Trump, but they appear to be in no mood for an insurrection in the presidential campaign’s last voting ritual. This most untraditional of elections is on course to produce a traditional outcome Monday — an Electoral ...

Cora Reynolds Anderson was a trailblazer in UP

Editorials

It’s not unusual for important people and events to fall into the cracks of history, perhaps not forgotten but largely unrecognized and, as a result, unheralded for significant contributions. Such might be the case of Cora Reynolds Anderson, Michigan’s first female and first Native ...

Pence says Trump has a mandate

Columns

When Mike Pence becomes the 48th vice president of the United States next month, he will take on the role of a political lobbyist for Donald Trump’s activist agenda. In an interview I conducted with Pence in his transitional office next to a sandwich shop in Washington, he said he believed ...