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WGVU honors our nation’s veterans this weekend paying tribute to South Haven’s Specialist Five James C. McCloughan. Specialist Five McCloughan served as a medic in the Vietnam War, saving 10 American lives over a 48 hour period and tending to countless others. He is the first Medal of Honor recipient under President Donald Trump. Sunday, November 12th at 10 AM WGVU Public Television airs Veterans Stories: West Michigan Medal of Honor Recipient Specialist Five James C. McCloughan.

The U.S. Senate has confirmed former Republican Congressman Pete Hoekstra to serve as the U.S. ambassador to the Netherlands. Hoekstra, who was confirmed Thursday, previously served as chair of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence and was the ranking Republican on the Committee until 2011. 

First elected to Congress in 1992, Hoekstra was born in the Netherlands and moved to the U.S. with his family when he was 3. He was an executive with Michigan-based office furniture maker Herman Miller and later ran unsuccessful campaigns for Michigan governor and U.S. Senate.

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Michigan Supreme Court Justice Joan Larsen is a step closer to a new job on a federal appeals court.

The U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee approved her nomination Thursday and sent it to the full Senate. All nine Democrats on the committee voted no.

The 48-year-old Larsen was nominated to the Cincinnati-based appeals court by President Donald Trump.

The court hears cases from federal courts in Michigan, Ohio, Kentucky and Tennessee.

University of Michigan President Mark Schlissel found it "ironic" that students who voted for President Donald Trump felt shunned on campus after the 2016 election.

Schlissel also wrote last year that he was "torn" about recommending appointees for the new administration. He said, "I can't imagine lending one's name to a Trump administration."

The remarks were in emails released Wednesday by the Mackinac Center for Public Policy.

University of Michigan President Mark Schlissel found it "ironic" that students who voted for President Donald Trump felt shunned on campus after the 2016 election. Schlissel also wrote last year that he was "torn" about recommending appointees for the new administration. 

He said, "I can't imagine lending one's name to a Trump administration."

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Donald Trump won the state of Michigan in the 2016 Presidential Election. Yet, a recent statewide poll indicates that heading into his 8th month in the Oval Office, President Donald Trump receives an overall positive job approval rating of 35% compared to a 62% negative rating.

Michigan pollster EPIC-MRA is releasing a series of survey results this week. WGVU breaks down part one.

Lansing-based EPIC-MRA conducted its survey from August 27th through September 1st. It polled 600 registered Michigan voters, reaching 30 percent of them by cellphone.

Prior to hosting a town hall Thursday evening at Cornerstone University in Grand Rapids, I sat down with Representative Justin Amash and asked him these questions: 

Do you support President Donald Trump's corporate tax cut plan? 

Rep. Amash: “Corporate taxes should be cut, individual taxes should be cut, our current tax code has a lot of corporate welfare in it, where some companies get a lot of benefits, and other companies don’t, so we should try to level the playing field and keep taxes low for as many people as possible.”

West Michigan Republican congressman are denouncing President Donald Trump for his remarks during a Tuesday news conference at Trump Tower for his reverting back to blaming "both sides" for the violence between white supremacists and counterdemonstrators in Charlottesville, Virginia.

Farmers and ranchers in 14 Michigan counties are eligible for emergency loans due to widespread damage amid severe storms and flash flooding in June. The update from the U.S. Department of Agriculture comes after President Donald Trump last week made a disaster declaration for four Michigan counties. 

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Michigan's two Democratic United States senators have given their OK for the nomination of Michigan Supreme Court Justice Joan Larsen to a federal appeals court to go forward.

President Trump nominated Joan Larsen to the Sixth Circuit US Court of Appeals in May.

There were complaints Senators Debbie Stabenow and Gary Peters were holding up the process by invoking a Senate privilege. The privilege allows home state senators to give the OK before a judicial appointment can go forward.

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