Politics http://kut.org en Conflict In Gaza: Here's What You Need To Know Today http://kut.org/post/conflict-gaza-heres-what-you-need-know-today <h6><strong>(This post was last updated at 6:30 p.m. ET.)</strong></h6><p>In a resolution overnight, the United Nations Security Council called for an "immediate and unconditional" cease-fire in Gaza.<p><a href="http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/world/2014/07/28/un-demands-gaza-cease-fire/13257629/">As <em>USA Today</em> reports</a>, the Security Council called on both Israel and Hamas "to accept and fully implement the humanitarian cease-fire into the Eid period and beyond."<p>Despite that call, fighting continued. Mon, 28 Jul 2014 12:36:31 +0000 10881 at http://kut.org Conflict In Gaza: Here's What You Need To Know Today Lawmakers Announce $17 Billion Deal Intended To Fix VA System http://kut.org/post/lawmakers-reach-deal-intended-fix-va-system-crisis <strong>This post was updated at 3 p.m. ET:</strong><p>House and Senate negotiators unveiled a $17 billion plan Monday to address the crisis in care for veterans.<p>The agreement would provide $10 billion to allow veterans to be treated outside the Veterans Affairs system, if they've had trouble getting appointments within it. Mon, 28 Jul 2014 11:49:49 +0000 10879 at http://kut.org Lawmakers Announce $17 Billion Deal Intended To Fix VA System One Woman, 817 Children: Caring For Kids Of Undocumented Parents http://kut.org/post/one-woman-817-children-caring-kids-undocumented-parents The recent increase in the number of unaccompanied, undocumented minors immigrating across the border has left tens of thousands of children waiting in limbo. But thousands of children who are already American citizens also face an uncertain future — because their parents are not in the country legally.<p>If their parents get deported, those minors could end up in foster care, or adopted by strangers.<p>Nora Sandigo is the legal guardian of 817 American children of undocumented immigrants. Should a parent be deported, Sandigo steps in to arrange care for the children they leave behind. Sun, 27 Jul 2014 13:56:21 +0000 10877 at http://kut.org One Woman, 817 Children: Caring For Kids Of Undocumented Parents Kerry: Gaza Truce Still In Play http://kut.org/post/kerry-presents-proposal-seven-day-truce-gaza <em><strong>Updated at 5:20 p.m. ET.</strong></em><p>U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry called reports that Israel's government had rejected a U.S. Fri, 25 Jul 2014 13:19:15 +0000 10866 at http://kut.org Kerry: Gaza Truce Still In Play Gaza Conflict: What To Know For Friday http://kut.org/post/israel-gaza-conflict-what-know-friday <em><strong>Updated at 5:35 p.m. ET.</strong></em><p>As the conflict between Israel and Gaza approaches the three-week mark, the fighting seems to have only intensified. At least 119 Palestinians <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2014/07/24/334857126/gaza-conflict-day-17-heres-what-you-need-to-know">were killed Thursday</a>, making it the bloodiest day of the war.<p>Secretary of State John Kerry is in Cairo and has handed over <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2014/07/25/335178840/kerry-presents-proposal-for-seven-day-truce-in-gaza">a proposal for a seven-day truce</a>. Fri, 25 Jul 2014 09:07:20 +0000 10863 at http://kut.org Gaza Conflict: What To Know For Friday UT Students Stay in Israel Despite Ongoing Violence http://kut.org/post/ut-students-stay-israel-despite-ongoing-violence <p>As the conflict between&nbsp;<a href="http://kut.org/post/israel-launches-ground-offensive-gaza">Israel and Palestine in Gaza continues</a>, officials with the University of Texas International Office say they've been in close contact with graduate students and faculty conducting research in Israel.</p><p>“None of our students are anywhere near the Gaza Strip or the West Bank,” UT International Office risk analyst Erin Wolf says.</p><p>Wolf says six graduate students and a handful of faculty are doing research projects in Israel and that in addition to providing academic support, local universities are also giving them direction.<img alt="Description: --break-&gt;" border="0" height="3" src="file://localhost/Users/wd285/Library/Caches/TemporaryItems/msoclip/0/clip_image002.png" width="3" /></p><p> Thu, 24 Jul 2014 18:16:29 +0000 Laura Rice & Audrey McGlinchy 10857 at http://kut.org UT Students Stay in Israel Despite Ongoing Violence To Cope With Child Immigrants, Competing Plans Emerge From Congress http://kut.org/post/cope-child-immigrants-competing-plans-emerge-congress Divergent plans are now emerging from the House and Senate on how best to deal with the influx of unaccompanied children from Central America across the border.<p>Though both would offer the president less money than he asked for to deal with the crisis, a major battle has developed over whether to amend a 2008 law that makes it harder to speedily deport the children.<p>House Republicans are drawing a clear line in the sand on this one: President Obama is getting no money from them if they can't attach some policy changes to the funding. Thu, 24 Jul 2014 09:38:05 +0000 Ailsa Chang 10852 at http://kut.org To Cope With Child Immigrants, Competing Plans Emerge From Congress The Pollsters Are Coming! What That Means for Texas Voters in November http://kut.org/post/pollsters-are-coming-what-means-texas-voters-november <p>In the Texas Tribune today, Aman Batheja r<a href="http://www.texastribune.org/2014/07/23/media-consortium-plans-more-exit-polling-in-texas/">eports on a significant change</a> that has researchers and politicos drooling: Exit polls are returning to Texas.</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Batheja</span>&nbsp;writes:</p><blockquote><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">This year, with a high-profile gubernatorial race on the November ballot, the&nbsp;</span><a href="http://www.edisonresearch.com/election-research-services/exit-polling-faq-frequently-asked-questions-about-the-nep-exit-poll#.U87gWYBdWOU" style="line-height: 1.5;">National Election Pool</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;confirmed on Tuesday that it plans to conduct more robust exit polling in Texas this year, giving&nbsp;researchers and political analysts the means to better examine the outcome.&nbsp;</span></p></blockquote><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/160000054&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_comments=true&amp;show_user=true&amp;show_reposts=false" width="100%"></iframe></p><p> Wed, 23 Jul 2014 21:58:08 +0000 Emily Donahue & Aman Batheja, Texas Tribune 10851 at http://kut.org The Pollsters Are Coming! What That Means for Texas Voters in November Davis And State Dems Planning To Monitor For Voter Suppression, Discrimination http://kut.org/post/davis-and-state-dems-planning-monitor-voter-suppression-discrimination <img class="wysiwyg-asset-image-wrapper inset" data-caption="" data-attribution="Credit David Martin Davies / TPR News" typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://mediad.publicbroadcasting.net/p/kstx/files/styles/card_280/public/early_vote_site_140218.JPG" alt="" /><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Democratic gubernatorial candidate Wendy Davis and the Texas Democratic Party are launching a voter protection program to monitor </span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">voter suppression and discrimination on Election Day.</span><p>Davis predicts this election will have large voter turnout and she, along with Wed, 23 Jul 2014 20:04:28 +0000 Ryan Poppe 10848 at http://kut.org Davis And State Dems Planning To Monitor For Voter Suppression, Discrimination Train Carrying MH17 Victims' Remains Arrives In Government-Controlled City http://kut.org/post/train-carrying-mh17-victims-remains-arrives-kharkiv A refrigerated train carrying the remains of the people who died aboard the downed Malaysia Airlines plane arrived in Kharkiv, Ukraine, on Tuesday. Tue, 22 Jul 2014 11:18:29 +0000 10827 at http://kut.org Train Carrying MH17 Victims' Remains Arrives In Government-Controlled City A South Padre Man Dies in the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict http://kut.org/post/south-padre-man-dies-israeli-palestinian-conflict <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">This past weekend was the deadliest of the two-week-long combat operations in the Gaza Strip. Yesterday, 95 Palestinians were killed in fighting along with 13 soldiers fighting in the Israeli Defense Force, according to the Associated Press.</span></p><p>One of those soldiers killed in the conflict was 21-year-old South Padre, Texas native Sean Carmeli. Carmeli moved to Israel four years ago after finishing high school and was a member of the country's elite <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Golani_Brigade">Golani Brigade</a> along with California native Max Steinberg, who also died in fighting on the Gaza Strip. Both held American-Israeli citizenship. Mon, 21 Jul 2014 12:18:57 +0000 Andrew Weber 10820 at http://kut.org A South Padre Man Dies in the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict In Effort To Forge Cease-Fire Between Israel And Hamas, Kerry Heads To Egypt http://kut.org/post/effort-forge-cease-fire-kerry-heads-egypt U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry is headed to Egypt today in an effort to broker a cease-fire between Israel and Hamas.<p><a href="http://www.state.gov/r/pa/prs/ps/2014/07/229510.htm">In a statement</a>, State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki said Kerry would meet with Egyptian and other senior officials.<p>"The United States — and our international partners — are deeply concerned about the risk of further escalation, and the loss of more innocent life," Psaki said. Mon, 21 Jul 2014 11:43:50 +0000 10819 at http://kut.org In Effort To Forge Cease-Fire Between Israel And Hamas, Kerry Heads To Egypt Downed Malaysian Jetliner: Does Russia Bear Ultimate Responsibility? http://kut.org/post/downed-malaysian-jetliner-does-russia-bear-ultimate-responsibility <p>Both pro-Russian rebels and the Ukrainian government forces are denying any responsibility for <a href="http://kut.org/post/malaysia-airlines-loses-contact-plane-over-ukraine">downing the Malaysia Airlines jetliner</a> carrying 295 passengers and crew. Multiple reports state the Boeing 777, traveling from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur, appeared to have broken up before impact, with the burning wreckage scattered over a wide area. All passengers are believed to have died.&nbsp;</p><p>At a press event in Delaware, President&nbsp;Obama said he&nbsp;has directed national security advisors to stay close contact with the Ukrainian government. Reuters reports that just yesterday, the U.S. administration&nbsp;<a href="http://www.reuters.com/article/2014/07/17/us-ukraine-crisis-idUSKBN0FM0L520140717">tightened&nbsp;its sanctions&nbsp;against Russia</a> over the ongoing fighting in Ukraine. Shortly thereafter, Ukraine claimed that Russian had downed one of its war planes.</p><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/159145210&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_comments=true&amp;show_user=true&amp;show_reposts=false" width="100%"></iframe></p><p> Thu, 17 Jul 2014 19:50:02 +0000 Emily Donahue 10807 at http://kut.org Downed Malaysian Jetliner: Does Russia Bear Ultimate Responsibility? Patrick, Van de Putte Hone Their Immigration Messages http://kut.org/post/patrick-van-de-putte-hone-their-immigration-messages <p><span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; font-size: 15px; line-height: 1.35;">As the&nbsp;</span><a href="http://www.texastribune.org/2014/06/27/undocumented-immigrants-learn-possible-deportation/" style="font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; font-size: 15px; line-height: 1.35; box-sizing: border-box; color: rgb(0, 137, 144);">recent surge</a><span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; font-size: 15px; line-height: 1.35;">&nbsp;of Central Americans entering the country illegally through Texas’ border with Mexico has drawn national attention, it has also become a major talking point for the 2014 candidates for lieutenant governor.</span></p><p style="box-sizing: border-box; margin-bottom: 1em; padding: 0px; line-height: 1.35; color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; font-size: 15px;">And while state Sen.&nbsp;<a data-tooltip="/directory/dan-patrick/quicklook/" href="http://www.texastribune.org/directory/dan-patrick/" style="box-sizing: border-box; color: rgb(0, 137, 144);">Dan Patrick</a>, R-Houston, and state Sen.&nbsp;<a data-tooltip="/directory/leticia-van-de-putte/quicklook/" href="http://www.texastribune.org/directory/leticia-van-de-putte/" style="box-sizing: border-box; color: rgb(0, 137, 144);">Leticia Van de Putte</a>, D-San Antonio, have distinct differences on immigration and border security, political observers say they each have advantages as the issue remains at the forefront.</p><p style="box-sizing: border-box; margin-bottom: 1em; padding: 0px; line-height: 1.35; color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; font-size: 15px;"><span style="box-sizing: border-box;">Van de Putte has&nbsp;</span><a href="http://leticiavandeputte.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/07/Immigration-Policy-FINAL.pdf" style="box-sizing: border-box; color: rgb(0, 137, 144);">indicated</a><span style="box-sizing: border-box;">&nbsp;that the state should secure the border by providing local law enforcement with ample resources to ensure&nbsp;"that troopers can focus on catching criminals, not kids” while calling for immigration reform at the federal level to get to the root of illegal immigration.</span></p><p> Thu, 17 Jul 2014 18:50:04 +0000 Alexa Ura, Texas Tribune 10806 at http://kut.org Patrick, Van de Putte Hone Their Immigration Messages A 5-Hour Truce Between Hamas And Israel Ends, And Fighting Begins http://kut.org/post/mortars-rock-shaky-5-hour-truce-between-hamas-and-israel <strong>This post was updated at 4:10 p.m. ET: Ground Offenses Begin</strong><p>Israel has sent ground forces into Gaza on Thursday, which we are covering in <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2014/07/17/332347143/israel-launches-ground-offensive-in-gaza" target="_blank">this post</a>.<p><strong>Update at 1:15 p.m. ET: Hostilities Resume</strong><p>A temporary cease-fire had brought relative quiet to Gaza for a few hours earlier in the day, as Israel and Hamas agreed to hold their fire for five hours, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. local time, for humanitarian reasons. Thu, 17 Jul 2014 13:02:27 +0000 Bill Chappell, NPR 10804 at http://kut.org A 5-Hour Truce Between Hamas And Israel Ends, And Fighting Begins La Bestia: Hit Song Warning Immigrants Was Made for U.S. Border Patrol http://kut.org/post/la-bestia-hit-song-warning-immigrants-was-made-us-border-patrol <p>There’s a new hit song in Central America. It’s called “La Bestia” and people in Honduras, Guatemala, and El Salvador are requesting it from their radio stations.</p><p>But guess what? The U.S. Customs and Border Protection commissioned it.</p><p>“La Bestia” refers to <a href="http://kut.org/post/riding-beast-across-mexico-us-border">a dangerous train called “The Beast”</a> where thousands of immigrants ride to cross the U.S. – risking assaults, robbery, murder, kidnapping and rape. The catchy, upbeat cumbia song is part of Border Patrol’s multi-million dollar Dangers Awareness Campaign, meant to deter immigrants from entering the U.S.</p><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/158973220&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_comments=true&amp;show_user=true&amp;show_reposts=false" width="100%"></iframe></p><p> Wed, 16 Jul 2014 17:25:32 +0000 David Brown 10798 at http://kut.org La Bestia: Hit Song Warning Immigrants Was Made for U.S. Border Patrol Both Abbott & Davis Raise $11 Million in Most Recent Reporting Period http://kut.org/post/both-abbott-davis-raise-11-million-most-recent-reporting-period <p>The latest campaign finance numbers are trickling in, and it looks like gubernatorial candidates Greg Abbott and Wendy Davis are neck-and-neck in fundraising. At the end of the reporting period that ended on June 30, both drummed up about $11 million in the weeks following the May primaries, but Abbott's stockpile of campaign cash could give him the leg up come November.</p><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/158947340&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_comments=true&amp;show_user=true&amp;show_reposts=false" width="100%"></iframe> Wed, 16 Jul 2014 13:17:52 +0000 Ben Philpott 10794 at http://kut.org Both Abbott & Davis Raise $11 Million in Most Recent Reporting Period FCC Extending Net Neutrality Commenting Time After Site Buckles http://kut.org/post/fcc-extending-net-neutrality-commenting-time-after-site-buckles A flood of comments about net neutrality crashed the Federal Communications Commission's commenting site on Tuesday, the original deadline for public comments on the controversial Internet proposal. Wed, 16 Jul 2014 11:13:22 +0000 Elise Hu 10792 at http://kut.org FCC Extending Net Neutrality Commenting Time After Site Buckles After Peace Deal's Failure, Israel To 'Expand And Intensify' Campaign http://kut.org/post/hamas-rejects-cease-fire-after-israel-oks-proposal <strong><strong>This post was updated at 5:30 p.m. Tue, 15 Jul 2014 11:47:20 +0000 Bill Chappell, NPR 10785 at http://kut.org After Peace Deal's Failure, Israel To 'Expand And Intensify' Campaign Israel Shoots Down Drone As Clash With Hamas Continues http://kut.org/post/israel-shoots-down-drone-clash-hamas-continues Exchanges of rockets and airstrikes continue between Israel and militants in Gaza, one week after violence broke out in the area. The Palestinian death toll is being reported at 172; no Israelis have reportedly died in the fighting.<p>From <a href="http://www.haaretz.com/news/diplomacy-defense/1.604898">Haaretz</a>:<p><blockquote><p>"Since the start of the operation, more than 700 rockets have fallen within Israel. Only a fraction landed in urban regions. Mon, 14 Jul 2014 12:33:08 +0000 Bill Chappell, NPR 10779 at http://kut.org Israel Shoots Down Drone As Clash With Hamas Continues