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End loopholes to bring down deficit

September 24, 2013 WASHINGTON — Back in March when Congress failed to reach a deficit reduction agreement, we triggered budget sequestration — the unprioritized, across-the-board cuts that have hurt families, national... more »»

In defense of school teachers

September 12, 2013 There are a lot of reasons I wouldn’t want to be a public school teacher these day. more »»

We should not go to war in Syria

September 12, 2013 WASHINGTON — Right now, the American people are having a national discussion regarding President Obama’s plan to take military action in Syria. more »»

Revenge against textbook publishers

September 5, 2013 FLINT — I spent more than $400 on books the other day. “Wow,” you’re thinking, “400 bucks, you must really like to read.” I do. But the books weren’t for me. more »»

Bill would end corporate secrecy

September 3, 2013 WASHINGTON — In August, I led a bipartisan group of Senate colleagues in introducing a bill to combat terrorism, money laundering, tax evasion, and other wrongdoing aided by use of U.S. more »»

Logging Congress better than ever

September 2, 2013 ESCANABA — The 2013 Logging Congress and Equipment Expo, Sept. more »»

We’ve become accustomed to madness

August 15, 2013 This was fun news in the little town where I live. more »»

MSU research facility hits milestones

August 13, 2013 WASHINGTON — It’s always good news when Congress takes big steps to help boost scientific research. And it’s even better when those steps lean on Michigan’s world-class research universities. more »»

Summer: It’s almost over

August 8, 2013 FLINT — All of a sudden, I’m having a summer anxiety attack. The cause: calendaritis. I looked up and the calendar said Aug.t 1, which simply isn’t possible. Summer can’t almost be over. more »»

Student loan bill a difficult but necessary step

July 31, 2013 WASHINGTON — The Senate recently faced a very difficult choice. When a July 1 deadline passed, the interest rate on federal student loans was set to double. more »»

A case of cell phone withdrawal

July 25, 2013 FLINT — My mind is racing. I’m sweating. It’s a cold sweat. I don’t know what to do with myself. I can’t stop fidgeting. Fidget, fidget, fidge. more »»

A license for backseat driving

July 11, 2013 ESCANABA — This column is going to get me in trouble, so let me preface it by saying that I think women are by far the superior gender. They’re smarter, stronger, prettier and kinder than men. more »»

What state lawmakers didn’t do

June 27, 2013 FLINT — When they return to school in the fall, a lot of kids will be asked to write essays about what they did on summer vacation. I wish Michigan’s Senate Republicans were required to do the same. more »»

Excuses for spying

June 20, 2013 FLINT — President Obama’s explanation for why no one should be concerned about the National Security Administration’s secret phone spying program was just so gosh-darned compelling that I decided to... more »»

Opening Pandora’s Box

June 13, 2013 FLINT — People were shocked and angry when they learned that the National Security Agency has been secretly collecting millions of phone records. But I doubt it’s going to change. more »»

Help rebuild Manistique’s Paul Bunyan

June 12, 2013 MANISTIQUE — Manistique (Epsport) was founded in 1860, while development of the area did not begin until the latter part of the 1800s. more »»

Pay legislators on their performance

June 6, 2013 FLINT — Here’s what I think teachers should tell state lawmakers about their insulting and damaging idea to tie K-12 teacher salaries to student performance: We will if you will. more »»

Apple’s tax tactics and closing loopholes

June 4, 2013 WASHINGTON — Recently, the Senate Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations, which I chair, held the latest in a series of hearings to examine how U.S. more »»

Twits and tweets

May 30, 2013 FLINT — Warren Buffett, the famed investor, sent his first ever tweet recently. It said, “Warren is in the house. more »»

Military sexual assaults: The time to act is now

May 24, 2013 WASHINGTON — Right now, America is facing an epidemic of sexual assaults in our military. The facts on this issue are truly frightening. more »»



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