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Ex-defense chief Mattis rips Trump for dividing Americans

WASHINGTON (AP) — In an extraordinary rebuke, former defense secretary Jim Mattis on Wednesday denounced President Donald Trump’s heavy-handed use of military force to quell protests near the White House and said his former boss was setting up a “false conflict” between the military ...

WH: Trump church visit similar to Churchill’s WWII role

WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House said Wednesday that President Donald Trump’s visit to a nearby church where he held up a Bible was a “leadership moment” akin to Winston Churchill’s inspection of bomb-damaged London during World War II, a comparison that drew swift condemnation ...

Paul: Caspian’s cast of characters — Part Two

Though the characters’ names are different, their actions are similar and all replicate life that we have observed or experienced in the past. As they did, so are we adding to our chapter of Life. The nuances of various individuals and tales of their lives paint a portrait of many small ...

With wins in seven states, DC, Biden closes in on nomination

Joe Biden is on the cusp of formally securing the Democratic presidential nomination after winning hundreds more delegates in primary contests that tested the nation's ability to run elections while balancing a pandemic and sweeping social unrest. Biden could lock down the nomination within ...

State, federal governments need to support schools with funds

As a result of billion-dollar-plus shortfalls in the Michigan state budget, Michigan schools are being told to prepare for cuts of monumental proportions. These cuts come at a time when schools were just beginning to climb back from the cuts made by the Snyder administration years ago. The size ...

Trump as thug or hero? Depends on the network watched

NEW YORK (AP) — It was a split screen for the ages on MSNBC Monday: on the left side, President Donald Trump talking about restoring law and order. On the right, a tear-gassed young woman vomiting in a Washington street. For a nation rubbed raw following a traumatic weekend, cable ...

McBroom: Energy report shows pipeline tunnel UP’s best option

The U.P. Energy Task Force recently sent its final report on propane availability to Gov. Gretchen Whitmer, making recommendations on steps the task force hopes the administration, Legislature and others might take to protect U.P. residents’ access to the propane widely used throughout the ...

UPCAP recognizes contributions by in-home direct care workers

Since the COVID-19 crisis began much has been said and written about the heroism displayed by the frontline health care workers across the country. They truly deserve our thanks and admiration. But the often forgotten and underappreciated direct care workers, or DCWs, also deserve that same ...

Trump strikes China over virus, Hong Kong and student visas

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump announced Friday he would withdraw funding from the World Health Organization, end Hong Kong’s special trade status and suspend visas of Chinese graduate students suspected of conducting research on behalf of their government — escalating ...

White House punts economic update as election draws near

WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House has taken the unusual step of deciding not to release an updated economic forecast as planned this year, a fresh sign of the administration's anxiety about how the coronavirus has ravaged the nation just months before the election. The decision, which was ...

Head of VA says it’ll stop almost all use of unproven drug on vets

WASHINGTON (AP) — Veterans Affairs Secretary Robert Wilkie said Thursday that his department has all but stopped use of an unproven malaria drug on veterans with COVID-19. At a House hearing, he defended initial use of hydroxychloroquine on coronavirus patients as justified "to give them ...

Would mail-in voting stretch Election Day into Election Week?

A shift to mail voting is increasing the chances that Americans will not know the winner of November’s presidential race on election night, a scenario that is fueling worries about whether President Donald Trump will use the delay to sow doubts about the results. State election officials in ...

History made as House cast proxy votes in pandemic

WASHINGTON (AP) — It's a day for the history books on Capitol Hill: For the first time, House lawmakers were voting by proxy, an unprecedented move to avoid the risk of travel to Washington during the pandemic. To mark Wednesday's history-making moment, House Republicans sued to stop the ...

Trump threatens social media after Twitter fact-checks him

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump today threatened social media companies with new regulation or even shuttering a day after Twitter added fact checks to two of his tweets. The president can’t unilaterally regulate or close the companies, which would require action by Congress or ...

Poll: Half of Americans would get a COVID-19 vaccine

Only about half of Americans say they would get a COVID-19 vaccine if the scientists working furiously to create one succeed, according to a new poll from The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research. That's surprisingly low considering the effort going into the global race ...

Trump honors fallen soldiers as nation battles against virus

BALTIMORE (AP) — President Donald Trump honored America’s war dead in back-to-back Memorial Day appearances colored by an epic struggle off the battlefield, against the coronavirus. Eager to demonstrate national revival from the pandemic, Trump doubled up on his public schedule Monday, ...

Biden lays wreath in first in-person appearance in more than two months

NEW CASTLE, Del. (AP) — Joe Biden made his first in-person appearance in more than two months on Monday as he marked Memorial Day by laying a wreath at a veterans park near his Delaware home. Since abruptly canceling a March 10 rally in Cleveland at the onset of the coronavirus pandemic, ...

Trump threatens to move RNC without governor’s assurances

President Donald Trump threatened Monday to pull the Republican National Convention out of North Carolina if the state's Democratic governor doesn't immediately sign off on allowing a full-capacity gathering in August despite the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. Trump's tweets about the upcoming ...

Federal COVID-19 testing plan puts burden on states

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration’s new strategy for coronavirus testing puts much of the burden on states while promising to provide supplies such as swabs and material to transport specimens. The plan, which was delivered Sunday to members of Congress, drew harsh criticism ...

Poll: Many in US won’t soon return to gym or dining out

WASHINGTON (AP) — Much of the country remains unlikely to venture out to bars, restaurants, theaters or gyms anytime soon, despite state and local officials across the country increasingly allowing businesses to reopen, according to a new survey by The Associated Press-NORC Center for ...