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2016 chances may be hurt by GOP’s midterm strength

June 17, 2014 DENVER — Republican strength in this year’s House and Senate races could, strangely enough, hurt the party’s presidential chances by stalling the changes in style and policy advocated after Mitt... more »»

What lawmakers did, didn’t do before their summer break

June 16, 2014 LANSING — Late-night wrangling over hiking taxes to improve roads overshadowed Michigan lawmakers’ final days in Lansing before they broke for much of the summer. more »»

Flawed housing finance system

June 13, 2014 LANSING — Michigan’s forests are at the nexus of sustainability and manufacturing, playing a major role in the state’s economy and the quality of life of its citizens. more »»

Fathers who are men

June 12, 2014 This isn’t going to be one of those sentimental Father’s Day articles, even though that is what I would prefer. This article will have a bit of an edge to it. more »»

The CEO got a huge raise and you didn’t; here’s why

May 28, 2014 By JOSH BOAK AP Economics Writer WASHINGTON — Pay for globe-trotting CEOs has soared to new heights, even as most workers remain grounded by paychecks that are barely budging. more »»

Where things stand on completing state’s budget

May 26, 2014 LANSING — Doubling fuel taxes. Shoring up bankrupt Detroit’s pensions funds. Raising the minimum wage. Michigan lawmakers are tackling hefty issues in the last weeks before they break for the summer. more »»

Senate backs judge pick who wrote drone memos

May 22, 2014 By ALAN FRAM Associated Press WASHINGTON — A former Justice Department official who helped craft the Obama administration’s legal rationale for using drones to kill suspected American terrorists... more »»

Health care conflicts

March 22, 2014 Throw stones at Obamacare, if you like. Its good intentions can’t excuse false promises and sloppy implementation. But if we’re going to trumpet the bad, we might also weigh it against the good. more »»

A shortage of teachers

February 3, 2014 Sixty-five. This is the number of teaching areas currently on the critical shortage list in Michigan. more »»

Just saying whatever

July 12, 2013 It was the lie of the year. Near the end of the 2012 presidential campaign, Mitt Romney accused Barack Obama of helping Chrysler send American jobs to Chin. more »»

A love of words

May 1, 2013 Keta Steebs wrote to the end. She died at home Friday, two days after her 88th birthday, and shortly after finishing her last weekly column. more »»

Banking on leniency

March 7, 2013 Is it fair to call them gangster bankers? Sometimes, yes, although a gangster by definition runs the risk of prison. These days, in the eyes of the U.S. more »»

Compass of life

October 31, 2012 By DAN PAUL For The Daily News This is the last of my trilogy of articles focusing on our grandparents, parents, and now us. more »»

Personal property tax repeal

May 28, 2012 The debate over the repeal of the state Personal Property Tax (PPT) has been going on for some months now. How taxes work is often murky and complicated. more »»

The drones formula

May 23, 2012 Drones are complicated. There’s a marvelous science behind these killing machines, but that may be their simplest aspect. more »»

Rakoff and the Roundtable

April 6, 2012 It’s been more than 70 years since Woody Guthrie introduced the famous line, “Yes, as through this world I’ve wandered I’ve seen lots of funny men; Some will rob you with a six-gun, and some with a... more »»

First family’s vacations

March 9, 2012 Michelle Obama’s ski trip with her daughters to Aspen, Colo., marked the 16th time members of the first family went on vacation during their three years in office, the Washington Examiner reported. more »»

Power of the 1 percent

October 29, 2011 And good day to you, 99 percenter. (This is the newspaper with bingo. We know our demographic. more »»

Zucchini, anyone ...

August 29, 2011 From the moment the piece of mail arrived, I knew it was a godsend. It was unsigned, but the address was certain. A photograph of a tremendous, aging tree told the res. more »»

Fearing for my safety

June 15, 2011 Sometimes I think back to all of the places I’ve lived and the adventures and follies that came from it. more »»

 
 

 

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