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'American Coyotes' Series

Traveling by Jeep, boat and foot, Tribune-Review investigative reporter Carl Prine and photojournalist Justin Merriman covered nearly 2,000 miles over two months along the border with Mexico to report on coyotes — the human traffickers who bring illegal immigrants into the United States. Most are Americans working for money and/or drugs. This series reports how their operations have a major impact on life for residents and the environment along the border — and beyond.

Wednesday, Oct. 9, 2013, 9:00 p.m.
 

If you want a stark lesson in how messed up America's pimps for “progressivism” can be, consider one case before the U.S. Supreme Court this term. In Schuette v. Coalition to Defend Affirmative Action, the court essentially is being asked to determine if states that amend their constitutions to ban discrimination in the name of ending discrimination are violating the U.S. Constitution's Equal Protection Clause. George Orwell would be proud. ... Supreme Court Associate Justice Antonin Scalia has dropped his subscription to The Washington Post because it's too “shrilly liberal,” New York Magazine reports. He says The Post was “slanted and often nasty” in its “treatment of almost any conservative issue.” Frankly, we're surprised it took him so long to notice. ... Notes The Wall Street Journal, “If ethanol is the miracle its supporters claim, it shouldn't need a mandate or subsidies.” It's the standard axiom that should be applied to anything that government insists is “good.” ... “The Simpsons,” that iconic Fox show featuring Homer, Marge, Bart, Lisa and Maggie, has been renewed for a record 26th season. Excellence knows no bounds, after all. ... The Obama administration likes to tout how supposedly in tune it is with average American Joes and Josephines. But on the eve of the government shutdown, its State Department awarded a five-year, up-to-$5 million contract for custom handcrafted crystal stem- and barware for use at American embassies worldwide. Joe and Josephine, meet John and Teresa.

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