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FERRYSBURG — Flags flew, engines revved and “Born in the USA” occasionally blared from a boat’s speakers during an in-water rally organized Saturday by a Kent County group helping to kick off President Donald Trump’s re-election campaign.

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NEW YORK (AP) — President Donald Trump's return to the campaign trail was designed to show strength and enthusiasm heading into the critical final months before an election that will decide whether he remains in the White House.

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WASHINGTON — The bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Washington, D.C., sharply criticized President Donald Trump for staging a visit to the historic St. John’s Church across from the White House, where he held up a Bible after authorities had cleared the area of peaceful protesters.

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WASHINGTON — The nation’s 133-year-old law for picking a president has a provision that has never been needed to settle a disputed election, since it deals with a situation that would only happen after a cascade of seemingly improbable events.

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WASHINGTON (AP) — Michigan Rep. Justin Amash, a high-profile critic of President Donald Trump who quit the GOP and became an independent, announced Saturday he would not seek the Libertarian nomination for the White House, weeks after saying he was running because voters wanted an "alternati…

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An event organized to protest the lockdown of parking lots at Grand Haven State Park Saturday afternoon had more the appearance of a peaceful Trump rally, but that was only because the Biden side of the crowd didn’t show, said organizer Brandon Hall.

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Here’s how your local state lawmakers voted on legislation this past week:

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WASHINGTON — House Speaker Nancy Pelosi unveiled a more than $3 trillion coronavirus aid package Tuesday, providing nearly $1 trillion for states and cities, "hazard pay" for essential workers and a new round of cash payments to individuals.

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A former Grand Haven resident and political activist has announced a “family friendly” event to protest the parking lot closure at Grand Haven State Park on Saturday, May 16.

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LANSING — Guns cannot be banned from Michigan’s Capitol unless legislators change state law, an official who helps oversee the building said Wednesday, less than a week after some protesters armed with rifles shouted at lawmakers inside the Senate chamber.

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WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump signed a $484 billion bill Friday to aid employers and hospitals under stress from the coronavirus pandemic that has killed more than 50,000 Americans and devastated broad swaths of the economy.

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LANSING (AP) — Republicans who control the Michigan Legislature said they will meet Friday to pass bills to rein in the emergency powers of Gov. Gretchen Whitmer and create a committee to oversee the state's response to the coronavirus outbreak, a dramatic strike against the Democrat amid th…

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GRAND RAPIDS — Presidential hopeful Joe Biden made a campaign stop in Grand Rapids on Monday, a day ahead of the Michigan presidential primary.

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Several thousand people filled Calder Plaza in Grand Rapids Sunday afternoon for Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders’ appearance in advance of Tuesday’s presidential primary in Michigan.

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LANSING — Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer is backing Joe Biden for president days before the state’s Democratic primary, giving the former vice president another boost after his success on Super Tuesday.

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U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders and former Vice President Joe Biden, the two front-runners for the Democratic nomination for president, will bring their campaigns to Michigan this week ahead of the state’s primary election on Tuesday.

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NEW YORK (AP) — Billionaire Mike Bloomberg ended his bid for the Democratic presidential nomination on Wednesday and endorsed former Vice President Joe Biden. It was a stunning collapse for the former New York City mayor, who had his 2020 hopes on the Super Tuesday states and pumped more tha…

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WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Sen. Gary Peters on Tuesday urged the Trump administration to launch a centralized federal website, coronavirus.gov, to provide trusted information about the coronavirus outbreak.

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MINNEAPOLIS — The Rev. Doug Pagitt jumped on stage at his former Minneapolis church with a message that he and his entourage are repeating across the country: Evangelical voters, you can stay true to your Christian faith but not vote for President Donald Trump.

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LAS VEGAS (AP) — From the opening bell, Democrats savaged New York billionaire Mike Bloomberg and raised pointed questions about Bernie Sanders' take-no-prisoners politics during a contentious debate Wednesday night that threatened to further muddy the party's urgent quest to defeat Presiden…

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During a local legislative update meeting Friday morning, Sen. Roger Victory, R-Hudsonville, shared the story of a recent meeting with a Lakeshore property owner.

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Local state lawmakers Sen. Roger Victory, R-Hudsonville, and Rep. Jim Lilly, R-Park Township, say they have been busy with various reforms and more.

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MANCHESTER, N.H. (AP) — Fiery progressive Bernie Sanders was fighting for Democratic front-runner status Tuesday, while the party hoped the New Hampshire primary would at least bring some clarity to a presidential nomination fight that has so far been marred by dysfunction and doubt.

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WASHINGTON — The U.S. House of Representatives passed the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative Act this week, completing the first step in ensuring that funding for the Great Lakes extends beyond fiscal year 2021.

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WASHINGTON — Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer used Democrats’ response to President Donald Trump’s State of the Union address to swivel from impeachment to working-class voters’ worries, saying her party is focusing on easing health care costs and other pocket-book concerns.

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WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump, on the eve of his likely acquittal in the Senate impeachment trial, delivered his third State of the Union address – and added to the drama with a handful of stage-managed surprises.

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WASHINGTON — U.S. Sen. Gary Peters and Debbie Stabenow, both Michigan Democrats and co-chairpersons of the Senate Great Lakes Task Force, led an effort to urge the Trump administration to allocate at least $320 million for the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative in the fiscal year 2021 presid…

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WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. Senate began hearing opening arguments Wednesday in President Donald Trump’s impeachment trial with proceedings now on a fast track. First up: Democratic House managers making their case that Trump abused his presidential power and should be removed from office.

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State Representative Bradley Slagh, R-Zeeland, made stops across Ottawa County on Monday to file and announce that he will be running for re-election.

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WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump is on the cusp of being impeached by the House, with a historic debate set Wednesday on charges that he abused his power and obstructed Congress ahead of votes that will leave a defining mark on his tenure at the White House.

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ROME — Matteo Salvini slipped the rosary out of his pocket right before Premier Giuseppe Conte began his speech to Parliament. He took it out and kissed it again midway through the address, just as Conte began admonishing him for exploiting his Catholic faith for political ends.

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GRAND RAPIDS — Congressman Justin Amash told constituents at a local appearance Wednesday that the current leaders of the U.S. government aren’t engaging in the democratic process.

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GRAND RAPIDS — Eirran Betka-Pope was on her lunch break when she spotted hundreds of Donald Trump supporters protesting outside the office of Rep. Justin Amash, the first Republican on Capitol Hill to say Congress should begin impeachment proceedings against the president.