Trains, amputations and the roots of why kids are on the run

By Susan Ferriss

Reports have long warned of chaos in Central America many minors say they want to escape.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Texas":

"… s sex workers, as the Center found in 2011. An in-depth report by the Texas legal aid group Appleseed, which led observations of such screenings, …"

Gingrich committee again targeted by FEC

By Dave Levinthal

Federal agency again accuses Gingrich presidential committee of numerous disclosure failures.

Obama campaign fundraisers picked for plum ambassadorships

By Michael Beckel

Obama’s new picks for ambassadorships in Denmark, Germany and Spain are all major fundraisers.

Excerpts from this story referencing "White House":

"… l committee — has been selected to be the new ambassador to Denmark, the White House announced in a press release late Friday afternoon. Obama also intends to …"

"… rtner Michael Smith — whom the Obamas selected in 2008 to redecorate the White House and who currently serves on the Committee for the Preservation of the Whit …"

"… ouse and who currently serves on the Committee for the Preservation of the White House. The actual amounts raised by the men could be much higher as the Obama c …"

"… is openly gay. His former partner, Jeremy Bernard, currently works as the White House social secretary. Their nominations come as gay rights activists have exp …"

New immigration bill provides ray of hope for separated families

By Susan Ferriss

New immigration bill may ease years-long 'bars' that have split spouses and children

Excerpts from this story referencing "Senate":

"… nse to apply the law.”  …"

"… s.   Crafted by a bipartisan group of eight senators, the voluminous Senate bill calls for giving immigration judges and other officials more discreti …"

Witnesses tell Congress that Americans, legal residents’ families suffer due to immigration laws

By Susan Ferriss

Representatives from American Families United testified before House Judiciary subcommittee on hardships of immigration bars

Excerpts from this story referencing "United States":

"… are forced, under a 1996 law, to serve a 10-year exile or more outside the United States before they can finish their applications to become legal residents. Some …"

"… y to have U.S. officials ultimately order those spouses to stay out of the United States for 10 years, 20 years, even for life. “What does America gain if a hus …"

"… force permanent legal immigrants’ spouses to wait so long to come to the United States while allowing certain temporary workers to bring spouses with them for th …"

Rep. Gutierrez meets on Capitol Hill with families torn apart by 1996 immigration law

By Susan Ferriss

Separated families meet with Rep. Gutierrez, hoping to be included in proposed reforms.

Excerpts from this story referencing "United States":

"… ption only if the undocumented spouse entered and resided illegally in the United States once, without multiple crossings. In addition, up to now, spouses have on …"

"… apply for hardship waivers after they have been barred and are outside the United States. There are no guarantees that waivers, which are notoriously difficult to …"

"… been barred for life, and now lives in Durango, Mexico. She arrived in the United States when she 16, brought in illegally by family members. Because her sister us …"

"… co after he was barred nearly a decade ago. They ended up returning to the United States — he illegally. “For almost 10 years, my husband, Ines, and I have li …"

Chris Christie on hunt for D.C. campaign cash

By Dave Levinthal

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie set to rake in campaign riches at home of powerful D.C. lobbyist.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Bob McDonnell":

"… ding lobbyists — BGR Group Chairman Ed Rogers.  Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell will serve as the ceremonial host of the Christie fundraiser, which i …"

Senator mistakenly says marriage quickly legalizes young immigrants

By Susan Ferriss

A new GOP idea would allow undocumented youth to earn limited legal status, but not a green card, the prerequisite to citizenship.

GOP immigration hardliner told constituent to take family to Mexico

By Susan Ferriss

The record of some GOP members of Congress shows it will take work to persuade them to embrace immigration reform.

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 "San Diego":

"… , alone with the couple’s two small children. T.J. Barbour, a native of San Diego, has been struggling every day to care for a 10-year-old son, since his wi …"

"… ties, knows what he is doing every Wednesday night and every weekend. The San Diego resident leaves his Rancho Bernardo neighborhood, packs his car with house …"

"… buy for less in the United States, like toilet paper, and drives over the San Diego-Tijuana border on those Wednesdays through heavy traffic to see his wife. …"

"… mes necessity makes you do things.” T.J. was just out of high school in San Diego when he met Maythe, at Burger King, about a dozen years ago. He tried out …"

A dizzying series of legal twists and turns

By Susan Ferriss and Amy Isackson

Immigrant spouses struggling to understand changing laws, partisan politics

Daily Disclosure: Let the debate spin begin

By Rachael Marcus

Democratic and Republican spending groups attack presidential candidates' debate performances.

Most eligible for Obama undocumented program already working

By Susan Ferriss

Aug. 15 start date for undocumented youths ages 15 to 30 to apply for deportation reprieve

Facts American adults can learn from undocumented kids

By Susan Ferriss

With young illegal immigrants an election-year football, politicians often leave out why there's no 'right way' to attempt to immigrate.

About 46,400 immigrants claiming U.S. children deported in six months

By Susan Ferriss

Obama administration clashes with immigrant advocates over deportations of parents, and the definition of criminal immigrants.

Watchdog groups call on Newt Gingrich to disclose all health center clients

By Fred Schulte and Joe Eaton

Public interest groups demand health center's client list

Gingrich's health center was power player in a host of Washington policy debates

By Fred Schulte and Joe Eaton

Gingrich's Center for Health Transformation was power player on host of issues

Excerpts from this story referencing "Mitt Romney":

"… sorts of activities are lobbying — or “influence peddling,” as rival Mitt Romney has claimed — is in dispute. Prodded by Romney, Gingrich has released a …"

FACT CHECK: Flubs in Florida

By FactCheck.Org

Facts took a beating in Monday's GOP candidate debate

Excerpts from this story referencing "Mitt Romney":

"… ted once again, this time in Tampa, Florida — where facts took a beating.Mitt Romney falsely claimed the Navy is smaller now than at any time since the start o …"

FACT CHECK: Ideal tax?

By FactCheck.Org

Gingrich’s plan would mean nearly zero tax for Romney

Excerpts from this story referencing "Mitt Romney":

"… rich joked that he ought to rename his proposed 15 percent flat tax the “Mitt Romney Flat Tax,” so “all Americans would pay the rate Mitt Romney paid.” A …"

"… tax the “Mitt Romney Flat Tax,” so “all Americans would pay the rate Mitt Romney paid.” Actually, not all Americans. Under Gingrich’s tax plan, Romney …"

"… ename our flat tax, we have a 15 percent flat tax, so this would be the ‘Mitt Romney flat tax.’ All Americans would pay the rate Mitt Romney paid. I think it …"

"… would be the ‘Mitt Romney flat tax.’ All Americans would pay the rate Mitt Romney paid. I think it’s terrific."Under the Gingrich tax plan, individua …"'s guide to the New Hampshire debates

By FactCheck.Org lays out the busy weekend for Republican presidential candidates leading up to N.H. primary

Excerpts from this story referencing "Bain Capital":

"… hat he helped create more than 100,000 net jobs while working at Bain Capital, an investment firm he co-founded. As we have reported, the Romney ca …"

FACT CHECK: Romney’s shaky job claims

By FactCheck.Org

Former Mass. governor used unproven, misleading facts to hail his job creation prowess

And now, left-wing Mitt Romney, out of context and in French

By Josh Israel and Aaron Mehta

A new political ad, entitled 'French Mitt Romney,' shows a video of the presidential candidate speaking in French, poorly

Excerpts from this story referencing "Newt Gingrich":

"… y in that language. But why attack Romney when former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich has surged ahead in the polls?Romney is the strongest general election can …"

"… didate. Walker hopes Republicans “throw [Romney] overboard and pick Newt Gingrich,” who he believes is unelectable.The Romney campaign did not immediately …"

FACT CHECK: Romney’s ‘magnet’ charge attracts scrutiny

By FactCheck.Org

Republican presidential front-runner referred to a number of U.S. policies as 'magnets' for illegal immigration

Judge orders Obama administration to release all White House visitor names

By Fred Schulte

Federal judge rejects White House claims and orders disclosure of all visitor logs

Excerpts from this story referencing "senior adviser":

"… change with the ruling. Still, Dalglish noted that Judge Howell, a former senior adviser to Democratic Sen. Patrick Leahy appointed to the federal bench by Obama i …"

Obama, first lady, VP combine for 45 fundraisers since official campaign launch

By Aaron Mehta and Peter H. Stone

Obama, first lady and vice president use perks of presidency to enhance fundraising

Excerpts from this story referencing "George H.W. Bush":

"… Politics. Since 1936, only three incumbent presidents – Ford, Carter and George H.W. Bush – have lost re-election.Incumbency comes with a corps of high-level surr …"

Obama rewards big bundlers with jobs, commissions, stimulus money, government contracts, and more

Obama administration has rewarded "bundlers" with jobs, appointments, government contracts

Excerpts from this story referencing "Eric Holder":

"… ven campaign bundlers who took jobs at Justice, including Attorney General Eric Holder, who was a $50,000 bundler.Two others are Thomas J. Perrelli, a Harvard la …"

iWatch News investigations of Newt Gingrich as he launches a presidential bid

iWatch News investigations of Newt Gingrich as he opens White House bid

Excerpts from this story referencing "Newt Gingrich":

"… t poured almost $9 million dollars into negative ads in the 2010 elections. …"

"… extensively on the Georgia Republican. Here are a few of the greatest hits:Newt Gingrich is straddling a fine line: Even as he courts evangelicals wary of his two …"

"… ucks from the fossil fuel industry. “I am not a lobbyist for ethanol,” Newt Gingrich declared in a mid-winter spat with the editors of The Wall Street Journal …"

White House visitor logs riddled with holes

By Fred Schulte and Viveca Novak

Obama touts release of Secret Service logs but data has huge gaps

Excerpts from this story referencing "official":

"… Zimmerman, his birth name) listed in the White House visitor logs — the official record of who comes to call at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, maintained by the …"

"… He called the White House visitor logs “very thin gruel.”A White House official conceded the system has limitations, asserting it was designed not as an a …"

Do Trump's assertions about Obama's birthplace add up?

By FactCheck.Org

Donald Trump renews unsubstantiated claims about whether President Obama was really born in the United States

Excerpts from this story referencing "official":

"… birth," thus publicly confirming it as his birthplace.He insists that the official "Certification of Live Birth" that Obama produced in 2008 is "not a birth …"

"… artment of State uses "birth certificate" as a generic term to include the official Hawaii document, which satisfies legal requirements for proving citizenshi …"

"… is now-deceased American grandparents. Actually, a state health department official and a former managing editor of one of the newspapers said the information …"

"… y lately about the sort of bogus claims that Trump repeats. Hawaii’s top official in charge of vital records stated long ago, for example, that the confiden …"

New year for ethics in New York?

By Caitlin Ginley

New York Governor David Paterson is expected to announce a sweeping ethics reform package Wednesday, which is already being hailed as “the m