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Michigan Governor Orders Sweeping Response to Lead Crisis

After criticism, Whitmer says Benton Harbor's pipes will be replaced in 18 months

(Newser) - Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer on Thursday ordered a "whole-of-government" response to elevated levels of lead in Benton Harbor's water and vowed to accelerate the replacement of the southwestern Michigan community's lead pipes. Her directive that state agencies ensure residents have safe tap water came about a week...

Defendant in Plot to Kidnap Governor Gets Prison

Judge goes light after prosecutors praise Ty Garbin's cooperation

(Newser) - The only defendant to admit plotting to kidnap Michigan's governor last year was sentenced to prison on Wednesday. Ty Garbin, 25, was given a prison term of six years, three months in federal court in Grand Rapids, the New York Times reports. Prosecutors said Garbin was driven by anger...

Whitmer Rescinds Rule She Violated in Mich. Bar

Gatherings of more than 6 people at a table will be allowed as of June 1

(Newser) - Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer's administration on Monday rescinded a rule that limits restaurant tables to no more than six people, a day after she apologized for violating the COVID-19 regulation while gathering with friends at an East Lansing bar. The Democratic governor has said tables at the Landshark...

After Eyebrow- Raising Picture, Whitmer Says Sorry: 'I Made a Mistake'

Photo showed Mich. governor with large group at local restaurant, violating her own health order

(Newser) - Earlier this month, Michigan's Department of Health and Human Services updated its guidelines regarding eating out, mandating that patrons dining together be restricted to six people, and that groups be spaced 6 feet apart. On Saturday, a notable name violated that health order: Gretchen Whitmer, the state's governor,...

Gretchen Whitmer Kidnap Plot Now Includes WMD Charges

3 men accused in scheme face new charges involving weapons of mass destruction

(Newser) - Three of the more than a dozen people charged in a kidnapping plot involving Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer now face new weapons of mass destruction charges. Adam Fox, 40, Barry Croft, 45, and Daniel Joseph Harris, 23, were on Wednesday hit with charges they knowingly conspired to use WMDs, CNN...

Michigan Governor, White House Are at a Vaccine Impasse
CDC to Michigan: 
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CDC to Michigan: Shut Down Again

Gretchen Whitmer wants more vaccines; federal government has different ideas

(Newser) - Michigan's current coronavirus outbreak is the worst one in the US, and now the state's governor and the White House are in what CNN refers to as a "standoff" (or, if you prefer the New York Times ' take, "at loggerheads") over vaccines. Gov. Gretchen...

Youth Sports Is a Suspect as Infections Increase

Michigan's governor asks for a timeout, though some teams are declining

(Newser) - With the rates of young people hospitalized for COVID-19 climbing, especially in Upper Midwest states, officials again are looking for ways to reverse the trend. Sports is one focus. Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer would like organized youth sports, games and practices, to take a two-week break. It's not so...

Feds Get First Conviction in Plot to Kidnap Governor

'Wolverine Watchmen' member Ty Garbin agrees to testify against other plotters

(Newser) - One of six men accused of plotting to kidnap Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer pleaded guilty Wednesday and agreed to testify against the other five suspects. Ty Garbin, a 25-year-old aircraft mechanic, will be sentenced July 8 on a federal charge of conspiracy to commit kidnapping, which carries a maximum sentence...

Trial Date Set in Case of Alleged Kidnapping Plot

Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer was said to be the target

(Newser) - A federal judge has set a March 23 trial date for six men charged with plotting to kidnap Michigan's governor in what authorities say was a plot by anti-government extremists who were angry over her coronavirus policies, the AP reports. In December, a grand jury indicted Adam Dean Fox,...

He Was a Suicide Bomber. Why Won't the Media Say It?
Media Won't Call Nashville
Bomber What He Is
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Media Won't Call Nashville Bomber What He Is

He's a suicide bomber and a domestic terrorist, writes a Refinery29 columnist

(Newser) - The Nashville narrative is pretty clear: Authorities say Anthony Quinn Warner packed his RV with explosives and blew it and himself up on Christmas while parked downtown. He was, by the most basic definition of the term, a suicide bomber. And yet you'd be hard-pressed to find the phrase...

Whitmer Kidnapping Plot Was Actually Plan C

Plan A was to televise executions of public officials at Capitol: authorities

(Newser) - The 14 men who allegedly plotted to kidnap Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer had initially planned to take over the state capitol building and execute public officials on TV, according to state officials. Allegations of the group's "Plan A" were contained in an October court filing obtained by the...

Michigan Governor Responds to Trump Adviser's Criticism

Whitmer says she will not 'be bullied' after announcing new COVID restrictions

(Newser) - "I'm not going to be bullied." That's the response of Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer after one of President Trump's COVID advisers delivered a very public rebuke of new restrictions in her state. "We know that the White House likes to single us out here...

Trump COVID Adviser: 'Rise Up' Against New Mandates

Scott Atlas not happy with Michigan's coronavirus measures

(Newser) - Michigan is among a number of states that have recently imposed new restrictions as COVID-19 cases surged, and President Trump's controversial coronavirus adviser Scott Atlas was not having it. "The only way this stops is if people rise up. You get what you accept. #FreedomMatters #StepUp," Atlas...

Whitmer: 'It Is Wrong'
Whitmer: 'It's Got to End'
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Whitmer: 'It's Got to End'

Michigan's governor responds to chants of 'lock her up' at Trump rally

(Newser) - Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer said Sunday that President Trump is inciting "domestic terrorism" following "lock her up" chants at his rally in the state the night before, the AP reports. Whitmer told NBC's Meet the Press that the rhetoric is "incredibly disturbing" a little more than...

At Trump Rally, Cries of 'Lock Her Up' Not About Clinton

Michigan rally responds to attacks on governor

(Newser) - A crowd in Michigan provided a chorus for President Trump's attacks on the state's governor on Saturday, chanting "Lock her up!" The FBI announced earlier this month that it had uncovered a plot to kidnap Gov. Gretchen Whitmer. "They said she was threatened," Trump...

Another Governor Was Possible Kidnapping Target

FBI agent says Virginia's Ralph Northam was discussed by paramilitary groups

(Newser) - Members of anti-government paramilitary groups discussed kidnapping Virginia’s governor during a June meeting in Ohio, an FBI agent testified Tuesday during a court hearing in Michigan. Special Agent Richard Trask was part of the investigation that led to six men being arrested and charged last week with plotting to...

'I Don't Know, Boys, We Gotta Do Something'
'I Don't Know, Boys,
We Gotta Do Something'
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'I Don't Know, Boys, We Gotta Do Something'

Details emerge in anti-government plot in Michigan

(Newser) - The story behind the jarring arrest on Thursday of several men who allegedly plotted to kidnap Michigan's governor may have begun with a plea made by one of the suspects in a Facebook video in June. Adam Fox complained about the judicial system and Gov. Gretchen Whitmer's COVID...

With Plot Broken, Governor Calls Out Trump's Rhetoric

President's adviser accuses Whitmer of hating

(Newser) - After law enforcement officials announced the arrests of 13 people they said were plotting to kidnap her, Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer stepped to the microphone. After thanking the people who foiled the domestic terrorism conspiracy , she addressed the big picture, the Detroit Free Press reports. In a time when Americans...

Feds: 6 Men Plotted to Kidnap Gov. Gretchen Whitmer

They have been charged with conspiracy to commit kidnapping

(Newser) - "The allegations in this complaint are deeply disturbing," said the US attorney for the Eastern District of Michigan. Here they are: that six people plotted to kidnap Gov. Gretchen Whitmer at her northern Michigan vacation home with the intention of trying her for treason. The Detroit Free Press ...

Island Becomes Drive-Thru COVID Memorial

Families set up large photos of victims on Detroit's Belle Isle

(Newser) - A Detroit island park was transformed Monday into a drive-thru COVID-19 victims memorial, as hearses led processions around Belle Isle Park. More than 900 large photos of local coronavirus victims provided by relatives were turned into posters and staked into the ground, the AP reports. The pictures in the island...

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