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They may be lining up by the thousands, but President Obama's so-called "modified Dream Act" may be less than it seems to young illegal immigrants brought here as children and raised as Americans. Is it good politics or a source of increased confusion? Also, members of Pussy Riot are sentenced to two years for protesting Putin, and the Obama campaign offers a limit on demands for Mitt Romney's tax returns.

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Main Topic Is the Dream Act Becoming a Nightmare? 36 MIN, 44 SEC

Thousands of undocumented young people are lining up this week for President Obama's substitute for the "Dream Act," which was rejected by Congress. But all it does is defer deportation for two years, and nobody knows what will happen next. Will applicants have to reveal information that could be used against them or their parents? Will they deported after all when their two years are up?  Would Mitt Romney rescind the order if he reached the White House? The President says he supports the "Dream Act," which would offer permanent residency, but he's also deported more people than George W. Bush. In a bid for the Latino vote, is he creating more anxiety and confusion rather than less?

Guests:
Luis Gutierrez, Latinos Progresando (@latinospro)
Daniela Cruz, Puente (@PuenteAZ)
Ira Mehlman, Federation for American Immigration Reform (@FAIRImmigration)
Mark Jones, Rice University

Reporter's Notebook Is the Tax Code a Gift that Romney Wants to Hide? 6 MIN, 40 SEC

George W. Bush, Dick Cheney, and Mitt Romney's father all released many years' worth of their income tax returns and nobody found anything wrong. Yesterday, Romney said he never paid less than 13 percent in federal income taxes, but insists that two years is the limit. Today, the manager of the Obama Campaign, Jim Messina, sent an open letter to his Republican counterpart saying if Romney released five years' worth, the Democrats wouldn't ask for anything more. Would that be enough to reveal the real story of Romney's finances? David Cay Johnston was a Pulitzer Prize-wining tax reporter for the New York Times.

Guests:
David Cay Johnston, Reuters (@davidcayj)

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David Cay Johnston

Making News Pussy Riot Sentenced to Two Years for Protesting Putin 7 MIN, 36 SEC

Three young Russian women, members of the punk rock group Pussy Riot, have been sentenced to two years in prison on charges of committing what a judge called "a flagrant violation of social order" and "manifest disrespect to society." Courtney Weaver, Moscow correspondent for the Financial Times, picks up the story.

Guests:
Courtney Weaver, Financial Times (@courtneymoscow)

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