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 "Earth":

"… Calif., that would "establish an Office of Potentially Hazardous Near-Earth Object Preparedness" and "prepare the United States for readiness to avoid …"

"… diness to avoid and to mitigate collisions with potentially hazardous near-Earth objects in collaboration with other agencies through the identification of …"

"… SA to continue efforts to "detect, track, catalogue, and characterize near-Earth asteroids and comets in order to provide warning and mitigation of the pot …"

"… der to provide warning and mitigation of the potential hazard of such near-Earth objects to the Earth," Senate records show. The bill also "expresses the …"

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 "United States":

"… -year-old son, since his wife Maythe was deported and then barred from the United States in 2011 for what could be 20 years. In central North Carolina, Anita Mann …"

"… r more than one year, they must be issued a 10-year bar from living in the United States. They can then apply for a hardship waiver to try to return sooner and tak …"

"… and take up legal residency. If applicants have a history of entering the United States multiple times illegally, they can be barred for life — and can only pur …"

"… barred for life — and can only pursue pardons if they remain outside the United States for five, usually 10, sometimes 20 years. Being married to an American cit …"

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 "United States":

"… dating years of exile for illegal immigrants before they can return to the United States and legalize — even if they are married to an American citizen. Marriage …"

"… al loss.If immigrants have a history of two or more illegal entries to the United States, they aren’t even eligible to apply for hardship waivers. Their penalty …"

"… allow these individuals to have their waiver applications processed in the United States — and receive a provisional waiver determination before they complete th …"

"… rmination before they complete the visa process at a consulate outside the United States.”The benefit wouldn’t be open to those whose previous offenses make th …"

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 "stimulus law":

"… licans and conservative Democrats who criticized the $787 billion economic stimulus law while privately asking Obama administration officials for stimulus money t …"

"… INN member MinnPost reports that Bachman — who has campaigned saying the stimulus law was a “failure” and that it did not create any jobs — quietly wrote …"

"… d retiring Sen. Christopher Bond, both Republicans, opposed passage of the stimulus law then sought a share of its spoils. Akins asked for Commerce Department mon …"

"… recycled batteries.Florida - U.S. Rep. Connie Mack, who once described the stimulus law as paying for "pork-driven projects and liberal-spending programs” later …"

Family trips

By Marina Walker Guevara

House rules on travel companions were skirted — then loosened

Excerpts from this story referencing "Spain":

"… r found many infractions, including cases of siblings flying to Israel and Spain, and of mothers traveling to New York and Puerto Vallarta, MexicoThe Cente …"

"… ics committee to take her sister, Veronica Georges, on trips to Barcelona, Spain, in 2002 and Hawaii in 2003 also paid for by the Aspen Institute, records …"