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Whitmer accuses Trump of “inciting domestic terrorism,” saying that he’s “complicit” in the plot to kidnap and execute her

Yesterday, the FBI released the following video which appears to show several of the men involved in the recently thwarted plot to kidnap — and likely assassinate — Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer. The FBI, as you will recall, found the threat — which involved two former Marines — to be both serious and credible, arresting […]

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Five men arrested by the FBI in Ypsilanti for plotting to abduct and assassinate Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer

Last night, there were FBI raids in Wexford County and Hartland, leading to several arrests. At roughly the same time, another five men were taken into custody in Ypsilanti by agents of the FBI. [While they were arrested here, it doesn’t look as though any of the men lived in Ypsilanti.] According to court documents, […]

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Unidentified federal officers are kidnapping protesters from the streets of Portland

Back in early June, as you may recall, we discussed the fact that William Barr’s Department of Justice had deployed federal agents with no name badges and no unit insignia to police the streets of Washington, DC. Well, it seems to be happening again. Oregon Public Broadcasting last night confirmed that U.S. military members in […]

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Bruce Conforth on the real life of Robert Johnson, the real hell of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, and what it was like coming of age inside Izzy’s Young’s Folklore Center as the young Bobby Zimmerman hammered out songs on the typewriter in the back room… on episode 44 of the Saturday Six Pack

When I first started talking with ethnomusicologist Bruce Conforth about the possibility of his being on the show, I wasn’t exactly sure what we’d be talking about. He didn’t seem terribly enthusiastic about the prospect of discussing his time at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum, where he was the founding curator, […]

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Exploring Ypsilanti’s place on the Underground Railroad: part two

This past November, I posted a lengthy interview with local historian Matt Siegfried about slavery, the fight for emancipation, and the role played by Ypsilantians in that struggle. We covered an incredible amount of ground, but, as I still had a lot of unanswered questions, I asked him back. Following, as Paul Harvey would say, […]

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