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Amash’s independence allows for choice

GRAND RAPIDS, Michigan -- It is difficult to discourage and impossible to manage Justin Amash because he, unusual among politicians, does not want much and wants nothing inordinately. He would like to win a sixth term as congressman from this culturally distinctive slice of the Midwest. He does ...

Line 5 — Take the middle road

GRAND RAPIDS — Everyone living near the Great Lakes loves, respects and wants to protect them. The beauty and survival of America’s greatest water asset is non-negotiable. That said, common sense needs to be applied. Ultimately, the decision about what to do with Line 5 under the Mackinac ...

Trump wields sanctions hammer; experts wonder to what ends

WASHINGTON (AP) — Call it the diplomacy of coercion. The Trump administration is aggressively pursuing economic sanctions as a primary foreign policy tool to an extent unseen in decades, or perhaps ever. Many are questioning the results even as officials insist the penalties are achieving ...

Greenland to Trump: Thanks, but the territory is not for sale

TASIILAQ, Greenland (AP) — Greenlanders are giving Donald Trump the cold shoulder. Although amused, they’re definitely not warming up to the U.S. president’s talk of buying the semiautonomous Danish territory. “We see it as an expression of greater interest in investing in our ...

Tlaib declines to visit West Bank, citing Israeli conditions

JERUSALEM (AP) — Democratic Rep. Rashida Tlaib said Friday she would not visit her grandmother in the occupied West Bank, despite being granted an Israeli permit on humanitarian grounds, saying Israel’s “oppressive” conditions aimed to humiliate her. Israel barred Tlaib and another ...

Paralyzed Wisconsin lawmaker calls GOP leader’s remarks ‘sad’

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — The Republican leader of the Wisconsin Assembly on Thursday accused a paralyzed Democratic lawmaker of going public with his requests for accommodations to undermine the GOP legislator’s taking over as head of a national organization. Assembly Speaker Robin Vos, in an ...

Biographer: Statue poem for migrants from ‘all places’

Long before a Trump administration official suggested the poem inscribed on the Statue of Liberty welcomed only people from Europe, the words captured America’s promise to newcomers at a time when the nation was also seeking to exclude many immigrants from landing on its shores. A ...

Trump suggests trade deal can wait for Hong Kong resolution

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump suggested Wednesday that trade talks with China can wait until tensions in Hong Kong have eased, tweeting: "Of course China wants to make a deal. Let them work humanely with Hong Kong first!" Trump also praised Chinese President Xi Jinping, calling ...

Analysis shows 2020 votes still vulnerable to hacking

WASHINGTON (AP) — More than one in 10 voters could cast ballots on paperless voting machines in the 2020 general election, according to a new analysis, leaving their ballots more vulnerable to hacking. A study released by the Brennan Center for Justice at NYU School of Law on Tuesday ...

AG Barr defends police, takes swipe at progressive prosecutors

WASHINGTON (AP) — Attorney General William Barr staunchly defended the work of law enforcement Monday — promising to push for new legislation to swiftly carry out the death penalty for suspects who commit mass shootings or kill police officers, while also taking aim at prosecutors who ...

‘National conservatism’ is ‘Elizabeth Warren conservatism’

WASHINGTON — Regimes, however intellectually disreputable, rarely are unable to attract intellectuals eager to rationalize the regimes’ behavior. America’s current administration has “national conservatives.” They advocate unprecedented expansion of government in order to purge ...

Changing federal courts could complicate gun control

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California has some of the toughest gun laws in the nation, including a ban on the type of high-capacity ammunition magazines used in some of the nation's deadliest mass shootings. How long those types of laws will stand is a growing concern among gun control ...

Q & A: Are the Democrats starting impeachment or not?

WASHINGTON (AP) — The messages coming from House Democrats on impeachment in recent weeks are decidedly confusing. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has said Democrats need to wait for court decisions before they decide whether to approve articles of impeachment. At the same time, the chairman ...

Texas relaxed gun laws after other mass shootings

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — After dozens of people, including toddlers and teenagers, were gunned down in separate mass shootings at a church in Sutherland Springs and a high school in suburban Houston, Texas Republicans came to the Capitol this year with their eyes on new gun laws. The goal was ...

The fading sounds of summer

The slight chill in the night air, slowly falling temperatures, dotted colors among a sea of green leaves, and long days of sunlight slowly drifting away. Coupled with this are the sounds of laughter among collective groups of children as they prepare for another year of school. These are ...

Mayors urge Senate to return for gun bill vote

WASHINGTON (AP) — More than 200 mayors, including two anguished by mass shootings in Texas and Ohio, are urging the Senate to return to the Capitol to act on gun safety legislation amid criticism that Congress is failing to respond to back-to-back shootings that left 31 people dead. In a ...

Trump doesn’t just pollute the social environment — he is the environment

“It is remarkable by how much a pinch of malice enhances the penetrating power of an idea or an opinion. Our ears, it seems, are wonderfully attuned to sneers and evil reports about our fellow men.” — Eric Hoffer WASHINGTON — It is 1,218 miles from the Aaron Bessant Park Amphitheater ...

Changing the channel on the bad rerun of shooting coverage

NEW YORK (AP) — Revulsion over the weekend's twin mass shootings and the nagging sense that it's all an inconclusive rerun has frustrated the news media and those who rely upon it — and triggered the stirrings of a new debate over how such tragedies should be covered. "It's time for ...

Lashing back, China lets yuan drop, halts US farm purchases

WASHINGTON (AP) — China decided Monday to meet President Donald Trump’s latest tariff threat with defiance, letting its currency drop to an 11-year low and halting purchases of U.S. farm products. The moves, which came four days after Trump threatened more taxes on Chinese imports, ...

Trump tweets, stays out of sight for hours after shootings

BRIDGEWATER, N.J. (AP) — As the nation reeled from two mass shootings in less than a day, President Donald Trump spent the first hours after the tragedies out of sight at his New Jersey golf course, sending out tweets of support awkwardly mixed in with those promoting a celebrity fight and ...