IN THE NEWS:
The LA Times shows that the border fence has doubled.
New barriers have had an effect in San Luis, once one of the busiest crossing points in the nation. Immigrants by the hundreds would jump over the steel-mat fencing and disappear into nearby neighborhoods.
That route is now blocked by two new layers of fencing: a 15-foot-high steel-mesh secondary barrier and a chain-link fence topped with barbed wire.
The number of illegal immigrants apprehended daily in the area has dropped from 800 to as low as 15, according to Border Patrol officials.
Border experts say it is too soon to determine the overall success or failure of the effort, pointing out that previous fencing projects, most notably in San Diego, shifted immigrant traffic elsewhere.
U.S. Border Patrol Chief David V. Aguilar, in an interview in San Diego, said the plan to complete about 225 more miles of fencing next year would anticipate shifts in immigration patterns, much of it controlled by smuggling rings. "For the first time," Aguilar said, "we're getting ahead of where the criminal organizations are going to go."
The NYT with "New Group Boasts Big War Chest and Rising Voice".
With a forceful message and a roster of wealthy benefactors, Freedom’s Watch has quickly emerged from the crowded field of nonprofit advocacy groups as a conservative answer to the 9-year-old liberal MoveOn.org, which vehemently opposes the Iraq war.
Wapo has a good report on William Jefferson and the prosecution case against him.
Before searching Rep. William J. Jefferson's (D) New Orleans home in August 2005, FBI agents confronted him with a video that showed him accepting $100,000 from a government informant, according to a prosecution document filed yesterday in federal court in Alexandria.IN THE BLOGS:
Afterward, the Louisiana Democrat sank back into a couch in his living room and "with total dejection remarked 'what a waste,' " according to the government account, which did not elaborate on his comment.
Jefferson then "questioned how his reputation could survive" and expressed concern whether the search warrant affidavit could be permanently sealed to keep the information from being made public, according to the document.
Meanwhile, on the same day, FBI agents found $90,000 of the $100,000 in marked bills in Jefferson's freezer at his Capitol Hill home. The government alleged that Jefferson took the money from a Virginia businesswoman who was working as an informant, to bribe a Nigerian official in a business deal.
The pretrial document provides a glimpse into the public corruption investigation's early months. It was among 14 answers filed yesterday by the U.S. Attorney's Office in Alexandria in response to motions filed this month by Jefferson's lawyers.
Miss Beth's Victory Dance has a great piece reagrding Iran and the obligation to act.
Take Our Country Back brings us more writings from Forrest Langley.
Bottom Line Up Front brings us more good news from Iraq.
Right Truth with "No Jews in State Department program, no Jewish bullets in Iraq, Afghanistan".
Don Surber shows us the week that was.
Tanker Brothers brings us good news Friday.
Let Freedom Ring with "Brian Bilbray Rips Pelosi"
All the above are excellent reads, so have at em!!!
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