Melissa Nann Burke The Detroit News Published 10:41 AM EST Feb 14, 2019 Washington — Former President Bill Clinton is expected to speak Thursday morning during a funeral Mass for former U.S. Rep. John Dingell in Washington. The service is scheduled to start at 10:30 a.m. at Holy Trinity Catholic Church in Georgetown, which was Dingell's parish when he was in town. The Dearborn Democrat, who died last week at 92, was a graduate of the nearby Georgetown Preparatory School, Georgetown University and Georgetown University Law School. Mourners, including former Dingell staffers, lined up outside the church on a chilly morning as early as 8 a.m. to pay their respects. It's the same church where Dingell married his wife, Rep. Debbie Dingell. She also used to teach Sunday school here. Attendees started to file into the sanctuary shortly after 9 a.m. and began filling the pews. “He means even more to people who will … [Read more...] about John Dingell’s Washington DC funeral underway
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Leonard N. Fleming The Detroit News Published 6:38 PM EST Feb 6, 2019 The battle over gerrymandering in Michigan continued in federal court Wednesday as several witnesses testified how they thought Republican legislators unfairly drew state House, Senate and congressional districts to favor the GOP. A three-judge panel heard testimony from former state Democratic Party Chairman Brandon Dillion and Michael Vatter, a mapping expert with the Michigan Senate Democrats. Both described in detail the process of "packing and cracking" districts that the GOP-controlled Legislature used to create stronger GOP districts and ensure Republicans kept power. Dillon, a former state representative, testified about his own district in the Grand Rapids region that was shaped into a super Democratic district. The district went from highly competitive in 2010 when Dillon won 50 percent to 48 percent after he said he knocked on 20,000 doors to 2012, when he won 76-24 percent … [Read more...] about Democrats claim GOP manipulation of political borders
Gary Fineout Associated Press Published 5:28 PM EST Feb 3, 2019 As Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro clings to power, many of the loudest American voices urging on the Trump administration in its campaign to push Maduro out are concentrated in one place: Florida. Florida has a large number of anti-Maduro Venezuelans and Cubans and is also likely to be a critical battleground state in the 2020 race for the White House. As a result, the crisis in the South American country is reverberating politically thousands of miles away in the U.S. “Foreign policy is domestic policy in South Florida,” said Democratic Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, who lives in Weston, one of the Florida communities that have seen a Venezuelan influx. Florida is home to an estimated 190,000 Venezuelans, many of whom arrived in the past decade as their homeland slid into economic and political crisis under Maduro and his predecessor, Hugo Chavez. They have found common cause with Cuban-Americans, … [Read more...] about Venezuela crisis resonates loudly in battleground Fla.
Gary Fineout, Associated Press Updated 6:58 am PST, Sunday, February 3, 2019 Vice President Mike Pence, left, shakes Pedro Mena's hand at Iglesia Doral Jesus Worship Center during a round table discussion on the political crisis in Venezuela on Friday, Feb. 1, 2019, in Doral, Fla. Mena was handing over a folder to Pence with actions recommended by a group of Venezuela exiles in Miami. less Vice President Mike Pence, left, shakes Pedro Mena's hand at Iglesia Doral Jesus Worship Center during a round table discussion on the political crisis in Venezuela on Friday, Feb. 1, 2019, in Doral, Fla. Mena ... more Photo: Brynn Anderson, AP Photo: Brynn Anderson, AP Image 1 of / 10 Caption Close Image 1 of 10 Vice President Mike Pence, left, shakes Pedro Mena's hand at Iglesia Doral Jesus … [Read more...] about Venezuela crisis resonates loudly in battleground Florida
Deb Riechmann and Matthew Lee, Associated Press Updated 7:15 pm PST, Thursday, January 24, 2019 Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro, right, speaks with Constitutional Assembly President Diosdado Cabello at the Supreme Court during an annual ceremony that marks the start of the judicial year in Caracas, Venezuela, Thursday, Jan. 24, 2019. Cabello and other high-ranking allies pledged to stand behind Maduro and denounced Juan Guaido who declared himself interim president on Wednesday. less Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro, right, speaks with Constitutional Assembly President Diosdado Cabello at the Supreme Court during an annual ceremony that marks the start of the judicial year in Caracas, ... more Photo: ARiana Cubillos, AP Photo: ARiana Cubillos, AP Image 1 of / 1 Caption Close … [Read more...] about US faces tough choices as it weighs next moves on Venezuela