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Officer in Ferguson shooting unlikely to return to job, police chief says
ST. LOUIS - Darren Wilson, the police officer who shot and killed teenager Michael Brown three months ago, is unlikely to return to his job regardless of whether a grand jury decides to indict him, Ferguson Police Chief Thomas Jackson said Thursday.
At the RGA, early screening for presidential prospects
BOCA RATON, Fla. - There were public preening and private courtship, opportunities to display political talents before large audiences and quieter moments to woo donors and lay the foundation for what's to come. When Republican governors gathered here this week to celebrate their victories in the midterm elections, they found presidential politics all around them.
GovBeat: The sheriff of Maricopa County, Ariz., has already filed a lawsuit against Obama over immigration
Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio filed a lawsuit Thursday in a U.S. District Court against President Obama over his executive action on immigration.
Holder announces new guidance to law enforcement officers ahead of Ferguson decision
Attorney General Eric Holder announced Friday that the Bureau of Justice Assistance and the Office of Community Oriented Policing Services will provide law enforcement officers with "a new guide" that will compile "information, tools, and best practices to maintain public safety while safeguarding constitutional rights during First Amendment-protected events."
Potential 2016ers weigh in on Obama's new immigration policy
On Thursday night, President Obama unveiled new executive actions on immigration reform. His would-be replacements weighed in on the announcement: Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton (D): "I support the President's decision to begin fixing our broken immigration system and focus finite resources on deporting felons rather than families. I was hopeful that the bipartisan bill passed by the Senate in 2013 would spur the House of Representatives to act, but they refused even to advance an alternative. Their abdication of responsibility paved the way for this executive action, which follows established precedent from Presidents of both parties going back many decades," she wrote in a rare public statement. "Our disagreements on this important issue may grow heated at times, but I am confident that people of good will and good faith can yet find common ground. We should never forget that we're not discussing abstract statistics - we're talking about real families with real experiences."
Republicans confront own worst enemy on immigration
Just two weeks ago, Republicans handed President Obama a humiliating defeat at the polls, winning full control of Congress. But already, party leaders fear that the conservative uproar over the president's immigration actions will doom any hopes for a stable period of GOP governance.
The Fix: Is President Obama's claim to have increased criminal deportations accurate?
One of the key arguments made by President Obama in his speech outlining his actions to address undocumented immigrants was his insistence that his administration had made the borders more secure. "Today, we have more agents and technology deployed to secure our southern border than at any time in our history," Obama said -- a claim that we've evaluated before.
Crowds in Ukraine show lingering tensions amid Biden visit to back pro-West officials
KIEV, Ukraine - Vice President Biden abruptly canceled a wreath-laying ceremony Friday at a memorial marking Ukraine's pro-Western revolution after angry crowd gathered to demand justice for those killed in the unrest.
The Fix: A big reason climate change isn't a priority: The apocalypse
If you want to understand how little urgency there is among the American public about climate change, consider this:
The Fix: Jon Stewart on Landrieu's campaign: A skier vs. an avalanche
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The Fix: Great news! The first presidential primary debates could be here within a few short months
Political junkies look back on 2008 fondly. Two contested primary seasons, one epically so. A ridiculous number of primary debates stretched out over months. Then 2012 primary season was almost as good, setting, at least, a new high-water mark for both debate count and entertainment value. Given that we now have an actual, real-life, honest-to-God 2016 candidate (and approximately 4,200 imminent ones), we think it's appropriate to ask when we can start seeing them standing behind lecterns insulting each other.
The Fix: Obama isn't the first president to be called an 'emperor,' and he won't be the last
In case you haven't heard, President Obama is an emperor.
GovBeat: North Carolina fires Gruber after Obamacare remarks
North Carolina's state auditor on Thursday terminated a contract with Jonathan Gruber, the MIT economics professor and health-care expert whose comments on the Affordable Care Act have generated fury among conservatives.
The Fix: The history of 'amnesty' in the immigration debate
When politicians discuss controversial policies, they rarely ever use the same words. Supporters will frame the issue in sunshine, where opponents will try to make it sound as terrifying as possible. When changing how the federal government deals with undocumented immigrants comes up, supporters tend to call the issue "immigration reform," while opponents call it "amnesty."
The Fix: The impact of Obama's immigration executive action, state by state (in 1 map)
President Obama announced a big executive action on immigration Thursday night. But while it allows nearly half of illegal immigrants in the United States to avoid deportation, the impact varies significantly by state.
The Fix: Is President Obama's claim to have increased criminal deportations accurate?
One of the key arguments made by President Obama in his speech outlining his actions to address undocumented immigrants was his insistence that his administration had made the borders more secure. "Today, we have more agents and technology deployed to secure our southern border than at any time in our history," Obama said -- a claim that we've evaluated before.
The Fix: Is President Obama's claim to have increased criminal deportations accurate?
One of the key arguments made by President Obama in his speech outlining his actions to address undocumented immigrants was his insistence that his administration had made the borders more secure. "Today, we have more agents and technology deployed to secure our southern border than at any time in our history," Obama said -- a claim that we've evaluated before.
Chinese courts crack down on journalist Gao Yu and Muslim professor Ilham Tohti
BEIJING - In a double-barreled attack on freedom of expression, Chinese authorities Friday put a prominent journalist on trial and denied the appeal of Uighur professor Ilham Tohti, a leading moderate Muslim voice.
Hong Kong protests spur renewed debate over 'patriotic' education
HONG KONG - Until the dying days of British rule in Hong Kong, there was no place for politics or controversy in education. Chinese history, as far as the school curriculum was concerned, ended in with the fall of the Qing dynasty in 1911, and local current affairs were not really anybody's business but the colonial rulers'.
WorldViews: Chart: The world is too fat and it's costing us $2 trillion a year
We're fat -- and we're getting fatter. One estimate from earlier this year found that almost one-third of the world was now obese (that's more than 2 billion people) and that numbers had been rising, significantly, for decades.
WorldViews: This war video game is not about the shooters. It's about the victims.
There are many war games that enable players to slip into the roles of elite soldiers or criminals. "This War of Mine" is different: It takes the viewpoint of civilians who have to survive in a besieged city. Instead of adrenaline rushes from playing war and wielding weapons, players experience the horrors of being a non-combatant surrounded by violent conflict.
Tunisia's Islamists get sobering lesson in governing
TUNIS, Tunisia - On a recent warm evening, hundreds of men and women were mingling outside the offices of Tunisia's Islamist party. They were singing and cheering. They were waving little red-and-white Tunisian flags. It looked as if they had just won an election.
WorldViews: How this seemingly innocuous tweet forced a British MP to resign
To readers outside of Britain, it may be hard to understand exactly why the tweet picture above could lead to a senior politician resigning. It probably seems completely innocuous, if not bland: A picture of a house, decorated with flags, with a white van parked outside. The photograph is accompanied with a very basic description. What exactly is there to get annoyed about?
Six months after Ebola appeared, Sierra Leone still lacks beds for patients
FREETOWN, Sierra Leone - Outside Connaught Hospital, the woman with the glassy eyes and raging fever had been waiting all day, hoping that a doctor might be able to answer her questions: Did she have Ebola? Could someone treat her?
Spain's Duchess of Alba, noblewoman with flair, dies in Seville at 88
The Spanish Duchess of Alba, whose profusion of noble titles, wealth and flair made her the subject of fascination in Spain and beyond, particularly after her recent marriage to a commoner 24 years her junior, died Nov. 19 at her Duenas palace in Seville. She was 88.
Aereo is filing for bankruptcy
It looks like it's finally the end of the road for Aereo, the embattled video startup.
Sloan: 2014's biggest financial turkey? Pfizer's bungled attempt to gobble up AstraZeneca.
Thanksgiving, the quintessential American holiday, is almost upon us. That makes this an absolutely perfect time to talk about turkeys - of the financial variety, of course. We have an unusually plentiful flock this year, featuring giant companies that have fouled up badly.
Obama's immigration order gives tech community some - but not all - of what it wants
This post has been updated.
On Leadership: What presidential leadership scholars think of Obama's immigration move
One of the chief criticisms President Obama has faced during his six years in office has been that his leadership isn't strong. Much of the criticism has been politically motivated, coming from opponents who suggest he is weak and lacks resolve. And some of it comes from insiders, who have said he lacks fire or the "passion of a leader."
Comcast is testing a way to tell you exactly when the cable guy is coming
Don't look now: Comcast may actually be doing something good for customer service.
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States move slowly toward digital textbooks
Despite enthusiasm for digital textbooks at the national level, states have been slow to get on board. But the movement is gaining strength.
Indiana gov squashes vp speculation
TODAY'S TAKE: Indiana Governor Mitch Daniels is the latest GOP governor who says he's not interested in becoming Mitt Romney's running mate.
Note to readers: A new Stateline is coming soon
Stateline and the Pew Center on the States are launching a new website at Pewstates.org
AZ: Arizona's immigration law gets its day in U.S. Supreme Court
When Paul Clement walks into the U.S. Supreme Court on Wednesday he's going to try to convince at least five justices that Arizona has an inherent right to enforce federal immigration laws.
NC: North Carolina judge vacates death penalty under racial justice law
In a landmark ruling, a North Carolina judge on Friday vacated the death penalty of a black man convicted of murder, saying prosecutors across the state had engaged in deliberate and systematic racial discrimination when striking black potential jurors in death penalty cases.
NJ: New Jersey drops out of lawsuit against EPA over ozone
New Jersey has dropped out of a lawsuit challenging the White House decision to bypass strict ozone standards that the EPA had recommended as necessary to protect human health.
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