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Pres. Obama takes action on immigration reform that Republicans say THEY should take but won’t

“Our nation is a nation of immigrants. More than any other country, our strength comes from our own immigrant heritage and our capacity to welcome those from other lands. No free and prosperous nation can by itself accommodate all those who seek a better life or flee persecution.”

- Ronald Reagan

Last night, President Obama announced the he is taking long-anticipated executive action to permit up to 5 million undocumented immigrants in our country to legally extend their stay and allowing them to, in his words, “come out of the shadows and get right with the law”.

Conservatives Republicans and others on the right preemptively lost their minds, calling this, among other things, “executive amnesty” (which one activist I know hilariously described as “what Wall Street bankers received when none of them went to prison for crashing our economy in 2007.”)

Ted Cruz says none of President Obama’s nominees should be confirmed now that he’s done this.…

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President Obama’s stunning climate agreement with China derails GOP efforts to do nothing about climate change

For years, maybe decades, Republicans have told us repeatedly that nothing our country does will have any impact whatsoever on global climate change because: China. In other words, because China would never agree to take action, we should sit on our hands and do nothing, as well, allowing expanding carbon emissions to heat up the planet.

This week, all of that changed. In a stunning development, the Obama administration worked out a joint agreement with China to reduce carbon emissions. The agreement sets the stage for further international agreements when global leaders meet in Paris for the United Nations Climate Change Conference next year.…

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The GOP has tried to convince us we’re a failure – and we bought it

There’s no denying that Americans showed outrageously schizophrenic behavior last week on Election Day. While progressive initiatives on things like the minimum wage and pot legalization were passed around the country, Republicans still scored big wins everywhere. Here in Michigan, Terri Lynn What’s-Her-Name got trounced by double digits and two pro-wolf hunt ballot proposals went down in flames but, outside of heavily gerrymandered, Democratic-dominated districts, Republicans won almost everywhere.

One thing that contributed mightily to this imbalance is that our Democratic candidates and Democrats in general have bought into the Republican myth that the country has gone to hell when just the opposite is true.…

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Guess which Michigan candidates had 6,000+ people rally for them yesterday. HINT: it wasn’t the Republicans.

While Michigan Republican Party chair Bobby Schostak, the man behind “The Worst Campaign Ad That Human Beings Actually Paid for This Year”, tells anyone who will listen that President Obama’s visit to Michigan yesterday is going to harm the election chances of Mark Schauer, Gary Peters, and all of our Democratic candidates, over 6,000 people showed up to see him speak last night and to rally for our candidates. Hundreds of others were turned away. My friend Mary wrote this on my Facebook page:

First time in my life I was more than happy to spend over an hour out in the cold to stand in a very long line only to be turned away with hundreds of other very energized voters.…
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Terri Lynn Land now seriously playing defense

Right where we want her

Terri Lynn Land is a one-note song and the name of that song is “Obamacare”. With the help of millions of dollars of sweet, sweet Koch brothers’ money, she’s spent the past few months attempting to hurt Gary Peters on this issue. Despite this, Peters is up 5 points on her according to the latest PPP poll (which is one of the most solid pollsters in America.) The news coming from the CBO this week that the Affordable Care Act is reducing the national deficit by even more than first thought, coupled with the millions upon millions of “Obamacare success stories” that are beginning to bubble to the surface, is making her song one people increasingly no longer want to hear.…

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Terri Lynn Land has “solutions” for Michigan manufacturing that are as empty and false as the rest of her campaign

Not. Ready. For. Prime. Time

Republican Senate candidate Terri Lynn Land recently released her “solutions” for strengthening Michigan manufacturing. More accurately, she’s calling them “solutions “. However, they are so blatantly empty of content and, in some cases, downright wrong that calling them “solutions” strains the bounds of the definition of the word.

You can find her “solutions” HERE, a webpage that is not linked anywhere else on her website or her Facebook page. In fact, unless you go looking for it and know specifically what to look for, you won’t find it anywhere.

Here are her “solutions” to strengthening Michigan manufacturing:

  1. Fair Trade: Developing fair trade agreements will open up markets to Michigan’s exports.
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(PHOTOS) President Obama brings #minimumwage populism and campaign-style energy to Ann Arbor

President Obama came to Ann Arbor, Michigan yesterday to promote raising the national minimum wage to $10.10. His speach was full of energy and populism and had the crowd of around 1,400 on their feet and energized for the entire 35 minutes.

Chris and I were there to record it.

Before I came here today, I stopped at Zingerman’s, which is the right thing to do when you’re in Ann Arbor. I stopped for two reasons. The first is the Reuben is killer. So I ordered like the small and it didn’t look that small. So I gave half to Valerie Jarrett, who’s traveling with us.…
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Democrats running from President Obama and Obamacare? Not. Even.Close. (PHOTOS)

Please proceed.

Republicans want you to believe that even Democrats are jumping ship in their support for President Obama and the Affordable Care Act. Unfortunately, the truth is getting in the way of this convenient (for them) meme. There was solid proof it overnight in Ann Arbor.

The last time President Obama came to Ann Arbor in January 2012, demand for tickets was huge with students lining up for them overnight.

Last night, students began filling the Union at about 7:30 p.m. in hopes of being among the first in line to receive a ticket. At 1 a.m., students were asked to leave the building before it officially closed to the public at 2 a.m.…
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EPA releases new fuel & emission standards that will save lives and protect the environment

Working together with health officials, vehicle manufacturers, refiners, states, and with input from the general public, the Environmental Protection Agency finalized new emission standards for vehicles and fuels that will have a huge impact on public health and the quality of the air we breathe.

The new rules, signed by President Obama EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy today, call for a dramatic reduction in the amount of sulfur in gasoline and will cut emissions of soot, smog, and other toxic substances from cars and trucks. Here is some of what the new rules do:

  • Slash emissions of a range of harmful pollutants that can cause premature death and respiratory illnesses.
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PHOTOS: President Obama signs historic bipartisan farm bill in East Lansing, Michigan

All photos by Anne C. Savage, special to Eclectablog

President Barack Obama traveled to East Lansing, Michigan yesterday to sign the federal farm bill into law. Last updated in 2008, the bill in its current form has been worked on for four years. Much of the wrangling was contentious and no topic was as contentious as its impact on the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), commonly called food stamps. Republicans in Congress wanted to slash this essential program by $40 billion at a time when our national economy is still in recovery mode. Fortunately Democrats were able to reduce the Republican hit on SNAP benefits by a full 80%, a 1% cut overall.…

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