'Your papers, please' must never be heard in America
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Frustrated commercial drone companies say the Obama administration is falling further and further behind in meeting congressional demands to clear the path for full integration into American airspace by 2015. Billions of dollars of investments as well as commercial applications for drones could be caught up in the delay, they warn.
It's 18 days until the next Republican presidential primary, leaving political junkies wondering what to do with themselves until April 24. A panacea? Surveys and nice wonkish takes on the old horse race ought to help.
Two Texas lawmakers, joined by 17 border sheriffs from Texas, Arizona and New Mexico, have asked Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta to authorize the shipment of surplus equipment being returned from the war zones in Iraq and Afghanistan to the border with Mexico as a matter of "national security."
Texas' attorney general agreed Monday to temporary voting maps that add new Hispanic-dominated districts and could save the April 3 date for primary elections statewide, but at least one influential minority group said it would fight the new plan.
A search for a missing American tourist presumably shot and killed by Mexican pirates on a border lake has been thwarted by threats of an ambush from drug gangs, U.S. officials said Thursday.
"They cannot say, you know, we don't want you to do Secure Communities, but then at the same time they're requesting federal dollars for holding those prisoners," said Rep. Henry Cuellar, the ranking Democrat on the subcommittee.
"If we want to boost border security, we have to help law enforcement agencies beef up their resources to meet this demand. We cannot have one without the other," said Mr. Cuellar. "We intend to keep the lines of communication open with the Defense Department so we can help our border law enforcement agencies navigate the equipment application process."