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Immigration Reform Isn't Just About Numbers—It's About Skills, Too

Since immigrants are disproportionately poorly educated, any overhaul needs to focus on bringing in fewer but more talented people.<p>At a Hollywood conference on innovation on Friday, Vice President Joe Biden credited “constant and overwhelming” immigration for American creativity. Obviously, …

U.S., Singapore reach agreement on tax evasion: U.S. Treasury | Reuters

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Singapore has reached a tax information-sharing agreement with the United States under a new law meant to combat offshore tax dodging by Americans, a U.S. Treasury Department spokeswoman said on Monday.<p>Set to take effect on July 1, the Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act of …

U.S. judge OKs disclosure document for Detroit's debt plan | Reuters

DETROIT (Reuters) - A U.S. Bankruptcy Court judge on Monday approved a key supporting document for Detroit’s plan to adjust $18 billion of debt and exit the biggest municipal bankruptcy in U.S. history.<p>A man walk past graffiti in Detroit, Michigan, December 3, 2013. REUTERS/Joshua Lott<p>Judge Steven …

Lawmakers push Kerry to intervene in case of Marine detained in notorious Mexican prison

Lawmakers from both sides of the aisle are pushing for Secretary of State John Kerry to intervene in the case of a U.S. Marine reservist detained inside a notorious Mexican border prison.<p>Rep. Duncan Hunter, R-Calif., who represents the San Diego border area, sent a letter Friday asking him to help …

Hillary Clinton ally presses CBS News to re-investigate Benghazi report

Hillary Clinton attack dog David Brock has taken up yet another public campaign against the media, this time pressing CBS News to reopen its investigation into Lara Logan's discredited "60 Minutes" report on Benghazi.<p>In a letter to CBS News president David Rhodes and "60 Minutes" executive producer …

Obama, Wintour spotlight workshop

Ahead of Monday’s Met Gala — one of fashion’s biggest nights in New York — first lady Michelle Obama announced that she will be partnering with Vogue editor-in-chief Anna Wintour for a “fashion workshop” at the White House.<p>“Anna and I are actually working on an idea to bring students to the White …

Will: Dems likely won't participate in Benghazi select committee

George Will said Monday on “Special Report with Bret Baier” that Democrats will likely choose not to join a congressional select committee tasked with investigating the events surrounding the 2012 Benghazi consulate attack – and for good reason.<p>“I think if they’re clear thinking, they won’t …

U.S. delegation urges talks to free American jailed in Cuba | Reuters

HAVANA (Reuters) - Four U.S. lawmakers visiting Cuba on Monday urged President Barack Obama to authorize negotiations with the Cuban government about freeing jailed U.S. contractor Alan Gross.<p>Jailed U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) contractor Alan Gross, (R), poses for a picture …

Will Jeb Bush end Christie's chances?

Politics abhors a vacuum, and the "Bridgegate scandal" engulfing Chris Christie has severely compromised the New Jersey governor's ability to launch a campaign for president, opening a space that Jeb Bush, the former Florida governor, seems likely to fill.<p>"The idea that he's the prohibitive …

Does Clinton need a tough primary fight?

A small edge right now in a key indicator of the midterm elections could lead to a big advantage for the Republicans over the Democrats come November.<p>That's the suggestion from a new CNN/ORC International poll, that also indicates that President Barack Obama's lackluster approval ratings and …

10 Cool Nature Retreats With Unbelievable Views

Where do you go when you want to get away from it all? How about one of these 10 wild nature retreats with million-dollar views?<p><b>Chole Mjini, Chole Island, Tanzania</b><p>Chole Mjini bills itself as a "castaway fantasy." Located on remote Chole Island in Tanzania, the hotel is based in the heart of the …

National Parks

Teen Drunk Driver With 'Affluenza' Is Being Sued For Millions By His Victims

Many of those family members were outraged when 16-year-old Ethan Couch got probation after a psychologist testified he had "affluenza" — meaning he thought he was immune from punishment because he was rich.<p>Couch's family may still be on the hook for millions in related civil litigation, though. …

Crime

National Geographic Travel

Where to Go for Yoga and Ski

If you're looking for the answer for where to go this spring for ski, sports, winter fun, history, and beauty, head to the Canadian Rockies to the Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise and Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel.<p>Only 15 minutes from Banff, Sunshine Village Ski and Snowboard Resort is where you can ski …

Skiing
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What does your bucket list really say about you?

IT HAPPENS fairly often. Lonely Planet, Intrepid Travel, G Adventures, or Matador will tweet or post a picture of some unearthly landscape. I’ll open …

Woman who survived years of sexual abuse given rehab instead of jail time for burglaries

“Because of her background, I believe it’s time to see if she can rehabilitate herself,” said a lawyer in the case<p>A woman who survived years of sexual abuse at the hands of her father will leave jail this week after a Los Angeles County judge gave her credit for time served while awaiting trial for …

U.S. budget deal clears crucial vote in Senate | Reuters

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A two-year U.S. budget deal on Tuesday cleared a Senate procedural vote that all but assured its passage by a simple majority later this week in the Democratic-controlled chamber.<p>U.S. Senator John McCain (R-AZ) talks to reporters after a Senate cloture vote on budget bill on …

The Great American Gender Debates of 2013

From Supreme Court cases to blockbuster films, these are the narratives on sex and gender that dominated the news this year.<p>Some of the biggest stories and debates in the media in 2013 had to do with gender relations—LGBT rights, women in the workplace, parenting styles, and more. Same-sex marriage …

After Key Vote, Senate Poised To Pass Congressional Budget Deal

The Senate advanced the bipartisan budget deal Tuesday, essentially making final passage inevitable. It will tamp down the budget wars for two years (although another deadline looms in January). The deal has received less than enthusiastic support; Republicans grumble about spending and Democrats …

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Tech executives press Obama to reform surveillance practices

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Technology company executives pressed President Barack Obama on Tuesday to rein in the U.S. government’s electronic spying after a court dealt a blow to the administration’s surveillance practices.<p>U.S. President Barack Obama speaks about the economy at an event hosted by the …

Bill McKibben: Obama made climate change worse

The president hasn’t lived up to any of his promises, the environmentalist writes<p>In a scathing editorial for Rolling Stone, 350.org's Bill McKibben tore into President Obama's lack of action on climate change. The cynics, he concedes, were right: nothing the president's done has been true to his …

The 23 Most YOLO Moments In Politics For 2013

Oh, you beautiful politicians.

Feinstein: Let Supreme Court Decide if NSA Surveillance Is Constitutional

A federal judge’s ruling that the National Security Agency’s surveillance programs are likely unconstitutional sent shock waves through Congress, …

Surveillance

Food ingredients shift as consumers push for change

Take another look at that food label. An ingredient or two may have vanished.<p>As Americans pay closer attention to what they eat, food and beverage companies are learning that unfamiliar ingredients can invite criticism from online petitions and bloggers. The risk of damaging publicity has proven …

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