Opinion

AP: How the government shutdown might finally end

Columns

WASHINGTON (AP) — Somehow, some day, the nasty deadlock between President Donald Trump and congressional Democrats that’s shuttered federal agencies for a record-tying 21 days will end. The only real questions are when, how and who will be crowned the winner in public opinion polls and ...

AP Fact Check: Trump falsely claims Obama support for wall

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WASHINGTON (AP) — With the deceptive use of a video, President Donald Trump on Thursday heartily thanked his White House predecessor for supporting his policy at the Mexican border. Barack Obama has offered no such support; only criticism. TRUMP: “President Obama, thank you for your great ...

Rush to shut down Line 5 deal could harm UP, state

Editorials

Campaign promises don’t always translate into sound policy, as we’ve learned from President Donald Trump. Gov. Gretchen Whitmer promised on the campaign trail she’d shut down Enbridge Line 5 on her first day in office. And on Day One, she instructed Attorney General Dana Nessel to begin ...

As shutdown grinds on, Trump boxed in by politics?

Columns

NEW YORK (AP) — There is no easy way out. As the third government shutdown of President Donald Trump’s tenure stretched into its 19th day, political pressures on Trump and the Democrats have left little room for compromise in the standoff over funding for a border wall. Most prominently, ...

The Trump speech and the response

Columns

Despite advance billing that President Trump’s border wall speech would break news and contain new information, it was mostly familiar rhetoric: criminals and drugs, rapists and murderers are coming to America and the wall is the only way to stop them. The president named families who have ...

Help for residents in need of electrical, heat assistance

Editorials

Although the economy seems to be moving along well on a national and even state level, a great many people in the Upper Peninsula find themselves in diminished or challenged circumstances, many severe enough that they may not be able to keep the lights on or heat going this winter. There are ...

Trump’s AG pick has argued presidents have robust powers

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WASHINGTON (AP) — William Barr once advised that a president didn’t need Congress’ permission to attack Iraq, that his administration could arrest a foreign dictator and that the FBI could capture suspects abroad without that country’s consent. It’s an expansive view of presidential ...

Facing pressure, networks fact-check Trump speech

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NEW YORK (AP) — Television pundits moved swiftly to correct or challenge President Donald Trump following Tuesday’s Oval Office speech on the proposed border wall, after their networks were the target of an unusual debate over whether they should show him at all. “Just because you say ...

The season to take precautions against norovirus

Editorials

Feeling nauseous — and guilty — coming out of the holiday season? The rich foods and sweets might not be to blame. A particularly nasty virus that tends to peak in winter again has surfaced in the state, the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services reports. The MDHHS has ...

AP: Can Trump declare an emergency to build his wall?

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WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration is weighing using a national emergency declaration to circumvent Congress and the budget stalemate and force construction of the president’s long-promised southern border wall. “We’re looking at a national emergency because we have a national ...

Attorney ripped by judge as ‘unprofessional’ in Russia case

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WASHINGTON (AP) — A federal judge Monday reprimanded an attorney for a Russian company accused of interfering in the 2016 presidential election, saying his references to Looney Tunes and “Animal House” in recent court filings are inappropriate. U.S. District Judge Dabney Friedrich ...

Thanks for supporting Shop With a Cop

Editorials

Bouquet From Sheriff Dan Miller, Florence County Sheriff Department: I would like to say thank you to the 75 businesses and individuals that contributed to Shop With a Cop. This year your donations led to another very successful year serving over 34 children in our area. We appreciate this ...

Dem-led House moves to join health care case

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WASHINGTON (AP) — The new Democratic-controlled House has moved toward defending former President Barack Obama’s health care law against a federal court ruling that the statute is unconstitutional, part of the party’s effort to use the issue to embarrass Republicans. The House has ...

New Year’s Resolution: Reconnecting

Columns

Another year has arrived and with that, for many of us, comes a renewal of commitments and goals—some of which center on self-improvement, such as organization, exercise, weight loss, et cetera. These could fill a book. Now, don’t get me wrong; these are all noble and commendable; one ...

Beacon House worthy of support through 906 Pledge

Editorials

For years, Beacon House has been the community’s “home away from home” when loved ones of hospital patients need a nearby place to stay. That need still exists. However, with the building of the new UP Health System-Marquette hospital along Baraga Avenue comes the necessity to ...

Former NY Times editor says Fox took her book out of context

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NEW YORK (AP) — Jill Abramson, the former editor of The New York Times, said Thursday that Fox News took her criticism of the newspaper’s Trump coverage in her upcoming book “totally out of context” for a story that appeared this week. The Fox story, headlined “Former NY Times ...

Peru logging worries US trade official

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LIMA, Peru (AP) — The top U.S. trade official contends Peru’s government is not living up to its commitment to combat illegal logging in a case that could have broader implications as Washington debates ratifying a new North American free trade deal. In a letter sent Dec. 21 to a ...

Treasury: Resolve to be ready for tax scams in 2019

Editorials

The new year has arrived, which means tax filing season is right around the corner. It also means cybercriminals likely will be lurking, looking to make off with those well-deserved tax refunds. With that in mind, the Michigan Department of Treasury is asking taxpayers guard themselves ...

In Illinois, a sign of intelligent life in the Democratic Party

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WASHINGTON — If Republicans have a lick of sense, they are alarmed by a recent sign of intelligent life in the other party. The sign is the election by Democrats in the House of Representatives of Illinois Rep. Cheri Bustos as chair of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee. In ...

Warren plans Iowa trip in another step toward 2020 presidential bid

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BOSTON (AP) — Sen. Elizabeth Warren is preparing to bring a populist message to Iowa voters just days after taking her first major step toward launching a campaign for president. The Massachusetts Democrat told reporters on Wednesday she’s planning to visit the state with the nation’s ...