Wednesday, January 16, 2013
The president unveiled a sweeping number of proposals Wednesday designed to curb gun violence. What do you think?
President Obama on Wednesday unveiled what is being called the most ambitious gun control agenda in decades, initiating 23 separate executive actions aimed at curbing what he called “the epidemic of gun violence in this country,” according to The Washington Post. According to the White House fact sheet, Obama’s plan includes: Michigan political reaction came quickly: Gov. Rick Snyder released the following statement: "It's a dialogue that's happening in earnest at the federal level. In Michigan, we are looking at the issue of violence from a holistic approach, examining the multiple causes and root of the problem. That's why I have ordered a multi-departmental assessment of the state's services and needs regarding at-risk children, school…
Thursday, June 28, 2012
Justices vote 5-4, with Chief Justice John Roberts the deciding vote, on controversial Obamacare. Take our poll and tell us what you think about the decision.
Note: Updated at 2:30 p.m. with comments from Beaumont Hospital The U.S. Supreme Court has upheld President Barack Obama’s healthcare overhaul mandate to obtain health insurance. Chief Justice John Roberts was the swing decision in the 5-4 vote on the Affordable Care Act passed in 2010. The president’s healthcare policy, recognized as his signature legislative achievement, would provide an additional 30 million Americans with healthcare insurance. For more information on the legislation, go to www.healthcare.gov/law/index.html. Beaumont Health System, Royal Oak's largest employer and a large regional heath care provider, welcomed Thursday's ruling while cautioning there still some unknowns. "It's a complicated ruling," said Mike Killian, …
Friday, January 27, 2012
Obama says colleges must be held accountable for increased tuition.
Editor's note: This story has been updated to reflect that Mark Bernstein is a candidate for U of M regent. ANN ARBOR — Following a whirlwind three-day tour across the country, President Obama told students at the University of Michigan on Friday that he will work with Congress and local colleges to keep higher education costs down. Addressing a packed house of 4,000 students and supporters at U-M's Al Glick Fieldhouse, Obama unveiled a Race to the Top initiative for colleges across the United States. "I don’t want to be in a country where we only are looking at success for a small group of people. We want a country where everybody has a chance," Obama said. Obama's plan proposes tying federal student aid to universities' tuition rates and…
Monday, January 23, 2012
President Obama is expected to touch on taxes, manufacturing, education and more. What do you think is most important?
President Obama promises his State of the Union speech Tuesday night will outline a lasting economic recovery that will "work for everyone, not just a wealthy few." On what issues do you want the president to focus when he addresses the nation? In a video preview sent to supporters Saturday, Obama said his election-year speech will be an economic blueprint built around manufacturing, energy, education and American values. He is also expected to announce ideas to make college more affordable and address the lingering housing crisis, according to an Associated Press report. Obama will also propose fresh ideas to ensure the wealthy pay more in taxes, reiterating what he considers a matter of basic fairness, the report said. The morning after …
Friday, October 21, 2011
President announces Friday that the war will end after more than 8 years.
President Barack Obama has announced that all U.S. troops will be withdrawn from Iraq by the end of 2011. The president revealed the news during a televised announcement that broke into regular programming early Friday afternoon. The decision was made after the United States and Iraq were unable to agree on the presence of military trainers, Reuters news agency reported. Military service members were sent to Iraq in 2003, when President George W. Bush and administration officials – in the wake of the 9/11 terror attacks – said Saddam Hussein was harboring weapons of mass destruction that could fall into the al-Qaida terror network's hands. The weapons were not found, but Hussein was captured in 2003 and executed in 2006.
Friday, October 14, 2011
Presidents travel by large military choppers from Metro Airport to GM plant in Orion Township and back on Friday.
Metro Detroiters were all abuzz over President Obama’s large, loud helicopter-cade that flew from Metro Airport to Orion Township and back Friday afternoon. Obama arrived at the GM Orion Township assembly plant about 12:50 p.m. in Marine One accompanied by four other large military helicopters, all part of Marine Helicopter Squadron One. Local residents have been wondering why all the large helicopters flying over their homes much of this week. Apparently, the flights were trial runs for the president’s visit today with South Korean President Myung-bak – Obama’s second trip to Michigan since Labor Day. Following are some of the comments people around the area were making on Twitter and Facebook during Obama’s visit: @Just_me_Kristy from …
During President Obama's visit to Detroit on Labor Day, Patch asked people how they'd like the government to help turn the state around.
President Barack Obama's appearance at the General Motors assembly plant in Orion today will be his second visit to southeast Michigan in less than two months. Obama, who will tour the plant alongside South Korean President Lee Myung-bak, spoke about jobs during his visit to Detroit on Labor Day. Patch took that opportunity to ask people attending the speech how they would like the government to help turn Michigan around. "I am hopeful that our leaders can inspire people and direct them to resources for employment and education," said Farmington Hills resident DiAnna Solomon. Plymouth resident Rachelle Marshill echoed that sentiment, adding that she hopes government leaders can help create jobs. “One of the ways that our leaders can help …
Thursday, October 13, 2011
President Barack Obama and South Korean President Lee will visit GM's Orion Assembly plant Friday.
As United Auto Workers President Bob King is touting the recent approval of a free trade agreement with South Korea, UAW Local 5960 Vice President Louis Rocha is preparing for a day he believes could be "history in the making" for the GM Orion Assembly Plant in Orion Township, MI. Friday, President Barack Obama and South Korean President Lee will visit the Orion Township plant, which employs more than 1,700 workers. Many of the employees at the assembly plant are members of UAW 5960, which services the membership of the General Motors, Lake Orion Assembly Center, Jones Lang Lasalle, Eurest/Team and Linc Logistic Services, according to the union's website. "How exciting," Rocha said. "It's history in the making, if you will, not only to …
Visit comes days after Congress OKs free trade agreement with South Korea, which the president says will boost auto exports.
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Thursday, October 13, 2011
President Barack Obama and South Korean President Lee Myung-bak will tour the General Motors assembly plant in Orion together Friday, according to a press release from the White House. "(They) will be touring briefly a few of the operations, and then both presidents will be making remarks" on the recent trade agreement between the United States and South Korea, General Motors spokeswoman Kim Carpenter said. The tour is not open to the public. The plant tour comes just days after Congress approved the free trade agreement with South Korea. GM began producing the subcompact Chevrolet Sonic at the Orion Township plant a few weeks ago and will soon begin producing the Buick Verano. The plant, which was closed between 2009 and 2011 after GM …
Monday, September 5, 2011
What can be done to help Michigan? When Obama stopped in Detroit for his Labor Day speech, Patch talked to Michigan residents about what our national and local leadership can do to foster the state's turnaround.
DETROIT — Thousands of people from throughout Michigan gathered in downtown Detroit Monday afternoon to hear President Obama speak after the annual Labor Day parade. While the president spoke about jobs, labor and the importance of collective bargaining, Patch asked members of the audience to talk about what they would like to see our nation's leaders, as well as those in power locally, do to help the state. Obama teased the crowd about his upcoming speech on jobs, which is planned for Thursday, saying he would propose "ways to put America back to work that both parties would agree to." So what can our leaders in Washington do? Jobs, education: Those were the major themes these Michigan residents echoed. What do you think? Click through …