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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, Nov. 6, 2013, 9:00 p.m.
 

The Corbett administration is imploring newspapers across the commonwealth to employ one or more of its 13 talking points in editorials to support transportation legislation. But missing from the propaganda sheet's tales of woe should such a measure not be passed is any mention of the effects of the administration's whopping gasoline tax increase that would have to be passed to pay for it all. It's intellectually dishonest. ... ObamaCare has claimed its latest victim. The Daily Caller reports that David's Bridal shops, headquartered in Pennsylvania and with 2,500 employees in 300 stores, is making all full-time employees part-time employees and cutting their health insurance. This is what liberals call “progressivism.” ... Judicial Watch says a marketing firm with close ties to President Obama received a plum $100,000 contract to design the logo for Michelle Obama's “Let's Move” campaign in violation of federal contracting rules. “Not surprisingly, no significant action was taken against the parties responsible for the violation,” the watchdog group says. Ethics? Schmethics. ... In liberal academia's latest smear of gun owners, a new “study” by two foreign behavioral researchers hilariously claims that residents of the United States who own guns are more likely to have racist attitudes than non-owners. Retorts noted gun scholar John Lott, “The notion ... appears to fit journalists' worldview so well it probably never dawned on them that this research was totally flawed.” Ahem.

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