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Michigan nuggets of history starts with Andrew Jackson

Most of you grew up here, but what do you really know about it? Did you know, for example, that Michigan became the 26th state on Jan. 26, 1837, after sacrificing some of the land to Ohio, then being rewarded with the Upper Peninsula, by President Andrew Jackson and Congress? But earlier, ...

Meet Rick. Meet the football. Hike!

WASHINGTON — By now a few million Americans have met “Rick,” the aide-de-camp who carries the nuclear “football” for President Trump, and Richard DeAgazio, a Mar-a-Lago club member who posted a selfie of the two on his Facebook page. The entire Saturday evening in Palm Beach, where ...

All held to same standard: No man is above law

Do you remember Zoe Baird? In 1993, President-elect Bill Clinton nominated Baird, a prominent lawyer, to be the first female U.S. attorney general. Baird had told the Clinton transition team that she had, in violation of the law, employed a couple, both undocumented immigrants, to work for her ...

Repeal Obamacare! No, Wait!

Republicans promised to repeal the Affordable Care Act. But now they are hesitating. I understand why. Most Americans opposed Obamacare ever since the Democrats imposed it. But now that Congress actually might kill it, more (about half those polled) say, “Wait, I like Obamacare!” Once ...

It’s high time to put food policy back on table

During the farm crisis of the 1980s, an Iowa farmer asked if I knew the difference between a family farmer and a pigeon. When I said no, he delighted in explaining: “A pigeon can still make a deposit on a new John Deere.” That’s funny — except, it really wasn’t. Worse, the bitter ...

White terrorism is not as bad?

White terrorism is not as bad as Muslim terrorism. That, believe it or not, was the crux of an argument Sean Duffy, a Republican representative from Wisconsin, made last week on CNN. What follows has been condensed for space, but it unfolded like this: Asked by anchor Alisyn Camerota about ...

Trump doesn’t take kindly to power, conflicts of interest limits

WASHINGTON — As President Trump continues to maintain that there is no higher authority than himself as he sits in the Oval Office, both the Constitution and the judicial branch are educating him on the realities of life in our American democracy. The three members of the Ninth Circuit ...

Dear Time Travelers: Welcome to 2017

My Lord, these time travelers. They’re everywhere. I first noticed this influx of visitors from the past — men, mostly — shortly after the election. Filling my email inbox. Trolling my Twitter and Facebook feeds. Offering one unsolicited directive after another about how women should ...

Major media remain in denial of what they did wrong

Since Donald Trump’s election, the major media have been trying to figure out what they did wrong, given their fawning coverage of Hillary Clinton and their anti-Donald Trump stories. Didn’t they help twice elect Barack Obama? Why didn’t the formula work this time? Mostly the media ...

Right can’t defend Trump’s behavior

By now you may have noticed the difficulty many conservatives have defending everything President Trump does and says. I’m not just referring to the big policy moves, most of which conservatives can support fairly easily (so far). I mean the whole whiplash-inducing spectacle: the unfiltered, ...

Built-in slant to ‘check your privilege’ resistance

There is no way to prove this, but see if you agree with me: The average American parent would be glad to see his public high school celebrate Martin Luther King Day with tributes to the Civil Rights movement, lectures on the history of slavery and Jim Crow and discussions of the challenges ...

The danger of Stephen Bannon

President Donald Trump has reorganized the National Security Council — elevating his chief political strategist, Stephen Bannon, and demoting the director of national intelligence and the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. Bannon will join the NSC’s principals committee, the top ...

Free Trade exerts big effect on ‘earned success’

Amid all the hurly-burly of President Donald Trump’s first weeks in office, let’s try to put the changes he’s making and the feathers he’s ruffling in a longer, 20-year perspective. Start off with his trademark issue — one that clearly helped him win the 64 crucial electoral votes of ...

Drug bust had nothing to do with Winter Carnival

I am writing to you on behalf of Michigan Technological University’s Chapter of the Blue Key Honor Society Our organization was very disappointed in the headline of a recent article published in your paper titled “Pre-Carnival Drug Bust: UPSET raid recovers marijuana, acid-laced ...

Student Leadership Committee makes a difference

Once a month, student leaders from across the region gather at a local high school or at the Copper Country ISD to collaborate on different projects. They are members of the Student Leadership Committee (SLC), a long-standing committee of high school students dedicated to developing their ...

No one wins Gorsuch confirmation war

WASHINGTON — To review the left’s reaction to Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch is to infer he’s the spawn of Dracula — a cruel and bloodless beast who shrinks from the light and plays havoc with history. Among the many distortions: Gorsuch is against clean water, consumers, ...

Pence cloaks Dem insults with Republican code-speak

In his first television interview since taking office, Vice President Mike Pence, with apparent sincerity, emphasized to “PBS NewsHour’s’’ Judy Woodruff just how committed he and the White House are to “working right now with the Congress,’’ “working very closely with leaders of ...

Times outrages smear Team Trump

Oh, no! I did it again. It was a foolish mistake. But I slipped. I read The New York Times. This is bad for my health, because I get so mad at the smug socialist spin, but how can I not read it? It’s my hometown paper. My wife wakes me up with indignant questions like, “How can you ...

Is Trump’s dystopian view of America our America?

Who are we? Are we the great America of courage, spunk, openness, inclusion, opportunity and democratic promise — as expressed in the Declaration of Independence, the Preamble to the Constitution, Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address, Roosevelt’s Four Freedoms and Emma Lazarus’ sonnet ...

‘I had forgotten that I am black’

So I had myself an epiphany. Actually, that’s not quite the right word. An epiphany is a moment of sudden clarity, but mine rolled in slowly, like dawn on a crystal morning. I’m not sure when it began. Maybe it was in 2012 when Trayvon Martin was killed and much of America held him ...