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Paul E Ester

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Senate plan would deport illegal immigrants entering U.S. after 2011

Source: Reuters

Senators crafting an immigration bill have agreed that foreigners who crossed the U.S. border illegally would be deported if they entered the United States after December 31, 2011, a congressional aide said on Friday.

The legislation by a bipartisan group of senators would give the estimated 11 million immigrants living in the United States illegally a way to obtain legal status and eventually become U.S. citizens, provided certain measures are met.

But of the unauthorized immigrants, those who entered after the December 2011 cut-off date would be forced to go back to their country of origin, said the aide, who was not authorized to speak publicly because the bill is still being negotiated.

"People need to have been in the country long enough to have put down some roots. If you just got here and are illegal, then you can't stay," the congressional aide said.

Read more: http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/04/13/us-usa-immigration-congress-idUSBRE93B15V20130413

"The Way of the Knife: The CIA, a Secret Army, and a War at the Ends of the Earth,"

History of Modern Iran- A Nuclear Islamic Republic

Being Jewish in the Islamic Republic of Iran

Bill would allow police to break into cars to save pets

GREENSBORO, N.C. — Police and emergency personnel would be allowed to break into vehicles to rescue animals in distress under legislation state Rep. Pricey Harrison, D-Guilford, filed this week.

Police and other first responders can only look for the vehicle owner. The bill would allow them to break in after making a reasonable effort to locate the owner, the bill says.

House Bill 612 spells out misdemeanor charges for people who leave an animal in a hot or otherwise dangerous vehicle, clarifying the state's animal cruelty rules.

Highway patrol gave feds Missouri weapon permits data

Missouri's database of concealed weapon permits was twice given to federal authorities investigating Social Security disability fraud in a move that has enraged lawmakers already angry over potential abuses in a new driver's licensing system.

The data was turned over because the Office of Inspector General is a law enforcement agency, Replogle said. It was done by a mid-level supervisor at the patrol. Replogle said he was not informed of the transfer until four weeks ago.

The intention was to cross-check the names on the concealed carry list with the agency's list of those with disabilities attributed to mental illness to find possible evidence of fraud in the system.


Poll: Women outpace men in support for stricter gun laws, immigration reform

Source: NBC News

Women are a key driver of support for legislation overhauling the nation's gun and immigration laws, according to new data in the latest NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll, just as Congress prepares to take up major legislation on both of those issues.

Women outpace men in their support for stricter gun laws and immigration reform that provides undocumented immigrants a pathway to citizenship, data which becomes more salient in light of the Republican Party’s effort to regain its footing with women voters after last fall’s elections.

The gender gap is most pronounced when it comes to the issue of stricter gun controls, legislation on which the Senate voted to begin consideration this Thursday.

(Also of note: Self-described mothers favor stricter gun laws even more overwhelmingly; 70 percent of mothers with children in the home said that laws governing firearm sales should be tightened.)

Read more: http://firstread.nbcnews.com/_news/2013/04/12/17720984-poll-women-outpace-men-in-support-for-stricter-gun-laws-immigration-reform?lite

Aerial Footage of Arkansas Exxon Oil Spill

Orthodox Jew Flies In Plane Covered In Huge Plastic Bag, Possibly To Avoid Cemetery Flyover (PHOTO)

A picture of an Orthodox Jew encased in a giant plastic bag is causing some debate on the Internet this week, as commenters attempt to explain the man's unusual traveling garb.

Redditor "FinalSay" posted the picture of the man early Thursday morning to the r/atheism subreddit, with the caption, "An Orthodox Jew in an airplane with women - so he covers himself with a plastic bag..."

Ultra-Orthodox Jews adhere to a strict set of guidelines that include gender segregation in public. In fact, Haaretz reports that Israeli airline El Al has noticed an increase in the number of ultra-Orthodox men asking to switch seats to avoid sitting next to women. (One woman even sued the airlines for allegedly moving her to the back of a plane after ultra-Orthodox men refused to sit next to her.)

However, netizens were quick to point out that the "flying with women" explanation may not be entirely accurate.

DPRK: The Land Of Whispers (North Korea Travel Documentary) (2013)

DPRK: The Land Of Whispers (North Korea Travel Documentary) (2013)

North Korea lies somewhere between a 1930′s Soviet Union frozen in time and a dark, futuristic vision of society... as imagined back in the 70′s.

"Land of Whispers" invites you to visit arguably the most unique and isolated travel destination in the world - not to criticize, but to observe and listen. Aside from usual highlights such as Pyongyang or Arirang, this unique one-man documentary brings you to areas such as Chongjin or Wonson, still virtually unknown to even google or wikipedia. There, I attempt to pierce through the ever-present 'national mythology' and as much as possible, I try to connect with people - such as the waitress mesmerized by tablet computers, or a tour guide cautiously fascinated by modern pop culture.

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