Politics
8:27 am
Fri June 24, 2011

Will Journalist Face Deportation? Signs Point To 'No'

Jose Antonio Vargas works in his New York City apartment May 26. Vargas, a journalist, has revealed to the public that he is an illegal immigrant.
Bonnie Jo Mount Courtsey of The Washington Post

Now that a high-profile journalist has admitted to being an illegal immigrant, can he expect a visit from the authorities? Based on recent immigration policy directives, the answer likely is "no."

As he explains in a New York Times Magazine article and an ABC News interview, journalist Jose Antonio Vargas broke numerous laws to conceal his citizenship status for more than a decade. A spokeswoman for U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement declined to directly address whether the agency might take action against Vargas.

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Opinion
8:19 am
Fri June 24, 2011

Weekly Standard: First, Third And Real Worlds Meet

Women paint during the International Day of Action for Women's Health on May 28 in Medellin, Antioquia department, Colombia. Hundreds of women protested for the construction of a health clinic for women. Around the world, more attention has been focused on the rights of women and their access to health care causing debate on how involved the U.S. should be.
Raul Arboleda AFP/Getty Images

Charlotte Allen is a contributing editor to the Manhattan Institute's Minding the Campus website.

The good news about the conference earlier this year titled "Driving Change, Shaping Lives: Gender in the Developing World" was that no one said, "Women hold up half the sky." The bad news was that someone might as well have uttered this chestnut, reputed to be one of Mao Zedong's favorite Chinese proverbs and a perennial favorite of feminists.

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Opinion
7:37 am
Fri June 24, 2011

New Republic: Blind To The Dawn Of 'New Darfur'

A handout picture released by the United Nations Mission in Sudan (UNMIS) on June 10 shows residents of Kadugli seeking shelter outside UNMIS sector headquarters after fleeing fighting in Kadugli town.
Paul Banks AFP/Getty Images

Eric Reeves is a professor at Smith College and author of A Long Day's Dying: Critical Moments in the Darfur Genocide.

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Opinion
7:07 am
Fri June 24, 2011

The Nation: TSA Gets Some Security Of Its Own

Passengers move through a main security checkpoint at the Denver International Airport last year. TSA employees have voted for union representation from the American Federation of Government Employees.
John Moore Getty Images

John Nichols, a pioneering political blogger, has written the Beat since 1999.

These are tough times for labor unions. They are under attack in the private sector and at all levels of government. But workers are waking up to the reason for the attacks: unions are essential sources of protection for essential workers.

So it is that the labor movement has now secured one of the most important victories of recent years in a high-profile area of the public sector.

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Middle East
7:01 am
Fri June 24, 2011

Geography, Economy Put Turkey Near Syrian Crisis

Washington is calling on Syria to remove its troops from the border with Turkey. Aid officials say hundreds of Syrians fled makeshift camps into southeastern Turkey as the military approached.

Ankara doesn't want to lose its economic engagement with Syria, but nonetheless is shifting its rhetoric in support of the people demanding more freedoms.

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NPR Double Take
7:00 am
Fri June 24, 2011

Double Take 'Toons: Readers Of The Packs?

Cartoon standard promo

The FDA will require disturbing images and warnings about tobacco's harms on all cigarette packs. Dave Granlund wonders if it's really about health — will the FDA stop at cigarettes? And Lee Judge presents his idea to curtail smoking.

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Television
12:01 am
Fri June 24, 2011

Spanish-Language Network Makes Daytime Emmy Bid

Actress Kate del Castillo in a publicity still for the Telemundo hit La Reina del Sur. The Spanish-language network is promoting the show for a Daytime Emmy nomination.
Telemundo

Nominations for this year's Primetime Emmys close Friday, and for weeks TV networks have been waging slick ad campaigns on behalf of their shows, actors and actresses. This year there's a newcomer to the Emmy campaign: Spanish-language network Telemundo, which is promoting its hit La Reina del Sur (The Queen of the South).

La Reina del Sur chronicles the life of a naive Mexican woman who falls in love with a drug lord and stumbles into becoming one of the world's most powerful traffickers.

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Business
12:01 am
Fri June 24, 2011

Obama: We Need More Manufacturing Jobs

Workers with circuit boards on a production line.
Istock

President Obama is in Pittsburgh Friday to highlight American manufacturing, which he hopes to boost with a series of appearances and a program called the Advanced Manufacturing Partnership.

Coming from the industrial Midwest, Obama knows the value of factory jobs. From his first days in office, he's been talking about lighting a fire under the nation's factory boilers.

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Law
12:01 am
Fri June 24, 2011

The Bulgers: A Tale Of Two Brothers

Alleged mob boss James "Whitey" Bulger is on his way back to Boston to face charges. Arrested after 16 years on the lam, Bulger is implicated in 19 murders linked to a brutal crime ring.

What many people outside Massachusetts don't know is that Bulger's brother may have been just as powerful in his own world.

William "Billy" Bulger held the longest ever term as state senate president, a position many in Boston consider more powerful than the governor.

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Crisis In The Housing Market
12:01 am
Fri June 24, 2011

Foreclosed Homes Wait In 'Shadows' To Go On Sale

The housing market is still languishing this summer, leading some economists to believe prices won't begin to recover until 2014. Even Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernake says the market may be worse than most people thought.

This is due in large part to something economists call the shadow inventory — or the number of houses that will soon be up for sale.

On any given day in just about every city in the country, auctioneers are standing on the front steps of homes selling off foreclosed properties. Often no buyers even show up, and the bank takes the house.

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