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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. 16, 2013, 9:00 p.m.

Illegal aliens angered because of the stalled immigration/amnesty bill in Congress have some consolation in the generous tax credits they receive. A Center for Immigration Studies report shows the Internal Revenue Service shelled out $4.2 billion in what are known as “additional child tax credits” in 2010 to filers using individual taxpayer ID numbers, which usually identify illegals. The perk came not from Congress or top IRS officials but apparently from midlevel bureaucrats, according to the report. ... Among this week's ObamaCare glitches is one no computer tech can fix: Rosilyn Well, the only full-time Affordable Care Act “navigator” in Lawrence, Kan., has an outstanding arrest warrant, The Daily Caller reports. Never mind her dubious financial record, including a 2003 bankruptcy and reportedly being more than $1,700 behind on her state tax bill, according to The Daily Caller. ... Former White House spokesman Robert Gibbs says heads should roll over ObamaCare's problematic rollout. Yes, starting with the fella who introduced it. ... And playing “bad cop” to Iranian President Hassan Rouhani's “good cop,” Ayatollah Sayyid Ahmad Khatami, a member of Iran's so-called “Assembly of Experts,” made clear his country's abhorrence of Israel and America: “Even if one day there are negotiations and contact with America, our hatred for infidels and oppressors will never cease,” Mr. Khatami said, according to a regime media outlet. On this matter no “translation” from Mr. Rouhani is necessary.

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