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  • Budget cuts and the politics of research

    Budget cuts and the politics of research
    Here's another reason the dysfunctional federal budget process is bad for Americans: besides hurting the economy and hitting us in the pocketbook, partisan feuding over budget cuts could undermine our health and even shorten our lives.
  • Fraud crackdown would lift Congress' approval: Editorial

    Fraud crackdown would lift Congress' approval: Editorial
    A recent national Gallup poll pegged public approval for Congress at just 14 percent — one of the lowest ratings ever measured by the venerable polling company in the fall of a midterm election year. Congress is about as popular with Americans...

    Texas schools pressed to accommodate influx of young immigrants

    Texas schools pressed to accommodate influx of young immigrants
    A year ago, the Las Americas Newcomer Middle School serving the low-income Gulfton neighborhood started the semester with 150 immigrant and refugee students. When the new school year began last month, enrollment skyrocketed to 325 students, most of them...

    Frequent coastal flooding spells disaster for some towns

    Frequent coastal flooding spells disaster for some towns
    WALLOPS ISLAND. Va. — Missions flown from the NASA base here have documented some of the most dramatic evidence of a warming planet over the past 20 years: the melting of polar ice, a force contributing to a global rise in ocean levels. The...

    No: Amnesty decree would hurt blacks: Front Burner

    No: Amnesty decree would hurt blacks: Front Burner
    In 2007, U.S. Rep. Lamar Smith, R-Texas, urged black civil-rights leaders to oppose the Senate's "comprehensive" immigration-reform bill. Appealing to the royalty of the establishment civil-rights community — including Dennis Courtland Hayes,...