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Trump lashes out at GOP opponents of health care bill

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Trump pressing GOP senators to act on health proposal

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Group: Kid Rock must register, show contributions in U.S. Senate run

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Lawmakers split: Is Scaramucci's departure sign of new order or more chaos?

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Kid Rock keeps teasing possible Senate campaign

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Driskell seeks rematch with Rep. Walberg

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Kid Rock announces Senate run

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RNC chair, Michigan Republicans doubt Kid Rock run
Buy Photo. Mackinac Island — Kid Rock continues making noise about the U.S. Senate race but has not made any serious off-stage overtures about a run, Michigan GOP officials and activists said Friday at the Mackinac Republican Leadership Conference. Republicans at the biennial confab consistently told The Detroit News they do not believe Kid Rock — real name Robert Ritchie — will launch a campaign to run in the GOP primary or challenge incumbent U   Read More ...
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Bill would make online political ads more transparent
Washington — Legislation floated by two Democratic senators would enhance transparency for online political ads, requiring social media companies like Facebook and Twitter to keep a public file of election ads and communications. The bill by Sens. Mark Warner of Virginia and Amy Klobuchar of Minnesota would try to fill what they call a “major gap” in election advertising transparency. In a letter obtained by The Associated Press, the two say the legislation would also require companies to “make reasonable efforts” to ensure that election ads are not purchased directly or indirectly by a foreign national   Read More ...
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Trump lashes out at GOP opponents of health care bill
Washington — President Donald Trump is lashing out at a Republican senator who opposes the last-ditch effort to overturn the Obama-era health care law. On Twitter Friday, Trump says: “Rand Paul, or whoever votes against Hcare Bill, will forever (future political campaigns) be known as ‘the Republican who saved ObamaCare.’” Republican Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky has said he’ll oppose the latest bill because it doesn’t abolish enough of Obama’s 2010 law   Read More ...
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Upton inches closer to GOP Senate race
Lansing — Congressman Fred Upton is positioning himself for a potential U.S. Senate run but says he hasn’t reached a final decision as he prepares to join nearly 2,000 Republican donors and activists on Mackinac Island for a conference focused on 2018 and beyond. While aides maintain Upton is not planning any public announcement at this weekend’s Mackinac GOP Leadership Conference, Michigan’s senior Republican in Congress is expected to continue laying the groundwork for an increasingly likely campaign to take on incumbent Democratic Sen   Read More ...
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Facebook to release Russia ads to Congress
The move Thursday comes amid growing pressure on the social network from members of Congress, who pushed it to release the ads. Facebook has already handed over the ads to federal authorities investigating Russian interference in the 2016 U.S. presidential election. Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg said the company is “actively working” with the U.S. government in its ongoing Russia investigations. Zuckerberg said in a Facebook post and live video on Thursday that he has directed his team to provide the ads, created by fake accounts linked to Russia, to Congress   Read More ...
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Iraq War vet, businessman James seeks Mich. Senate seat
Lansing — Republican John James, a political newcomer who flew Army helicopters in the Iraq War and now run an automotive supply chain and logistics business in Detroit, said Thursday he is running for U.S. Senate. He is the second candidate in the GOP primary field, joining former state Supreme Court Justice Bob Young after another business executive, Lena Epstein, left the race this week to seek a House seat instead   Read More ...
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Study: Most states would take hit from GOP health bill
Washington — Most states would take a stiff budgetary hit if the latest Senate GOP health care bill becomes law, according to an outside analysis released Wednesday. That would likely result in more uninsured Americans. The study by the consulting firm Avalere Health found that the Graham-Cassidy bill would lead to an overall $215 billion cut to states in federal funding for health insurance, through 2026   Read More ...
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Trump pressing GOP senators to act on health proposal
Washington — With time growing short, President Donald Trump and Republican Senate leaders are engaged in a frantic search for votes in a last-ditch effort to repeal and replace the Obama health law. The outcome is uncertain in a Capitol newly engulfed in drama over health care. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, whose failure to pass a repeal bill in July opened a bitter public rift with Trump, is pressing hard for the newly revived effort, which had been left for dead as recently as a week or two ago   Read More ...
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Michigan Legislature OKs super PAC bills; Snyder to review
LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Bills sent to Gov. Rick Snyder would let candidates solicit unlimited contributions for independent committees supporting their candidacies. The Republican-led Legislature approved the legislation on party lines Tuesday. Supporters say Michigan needs clarity after the U.S. Supreme Court legalized unfettered political spending by independent committees. But opponents note the bills go further — imposing no limits on candidates' ability to direct wealthy individuals and groups to closely affiliated super PACs and to bypass normal donation caps   Read More ...
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Senate GOP musters last push to erase Obama health law
Washington — Senate Republicans are revving up a final push to scuttle President Barack Obama’s health care law. Though the effort faces low odds of success and just a two-week window to prevail, Democrats backed by doctors, hospitals, and patients’ groups are mustering an all-out effort to smother the GOP drive once and for all. The latest attempt is being led by GOP Sens   Read More ...
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Michigan governor OKs bill to fix ballots after clerk errors
LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder has signed legislation allowing communities to fix ballots where candidates missed the state filing deadline because of incorrect information from local clerks. Snyder on Monday signed the bill to extend the filing deadline for city office elections in 2017, ensuring mayoral and city council candidates will be on the ballot. The bill had been passed by the legislature after issues with candidates in at least four communities   Read More ...
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Michigan governor OKs bill to fix ballots after clerk errors
LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder has signed legislation allowing communities to fix ballots where candidates missed the state filing deadline because of incorrect information from local clerks. Snyder on Monday signed the bill to extend the filing deadline for city office elections in 2017, ensuring mayoral and city council candidates will be on the ballot. The bill had been passed by the legislature after issues with candidates in at least four communities   Read More ...
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Senate poised to pass $700B defense policy bill
Washington — The Senate is poised to pass a defense policy bill that pumps $700 billion into the Pentagon budget, expands U.S. missile defenses in response to North Korea’s growing hostility and refuses to allow excess military bases to be closed. The legislation is expected to be approved on Monday by a wide margin in another burst of bipartisanship amid President Donald Trump’s push for cooperation with congressional Democrats   Read More ...
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Senate OK’s unlimited political donations for groups
Lansing — Michigan’s Republican-led Senate approved controversial legislation Thursday that would let candidates raise unlimited money for super political action committees that support them and share consultants. The bills would write super PACs into state law following a landmark 2010 U.S. Supreme Court ruling in Citizens United v. FEC that opened the doors for increased political spending by corporations and labor unions as a form of free speech   Read More ...
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Bill passed by Senate would expand corporate and special-interest spending on campaigns
LANSING — An expansion of the federal “Citizens United” decision, which vastly increased corporate and special interest spending on campaigns, was passed by the Republican-controlled Senate Thursday. Under the bill, candidates could solicit unlimited contributions to independent expenditure committees or super PACs, which could then use the money to support the aspirations of the candidate. Supporters of the bill claim the measure simplify codifies the federal Citizens’ United decision into state law   Read More ...
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House passes $1.2T omnibus spending bill
Washington — The House has passed a sweeping $1.2 trillion spending bill for the Pentagon, domestic agencies, and foreign aid that GOP leaders are calling a winner for conservatives — even though it reversed many of the spending cuts sought by President Donald Trump this spring. The massive measure wraps the 12 annual spending bills into one and is the first time in more than a decade that the House has passed all of the appropriations bills in one fashion or the other by Sept   Read More ...
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Trump, top Democrats agree on young immigrants
Washington — The top House and Senate Democrats said Wednesday they had reached agreement with President Donald Trump to protect thousands of younger immigrants from deportation and fund some border security enhancements — not including Trump’s long-sought border wall. The deal announced by Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer and House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi following a White House dinner would enshrine protections for the nearly 800,000 immigrants brought illegally to this country as kids who had benefited from former President Barack Obama’s Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA, program   Read More ...
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Trump goes it alone in meeting with top Democrats
Trump was to meet with Senate Democratic leader Chuck Schumer and House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi on Wednesday night, the latest overture by the Republican president to work with his adversaries. Not invited were House Speaker Paul Ryan and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell. The White House said that Trump had invited the two Democratic leaders to dinner, more than week after the president reached an agreement with Schumer and Pelosi — despite objections from Republicans — on a three-month agreement to raise the debt ceiling, keep the government running and speed hurricane relief to states   Read More ...
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FBI officials won’t be allowed to speak to Senate panel
Washington — The Justice Department says it will not permit two FBI officials to appear privately before a congressional committee investigating Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election. The Senate Judiciary Committee had asked in July to speak with the officials, Jim Rybicki and Carl Ghattas. It narrowed its scope after the Justice Department declined to make them available. In a letter this week obtained by The Associated Press, the Justice Department said it would still not make the officials available for interviews in order to “protect the integrity” of the investigation being done by special counsel Robert Mueller   Read More ...
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Kid Rock, again, keeps fans in suspense about political aspirations
It was the hometown, adoring crowd ready to ratify anything Kid Rock had to say as he opened up Little Caesars Arena with a rollicking concert Tuesday night. But once again, a supposed "announcement" of political significance — say an official throwing of the proverbial hat into the ring for the U.S. Senate seat held by Debbie Stabenow — didn't happen   Read More ...
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After MRI, McCain to continue treatments, keep working
Washington — Sen. John McCain will continue with radiation and chemotherapy treatments for brain cancer, while maintaining a regular work schedule in the Senate — following his MRI on Monday. The Arizona Republican’s office says he had the MRI at the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, Maryland, where he is receiving treatments. The 81-year-old senator disclosed his diagnosis in July, and returned home for treatment after casting the decisive vote to kill Republican legislation to repeal and replace the Obama health law   Read More ...
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Senate GOP seeking budget deal to open way to tax redo
Washington — Pushing toward the Republicans’ prime goal of tax legislation, the GOP Senate leader and members of the Budget Committee are scrambling to come up with a budget deal to clear the way for the first tax overhaul in three decades. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and GOP members of the Budget Committee are meeting Tuesday with two top Trump administration officials to plot breaking the budget stalemate   Read More ...
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Rep. Dave Trott is retiring from U.S. House
Washington — Republican Rep. Dave Trott of Birmingham said Monday that he will retire from Congress at the end of his term. Trott, a 56-year-old attorney serving his second term, is the latest in a string of GOP House members to announce they won’t seek re-election in 2018, joining several other Republicans retiring from competitive districts, including Reps. Charlie Dent of Pennsylvania, Dave Reichert of Washington and Ileana Ros-Lehtinen of Florida   Read More ...
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U.S. House passes self-driving car legislation
A U.S. House committee today approved legislation to give the federal government final say over the performance of self-driving vehicles, a measure that would preempt states from trying to set their own standards. Todd Spangler/Detroit Free Press. WASHINGTON – The U.S. House of Representatives today easily passed legislation that gives federal regulators final say over performance standards for self-driving vehicles and could allow for as many as 100,000 such vehicles a year to be exempted from safety standards while the technology is developing   Read More ...
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Liberal groups raise concerns on Larsen before hearing
Washington — The Senate Judiciary Committee will hear Wednesday from Michigan Supreme Court Justice Joan Larsen when she appears before lawmakers in public for the first time since her nomination in May. Larsen, a former University of Michigan law professor, was nominated May 8 by President Donald Trump for the U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals for the 6th Circuit, which has jurisdiction over district courts in Michigan, Ohio, Kentucky and Tennessee   Read More ...
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Kid Rock to watchdog group: Go f— yourselves
A watchdog group today accused Detroit musician Kid Rock of violating federal election law by declaring himself a candidate for a U.S. Senate seat in Michigan but not registering his candidacy or reporting campaign contributions. Wochit. Kid Rock's response to a watchdog group accusing him of violating a federal election law was classic Kid Rock — " ... go f--- yourselves   Read More ...
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Group: Kid Rock must register, show contributions in U.S. Senate run
A watchdog group today accused Detroit musician Kid Rock of violating federal election law by declaring himself a candidate for a U.S. Senate seat in Michigan but not registering his candidacy or reporting campaign contributions. Wochit. WASHINGTON — A watchdog group today accused Detroit musician Kid Rock of violating federal election law by declaring himself a candidate for a U   Read More ...
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Governors’ health care plan retains individual mandate
Columbus, Ohio — A bipartisan governor duo is urging Congress to retain the federal health care law’s unpopular individual mandate while legislators continue work on a long-term replacement law. The recommendation is part of a compromise plan for stabilizing individual insurance markets that’s designed to be palatable to both parties. Ohio Gov. John Kasich, a Republican, and Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper, a Democrat, shared their plan in a letter to congressional leaders Thursday   Read More ...
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Tesla wins Michigan court fight to get e-mails by lobbyist, lawmaker
As a Tesla lawsuit over the state of Michigan's dealership franchise law grinds on, the Silicon Valley automaker scored a recent legal victory. A federal magistrate has ordered two Michigan lawmakers to turn over their communications to the company's lawyers, including emails they sent to lobbyist groups. State Senator Joe Hune and State Representative Jason Sheppard will be required to hand over all documents and communications to Tesla for "attorneys' eyes only   Read More ...
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Is Kid Rock Really Leading Senate Race? New Study Suggests Poll Showing Republican Rocker Ahead May Be Fake
In July, shortly after rumors circulated claiming that rock star Kid Rock — whose real name is Robert James Ritchie — would run for United States senate in his home state of Michigan, a poll surfaced online that appeared to carry good news for Kid Rock fans and for Republicans. The poll showed the 46-year-old Ritchie, who has no political experience outside of recording a song titled “If I Was President,” leading three-term Democratic incumbent Debbie Stabenow, 67, by four percentage points   Read More ...
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MSP probing alleged hack of GOP Senate hopeful
Lansing – The Michigan State Police Cyber Command Center is investigating an alleged hack of U.S. Senate candidate Lena Epstein’s Twitter account after she was accused of “liking” posts by former Ku Klux Klan leader David Duke. The cyber crimes unit has “an active investigation into this matter,” state police spokeswoman Shanon Banner told The Detroit News on Monday. “No other information is being released at this time   Read More ...
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Rep. Levin: Trump comments show ‘lack of moral compass’
Washington — Rep. Sandy Levin, the longest-serving Jewish member of Congress, on Thursday spearheaded a letter signed by Jewish members of Congress urging President Donald Trump to “stand with us on the right side of history” after Trump’s recent defense of white nationalist protesters. Eighteen Democrats in the U.S. House signed onto the letter including Levin, a Royal Oak Democrat, saying they were “deeply troubled” by Trump’s combative remarks at a Tuesday news conference where he blamed “both sides” for deadly violence at a neo-Nazi and white nationalist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, last weekend   Read More ...
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GOP campaign operative encourages Kid Rock to run for Senate
Kid Rock tweeted late this afternoon to "Stay tuned, I will have a major announcement in the near future." WASHINGTON — The head of a major Super PAC aligned with Senate GOP leadership encouraged performer Kid Rock to run for Senate against Democratic incumbent Debbie Stabenow of Michigan. The comments from Steven Law in an interview Friday on C-SPAN's "Newsmakers" program were surprising   Read More ...
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Ted Nugent claims Kid Rock isn’t running for Senate
Musician and political provocateur Ted Nugent says his friend Kid Rock, also known as Robert Ritchie, isn’t running for the U.S. Senate. In a Newsmax TV interview this week, Nugent claimed that “some goofball” in the Michigan Republican Party pulled the idea “out of their a--.” “My friend Bob Ritchie never thought, never hinted, never mentioned, never gave any consideration whatsoever to running for public office,” Nugent said   Read More ...
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Conyers, Dems warn against attack on N. Korea
Washington — Democrats in Congress, led by Rep. John Conyers Jr., sent a letter to Secretary of State Rex Tillerson on Wednesday warning the administration that it would need congressional approval for any preemptive attack on North Korea. The letter by the Detroit Democrat was signed by 60 members of the U.S. House, including Rep. Brenda Lawrence, D-Southfield, urging direct negotiations between North Korea and the United States   Read More ...
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Kid Rock for U.S. Senate? Try Bob Ritchie
Singer and rapper Kid Rock’s greatest advantage if he runs for the U.S. Senate would be his name recognition, but legal experts say he would appear on the Michigan ballot under his legal name, Robert James Ritchie. Under Michigan law, candidates may not use a nickname on the ballot that isn’t a recognized diminutive, that is, a shortened version, of their legal name   Read More ...
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Finley: Can Kid Rock rock and run?
Probably not. But he’d have to be awfully careful about keeping his concerts and his campaign separate, lest he run afoul of federal election law. The Michigan rocker, aka Robert Ritchie, has teased an entry into the 2018 Republican Senate primary to pick a challenger to Democratic incumbent Debbie Stabenow. Early polls are encouraging. One published in The Detroit News last week had Kid Rock trailing Stabenow by just 8 percentage points, and he hasn’t even announced his candidacy   Read More ...
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Stabenow wants Medicare more widely available
As Republican leaders in the U.S. Senate revealed a draft of health care legislation they say will stabilize individual insurance markets, Democrats from Michigan and elsewhere attacked it as mean-spirited. Wochit. WASHINGTON — With health care reform to be looked at again by a U.S. Senate committee next month, U.S. Sen. Debbie Stabenow, D-Mich., is proposing letting younger Americans buy into Medicare coverage now limited to older people   Read More ...
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Michigan senators support Trump's Hoekstra nomination
Buy Photo. WASHINGTON — Michigan's U.S. senators, both of whom are Democrats, signaled their support today for former U.S. Rep. Pete Hoekstra, a Republican from west Michigan, to become the nation's ambassador to the Netherlands. President Donald Trump announced he was nominating Hoekstra, of Holland, Mich., to be his ambassador last week. Hoekstra served 18 years in Congress and rose to become chairman of the House Intelligence Committee before leaving in 2011   Read More ...
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Lawmakers split: Is Scaramucci's departure sign of new order or more chaos?
Rep. Justin Amash of Michigan "Kelly in and Scaramucci out is nothing but good for the White House" one Democrat said Some members of Congress reacted to news reports of Anthony Scaramucci's departure from the role of White House communications director with celebration on Monday. "Yippee ki yay," Democrat Rep. Stephen Cohen of Tennessee . Republican Rep. Justin Amash of Michigan reacted with the shrug emoticon: "¯\_(ツ)_/¯" "Adios Mooch hardly knew ya," Democrat Rep   Read More ...
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