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9th Circuit confirms right to lawyer in asylum hearings

Ruling that noncitizens are entitled to attorneys during removal proceedings, the 9th Circuit ordered an immigration judge Tuesday to rehear the deportation case of a Mexican man who disputes that he willingly gave up his right to counsel.... Read more»

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Dalai Lama blackballed from Thailand

In the age of growing Chinese influence, there's a simple measure of a country's willingness to test China's wrath. Will they stamp the Dalai Lama's passport?... Read more»

Republicans send out 'Census' form that's really a fundraiser

An editor at ProPublica received a "Census" form in the mail last week. In big, bold letters at the top it announces, "2010 CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICT CENSUS." But it's not from the Census Bureau. It's actually a survey from the Republican National Committee.... Read more»

Inside Somalia

Under fire in Mogadishu

Mogadishu was hit by the worst fighting in months on Jan. 29 as the insurgents marked the anniversary of the Somali president’s first year in power with a series of violent attacks that elicited an equally deadly response.... Read more»

Are US-EU relations on the rocks?

It's not the best of times; it's not the worst of times. But it's surely not the kind of times Brussels and Washington anticipated when Barack Obama took over the White House.... Read more»

Comic: Medical wonders

The Clinton Reflex

Doctors performing a heart procedure on former President Bill Clinton observed a phenomenon they are calling "the Clinton Reflex".... Read more»

Fear of retribution keeps Iran opposition off streets

Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad sent out thousands of troops today to make sure that opposition protesters did not mar demonstrations to mark the 31st anniversary of Iran's 1979 revolution.... Read more»1

Border crime

Western Union settles dispute with state on money laundering

Western Union will pay $94 million to fight crime along the border as part of a settlement agreement with the state of Arizona.... Read more»

Immigration

Border Patrol takes wheels off deportation buses

The Border Patrol has stopped a controversial program that shipped busloads of illegal immigrants back to Mexico from Tucson through the tiny, remote Texas border town of Presidio — for now.... Read more»

Housing meltdown

Subprime players get tax money to fix mortgage mess

Firms that fed off the subprime lending frenzy that devastated the banking system are lining up to collect more than $21 billion in taxpayer funds meant to help bail out borrowers now in trouble on their loans.... Read more»

Health care reform

How health care overhaul would affect the uninsured

As Democrats have pushed for a comprehensive overhaul of the country's health system, much of their plans and rhetoric have focused on providing coverage for America's uninsured. Here's a look at who they are.... Read more»

Economy

Stimulus spending hits $272 billion—34% of total

The administration has spent $179 billion in stimulus funds, according to Recovery.gov. Combined with an estimated $93 billion in stimulus tax cuts, that means the government has now moved at least $272 billion into the economy, or 34 percent of the total amount approved by Congress.... Read more»

Alcohol abuse prevalent in miltary, studies show

Alcoholism is so rampant among soldiers that the Army needs to double its number of counselors, said Gen. Peter Chiarelli, the Army's No. 2 officer. ... Read more»

Sugar tax absent in childhood obesity campaign

As First Lady Michelle Obama officially launched her campaign against childhood obesity today, a proposal pushed by some health groups was conspicuous by its absence – a federal tax on sugared drinks.... Read more»

Fact-checking Palin's Tea Party speech

Sarah Palin made a splash over the weekend as the keynote speaker at the first National Tea Party convention, and she followed up with an interview on Fox News Sunday. But she didn’t always stick to the facts.... Read more»

Cuba's public 'privatization' debate

Something unusual has been stirring lately in the pages of Granma, this country’s largest newspaper and the official mouthpiece of the Cuban Communist Party. Granma typically carries fawning coverage of Cuba’s top officials and the latest iniquities of Yankee imperialism.... Read more»

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