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Ex-aides giving Walker re-election headache

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — As Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker fights for his political life, some of the most devastating attacks aren’t coming from Democrats. They’re coming from a handful of former top officials from his own administration. Three former Walker Cabinet secretaries have blasted ...

Upper Peninsula hospitals aid our health and economy

This month, the U.S. Census released data that ranked all 83 Michigan counties by average life expectancy. I was pleased to see that county with the longest life expectancy was right here in the Upper Peninsula — Keweenaw County, with an average lifespan of 82.7 years. But I am also happy to ...

Mattis dismissive of news reports of tension with Trump

WASHINGTON (AP) — Defense Secretary Jim Mattis on Tuesday dismissed recent news reports that tensions between him and President Donald Trump point to his exit soon. Asked by a reporter whether such reports should be taken seriously, he replied, “No. I wouldn’t take it seriously at all. ...

Echoes of Anita Hill in allegation against Kavanaugh

WASHINGTON (AP) — The sexual assault allegations against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh recall Anita Hill’s accusations against Clarence Thomas in 1991, but there are important differences as well as cautions for senators considering how to deal with the allegations. The decision ...

Review underway for Russia probe documents ordered released

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump declassified a trove of documents related to the early days of the FBI’s Russia investigation, including a portion of a secret surveillance warrant application and former FBI Director James Comey’s text messages. Trump made the extraordinary move ...

AP interviews Michigan gubernatorial candidates Schuette, Whitmer

‘Underdog’ Schuette pushes tax cut, AG record LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Republican Bill Schuette said he will not distance himself from Donald Trump despite the president’s unpopularity with Michigan voters and will win them over with a pro-tax cut message and his record as attorney ...

Takeaways from the primaries

The stage is set for a November brawl that could loosen President Donald Trump’s grip on Washington. Elections in New York on Thursday marked the end of a long, dramatic and sometimes tumultuous primary season that reshaped both parties going into the midterm elections. Democrats have ...

Election pressure hinders GOP push for new tax cuts

WASHINGTON (AP) — House lawmakers are debating a Republican proposal to expand the new tax law by making permanent the individual tax cuts now set to expire in 2026. But the move is undercut by election pressures faced by GOP lawmakers from high-tax states where residents are hurt by the ...

Schuette says Medicaid law not going anywhere

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Republican Bill Schuette said Wednesday that he wouldn’t undo Michigan’s expansion of Medicaid coverage if he were governor, refuting Democrats’ accusation that electing him would lead to hundreds of thousands of adults losing their government health ...

Papadopoulos says he’d testify in Senate

WASHINGTON (AP) — George Papadopoulos, the former Trump campaign adviser who triggered the Russia investigation, is willing to testify before the Senate intelligence committee, Thomas Breen, his lawyer, said Wednesday. Now that the criminal case is resolved, Breen said, “we’ll make him ...

If Collins backs Kavanaugh, her opponent gets $1M

WASHINGTON (AP) — A campaign urging Republican Sen. Susan Collins to vote against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh has generated more than $1 million in pledges, money that would go to her opponent in 2020 if she decides to support the judge. The senator and her Republican colleagues ...

TRICO adapts its work to meet new mandates

KINGSFORD — As one would expect, there have been a lot of changes in how TRICO has worked to provide vocational rehabilitation and support services to our program participants and our community sponsors and partners over the past 50 years. With that said, however, a great deal has also ...

Poll: Voters open to candidates without deep religious faith

NEW YORK (AP) — Religion’s role in politics and public policy is in the spotlight heading toward the midterm elections, yet relatively few Americans consider it crucial that a candidate be devoutly religious or share their religious beliefs, according to a poll released today by The ...

The government’s guidance on campus rape rates another look

WASHINGTON — The assault on civil rights that was mandated by the civil rights division of Barack Obama’s Education Department might soon abate. Current Education Secretary Betsy DeVos is moving to halt the life-shattering procedures that began in 2011, when the department sent to colleges ...

For Sessions, Trump’s constant attacks may define his legacy

WASHINGTON (AP) — Attorney General Jeff Sessions has vigorously pushed President Donald Trump’s agenda at the Justice Department and, before that, spent 20 years championing conservative causes in the Senate. Yet as Sessions enters what may be the final stretch of his tenure, those ...

Leak hunting: President vows to find insider critics

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump is vowing to root out the leakers who contributed to the White House insider accounts that contend some on his team question his judgment, competence and even rationality. A book by presidential author Bob Woodward and an anonymous New York Times ...

Upcoming redistricting a backstory of 2018 midterms

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — The task of drawing new boundaries for thousands of federal and state legislative districts is still about three years away, yet the political battle over redistricting already is playing out in this year’s midterm elections. North Carolina’s congressional ...

GOP asks Trump to declassify Russia probe documents

WASHINGTON (AP) — A small group of House Republicans on Thursday urged President Donald Trump to declassify documents related to the beginning of the Justice Department’s Russia investigation. Trump has already signaled he may do so, tweeting Thursday there may be “Declassification to ...

Book ‘Fear’ sets up Trump-Woodward clash of titans

WASHINGTON (AP) — It’s not clear whether President Donald Trump has much to fear from “Fear” itself. But the book of that name has set off a yes-no war between author Bob Woodward and the president, using all the assets they can muster. For Trump, that means denials from the pulpit of ...

The letter in the old suitcase

Little did he realize the discoveries that would unfold and the stories that lay hidden for so many years in the old, dented suitcase. As his eyes scanned its contents, they fell upon several envelopes partially hidden under other folders. While selecting one of the envelopes, he noticed the ...