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Majority of Americans Now Live Under U.S. Border Patrol’s Jurisdiction

About 66 percent of the nation’s population lives in areas that have been militarized to the point of becoming “constitution-free” zones; a woman in Michigan shot herself in the face with a shotgun while trying to “make a point”; meanwhile, a former Mossad head warns that ISIS is already involved in Gaza and prompts Israel to continue negotiations with Hamas. These discoveries and more after the jump.

Posted on Jul 16, 2014 READ MORE



Detroit Shuts Off Water to 150,000 People

A coalition of human rights activists has asked the United Nations to intervene in the withholding of water access from 150,000 residents of Detroit who are at least two months behind on utility payments.

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Truthdigger of the Week: Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor

Sotomayor’s eloquent dissent against the decision to allow Michigan to discriminate by race and sex in the college admissions process has the power to wake those asleep in the dream of our country’s presumed inevitable progress.

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Supreme Court Upholds Michigan’s Block on Affirmative Action

Publicly funded colleges in Michigan still won’t be able to take applicants’ racial background information into consideration in the admissions process, as the U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday sided with a referendum that passed in the Great Lakes State in 2006 banning the practice.

Posted on Apr 22, 2014 READ MORE



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Another Gay Marriage Ban Bites the Dust

U.S. District Judge Bernard Friedman on Friday tossed Michigan’s ban on same-sex unions and, more importantly, did not stay or postpone his decision pending appeal.

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New Michigan Law Bars Abortion Coverage in Private Health Plans

The law, part of a growing state-level movement, includes rape, which means women must buy a separate “rape insurance” policy in the event they become pregnant from a sexual assault.

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U.S. Catholic Bishops Sued After Hospital Turns Away a Woman Miscarrying

Though Pope Francis has done quite a bit in recent months to better the image of the church, Catholic hospitals are hellbent on destroying it. The American Civil Liberties Union has sued the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, which issued the directives that resulted in a medical facility’s refusal of care to a woman suffering a miscarriage.

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Nearly Half the Country’s Cutting Obamacare Abortion Coverage

While the rest of us were waiting to see whether Obamacare would pass at all, some states had other plans in sight. Thanks to a politician from Michigan who proposed ridding the Affordable Care Act of any provisions for abortion coverage, a loophole was created in the law that allows state legislatures to curb reproductive rights.

Posted on Nov 25, 2013 READ MORE



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With Auto Industry Recovery, UAW Comes Fighting Back

The United Auto Workers union has mounted significant efforts to do what seems the impossible: Organize two foreign-owned auto plants in the Deep South, the cradle of the nation’s right-to-work movement. Their success could mean a rebirth for a major player in organized labor.

Posted on Oct 11, 2013 READ MORE



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Detroit’s Bankruptcy: It Took Decades of Bad Decisions

A new report by the Detroit Free Press traces more than 60 years of city government decisions that culminated in the city’s bankruptcy filing in July. It could have been avoided, and the causes aren’t quite what most people think.

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American Unions’ Troubles Could Be Fueling a Resurgence in Labor Activism

As the nation’s union structures crumble, the stage is set for labor unrest similar to what came during the Great Depression. The reason: reduced mechanisms for mediating grievances as income equality grows.

Posted on Sep 1, 2013 READ MORE



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News Is Not Good for Michigan’s Blind

In an effort to cut spending, the state has decided to defund NFB-Newsline, a service that provides around the clock audio access to magazines and newspapers all over the world. Although more than 3,000 people subscribe to the service and it costs Michigan a mere $52,000, the state legislature has decided to eliminate it.

Posted on Aug 27, 2013 READ MORE



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Federal Cash to Help Homeowners Will Raze Properties Instead

Some $100 million in federal money aimed at keeping Michigan families in their homes will now be used to tear down emptied buildings.

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Michigan High School Protected Star Athlete Over Rape Victim, Lawsuit Alleges

Despite the principal’s plea to not report the attack, the victim filed charges against the basketball player out of fear he would strike again. Those fears were confirmed just two weeks later when he is said to have sexually assaulted another student. The story gets even more heartbreaking as it progresses.

Posted on Apr 24, 2013 READ MORE



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Detroit’s Fiscal Emergency

The governor of Michigan said Friday that the city of Detroit was in a state of “financial emergency” and announced that an independent overseer would be appointed to save it from collapse. However, the proposed solutions, which appear to consist mainly of spending cuts, inevitably mean more pain and suffering for Detroiters.

Posted on Mar 2, 2013 READ MORE


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Cantor Wants to End Overtime, Limbaugh Claims Palin’s ‘Never Wrong,’ and More

A look at the day’s political happenings, including Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano’s warning about the sequester cuts and a Michigan Republican lawmaker’s latest attempt to rig the vote.

Posted on Feb 25, 2013 READ MORE



Rubio Not Convinced on Climate Change, Fox News Goes After Hillary, and More

A look at the day’s political happenings, including the death of the Virginia GOP’s gerrymandering scheme and a Republican lawmaker in Idaho who wants to make Ayn Rand required reading in high school.

Posted on Feb 6, 2013 READ MORE



Guns, of Course, but What About Mental Illness?

Although gun policy is certainly important to talk about in the aftermath of the Sandy Hook tragedy, mental illnesses may be more crucial to discuss; President Obama fed the loyal Susan Rice to the sharks for the same reasons he’s both feared and admired; meanwhile, education is becoming a commodity rather than a right thanks to the neoliberal agenda. These discoveries and more after the jump.

Posted on Dec 17, 2012 READ MORE


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Senator Demands Federal Pot Plan, Norquist Makes Insane Prediction, and More

A look at the day’s political happenings, including a GOP contender for a top Cabinet post in the Obama administration and why Michigan Republicans should have taken a closer look at the right-to-work legislation they passed.

Posted on Dec 13, 2012 READ MORE



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‘Which Side Are You On, Boys?’

Is there a wave of nostalgia for the 1930s? I wouldn’t have thought so, at least not until the Republicans of Michigan passed the bucket of anti-union legislation last week.

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Posted on Dec 12, 2012 READ MORE



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The Rich, Conservative Push for Right-to-Work (Video)

What appears to be an impromptu shift in Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder’s stance on the right-to-work bill he signed into law this week was a consequence of months of planning supported by the Koch family and the behind-the-scenes conservative lobby group ALEC.

Posted on Dec 12, 2012 READ MORE


Watch: Fox News Contributor Gets Punched in Face During Union Protest

A video that shows Steven Crowder getting punched in the face and threatened with gun violence in the midst of a right-to-work protest in Lansing, Mich., may have been heavily edited.

Posted on Dec 12, 2012 READ MORE



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Where the Real Battle Over Inequality Is Happening

Washington has a way of focusing the nation’s attention on tactical games over partisan maneuvers that are symptoms of a few really big problems. But we almost never get to debate or even discuss the big problems because the tactical games overwhelm everything else.

Posted on Dec 11, 2012 READ MORE



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Michigan Becomes a Right-to-Work State (Video)

Michigan legislators approved a bill Tuesday that curbs unions’ abilities to collect fees from nonunion workers as protesters gathered and were arrested at the state Senate. Lawmakers are also weighing a right-to-work measure that focuses on private sector employees.

Posted on Dec 11, 2012 READ MORE


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Pot Is Officially Legal in Colorado, Allen West Is a Sore Loser, and More

A look at the day’s political happenings, including President Obama’s take on the Michigan “right to work” battle and the Republican National Committee’s attempt to figure out what went wrong in the 2012 election.

Posted on Dec 10, 2012 READ MORE


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Michigan Republicans Propose Absurd Tax Credit

The good news for parents to be in Michigan: Republican state lawmakers want to give a tax credit for fetuses beginning at 12 weeks’ gestation. The bad news: Last year, the state eliminated tax cuts for children who were already born.

Posted on Nov 26, 2012 READ MORE



GOP Congressman Quits, Romney VP Guessing Game and More

A look at the day’s political happenings, including Herman Cain’s alleged former mistress speaking out and Rep. Joe Walsh facing off with a CNN anchor over his disparaging remarks about military veteran Tammy Duckworth.

Posted on Jul 6, 2012 READ MORE



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Truthdigger of the Week: Michigan Rep. Lisa Brown

Claiming an opponent has violated a sacred rule of decorum is a time-honored and effective way of discrediting that person in the eyes of an audience used to deferring to authority and tradition. That’s exactly what Michigan’s House Republicans did to Rep. Lisa Brown on Thursday.

Posted on Jun 15, 2012 READ MORE



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Watergate 40th Anniversary, Obama Heckled and More

A look at the day’s political happenings, including the release of Deep Throat’s FBI file, a political convention fit for the Koch brothers and a Michigan state representative’s response to being blocked from speaking because of her “vagina” remark.

Posted on Jun 15, 2012 READ MORE



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Obama and Romney’s Buckeye Smackdown, Dubya’s Head on a Spike and More

A look at the day’s political happenings, including President Barack Obama and Mitt Romney in Ohio, the DOJ’s decision in the John Edwards case, and the HBO show “Game of Thrones” getting political.

Posted on Jun 14, 2012 READ MORE



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Michigan May Be Next Battleground for Anti-Union Forces

As Wisconsin voters prepare to head to the polls next week for the recall election of GOP Gov. Scott Walker, anti-labor forces are already eyeing where they will take their union-busting battle to next.

Posted on May 29, 2012 READ MORE



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Scenes From Romney’s Prep School Days

Strict headmasters, effete manners and practical jokes both harmless and humiliating pepper the memories held by the probable Republican nominee’s boyhood friends and acquaintances of their time behind the arches at Cranbrook School in Bloomfield Hills, Mich., almost 50 years ago.

Posted on May 10, 2012 READ MORE



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Romney Survives Santorum to Win Michigan, Arizona

Polls suggested it might be an embarrassing night for Mitt Romney, whose campaign of inevitability depended on wins in home state Michigan and Mormon-friendly Arizona, but he proved resilient in both states.

Posted on Feb 28, 2012 READ MORE



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Michigan’s GOP Primary: Now With More Democrats

According to exit polls and Nate Silver, 41 percent of the people voting in Michigan’s Republican primary identify as Democrat or independent.

Posted on Feb 28, 2012 READ MORE


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Santorum Rising

There’s horse-race politics, but then there are also bona fide plot twists in the presidential campaign season, and we’re looking at one of them with the boost conservatives are giving Rick Santorum—yes, he of the sweater vest—as he and the formerly more confident Mitt Romney get ready for Arizona and Michigan primaries late this month.

Posted on Feb 14, 2012 READ MORE



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Michigan Mauls Public Education

In the ongoing, hitherto successful, conservative-led effort to divert education money to corporations, Republican lawmakers in Michigan are exploiting the economic downturn to push a set of initiatives that would outsource teaching jobs, curtail collective bargaining rights and defang teachers’ unions. (more)

Posted on Dec 7, 2011 READ MORE



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Once Upon a Romney

A progressive, sensitive and highly rational Romney? Yes, but you have to skip Mitt and go all the way back to the words of his father George to make the connection.

Posted on Nov 27, 2011 READ MORE


America the Passive

Democrats should be building statues of former Michigan Gov. Jennifer Granholm, or at least giving away copies of her new book, "A Governor’s Story."

Posted on Sep 21, 2011 READ MORE



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R.I.P., Dr. Death

Dr. Jack Kevorkian, crusading physician for the cause of assisted suicide, died Friday in a hospital in his home state of Michigan. It was, relatively speaking, a natural death for the 83-year-old, who had been suffering from heart and kidney troubles in recent weeks.

Posted on Jun 3, 2011 READ MORE


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Arab-American Wins Miss USA Crown

Donald Trump’s Miss USA pageant represents yet another bizarre cultural spectacle involving the conflation of capitalism, sexism and nationalism topped with a sparkly tiara, but this time, the winner’s story is slightly less predictable.

Posted on May 17, 2010 READ MORE



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Democrat Stupak Won’t Run Again

Bart Stupak, the Michigan congressman who led the charge against President Obama’s health care bill on the grounds that it might allow tax money to pay for abortions, has decided he will not run for re-election in 2010.

Posted on Apr 9, 2010 READ MORE



14 States Take Health Care Bill to Court

The attorneys general of Alabama, Colorado, Florida, Idaho, Louisiana, Michigan, Nebraska, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, South Dakota, Texas, Utah, Washington and Virginia are suing over the health care reform bill, citing state sovereignty and alleging federal overreach under the Commerce Clause of the Constitution.

Posted on Mar 23, 2010 READ MORE


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Abortion Debate Looms (Again) Over Health Care Reform

“In the present form, the Senate health care bill is going nowhere in the House of Representatives,” Rep. Mark Stupak told Fox News on Thursday, owing in part to the way in which the bill was passed—“the special deals,” as he put it. After Fox co-anchor Liz Claman reminded him that he “could hold this whole thing up” ... (continued)

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Guns 4 Jesus: Michigan Company Adds Scriptural Codes to Rifle Sights

Because nothing says “Jesus” like high-powered rifle sights, Trijicon, a Michigan-based company that makes just those military accoutrements, has been churning out sights for use by U.S. soldiers in Iraq and Afghanistan that are stamped with Biblical codes from the New Testament. So much for the whole “no proselytizing” rule in our nation’s armed forces.

Posted on Jan 20, 2010 READ MORE



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Obama Wants to Send Unemployed Back to School

At 14.1 percent, Michigan’s unemployment rate is the highest of any state. So it was a fitting setting for the president to announce his plan to spend $12 billion retraining the unemployed in community colleges. This plan would be a lot more exciting if its budget didn’t inevitably have to be compared with the trillions we’ve thrown at lousy banks.

Posted on Jul 14, 2009 READ MORE


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May Jobless Rates Grim for Most States

As the national unemployment rate in May rose to 9.4 percent, jobless rates jumped in 48 states and hit record highs for some, reaching double digits in many cases. The winners in this depressing race are Michigan (think GM and Chrsyler), Oregon and California, which is registering its highest unemployment rate to date, 11.5 percent.

Posted on Jun 19, 2009 READ MORE


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