Nancy Kaffer, of the Detroit Free Press, joins Morning Joe to dig deeper into the contaminated water crisis happening in Flint, Michigan. On Tuesday evening, Gov. Rick Snyder addressed the issue during a State of the State speech. watch
Michigan's governor is facing growing demands for his resignation after some 100,000 residents of Flint were exposed to elevated lead levels in their water supply. The Morning Joe panel discusses. watch
Rachel Maddow reports on the latest developments in the Flint, Michigan water crisis, including the mayor of Flint visiting the White House, the federal government sending a Health and Human Services official to help coordinate the response, and Governor Rick Snyder apologizing to the people of Flint in his State of the State address. watch
Criticized for his handling of a water crisis that has exposed residents of a city of nearly 100,000 people to lead poisoning, Michigan's governor on Tuesday apologized to the citizens of Flint and pledged to fix the problem."Your families face a crisis — a crisis you did not create and could not have prevented," Snyder said in... read more
A water crisis in 100,000 population Michigan would not obviously become a major political issue, but Hillary Clinton has seized on the Flint crisis, and the city’s mayor endorsed her Tuesday.Republican candidates asked about the crisis have mostly brushed past it, but Clinton has made it a centerpiece of her campaign in the past week.She... read more
By Hannah Rappleye, Lisa Riordan Seville and Tracy Connor
The Flint water crisis became an issue in the presidential campaign over the weekend, but it's been a slowly unfolding nightmare for the residents of the impoverished Michigan city for nearly two years.Here is a timeline of key events — a road map of poor decisions, missed opportunities and broken promises — from the moment Flint agreed in... read more
Republican presidential hopefuls have shied away from addressing the water emergency in Flint, Michigan, while Democrats continue to forcefully condemn state officials for the crisis that exposed nearly all of the city's residents to lead poisoning."That's not an issue that right now we've been focused on, and for me to give... read more
Is there anything pop icon Cher can't do? Nearly 30 years after becoming an unlikely Oscar winner, the diva has taken on the role of hero for Flint, Michigan residents reeling from a water crisis, which has drawn national headlines and put their state's governor, Republican Rick Snyder, in the hot the seat. read more
When Hillary Clinton talked to Rachel last night, the Democratic presidential hopeful argued persuasively that political pressure has forced Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder (R) to take action responding to the water crisis in Flint.
"[T]he national spotlight is shining on the horrible situation in Flint," Clinton said. "And it's clear that as attention has increased, so has the governor's apparent willingness to deal seriously with the issue."
That spotlight, however, has apparently gone unnoticed by some on the national campaign trail. Time's Zeke Miller reported late yesterday:
Florida Senator Marco Rubio said he couldn't comment on the water crisis in Flint, Mich., Monday because he was not fully briefed on the situation. [...]
"That's not an issue that right now we've been focused on and for me to give you a deeply detailed answer on what the right approach should be on it, other than to tell you in general I believe that the federal government's role in some of these things is largely limited unless it involves a federal jurisdictional issue," Rubio said.
The senator added that he'd "love" to give a real answer, but this is "just not an issue we've been quite frankly fully briefed or apprised of."
In December, a New Hampshire reporter spent some time with Rubio and found "it was like watching a computer algorithm designed to cover talking points. He said a lot, but at the same time said nothing. It was like someone wound him up, pointed him towards the doors and pushed play."
The problem for the young senator is one of programming: if he's confronted with an unfamiliar question, and no one's done the coding, Rubio is left to effectively say, "Flint who?"
And while I can appreciate the fact that no one candidate or campaign can be expected to know everything about everything, it's nevertheless amazing that the national spotlight can shine so brightly on Flint, only to have Team Rubio miss it entirely.
Hillary Clinton, Democratic front-runner for the presidential nomination, talks with Rachel Maddow about Michigan Governor Rick Snyder's response to the toxic water crisis in Flint, the limited Democratic primary debate schedule, and how she'll appeal to Bernie Sanders supporters if she wins the nomination. watch
The National Guard sent dozens of additional members into Flint, Michigan, on Monday to help address the impoverished city's water crisis, as Gov. Rick Snyder came under widening criticism — from residents and presidential candidates — for his handling of a massive exposure to lead.The 70 new guardsmen more than doubled the number already... read more
Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder (R), still scrambling to address the crisis in Flint that his administration caused, reached out to the White House late last week for aid. On Saturday, President Obama agreed, declaring a federal emergency and freeing up millions of dollars in resources.
But as the Detroit Free Pressreported, Snyder also requested a federal disaster declaration, and on that front, Obama did not go along with the Republican governor's appeal.
A disaster declaration would have made larger amounts of federal funding available more quickly to help Flint residents whose drinking water is contaminated with lead. But under federal law, only natural disasters such as hurricanes and floods are eligible for disaster declarations, federal and state officials said. The lead contamination of Flint's drinking water is a manmade catastrophe.
The president's actions authorize the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to coordinate responses and cover 75% of the costs for much-needed water, filters, filter cartridges and other items for residents, capped initially at $5 million. The president also offered assistance in finding other available federal assistance, a news release Saturday from the White House said.
While this phase of the process moves forward, the political pressure is intensifying. Hillary Clinton, who slammed Snyder's handling of the crisis during her interview with Rachel on Thursday, highlighted the issue again during last night's debate, again attacking the governor's slow, inept response. Bernie Sanders reiterated his call for the Michigan Republican to resign.
As the debate ended, Snyder wrote on Twitter, "Political statements and finger pointing from political candidates only distract from solving the Flint water crisis."
First, it takes real chutzpah for the governor, or all people, to give lectures about solving the crisis. Yes, there's finger pointing, but only to serve a worthwhile cause: accountability.
Second, if Snyder had responded to the crisis as quickly as he responded to Hillary Clinton, Flint wouldn't be in this mess.
Pop icon Cher has taken it upon herself to make sure the people of Flint, Michigan, have clean water after nearly everyone in the city was exposed to lead poisoning and other contaminants flowing from a new water source.Cher has been vocal about the water crisis in Flint — which started in 2014 when the city switched water sources to save money... read more