In a likely warmup for his coming pardon of Roger Stone, a president who howls about law and order while flagrantly flouting both has just wiped away former New York Police Department Commissioner Bernie Kerik’s federal corruption conviction and freed former Illinois governor and epically un…
In her response to the State of the Union address earlier this month, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer used a favorite catchphrase of Democrats when she said “no one is above the law.” While she was referring to President Donald Trump, Whitmer should take her own words to heart.
Local and state media have reported that cyber scammers are pilfering residents’ identities and using the theft to steal income tax returns. It’s happened in recent years all across Michigan.
The political and philosophical divides that the election of President Trump exposed often play out as a fight for the soul - and the meaning - of the country.
Gov. Gretchen Whitmer campaigned on a pledge to “fix the damn roads.” And after her first year in office – marked by opposition and inaction from the Legislature – she took matters into her own hands during last month’s State of the State.
It ended quietly and mostly as expected last Wednesday, with a decisive vote in the Republican-controlled U.S. Senate that chose not to call witnesses or consider new evidence in the impeachment trial of President Donald Trump.
Now that the Iowa caucuses have crashed, we’ll say what everyone following this year’s presidential contest is likely thinking: If so goes Iowa, so goes the nation, then God help us.
There’s no shortage of mordant fun to be had at the expense of the Democratic National Committee and Iowa Democratic Party after the fiasco of the inaugural 2020 presidential contest, which has yet to yield definitive results apparently as a result of coding errors in a tabulation app create…
Less than half of the tour buses on the nation’s highways have seat and shoulder belts, safety equipment the National Transportation Safety Board has been recommending for the past 50 years.
Since they don’t enunciate, we can’t say for sure, but probably there isn’t a dog, cat or any other nonhuman vertebrate that would freely board an airplane if it understood the implications. Even the number of humans who enjoy air travel has dwindled after years of heightened security and di…
The news of Kobe Bryant’s death flashed early Sunday afternoon and immediately emptied the day. Bryant was a professional basketball superstar among superstars –an inspiration to people of all ages, an ambassador for the game and for his Los Angeles community.
Don’t get too excited about the possibility of expanded school choice in Michigan – at least not yet. The U.S. Supreme Court heard arguments this month in a case that could break down barriers to educational freedom, even in this state. But plenty of roadblocks remain, regardless of how the …
President Donald Trump rightly touted “America’s extraordinary prosperity” in his speech at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, last week. But his history of overlooking the global component of that success is wrongheaded, especially because transnational threats can reverse the …
The more federal authorities investigate dangers associated with vaping, the more we discover how much we do not know about the dangers of this suddenly popular habit.
Ten years ago this week, a bogeyman was born. Its name is Citizens United, the Supreme Court ruling that struck down limits on independent corporate political spending and, liberal Cassandras say, ushered in a dystopian era in which big-money interests got official permission to buy democracy.
The role of government in business and community efforts is often debated in Michigan, with some conservatives questioning whether the state should pick winners and losers. Now that it appears some of that economic development funding is being used as a political tool, taxpayers should weigh…
I was born and raised as what I would categorize a beach bum, though I lived two hours away from any kind of shoreline. That did not deter my family. Every Friday in the summer we all hopped in the van and headed out for the weekend to go camping by the lake, and boy did I love this beach li…
Many of us dream about living near the edge of the lakeshore, overlooking the majesty of Lake Michigan. That dream for the few that do have homes and summer cottages on the shore is now turning into a nightmare.
The Michigan Supreme Court should be applauded for its decision that cellphones and other electronic devices must be explicitly allowed in courthouses and courtrooms starting May 1, on the basis of equal access.
It’s great that the Arizona-based U-Haul company cares about the well-being of its more than 30,000 employees. It’s commendable that it has adopted programs and offered benefits to promote their nutrition, fitness and overall health.
Australia is on fire. Not all of it – but so far, flames have engulfed some 12 million acres, more than the land mass of Vermont and New Hampshire combined. Inhabitants of the hot, dry continent learned long ago that coping with wildfires is a part of life. But the conflagrations that have s…
The latest population numbers from the U.S. Census offer plenty of warnings for Michigan, which suddenly finds itself with a crop of policymakers at all levels of government who believe there is no problem that higher taxes and tighter regulations can’t solve.
The decade that just came to an end delivered an underappreciated benefit to Americans that they’d surely notice if it were missing: extraordinary job growth.
Michigan lawmakers this month passed a bipartisan nine-bill package that would legalize sports betting and online gambling. We think citizens have the right to indulge their vices, but the state should be prepared to react to unintended consequences.
On Jan. 1, the Mackinac Center’s Morey Fiscal Policy Initiative posted and distributed its first policy recommendations of the year. The essay was titled “2019 State Budget: Cut Corporate Welfare for Roads and Economic Growth,” and it described the shortcomings of the state’s subsidy program…
Bravo to deer hunters in the state of Michigan for demonstrating a high degree of generosity in sharing their venison with people and families in need.
The budget standoff between Gov. Gretchen Whitmer and Republican legislative leaders is finally over, following the governor’s failed negotiating strategy. In the end, GOP leaders got pretty much everything they wanted.
This country now finds itself, for only the fourth time in its history, confronting articles of impeachment that charge its highest-elected leader with violating both the U.S. Constitution and the oath of office to uphold it.
One sexual assault is too many. So Uber’s study released last Thursday, showing that 3,045 sexual assaults were reported during its rides in the United States last year, was disconcerting.
If you’re searching for a forecast in Crimea on your Google or Apple weather and map apps, you may get confused about where, exactly, you are.
At times, Kid Rock’s pushback against political correctness is refreshing. In a world of oh-so-woke entertainers, the Detroit rocker’s inclination to stomp on the eggshells can provide some relief from celebrity self-righteousness.
After she confronted Joe Biden in the Democratic Party’s first presidential debate in June, California Sen. Kamala Harris moved up in polls and seemed to become a top-tier candidate. Instead, the former state attorney general and San Francisco district attorney has became the latest White Ho…
No matter the holiday your particular family celebrates, your dietary choices, or your lifestyle – you’d have to run pretty far to escape the holiday hustle.
Last month, the city of Eastpointe in Macomb County held Michigan’s first-ever ranked-choice election to select two City Council seats. This measure was complex, ineffective and unnecessary.
The Michigan Department of Natural Resources has given environmentalists and everyone who enjoys the Grand River in its natural state an early Christmas present.
Social media monitoring by law enforcement agencies has drawn scrutiny from a coalition of free speech and civil rights groups, raising important questions about privacy as well as oversight of the use of government power.
Over the centuries, repressive regimes the world over have learned the same lesson: Once accustomed to freedom and participatory democracy, people will cling to it with a grip that cannot be broken.
Sadly, we almost take for granted that some tech companies will do business with unsavory characters. But when it comes to civil discourse and the course of doing business, companies have a choice and some of them are willing to put decency over profits.
At the moment, the American economy is really two economies. One is chugging along at a respectable rate of GDP growth, with the stock market up by more than 25 percent since December 2018 and unemployment at its lowest level in 50 years. In the other, manufacturing output is falling, Midwes…