Tag: michigan

Amazon Invests in Rivian, a Tesla Rival in Electric Vehicles

A potential rival to Tesla in electric cars just got a big boost from Amazon. The online retail giant is leading a $700 million investment in Rivian, a Michigan company that is developing a battery-powered pickup truck and an electric sport utility vehicle. Rivian announced the new round of investment on Friday, offering few details […]

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John Dingell Jr., a House ‘Bull’ Who Served the Longest, Is Dead at 92

John D. Dingell Jr., a powerful and tenacious Michigan Democrat who pushed landmark legislation, exposed corruption in government and became the longest-serving member of Congress in American history, died on Thursday. He was 92. His wife, Representative Debbie Dingell, announced the death in a statement. Ms. Dingell, who won election to his seat after he […]

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Fixes: Navigating Bureaucracy? Try Technology

First of two articles. The recent partial government shutdown could have been a disaster for the 38 million Americans who rely on the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, formerly known as food stamps. But the United States Department of Agriculture, which runs SNAP, saved the day. Along with their usual January benefits, SNAP’s users received an […]

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A Mayor’s Effort to Play Down Henry Ford’s Anti-Semitism Backfires

DEARBORN, Mich. — Henry Ford is everywhere in Dearborn, Mich., his hometown, where more than 70 years after the famed industrialist’s death, his name or likeness graces everything from the performing arts center to the manhole covers. But Bill McGraw, editor of a local quarterly journal published by the city’s historical commission, felt that residents […]

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ICE Ran a Fake University in Michigan to Catch Immigration Fraud

The University of Farmington in Farmington Hills, Mich., billed itself as a “nationally accredited business and STEM institution,” with an innovative curriculum, flexible class schedules and a diverse student body. But it had no curriculum, no classes and no real students, the authorities said this week. The university in the suburbs of Detroit was part […]

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The Shadowy Group Keeping a Right-Wing Stranglehold on the States

Last month, with the inauguration of a newly elected Democratic governor fast approaching, Michigan’s Republican legislators made a last-minute attempt to ram through a bill to dramatically weaken public-sector unions. The bill would have required those unions to hold a recertification vote every other year, subjecting them to possible dissolution on a regular basis and […]

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ACLU Sues Entire School District For Being Racist AF

Photo: iStock If racism was a school-sanctioned sport, I’d love to see the white supremacy team from Covington Catholic High School MAGAts face off against the traditional powerhouse bigots of Paw Paw, Mich. because, according to the Michigan chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union, the Paw Paw Public Schools might be one of the […]

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Of Course Joe Biden Supported a Republican in a $200K Speech

If and when Joe Biden enters the already-crowded field of 2020 Democratic presidential candidates, he’ll arguably become the frontrunner overnight. The former vice president sits atop both national polls and some surveys of key early primary states, and while these numbers are likely influenced by how much more famous Biden is than most of his […]

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Biden’s Paid Speech Buoyed the G.O.P. in Midwest Battleground

Joseph R. Biden Jr. swept into Benton Harbor, Mich., three weeks before the November elections, in the midst of his quest to reclaim the Midwest for Democrats. He took the stage at Lake Michigan College as Representative Fred Upton, a long-serving Republican from the area, faced the toughest race of his career. But Mr. Biden […]

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Joe Biden’s Paid Speech Buoyed the G.O.P. in Midwest Battleground

Joseph R. Biden Jr. swept into Benton Harbor, Mich., three weeks before the November elections, in the midst of his quest to reclaim the Midwest for Democrats. He took the stage at Lake Michigan College as Representative Fred Upton, a long-serving Republican from the area, faced the toughest race of his career. But Mr. Biden […]

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Waymo Promises New Auto Jobs in Michigan

Alphabet’s self-driving arm, Waymo, announced plans for a Michigan expansion on Tuesday. The company is currently seeking a location in the southeast section of the state and intends to hire up to 400 employees over the next five years. According to a corporate blog post, the new new hires will be tasked with installing autonomous […]

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Waymo to retrofit 200,000-square-foot autonomous vehicle factory in Michigan

Waymo will soon ramp up its assembly of self-driving cars in Detroit, Michigan, the company announced today. The Alphabet subsidiary said that it’ll invest $13.6 million to expand its operations in the Great Lakes state, following a vote by the Michigan Economic Development Corporation (MEDC) to approve the plans. Waymo operates a roughly 20-person, 53,000-square-foot […]

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Breakdown of biggest VC raises in Midwestern states in 2018

As the new year gets underway, 2018’s fundraising numbers are rolling in, allowing us to get a snapshot of how the Midwest’s top startups fared. It was a good year for the Midwest, which we define here as Minnesota, Wisconsin, Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, and Ohio. Here is a list of each Midwest state’s top VC […]

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Trump Has Promised to Bring Jobs Back. His Tariffs Threaten to Send Them Away.

HOLLAND, Mich. — Plants in every direction shut down and moved their operations to Mexico, succumbing to the relentless pressure to cut costs in an age of globalization. Not EBW Electronics. As the decades passed, the family-owned business stayed put, on the eastern edge of Lake Michigan, churning out lights for the auto industry. But […]

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Paul Whelan, American Accused of Spying, Is Said to Be Charged in Russia

MOSCOW — The Russian authorities have brought espionage charges against an American citizen, Paul N. Whelan, who faces up to 20 years in prison if convicted, the news agency Interfax reported on Thursday. Mr. Whelan’s lawyer, Vladimir A. Zherebenkov, who said he spent much of Wednesday with Mr. Whelan, said he had found his client […]

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Fears of Republican Power Grab in Michigan Fade as Governor Vetoes Bill

Just a few weeks ago, protesters marched through the Michigan Capitol claiming that Republicans were trying to subvert the will of voters and seize power from the Democrats who had just been elected governor, attorney general and secretary of state. The protesters’ worst fears did not come to fruition. On Friday, Gov. Rick Snyder, a […]

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A Power Grab? Politics as Usual? Michigan’s Governor Will Decide

LANSING, Mich. — On both sides of Lake Michigan this month, Republican-dominated legislatures pushed forward measures aimed at hamstringing Democrats who will take over their statehouses in January. On the Wisconsin side, Gov. Scott Walker shrugged at accusations of dirty politics and partisan overreach and signed them into law. In Michigan, all eyes are on […]

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Priest Pulled From Funerals After Repeatedly Citing Teenager’s Suicide in ‘Pastoral Disaster’

Days before the funeral for their son, who at the age of 18 took his own life, Jeff and Linda Hullibarger met with their parish priest to discuss the homily to be given. The Hullibargers wanted it to be about the life of their son, Maison, not the manner of his death. They wanted to […]

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