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Cuba: 8 great stories to help you understand what's going on

It’s a busy time of year for a big news story to break. But we've got you covered. Here's what you need to know about what's going on in Cuba:... Read more»

Obama appoints Tucson chief to police task force

Tucson Police Chief Roberto Villaseñor has been appointed to the President's Task Force on 21st Century Policing, a group set up to "strengthen the relationships between local police and the communities they are supposed to protect and serve."... Read more»1

Analysis

How Hugo Chavez helped bring the U.S. and Cuba closer together

News analysis: It's going to be a bad year for Venezuela's leader Nicolas Maduro.... Read more»

Cuban expats are celebrating — the ones in Mexico, that is

Mexico has one of the biggest Cuban immigrant communities after the US. Many are happy Obama's restoring diplomatic relations with Havana, and hoping for an end to the trade embargo.... Read more»

Obama issues 12 pardons. That’s still far fewer than predecessors

The president’s 18 commutations put him ahead of recent presidents but his use of pardons still lags behind Ronald Reagan, George H.W. Bush, Bill Clinton and George W. Bush. ... Read more»

FactCheck

Video: Factchecking immigration claims

This FlackCheck.org video highlights misleading claims about immigration from both Democrats and Republicans.... Read more»

Raul Castro to Obama: Thanks, Barack. Now end the sanctions

Cuban President Raul Castro says his people want better relations with the U.S. but won’t compromise their independence.... Read more»

Analysis

The pros and cons of imposing sanctions on Venezuela

Analysis: The U.S. president is expected to impose sanctions on Venezuelan government officials. But not before taking these not-so-small issues into account.... Read more»

Graphic: Torture is a global problem

Out of the 155 countries that have adopted the UN Convention Against Torture 79 are violating it, activists say.... Read more»

FactCheck: No back taxes in immigration action

President Barack Obama misspoke when he said that immigrants living illegally in the U.S. would have to “pay any back taxes” in order to qualify for work papers under the plan he initiated via executive action. They would not.... Read more»

El Paso ID program aims to aid undocumented

A standardized ID would afford the homeless, indigent and disabled access to city services, and help undocumented immigrants prove they qualify for relief from deportation under the president's recently announced executive action, an immigrant rights group says.... Read more»

Freed Gitmo prisoners go to Uruguay

Six former prisoners of the U.S. military’s Guantanamo Bay detention facility arrived in Uruguay last weekend after more than a decade in captivity. A high-profile lawsuit over the U.S. military’s force-feeding of Guantanamo prisoners during a months-long hunger strike will continue despite their release. ... Read more»

Nothing is simple in world of ‘dark money’ politics

Critics say it's hard to peek into so-called 'dark money' groups, which sit at the crossroads of tax law, campaign-finance rules, nonprofit governance and questions of what constitutes 'social good.' But defenders say that anonymity is important to protect truly free political speech.... Read more»

Advocates blast lawsuit by Az, other states over Obama immigration plan

Legal experts on Friday dismissed as groundless a lawsuit that 18 states, including Arizona, brought this week against President Obama’s executive actions on immigration. The suit claims that deferred deportation of illegal immigrants and other initiatives“ amount to a unilateral suspension of the nation’s immigration laws.” But a top immigration lawyer derided the suit as “a factually challenged press release." ... Read more»2

Az college leaders tout STEM at White House meeting

Hundreds of college leaders from across the country – and at least four from Arizona – reviewed hundreds of different programs at the second White House College Opportunity Summit. They included Michael Crow of ASU, Brian Mueller of Grand Canyon University, and Lee Lambert, chancellor of Pima Community College.... Read more»

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