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With TV Grant, Gov. Scott Aims For Hispanic Hipsters

Gov. Rick Scott is aiming for Hispanic hipsters with a grant to help launch Fusion TV in Miami.

The Republican made a splash in Miami last year when he pledged $5 million in state money to help launch the new youth-oriented Fusion network.

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Grassley Probes IRS-Social Security Skim

Sen. Charles Grassley is demanding answers from Treasury and Social Security. Photo/TRNS

“Is it fair and reasonable to pursue debts from the surviving children for payments to the parents?” the Iowa Republican asked.

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Chinese Ask: Where’s The Beef … And Visas?

The flag of China at the United Nations. Photo: Luke Vargas/TRNS

A bankrupt meatpacking plant in South Dakota has left Chinese investors without promised visas, and another black eye for America’s EB-5 immigration program.

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Taxing Day: IRS Seizes Refunds From Parents’ Social Security

BACKING OFF? Social Security announced Monday that the IRS will only hold refunds from "overpayment" cases during the past 10 years.

Along with death and taxes, add a third certainty in life: taxes after death.

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Consumer Alert: Dodd-Frank Melting Down Banks

Euro bank notes

Financial regulations imposed after the 2008 Wall Street crash are backfiring on consumers and pose a “compliance nightmare” for lenders.

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What Cuts? Defense Spending Tops $1 Trillion

A new report says record defense spending has "squandered" resources.

Contrary to a media mantra of supposed military cutbacks, defense-related spending is on track to surpass $1 trillion.

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‘Alarming Mismanagement’ At Foreign-Student Program

Sen. Charles Grassley is demanding answers from Treasury and Social Security. Photo/TRNS

A fast-growing foreign-student work program is taking jobs from U.S. citizens, while its “alarming mismanagement” poses a national security threat, critics charge.

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Eric Cantor Feels Heat Over Immigration ‘Boondoggle’

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Two Republican congressional candidates in Virginia say the federal investor-visa program is “ripe with abuse” and that it’s time for a House cleaning.

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Trying To Pick Business Winners, South Dakota Comes Up A Loser

CHALLENGER: South Dakota Republican gubernatorial candidate doesn't like the way her state has been doing business.

Bankruptcies, a suspicious suicide and an FBI investigation have cast a pall over foreign-investment ventures in South Dakota.

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Arkansas Backs Off Medicaid Expansion, Urges Virginia To Do Same

REVERSING COURSE: The Arkansas House halted its "private option" Medicaid expansion, and warned Virginia against adopting a similar plan.

Citing more than $200 million in “waste, fraud and abuse” in Virginia’s Medicaid program, Republican leaders say expanding the program now would be throwing good money after bad. Like lawmakers did in Arkansas.

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Obama Signs Bill Banning Iranian Diplomat From U.S.

Hamid Abutalebi was involved in the 1979 hostage crisis in Iran where Americans were held for more than a year.

Homs, Syria A “Theatre Of Death And Destruction”: UN Envoy

Recent fighting in the city has cut its residents off from urgent deliveries of humanitarian aid, the opposition Syrian National Coalition said.

Crimea Will Be Ours Again: Ukraine PM

Arseniy Yatsenyuk said Ukraine is ready to fight to hold onto the annexed region, but will concentrate on working with the international community.

Review On Keystone Pipeline Delayed, Again

The delayed review of the pipeline now likely takes the issue off the table for the upcoming November elections.

White House: Antisemitic Flyers Disturbing, But Origins Unclear

White House Press Secretary Jay Carney on Friday told TRNS he wasn’t sure who was behind antisemitic flyers in eastern Ukraine.

Experts: Despite Little Progress, ‘Pivot To Asia’ Not Yet Dead

Senior Administration Officials

A talk hosted by The Brookings Institution looked at how the Obama administration can still make it’s ‘pivot to Asia’ work despite lost time.