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A new study shows health disparities cost Texas billions of dollars; Senate rejects impeachment articles against Mayorkas, ending trial against Cabinet secretary; Iowa cuts historical rural school groups.

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The Senate dismisses the Mayorkas impeachment. Maryland Lawmakers fail to increase voting access. Texas Democrats call for better Black maternal health. And polling confirms strong support for access to reproductive care, including abortion.

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Trump attempts appeal to Michigan's waning Biden support

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Wednesday, February 21, 2024   

Early voting for primaries in Michigan began this weekend.

Rep. Rashida Tlaib, D-Mich., in a change from Democratic support, urged voters to block President Joe Biden with a vote for "uncommitted."

The Palestinian American lawmaker has vocalized her opposition to Biden's support of Israel and funding the war on Gaza. She along with many other Michigan leaders from the Arab American and Muslim communities support Palestine and are hoping the vote will catch the president's attention and create real change in helping Palestinians.

"Right now, we feel completely neglected and just unseen by our government," Tlaib stated. "If you want us to be louder, then come here and vote uncommitted."

More than half of Dearborn's nearly 110,000 residents are of Middle Eastern or North African origin. And earlier this month, leaders of the Arab American communities refused to meet with Biden and his staff.

Abdullah Hammoud, mayor of Dearborn, also supported the "uncommitted" vote and wrote on social media he believes it's still important to keep the dialogue open.

Former President Donald Trump embraced the decline in Biden's support in Michigan by calling him "crooked Joe" and saying he has "ordered a hit" on Michigan manufacturing with his electric vehicle mandate. At a rally in Waterford, Trump called an autoworker on stage, appealing to blue-collar and manufacturing Michiganders.

"A vote for Biden is a vote to send tens of thousands of Michigan jobs to China and other places that we don't want them to go," Trump asserted. "A vote for Trump is a vote to keep those manufacturing jobs in America and add a lot of jobs."

A House select committee claimed China is a threat to manufacturing, specifically by way of flooding U.S. markets with electric automobiles.

General Motors and LG, along with at least 15 Michigan-based companies, are manufacturing EVs, and Ford will start building them in 2026.


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