Author: Eclectablog

AG Schuette’s staff busted editing online docs to cover-up potential illegal acts while on taxpayer time

AG Schuette’s staff busted editing online docs to cover-up potential illegal acts while on taxpayer time

Government officials working to cover up questionable behavior is as old as politics itself but it’s rare to catch them boldly doing it in real time. That, however, is exactly what Progress Michigan staff did during a recent investigation into what appears to be improper use of private emails to do government business and possibly doing political work while at […]

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Episode 37 – How to steal health insurance from 23 million Americans without anyone noticing with special guest Ben Wikler

Episode 37 – How to steal health insurance from 23 million Americans without anyone noticing with special guest Ben Wikler

The show notes for Episode 37 are at http://www.eclectablog.com/2017/06/episode-37-how-to-steal-health-insurance-from-23-million-americans-without-anyone-noticing-with-special-guest-ben-wikler.html This is the darkest moment in American history since Donald Trump became president. Since January 20, 2016, deportations have become a tool of trauma, designed to stigmatize and terrify people who just want to be a part of this American experiment the way our did. Civilian causalities by U.S. forces have […]

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University of Michigan addresses skyrocketing tuition costs with free tuition for families making under $65K a year

University of Michigan addresses skyrocketing tuition costs with free tuition for families making under $65K a year

It’s no secret that the soaring cost of higher education has ensured that many students simply cannot afford to go to a major university. And while there’s no shame in going to a community college or not going to college at all, a university degree opens doors and provides opportunities that community colleges and other paths simply do not. This […]

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Gov. Snyder faces fierce criticism after his defense of admin officials charged with manslaughter in #FlintWaterCrisis

Gov. Snyder faces fierce criticism after his defense of admin officials charged with manslaughter in #FlintWaterCrisis

In the wake of manslaughter and other charges being filed against five people involved in the Flint Water Crisis, including two current members of his administration, Gov. Rick Snyder issued the following statement: Gov. Rick Snyder’s statement in support of DHHS Director Nick Lyon and Dr. Eden Wells Wednesday, June 14, 2017 LANSING, Mich. – Gov. Rick Snyder issued the […]

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UPDATED x2: Snyder administration officials facing manslaughter charges over #FlintWaterCrisis but Snyder himself can’t be sued

UPDATED x2: Snyder administration officials facing manslaughter charges over #FlintWaterCrisis but Snyder himself can’t be sued

Big news out of Flint this morning. Attorney General Bill Schuette has filed charges against two current and two former Snyder administration officials and one former Flint official. Michigan Health and Human Services Director Nick Lyon is being charged with felony charges of involuntary manslaughter and misconduct in office. Four others, including former Emergency Manager Darnell Earley, are also facing […]

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Episode 36 – One Trillion Reasons the GOP Won’t Give Up on Trickle-Down with special guest Nick Hanauer

Episode 36 – One Trillion Reasons the GOP Won’t Give Up on Trickle-Down with special guest Nick Hanauer

The show notes for Episode 36 are at http://www.eclectablog.com/2017/06/episode-36-one-trillion-reasons-the-gop-wont-give-up-on-trickle-down-with-special-guest-nick-hanauer.html When Kansas Republicans who control both State houses were forced to join with the state’s Democrats to overturn Governor Sam Brownback’s veto of the bill that would roll back his 2012 tax cuts for the rich this week, no one had more right to say “I told you so” than Nick […]

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Michigan Lt. Gov. Calley ships in students from around the US for his “grassroots” campaign for governor

Michigan Lt. Gov. Calley ships in students from around the US for his “grassroots” campaign for governor

On May 30th, when Michigan Lt. Governor Brian Calley announced his candidacy for governor ahead of the 2018 election, he told the audience, “What you will see over the course of this summer is the most high-tech, effective, grassroots campaign, a movement to amend Michigan’s constitution.” “Move over establishment,” he said, “Because the people of the State of Michigan are […]

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Episode 35 – How corporations stole God with special guest Princeton historian Kevin M. Kruse

Episode 35 – How corporations stole God with special guest Princeton historian Kevin M. Kruse

The show notes for Episode 35 are at http://www.eclectablog.com/2017/06/episode-35-how-corporations-stole-god-with-special-guest-princeton-historian-kevin-m-kruse.html Kevin M. Kruse’s personal website: KevinMKruse.com/ Kevin M. Kruse on Twitter: @KevinMKruse Purchase One Nation Under God by Kevin M. Kruse HERE. Kevin M. Kruse at Baffler: Quick-Fire Kevin M. Kruse at Esquire: All the Presidents’ Taxes Kevin M. Kruse at Esquire: Trump’s Tuesday Night Massacre Brings the Watergate Comparisons Full […]

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American workers left behind: Trump’s trade stances will lead to even more “robots taking our jobs”

American workers left behind: Trump’s trade stances will lead to even more “robots taking our jobs”

In a recent op-ed in Composites World, a trade magazine for the advanced composites industry, North Thin Ply Technology (NTPT) CEO James Austin presents his view on what the protectionist approach to trade led by Donald Trump will likely lead to. His piece is titled “Process automation: A model response to Trumponomics and Brexit” and, in it, he contends that […]

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Tim Walberg faces international backlash over his comment that “God will take care of” climate change

Tim Walberg faces international backlash over his comment that “God will take care of” climate change

After his comments that “God will take care” of climate change so humans don’t need to do anything different, Republican Congressman Tim Walberg has faced international backlash over the remark (video HERE.) People have pointed out that his approach is akin to the old joke about the guy about to perish in a flood who rejects offers from people in […]

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The cheese stands alone: Trump pulling out of Paris climate agreement isolates him, not America

The cheese stands alone: Trump pulling out of Paris climate agreement isolates him, not America

As climate change denying EPA administrator Scott Pruitt and fascist puppet master Steve Bannon wipe Ivanka Trump and Secretary of State Rex Tillerson off the bottoms of their shoes, President Trump’s move to take the USA out of the Paris climate change agreement is isolating him both inside the USA and on the global stage. The agreement was non-binding so […]

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