Imagine showing up for a once-in-a-lifetime chance to view the Grand Canyon in Arizona only to find the deep ravine completely covered by clouds. If you went today, that’s what you saw — a rare total cloud inversion just below the rim. The unusual weather phenomenon usually happens every few years, but this is the second year in a row.
The reported beheading of another American journalist, Steven Sotloff, by the Islamic State group is almost daring President Obama and the United States’ European allies to act. President Obama responded Wednesday morning from Estonia, where he is on an overseas trip. “We will not be intimidated,” he said. “Our reach is long and justice will be served.” Continue reading
Rancher and veterinarian Gary Thrasher has lived for more than four decades on the southern U.S. border, where rugged, remote landscape is a major corridor for immigration and drug smugglers. Jeffrey Brown talks to Thrasher about variation in border security, threats posed by traffickers and prospects for enforcement. Continue reading
In our news wrap Thursday, an Air Algerie flight disappeared in northern Africa with 110 passengers and six crew members on board. The president of Mali said wreckage had been spotted in the country’s northern desert. Nearly half the passengers were French citizens. Also, a lethal injection in Arizona Wednesday night has sparked an investigation into the state’s execution process. Continue reading
Sen. Jeff Flake, R-Ariz., joins Gwen Ifill to share his take on President Obama’s $3.7 billion proposal to tackle the wave of unaccompanied minors crossing the southern border. He criticizes the proposal for allocating too much money to the Department of Health and Human Services, and discusses changes to an anti-smuggling law and the prospect for immigration reform in a divided House. Continue reading
An appeals court reversed Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer’s policy Monday that denied young immigrants from receiving driver’s licenses under an Obama administration program that granted qualifying immigrants deportation deferrals. Continue reading
This May, Colorado’s governor signed the nation’s first “right to try” bill, which allows terminally ill patients to try unapproved — and potentially dangerous — drugs outside of clinical trials and without approval from federal regulators. Continue reading
The federal government is scrambling to house a surge of Central American migrant children traveling alone across the border. These children are supposed to be held in Department of Homeland Security custody fewer than 72 hours before they’re transferred to shelters. But as Jude Joffe-Block reports from the Fronteras Desk, the government can’t keep up.
Obama administration officials said Monday federal agencies are requesting more than $2 billion from Congress to pay for more shelters. Continue reading
Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki is pushing back against calls for him to resign after allegations that dozens of patients have died because of delayed treatment at an agency hospital. Shinseki has ordered a nationwide review of access to care at all VA clinics. Jeffrey Brown learns more from Phillip Carter from Center for a New American Security and Brian Skoloff of the Associated Press. Continue reading