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.
The Wall Street Journal's James Taranto refers to Pennsylvania's least-favored U.S. senator as "Arlen Specter (R2D2, Pa.)." Another gem: Specter "leans left but is steadfast in defense of whatever he finds expedient for as long as he finds it expedient." Oh, OK, if you insist -- one more: "In this age of partisan polarization, Republicans and Democrats found something on which they could agree: Arlen Specter does not belong in the Senate." ... Claimeth the headline in The Hill newspaper the morning after tea party-backed Christine O'Donnell defeated Rep. Mike Castle for the Republican nomination for U.S. Senate in Delaware: "Tea Party win strikes blow to GOP hopes of winning Senate in November." Ah, how quickly the establishment's spinners forget that the kettle's on the boil and that their tootsies (if not more) are about to be boiled in their own pudding. ... The White House denies it but French first lady Carla Bruni-Sarkozy says Michelle Obama told her that being America's first lady is "hell." "I can't stand it!" she supposedly said, reports London's Daily Mail. Hey, we're sure voters will be happy to ease Mrs. O's pain in 2012.
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