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Opinion

Sanders raises $25M, Buttigieg $19M

Columns

WASHINGTON (AP) — Bernie Sanders raked in $25.3 million over the past three months, putting him on top of the Democratic presidential fundraising field for now. But in a sign of what he and his rivals are up against, President Donald Trump and his allies raised $125 million. Other leading ...

A day to make the case for a career in manufacturing

Editorials

The Heavy Metal Tours will make a stop in Iron Mountain on Friday. No, it’s not the bands Metallica or AC/DC venturing into the North Woods. Instead, it’s a day at Bay College West that aims to show area students what kind of opportunities might be available locally in skilled trades and ...

Congressional Democrats, show me the message

Columns

WASHINGTON — We long ago established that Donald Trump is a bad guy. We’ve multiple times said, “This is it. They’ve got to get rid of him.” So what’s so new and awful that the president of the United States must now be impeached? Maybe a lot; maybe not so much. The Department ...

Trump sought Australia’s help on Russia probe

Columns

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump recently asked the Australian prime minister and other foreign leaders to help Attorney General William Barr with an investigation into the origins of the Russia probe that shadowed his administration for more than two years, the Justice Department ...

NMU handing out Naloxone kits very appropriate

Editorials

Northern Michigan University officials are out front — appropriately, we believe — in action they took last week in the never-ending battle against opioid overdoses. Some 72 kits of Naloxone, a nasal spray that is used to reverse the effects of opioids, were handed out, courtesy of a ...

The best antidote for a bad election is a better election

Columns

WASHINGTON — If Donald Trump were to tweet that 9 is a prime number, that Minneapolis is in Idaho, and that the sun revolves around the Earth — “Make Earth Great Again!” — would even five Republican senators publicly disagree with even one of the tweets? This matters in assessing the ...

Having local hospital essential

Letters to the Editor

Over the past few years, Dickinson County Healthcare System has weathered a lot of controversy, and its future is still up in the air today. I want to apologize to Dickinson County Memorial Hospital for taking so long to tell my story. In December of last year, I fell 23 feet off my two-story ...

What’s next as committees launch impeachment probes

Columns

WASHINGTON (AP) — House Democrats are planning a rapid start to their push for impeachment of President Donald Trump, with hearings and depositions starting this week. Democratic leaders have instructed committees to move quickly — and not to lose momentum — after revelations that Trump ...

Red Cross thanks businesses for Sagola support

Editorials

Bouquet: Your local Red Cross would like to thank the following area businesses for their generous donations that helped provide food, water, coffee and shelter to the volunteers who served the First Responders at the accident in Sagola on Monday. The Randville Bar and Grill suppled 12 pizzas ...

Subpoenas mark first concrete steps for Trump impeachment

Columns

WASHINGTON (AP) — House Democrats took their first concrete steps in the impeachment investigation of President Donald Trump on Friday, issuing subpoenas demanding documents from Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and scheduling legal depositions for other State Department officials. At the end ...

Campaign to ‘Drive Sober’ yields results

Editorials

It would appear a 20-day, stepped-up effort to enforce the rules of the road in Michigan had some success. Law enforcement officers from 93 police departments, sheriff’s offices and Michigan State Police posts increased patrols across the state during the end-of-summer Drive Sober or Get ...

White House dusts off Mueller playbook as pressure mounts

Columns

WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House is dusting off its playbook from the special counsel's Russia investigation. Caught off guard by the speed at which a whistleblower's claims have morphed into an impeachment inquiry, President Donald Trump and his team are scrambling to respond. They're ...

Trump raises $13M after Pelosi announces impeachment inquiry

Columns

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump's repeated trashing of a Democratic impeachment inquiry has helped prompt a $13 million flood of campaign cash to bolster his reelection effort. House Speaker "Nancy (Pelosi) just called for Impeachment. WITCH HUNT!" his campaign said in one ...

GOP must focus on Michigan first

Editorials

Republicans arrived on Mackinac Island last week to begin planning for what promises to be their toughest battle in decades: reclaiming the ground they lost in last year’s election, preserving their influence in Lansing and helping President Donald Trump repeat his unexpected 2016 win in ...

Impeachment push tests GOP’s political skills as 2020 looms

Columns

WASHINGTON (AP) — Congressional Republicans could be nearing crucial tests of their loyalty toward President Donald Trump and of how well they’ve mastered the art of walking a political tightrope during his turbulent presidency. Should damning evidence accumulate that Trump pressured the ...

Democrats defy impeachment risks

Columns

NEW YORK (AP) — Democrats are embracing an impeachment investigation that could jeopardize their House majority and alienate the very suburban voters who have warmed to the party in recent elections and will be vital to defeat President Donald Trump next fall. But a growing consensus is ...

State education budget a good place to start

Editorials

Although it seemed to satisfy few, the budget underwriting state support for public schools was approved by the Michigan Legislature late last week. Gov. Gretchen Whitmer, who has complained the funding was insufficient to the needs districts face, is expected to sign the measure into ...

AP Explains: How the ground shifted on Trump impeachment

Columns

WASHINGTON (AP) — After more than two years of jousting over President Donald Trump’s conduct, the ground suddenly shifted in Congress and a move toward impeachment broke free of constraints. That does not mean the path ahead is all set. On Tuesday, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi — who ...

Trump confidant Stone loses bid to toss evidence

Columns

WASHINGTON (AP) — A judge has denied Trump confidant Roger Stone’s efforts to suppress evidence in the case against him, according to a court opinion made public Tuesday. Stone is one of a half dozen aides and advisers to President Donald Trump who were charged as part of special counsel ...

Most men would love to have had Gronkowski’s job

Letters to the Editor

EDITOR: You’ve got to be kidding me. Rob Gronkowski, former tight end for the New England Patriots, recently retired from football because, he stated, “I want to be clear to my fans. I needed to recover. Football was bringing me down and I didn’t like it. And I was losing that joy in ...