4:10pm

Fri June 15, 2012
It's All Politics

President Obama's Immigration Shift Could Bolster Latino Support In November

Originally published on Fri June 29, 2012 2:00 pm

Supporters of President Obama's announcement on immigration policy rally outside the White House Friday.
Jacquelyn Martin AP

President Obama's decision to stop deporting young, otherwise law-abiding illegal immigrants could help rebuild his support among electorally important Latinos after 18 months of futile efforts, some activists said Friday.

"There is overwhelming support for the protection of these children, as there is in the rest of the country. I think this could have an energizing effect on Latino voters," says Clarissa Martinez del Castro, director of immigration and national campaigns for National Council of La Raza.

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3:42pm

Fri June 15, 2012
The Two-Way

U.S. Acknowledges Military Action In Yemen And Somalia

Drone strikes against members of al-Qaida in Yemen and Somalia have been widely reported. But for the first time, the White House has publicly acknowledged these operations.

The administration said the U.S. had taken "direct action" in both countries in a six-month report on U.S. combat operations required by the War Powers Resolution.

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3:38pm

Fri June 15, 2012
Shots - Health Blog

Calif. Runs With Health Law Without Waiting On Supreme Court

Originally published on Fri June 15, 2012 4:25 pm

California lawmakers have been introducing legislation that would replicate key pieces of the federal law, including bills defining benefits and guaranteeing coverage to people with pre-existing conditions.
iStockphoto.com

Many states have done nothing to implement the health overhaul law, saying they'll wait to see how the Supreme Court rules.

Not California.

The country's most populous state got out in front first on implementing the law, and it hasn't slowed down in recent weeks as the rest of the country waits to hear from the high court.

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3:38pm

Fri June 15, 2012
Europe

Greek Leftist Leader Up For 'Worst Job' In Europe

Originally published on Fri June 15, 2012 8:41 pm

Syriza Party leader Alexis Tsipras greets supporters at a party rally in Athens. The leftist party came second in the elections last month and could win a revote on Sunday.
Milos Bicanski Getty Images

A few short weeks ago, the Greek politician Alexis Tsipras was a young rebel leading Syriza, a fractious leftist coalition best known for anti-austerity protests. Now, his party could come in first in Sunday's election.

The party's possible win alarmed the German edition of the Financial Times as it posted an online appeal in Greek calling on voters to resist his demagoguery.

But Tsipras, a civil engineer who has been involved in leftist politics since his teens, says his program to roll back austerity will save the euro from its ballooning debt crisis.

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3:02pm

Fri June 15, 2012
Around the Nation

Some Immigrants Relieved After Deportation Changes

Originally published on Fri June 15, 2012 4:25 pm

Communities across the country reacted differently to President Obama's new immigration order.

2:55pm

Fri June 15, 2012
National Security

50 Years After A Cold War Drama, A Silver Star

Originally published on Fri June 15, 2012 4:58 pm

This undated photo of Francis Gary Powers shows him standing next to a U-2 spy plane. Powers was shot down and captured in the Soviet Union in 1960 and held for nearly two years. He was posthumously awarded a Silver Star at the Pentagon on June 15.
AP/Allied Museum

When an experimental U.S. spy plane was shot down over the Soviet Union in 1960, the U.S. government quickly came up with elaborate cover stories.

"The plane [Soviet leader Nikita] Khrushchev reported shot down inside Russian territory presumably is an American, single-engine jet, a U-2 reported missing on a flight along the Turkish-Russian border last Sunday," a broadcast at the time said. "The national space agency has been flying these planes, 10 of them, in many parts of the world, studying the upper atmosphere."

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2:55pm

Fri June 15, 2012
The Two-Way

Napolitano: New Immigration Policy Is Part Of A 'Strong Enforcement'

Originally published on Fri June 15, 2012 4:25 pm

Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano.
Mandel Ngan AFP/Getty Images

In an interview with All Things Considered's Audie Cornish, Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano said the administration's decision to defer the deportation of some young illegal immigrants is a part of a "strong enforcement" of immigration laws.

She said that this administration has stymied illegal border crossings and stepped up deportations of criminals.

"Strong enforcement also embodies looking at different categories differently when the facts justify that we do so," Napolitano said.

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2:55pm

Fri June 15, 2012
The Two-Way

The Euro Crisis Has A Beat (And You Can Cry To It)

Originally published on Mon July 9, 2012 6:52 pm

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2:22pm

Fri June 15, 2012
Shots - Health Blog

As More Americans Live Through Cancer, Survivors' Ranks Grow

Originally published on Fri June 15, 2012 3:07 pm

An American Cancer Society Relay for Life event at the University of Texas-Dallas in 2006. The events are meant to "celebrate the lives of people who have battled cancer, remember loved ones lost, and fight back against the disease," according to the organization.
Josh Berglund via Wikimedia Commons

A cancer diagnosis is no longer a death sentence for many people who get one.

The ranks of American cancer survivors are growing, and will increase from 13.7 million in January 2012 to nearly 18 million in January 2022, according to a report from the American Cancer Society and the National Cancer Institute.

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1:54pm

Fri June 15, 2012
It's All Politics

With DREAM Order, Obama Did What Presidents Do: Act Without Congress

Originally published on Mon June 18, 2012 11:12 am

President Obama on Friday announced he was using his executive power to give some young illegal immigrants the right to stay longer in the United States.
Susan Walsh AP

President Obama's announcement Friday that he is using his executive authority to defer deportation proceedings for young immigrants who entered the U.S. illegally but meet certain requirements was just the latest example of the president's use of his power to act without Congress on policy issues.

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