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Democrats in Congress have spent years decrying Republican efforts to undermine voting rights, for good reason. But lately, they seem to have abandoned their effort to crack down on the most common and egregious tactic for disenfranchising voters — perhaps because they’re reluctant to give i…

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Recently released standardized test results highlight the damaging impact of “pandemic learning” on Michigan’s children. Scores are down nearly across the board and should serve as a wake-up call to keep kids in the classroom.

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If you've ever been short on blood, you know what it is to feel rotten. Too little blood coursing through your body can leave your head pounding and your lungs laboring. Simple physical tasks like climbing a flight of stairs may become impossible feats of endurance.

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The United States officially left Afghanistan late Monday, pulling out the last of its troops, but leaving behind thousands of Afghans who served our mission there and an unknown number of Americans who either couldn’t get to the Kabul airport for evacuation or made the deliberate decision to stay.

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The ongoing debate over expanding a landfill in Wayne County should serve as a warning to other communities overly dependent on one source of revenue.

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Former President Donald Trump experienced something new during his rally in Mobile, Alabama, last week: He was briefly booed.

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Steps by the U.S. and other wealthy nations to provide millions of residents a third COVID-19 vaccination in coming weeks have raised tricky questions of equity. On Aug. 4, the World Health Organization (WHO) said that it was unacceptable that wealthy nations with 33 times the rate of vaccin…

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President Joe Biden was nowhere to be seen in the first 48 hours after his administration’s record was tainted, probably permanently, by the catastrophic intelligence failure that handed victory to the Taliban in Afghanistan.

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Perhaps Gov. Gretchen Whitmer thought she could flip the economy back on as easily as she shut it down, but recent reports highlight that is not the case. It will take a long time for Michigan to fully recover from some of the nation’s strictest lockdown measures.

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Tucker Carlson and his less-mainstream allies will surely see in new census numbers a reason to turn up the volume on their tired racial and ethnic whine: American whites are on track to lose their majority status due to permissive immigration policies and discrepant birth rates.

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Lake Huron gets a lot of the glory, but Northeast Michigan couldn’t count as the fantastic Up North getaway it is without its many, many inland lakes as well.

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Fellow Americans who now ask to be identified as Black previously wanted to be called black, African-American or, generations ago, Negro. Which is fine. Actually, better than fine. Our language should awaken to sensitivities and call people what they wish to be called. Anyone still stubbornl…

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Two weeks ago, we called on the state to take a hard look at our Unemployment Insurance Agency. The verb we used was “uproot,” as its debacle-prone tendencies to penalize the people it serves for errors it makes seems deeply entrenched.

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Gov. Gretchen Whitmer has become adept at finding legal loopholes to work around the state Legislature on budget matters and COVID-19 restrictions. Now she’s found one she can slip through to sidestep campaign finance laws and raise millions of additional dollars for her re-election campaign.

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American health care is too expensive. Exhibit A is a new study of Americans’ medical debt published in the Journal of the American Medical Association. That debt is twice as large as had previously been estimated – $140 billion in collections as of June 2020, compared to an earlier estimate…

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Two major U.S. health systems announced in mid-July that they will not administer an expensive, newly approved drug to treat Alzheimer’s disease. That action, by the Cleveland Clinic in Ohio and Mount Sinai Health System in New York, once again focuses attention on a fundamental question: Mo…

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Michigan residents have spent much of the last 16 months under top-down, blanket orders meant to protect their safety through restrictions. Apparently, the Michigan Department of Natural Resources is following Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s example of ruling by fiat.

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It is hard to imagine a Michigan without white-tailed deer, elk, bald eagles or wild turkey. But if not for the efforts of conservationists, volunteers and partner agencies, these species might be absent from Michigan’s beautiful landscape.

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Taken separately, the threats to the health of the Great Lakes are enough to raise alarm. Together they are a crisis, the root of which we must recognize and take seriously.

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The state’s response to COVID-19 has lifted the veil of incompetence on numerous government offices, but none so much as the Michigan Unemployment Insurance Agency.

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The unrest on Cuba’s streets is the biggest challenge to the country’s communist government in decades. And it poses a dilemma for the Biden administration, which previously said it wants to ease U.S. sanctions against the Cuban regime.

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The devil is in the details. That’s a common expression often used in legislative bodies. Legislation is complicated. Advocates and opponents can make all kinds of claims about what a proposal does or does not do, often without fear of contradiction. Even some lawmakers can’t be bothered wit…

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The COVID-19 wall that has blocked travel between the United States and Canada for 16 months should come down. As post-pandemic life resumes most of its normal activity, foreign travel should be restored as well.

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As Missouri struggles with a worst-in-the-nation resurgence of the coronavirus, centered on unvaccinated citizens in heavily Republican areas of the state, its Republican governor is once again doing his part to make the situation worse.

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President Joe Biden remembers when Congress worked differently. He’s not alone. And now, thanks to some old-fashioned political bargaining, the nation stands to benefit with a long-needed federal infrastructure plan.

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When Pennsylvania student Brandi Levy failed to make her high school’s varsity cheerleading team in 2017, she reacted with typical teenage melodrama. She cursed school, she cursed cheer, and she raised her middle finger for good measure.

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A highly conservative Supreme Court on Monday declined to hear a case challenging the right of a transgender teenager to use the school restroom of his choice, a welcome reminder that even so-called traditionalists can let stand the basic liberties of those who don’t conform to traditional s…

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We are sympathetic with efforts in the Legislature to revamp the State Board of Education, one of the most ineffective elected bodies in Michigan. But rather than tinker with where board members come from, lawmakers should think bolder and consider doing away with it altogether.

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What are we, interplanetary social rejects? If E.T. or his kind come for a visit, they never seem to want to talk to us humans. Earth might be the place that the galaxy wants to visit for its natural beauty but not for its people.

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This month, the Pulitzer Prize board gave a special citation to Darnella Frazier, who at age 17 thought to use her cellphone to shoot video of the scene she happened upon in Minneapolis – a police officer holding down a Black man with a knee to his neck.

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Getting yourself to a public meeting is not unlike getting yourself to the Secretary of State’s office. The air is filled with bureaucratic jargon, confusing papers need to be shuffled, many rules need to be followed, and there’s usually a fair bit of waiting before your turn.

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June 17 marked the 50th anniversary of President Richard Nixon’s 1971 speech beginning the war on drugs. By any objective accounting, the drawn-out conflict has been a colossal failure. It was begun under false pretenses, has cost billions, has destroyed livelihoods and lives – and perhaps m…

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Too many people across the country are left behind because they don't have reliable, affordable access to the internet. But a bipartisan push to close this digital divide would be $1 billion well spent.

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This past Sunday evening seemed to be a turning point for Grand Haven from the more than year-long pandemic.