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  • More illegal immigrants deported for traffic offenses. Problem for Obama?

    More illegal immigrants deported for traffic offenses. Problem for Obama?

    US deported a record number of illegal immigrants for drunken driving and other traffic violations in 2010. The trend makes immigrant advocates furious and the get-tough crowd suspicious.

  • GOP candidates debate on Twitter: What could they say in 140 characters?

    GOP candidates debate on Twitter: What could they say in 140 characters?

    Herman Cain got 4,500 retweets and Michele Bachmann got the most @ references. Does that make them the winners of the first Twitter-based debate, held among six Republican candidates?

  • Strauss-Kahn and five other vexing sexual assault cases

    Strauss-Kahn and five other vexing sexual assault cases

    Sexual assault cases rank among the most difficult to prosecute, as the one against ex-IMF chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn is demonstrating. Held under house arrest since being charged with sexual assault of a maid at a New York hotel, the French politician was released on his own recognizance Friday amid questions about his accuser’s credibility. The “he said, she said” nature of such cases is one complicating factor (as is getting victims to report sexual assaults in the first place). But so are prosecutorial zeal, power politics, personal troubles of accusers, and even false accusation. Here are five high-profile sex-crime cases that fell apart, in which one or more of those factors played a role.

  • 'Dramatic change' to marijuana laws? What bill before Congress would do.

    'Dramatic change' to marijuana laws? What bill before Congress would do.

    A new bipartisan bill would remove marijuana from the company of heroin and cocaine in federal regulations, leaving it to the states to legalize pot – or not. Inter-state trafficking would remain a federal crime.

  • Who will carry out Obama's Afghanistan exit plan? Three new guys.

    Who will carry out Obama's Afghanistan exit plan? Three new guys.

    After President Obama outlines his strategy Wednesday for winding down the 10-year war in Afghanistan – including the rate of US troop withdrawals – it will be the duty of three men, all new in their roles, to get it done. It will be a tough job, and there is likely to be plenty of second-guessing not only about the strategy itself, but also their handling of it, from Congress, pundits, and ex-military types. Here are some clues into what priorities these three defense leaders might set and a look at the particular skills each brings to the task of managing America’s longest war.

  • Opinion Mladic arrest: Has the West now learned not to be impartial on war crimes?

    In Bosnia, outsiders for too long relied on impartiality to distance themselves from responsibility. Now, with Mladic's arrest, we must send a message that survivors will be at the center of concerns on security.

  • Obama's Middle East goal: Tie US policy closer to American values

    Obama's Middle East goal: Tie US policy closer to American values

    Obama's insistence that US policy in the Middle East support, rather than thwart, popular yearnings for self-rule is a warning to autocrats in the region – and marks an 'update' since his Cairo speech.

  • In Pictures Oprah through the years

    Television talk-show host Oprah Winfrey relaxes in her studio office following a morning broadcast in Chicago. Winfrey came to Chicago in 1984 to WLS-TV's morning talk show, 'A.M. Chicago.' A month later the show was No. 1 in the market. A year later it was renamed 'The Oprah Winfrey Show.'

  • 'Fracking' for natural gas is polluting ground water, study concludes

    'Fracking' for natural gas is polluting ground water, study concludes

    A Duke University study finds high methane levels in ground water near where fracking, or hydraulic fracturing, has occurred. Fracking is a controversial practice to extract natural gas from shale.

  • With response to tornadoes, FEMA begins to rebuild its reputation

    With response to tornadoes, FEMA begins to rebuild its reputation

    New FEMA chief retooled the agency after its subpar response to Katrina, and it shows in response to recent tornadoes. He sees FEMA in a supporting, not leading, role.