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Detroit News Columnist Daniel Howes and Michigan Radio are partners in weekly essays examining what's hot in Michigan business and politics -- and what it all means. This week, Howes says the state Department of Environmental Quality’s federal lawsuit against Flint officials for their refusal to endorse their mayor’s deal with the Great Lakes Water Authority is the latest installment in a parade of absurdity. You can’t make this stuff up because it’s too real – and too tragic for this poster child of disinvestment and deindustrialization.

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