Politics

9:59am

Thu April 26, 2012
Politics

Connecting the Dots: Top News Stories for Thursday, April 26

(Contra Costa Times) // Philip Morris and R.J. Reynolds, two power players in the tobacco industry, have donated more than tens of millions of dollars to defeat Proposition 29, a new tobacco tax on the June ballot. Prop 29 would increase taxes on a pack of cigarettes by $1 to $1.87, which would generate approximately $735 million annually that would mostly fund cancer research...

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4:18pm

Wed April 25, 2012
Afternoon News Roundup

Connecting the Dots: Afternoon edition for Wednesday, April 25, 2012

(BayCitizen) //  A necessary step in San Mateo's ability to accept and house an expected influx of low-level prisoners was approved at the County Board meeting yesterday. Last year 66 low-level prisoners entered the county's jail system sas part of the 2011 statewide realignment mandate. That number could be closer to 600 this year...

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10:26am

Wed April 25, 2012
Morning News Roundup

Connecting the Dots: Top news stories for Wednesday, April 25, 2012

(ProPublica) // People holding student loan debt from the U.S. government may be paying a new debtor soon. The Department of Education have been reassigning loans to nonprofit lenders, some of which have been associated with past scandals...

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4:22pm

Tue April 24, 2012
Politics

American-born children struggle to adapt in rural Guatemalan town

The issues of birthright citizenship, and so-called anchor babies, have a way of flaring tempers. For now, anyway, the children of illegal immigrants born in this country are allowed to live here with the same rights as any other citizen, assuming they were born in this country. But it often happens that the children don’t live here once their parents are caught and sent home. In a joint report from the Fronteras public radio project, Peter O’Dowd and Nadine Arroyo Rodriguez visited a small town in Guatemala, where more than a dozen American children live.

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4:05pm

Tue April 24, 2012
Politics

Secure Communities and the federal deportation program

Here in the Bay Area, we’ve seen the immigration debate manifest itself mostly in a controversy over the federal immigration program Secure Communities. The program requires local jails to share fingerprints of everyone they arrest with immigration enforcement officials. KALW’s Rina Palta sat down with the California Immigrant Policy Center's Jon Rodney to talk about how things are going.

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