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Obamacare took a big step forward on Tuesday night, when the Michigan Senate approved an expansion of the state’s Medicaid program. The state House is likely to back the same measure, as early as next week. And while the program requires a special federal waiver, the Obama Administration is likely to grant it.

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Budget sequestration was supposed to cause all sorts of disruptions, the kind that would get the attention of middle class voters. It didn’t. And for that reason most of the media stopped paying attention. But the cuts are very real, and so are the effects. Government workers are dealing with furloughs.

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Gerald Seib pinpoints the cause of President Obama's summer polling collapse: To grasp the importance of the summer's debt negotiations—which produced a plan to cut the federal deficit by at least $2.1 trillion over the next decade just in time to avoid a default by the federal government—look at both how the deal affected Americans' confidence, and how it is judged by them in a new Wall Street Journal/NBC News poll. As Mr.

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Groupon co-founder Eric Lefkofsky got his start in business with a failed scheme to create and market a mascot to the University of Michigan: Then in the late 1980s a group of University of Michigan students, Adam Blumenkranz, Eric Lefkofsky and David Kaufman, attempted to create a mascot on the university's behalf, a lovable creature known as Willy the Wolverine. Willy was the result of six rounds of market research, Blumenkranz told the Michigan Daily at the time.

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One factor behind the astonishing rise of CEO pay over the last several decades is a kind of Lake Wobegon effect, after the famous Garrison Keiler joke about a town in which all the children are above average. When a Board of Directors decides the pay level for its CEO, it usually first consults the average compensation for peer companies. Since nobody believes, or wants to admit, they hired a below average CEO, the board invariably picks a number at or (more commonly) above the average.

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Rumor Debunked

Herzliya, Israel—For years, American neoconservatives have been accused of being lackeys for Israel, namely the Likud party. In 2008, Time’s Joe Klein wrote, “The fact that a great many Jewish neoconservatives—people like Joe Lieberman and the crowd over at Commentary—plumped for [the Iraq] war, and now for an even more foolish assault on Iran, raised the question of divided loyalties: using U.S. military power, U.S.

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Harmonic Convergence

President Obama holds up the jersey of former University of Michigan Heisman Trophy winner Charles Woodson:   The man is obviously working very hard for my vote:

Life Not In Ohio

University of Michigan Athletic Director David Brandon has been flying around the country looking to hire a new football coach while crazed fans (not me, of course -- ha ha!) seize on every scrap of information, including tracking his private plane. For his return trip to Ann Arbor last night, look at what state his plane went out of its way to avoid: Smart man. You never went to be in, or even above, Ohio, if you can possibly avoid it.

PPP polls Michigan residents about their feelings toward University of Michigan football coach Rich Rodriguez. The Michigan fanbase is about equally split three ways between those who want to keep Rodriguez, fire him, or don't have an opinion. But the cross-tabs of the poll show some interesting results.

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What the Great Lakes region exports to the world now is, mostly, cars. But its rich network of universities and medical complexes may be one of the best bets for its export future. A recently released University Research Center report documents how Michigan’s leading universities are helping to move its manufacturing base to more diverse and higher end advanced products in energy components, pharmaceuticals, sensors, circuits and robotics.

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