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U.S. Rep: Don't send Honduran children to Detroit, it's too dangerous

U.S. Rep. Steve King

An Iowa Republican in Congress argues the only place more dangerous than the Motor City is Honduras — drawing the ire of a Michigan member of Congress. More

Former IRS official called some Republicans 'crazies' in email

Lerner J. Scott Applewhite / AP

Washington — A former IRS official at the center of the agency's tea party controversy referred to some right-wing Republicans as 'crazies' and more in emails released Wednesday. More

Bentivolio hosts immigration forum 5 days before GOP primary

Bentivolio

U.S. Rep. Kerry Bentivolio is hosting a town hall meeting Thursday in Livonia on the immigration crisis along the nation's southern border — five days before the Republican primary that threatens his ability to remain in Congress. More

House approves VA health care overhaul

 J. Scott Applewhite / AP

The House overwhelmingly approved a landmark bill Wednesday to help veterans avoid long waits for health care that have plagued the Veterans Affairs Department for years. More

5th District Senate candidates squabble over experience, strategy

A hotly contested Democratic primary for a state Senate seat encompassing Detroit's west side and surrounding suburbs has become mired in personal attacks and racial overtones. More

Poll: Americans cool to border-crossing children

In this June 18, 2014, photo, detainees sleep in a holding cell at a U.S. Customs and Border Protection processing facility in Brownsville,Texas. Eric Gay / AP

San Diego — Americans are wary of granting refugee status to children crossing the U.S. border to flee strife-torn countries in Central America, and most in an Associated Press-GfK poll say the U.S. More

Bernstein launching run for Michigan Supreme Court

Richard Bernstein Richard Bernstein

— Farmington Hills attorney Richard Bernstein said he will run for the Michigan Supreme Court as a Democrat in a series of Wednesday appearances that began in front of the Michigan Hall of Justice. More

Terror threats at US chemical plants underestimated

This April 18, 2013, photo shows an aerial view of the remains of a fertilizer plant and an apartment complex to the left, destroyed by an explosion in West, Texas. The government has failed to inspect virtually all of the chemical facilities that it considers to be at high risk for a terror attack, numbering in the thousands, and has underestimated the threat to densely populated cities, congressional investigators say. Tony Gutierrez / AP

Washington — The government is underestimating the threat of a chemical attack on America's densely populated cities and has failed to inspect virtually all of the chemical facilities that it considers particularly vulnerable to terrorists, congressional More

Senate votes for reprieve for highly contested border bill

Washington — A bill to deal with the immigration surge on the U.S.-Mexico border won a temporary reprieve in the Senate Wednesday as lawmakers maneuvered to offer some response to the crisis before adjourning for the summer. More

Effort aims to block child migrants from being housed in Vassar

— An opponent of a social services organization's proposal to house child immigrants from Central America in this community wants voters to have a say. More

GOP-led House ready to OK lawsuit against Obama

Washington — Republicans said they were determined to make President Barack Obama heed the Constitution as they began muscling legislation through the House on Wednesday authorizing an election-year lawsuit asserting he has exceeded his executive powers. More

GOP blocks tax hike on firms moving overseas

Washington — Republican senators blocked an election-year bill Wednesday to limit tax breaks for U.S. companies that move operations overseas. More

Schauer rolls out jobs agenda, opposes raising fuel tax to fix roads

Democratic gubernatorial candidate Mark Schauer Clarence Tabb Jr / The Detroit News

Democratic gubernatorial candidate Mark Schauer said Tuesday he opposes any increase in the state's fuel taxes to fund road increases, drawing a distinction with Gov. Rick Snyder's three-year-long push for raising the tax on gas and diesel. More

Familiar faces square off in Democratic primary for Peters' seat

Three former and current Democratic elected officials are battling to replace U.S. Rep. Gary Peters of Bloomfield Township in the Aug. 5 primary, and they aren't shy about mixing it up. More

White House to honor Michigan blueberry producer

Washington — A Paw Paw, Michigan, blueberry producer is among 15 'Champions of Change' for agriculture. More

Democrats have million-dollar day on impeachment talk

Speaker of the House John Boehner of Ohio, flanked by Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers, R-Wash., and incoming Majority Leader Rep. Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., speaks to reporters on Capitol Hill in Washington, July 29, 2014, following a Republican strategy session. Boehner discussed various topics including that he dismisses suggestions that Republicans are planning to impeach President Barack Obama. J. Scott Applewhite / AP

Washington — House Democrats are cashing in on chatter about impeaching President Barack Obama, raising $1 million on Monday alone, their campaign chief said Tuesday. More

Potatoes for Michigan prison discarded after maggots found

Munising — Officials discarded more than 4,000 pounds of potatoes at Alger Correctional Facility in Michigan's Upper Peninsula after maggots were found in a shipment from a food supplier. More

Obama going to dinner as clock ticks toward recess

President Barack Obama AP

Washington — President Barack Obama is taking four Kansas City residents out to dinner to chew over the concerns of heartland Americans, with little time remaining for action on pressing issues before Congress begins its August recess. More

Senate tweaks highway bill, returns to House

Washington — The Senate on Tuesday voted to change the funding and timing of a House bill to keep federal highway funds flowing to states in an effort to force Congress to come to grips with chronic funding problems that have plagued transportation progra More

House to vote on slimmed-down bill to deal with immigration crisis

Washington — House Republicans are heading toward a vote Thursday on a slimmed-down bill to address the immigration crisis on the border by sending in National Guard troops and speeding unaccompanied migrant youths back to Central America. More

Rand Paul hiring top Mich. GOP strategist

— Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul is hiring a top Michigan Republican political strategist to help steer his national political action committee — the precursor of a likely 2016 presidential campaign. More

U.S. court: Va. gay marriage ban unconstitutional

Richmond, Va. — A federal appeals court ruled Monday that Virginia's same-sex marriage ban is unconstitutional, the latest in a string of decisions overturning bans across the country. More

Obama considers new move on immigration

— Even as they grapple with an immigration crisis at the border, White House officials are making plans to act before November's mid-term elections to grant work permits to potentially millions of immigrants who are in this country illegally, allowing them to stay in the United States without... More

Deal to improve veterans' health care costs $17B

Washington — A bipartisan deal announced Monday would authorize about $17 billion to help veterans avoid long waits for health care, hire more doctors and nurses to treat veterans and make it easier to fire executives at the Department of Veterans Affairs More

Four Democrats fight for nomination for 11th District House seat

Four Democrats are fighting to be their party's candidate for the congressional seat held by U.S. Rep. Kerry Bentivolio, whom the Capitol Hill tabloid Roll Call estimates has at least a 50 percent chance of not being re-elected. More

Report: Medicare funding ison uptick

Lew Susan Walsh / AP

Washington — Medicare's finances are looking brighter, the government said Monday. The program's giant hospital trust fund won't be exhausted until 2030 — four years later than last year's estimate. More

House bill lets airlines advertise pre-tax fares

Washington — In a victory for airlines and their workers' unions, the House rejected consumers' complaints and passed legislation Monday letting airline advertising emphasize the base price of tickets, before taxes and fees are added. More

Macomb County voters face millage requests

Officials from Eastpointe and Mount Clemens are urging residents to support millage issues Aug. 5 that they say could stave off financial crises in the two Macomb County cities. More

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