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Past articles by Cal:

When Biden ‘speaking from his heart’ doesn’t speak for US

WASHINGTON (AP) — There’s no such thing as a purely personal opinion from the Oval Office on policies that matter. Armchair quarterbacking when → Read More

AP FACT CHECK: Republicans distort Ketanji Brown Jackson's record on crime, DC Corrections

WASHINGTON (AP) — Republican Sen. Marsha Blackburn mischaracterized Supreme Court nominee Ketanji Brown Jackson's judicial views as extremist and soft on crime, claiming she called for critical race theory to be a mandatory consideration in federal sentencing and sought to release all criminals during the pandemic. Jackson didn't on either front. Blackburn joined Sen. → Read More

Pulitzer winner Walter Mears dies, AP's 'Boy on the Bus'

WASHINGTON (AP) — Walter R. Mears, who for 45 years fluidly and speedily wrote the news about presidential campaigns for The Associated Press and won a Pulitzer Prize doing it, has died. He was 87. → Read More

Fact check: Biden’s State of Union is off on guns, EVs

A look at some of the president’s claims Tuesday night and a glance at the Republican response. → Read More

AP FACT CHECK: Biden's State of Union is off on guns, EVs

President Joe Biden related a faulty Democratic talking point about guns in his first State of the Union speech, made his plan on electric vehicles sound more advanced than it is and inflated the sweep of his infrastructure package. → Read More

AP FACT CHECK: Biden’s State of Union is off on guns, EVs

Take a look at some of President Joe Biden's claims Tuesday night and a glance at the Republican response. → Read More

AP FACT CHECK: Biden’s State of Union is off on guns, EVs

Take a look at some of President Joe Biden's claims Tuesday night and a glance at the Republican response. → Read More

AP FACT CHECK: Biden’s State of Union is off on guns, EVs

Take a look at some of President Joe Biden's claims Tuesday night and a glance at the Republican response. → Read More

AP FACT CHECK: Biden's State of Union is off on guns, EVs

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden related a faulty Democratic talking point about guns in his first State of the Union speech, made his plan on electric vehicles sound more advanced than it is and inflated the sweep of his infrastructure package. → Read More

On the cusp of Biden's speech, a state of disunity, funk and peril

WASHINGTON (AP) — In good times or bad, American presidents come to Congress with a diagnosis that hardly differs over the decades. In their State of the Union speeches, they declare "the state of our union is strong" or words very much like it. President Joe Biden's fellow Americans, though, have other ideas about the state they're in and little hope his State of the Union address Tuesday night… → Read More

On cusp of Biden speech, a state of disunity, funk and peril

In good times or bad, American presidents come to Congress with a diagnosis that hardly differs over the decades. In their State of the Union speeches, they declare “the state of our union is strong" or words very much like it. → Read More

On cusp of Biden speech, a state of disunity, funk and peril

WASHINGTON — In good times or bad, American presidents come to Congress with a diagnosis that hardly differs over the decades. In their State of the → Read More

Path to war in Ukraine was laid in months of plans, warnings

The week before Russia attacked, a Ukrainian soldier peered through a periscope from the bottom of his trench. Mud seeped into his boots, his clothes and every crack in his gear as he walked the narrow space where he had spent his days for the past 10 months. → Read More

Path to war in Ukraine was laid in months of plans, warnings

The Russian invasion of Ukraine was not a surprise, with western leaders warning about the assault for months and Moscow denying it for just as long. → Read More

Lethal US raid on IS encounters a doll, crib, bomb, bullets

When helicopters carrying some 50 U.S. commandos thumped onto the ground in Syria an hour after midnight, the raiders confronted a houseful of extremists and children. → Read More

Virus, disunity rage on after Biden’s first year

WASHINGTON — From the inaugural platform, President Joe Biden saw American sickness on two fronts — a disease of the national spirit and the on → Read More

After Biden's first year, the virus and disunity rage on

WASHINGTON (AP) — From the inaugural platform, President Joe Biden saw American sickness on two fronts — a disease of the national spirit and the one from the rampaging coronavirus — and he saw hope, because leaders always must see that. "End this uncivil war," he implored Americans on Jan. 20, 2021. Of the pathogen, he said: "We can overcome this deadly virus. " Neither malady has abated. → Read More

Trump seeds race animus with COVID falsehood, AP fact check finds

WASHINGTON (AP) — Donald Trump falsely declared in a weekend rally that public health authorities are denying the COVID-19 vaccine to white people because of their race. The former president seeded racial resentments in remarks that twisted the facts on public-health policy and exaggerated the effects of racially conscious antiviral treatment guidelines in New York. From his speech Saturday… → Read More

Americans do not remember Jan. 6 Capitol riot as one people

WASHINGTON — Side by side at ground zero on the anniversary of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, a Republican governor read from the Gettysburg Address → Read More

In nation at war with itself, one town tries cup of civility

LOVETTSVILLE, Va. (AP) — When Maureen Donnelly Morris came from nearby Leesburg to open her café in Lovettsville, she got a warm welcome. Neighbors rallied to her aid. Divisions ripping at their town and their country were set aside. → Read More