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Robin Bravender

Robin Bravender

Robin Bravender was the States Newsroom Washington Bureau Chief from January 2019 until June 2020. She coordinated the network’s national coverage and reported on states’ congressional delegations, federal agencies, the White House and the federal courts. Prior to that, Robin was an editor and reporter at E&E News, a reporter at Politico, and a freelance producer for Reuters TV.

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Michigan Republicans are ready to ‘turn the page’ on Mueller report. Democrats are not.

By: - May 2, 2019

WASHINGTON — Michigan Republicans are eager to put Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s report behind them, but Democrats say the investigations are just getting started. The redacted report on Russian election interference in 2016, released in late April, has been the epicenter of a heated political debate on Capitol Hill this week as lawmakers have returned […]

Medicare for All bill backed by some Michigan Dems gets historic U.S. House hearing

By: - April 30, 2019

WASHINGTON — A well known activist with ALS has lost his ability to speak, but he traveled from his home in California to Capitol Hill this week for Congress’ first-ever hearing on Medicare for All legislation. Ady Barkan, 35, described his family’s struggles to pay his medical bills since his diagnosis with the fatal degenerative […]

Slotkin to meet with DeVos in May on sexual assault issues

By: - April 30, 2019

WASHINGTON — Michigan lawmakers have introduced sexual assault legislation that they hope will help prevent situations like the Dr. Larry Nassar scandal that rocked Michigan State University. A bipartisan coalition in the House and Senate — led by U.S. Rep. Elissa Slotkin (D-Holly) and U.S. Sen. Gary Peters (D-Bloomfield Twp.) — announced a new bill […]

DeVos family boosts key GOP U.S. Senate campaigns

By: - April 18, 2019

WASHINGTON — U.S. Education Secretary Betsy DeVos’ family members have shelled out tens of thousands of dollars so far this year to help boost Senate Republicans’ re-election prospects, according to federal campaign finance data released this week. DeVos’ in-laws — Michigan conservative donors and heirs to the Amway fortune — have plowed cash into the […]

Barr defends president as Dems continue to push for unredacted Mueller report

By: - April 18, 2019

Updated, 12:59 p.m. with comments from Sen. Peters. WASHINGTON — Congressional Republicans and the Trump administration want to move on from Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation, now that a redacted version of the report has been released to the public. President Trump’s attorney general, William Barr, offered a robust defense of President Trump Thursday morning […]

Here’s why Andy Levin called a national radio show to talk about Trump’s tweets

By: - April 18, 2019

WASHINGTON — On Tuesday morning, U.S. Rep. Andy Levin was driving through his Southeast Michigan district when he heard reporters on National Public Radio discussing President Trump using Twitter to target Levin’s colleague, fellow freshman U.S. Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.). The Bloomfield Township Democrat thought the description of Trump’s behavior sounded too blasé. So he […]

Peters wary of Trump’s space force plan

By: - April 11, 2019

WASHINGTON — U.S. Sen. Gary Peters is skeptical about President Trump’s plan to establish a space force as a new branch of the military. The Michigan Democrat told top Trump administration military officials at a hearing Thursday that he was wary of the idea, as senators on both sides of the aisle expressed concerns that […]

Ex-oil lobbyist confirmed as Trump’s Interior secretary, Peters, Stabenow vote no

By: - April 11, 2019

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Senate voted Thursday to confirm David Bernhardt, a former lobbyist and former President George W. Bush administration official, to become the next U.S. Interior secretary. The nomination was approved by a vote of 56-41, largely along party lines, with Michigan’s two Democratic U.S. senators, Debbie Stabenow and Gary Peters, voting against […]

U.S. House passes bill to revive Obama-era net neutrality rules

By: - April 10, 2019

WASHINGTON — The U.S. House voted on Wednesday to approve legislation that would reinstate former President Obama-era net neutrality rules that prevent internet service providers from meddling with web traffic. The legislation, dubbed the “Save the Internet Act” from U.S. Rep. Mike Doyle (D-Pa.) passed the House 232-190, largely along party lines. One Republican, Bill […]

Lawrence to Trump’s AG: ‘Stay woke’ on civil rights

By: - April 9, 2019

WASHINGTON — U.S. Rep. Brenda Lawrence wants President Trump’s attorney general to “stay woke” when it comes to pursuing civil rights violations. Lawrence, a Democrat from Southfield, criticized U.S. Attorney General William Barr at a Capitol Hill hearing on Tuesday for what she perceived as his lack of awareness regarding the administration’s pursuit of cases […]

Rep. Debbie Dingell in Washington

House passes revamped Violence Against Women Act

By: - April 4, 2019

WASHINGTON — The U.S. House of Representatives on Thursday voted to renew and expand legislation that aids victims of domestic violence, setting the stage for a battle in the Senate. House lawmakers voted 263-158 to reauthorize the 1994 legislation that funds programs like rape crisis centers, shelters and legal services to victims of domestic abuse. […]

Rep. Debbie Dingell

Dingell takes on the NRA: ‘I was sure I was going to die that night’

By: - April 3, 2019

WASHINGTON — For Debbie Dingell, keeping guns away from domestic violence perpetrators is personal. “This is something that I care very, very deeply about, because I lived in that household,” U.S. Rep. Dingell (D-Dearborn) told reporters gathered outside the U.S. Capitol on Wednesday. Dingell is among the lawmakers leading the charge for the House to […]