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Biden administration ending 'Remain in Mexico' policy on asylum-seekers

Homeland Security officials said Monday they will wind down a Trump-era program, known as "Remain in Mexico," which requires asylum seekers to stay south of the border while their applications for protection wind through the U.S. immigration system. ... Read more»

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Border & immigration

Tohono O’odham feel squeezed by gangs, Border Patrol

The Tohono O’odham Nation is under siege by smugglers and gangs, according to a story in the New York Times. With tougher border security, more smuggling traffic is being forced through the reservation, and residents are paying the price.... Read more»

Immigration

Tucson sector sees jump in number of Chinese border crossers

Stephen Ceasar, a reporter with the New York Times Student Journalism Institute, is changing the image of the typical illegal immigrant crossing into the US.... Read more»

Haggis import ban to be lifted by U.S.

Haggis, the traditional Scottish dish made from minced sheep offal, oatmeal and spices, may soon be allowed back into the U.S. after a 21-year ban based on mad cow disease worries.... Read more»

Comic:

Mad Men: No such thing as bad publicity for Al Qaeda

It's all about keeping the name in the news for Osama Bin Ladin and his Al Qaeda cabal. Even to the point of claiming miserable failures like the alleged underpants bomber as one of their own.... Read more»

Terror

U.S. lends firepower to Yemen fight vs. Al Qaeda

Behind-the-scenes American training of Yemeni police is a 'sensitive' issue, opposed by many there. A renewed offensive against Al Qaeda has sparked the debate.... Read more»

Corky: TV talking heads conduct 'an uncivil war'

In the cave of winds called Television, no zephyr shrieks like the voguish panel discussion. It's an affliction - or infection, take your choice - that has developed both in TV news and sports.... Read more»1

Geek relief

Natural disaster? There’s an app for that...

As a planet, we have become remarkably adept at response to natural disasters. Not only are nations pooling resources to work together to search, rescue, recover and rebuild, but we are doing so faster than ever before with greater success. Leave it to the technology geeks to further optimize that process.... Read more»

Haitian radio helps keep a country afloat

In the aftermath of the Jan. 12 Haitian earthquake, a radio station steps up to provide information and relief to the people of Haiti.... Read more»

Health care

Health-care reform: Friend or foe? Area politicians split along party lines

I’m a little bit ashamed to admit that I haven’t exactly been following all the hubbub about health-care reform. I’m one of the lucky people that has pretty good medical insurance through my employer. But I also know there are a lot of people who aren’t so lucky. ... Read more»5

China v. Google: Beijing fights back

After days of circumspect near-silence amid an international debate on Chinese censorship and surveillance that began more than a week ago when Google threatened to quit its operations here, China came out swinging Friday.... Read more»

Bank bailout

FDIC chief got Bank of America loans while working on its rescue

Sheila Bair, one of the chief regulators overseeing Bank of America’s federal rescue, took out two mortgages worth more than $1 million from the banking giant last summer during ongoing negotiations about the bank’s bailout and its repayment.... Read more»

Massachusetts Senate election

Mass. panic for Democrats?

The Sunday morning chattering class was busily Wednesday-morning quarterbacking the election even before the polls closed Tuesday. But what's the real impact of Scott Brown's election to the Senate?... Read more»

Rep. Raúl Grijalva

Grijalva not reconciled to health care reform loss

Rep. Raúl Grijalva is pushing a plan for the Senate to pass the House health care reform bill with budget reconciliation, reports The New Republic. Reconciliation would only require 51 votes in the Senate, removing the threat of a filibuster. ... Read more»

Unemployment

COBRA health insurance subsidy extended by feds

Workers who become unemployed in January and February may qualify for a 65 percent subsidy of their health insurance premiums, and the length of that subsidy was extended to 15 months.... Read more»

Center for Biological Diversity

Obama earns 'C' for environmental efforts

The Center for Biological Diversity awarded the Obama administration a C grade for its environmental record Tuesday. In its "Report Card," the Tucson-based environmental advocates found that the administration has a mixed record on protecting endangered species, climate, public lands and oceans.... Read more»

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