Official Washington, D.C., just got another early warning. The Congressional Budget Office recently confirmed the Medicare trustees’ 2020 report that the Medicare trust fund – the Part A account that funds the hospitalization and related services – faces insolvency in 2026.
On Tuesday, "cancel culture" was officially promoted to "outlaw culture," which definitely would sound way cooler if it weren't so maddeningly ridiculous and offensively dangerous.
The numbers paint a daunting picture. In 2019, consumers worldwide bought 64 million new personal cars and 27 million new commercial motor vehicles, a paltry 2.1 million of which were electric-powered. Climate scientists tell us that we have less than a decade to make meaningful reductions i…
President Joe Biden’s address to G-7 leaders at the virtual Munich Security Conference last month made it clear there has been a fundamental change in American policy, and that now the U.S. “will work closely with our European Union partners and the capitals across the continent – from Rome …
Rush Limbaugh, who died last week at 70, was, to liberals, leftists and maybe to a good number of people in the political center, an agitator and showman at best, and, at worst, a lout, a loudmouth and a demagogue.
Michigan’s lockdown measures have resulted in devastating job losses for the hospitality and leisure industries, even as other industries less affected by COVID-19 restrictions saw employment gains. These businesses were harmed by no fault of their own and deserve extra help from the state.
The Biden administration set an ambitious and clear goal for vaccine distribution, stuck to it, made it reality and then set the goal higher. If only the same thing were happening with the president’s vow on reopening schools during the pandemic.
Gov. Gretchen Whitmer laid out her priorities for 2022 spending as the state moves on from a year dominated by job losses and other economic disruptions caused by lockdowns. While the budget is buoyed by a one-time influx of federal COVID-19 relief dollars, the state can’t use that windfall …
On the heels of a contentious election, Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson isn’t wasting time in calling for sweeping changes to Michigan elections. She says she wants to work with the Legislature, and that’s where the discussions should take place.
It’s been 13 months since China shut down a region of 18 million people because of the rapid human-to-human transfer of a new strain of coronavirus. It’s been a year since the World Health Organization declared a global health emergency because of the spread of the coronavirus and COVID-19, …
President Joe Biden, looking around at how to deal with COVID-19’s assault on the economy, is pushing a program that would abet the assault. It would likely eliminate 1.3 million jobs over time, turn some full-time jobs into part-time jobs, raise prices for consumers, put some businesses out…
It has been a long year, and a hard one, as Gov. Gretchen Whitmer acknowledged at the start of her third State of the State address, delivered last week to a state yet facing twin crises: the COVID-19 pandemic, and the damage the virus has wreaked on Michigan’s economy.
There’s a gold rush going on in the financial markets. It features everyday underdogs getting their due and bigwig “bad guys” recoiling from their comeuppance. It’s accompanied by online flame wars and some of the dumbest displays of dominance in the animal kingdom.
COVID-19 deaths and cases have been surging throughout the nation this month. And small communities in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula are no exception.
Seven years in prison might be considered adequate punishment for a public corruption conviction. That’s what former Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick served before his sentence was commuted last week by President Donald Trump in his last hours in office.
The United States is under serious threat of a terror attack from within. That statement is not panic or hyperbole, but is based in the very real attack on the Capitol on Jan. 6 and messages monitored by federal law enforcement and security officials about follow-up actions contemplated for …
Attorney General Dana Nessel’s decision to charge former Gov. Rick Snyder and members of his administration in the Flint water crisis sets a dangerous precedent that could, depending on the outcome, make public service a high-risk enterprise.
Gov. Gretchen Whitmer got it very nearly right last week in terms of criminal justice reform. The governor signed a package of bills aimed at keeping those who present no threat to public safety out of jail.
President Donald Trump’s decision to skip President-elect Joe Biden’s Jan. 20 inauguration ceremony disrupts yet another tradition in this country’s historic, peaceful transition of power. In this case, it is a tradition worth breaking to avoid the distraction and potential security risk Tru…
It pains us to write these words, but Americans need to be assured that the president of the United States will do no further damage to the republic in his remaining days in office. The public also needs to know that President Donald Trump and his enablers will face consequences for their ro…
Wayne County’s solid waste program – its landfills and collection centers taking common household and business garbage and some other non-hazardous materials – is abundant, diverse, cheap and thriving. But that comes with a dark side for some environmentally minded residents and officials.
Ask most Michiganders their fondest wish for 2021 and you’re likely to hear some variant of the one Donald Trump expressed repeatedly throughout his 2020 presidential campaign:
Humans don’t rule the world, it turns out. COVID-19 is too small to see, as President Donald Trump pointed out. It has still killed more than 300,000 Americans in less than a year.
The pandemic has wreaked havoc in many aspects of our lives, but one of the greatest disruptions it’s caused is in the realm of education. Children across Michigan have lost months of learning this year, and it’s on our state’s school leaders to help them catch up.
The ban on indoor dining and drinking in Michigan has been in place for more than five weeks in an effort to slow the spread of COVID-19. Whether it has worked is hard to say, due to the lag in reporting and the daily fluctuations in cases.
For the past eight years, Dec. 14 has marked one of the most tragic moments in recent American history. On this day in 2012, a disturbed young man walked into Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut, with a semiautomatic firearm and killed 26 people, 20 of whom were children.
The Michigan Civil Rights Commission, tasked with rooting out discrimination in the state, has in effect called for the discrimination against 150,000 charter school students by saying they should be funded less than other public school children. It’s hard to miss the irony.
Hunter Biden has told the world he’s just learned his “tax affairs” are under investigation by Delaware’s U.S. attorney. The burden is now on his father, President-elect Joe Biden, to ensure the nation that his attorney general and federal prosecutors will follow the evidence wherever it leads.
Much of the news about vaccines to combat the pandemic emphasizes speed: a “race” to approval, “Operation Warp Speed” and the truly record-breaking timelines. But speed is not the only remarkable aspect of the process that will soon result in vaccines reaching tens of millions of Americans.
If there’s one thing that President Donald Trump has grasped about U.S. politics these past four years, it’s the advantage of scaring people beyond rationality. Rarely during the presidential campaign, nor even in his post-election, denial-of-outcome tour, does Trump miss an opportunity to w…
If 2020 has taught us nothing else, it’s that we are not helpless. That our collective actions, in those times when we move together we can at least alter the course of events that otherwise would be beyond our control.
After the killing of Iran’s top nuclear scientist last week, President-elect Joe Biden is coming under renewed pressure to quickly resume negotiations with the regime. He should slow down and proceed with caution.
There are currently three COVID-19 vaccines awaiting approval by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. FDA approval will trigger millions of vaccine doses to be distributed across the U.S. and administered to the first “tier” of recipients, likely consisting of health care workers and congr…
It doesn’t take an investment banker to see the flagrant weakness in Michigan law that allows bottled water companies to line their pockets while tapping our most valuable natural resources.
The best way to protect the Great Lakes is to move with urgency to build a tunnel deep beneath the Straits of Mackinac to carry vital petroleum products from Canada to Michigan and the Midwest.
COVID-19 is surging again, a disappointing development but one to be expected as cooling temperatures move people into closer indoor quarters and communal events – Halloween, the election – invite larger gatherings.
Regardless of the outcome, one thing is certain about Michigan residents – we know how to make our voices heard, even in the face of a pandemic.
It wasn’t winter’s approach or the fact their team rightly belongs in Brooklyn and not Los Angeles that cast a pall last Tuesday night over the Dodgers’ World Series win over the Tampa Bay Rays.
‘We are not going to control the pandemic,” the White House chief of staff said Oct. 25, admitting the Trump administration’s failure to perform its most urgent job. This was timely, relevant information for Americans going to the polls Tuesday. But it’s also terribly dangerous thinking.