Barack Obama

Here’s how democracies die

BY: - July 13, 2021

If you want to know at what point America’s democracy started to die, experts say 2016 seems like a logical point: With nearly a year to go until his term expired, President Barack Obama’s attempt at appointing a Supreme Court justice failed when the Republican-controlled Senate vowed to block any nominee. Steven Levitsky and Daniel […]

New: Michigan Capitol bomb threat suspect got Secret Service visit over 2014 Obama threat

BY: - March 18, 2021

Newly released documents from the Michigan State Police show Michael Varrone, who was accused of making a bomb threat on Jan. 7 to the Michigan Capitol, has a lengthy history of contact with law enforcement — including a 2014 visit from the Secret Service for threatening then-President Barack Obama by email.  The heavily redacted police […]

COMMENTARY

Susan J. Demas: A Biden presidency offers a return to normalcy. But first, there must be justice.

BY: - January 21, 2021

Two weeks after barbarians stormed the People’s House with Confederate and Trump flags, Nazi slogans and guns, on the hunt for the vice president, speaker of the House and other officials in a violent attempt to overthrow the incoming government, President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris took their oaths of office. After watching […]

Immigration advocates push Biden to bring back DACA and expand it

BY: - November 30, 2020

WASHINGTON — President-elect Joe Biden is promising to reinstate a former President Obama-era program that shields deportation for some undocumented people who were brought to the United States by their parents when they were children. But immigration advocates are pushing for the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program to not just be reaffirmed but […]

‘I went to the polls for humanity’: Immigrant voters want DACA passed, ‘Muslim ban’ and child separation ended

BY: - November 16, 2020

In the days leading up to the Nov. 3 election, Deysi Cordoba took to her keyboard: “Vote,” the 19-year-old nursing student from Grand Rapids wrote to her friends. Her fingers flew as she typed. Cast your ballots, she urged, for those who cannot, like herself. Vote, she said, because it could make the difference in […]

Gordon to lead Biden HHS transition team

BY: - November 10, 2020

Updated, 4:11 p.m. , 4:34 p.m., 11/10/20 with Gordon’s comments Michigan Department of Health and Human Services Director Robert Gordon is one of the volunteer leads on President-elect Joe Biden’s Department of Health and Human Services transition team, the transition announced Tuesday. “This is a chance to share lessons from Michigan’s experiences fighting COVID, and […]

COMMENTARY

Susan J. Demas: Why Dem panic porn fuels the final days of the 2020 election

BY: - November 1, 2020

Former President Barack Obama took a break from the campaign trail in Michigan Saturday to shoot a few hoops. Before leaving, he casually sank a three-pointer as a few onlookers cheered, flashed his trademark grin and announced, “That’s what I do!” He then posted the short video on Twitter with a message to go out […]

Obama: America feeling consequences of Trump’s ‘reality show’ presidency

BY: - October 31, 2020

Former President Barack Obama said at a Detroit rally with Joe Biden, his former running mate turned Democratic presidential nominee, on Saturday that the United States is feeling the effects of having a reality TV show host as president. “He [President Donald Trump] never took it seriously. He hasn’t shown any interest in just doing […]

Trump touts large crowd in Waterford day after Michigan, U.S. set new COVID-19 records

BY: - October 30, 2020

President Donald Trump returned to Michigan on Friday for a rally in Waterford Township where he touted his large crowd, just one day after the state and country set separate records for most daily cases of COVID-19. Michigan reported 3,675 new cases of COVID-19 on Thursday, while the United States reported a total of 87,164 […]

Updated: Final four days: Obama, Biden going to Flint, Detroit; Trump planning 4 stops*

BY: - October 30, 2020

Updated, 10:19 a.m. and 12:45 p.m.10/30/20 In a whirlwind final four days before Election Day, both President Trump and Democratic nominee Joe Biden have trips planned to Michigan. Biden is reuniting with former President Barack Obama with drive-in events in Flint and Detroit on Saturday, the Biden campaign confirmed Friday morning.* U.S. Sen. Kamala Harris (D-Calif.), […]

Will Black men deliver for Biden in Michigan? 

BY: - October 14, 2020

Eric Brown is a vote that Joe Biden would want, and perhaps desperately needs, if he is to become the 46th president of the United States. But the 56-year-old Canton resident, an African-American labor relations specialist for an automotive supplier, did not cast a vote for the former vice president and Democratic presidential nominee. For […]

Trump says he’ll announce Supreme Court pick by Friday or Saturday

BY: - September 21, 2020

Updated, 1:36 p.m., 9/21/20, with Michigander Joan Larsen on Trump’s list President Donald Trump said Monday that he would announce a replacement for the late U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg by either Friday or Saturday. During a morning interview on “Fox and Friends,” the president said the administration wanted to pay its respects to Ginsburg, who died […]