President Barack Obama on Saturday declared a state of emergency in Flint, Michigan, where officials allegedly ignored the detriments of a water source that exposed nearly everyone in the city to lead poisoning and other contaminants.The White House issued a release calling for the Federal Emergency Management Agency "to save lives and to... read more
Rachel Maddow replays a portion of her interview with Hillary Clinton in which Clinton criticized Michigan governor Rick Snyder for not asking for federal help in dealing with Flint's ruined water supply. Hours later, Snyder did just that. watch
Rachel Maddow shares the response from Michigan Governor Rick Snyder to Hillary Clinton's charge that he is not sufficiently soliciting the federal government for help with the Flint toxic water crisis. watch
Rachel Maddow reports on protesters from Flint, Michigan bringing their outrage over their ruined water supply to the state capital, and alerts viewers to the news that Dr. Mona Hanna-Attisha, who has been advocating for the lead-poisoned children of Flint, has been put in charge of a new lead testing and treatment initiative. watch
Rachel Maddow reports the increasing suspicion that a spike in cases of Legionnaires' disease in Flint, Michigan, ten of which were fatal, is related to the botched change in the city's water source that has also poisoned residents with lead from corroded pipes. watch
The first National Guard troops arrived Wednesday in Flint, Michigan, deployed to help the Red Cross and local volunteers distribute clean drinking water to a city that hasn't had it for more than a year.
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Following up on the crisis in Flint, Mich., which we've been following closely, the Detroit Free Pressreports that Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder (R) activated the National Guard last night. Guard members, the report noted, "are expected to staff fire stations and distribute bottles of water and water filters, freeing members of the American Red Cross to handle the door-to-door distribution of those items."
And that's not all.
Snyder also on Tuesday asked the Federal Emergency Management Agency to coordinate responses to the Flint crisis by other federal agencies.
"This request will identify federal agencies that have programs, authorities and/or technical expertise that could be utilized in the ongoing response and recovery efforts in Flint to be made available," according to a statement issued by the governor's office.
"Such federal agencies may include the Department of Health and Human Services, Environmental Protection Agency, Department of Housing and Urban Development, and Army Corps of Engineers."
So far, there's been no public explanation as to why these steps weren't taken sooner.
On a related note, the Free Pressreported earlier this week that Flint residents are still receiving water bills, which they're expected to pay, despite the fact that the water is unsafe.
In other words, we're looking at a situation in which the state is literally adding insult to injury.
Rachel Maddow reports on local clean water and filter distribution centers in Flint, Michigan running out of supplies already as Governor Rick Snyder is slow to implement an effective relief plan. watch
As regular viewers know, The Rachel Maddow Show has devoted a great deal of time to the water crisis in Flint, Michigan, but if you haven't been focused on this scandal yet, it's important to get up to speed.
Over the weekend, for example, the editorial board of the Detroit Free Pressturned its attention directly to Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder (R), who's facing calls for his arrest from protestors, comparing his handling of the Flint crisis to George W. Bush's handling of Hurricane Katrina.
Right now, the State of Michigan should be able to say that it has ensured the delivery of bottled water and water filters to every Flint resident whose drinking water has been contaminated by lead.... Instead, the governor is offering placid responses and slow-walking important remedies, while the investigation into how one of Michigan's greatest man-made public health crises unfolded comes up with explanations in dribs and drabs.
It's not just derelict -- it invokes inglorious comparison to other callous and insensitive official responses to tragedy. Think of the shameful federal response to Hurricane Katrina, where the same lack of urgency delayed life-saving aid. The poverty rate in Flint is 40%; 52% of Flint residents are African-American. And so we are prompted to ask: How would the state have responded to a crisis of such proportions in a community with more wealth and power?
Of course, there's a key, heartbreaking difference between recent developments in Flint and the crisis in New Orleans in 2005: Katrina was a natural disaster; Flint's disaster was the result of public officials showing breathtakingly bad judgment.
Stephanie Gosk, NBC News correspondent, talks with Rachel Maddow about how the people of Flint have been relying on scarce water donations to replace their toxic water supply as Governor Rick Snyder has increased the amount he's talking about the crisis without taking any actual short-term action for the people of Flint who are without... watch
Curt Guyette, an investigative reporter for the Michigan ACLU, talks with Rachel Maddow about the effort to unearth documents to find out when and what the Rick Snyder administration knew about Flint, Michigan's water toxicity problems. watch
Rachel Maddow reports on a newly obtained e-mail from June of 2015, confirmed by NBC News, that Michigan Governor Rick Snyder's chief-of-staff was troubled that Flint's bad water tests were not being taken seriously, part of a string of mails showing the administration's awareness of alarming lead test results even as it insisted... watch
Rachel Maddow discusses the scandal of the mismanagement of the Flint, Michigan water supply by appointees of the Rick Snyder administration that has left many residents with toxic, lead-tainted water. watch