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Earlier this week U.S. Rep. Justin Amash held a town hall meeting in downtown Grand Rapids. Before the event, WGVU sat down with the Cascade Township Republican discussing President-elect Donald Trump's tweets and Russian relations.    

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The next Commander in Chief has made it standard operation using Twitter to get his message across. President-elect Donald Trump tweets at all hours and a number of them have been controversial. 

Earlier this week, one tweet struck a nerve with some members of Trump’s party. For one West Michigan Congressional leader it wasn’t that one tweet, it’s the non-stop tweeting in general. WGVU sat down with the man who authored the tweet heard ‘round the world.

“I just said, ‘Dude, just stop!’”

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Tuesday, January 17th and Wednesday, January 18th @ 9:00 PM on WGVU-HD, FRONTLINE premiers what it calls "a four-hour, two-night miniseries telling the inside story of the division and polarization in Washington that frustrated the Obama presidency and laid the groundwork for the election of a defiant outsider ."

WGVU talks with Jim Gilmore, Producer/Reporter "Divided States of America."

Betsy DeVos is widely expected to push for expanding school choice programs if confirmed as education secretary.

Such a move is certain to bring pushback from teachers unions.

Democrats and civil rights activists also are raising concerns about how her conservative Christian beliefs might impact minority and LGBT students.

A Senate committee begins considering her nomination Tuesday. Her financial questionnaire shows DeVos has donated to the political campaigns of at least four committee members.

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With a new session of Congress come new appointments. U.S. Representative Bill Huizenga has been elected to lead the Capital Markets Subcommittee and he’s also been elected to Co-Chair the Great Lakes Task Force.

WGVU spoke with the Zeeland Republican about his new roles.

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U.S. Representative Bill Huizenga has been elected to Co-Chair the Great Lakes Task Force.

WGVU with Congressman Huizenga about his new role.

As Co-Chair of the Great Lakes Task Force, U.S. Representative Bill Huizenga tells me he’s focused on Great Lakes protection including invasive species and proper economic and recreational usage.

“And that really boils down to, in a practical way, what are we doing with our harbors and our pier heads?”

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Governor Rick Snyder has just a few bills from last session left to consider. Among them is a bill that would allow landlords to include a provision in their leases preventing tenants from smoking or growing medical marijuana.

Bill sponsor Republican Senator Rick Jones said the legislation protects fellow tenants and landlords from smoke and damage to buildings. “No one needs to use medical marijuana in a smoking form,” he said. “If they have a prescription, they can use it in many other ways – edibles, creams, oils, and even vaporizers.”

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Gov. Rick Snyder says he has "no reason to be concerned" about being charged in the Flint water investigation.

Snyder's comments to the Detroit Free Press occurred as the bill for his legal fees reached $4.9 million - all paid by taxpayers.

The governor says much of the money has been spent on producing documents requested by Attorney General Bill Schuette's investigators.

Snyder says investigators "keep on asking" and his lawyers "keep on responding."

Schuette filed charges against four more people this week, raising the number to 13.

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A Republican congressman said he delayed treatment of his son's broken arm as an example of the kind of choices Americans will have to make when Republicans' repeal of the health care law shifts more out-of-pocket costs to consumers.

Rep. Bill Huizenga told Michigan news site MLive.com that he and his wife opted to place a splint on their son's arm and wait until the next morning to take him to the doctor rather than seek immediate but more costly treatment at an emergency room.

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U.S. Representative Justin Amash is asking President Barrack Obama to provide Congress with evidence Russia interfered with the U.S. Presidential Election.

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