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Coming Soon to Airports: Shoes! On Your Feet!

Janet Napolitano says the end to the annoying practice is nigh

(Newser) - Rejoice, Americans: Just as you admitted that you would be willing to do away with your freedoms in exchange for security ... freedom! Janet Napolitano today said that air passengers will soon be able to inch their way through security with their shoes on, reports Politico . "We are moving towards...

Feds Sue Alabama Over Immigration Law

Says law oversteps its bounds, interferes with federal policy

(Newser) - In a move that will shock exactly no one, the Department of Justice is treating Alabama’s extraordinarily harsh illegal immigration law the same way it treated Arizona’s: It’s suing. The DOJ is asking for an injunction stopping the law from going into effect on Sept. 1, arguing...

US Deports Record 393K
 US Deports Record 393K 

US Deports Record 393K

... thanks in part to increase in driving offenses

(Newser) - The Obama administration deported a record 393,000 people last fiscal year, with half of those deported considered criminals. That jibes with the Obama administration's pledge to go after the "worst of the worst," but the AP reports that some critics are scoffing: The figure includes big...

Arizona Accepting Donations for Border Wall

Lawmakers set up website for donors

(Newser) - Arizona's message to the feds: Forget you guys, we're building our own fence. Thanks to new legislation, the state is taking illegal immigration into its own hands and is now accepting private donations to build a wall at the Mexican border. Lawmakers have set up a website where...

US Replaces Color-Coded Terror Alert System

New warnings will be specific and have exipiration dates

(Newser) - The nation's color-coded terror alert system will be gone next week. In its place will be what Homeland Security chief Janet Napolitano describes as a more efficient system that will issue specific alerts with expiration dates, reports the Wall Street Journal . DHS will issue the alerts via public announcements...

All Those Carry-ons Actually Costing Taxpayers Millions

Congress asks whether airlines should help cover the expense

(Newser) - In dodging baggage-check fees by squeezing everything into a carry-on, fliers are still ending up with a big bill: The increased workload for airport security is costing the Transportation Security Administration, and therefore taxpayers, $260 million a year, reports the AP . "When you have to pay to check a...

Giffords Had Eye on Jon Kyl's Seat

And with his retirement, Senate bid could be a reality, say insiders

(Newser) - Gabrielle Giffords had her eye on a Senate seat before she was wounded in last month’s shooting, the Washington Post reports. She had told confidantes that she’d enter the race if Sen. Jon Kyl retired—a prospect she didn’t think likely, an insider said. Now that Kyl...

Arizona Sen. Jon Kyl Retiring
 Arizona Sen. Jon Kyl Retiring 

Arizona Sen. Jon Kyl Retiring

Possible replacement: Gabrielle Giffords?

(Newser) - Three-term Arizona Sen. Jon Kyl will not seek re-election next year, sources tell Politico and Fox News . The 68-year-old is expected to announce his retirement at a press conference today. Kyl, the No. 2 Senate Republican, was elected to the Senate in 1994 after four terms in the House, and...

Awlaki, Not bin Laden, Now Top Terror Threat to US

Threat 'may be at its most heightened state' since 9/11: Napolitano

(Newser) - Osama bin Laden’s reign as the top terror threat to the US is over: According to the head of the National Counterterrorism Center, he’s been overtaken by Anwar al-Awlaki . “I actually consider al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula with al-Awlaki as a leader within that organization probably the...

Righties Tie Obama to Muslim Brotherhood

'Stealth jihadists' in with Homeland Security bosses: pundit

(Newser) - As protests rage in Egypt, some fringe right-wingers are at the ready with an Obama link: they’re saying the president has secret ties to the Muslim Brotherhood, TPM reports. Among the assertions:
  • Pundit Frank Gaffney told Sean Hannity last night that “the Obama administration's policies are being viewed

Color-Coded Threat Levels Getting Scrapped

New system will be introduced in April

(Newser) - Today's threat level is yellow—as it has been since 2006—but it won't be any color at all by the end of April. Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano will announce Thursday that the much-maligned five-color advisory code introduced after the September 11 attacks is to be scrapped, ABC reports....

Pundits, Politicians Spar Over Tucson Shooting
Pundits, Politicians Spar
Over Tucson Shooting

Pundits, Politicians Spar Over Tucson Shooting

Some blame loopholes, others mental health treatment

(Newser) - Jared Lee Loughner got rejected from the Army for "excessive" drug use, yet was allowed to buy a gun because of a loophole that Sen. Chuck Schumer wants to close, reports the Hill. The New York Democrat is writing the White House to ask that the Pentagon be forced...

White House Cans the 'Danged' Fence
White House
Cans the 'Danged' Fence

White House Cans the 'Danged' Fence

Napolitano says no 'one-size-fits-all' solution for border

(Newser) - After four years, about a billion bucks, and lots of yelling on both sides ("Complete the danged fence," anyone?), the White House is officially canning the US-Mexico border fence, reports the AP. Homeland Secretary Janet Napolitano made the long-expected announcement yesterday, saying that there's no "one-size-fits-all" fix...

Napolitano: Homeland Security Is Working '24/7/364'

We'd better find out which day the department's taking off

(Newser) - The head of Homeland Security wants Americans to know her team is working 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 364 days a year to protect us. So Janet Napolitano told Diane Sawyer in an interview last night, raising an important question: Which day is our anti-terror forces taking...

Airport Screenings Discreet&mdash; and Crucial

 and Crucial 
janet napolitano

Airport Screenings Discreet— and Crucial

Napolitano defends new imaging techniques, urges cooperation

(Newser) - Facing pressure over airport security measures, Janet Napolitano defends scanners and pat-downs in USA Today , asking Americans “for cooperation, patience and a commitment to vigilance in the face of a determined enemy.” New imaging machines are “safe, efficient, and protect passenger privacy” and have helped find...

Complaints on Airport Scans, Pat-Downs Get Louder

Travel industry airs concerns to Homeland Security

(Newser) - Rumblings about full-body scans and airport pat-downs are getting louder, and the travel industry is seriously worried ahead of the holiday travel season, reports CNN . So much so that Homeland Security chief Janet Napolitano met with nearly two dozen industry representatives yesterday to hear their concerns. Those reps are not...

'Two-Faced' Flyer Has Security Agents Scrambling

Homeland Security chief wonders how man was able to board plane

(Newser) - The passenger who turned from an elderly white man into a young Asian man mid-flight is causing panicked authorities to scramble to update security procedures. Hong Kong authorities believe the man—who was wearing a mask sold online under the name "Jerry Attrick" and mimicked the movement of an...

Gingrich: GOP Could Win 60; Dems: We'll Hold House

Hoyer acknowledges seats will be lost, but not the majority

(Newser) - The future of the House of Representatives was again the focus of the Sunday talk shows today, with Newt Gingrich predicting that the GOP could beat his '94 uprising, which claimed 54 seats from Democrats. “The high is probably around 60,” he told Fox News Sunday. “I...

Drones Now Guard Entire US-Mexico Border

Fourth to launch tomorrow from Texas

(Newser) - From Afghanistan to ... Arizona. With the launch of a fourth drone tomorrow, the entire 2,000-mile US-Mexico border will now be guarded by Predator B drones, according to Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano. And by the beginning of next year, a total of six should be operational, outfitted with night-vision...

Napolitano: The Border Is More Secure Than Ever

And crime is down in border states, too

(Newser) - Janet Napolitano pushed back against immigration alarmists yesterday, even as she touted the the White House's latest efforts to secure the border. The Obama administration will deploy an unmanned aerial drone in Texas, and allow local police communities to temporarily “deploy” to assist the National Guard along the border,...

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