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Opinion

Democrats flex power by aiming at money in politics

Columns

WASHINGTON (AP) — Flexing their new majority, Democrats are moving to push through the House a comprehensive elections and ethics reform package they say will reduce the role of big money in politics, ensure fair elections and restore ethics and integrity to Washington. The legislation, ...

Drivers: Move over and slow down, please

Editorials

Michigan’s new “Emergency Vehicle Caution Law” — also known as the “Move Over Law” — took effect this month. Drivers now must slow to 10 mph below the posted speed limit when passing any stopped emergency vehicle: ambulances, police cruisers, fire trucks or wreckers. Anyone who ...

Bibi and Trump agonistes

Columns

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is facing indictment on charges of fraud, corruption, breach of trust and bribery. He’s also running for re-election, and with less than six weeks until ballots are scheduled to be cast in Israel, some have raised suspicions of a political hit, not ...

Omar’s Israel remarks expose Democrats’ simmering divisions

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WASHINGTON (AP) — Back in January, the Democrats welcomed their brash young newcomers to Congress with smiles and hugs. That was before the new colleagues dragged the party’s simmering divisions over Israel out in the open. Provocative comments from Rep. Ilhan Omar of Minnesota have ...

Isle Royale historic designation entirely appropriate

Editorials

Isle Royale has been placed on the National Register of Historic Places, something we suspect a great many people thought already had happened. The nomination covers not only the main island proper but more than 450-plus islands and surrounding waters in Northern Lake Superior. Isle Royale ...

Bill Clinton has advice, but few candidates seeking it

Columns

WASHINGTON (AP) — Nearly 20 years after he left the White House, Bill Clinton is still sought after for advice by some Democrats running for president. But the names on his dance card in recent months underscore how much his standing in the party has changed. So far, none of the party’s ...

New US House election in NC to be Sept. 10

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RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina officials set a Sept. 10 date for a new election for the nation’s last unresolved congressional race after the November results were thrown out over concerns of ballot tampering. Parties will hold their primaries on May 14. The state elections board ...

Campaign aims to protect veterans from scams, fraud

Editorials

The National Consumer Protection Week that runs through March 9 will focus on veterans, as the U.S. Postal Inspection Service and the AARP Fraud Watch Network continue to promote “Operation Protect Veterans,” a joint national campaign to draw attention to vet-related scams and fraud ...

AP Fact Check: On Trump’s epic weekend speech at CPAC

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WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump uttered a dizzying number of false statements in his epically long weekend speech, to an audience that didn’t seem to mind at all. He reprised some of his most frequently told fictions and dusted off old ones, even going back to the size of his ...

Lawmakers not doing job on roads

Letters to the Editor

My wife and I took a bit of ride down to Crivitz, Wis., to have lunch with her parents one day this week. What a ride it was. Now, we did take my Ranger truck, which does have a truck suspension and rides a bit harder than the Explorer. With that as a given, all I can say is, what a ride it ...

Thanks to support, fundraiser for animal shelter a success

Editorials

Bouquet From Nancy Schaub, chairwoman, Almost Home Shelter Fundraising Committee: ValenTails, the Almost Home Animal Shelter fundraiser at Oak Crest Golf Course, was a success. We would like to thank our platinum sponsors, Nelson Paint Company, First Bank and Starship Enterprises; our ...

Eyeing 2020, White House steps up ‘socialism’ attack on Dems

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WASHINGTON (AP) — As the White House gears up for the 2020 campaign, it’s pressing the case that Democrats are rallying behind what it’s calling the policies of “socialism.” Trying to portray Democrats as out of step with ordinary Americans, Vice President Mike Pence said in a ...

Plans for first UP shooting range good for region

Editorials

If all goes to plan, Sands Township will be the site of the first public shooting range in the Upper Peninsula. The Michigan Department of Natural Resources had been looking into constructing and operating such a range for some time. Its first official attempt to get one OK’d failed to get ...

A sweet deal for Big Sugar

Columns

When I hear “welfare payments,” I think “poor people.” But America’s biggest welfare recipients are often politically connected corporations — like America’s sugar producers. The industry gets billions of dollars in special deals while deceitfully running ads that say, ...

Science Says: People tend to believe informants like Cohen

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WASHINGTON (AP) — We tend to believe informants like Michael Cohen, studies show and psychologists say. It doesn’t matter if the person is behind bars or has confessed to lying, as Cohen has: Juries usually believe an informant, said Jeffrey Neuschatz, a University of Alabama psychologist ...

Taking note of health care that serves the family

Editorials

Chances are you grew up going for health care to a Dr. Somebody as a toddler, while in grade school, perhaps as a teen or 20-something. He or she might well have been the same doctor your parents went to, or who now treats your children. Maybe even has dealt with three, even four generations ...

Drafting women to end wars

Columns

WASHINGTON — Last week, a district court judge ruled that it is unconstitutional for only men to have to register with the Selective Service, opening the possibility that women might also have to register. The ruling may be fair in principle, but does it make sense? Would a universal draft ...

High court rules for death row inmate with dementia

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WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court is ordering a new state court hearing to determine whether an Alabama death row inmate is so affected by dementia that he can’t be executed. The justices ruled 5-3 on Wednesday in favor of inmate Vernon Madison, who killed a police officer in 1985. His ...

Teen dating can risk more than a broken heart

Editorials

If you have a teenage daughter — or, really, a son — this is worth taking note. Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer has proclaimed February as Teen Dating Violence Awareness and Prevention Month. But our region at large, even across the border, needs to learn and recognize the signs of dating ...

The precarious perch of a potential Pentagon chief

Columns

WASHINGTON (AP) — Patrick Shanahan, the former Boeing executive, was in a familiar place — aboard an airplane — when he got word of a bolt-from-the-blue political shot across his bow, an apparent blow to his chances of being nominated as the next secretary of defense. Sen. James Inhofe, ...