Jan. 6 investigators want Georgia’s Loudermilk to explain pre-attack U.S. Capitol tour

BY: - May 19, 2022

The U.S. House panel investigating the Jan. 6, 2021, attack on the U.S. Capitol on Thursday asked Republican Rep. Barry Loudermilk of Georgia to appear before the committee to answer questions about a tour of the Capitol that Loudermilk gave the day before the assault. Shortly after the attack, 34 House Democrats, led by New […]

Congress clears $40B in Ukraine aid for Biden’s signature, but some in GOP balk

BY: - May 19, 2022

WASHINGTON — U.S. senators voted overwhelmingly Thursday to send President Joe Biden a $40 billion aid package for Ukraine that will provide additional economic, humanitarian and military support to the country. The 86-11 vote marks the second time Congress cleared a multibillion-dollar package since Russia invaded in late February. Negotiators opted both times to increase […]

House passes DHHS budget bill with abortion restrictions

BY: - May 19, 2022

The GOP-led House passed a proposed budget for Michigan’s Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) Wednesday that includes a number of restrictions to abortion access and prohibits state funding for abortion care. Senate Bill 828, introduced by state Sen. Rick Outman (R-Six Lakes), would prohibit funding to organizations, and any of their subcontracts, that […]

U.S. House Judiciary Committee debates abortion in advance of landmark court ruling

BY: - May 19, 2022

WASHINGTON — The national debate over abortion rights raged in the U.S. House Judiciary Committee on Wednesday, as Democrats warned of the dangers of a potential end to the constitutional right and Republicans argued that legislatures should determine abortion laws. The hearing came just weeks after a leaked draft opinion from Associate Justice Samuel Alito […]

Congress, White House scramble to ease baby formula shortage

BY: and - May 19, 2022

WASHINGTON — Both the Biden administration and Congress moved Wednesday to try to relieve a national infant formula shortage, as the White House invoked the Defense Production Act and the U.S. House approved $28 million for the Food and Drug Administration. President Joe Biden said he would use the law to address the formula shortage, requiring suppliers […]

Indigenous Siberians, barred from fighting fossil fuels back home, join Line 5 fight

BY: - May 19, 2022

In the United States and Canada, Native citizens can point to long-held treaty rights as attempted recourse against encroaching fossil fuel projects. Such is the case with the Great Lakes tribes that oppose Canadian company Enbridge’s Line 5 pipeline in Michigan and Line 3 in Minnesota. However, there is no such recourse available for Indigenous […]

House committee approves bill to close marital rape legal loophole

BY: - May 19, 2022

A bill that would close a loophole in the state’s marital rape ban made it through the Michigan House Judiciary committee Tuesday with unanimous support.  The Michigan Penal Code currently allows marital rape when the perpetrator’s spouse is mentally incapacitated, which includes instances where a spouse has been drugged or coerced and is unable to […]

Poor People’s Campaign rallies for social and economic justice on Capitol steps

BY: - May 18, 2022

A small group gathered outside the state Capitol on a rainy Wednesday afternoon for the Michigan Poor People’s Campaign “Moral Witness Wednesday” rally to demand that the state’s elected officials support basic human needs from minimum wage increases to reproductive freedom to prison reform.  “Whether you are working on foreclosures, whether you are working on […]

Michigan reports 29,267 new COVID-19 cases in the last week

BY: and - May 18, 2022

The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) reported Wednesday that a total of 2,501,863 Michiganders have tested positive for COVID-19 and 36,218 have died from the virus — an additional 29,267 cases and 78 deaths in the last week. The new COVID-19 numbers reported by the state Monday combine recorded cases and deaths […]

Report says hundreds of state legislators have joined far-right Facebook groups

BY: - May 18, 2022

Updated, 7:49 a.m., 5/19/22 More than one in five Republican state lawmakers across the country have joined at least one far-right Facebook group, according to a new report. Together the lawmakers sponsored 963 bills during the most recent legislative sessions, said the group that wrote the report, which describes the far-right efforts as anti-human rights. […]

Biden condemns racist theory of white supremacy in visit to Buffalo after mass shooting

BY: - May 18, 2022

President Joe Biden on Tuesday commemorated the victims of last weekend’s mass shooting in Buffalo, New York, and condemned the ideology that drove the killer to “carry out a murderous, racist rampage” at a grocery store in a predominantly Black neighborhood. In a visit to the Upstate New York city, Biden and other New York […]

Carone, Rocha and Alexander among candidates disqualified from running in 2022

BY: - May 18, 2022

Mellissa Carone was disqualified on Tuesday from running in a Republican primary for the Michigan Senate by the Michigan Department of State. Carone, who gained national attention as the star witness in Rudy Giuliani’s mock trial on baseless claims of fraud in the 2020 presidential election former President Donald Trump lost before the House Oversight […]