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  1. Political insider: Land turns Obama swipe on equal pay into a plea for campaign funds

    The U.S. Senate campaign of Republican Terri Lynn Land last week wasted little time in practicing some political jujitsu against the Democrats.

    • 4:01 PM, Apr. 16, 2014
    • POLITICS-NATIONAL

    Homeland Security chief to visit Michigan to talk about customs plazas

    Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson will visit Michigan in the coming weeks to talk about proposed customs plazas at high-volume trade crossings like the Detroit-Windsor and Port Huron-Sarnia borders, U.S. Rep Gary Peters' office said Wednesday.

    • 12:14 AM, Apr. 17, 2014
    • POLITICS-STATE

    Schauer outlines education agenda but not funding plan

    Lansing — Democratic gubernatorial candidate Mark Schauer and running mate Lisa Brown outlined universal preschool, standards for limiting class sizes and better state funding for higher education Wednesday as key education goals.

  2. Judge stays most of Ohio gay marriage ruling

    Cincinnati — Ohio officials must immediately recognize the same-sex marriages of four couples who sued over the state's gay marriage ban, a federal judge said Wednesday, while staying the broader effects of his ruling to avoid 'premature celebration and c

  3. Federal judge overturns 6-week abortion ban in North Dakota

    A federal judge on Wednesday overturned a North Dakota law banning abortions when a fetal heartbeat can be detected, as early as six weeks into pregnancy and before many women know they're pregnant.

  4. Schuette, lawyers disagree over gay marriage appeal path

    Detroit — Attorneys who persuaded a judge to overturn Michigan's ban on gay marriage are opposing the state's request to have an entire appeals court take the case.

    • 4:37 PM, Apr. 15, 2014
    • POLITICS-STATE

    Snyder gets agricultural endorsement

    St. Louis — Gov. Rick Snyder picked up a re-election endorsement Tuesday from the Michigan Farm Bureau's political action committee at a press conference staged on a Gratiot County farm in the heart of staunchly Republican rural central Michigan.

  5. Lawsuit over fake signatures against former Rep. McCotter's aide dismissed

    A Wayne County judge has ordered the dismissal of a lawsuit former U.S. Rep Thaddeus McCotter filed against an ex-campaign staffer.

  6. Judge considers staying Ohio gay marriage ruling

    Cincinnati — A federal judge who ordered Ohio to recognize the marriages of same-sex couples performed in other states says he's inclined to issue a stay of his decision pending appeal, meaning most gay couples living in the state would see no immediate t

  7. Cheney to visit Grand Rapids, talk heart problems

    Grand Rapids — Former Vice President Dick Cheney plans to visit Grand Rapids next week with his cardiologist to discuss Cheney's history of heart problems.

  8. Federal appeals court upholds EPA emission standards

    Washington — A federal appeals court on Tuesday upheld the Environmental Protection Agency's emission standards for hazardous air pollutants from coal- and oil-fired power plants.

  9. People with old Social Security debts get reprieve

    Washington — People with old Social Security debts are getting a reprieve — for now.

  10. Judge holding hearing on Michigan's ban on same-sex benefits

    Detroit — A judge is being asked to call a time-out in a lawsuit that challenges a Michigan law banning same-sex benefits in public schools and local governments.

    • 12:09 AM, Apr. 15, 2014
    • POLITICS-STATE

    ACLU files lawsuit to force Michigan to recognize 300 gay marriages

    Detroit The American Civil Liberties Union of Michigan has filed a lawsuit against the state of Michigan to legally recognize the 300 gay and lesbian couples married March 22.

  11. Judge to Ohio: Recognize out-of-state gay marriage

    Cincinnati — A federal judge on Monday ordered Ohio authorities to recognize the marriages of same-sex couples performed in other states, the latest court ...

  12. Report projects health care costs to dip slightly

    Washington — The Affordable Care Act's health insurance subsidies will cost a little less than previously thought, according to a new report released Monday.

  13. Congressional report presses for e-cigarette rules

    Richmond, Va. — Concerns about electronic cigarettes, including flavors and marketing that could appeal to young people, underscore the need to regulate the ...

  14. Obama, Republicans compete for support among women

    Washington — After months on the defensive over his health law, a more combative President Barack Obama has emerged to fight about gender politics, leading to ...

  15. Democratic lawmaker: GOP base 'animated by racism'

    Washington — An overhaul to the nation's broken immigration system remains stalled because 'the Republican base does have elements that are animated by racism, ...

  16. Sebelius: Health care launch 'terribly flawed'

    Washington — The Obama administration's timeline for having ready the new health care law's online sign-up system 'was just flat out wrong,' outgoing Health ...

  17. Rules signed into law for Michigan mobile dentists

    Lansing — Gov. Rick Snyder has signed a law to increase the standards of care for mobile dental facilities.

    • 1:46 PM, Apr. 11, 2014
    • POLITICS-NATIONAL

    Obama announces Sebelius resignation, successor

    President Barack Obama praised outgoing Health and Human Secretary Kathleen Sebelius for helping to steer his health care law's comeback after a rocky rollout, ...

  18. Debbie Dingell raises $500,000 for House race

    Debbie Dingell has raised more than $500,000 in slightly more than a month of campaigning, her campaign said Friday as she filed 2,000 signatures in Lansing ...

  19. Obama: Right to vote under threat in the U.S.

    New York — In an unsparing critique of Republicans, President Barack Obama on Friday said the GOP is threatening voting rights in America more than at any ...

  20. Virginia AG files brief supporting gay marriage

    Homosexuals have the same right to marry as interracial heterosexual couples, Virginia's attorney general said Friday in papers urging an appellate court to ...

  21. Obamas pay $98,169 in taxes on income of $481,098

    President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama paid $98,169 in taxes on $481,098 income last year, according to tax returns the White House released ...

    • 8:30 AM, Apr. 11, 2014
    • POLITICS-STATE

    Jeb Bush immigration remark could be 2016 problem

    Miami — With a single phrase of compassion for immigrants in the U.S. illegally, Jeb Bush has prompted questions about his viability as a potential ...

  22. Obama rips Terri Lynn Land on pay issue

    President Barack Obama criticized Republican candidate Terri Lynn Land by arguing her position on gender pay discrimination doesn't make sense — a charge the ...

  23. Obama: '(I've) lived out the promise' of racial equality

    A half-century after the passage of sweeping civil rights legislation, President Barack Obama declared that he had 'lived out the promise' envisioned by Lyndon ...

    • 8:31 PM, Apr. 10, 2014
    • POLITICS-STATE

    Audit raps state Fire Services Bureau for missteps on fireworks safety, safety inspections

    Detroit — A new state audit criticizes Michigan's Fire Services Bureau for initially failing to ensure the safety of businesses that sell fireworks and not making ...

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