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U.S. Attorney General: Redacted Mueller Report To Be Released By Mid-April

March 29, 2019           |                                       

Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s report on the investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election is to be released by mid-April, Attorney General Bill Barr said on March 29. Barr, in a letter to the chairmen of the House and Senate judiciary committees, said he was in the process of redacting sensitive material from […]

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O’Rourke’s tabletop tour can’t hide his problematic record on workers’ rights. Democratic presidential hopeful Beto O’Rourke visited Michigan last week. Shirtsleeves carefully rolled up, he stood on tabletops across metro Detroit and delivered his stump speech. “He’s really good at his stump speech,” says local union activist Diana Hussein, who seemed unimpressed. “If Trump is […]

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Rep. Rashida Tlaib Won’t Apologize for Comments About Trump

January 8, 2019           |                                       

Newly elected Democratic Congressmember Rashida Tlaib of Michigan made headlines last week for declaring, “We’re going to go in there, and we’re going to impeach the motherf***er,” in reference to President Donald Trump. Tlaib made the comment at a Washington, DC, bar, days after she made history last week when she and Ilhan Omar of […]

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International Spy? Or Just A Guy At A Wedding In Moscow?

January 2, 2019           |                                       

“Next stop, Moscow…” That’s the message Paul Whelan added to his profile on the Russian social-media site VK, which he last accessed via mobile phone mid-afternoon on December 28. It was shortly after that that his family started to worry. The 48-year-old former U.S. Marine, who his twin brother says speaks just enough Russian to […]

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How Bad are Things for the GOP? A Democratic House Candidate got 30,000 Write-In Votes in Michigan

August 9, 2018           |                                       

In April, Michigan officials who oversee elections kicked Democrat Matt Morgan off the congressional ballot, leaving the Republican incumbent, Rep. Jack Bergman, to run unopposed in the general election. That was the plan, at least, until primary day on Tuesday, when more than 30,000 Democratic voters cast write-in ballots in Michigan’s 1st Congressional District. That’s […]

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Despite El-Sayed’s Loss, The Left Scored Some Huge Wins—and Showed It’s Winning the War

August 8, 2018           |                                       

From Kansas to Michigan to Missouri, voters proved that left politics can win in the Midwest. Get ready for the coming wave. The elections advanced several plot points that are key to the progressive movement’s fate in the general elections—and its prospects well beyond November. Tuesday’s primaries were like the midpoint of a novel. There […]

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Video: Mehdi Hasan Interviews Abdul El-Sayed, Progressive Candidate in Michigan’s Democratic Primary

August 4, 2018           |                                       

He’s been called the new Obama. Abdul El-Sayed, a 33-year-old doctor and health policy expert, has never held elected office. But he’s running to be governor of Michigan — and if the size of his rallies is anything to go by, this charismatic and progressive insurgent could pull off a huge upset in the Democratic […]

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With Sanders and Ocasio-Cortez Backing Him, Abdul El-Sayed May Be on the Verge of a Stunning Upset

August 2, 2018           |                                       

Riding a wave of left energy, gubernatorial candidate El-Sayed could follow the lead of Sanders in 2016 and score a shocking primary win in Michigan. In El-Sayed, voters have the choice of a candidate speaking directly to their major concerns—healthcare, corruption, inequality—and harnessing the energy of a building movement at a moment when it’s been […]

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A Michigan judge issued a ruling late last week granting the American Federation of Teachers the right to discovery in an ongoing legal battle with Project Veritas, the sting group launched by conservative provocateur James O’Keefe. The escalating fight, which is being played out in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan, began last September, […]

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100th episode! Heather Ann Thompson is a historian whose Blood in the Water: The Attica Prison Uprising of 1971 and Its Legacy won the Pulitzer Prize in 2017. In this conversation, she discusses how her upbringing in Detroit shaped her views on American politics and ignited her interest in tracking the history of mass incarceration. […]

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The Trump administration has decided that anti-bullying policies on college campuses are a threat to free speech rights and is using the resources of the Justice Department to go after them, most recently at the University of Michigan. The New York Times reported Tuesday that the department filed a statement of interest in a federal […]

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