Michigan U.S. Rep. Amash, a Trump Critic, Quits Republican Party

  U.S. Rep Justin Amash of Michigan is quitting the GOP. The only Republican in Congress to call for President Donald Trump’s impeachment, Amash said in an op-ed published in the Washington Post Thursday – July 4th – that he was declaring his independence from the Republican Party because the…

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Michigan Citizens Take on Democratic Governor Whitmer and Right to Life of Michigan with Heartbeat Bill Petition

  GRAND RAPIDS, Michigan – With Tuesday’s launch of the Michigan Heartbeat Petition, Michigan conservatives are networking across the state to challenge abortion head-on. After decades of political football over incremental pro-life bills in Lansing, Michigan’s pro-life community appears eager for bold action despite questions that remain. “If a heartbeat is…

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Commentary: What Americans Often Forget

by Janet Beihoffer   Our nation’s birthday is approaching once again, along with the celebrations which have accompanied the holiday for so many years. In recent years, however, Independence Day celebrations are often overshadowed by bickering over race or class. With this in mind, I’d like to share a story…

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Trump Will Push for Census Citizenship Question

by Kevin Daley   One day after senior officials publicly abandoned their ambitions to add a citizenship question to the 2020 census form, the Trump administration abruptly reversed course and told a federal judge it would continue its legal fight. Though government lawyers and census officials said the question would…

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It’s Not Donald Trump’s Supreme Court Yet

by Kevin Daley   This piece is the first of a series reviewing the Supreme Court’s 2018-2019 term. The justices adjourned for the summer on June 27. Though President Donald Trump’s two appointments have set a new trajectory for the Supreme Court, the conservative majority flashed a strong independent streak…

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Red, White but Rarely Blue – the Science of Fireworks Colors, Explained

by Paul E. Smith   In the earliest days of the United States, John Adams wrote to his wife Abigail about the celebration of independence, “It ought to be solemnized with Pomp and Parade, with Shews, Games, Sports, Guns, Bells, Bonfires and Illuminations from one End of this Continent to…

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Four Things to Know About Ken Cuccinelli, Trump’s New Chief for Lawful Immigration

by Fred Lucas   As acting director of U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, former Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli becomes a key player in the Trump administration’s enforcement of immigration laws. On Tuesday, Cuccinelli attended a ceremony at the National September 11 Memorial & Museum in New York as 52…

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Detecting Deepfakes by Looking Closely Reveals a Way to Protect Against Them

 by Siwei Lyu   Deepfake videos are hard for untrained eyes to detect because they can be quite realistic. Whether used as personal weapons of revenge, to manipulate financial markets or to destabilize international relations, videos depicting people doing and saying things they never did or said are a fundamental threat…

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Trump Presents ‘Show of a Lifetime’ to Celebrate Independence Day

by Ken Schwartz   President Donald Trump played host Thursday evening in Washington for what he calls “The Show of a Lifetime” to celebrate U.S. Independence Day. While U.S. presidents have traditionally sat back to watch Americans celebrate independence in their own way, Trump himself directly took charge of the…

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