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As Congress debates comprehensive immigration reform, the Washington Post reports that many illegal immigrants taken into custody by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement have not received basic medial treatment, which means that those with preventable diseases have developed life-threatening conditions.

The Congressional war over earmarks continues, this time over the funding of a homeland security bill that has already produced a veto threat from President Bush. (Washington Post)

A San-Francisco faith-based organization has put to good use two former Coast Guard cutters given to them through congressional earmarking. Unfortunately, the boats were never used on humanitarian missions as promised; the boats were sold almost immediately to pay their bills. (NY Times)

The FBI’s Boston office is warning research universities to watch their labs for spies and potential terrorists. (Associated Press)

At least 850 former marine base residents are seeking compensation for illnesses that have resulted from the contaminated water source that they lived with for three decades. (Associated Press)

For soldiers and citizens abroad, a confusing and inefficient system of absentee voting has five million Americans worrying whether their vote will be cast in the upcoming election season. (NY Times)