WVTF http://wvtf.org en Former Iowa Lawmaker Admits To Getting Payoff Before 2012 Caucuses http://wvtf.org/post/former-iowa-lawmaker-admits-getting-payoff-2012-caucuses A former Iowa state senator says he concealed money he took for shifting loyalty from Rep. Michele Bachmann to then-Rep. Ron Paul during the 2012 presidential campaign.<p>There's always a certain amount of weirdness in the Iowa presidential caucuses, and in the 2012 cycle the peak weirdness might have come just before New Year's. Republican state Sen. Wed, 27 Aug 2014 23:04:00 +0000 Peter Overby 26345 at http://wvtf.org Former Iowa Lawmaker Admits To Getting Payoff Before 2012 Caucuses ACLU, U.S. Settle Lawsuit On Deportation Of Immigrants http://wvtf.org/post/aclu-us-settle-lawsuit-deportation-immigrants Marta Mendoza, a 47-year-old Mexican woman, had lived in the Los Angeles area illegally for 32 years. There, she raised six children, all U.S. citizens.<p>In July 2013, Mendoza, who has a history of mental health issues, was arrested for shoplifting at a pharmacy near her home. Wed, 27 Aug 2014 22:21:00 +0000 Krishnadev Calamur 26344 at http://wvtf.org Diplomats And Lawyers Try To Define 'Culturally Acceptable Food' http://wvtf.org/post/diplomats-and-lawyers-try-define-culturally-acceptable-food Here's a fine topic for a graduate seminar in anthropology: What makes food culturally acceptable? Wed, 27 Aug 2014 21:40:00 +0000 Dan Charles 26339 at http://wvtf.org Diplomats And Lawyers Try To Define 'Culturally Acceptable Food' Before Leaving Afghanistan, U.S. Troops Must Declutter http://wvtf.org/post/leaving-afghanistan-us-troops-must-declutter Sgt. 1st Class Tom Albert is with the Army's 2nd Engineers at the massive Bagram Air Field north of Kabul, and he's overseeing operation Clean Sweep here. It's a huge job, because American troops and equipment are scheduled to be out of Bagram and other bases by the end of the year.<p>The U.S. Wed, 27 Aug 2014 21:21:00 +0000 Sean Carberry 26343 at http://wvtf.org Before Leaving Afghanistan, U.S. Troops Must Declutter In Settlement, Homeland Security Agrees To Reform 'Voluntary Departures' http://wvtf.org/post/settlement-homeland-security-agrees-reform-voluntary-departures The Department of Homeland Security is settling a lawsuit with the ACLU, which deals with immigrants who were improperly pushed to leave the country. The suit alleged that DHS agents coerced immigrants living in the U.S. illegally to take part in a process called "voluntary departure."<p><hr /><p>Clarification: Mark Krikorian of the Center for Immigration Studies states in this story that the settlement would allow "hundreds of thousands" of immigrants who came to the U.S. illegally to return. Wed, 27 Aug 2014 21:20:00 +0000 John Burnett 26340 at http://wvtf.org