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U.S. announces arrests in border crackdown on human smuggling

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. officials have made almost 200 arrests and seized more than $625,000 in illicit profits in a month-long crackdown on human smuggling in response to an influx of illegal immigration into Texas, the Department of Homeland Security said on Tuesday.

New Questions on Health Law After Rulings

Robert Pear, New York Times

Perry in Obama’s Face

By sending 1,000 National Guardsmen to the Texas/Mexico border, Governor Rick Perry is stepping up to challenge the president and fill the vacuum left by Barack Obama’s lack of leadership in a way other possible presidential candidates cannot match.

His boldness and courage come as a welcome relief for the legions of Republicans and Independents who ask, with frustration, “Will nobody stand up to this president?” Legislators can only talk. Governors can act.

Perry’s more cautious advisors likely warned the governor of the dangers he faces. What if the Guardsmen kill someone?

Will there be complaints from the Border Guard that they are in the way? Will they be…

Rebuilding a Spy Partnership

David Ignatius, RealClearPolitics
WASHINGTON — Given recent German indignation about the National Security Agency, it has been easy to overlook the fact that for decades the German government has cooperated extensively with the NSA on surveillance activities. But after a high-level meeting in Berlin this week, this long-standing but veiled cooperation may have a firmer legal and political base.
The two countries’ past partnership became so extensive that they even developed a special logo for their joint signals-intelligence activity, known by its initials, “JSA.” It shows an American bald eagle against the colors of the…

Senate panel to debate wave of corporate tax-avoidance deals

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – As more U.S. corporations do deals to cut taxes by shifting their tax domiciles overseas, the Senate Finance Committee will hold a hearing on Tuesday focused on these transactions known as inversions.

Obama’s New Executive Order & Religious Liberty

Todd Starnes, FOX