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Emergency border funding request also asks for firefighting funds

The president’s request for $3.7 billion to stem the tide of immigrant children crossing the Southwest border included a request for $615 million to fight wildfires. Advocates say the firefighting money is needed, but some critics questioned its inclusion in the border request.... Read more»

Analysis

Job growth is accelerating

Last week’s employment report from the Bureau of Labor Statistics continues 2014’s streak of good news, as we are finally starting to dig out of the crater the recession put in the labor market.... Read more»

White House: $3.7 billion needed for border security surge

The White House has requested an emergency supplement of $3.7 billion to support a “sustained border security surge” in response to a wave of unaccompanied minors crossing into the United States through the Rio Grande Valley this summer.... Read more»

Analysis

Violence, not deferred action, behind border surge

Based on a statistical analysis of unaccompanied children arrivals data, border security statistics, and violence levels in Central America, it is clear that violence in countries such as Guatemala, Honduras, and El Salvador—rather than deferred action or lax U.S. border enforcement—is driving the increase in unaccompanied children.... Read more»1

McSally: GOP debates slated for SV, GV

Two Republican congressional primary debates will be held later this month in Sierra Vista and Green Valley, presumed frontrunner Martha McSally said Monday morning. The announcement follows the cancellation of a debate promoted by a right-wing group after the three-time candidate declined to participate.... Read more»

Obama's numbers, July update

Jobs, profits, guns and health insurance. FactCheck.org’s regular update of the statistics.... Read more»

Obama and executive overreach

The issue of executive overreach from President Obama was debated on “Fox News Sunday,” but on two issues, the rhetoric outpaced the facts.... Read more»

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»

Will migrant kids lose access to child-welfare & legal help in rush to deport?

Child legal advocates are worried some Central American kids turning themselves in at the border could be returned to peril if Congress amends laws to speed up their repatriation to home countries.... 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»

Az advocates hail, condemn Supreme Court ruling on contraception

Reaction was swift to the Supreme Court’s ruling that businesses cannot be forced to provide workers’ contraceptive coverage, if it conflicts with the owners’ religious beliefs. Supporters hailed it as a victory for religious rights, while opponents saw it as a setback for women’s rights.... 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»

Guest opinion

Re-establishing religious liberty post-Hobby Lobby

Federal and state lawmakers must ensure that religious liberty is not used as a force to discriminate or impose costs on others.... Read more»1

Analysis

Sarajevo centennial: Today's turbulence a legacy of WWI

The tinderbox of circumstances and realities that required only the tiniest of sparks to plunge the world into thirty years of global chaos a century ago are in many ways still with us today.... 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»

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