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  1. Court deal may take heat out of election

    For the first time in 16 years, the state Supreme Court races on Michigan's fall ballot may be lightly battled, low-key affairs. After a string of bitterly contested and hugely expensive court campaigns, Republicans and Democrats are calling a truce.

  2. Michael Brown shooting in Ferguson has a global audience

    Beijing Amnesty International has sent monitors to the scene. Palestinians are tweeting advice on how to cope with tear gas. Tibetan monks have showed up to offer prayers. Russian officials, Iran's official news agency and China's state-run media are offering lectures on human rights abuses.

  3. Reform Michigan corrections guidelines

    Michigan spends more money on corrections than on higher education about $2 billion annually, or $35,000 per prisoner.

  4. Operation Choke Point an abuse of power

    Americans have discovered that even though President Barack Obama vowed to have 'the most transparent administration in history,' that pledge has fallen short.

  5. Perceptions of Ferguson shooting, protests split along racial lines

    Washington Blacks and whites see the events in Ferguson, Mo., through starkly different lenses, a new nationwide survey shows.

  6. The fight over corporate tax inversions

    President Barack Obama, presiding over an unusually dismal post-recession economy, might make matters worse with a distracting crusade against the minor and sensible business practice called tax inversion.

  7. Insurance exchanges fail colon cancer patients

    Colon cancer will claim the lives of more than 50,000 Americans this year. It's a disease we should all take personally. One in 20 people will be diagnosed at some point in their lives and it affects both men and women almost equally.

  8. The meaning of freedom

    Many people in this country were shocked when the U.S. Navy recently announced the removal of all Bibles from military hotels under their control. This was in response to pressure from the Freedom From Religion Foundation, a well-known atheist group.

  9. America's libertarian moment?

    The New York Times wonders if the libertarian moment has arrived. Unfortunately, there've been false starts before.

  10. Government transparency matters

    One of the fundamental lessons of the 9/11 tragedy was that our government carried a share of blame for the failure to stop the attacks.

  11. Who should run Detroit's schools?

    School choice, at least in the form of charter and traditional public schools, is spreading rapidly in Detroit. And while that's a promising development for families in the city, the exponential growth of new schools has led to some growing pains.

  12. Republicans have a plan to create jobs

    Our country has long been predicated on and flourished under the belief that a good, honest day's work brings success.

  13. The battle for the Michigan GOP

    The tussle between Michigan Republicans over the re-nomination of Lt. Gov. Brian Calley may be getting the headlines, but it is little more than a proxy war for control of the GOP.

  14. Labor Voices: Debbie Stabenow pushes to bring jobs home

    Legislation sponsored by Michigan's own Sen. Debbie Stabenow that would have provided tax credits for American companies to bring home jobs from overseas while ending tax credits for those who ship employment abroad was sandbagged by the GOP.

  15. How to help grow Detroit

    In Detroit, economic prosperity leads the discussion regarding the region's long-term vitality. Beneath its fiscal problems is the tenacity of its citizens ...

  16. Gov. Snyder is no George Wallace

    If it's hard for you to think of mild-mannered, former business executive Rick Snyder in the mold of erstwhile racist southern politician George Wallace, that ...

  17. Will the real Mark Schauer please stand up?

    The greatest credential for a politician is showing their loyalty to their beliefs. That's how you rally your base, shore up your supporters, and gain ...

  18. Editorial: Wolf hunting should continue

    Wolf hunting has proved successful in Michigan. The Legislature should allow it to continue.

  19. Editorial: Expand alternative energy with caution

    Lawmakers are considering a package of bills that would expand the state's renewable energy program in several ways, including making it easier for consumers ...

  20. We do not live in a zero-sum world

    Investopedia defines a 'zero-sum game' as 'a situation in which one person's gain is equivalent to another's loss, so the net change in wealth or benefit is ...

  21. Getting free from the MEA

    As the general public becomes more acquainted with stories and statistics about the growing disconnect between teacher labor unions and real life educators, I ...

  22. Ferguson and America's structural violence epidemic

    I flew into St. Louis on Aug. 9, to celebrate the birthdays of my mother and nephew and immediately learned about Michael Brown, a soon-to-be college student ...

  23. President Obama's bully pulpit

    Riots in Ferguson, Mo., draw President Obama into a familiar, although unwritten part of his job description: a blend of national healer and scold-in-chief.

  24. Sales taxes on e-commerce in America are a very, very bad idea

    The nation's biggest retailers and their allies on Capitol Hill are getting nervous.

  25. Detroit, suburbs near deal on regional water authority

    Perhaps the most vexing piece of Detroit's financial recovery puzzle is about to fall in place. The suburbs and city are finalizing a deal to turn over ...

  26. August only month to leave the MEA

    Here's something Michigan teachers won't see posted in their work lounges: It's already the middle of August, and members of the Michigan Education Association ...

  27. What Hillary Clinton got right

    Leave it to President Barack Obama's own former secretary of state to acknowledge the fatal flaw of his foreign policy: a total absence of strategic thinking.

  28. Embrace the college experience

    This week marks the beginning of class at many American universities. Like most professors I am eager to join in the renewal of the fall semester.

  29. Read with some skepticism

    Do Americans take female-named hurricanes less seriously than those with male names? Is your sunscreen or birth control giving you cancer? Are organic foods ...

  30. Column: Syncora stinking up bankruptcy

    Whether Detroit's bankruptcy ends in a neatly wrapped package or drags into a long and expensive court fight depends on how the poker game plays out over the ...

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