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Members of Michigan’s congressional delegation are among those waiting to see if a deal can be cut between the Biden administration and Republican leaders on a major infrastructure bill. 

President Joe Biden met for nearly an hour Wednesday with the top Republican negotiator on infrastructure, Sen. Shelley Moore Capito.

Time is running out to strike a bipartisan deal, but they have agreed to reconnect Friday.

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President Joe Biden is addressing a joint session of Congress on the eve of 100 days in office. Watch his remarks live. Events are scheduled to begin at 9 p.m. ET.

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President Biden said the guilty verdict against former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin "can be a moment of significant change" for the United States as it grapples with systemic racism.

Biden and Vice President Harris addressed the nation on Tuesday, after Chauvin was found guilty of murder for the death of George Floyd during an arrest last year.

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Today on Stateside, a chat with Senator Gary Peters. Plus, how the pandemic changed the workplace and what it will look like if and when we get back in the office. And, Michigan’s history as a stronghold of the so-called “Reagan Democrat” and the new swing voters taking their place. And to top it all off, a St. Patrick’s Day cocktail. And no, it isn’t green.

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It’s a big week for many Americans. While we may not be able to go out in search of a pot of gold for St. Patrick’s Day, many adults will receive a nice $1,400 stimulus check.

It’s part of the recently passed $1.9 trillion COVID-19 relief bill, the third of its kind since the pandemic began just over a year ago. A hefty sum, more than $10 billion, is coming Michigan’s way. Here’s a bit of how it breaks down, according to Detroit News reporter Melissa Nann Burke:

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President Biden is giving the first prime-time address of his presidency to mark one year of the coronavirus pandemic, a day after Congress passed a massive relief package. More than 500,000 people have died from the virus in the U.S.

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The Biden administration says it will not appeal a federal judge’s decision to uphold a settlement agreed to by the Sierra Club and DTE Energy.

The agreement resulted in millions of dollars for reducing pollution and increasing energy efficiency in some Wayne County communities. DTE also agreed to shut down three coal-burning power plants.

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Today on Stateside, what President Biden's executive order on deportation will mean in Michigan. Also, ready for some reads? The annual list of Michigan Notable Books might give you a new lens on strange times.

 

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Today on Stateside, President Joe Biden signed a stack of executive orders on his first day in office, including an end to President Donald Trump’s travel ban on a number of countries with large Muslim populations. A reporter discusses the state's Muslim American communities’ responses to the controversial ban’s reversal. Also, a look at the debate over absentee ballots — during the American Civil War. Plus, a grocery store tackles food insecurity in Grand Rapids with tools from social justice.

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President Joe Biden will name replacements for a judge and a federal prosecutor after their resignations following the presidential inauguration.

U.S. Attorney Matthew Schneider was appointed three years ago by then-President Donald Trump.

Schneider will join a private law firm after leading multiple corruption prosecutions as metro-Detroit’s federal prosecutor, including convictions of UAW officials and Macomb County Prosecutor Eric Smith.

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An Upper Peninsula man has been accused of participating in the January 6 storming of the Capitol Building in Washington, D.C. 

Karl Dresch of Calumet appeared by video before a U.S. magistrate Wednesday, one day following his arrest.

federal criminal complaint, with a supporting statement of facts, alleges that Dresch was part of an effort to keep lawmakers from certifying President Joe Biden's win.

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As Joe Biden took the oath of office to become the 46th president of the United States, a group of more than 40 people watched on through an online viewing party organized by the progressive organization Michigan People’s Campaign.

Some cheered at the end of his first speech as President of the United States, but for many others, the occasion felt heavy after a divisive election, a violent insurrection, and an ongoing public health crisis.

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On Wednesday, the nation turns to Washington D.C. to watch the Inauguration of the 46th U.S. President Joe Biden. Among those in the unusually small, socially distanced crowd will be Michigan’s Governor Gretchen Whitmer serving as one of the co-chairs of the inauguration committee.

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Joe Biden and Kamala Harris are being sworn in as the president and vice president of the United States. Watch the ceremony, inaugural address and other celebratory events throughout the day.

Coverage is scheduled to begin at 11:30 a.m. Wednesday.

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Today on Stateside, news broke Tuesday that President-Elect Joe Biden plans to nominate former two-term Michigan Governor Jennifer Granholm as the next U.S. Secretary of Energy. We speak with Granholm’s former communications director about what the former governor would bring to the role if confirmed. Also, songs of isolation from a Detroit-based singer-songwriter. Plus, longtime Southeast Michigan news anchor Devin Scillian talks to us about his secret life as a bestselling children’s book author.

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The Trump campaign is going to federal court to try to stop the state of Michigan from certifying last week’s election results.

The lawsuit was filed overnight in the Western District federal court in Grand Rapids. It counts more than 200 pages of affidavits, many hand written, by poll challengers.

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Throughout the weekend, President Donald Trump’s supporters in Michigan continued to protest the results of the presidential election.

On Sunday, more than a hundred people rallied along a busy street in Saginaw.

Chants of “Recount the Vote” drew horn honks from passing Trump supporters. The roadside rally also drew select hand gestures and taunts of “you lost” from passing Joe Biden supporters.

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Joe Biden is addressing the American people as president-elect after a win in Pennsylvania put him over the 270 electoral-vote threshold needed on Saturday. Watch his remarks live at 8 p.m.

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Michiganders are reacting in very different ways to the announcement that former Vice President Joe Biden has been declared the projected winner of the 2020 presidential election.

Just before noon the Associated Press and other news outlets projected Biden would win the states of Pennsylvania and Nevada, giving the Democratic Party nominee enough electoral college votes to win the presidential race.

At a noon hour rally at the state capitol, hundreds of flag waving supporters of President Donald Trump remained defiant.   

President Donald Trump is making his final pitch to Michigan voters ahead of Tuesday’s election.

Trump spoke Sunday morning to a large crowd in Macomb County. The president reiterated his usual attacks on former Vice President Joe Biden’s economic policies, and on liberals.

He also encouraged his supporters to vote on Tuesday.

“Two days from now we are going to win the state of Michigan again,” the president told the crowd. “And we are going to win four more years in that very beautiful place called the White House.”

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President Donald Trump and former Vice President Joe Biden are spending the weekend campaigning in Michigan ahead of Tuesday’s election.

Former President Barack Obama served as Joe Biden’s lead in at a pair of drive-in rallies Saturday in Flint and Detroit.  

Obama’s main message focused on voting.

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“Who’s going to vote on Tuesday?”

President Donald Trump drew cheers from his supporters when he asked that question during a rally Friday in Oakland County.

The days are dwindling down until Tuesday’s presidential election.  

And President Trump is planning on spending a significant part of those final hours of the campaign in Michigan.

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Michigan’s place as a pivotal swing state in next Tuesday’s presidential election is clear, based on its frequency on the itineraries of the major presidential campaigns.  

Vice President Mike Pence is the latest candidate to make Michigan a stop on the presidential campaign trail.

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President Donald Trump visited Michigan on Tuesday for the second time since he was diagnosed with COVID-19. 

After waiting several hours in the cold and rain outside of an airplane hangar, a crowd of supporters got to see Trump.

The president made false claims about the auto industry and being Michigan man of the year, before attacking Governor Gretchen Whitmer. He avoided calls to imprison the governor but didn't condemn the crowd, as they chanted, "Lock her up."

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In the last presidential election more than 250,000 Michigan voters cast their ballots for third-party or write-in candidates. Donald Trump beat Hillary Clinton in Michigan by fewer than 11,000 votes.

Shikha Dalmia is an avowed Libertarian, but sees a bigger concern than supporting her party in the 2020 presidential election.

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President Donald Trump held a campaign rally at a private airport near Muskegon Saturday night, in a county that then-presidential candidate Hillary Clinton won by 1.5 percentage points in 2016.

Though the subject of the event was originally billed as “Supporting Law Enforcement,” by Friday it had been changed to “Supporting the American Way of Life.”

 

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Former Vice President Joe Biden started a campaign event in Grand Rapids Friday by saying he’s praying for President Donald Trump and the first lady.

“My wife Jill and I pray that they will make a full and complete recovery,” Biden told reporters, referring to the president’s positive test for COVID-19.

President Donald Trump will spend the next few days undergoing treatment at Walter Reed Medical Center.

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Two Democratic Party strongholds in Michigan are scheduled to be on the 2020 presidential campaign trail this week.

Democratic Vice Presidential nominee Kamala Harris is scheduled to make campaign stops in Detroit and Flint on Tuesday.  

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The wife of Democratic Presidential candidate Joe Biden was campaigning for her husband in Michigan Tuesday.

Jill Biden toured a food pantry in Grand Rapids and met with military family members in Battle Creek. 

At the home of former congressman Joe Schwarz, Biden promised her husband would support military families struggling with deployments, health care and COVID-19.

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