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How the IRS gave up fighting political dark money groups

Six years after it was excoriated for allegedly targeting conservative organizations, the agency has largely given up on regulating an entire category of nonprofits. The result: More dark money gushes into the political system.... Read more»

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Pakistan tells U.S. it's time to pay up

When Pakistani officials sit down with their American counterparts for a round of high-level talks in Washington today, they'll be a demanding bunch.... Read more»

Border & immigration

U.S., Mexico launch new intelligence-sharing programs

Senior leaders from the United States and Mexico agreed the two countries will begin swapping intelligence on suspected terrorists and Mexican felons following discussions in Mexico City on Tuesday.... Read more»

Comic: Popularity

The worst governor - all the way down

Together David Paterson and Arnold Schwarzenegger govern 56 million Americans. Most of whom aren't happy about it.... Read more»

Biden says F-word at national press conference

While introducing President Obama this morning at a health care press conference, Joe Biden forgot the mic was on and uttered the F-word (with video).... Read more»4

Sexual abuse

Ireland greets pope's apology with skepticism

Pope Benedict XVI’s response to the clerical child abuse scandal in Ireland has been widely criticized as flawed for placing much of the blame for the abuse and cover-ups on secularism rather than church structures.... Read more»

Catholic Church ignores lessons from Canada

As a kid, I had no idea how unfortunately common my experience of the Roman Catholic Church would turn out to be.... Read more»

Health care debate

Health reform creates winners, losers and interesting timeline

The health legislation creates a slew of winners and losers, as well as immediate effects and changes that will arrive slowly.... Read more»

Health care reform

Follow the money: Shadegg led Az in health industry contributions

U.S. Rep. John Shadegg, a Republican from Arizona's CD 3 who voted no on health care reform, received nearly $1.2 million in contributions from the health care industry. Check out health care votes & campaign contributions for all of Congress in our interactive chart.... Read more»

Border & immigration

Who's in charge of Customs & Border Protection?

When high-ranking officials travel to Mexico on Tuesday to discuss that country's role in combating border violence, one key member of the team will be missing: the commissioner of the U.S. Customs and Border Protection... Read more»

Mafia suspect nabbed via Facebook

Italian police used a suspect's excessive use of Facebook to track down one of the country's most-wanted mafia bosses.... Read more»

Google departs China: the view from Beijing

Google has finally made its move, shifting searches from China to Hong Kong more than two months after threatening to quit China over hacking and censorship. ... Read more»

Health care debate

Both parties gear up for message battle over health care reform

Democrats and Republicans are preparing for a long political battle that will turn on the ramifications of health reform. ... Read more»

Border crime

Mexico's drug war spills over border

Lawmakers from both sides of the U.S.-Mexico border were in Mexico City last week discussing plans to combat growing border drug violence (Audio report).... Read more»

One World Film Festival

Imbuing human rights with the glitz of a film fest

What started out 12 years ago as a modest film festival devoted to human rights has grown into the largest festival of its kind in Europe, run under the auspices of one of Europe's leading human rights advocates, Vaclav Havel.... Read more»

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