The Rachel Maddow Show travels to Flint, Michigan on Wednesday, January 27, where Rachel Maddow will host a town hall with Flint residents to talk about the steps ahead in dealing with their toxic water crisis. read more
Michigan's top prosecutor said Monday that it's an "outrage" that residents of Flint are being forced to pay for water that's unsafe to drink — and his office may take action to stop the billing."Words can barely describe this tragedy. Things went terribly wrong," AG Bill Schuette said. "I would certainly... read more
Doctor Mona Hana-Attisha, who was one of the first to sound the alarm about health consequences of the lead contaminated water in Flint, joins to discuss the long-term medical challenges of the crisis. watch
Rachel Maddow alerts viewers that she will be traveling to Flint, Michigan on Wednesday, January 27 for a special town hall show with the people of Flint to talk about how they're dealing with the crisis of their water's toxicity. watch
Lindsey Smith, reporter for Michigan Radio, talks with Rachel Maddow about how the state of Michigan has changed its approach to addressing the toxic water crisis in Flint in recent weeks, and how challenges like poor record keeping will make compliance with the EPA orders particularly difficult. watch
As the water crisis in Flint, Michigan, continues, Gov. Rick Snyder (R) is speaking out more about his perspective on the scandal, and this morning talked to MSNBC about where he's assigning blame. The Detroit Newsreported it this way:
Gov. Rick Snyder on Friday continued to lay blame at the feet of state Department of Environmental Quality employees for failing to require Flint to add corrosion control chemicals to its river water that could have prevented lead from leaching into the drinking water supply.
The Republican made frequent references to "culture" during the interview, complaining about public agencies lacking a "culture of asking the common-sense questions," adding there's "a huge bureaucratic problem and it's part of the problem with culture in government."
The rhetoric was jarring in large part because it came from the governor himself. When Rick Snyder refers to problems with "government," he's specifically talking about Rick Snyder's administration. The decisions that did so much damage in Flint were made by emergency managers appointed by the governor himself.
Even the state Department of Environmental Quality employees Snyder is now blaming are employees who answer to him.
At one point, he added, "Let's look at the entire cultural background of how people have been operating" -- which is to say, the culture of how people have been operating in Snyder's own administration.
Michigan Governor Rick Snyder is now blaming the lead contamination in Flint’s water, partly on “the culture in government.” Meantime, an EPA official who oversees the region that includes Flint announced she’s resigning as of February first. MSNBC’s Tony Dokoupil reports the latest. watch