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Democrats: Michigan Rep. Bentivolio should get coal for Christmas for suggesting impeachment of President Obama

  Michigan Democrats are taking aim at U.S. Rep. Kerry Bentivolio, a Milford, Mich., Republican, for saying recently that impeaching President Barack Obama would be a dream come true.
  On a video released on YouTube Thursday, Democrats poke fun at Bentivolio, amongst other things a reindeer farmer, saying he needs a lump of coal as a Christmas present.

The only certainty about elections in Detroit: No one's ever sure who wins

Mike Duggan

  A tweet from Dustin Blitchok at The Oakland Press on news that the vote total in Detroit's mayoral primary Aug. 6 between Benny Napoleon and Mike Duggan was off by more than 20,000 votes:
  "My lede, if I were writing the Napoleon/Duggan story: Janice Winfrey's calculator needs new batteries."
  Winfrey is Detroit's city clerk, in charge of overseeing elections in the city.

Some say Republicans are botching a shot at a U.S. Senate seat in Michigan

  Are Republicans botching the chance to win a U.S. Senate seat in Michigan? One analysis says they are. Democrats certainly hope so.

Counties moving to cut funding to DIA if art is sold

  Now that Oakland County's commissioners have voted to withhold taxes that support the Detroit Institute of Arts if works of arts are sold during Detroit's bankruptcy process, Macomb and Wayne counties could follow suit.

Sen. Rand Paul joins list of guests at Mackinac Republican Leadership Conference

  Kentucky U.S. Sen. Rand Paul is the latest gueset confirmed to attend the 30th Biennial Mackinac Republican Leadership Conference Sept. 20-22, perhaps giving a voice to tea party groups as Michigan Republicans develop their election playbook for 2014.

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Lethal nerve agent discovered at JFK Airport; two customs agents hospitalized...

The highly lethal nerve agent VX -- used in weapons of mass destruction -- appears to have been discovered in a mail facility at JFK Airport and sickened two US customs agents this morning, a law

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Camp in Michigan U.S. Senate race: Political popcorn or real beef?

U.S. Rep. Dave Camp
  U.S. Rep. Gary Peters, the Bloomfield Township Democrat who is the only Democrat who has filed to run for the seat of retiring Michigan U.S. Sen. Carl Levin, has to be somewhat elated at the news that his congressional colleague, Republican U.S. Rep. Dave Camp from Midland, may also be interested in jumping into the Senate race.
  The most recent poll has Peters tied in a head-to-head match with former Republican Secretary of State Terri Lynn Land, even though the poll notes a large percentage of undecided voters.

Poll gives Duggan, Napoleon the lead in Detroit mayoral race

  A new poll claiming a 4.5 percent margin of error indicates Mike Duggan may pull off the difficult task of a successful write-in campaign in Tuesday's mayoral primary in Detroit.