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The U.S. is among the world's worsening nations

Congress can’t get anything done. And 50 million people are living in poverty.... Read more»

Analysis

What the president can do on immigration if Congress fails to act

The president has broad—although not absolute—executive authority to set enforcement priorities, defer deportations of unauthorized immigrants, and mitigate some of the harshest effects of our broken immigration system.... Read more»

Obama says he'll act alone on immigration

As tens of thousands of immigrants from Central America continue to flood Texas’ southern border, President Obama said that he will try to fix as much of the broken immigration system as he can without Congress’ help. U.S. Rep. Grijalva said the move is “a welcome first step,” but said Obama should “focus his efforts on protecting vulnerable families.”... Read more»

Obama to name former Proctor & Gamble chief to head VA

The president is expected Monday to nominate Bob McDonald to take over as head of the troubled Department of Veterans Affairs. McDonald is a West Point graduate who served as the CEO of Procter & Gamble.... Read more»

Az woman looks back after almost 10 years fighting Redskins’ name

Amanda Blackhorse said things have changed since a 2005 game between the Kansas City Chiefs and the Washington Redskins, when she and other protesters faced fans’ verbal abuse for having the audacity to suggest that the teams’ names were racist. Today, Blackhorse has President Barack Obama on her side.... Read more»

Factcheck

Misassigning blame for immigration crisis

A TV ad falsely claims Tennessee Sen. Lamar Alexander is “responsible” for a surge of “illegal aliens” who are “overrunning our border” because he voted for “amnesty.”... Read more»

Volunteers provide care, shelter to incoming immigrants in Texas

President Barack Obama, calling the recent surge of immigrants into Texas a humanitarian crisis, has ordered FAME to coordinate an effort to maintain detention centers for unaccompanied minors and help reunite them with relatives in this country. His administration is also moving to send more assistance to Central America.... Read more»

Why less coca does not equal less cocaine

The area sown with coca, the key ingredient in cocaine and crack, is at an all-time low. That’s according to the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), which released its annual World Drug Report Thursday, crediting the record to a 25 percent reduction in Colombia’s fields, one of just three countries where coca is grown.... Read more»

Leadership at Chemical Safety Board questioned amid investigation backlog

New, damning evidence of management failures within the U.S. Chemical Safety Board was presented Thursday at a congressional hearing.... Read more»

Analysis

Maybe the world should just let Iraq split apart

If the experts are right, then what is happening in Iraq now seems to be the worst of both worlds: a Sunni-Shiite civil war and a de facto partition of the country.... Read more»

Texas officials: Immigrant surge is a medical crisis

As immigrants — many of them unaccompanied minors — surge across the Texas-Mexico border, health officials warn of a looming medical crisis.

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White House dispels rumors of 'permisos' for migrant kids

Struggling with the influx of thousands of unaccompanied minors from Central America, the White House is trying to staunch the flow with diplomatic pressure and a PR campaign. “The long journey is not only dangerous; there are no ‘permisos,’ ‘permits,’ or free passes at the end,” wrote Homeland Security’s Jeh Johnson, describing the perilous trip that children may face.... Read more»

Did Obama declare terrorist threat 'gone'?

In an interview on Fox News, former Vice President Dick Cheney went too far with his claim that President Obama “has stated repeatedly the terrorist threat is gone.”... Read more»

White House under fire for proposed solution to immigrant surge

A White House plan to deal with the influx of migrants illegally crossing Texas’ southern border is being met with criticism by progressive immigrants’ rights groups and conservative lawmakers.... Read more»

McCain: Surge in unaccompanied minors fault of Obama, Congress

After touring the Nogales Border Patrol station Friday, U.S. Sen. John McCain held a press conference in which he blamed the Obama’s immigration policy and the failure of comprehensive immigration reform for thousands of unaccompanied minors coming to the U.S.... Read more»

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