Mar 15, 2019

Mexican smugglers offering migrants quicker, easier ride to the border

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Mexican smugglers are now using express buses to take Guatemalan migrants directly to the U.S. southern border in a matter of days without stopping or staying the night in any in-between location — at the cost of up to $7,000 for the most comfortable package, the Washington Post's Nick Miroff reports.

Why it matters: The route takes less time and is less dangerous than other smuggling routes and practices, making it an easier sell for smugglers to make to families hoping to flee. Smugglers tell the migrants that if they turn themselves into border authorities once they walk across the border, they will be released into the U.S. after a few days. The reporting comes after a surge in border apprehensions last month, and as President Trump prepares to veto Congressional efforts to block a declared national emergency intended to fund a border wall.

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Judge declines to delay Wisconsin April 7 primary, extends absentee deadline

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A federal judge on Thursday declined to delay Wisconsin's April 7 primary election, saying he doesn't have the authority to do so.

Why it matters: Wisconsin is the only state scheduled to vote next Tuesday that has not yet delayed its primary.

Navy removes captain of aircraft carrier who sounded alarm about coronavirus

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Acting Secretary of the Navy Thomas Modly relieved the captain of nuclear aircraft carrier the U.S.S. Theodore Roosevelt after he sent a letter to officials pleading for help when members of his crew contracted the coronavirus.

The big picture: Capt. Brett Crozier's four-page letter was leaked to the San Francisco Chronicle earlier this week, quickly garnering national attention after Crozier pleaded for more resources and space to quarantine crew members offshore.

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The coronavirus unemployment numbers in perspective

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Over the past two weeks, 10 million Americans have filed for unemployment, with millions more to come.

Why it matters: The jobless hits right now are like a natural disaster hitting every state at the same time.