Opinion

White House escalates resistance to House probes

Columns

WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House sharply escalated its resistance to congressional attempts to investigate President Donald Trump, notifying the House Judiciary panel Wednesday that it would refuse to comply with sweeping requests for documents and witness testimony while declaring that the ...

Barr to Pelosi at event: ‘Did you bring your handcuffs?’

Columns

WASHINGTON (AP) — Attorney General William Barr tried out a little contempt humor on House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, with interesting results. The setting was the National Peace Officers Memorial Day service Wednesday at the U.S. Capitol. Barr and Pelosi were in the crowd waiting for President ...

Author of flattering Trump biography gets pardon

Columns

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump on Wednesday granted a full pardon to Conrad Black, a former newspaper publisher who has written a flattering political biography of Trump. Black's media empire once included the Chicago Sun-Times and The Daily Telegraph of London. He was convicted ...

End-of-life planning not fun but needed

Editorials

End-of-life planning is not a topic most of us are comfortable talking about, much less actually doing anything about. After all, discussing one’s own mortality and decisions that are often made at the end is a stretch for most people. Yet, we all die and leaving our affairs in the best ...

Thomas: Back to the past with Joe Biden, Democrats

Columns

Joe Biden, the leading Democrat in the overcrowded presidential sweepstakes (there are more of them running than horses in the recent Kentucky Derby), appears to want to take America back to the days of the Obama administration, which he was a part of for eight years. What would that look ...

AP sources: Subpoena sent after Trump Jr. declined interviews

Columns

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate intelligence committee subpoenaed Donald Trump Jr. after he backed out of two scheduled interviews as part of the panel’s Russia investigation, the chairman of the committee told his Republican colleagues last week as he tried to stem criticism from the ...

Justice Gorsuch follows Biden as chair of civic education group

Columns

WASHINGTON (AP) — Supreme Court Justice Neil Gorsuch is taking on a new role as the honorary chairman of a nonpartisan group devoted to education about the Constitution, replacing former Vice President Joe Biden. The National Constitution Center in Philadelphia said Tuesday that Gorsuch, ...

Take steps to prevent getting sick from ticks

Editorials

Spring finally seems to have arrived in the North Woods. As the trees leaf out and the days grow longer, the urge to get outdoors grows as well, looking for birds, hunting for morels, just enjoying a nice walk on a warm day after so many months of snow and ice, especially when the bulk of the ...

Dems in 2020 face challenge in Wisconsin: the economy

Columns

NEW BERLIN, Wis. (AP) — Business was good at the merchandise table as Republicans meeting at a suburban Milwaukee bowling alley picked out their Trump 2020 “Keep America Great” hats, now available in pink, blue and camouflage in addition to the trademark red. Bruce Kudick, a proud Donald ...

Biden open to breaking up Facebook

Columns

HAMPTON, N.H. (AP) — Joe Biden said Monday that he would be open to breaking up Facebook, a sign of the deep skepticism among many Democratic presidential contenders about the power of massive technology firms. In an interview with The Associated Press, the former vice president, who is now ...

Flags to raise awareness of need for foster families

Editorials

Blue and white lawn flags will dot Michigan’s landscape this month to demonstrate the need for loving foster homes for children. Michigan has approximately 13,500 children in foster care. Children of all ages who have been victims of abuse and neglect need temporary foster homes to care for ...

The danger of dabbling in trade protectionism

Columns

WASHINGTON — A man who worked in a boxer’s corner in a 1962 match against Cassius Clay, as he still was known, explained why the referee stopped the fight in the fourth round: “Things just went sour gradually all at once.” It can be like that when government dabbles in ...

Appreciates cleanup of cemetery in time for Mother’s Day

Editorials

Bouquet — From C.T. Hallgren, Norway: Roses to the caretaker and ground crew of the Norway Township cemetery. Despite the horrible “working weather” — damp, cold and rain — that we’ve been having recently, the crew has done an outstanding job of cleaning up in time for Mother’s ...

AP Explains: New China tariffs likely to hit US consumers

Columns

WASHINGTON (AP) — With the Trump administration more than doubling tariffs on billions of dollars of Chinese imports, will Americans soon see higher prices on store shelves? Yes, but it may take a few weeks. U.S. import taxes on $200 billion of Chinese goods jumped to 25% on Friday, from ...

Help Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive Saturday

Editorials

Saturday gives good reason to put more than the mail out for your U.S. Postal Service carrier. For 27 years, the National Association of Letter Carriers has annually conducted its Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive every second Saturday in May in more than 10,000 cities and towns across America. ...

Crisis point? High stakes in Trump’s showdown with Congress

Columns

WASHINGTON (AP) — Democrats call it a "constitutional crisis." But is it? Stunned by the extent of the White House's blanket refusal to comply with oversight by Congress, the Democrats warn that the Trump administration is shattering historic norms and testing the nation's system of checks ...

‘Call me,’ Trump tells Iran as tensions flare

Columns

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump has a message for Iran's leaders as tensions flare over the Islamic Republic's nuclear program: "Call me." The softer line marks a clear shift, at least rhetorically, from the administration's tough approach to Iran, which has included moving some of ...

Mankind having devastating impact on Earth’s species

Editorials

It should come as no surprise to anyone paying attention that mankind has, in some overall sense, had a negative impact on planet Earth since becoming the dominant species. It may, however, surprise some to learn just how badly we’ve soiled the nest. According to the United Nations’ ...

End of everything — or not

Columns

PAWLEYS ISLAND, S.C. — A new United Nations report projecting the extinction of one-eighth of all animal and plant species should rattle the cages of any remaining skeptics regarding climate change and the central role humans have played in Earth’s accelerating destruction. The report is ...