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Stephan Miller goes full authoritarian, declares that Trump’s national security directives “will not be questioned”

How is it that I didn’t really know about Stephen Miller until today? I feel so cheated. It’s like that day, back in high school, when I heard the Ramones for the first time and thought, “The last sixteen years of my life has been a fucking waste.” Seriously, I can’t believe I’ve been wasting […]

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Thank you, Mike Pence, for drawing my attention to Alexander Hamilton

In politics, as in business, it’s long been accepted practice to release bad news on Fridays in hopes of keeping media scrutiny to a minimum… And, I’m sure it was with this in mind that President-elect Donald Trump, this past Friday, released word that he’d agreed to pay a $25 million settlement to former students […]

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With evidence that Snyder discussed the problem of lead contamination in Flint’s water with his advisors as early as the summer of 2015, the Governor’s hand-selected Flint Water Advisory Task Force had no choice but to turn on him in their scathing final report

When it was announced last year that our Governor would be hand-selecting a panel of politicians and experts to look into what exactly went wrong in Flint, I wasn’t expecting that their efforts would amount to anything substantive. “If the Governor were serious about this,” I thought, “he would have had someone else choose the […]

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Jeff Irwin on renewed movement in the Michigan House to kill Snyder’s Emergency Manager law, Ethan Lowenstein on the value of place-based education, and the witchy music of Spelling… on episode 38 of the Saturday Six Pack

I know that all anyone wants to talk about these days is our story about the elaborate “fuck Flint I want to go shopping”-themed cake Governor Snyder had made for his wife’s birthday, which has now spread to the likes of Gawker and Wonkette, but, for my own sanity, I’ve got to move on. So, […]

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Saying they “delayed our action plan,” Rick Snyder lays the blame for the Flint water disaster at the feet of “career civil servants” who cared more about process than people

You have to give him credit for having chutzpah. It took him a few days, but our Governor, with he help of multiple consultants and a few top flight PR firms, is attempting not just to deflect blame for what happened in Flint, but actually turn the deadly public health crisis into an anti-government parable […]

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