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Migrants seeking safe harbor in the U.S. must first survive shootouts and shakedowns in Mexico

It’s a cruel irony that Central American asylum-seekers flee the frying pan of violence and extortion in their home countries only to land in the fire that is Mexico, where robbery, shakedowns leave them desperate and broke by the time they reach the U.S. border. ... Read more»

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Mexico considers clamping down on 'los Twitteros'

Mexico has racked up its fair share of menacingly named outlaws in a three-year drug war: the Zetas, Aztecas and Panthers. Now, if the government gets its way, another name will also make the wanted list: los Twitteros.... Read more»

Border violence

15 killed at teen party in Juarez

Armed men attacked students at a Saturday party in Cuidad Juarez, Mexico, killing 15 and wounding at least 28.... Read more»

Transportation Security Administration

Air marshals dogged by discrimination complaints

Some in the Federal Air Marshal Service say discrimination and retaliation distracts them from their mission of stopping terrorists and protecting passengers. ... Read more»

Terror

Will Europe block a US anti-terrorism program?

The fate of the United States government’s Terrorist Finance Tracking Program (TFTP) may hinge on how Jeanine Hennis-Plasschaert’s week turns out. And it’s not looking particularly rosy for the TFTP at the moment. ... Read more»

Cars

Fordzilla vs. Japan: U.S. automaker stomping all over Toyota

Take that, Japan. I'm referring to this week's two most fascinating pieces of global economic news: Ford's profits rebirth and the recall disaster at Toyota (and, to a much lesser extent, Honda, which also announced a recall this week). ... Read more»

Iran dissidents pay a high price

Iran hanged two opposition protesters on Thursday and sentenced nine more to death for taking part in widespread rallies against President Ahmadinejad following last June's presidential election.... Read more»

Read our live blog of the Grammys

While you're watching the Grammy awards on Sunday night, keep an eye on your laptop for a real-time stream of snark.... Read more»9

Comic:

Blackhawk down... to Chinatown

U.S. arms sales to Taiwan raise Chinese ire... Read more»

Commentary

So much for health-care reform: What about workplace reform?

It looks like the life-changing, world-altering health-care reform we've been hearing so much of will likely be no more than insurance provider reform. There's another big issue, one that affects millions, but that is hardly a blip on the politico's radar: workplace reform.... Read more»

Opinion

After 9/11: A new world history timeline

Timeline of a new era in world history: Before - 9/11 - After. That is the real meaning of the back-to-back events in the British capital this week... Read more»

Music profile

Taiwan rocks: Chthonic is loud. They're angry. They hate the Chinese government.

Chthonic has played Taiwan since the mid-1990s, mixing an "extreme metal" sound, derived from Scandinavian bands, with Asian flavors and a strong pro-Taiwan political stance.... Read more»

Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission

Will 'Citizens United' ruling let Hugo Chavez & King Abdullah buy U.S. elections?

While political observers have dissected much of last week's 5-4 Supreme Court ruling in the Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission, one potentially huge (and probably unintended) consequence has gotten little notice: the impact the decision could have on foreign government spending on federal campaigns.... Read more»

Fact-checking the State of the Union

President Obama peppered his State of the Union with facts, which were mostly right but sometimes cherry-picked, strained or otherwise misleading. The Republican response had its problems, too... Read more»

Health care

High-ranking House Democrat predicts health bill OK this year

Even as House Democrats turn their attention to jobs and the economy, House Education and Labor Committee Chairman George Miller predicted Thursday that Congress will pass health care overhaul legislation this year. ... Read more»

Health care

Health bill - 'on life support' - highlights political divides

President Obama's State of the Union speech has so far failed to unite Democrats on a health reform strategy as they "stared down a political nightmare," The Associated Press reports. ... Read more»

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