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Stateside: Slotkin on war powers resolution; tackling imam shortage; latest on Gordie Howe bridge

Jan 9, 2020

Today on Stateside, the U.S. House of Representatives approved a resolution Thursday to limit President Donald Trump's ability to take further military action against Iran. We talk to the congresswoman sponsoring the measure. Plus, the head of a Dearborn seminary talks about educating the next generation of Muslim faith leaders. 

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Rep. Slotkin leads U.S. House on war powers resolution in wake of Trump-Iran tensions

  • The U.S. House of Representatives Thursday approved a resolution to limit President Donald Trump's ability to take further military action against Iran. Congresswoman Elissa Slotkin, a Democrat representing Michigan's 8th District, sponsored the measure. Slotkin joined us to discuss what she hopes the resolution, which many say is largely symbolic, will accomplish. 

Dearborn seminary leader talks about educating the next generation of Muslim clergy

  • Mosques in the United States are struggling to fill open leadership poistions. By some estimates, more than half of all Muslim mosques in the United States don’t have a full-time imam. Imam Hassan Qazwini is the former leader of Dearborn’s Islamic Center of America, and founder of the Islamic Institute of America, a madrasa based in Dearborn Heights. Imam Qazwini talked to us about how the shortage of imams impacts the way Muslims experience their faith, and what he is doing to recruit a new generation of faith leaders. 

New bridge between Detroit and Windsor will open by end of 2024, says bridge authority CEO

  • The dream of streamlining traffic between Detroit and Windsor is still under construction. The Gordie Howe International Bridge is a mile-and-a half-long project meant to ease congestion and boost trade. Many regional leaders, including former Michigan Governor Rick Synder, have called it “mission critical.” Bryce Phillips is the CEO of Windsor-Detroit Bridge Authority. He told us the construction and procurement process has been smooth so far, but the future of the nearby Ambassador Bridge is still in question.

UAW’s new president promised to clean up the union. Now, he’s under federal investigation, too.

  • The Detroit News reported Thursday that investigators are looking at payments made to Rory Gamble, the man elected in December to lead the United Auto Workers. Gamble promised to clean up the corruption that landed his predecessors in the middle of a federal investigation. Daniel Howes is a business columnist for the paper and helped report the story. He shared what he learned from talking to sources that tie Gamble to one of the union's highest-paid vendors.

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