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The Terror of Flint’s Poisoned Water

Aggrieved Flint residents and their allies are demanding immediate action to ensure safe, clean water to the people of Flint. Many are calling for Michigan Gov. Snyder to resign or even to be arrested.

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FBI is Now Involved in the Investigation Into the Flint Water Crisis

Federal prosecutors are reportedly “working with a multi-agency investigation team on the Flint water contamination matter.”

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VIDEO: Hundreds of Union Plumbers Volunteer to Help Victims of Flint’s Lead-Poisoning Crisis

Plumbers from across Michigan and other states are visiting 800 homes in the city of Flint to make sure residents’ faucets can accommodate water filters being installed to mitigate the city’s ongoing lead crisis.

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People of Flint Call for Pro-Democracy Revolt to Save Their Poisoned City

Residents and advocacy organizations are seeking outside intervention and a complete overhaul of the state government.

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Flint’s Water Crisis Is a Warning to Us All

We assume as a basic human right the easy access to clean water, and for most Americans it flows from the tap whenever we want. But as the lead contamination in Michigan shows, we’re more vulnerable than we think. 

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Flint All Over Again? Lead Poisoning Scandal Strikes Ohio Town

The state’s Environmental Protection Agency has asked its federal counterpart to open a criminal investigation into what occurred in Sebring.

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VIDEO: Austerity Man

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Award-winning animator Mark Fiore weighs in on the recent lead poisoning disaster in Flint, Mich.
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No, Gov. Snyder, Flint’s Water Wasn’t Poisoned by ‘Government’ (Video)

Perhaps it is inevitable, but it is a shame that some people are gaming out how to profit politically from the lead poisoning of the children of Flint, Mich.

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President Obama, Please Come to Flint, Mich.

“Please consider this personal appeal from me and the 102,000 citizens of the city of Flint who have been poisoned—not by a mistake, not by a natural disaster, but by a governor and his administration who, to ‘cut costs,’ took over the city of Flint from its duly elected leaders, unhooked the city from its fresh water supply of Lake Huron, and then made the people drink the toxic water from the Flint River.”

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Budget Cuts and Negligence Poisoned the Drinking Water in Flint, Mich.

Calls for the resignation of Gov. Rick Snyder are intensifying in the face of evidence that he allowed the city’s 100,000 residents to continue cooking, drinking and bathing in water known to be contaminated with lead.

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Dear Gov. Snyder: You Have to Go to Jail

Progressive activist, Oscar-winning filmmaker and Flint, Mich., native Michael Moore is calling for the arrest of Gov. Rick Snyder for his role in creating a situation in which the water supply for an entire community has been “effectively poisoned.”

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Arrest of Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder Urged After Contaminated-Water Scandal Implicates Top Staffers

“To poison all the children in an historic American city is no small feat.”

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Catholic Hospital Denies Woman Potentially Life-Saving Treatment on Religious Grounds

The case is an example of what many experts have been saying for years: that religious control of medical care is a burgeoning public health crisis.

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A Magical Mystery Tour of American Austerity Politics

Numerous cities and school districts in Michigan are now run by single, state-appointed technocrats. This arrangement not only strips residents of their local voting rights but also gives appointees of the state’s austerity-promoting governor the power to do just about anything, including dissolve the cities themselves, all in the name of “fiscal responsibility.”

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The Continuing Depopulation of Detroit

The city that was the arsenal of the 20th century may also provide the blueprint for a more precarious era: 100,000 of its residents are on what many call an eviction “conveyor belt.”

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Court Rules Michigan Not Responsible for Quality Public Education

The Michigan Court of Appeals ruled in early November that the state has no legal obligation to provide quality public education to students in a struggling school district.

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The Bankruptcy of Detroit and the Division of America

Detroit is a model for how wealthier and whiter Americans escape the costs of public goods they’d otherwise share with poorer and darker Americans.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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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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.

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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.

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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


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