Meteor strikes on lobbyists' minds

By Dave Levinthal

Special interests have prodded U.S. government to fund tracking of killer space rocks.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Washington, D.C.":

"… calamity. In 2008, the California Space Authority sent a lobbyist to Washington, D.C., in part to promote passage of HR 4917, a bill sponsored by Rep. Dana …"

Separated by law: Families torn apart by 1996 immigration measure

By Susan Ferriss and Amy Isackson

Immigration measure has split husbands from wives, children from parents.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Los Angeles":

"… es apart and forcing Americans into exile.  Chris Xitco, a native of Los Angeles, never imagined that after marrying his wife Delia in 2002 and trying to l …"

"… more than a dozen years ago on the job at a produce-packing company in the Los Angeles area. Chris is not Hispanic, but he spoke some Spanish because he grew up …"

"… naïve, he said, that he took Delia right into the immigration office of a Los Angeles federal building. He approached a security guard and told him the couple w …"

"… ’t have a brain.” Delia took Elisa and flew to Nayarit. Chris went to Los Angeles. In December 2007 they met in Juarez for a new interview, a hardship waive …"

A dizzying series of legal twists and turns

By Susan Ferriss and Amy Isackson

Immigrant spouses struggling to understand changing laws, partisan politics

Excerpts from this story referencing "Washington, D.C.":

"… Vaughan, policy studies director at the Center for Immigration Studies, a Washington, D.C., group favoring less immigration, calls the bars “proportionate to the o …"

"… fellow at the Migration Policy Institute, a nonpartisan research group in Washington, D.C.On Jan. 6 of this year, U.S. immigration officials announced President Obam …"

Tea Party founder, Texans among those asking for stimulus funds

By Julie Vorman

The founder of the House Tea Party Caucus, Minnesota Rep. Michele Bachmann, is among scores of Republicans and conservative Democrats who cr

Excerpts from this story referencing "Steve King":

"… for $106 million in stimulus money for a Miami viaduct project.Iowa - Rep. Steve King, who opposed the stimulus bill as a "non-stimulating boondoggle of liberal …"

Family trips

By Marina Walker Guevara

House rules on travel companions were skirted — then loosened

Excerpts from this story referencing "Dana Rohrabacher":

"… rs can take on trips at the expense of private sponsors "undesirable."Rep. Dana Rohrabacher, R-Calif., ran afoul of the rule limiting the number of companions in 2004 …"