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'Secure Communities' should not undermine 'A Better Life'

“A Better Life” is the latest in—and among the best of—a series of excellent films portraying the lives of undocumented immigrants. The new film (unintentionally) highlights a central flaw of the immigration enforcement program.... Read more»1

FBI touts mortgage fraud effort, big banks left untouched

In a new report , the FBI pats itself on the back for using “sophisticated investigative techniques” to target mortgage fraudsters. Not everyone is impressed. Consumer advocates say the FBI is turning a blind eye to misconduct by big banks.... Read more»

Did Rick Perry just threaten Ben Bernanke?

Yes, it’s political silly season. But, campaigning in Iowa, Texas governor and presidential candidate Rick Perry has just said something shocking. He’s unleashed the “T” word, and I don’t mean taxes: treason. (with video)... Read more»5

Factcheck: Rick Perry flubs oil facts

Rick Perry has made false or exaggerated claims on U.S. oil imports, the federal debt, Social Security and the federal health care law.... Read more»1

Warren Buffett asks Congress to stop 'coddling' super-rich

In a The New York Times op-ed published Monday, Warren Buffett wrote that “[m]y friends and I have been coddled long enough by a billionaire-friendly Congress,” and called for tax increases for Americans who make more than $1 million. Most of those people, he claimed, “wouldn’t mind” being told to pay more taxes.... Read more»5

Smart v. Stupid

Broken government: The speech Obama should give

In recent speeches, President Obama has begun to tackle the issue of Republican obstructionism. But here is speech he ought to be giving.... Read more»3

Think again

NPR: Still bending over backward

NPR needs to take a good hard look at whether its decision-making processes, whether on news content or on personal matters, are driven more by public relations concerns or by journalistic ones.... Read more»1

Why looming budget battles may still shut down gov’t

The SEC, EPA and Department of Health and Human Services could face partial shutdowns this fall, as a politically polarized Congress faces a Sept. 30 deadline to approve a new federal budget.... Read more»

Who bankrolls the Super Congress?

The Super Congress has its work cut out: Twelve lawmakers, including Arizona’s Sen. Jon Kyl, have been tapped to identify more than $1 trillion in spending cuts in an autumn marathon never before seen in Washington.... Read more»

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Changes in Mexico impacting U.S. immigration policy

What will happen to migration flows from Mexico once the recession ends and the American economy revs up again? To answer this question, we must understand a lesser-known story: how much Mexico itself has changed over the last few decades and what these changes will mean for the future.... Read more»2

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A modern-day house call

The IAH health care delivery model is designed to focus on the growing number of people with high cost multiple chronic conditions. It not only provides primary care to these patients in their homes, but it also coordinates their care when they have to go to the hospital or nursing home.... Read more»

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Why Foreign Corrupt Practices Act may be News Corp.'s next worry

The allegations against News Corp. of wide-scale corruption and obstruction of justice could violate a much bigger law than hacking: the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act.... Read more»

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It's time to face the ugly truth about the U.S. economy

As Wall Street tumbled, pundits and prophets of doom pointed their fingers at Standard & Poor’s downgrade of U.S. debt. Those on the political right pointed barbed tongues at President Barack Obama and his policies, and by the end of the day, all the main stock market indexes on Wall Street pointed markedly lower.... Read more»

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Mortgage servicers spend millions on political contributions

As the financial markets roil, one of the critical factors weighing down the U.S. economy is the flood of home foreclosures. Thursday’s crash underscores how difficult it will be for the economy to make significant strides while the housing market is still in tatters.... Read more»

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