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.

#abortion, #evers-tony-1951, #guttmacher-institute, #law-and-legislation, #madison-wis, #michigan, #planned-parenthood-federation-of-america, #roe-v-wade-supreme-court-decision, #state-legislatures, #whitmer-gretchen

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.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #democratic-party, #garland-merrick-b, #justice-department, #presidential-election-of-2020, #trump-donald-j, #voter-fraud-election-fraud, #whitmer-gretchen

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.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #federal-bureau-of-investigation, #grand-rapids-mich, #informers, #kidnapping-and-hostages, #michigan, #presidential-election-of-2020, #whitmer-gretchen, #wolverine-watchmen

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.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #coronavirus-omicron-variant, #democratic-party, #midterm-elections-2022, #polis-jared-s-1975, #shutdowns-institutional, #whitmer-gretchen, #wolf-thomas-w

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.

#federal-bureau-of-investigation, #marche-stephen, #presidential-election-of-2020, #presidential-election-of-2024, #remnick-david, #right-wing-extremism-and-alt-right, #storming-of-the-us-capitol-jan-2021, #the-next-civil-war-dispatches-from-the-american-future-book, #trump-donald-j, #united-states, #walter-barbara-f, #whitmer-gretchen, #wolverine-watchmen

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.

#benton-harbor-mich, #black-people, #flint-mich, #infrastructure-public-works, #lead, #natural-resources-defense-council, #shortages, #water, #water-pollution, #whitmer-gretchen

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.

#elections-governors, #evers-tony-1951, #michigan, #midterm-elections-2022, #pennsylvania, #republican-party, #rumors-and-misinformation, #trump-donald-j, #voter-fraud-election-fraud, #whitmer-gretchen, #wisconsin, #wolf-thomas-w

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.

#antrim-county-mich, #boogaloo-movement, #federal-bureau-of-investigation, #storming-of-the-us-capitol-jan-2021, #whitmer-gretchen, #wolverine-watchmen

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.

#antrim-county-mich, #cherries, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #masks, #michigan, #voter-fraud-election-fraud, #whitmer-gretchen

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.

#alberta-canada, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #canada, #conservative-party-canada, #enbridge-inc, #michigan, #oil-petroleum-and-gasoline, #pipelines, #trudeau-justin, #whitmer-gretchen

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.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #centers-for-disease-control-and-prevention, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #disease-rates, #michigan, #shutdowns-institutional, #united-states-politics-and-government, #vaccination-and-immunization, #walensky-rochelle, #whitmer-gretchen

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.

#benson-jocelyn, #meijer-peter, #michigan, #nessel-dana, #politics-and-government, #republican-party, #upton-fred, #weiser-ron-1945, #whitmer-gretchen

‘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.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #demonstrations-protests-and-riots, #fringe-groups-and-movements, #michigan, #politics-and-government, #republican-party, #right-wing-extremism-and-alt-right, #shirkey-michael-j, #shutdowns-institutional, #storming-of-the-us-capitol-jan-2021, #trump-donald-j, #whites, #whitmer-gretchen

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.

#ann-arbor-mich, #colleges-and-universities, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #disease-rates, #schlissel-mark-s, #university-of-michigan, #whitmer-gretchen

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

Far-Right Groups Are Behind Most U.S. Terrorist Attacks, Report Finds

White supremacist groups have carried out a majority of “terrorist plots and attacks” this year, according to a report by a think tank, the Center for Strategic and International Studies.

#boogaloo-movement, #center-for-strategic-and-international-studies, #fringe-groups-and-movements, #homeland-security-department, #presidential-election-of-2020, #right-wing-extremism-and-alt-right, #terrorism, #united-states, #whitmer-gretchen

Man Pleads Guilty to Cyberstalking Tulsa Mayor Before Trump Rally

Adam Maxwell Donn, 40, of Norfolk, Va., sent dozens of harassing and threatening emails to try to get President Trump’s campaign rally canceled, officials said.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #harris-kamala-d, #norfolk-va, #threats-and-threatening-messages, #trump-donald-j, #tulsa-okla, #whitmer-gretchen

‘Lock Them All Up’: Trump’s Whitmer Attack Fits a Damaging Pattern

Since returning to the campaign trail, the president has drawn only more attention to his difficulties with women and older voters by minimizing the pandemic and targeting female leaders.

#michigan, #presidential-election-of-2020, #trump-donald-j, #voting-and-voters, #whitmer-gretchen

Donald Trump’s Support of Extremism and Conspiracy Theories

Violent extremists and conspiracy theorists found their tribune in Donald Trump.

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Kidnapping Plot Against Whitmer Becomes Part of Michigan Politics

The F.B.I. and state authorities last week arrested 13 men in connection with a domestic terrorism plot directed against the first-term governor.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #federal-bureau-of-investigation, #michigan, #nessel-dana, #presidential-election-of-2020, #terrorism, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-politics-and-government, #whitmer-gretchen

Why Michigan Is Considered ‘Fertile’ Ground for Anti-Government Extremists

With its fervent gun culture and its gaping differences between urban and rural populations, Michigan has seen its divisions grow ever wider since at least the 1990s.

#boogaloo-movement, #demonstrations-protests-and-riots, #fringe-groups-and-movements, #michigan, #right-wing-extremism-and-alt-right, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-politics-and-government, #whitmer-gretchen

What We Know About the Alleged Plot to Kidnap Michigan’s Governor

The group charged with planning the kidnapping met repeatedly over the summer for firearms training and combat drills, the F.B.I. said.

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

Trump Lashes Out at His Aides With Calls to Indict Political Rivals

The pressure on his top administration officials to take action came as President Trump bristled at the restraints of his illness.

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Facebook and the Group That Planned to Kidnap Gretchen Whitmer

Extremist groups and conspiracy theorists like to connect with each other just like everyone else.

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The Plot Against Gretchen Whitmer Shows the Danger of Private Militias

These groups have no constitutional right to exist.

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F.B.I. Says a Michigan Militia Plotted to Kidnap Gov. Gretchen Whitmer

Six men had been discussing taking Ms. Whitmer, a Democrat, hostage since at least the summer, the F.B.I. said.

#michigan, #whitmer-gretchen

In Michigan’s Upper Peninsula, Some Cracks Emerge in the Pro-Trump Wall

President Trump is likely to win again in rural northern Michigan, a key to his surprise victory in the state in 2016. But can he pile up the same margin in 2020? Some have their doubts.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #democratic-party, #michigan, #presidential-election-of-2016, #presidential-election-of-2020, #republican-party, #trump-donald-j, #upper-peninsula-mich, #whitmer-gretchen

Most of $600 Million Settlement in Flint Water Crisis Will Go to Children

The settlement still needs federal court approval, but Flint residents were being cautiously optimistic after the drawn-out crisis: “I just want it to be over.”

#flint-mich, #lead, #water, #water-pollution, #whitmer-gretchen

Gretchen Whitmer Speaks to The Times

Ms. Whitmer, the governor of Michigan and a contender on Joe Biden’s short list for V.P., spoke with The Times ahead of her speech on Monday night at the Democratic National Convention.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #michigan, #presidential-election-of-2020, #whitmer-gretchen

A Full Guide to Night 1 of Democratic Convention

Michelle Obama will appear, and Democrats will see whether there’s an anti-Trump consensus or a mishmash of messaging, with speakers ranging ideologically from Bernie Sanders to John Kasich.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #cuomo-andrew-m, #democratic-national-convention, #democratic-party, #harris-kamala-d, #kasich-john-r, #obama-michelle, #presidential-election-of-2020, #sanders-bernard, #whitmer-gretchen

What You Need to Know About the 2020 Democratic National Convention

Michelle Obama will appear, and Democrats will see whether there’s an anti-Trump consensus or a mishmash of messaging, with speakers ranging ideologically from Bernie Sanders to John Kasich.

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Biden’s V.P. Pick Is Said to Be Imminent

Joe Biden’s advisers are planning an announcement for the middle of the week as his search concludes, people briefed on the selection process said.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #democratic-party, #harris-kamala-d, #presidential-election-of-2020, #rice-susan-e, #vice-presidents-and-vice-presidency-us, #whitmer-gretchen

Michigan Democrats Hesitate on Whitmer as V.P.: ‘Selfishly, We Need Her Here’

She is suddenly on Joe Biden’s shortlist. Can Michigan afford to lose her?

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #michigan, #presidential-election-of-2020, #state-legislatures, #whitmer-gretchen

Karen Bass, Susan Rice Rise As Biden’s Search for V.P. Nears End

Two women, Representative Karen Bass and Susan Rice, the former national security adviser, are among the most formidable contenders on Joe Biden’s list.

#bass-karen-ruth, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #demings-val, #democratic-party, #duckworth-l-tammy, #harris-kamala-d, #presidential-election-of-2020, #rice-susan-e, #united-states-politics-and-government, #vice-presidents-and-vice-presidency-us, #warren-elizabeth, #whitmer-gretchen

Trump vs. the Women Who Lead Michigan: A Battle With 2020 Implications

The president has picked fights with Michigan’s governor, attorney general and secretary of state over voting rights and the coronavirus. They haven’t backed down.

#absentee-voting, #benson-jocelyn, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #coronavirus-reopenings, #michigan, #nessel-dana, #polls-and-public-opinion, #presidential-election-of-2020, #trump-donald-j, #whitmer-gretchen, #women-and-girls

Biden Is Getting a Lot of Advice on His V.P. Here’s What Voters Think.

A large majority of voters say race should not be a factor in his decision, and none of the best-known candidates has emerged as a favorite.

#abrams-stacey-y, #asian-americans, #baldwin-tammy-suzanne-green, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #black-people, #duckworth-l-tammy, #harris-kamala-d, #hispanic-americans, #polls-and-public-opinion, #presidential-election-of-2020, #race-and-ethnicity, #vice-presidents-and-vice-presidency-us, #warren-elizabeth, #whitmer-gretchen, #women-and-girls