Shields and Brooks

  • June 24, 2013    

    Visitors to the Parque EcoAlberto in the central Mexican state of Hidalgo await instructions for their fake illegal broder crossing. Photo by Irina Zhorov/Fronteras An unusual amusement park attraction in the central Mexican state of Hidalgo offers visitors the thrills … Continue reading

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    June 21, 2013    

    Ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls, thank you so much for participating in a special live edition of “The Doubleheader,” the show where we talk about the sport of politics and the politics of sport with syndicated columnist Mark Shields … Continue reading

  • June 21, 2013    

    The nearside of the moon. Photo by the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter Camera. A message to the skywatchers: tilt your head back after nightfall on Sunday, and you’ll see the closest full moon of the year — a phenomenon known as … Continue reading

  • June 21, 2013  

    A provision of the proposed immigration legislation would require immigrants to prove they’re learning English before they can become permanent residents. Ray Suarez gets debate on the issue from Georgetown University’s Barbara Mujica and Max Sevillia of the National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials. Continue reading

  • June 21, 2013  

    Syndicated columnist Mark Shields and New York Times columnist David Brooks analyze the week’s top political news with Jeffrey Brown, including the failure of the farm bill, the progress of immigration reform in the Senate and its prospects in the House, plus President Barack Obama’s speech about nuclear arms in Berlin. Continue reading

  • June 20, 2013  

    A bipartisan group of senators have worked out a potentially critical compromise for the immigration reform bill. Reform supporters said they had met demands for greatly expanded policing of the border with Mexico. Ray Suarez talks with two lawmakers shaping the legislation: Sen. John Hoeven, R-N.D., and Sen. Tom Udall, D-N.M. Continue reading

  • June 19, 2013  

    The Senate continues to work on a sweeping bill to overhaul the nation’s immigration system, moving toward a final vote before the July 4 deadline. In a one-on-one conversation, Sen. Tim Kaine, D-Va., talks with Ray Suarez about his immigration bill priorities and working with the House on comprehensive reform. Continue reading

  • June 18, 2013    

    A periodical cicada basks in the sun at a cemetery in Lorton, Virginia. Photo by Jenny Marder. On a hot spring day in late May, I went hunting for periodical cicadas with John Cooley, a veteran expert of the behavior, … Continue reading

  • June 18, 2013  

    Protestors interrupted a House hearing on a Republican immigration bill focused entirely on law enforcement. By contrast, the Senate bill combines enforcement and a path to citizenship. Ray Suarez talks to Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., about his stance on legalization of undocumented immigrants being contingent on border security. Continue reading

  • June 17, 2013    

    Functioning as a pilot program up until now, the federal database program E-Verify is set for some changes under a sweeping Senate immigration bill. E-Verify — an electronic program run by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security contrived to help … Continue reading