Mexico conservatives replace congressional whip following party scandal

August 13, 2014

08/13/14 Fox News

panMexico’s conservative National Action Party has replaced its congressional minority leader after he and other party leaders were seen on a video dancing with escorts.

The party is known as the PAN and has often taken moralistic positions, like banning public kissing in one city it governs.

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House passes $694 million border bill

August 5, 2014

08/02/14 CNN

Capitol Cherry BlossomsIn a late-night vote after a bitterly partisan debate, the House of Representatives passed a $694 million border bill Friday, but the measure has no chance of becoming law.

The vote was almost entirely on party lines, 223-189, with just one Democrat, Texas Rep. Henry Cuellar, voting for it. Four Republicans opposed the legislation.

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California governor to meet with Mexican president

July 28, 2014

07/27/14 Associated Press

shutterstock_182486318Gov. Jerry Brown travels to Mexico for three days of meetings starting Monday and will discuss immigration in separate sit-downs with President Enrique Peña Nieto and Central American diplomatic and religious leaders.

The governor’s office announced Sunday that Brown will meet privately with Nieto on Monday about topics including immigration. It comes amid a trade mission aimed at increasing direct investments in California, promoting university exchanges and forming environmental partnerships to combat climate change.

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Politician gunned down in western Mexico

July 28, 2014

07/27/14 Fox News Latino

PRI logoThe leader of the governing Institutional Revolutionary Party, or PRI, in Nuevo Urecho, a city in the western Mexican state of Michoacan, was gunned down by hitmen suspected of being on the payroll of a drug cartel, state prosecutors said.

Arturo Alejandro Ramos was walking down a street Friday night in Zuracuaretiro, a city next to Nuevo Urecho, when he was shot, the Michoacan Attorney General’s Office said.

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Mexico’s president signs telecoms reform rules into law

July 15, 2014

07/14/14 Reuters

justice - gavelMexico’s President Enrique Pena Nieto on Monday signed into law new rules for the telecommunications and broadcasting industries that are designed to curb the power of billionaire Carlos Slim’s America Movil and broadcaster Televisa.

The legislation, approved by Congress last week, fleshes out a constitutional reform that Pena Nieto pushed through Congress last year to spur greater competition in the telecommunications market that is dominated by Slim.

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Petraeus, Brown: Mexico’s miracle: Politicial productivity

July 14, 2014

07/14/14 Houston Chronicle 

voting mexicoImagine a U.S. congressional term during which Democrats and Republicans locked arms to reform taxes, immigration, entitlement spending, social security and the next dozen most significant issues preventing realization of America’s full economic potential.

That type of political miracle has been unfolding in Mexico. With his presidential victory in late 2012, Enrique Peña Nieto forged Pacto por Mexico, a remarkable – and politically unprecedented – agreement by which leaders of the three main parties, the Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI, by its Spanish acronym), the National Action Party and the Party of the Democratic Revolution, pledged to work together on a vast set of reforms.

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In Mexico, water fight underscores distrust of government

July 8, 2014

7/7/14 LA Times

Protestors and police - Jesus Villaseca Perez (Flickr)The church bells rang out, a normal occurrence in a community where the sound usually beckoned residents to weddings, funerals or religious services. But the clanging on this morning was different: frenetic, insistent, relentless.

The sound signaled an alarm — and a call to arms.

More than 1,000 armored anti-riot police had begun to move into the outlying Mexico City colonia. Residents, meanwhile, prepared to meet them, armed with rocky projectiles they had created by swinging large hammers into the pavement, sidewalks and planters.

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