A Leader in Plot to Kidnap Gov. Whitmer Receives Nearly 20 Years in Prison

Barry Croft planned to use guns and explosives to abduct Michigan’s governor, prosecutors said. He was the final federal defendant to face sentencing.

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Man Sentenced to 16 Years in Prison for Plotting to Kidnap Michigan’s Governor

Jurors convicted Adam Fox of scheming to kidnap Gov. Gretchen Whitmer in 2020 in what federal prosecutors described as a threat to American democracy.

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Democrats, Feeling New Strength, Plan to Go on Offense on Voting Rights

After retaining most of the governor’s offices they hold and capturing the legislatures in Michigan and Minnesota, Democrats are putting forward a long list of proposals to expand voting access.

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Women Are on the March

Fewer men are filling governors’ mansions. Not few enough.

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Three Michigan Men Sentenced for Aiding Whitmer Kidnapping Plot

The men, who were convicted of aiding a plan to kidnap Gov. Gretchen Whitmer of Michigan, were given sentences that could put all three in prison for at least seven years.

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Gretchen Whitmer Rejected False Choices. All Democrats Should.

There is a model for running an effective campaign in Michigan and states like it.

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Biden Is No Sure Thing for 2024. What About Buttigieg? Harris? Even Whitmer?

Many Democrats have craved the chance to pick somebody else to run for president in 2024. But which somebody?

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Voters Reject Trump-Backed Election Deniers in Several Key States

Democrats won races for top election posts in several political battlegrounds where their Republican rivals had cast doubt on the 2020 contest and signaled their desire to overhaul voting systems.

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Midterm Elections and the Future of American Politics

Frank Bruni digs into midterm results with Mallory McMorrow and Jonathan Last.

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At Campaign’s End, Democrats See Limits of Focus on Abortion

Shock and outrage over the fall of Roe v. Wade has faded as confusion has spread, deflating Democrats’ hopes that the issue could carry them to victory.

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Governor’s Races Enter Final Sprint on a Scrambled, Surprising Map

Deep-red Oklahoma is in play for Democrats. New York and Oregon are within reach for Republicans. And several swing states have tight races with high stakes on abortion, elections and other issues.

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Jury Convicts Men Accused of Supporting Plot to Kidnap Michigan Governor

The trial in state court followed mixed results in federal court for others accused of scheming to kidnap Gov. Gretchen Whitmer.

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High-profile debates took place in Wisconsin and Michigan on Thursday.

Two debates were hosted in marquee political races in Wisconsin and Michigan, both battleground states. Catch up on what happened.

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Five Takeaways From the Michigan Governor’s Debate

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer, a Democrat, played up her experience leading the state while Tudor Dixon cast herself as an outsider who says it needs fixing.

#debates-political, #dixon-tudor, #elections-governors, #michigan, #midterm-elections-2022, #whitmer-gretchen

In Michigan, Tudor Dixon Tests Whether Trump Is Help or Hindrance

Tudor Dixon, the party’s nominee for governor, has ground to make up in her race against Gov. Gretchen Whitmer. She is hoping the former president can rally their party’s base.

#dixon-tudor, #elections-governors, #michigan, #midterm-elections-2022, #republican-party, #trump-donald-j, #whitmer-gretchen

How Michigan Resisted Far Right Extremism

Michigan may hold lessons for residents of other states looking to withstand the tide of authoritarianism and violence.

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Two Men Convicted in Plot to Kidnap Michigan’s Governor

The trial came months after a different federal jury did not return any convictions in the case, one of the country’s highest-profile domestic terror prosecutions.

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Prosecutors Face Distrust in Second Try to Prove Plot to Kidnap Michigan’s Governor

Two men are charged with conspiring to kidnap Gov. Gretchen Whitmer. But a first trial ended with no convictions, and questions about the F.B.I.’s tactics.

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Could the G.O.P. Beat Whitmer in Michigan? Party Chaos Has Hurt Its Chances.

A handwritten letter from Betsy DeVos, last seen trying to remove Donald Trump from office, elicited an 11th-hour endorsement. But is that enough to make peace among Michigan’s warring Republicans?

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I’m a Democratic Strategist. This Is How We Win Back the Working Class.

Stop letting Republicans own the issues of outsourcing and trade.

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‘Governors Are the C.E.O.s’: State Leaders Weigh Their Might

At a National Governors Association gathering, attendees from both parties speculated about 2024 at a moment of increasing frustration with Washington.

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Century-Old State Laws Could Determine Where Abortion Is Legal

In Wisconsin, Michigan and other states, abortion bans that were long considered dormant could determine if access to the procedure survives the overturning of Roe.

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Merrick Garland Finds His Footing as Attorney General

For all of the attention on the Justice Department’s investigation into the Jan. 6 attack, Mr. Garland has focused on the everyday work of being the attorney general.

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Two Men Acquitted of Plotting to Kidnap Gov. Gretchen Whitmer of Michigan

Jurors acquitted two of the men prosecutors had said planned to abduct Gov. Gretchen Whitmer of Michigan. The jury said it was deadlocked in the case of two other men accused of plotting.

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Jury Reaches Partial Verdict in Trial of Men Accused of Plot to Kidnap Michigan Governor

The judge told jurors to continue trying to reach agreement on other charges where they have deadlocked.

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Trial in Alleged Plot to Kidnap Michigan’s Governor Nears End

Closing arguments are expected Friday in the federal case against four men with militia ties who are accused of conspiring to kidnap Gov. Gretchen Whitmer.

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Group Wanted to Kidnap Michigan Governor and Block Biden’s Election, Plotter Says

By abducting Gov. Gretchen Whitmer, one man who pleaded guilty said, he hoped to disrupt the 2020 election and perhaps start a civil war.

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In Whitmer Kidnapping Trial, Lawyers Debate Over Defendants’ Words

The proceedings that began last week test the government’s ability to root out violent extremism at home.

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With Some Voters ‘Ready to Move On,’ Democrats Search for New Message on Virus

Democrats were cheered for strict lockdowns and pandemic precautions. Now many weary voters want to hear the party’s plan for living with the coronavirus.

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Roles of F.B.I. and Informants Muddle the Michigan Governor Kidnapping Case

Before five men stand trial in March, prosecutors and defense lawyers are examining more than 1,000 hours of secretly recorded conversations.

#federal-bureau-of-investigation, #michigan, #politics-and-government, #whitmer-gretchen

Let’s Not Invent a Civil War

It’s possible to worry about America’s divisions without falling into perpetual alarmism.

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Democrats Back Biden, But No Consensus About Plan B for 2024

Leaders with White House aspirations all say they’ll support the president for another term. But there is no shortage of chatter about the options if he continues to falter.

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Another Michigan Water Crisis Underscores Infrastructure Woes

The crises in Benton Harbor and Flint expose broader failures as a congressional push to address the country’s troubled water system stalls.

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Why Democrats See 3 Governor’s Races as a Sea Wall for Fair Elections

Michigan, Wisconsin and Pennsylvania all have Democratic governors and G.O.P.-led legislatures. And in all three battlegrounds, Republicans are pushing hard to rewrite election laws.

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Defendant in Plot to Kidnap Michigan’s Governor Whitmer Sentenced

Ty G. Garbin, 25, had pleaded guilty to taking part in an extremist plot driven by anger at the governor’s efforts to slow the spread of the coronavirus.

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Sweet Cherries, Bitter Politics: Two Farm Stands and the Nation’s Divides

Opposing views of mask requirements have rippled across a Michigan County, even influencing where people buy their fruit.

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Canadian Company Defies Michigan Order to Shut Down Oil Pipeline

Canada’s government has backed the pipeline owner in the dispute with Michigan’s governor, an ally of President Biden, complicating U.S.-Canadian relations.

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How a Very Weird Quirk Might Let Michigan Republicans Limit Voting Rights

State Republicans are pushing a voting law that Gov. Gretchen Whitmer has said she will veto. But a rarely used option for a voter-driven petition could allow the G.O.P. to circumvent her veto.

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Surging Virus Has Michigan’s Whitmer at Loggerheads With Biden

As Gov. Gretchen Whitmer pleads for more coronavirus vaccine, the Biden administration on Monday urged her to shut Michigan down, something she wants to avoid.

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Michigan’s Virus Cases Are Out of Control, Putting Gov. Gretchen Whitmer in a Bind

Ms. Whitmer, a Democrat, locked down her state over the din of protests last year. Now she is trying a different approach, appealing to personal responsibility.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #disease-rates, #michigan, #shutdowns-institutional, #vaccination-and-immunization, #whitmer-gretchen

Michigan G.O.P. Chair Is Criticized After Calling State’s Top Democrats ‘Witches’

Ron Weiser, who leads the state’s Republican Party, was swiftly denounced after a video surfaced in which he also joked about assassination when discussing two G.O.P. congressmen.

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‘Its Own Domestic Army’: How the G.O.P. Allied Itself With Militants

Actions taken by paramilitary groups in Michigan last year, emboldened by President Donald J. Trump, signaled a profound shift in Republican politics and a national crisis in the making.

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Member of Extremist Group to Plead Guilty in Whitmer Kidnapping Plot

Ty G. Garbin, a 25-year-old airplane mechanic, agreed to plead guilty and to testify against the other five defendants charged in federal court in Western Michigan.

#kidnapping-and-hostages, #michigan, #united-states-politics-and-government, #whitmer-gretchen

States Brace for Armed Protests in Wake of U.S. Capitol Attack

State officials are activating National Guard troops and closing off Capitol grounds in response to F.B.I. warnings that armed protesters are preparing to act.

#california, #demonstrations-protests-and-riots, #federal-bureau-of-investigation, #michigan, #national-guard, #state-legislatures, #storming-of-the-us-capitol-jan-2021, #whitmer-gretchen

Has Trump’s Reckoning Come Too Late?

Finally the world agrees that Trump is exactly the man his fiercest critics said he was. But has the reckoning come too late?

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What’s Fauci Reading? We Take Another Look at Celebrity Bookshelves

This year is finally coming to an end, so here is one last peek at the books behind Chris Rock, Jeff Bezos, Jemele Hill, Julia Louis-Dreyfus and more.

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After a ‘Covid Semester,’ the University of Michigan Gets Tougher on the Virus

Like many big state universities, it tried to open with some semblance of normalcy. Outbreaks ensued.

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Time Runs Out for a U.S.-Canada Oil Pipeline

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer of Michigan said the state would shut down a line between her state and Ontario that has been operating since the 1950s.

#environment, #global-warming, #greenhouse-gas-emissions, #michigan, #oil-petroleum-and-gasoline, #pipelines, #whitmer-gretchen

How Joe Biden Won the Presidency

Joseph R. Biden Jr. campaigned as a sober and conventional presence, concerned about the “soul of the country.” He correctly judged the character of the country, and benefited from President Trump’s missteps.

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F.B.I. Arrests Michigan Men Tied to White Supremacist Group

Two members of the Base, a white supremacist and neo-Nazi group, were accused of trying to threaten a host of a podcast that describes itself as “confronting white nationalism.”

#fringe-groups-and-movements, #michigan, #neo-nazi-groups, #politics-and-government, #right-wing-extremism-and-alt-right, #whitmer-gretchen