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Who Really Crosses the U.S.-Mexico Border?

January 2, 2015 For the first time in more than 60 years, more non-Mexicans than Mexicans were apprehended by U.S. Border Patrol at checkpoints in 2014, according to an analysis by the Pew Research Center. Approximately 257,000 non-Mexicans were apprehended by the U.S. Border Patrol in 2014, compared to about 229,000 Mexicans, according...

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NYPD Commissioner: Snubbing Mayor de Blasio Was 'Inappropriate'

December 28, 2014 A day after hundreds of NYPD officers, in an act of defiance, turned their backon New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio as he spoke at a funeral for Officer Rafael Ramos, who was killed along with Officer Wenjian Liu earlier this month, New York City Police Commissioner defended the...

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Two Drone Strikes in Pakistan Kill Militants

December 26, 2014 Two separate drone strikes killed at least seven suspected militants—including four foreign extremists—in northwest Pakistan on Friday, Pakistani officials said. The strikes, which are believed to have been carried out by U.S. drones, took place in the isolated Shawal Valley of the North Waziristan tribal region, an area known for...

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U.S. Releases Four Afghan Detainees From Guantanamo

December 22, 2014 Four Afghans who were held for more than a decade at the U.S. military prison at Guantanamo Bay were released late Friday, the Department of Defense announced Saturday—the latest step in the Obama administration's attempt to dismantle the wartime detention center now holding 132 detainees. According to officials, action was...

US Releases Four Afghan Detainees From Guantanamo

December 21, 2014 Four Afghans who were held for more than a decade at the U.S. military prison at Guantanamo Bay were released late Friday, the Department of Defense announced Saturday—the latest step in the Obama administration's attempt to dismantle the wartime detention center now holding 132 detainees. According to officials, action was...

Obama Says the North Korea Hack Was ‘Cybervandalism,’ Not Cyber War

December 21, 2014 For as outspoken as President Barack Obama has been about the gravity of North Korea's hack of Sony Pictures, in which he said the United States "will respond proportionally," he said Sunday that he doesn't consider the cyber intrusion "an act of war." "No, I don't think it was an...

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Dick Cheney Tells NBC: 'I'd Do It Again in a Minute'

December 15, 2014 Former Vice President Dick Cheney vigorously defended the CIA's use of "enhanced interrogation techniques" on Sunday, dismissing the Senate report that referred to waterboarding and other practices as torture, and saying that there was no comparison to how terrorists treat Americans. "It worked. It absolutely did work," Cheney, one of...

An Especially Deadly Day in Afghanistan

December 14, 2014 Taliban suicide bombers and gunmen unloaded a volley of violence across Afghanistan Saturday, killing two U.S. soldiers, assassinating a Supreme Court official, picking off 12 men working to clear land mines, and killing seven Afghan soldiers on a bus—continuing the pace of what has been a particularly bloody few months...

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New York Police Union Members to Mayor De Blasio: Don't Attend My Funeral

December 14, 2014 New York City's police union, the Patrolmen’s Benevolent Association, is urging its members to ban Mayor Bill de Blasio from their funerals, the latest episode in the ongoing clash between the mayor and the city's law-enforcement power structure. Officers are encouraged to fill out a form on the union's website...

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Six Guantanamo Detainees Are Released to Uruguay

December 8, 2014 Six prisoners who were held at Guantanamo Bay for 12 years have been transferred to Uruguay to be resettled as refugees, U.S. officials announced early Sunday. The arrangement that appears to have been held up at the desk of outgoing Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel and, secondarily, by elections in...