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Senate Democrats have blocked the Republicans’ long-delayed plan for additional coronavirus aid, raising the prospect that Congress will provide no added fiscal support for the economy between now and the presidential election in November. The two sides are no longer talking, and at this poi…

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As any “Game of Thrones” fan can tell you, the phrase “winter is coming” is not just a House Stark motto but a frequently invoked warning that a serious, easily overlooked threat is destined to arrive as temperatures drop. In the case of the George R.R. Martin books and the TV show based on …

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It has been said that desperate times call for desperate measures. Well, 2020 certainly qualifies, and state lawmakers are looking to address the issue of absentee ballot processing before it could become a major issue.

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According to the USDA, Americans spend less on food as a percent of their incomes than anyone else in the world.

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As we argued a few months ago when Major League Baseball was sidling up to its plan for playing amid the pandemic, pro sports are important to the rhythms of normal life. The money they generate ripples through other industries. Additionally – although this point will elicit divided opinions…

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Puppy mills are horrific places. And if anyone needs proof of that, they should visit the Delta Animal Shelter’s Facebook page and look into the face of a dog recently rescued from a suspected local puppy mill.

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We agreed with Gov. Gretchen Whitmer last week when she urged state residents to get their flu shot in the weeks ahead.

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Federal officials have had eight months since the new coronavirus arrived in the U.S. to work out how to test for COVID-19 well enough to get to grips with the pandemic. They’ve failed.

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The Michigan Legislature and Gov. Gretchen Whitmer have agreed on a framework for how schools can approach the upcoming school year. That’s somewhat miraculous, given the tumultuous relationship between the Democratic governor and GOP lawmakers.

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This must be some cruel form of COVID-19 déjà vu. State health officials confirmed last week they either can’t or won’t learn from their mistakes.

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The coronavirus pandemic has thrust millions of American small businesses into crisis mode, as they scramble for the cash they need to get through to more normal times. One way Congress can help: Protect them from predators looking to take their money and leave them bankrupt.

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A woman named Shelly Tolhurst offered a sadly prophetic observation at a Sept. 7, 1920, event in Los Angeles celebrating the passage of a constitutional amendment guaranteeing women the right to vote. “For a thousand years we have had a certain viewpoint,” Tolhurst said. “This celebration ma…

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An up-to-date child immunization record is typically required by Pennsylvania schools at the start of the academic year. But the state Department of Health quietly announced last month that it was temporarily suspending requirements for children’s immunizations for two months, until the end …

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The U.S. Postal Service delivered a dire warning that Washington state’s elections may face collateral damage from the agency’s ongoing machinations. A July 31 letter from USPS general counsel Thomas J. Marshall to Washington Secretary of State Kim Wyman said there’s “a risk some ballots wil…

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Michigan’s school leaders have been trying to get the attention of lawmakers and Gov. Gretchen Whitmer all summer, pleading for some budget certainty.

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Just like the country itself, the nation’s capital is deeply divided on nearly every critical issue. But Congress and the White House must compromise and coalesce on continuing aid for the millions of Americans facing economic calamity due to the coronavirus pandemic.

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Seeing the rise of “cancel culture” can lead one to despair. But don’t believe the hype. Virtue is not being canceled. Most Americans, in fact, believe forgiveness is an essential part of a just society.

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War is not a game. But impressionable kids may not be able to tell the difference if the U.S. military continues its e-sports recruitment.

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With the threat of COVID-19, schools already knew they’d be facing unprecedented challenges this fall. But as we saw in Detroit last week, school district leaders must brace for other wrenches thrown at them, too, especially if they attempt face-to-face instruction.

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In a stunning overreach, President Donald Trump’s administration ordered federal agents to police Portland and Chicago protests. This perversion of the federal duty to provide help and stability has provoked righteous anger.

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It’s not a secret that many routine trips to the doctor have been delayed amid the COVID-19 pandemic, but a recent report showed a worrisome trend: Fewer children in Michigan than usual are currently up to date on routine vaccines due to postponed well-child visits amid the pandemic.

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James Naylor, a Marine veteran and self-described “gun-owning Republican” from Annapolis, looks earnestly into the camera and, for nearly five minutes, explains why voting for Donald Trump is one of his life’s “biggest regrets.”

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Members of Congress who are itching to send out more coronavirus relief dollars should take a deep breath and consider how some of the funding they’ve already allocated is being spent. It’s not all going to good use.

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Six years ago, the New York Daily News made the decision, when covering the National Football franchise in Washington, D.C., to dispense using its official nickname, noting that while “enormously popular and deeply ingrained in sporting culture,” the moniker “is a throwback to a vanished era…

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President Trump wants to have it both ways: He is pressuring U.S. public schools to reopen, citing nations such as Germany, Denmark and France that have led the way, while insisting that our schools don’t need the kind of money that those countries have spent on safely reopening.

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Christopher Columbus did not set out to prove that the world was round (educated people had proven the flat-Earthers wrong centuries earlier). He was not the first European to cross the Atlantic (that title goes to Norse Viking Leif Eriksson). And he never, ever set foot on what is today the…

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The U.S. Supreme Court last month made a stand for school choice and religious liberty. Yet while Michigan choice proponents can share in that victory from afar, families here aren’t likely to see any tangible change.

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Brace yourselves. It appears we likely are set to receive a beating from the pandemic coronavirus that ground our nation, and much of the rest of the world, to a halt in recent months.

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President Donald Trump has not limited his assault on the free press to just domestic news outlets. He’s remaking America’s voice abroad in his own image, too.

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You can live in Washington, D.C., amid the nation’s cherished monuments to democracy and representative government – the U.S. Capitol, the stately congressional office buildings, the White House – and still be among the most disenfranchised citizens in the nation.

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Modern political campaigning requires innovative tools and technology to facilitate canvassing, phone banking and other outreach. But the 2020 campaign apps released by President Donald Trump and former Vice President Joe Biden far exceed political organizing – instead exploiting careless us…

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Michigan tops plenty of “best” lists, those incessant rankings that seem to permeate our digital news feeds. The Mitten state also makes a few “worst” lists.

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Evidence that Gov. Gretchen Whitmer was warned early on that her COVID-19 nursing home policy would put residents at risk lends support for much more transparency from the governor.

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The U.S. stumbled badly at the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic when it came to testing. So few test kits were available, officials couldn’t keep up with the infections emerging across their communities. And with no way of knowing where or how much the virus was spreading in their states, …

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The first step in making voting by mail easier in Michigan is to ensure the voting rolls are up to date. The state has a ways to go before it can make that claim with confidence.

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Years of discussion, argument and litigation about how to deal with the aging Line 5 pipes under the Straits of Mackinac have left everyone involved with a bad taste in their mouths.

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President Donald Trump moved a bit forward on police reform last Tuesday, signing an executive order that doesn’t mandate change, but only “encourages” police departments to modify their policies under threat of losing federal grant money.

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With new COVID-19 cases in steady decline and most businesses finally set to reopen, it’s time for Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s emergency powers to end.