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Column: SNAP update will help fight hunger, especially in northern Michigan

BY: - August 27, 2021

The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) keeps 270,000 Michiganders, more than 40%of them children, out of poverty every year and helps ensure that families have enough to eat.  SNAP’s positive impact has been limited, however, by an outdated basis for calculating benefits. President Joe Biden’s administration recently announced steps to modernize the program and increase […]

Biden admin. to restart oil and gas leasing

BY: - August 25, 2021

The Interior Department will make significant steps toward restarting its leasing programs for onshore and offshore oil and gas development in the coming months, the Biden administration said in a court filing Tuesday. The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management anticipates holding a sale for offshore leases in October or November, the administration said. The Bureau […]

White House pledges to fight court order on oil and gas leases, but activists want more

BY: - August 24, 2021

The Biden administration plans to appeal a federal court decision forcing the government to restart oil and gas leases that have been paused since January. But administration officials are also promising to comply in a way that takes into account the damage caused by fossil fuel development. The two-part move worries progressive activists and members […]

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Sarah Anthony: For Michigan, jobs and justice hinge on climate action

BY: - August 24, 2021

Michiganders are in the midst of what might be one of the most dangerous summers on record due to climate change. Prolonged drought is putting us at increased risk for wildfires. The warming of the Great Lakes means more extreme storms in our region. And heat waves in our urban centers like Detroit are predicted to become even deadlier. […]

GOP Rep. Greene says she’s filing articles to impeach Biden

BY: - August 20, 2021

Embattled U.S. Reps. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-Ga.) and Matt Gaetz (R-Fla.) held a spirited event in Des Moines on Thursday night, railing against technology companies, the media, Democrats and members of their own party who were disloyal to former President Donald Trump. “The Democrats, the media and big tech — that’s the new axis of […]

Biden faces down GOP governors on school mask bans

BY: and - August 20, 2021

WASHINGTON — With eight states so far prohibiting schools from levying mask requirements, President Joe Biden is pledging that his administration will use all of its oversight and legal authority to stick up for local officials trying to keep their schools safe. What remains to be seen is how far the federal government can or will […]

Biden mandates vaccines in nursing homes, admonishes GOP govs on school masks

BY: and - August 19, 2021

Updated, 6:50 a.m., 12:12 p.m. 8/19/21, with comments from SEIU Healthcare Michigan, DHHS WASHINGTON — Nursing homes will be required to ensure their staffers are vaccinated against COVID-19, or risk losing federal Medicare and Medicaid dollars, the Biden administration announced Wednesday in a major move on vaccinations as the delta variant sweeps many states. President […]

Biden taps former DHHS Director Gordon for federal health post

BY: - August 18, 2021

Former Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) Director Robert Gordon has been nominated by President Joe Biden for a key federal health post. The White House on Wednesday evening announced his nomination for assistant secretary for financial resources at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). After being elected in November, Biden […]

Pay boost for federal firefighters OK’d by Biden admin.

BY: - August 18, 2021

WASHINGTON — As wildfires rage in the western United States, the Biden administration on Tuesday announced it is hiking pay for federal wildland firefighters to at least $15 per hour. Secretary of the Interior Deb Haaland and Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack said the change will boost pay for 3,500 firefighters with the Interior Department and […]

Lasinski: GOP voting bills passing the House are ‘attempt to stoke fear and paranoia’

BY: - August 17, 2021

The GOP-controlled Michigan House of Representatives voted Tuesday to pass three bills regarding voting record retention periods, qualified voter files and a ban on voting machines connecting to the internet.  The three bills are parts of a larger bill package restricting voting rights unveiled by Republicans in Michigan following the 2020 general election that former […]

Afghan evacuees to arrive in the U.S. through military bases

BY: - August 17, 2021

WASHINGTON — The first U.S. stop for the nearly 2,000 Afghan interpreters and other refugees evacuated so far amid the collapse of the Afghan government has been central Virginia’s Fort Lee military base. Tapped for its East Coast location and its ability to quickly ramp up to serve as a temporary host installation, the Army base […]

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Susan J. Demas: Whitmer could be able to ‘fix the damn roads,’ despite GOP obstruction

BY: - August 15, 2021

If you were around for the before time in 2019, you know that Democratic Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s first year in office was dominated by GOP leaders in the Legislature doing everything they could to thwart her attempts to “fix the damn roads” — her signature 2018 campaign promise. That preceded Republicans doing everything they could […]