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  • Golden Hammer: U.S. squandered $34 million on failed Afghanistan soybean project

    24 July 2014, 9:21 pm by: Kellan Howell

    Call it the great American soybean heist, the latest tale of U.S. taxpayer abuse to emanate from Afghanistan. Despite clear evidence that Afghanistan's arid soil was a bad place to grow soybeans, the U.S. Department of Agriculture spent $34.4 million trying to…
  • Inside the Beltway: Just a little media protection for the White House

    24 July 2014, 9:14 pm by: Jennifer Harper

    Broadcasters have offered lengthy broadcasts about Gaza and Ukraine but scant criticism about the White House role in the double crises. On the "Big Three" networks, in fact, the criticism amounted to less than a minute — in almost six hours of recent news…
  • Obama urges Congress to close corporate tax loopholes

    24 July 2014, 9:10 pm by: Ben Wolfgang

    With other pieces of his economic agenda such as a minimum wage increase stalled, President Obama turned his attention to corporate taxes Thursday and said U.S. businesses should be concerned not just with profits but also with being "good corporate citizens."…
  • GOP leader: Don't bring border kids to Wisconsin

    24 July 2014, 9:02 pm

    MILWAUKEE (AP) - Republican Assembly Speaker Robin Vos says Wisconsin should not be considered a site to temporarily house unaccompanied immigrant children who are crossing the U.S. border. The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports Vos wrote to Department of…
  • Mississippi gets 179 children from border surge

    24 July 2014, 8:18 pm

    JACKSON, Miss. (AP) - Mississippi has received fewer than 200 of the unaccompanied immigrant children who crossed the U.S. border and were released to sponsors so far this year, but the war of words over such children continues within the state. The U.S.…
  • US data show states that got most immigrant kids

    24 July 2014, 8:14 pm

    SANTA ANA, Calif. (AP) - States with established Central American immigrant communities have received the most children released to sponsors this year after being arrested unaccompanied at the U.S.-Mexico border, according to federal data released Thursday.…
  • Phoenix car wash mogul enters plea in hiring case

    24 July 2014, 8:11 pm

    PHOENIX (AP) - The owner of a metro Phoenix car wash chain accused of immigration fraud in its hiring practices pleaded guilty Thursday to a felony charge to commit identity fraud. Lee Stein, an attorney representing Danny's Family Car Wash owner Danny…
  • News briefs from around Tennessee at 1:58 a.m. EDT

    24 July 2014, 7:59 pm

    Health advocacy groups file lawsuit against state NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - Three advocacy groups filed a class action lawsuit on Wednesday accusing the state of Tennessee of failing to provide certain services required by the federal health care law. The…
  • Obama, Mexico's leader plot border surge strategy

    24 July 2014, 7:57 pm

    WASHINGTON (AP) - President Barack Obama is praising Mexico's attempts to target smugglers who are trafficking unaccompanied children from Central America through Mexico to the United States. Obama spoke to Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto (PAYN'-yuh…
  • Immigrant children being placed with sponsors

    24 July 2014, 7:28 pm

    LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - The federal government says well more than 100 unaccompanied children in Arkansas have been placed with sponsors so far this year after they crossed the border into the United States. The Office of Refugee Resettlement released a…
  • 1,504 undocumented children placed in New Jersey

    24 July 2014, 7:21 pm

    NEWARK, N.J. (AP) - More than 1,500 unaccompanied children who entered the U.S. illegally have been placed with sponsors in New Jersey so far this year, federal officials announced Thursday. New statistics released by the Department of Health and Human…
  • Northwest received few children from border surge

    24 July 2014, 7:01 pm by: Associated Press

    PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) - Federal officials say a relatively small number of the unaccompanied immigrant children who have been flooding into the United States from Central America have been sent to Oregon, Washington state and Idaho over the past six months. The…
  • Prosecutor: NYC lawyer bilked 30 immigrant clients

    24 July 2014, 6:59 pm

    NEW YORK (AP) - Prosecutors say a New York City lawyer cheated at least 30 African, Caribbean and South and Central American immigrants out of thousands of dollars by telling them they qualified for green cards when they didn't. Owolabi Salis pleaded not…
  • US jury convicts O'Brien in probation hiring case

    24 July 2014, 6:55 pm

    BOSTON (AP) - Former state probation commissioner John O'Brien was convicted Thursday of rigging the department's hiring process to favor politically-connected applicants over those who were more qualified. The guilty verdict on charges of racketeering and…
  • Massachusetts GOP briefed on immigration crisis

    24 July 2014, 6:50 pm

    BOSTON (AP) - A state official says it remains unclear how many unaccompanied children crossing the nation's southern border illegally will be temporarily detained in Massachusetts and how many could stay in the state longer. Secretary of Health and Human…
  • State Department indicates Nouri al-Maliki's days numbered as Iraq prime minister

    24 July 2014, 6:37 pm by: Rowan Scarborough

    The State Department on Thursday all but showed Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki the door, saying he had been particularly hard to work with. "We had extreme frustrations with the Iraqi government, particularly over the last year," Brett McGurk, deputy…
  • Immigrant children placed with Alabama sponsors

    24 July 2014, 6:36 pm

    MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - More than 400 immigrant children have been placed with sponsors in Alabama, according to federal figures released Thursday, and more could be coming with officials saying Maxwell Air Force Base in Montgomery is being considered for…
  • 119 unaccompanied children placed with sponsors

    24 July 2014, 6:31 pm

    PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) - More than 100 unaccompanied immigrant children who arrived at the southern U.S. border illegally have been placed individually with sponsors in Rhode Island this year, federal officials said Thursday. The U.S. Department of Health and…
  • US weighs refugee status for youth from Honduras

    24 July 2014, 6:22 pm by: JOSH LEDERMAN and JULIE PACE

    WASHINGTON (AP) - The Obama administration is weighing giving refugee status to young people from Honduras as part of a plan to slow the influx of unaccompanied minors arriving at the U.S.-Mexico border, White House officials said Thursday. The plan would…
  • 21 unaccompanied children placed with SD sponsors

    24 July 2014, 6:22 pm

    SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) - A federal report shows that 21 unaccompanied immigrant children have been placed individually with sponsors in South Dakota this year. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services released a state-by-state list Thursday showing…

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