The choice of Paul Ryan as Mitt Romney's running mate: a political master-stroke or a hail-Mary pass to get the GOP challenger back in the game? Who is Paul Ryan? Are his proposals as radical as Democrats claim? Can he appeal to voters beyond the conservative base of the Republican Party? Also, Arizona Governor Jan Brewer blocks benefits for illegal immigrants, and a possible worldwide crisis of human fertility.
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Illegal immigrants brought to the US as children have been lining up this week. President Obama has ordered that some can apply to defer deportation for two years. They hope to get drivers' licenses and other benefits provided by states. But Arizona Governor Jan Brewer has issued an order of her own, that "no public [state] benefits would be extended to illegal aliens in the state of Arizona." Daniel Gonzalez is immigration reporter for the Arizona Republic.
In less than a week since Mitt Romney's choice of Paul Ryan, it's been called a triumph of Reaganesque proportions -- and a political disaster. In fact, few potential voters know much about the 42-year-old from Wisconsin, a staff member on Capitol Hill until his election to Congress in 1999. But it's already clear that the focus of the presidential campaign has shifted from jobs and the economy to the size and power of the federal government. How radical are Ryan's budget proposals? How much does he want to change Medicare? Will his presence on the Republican ticket clarify the differences between the parties or produce more confusion than ever?
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Jonathan Chait, New York magazine (@jonathanchait)
Margot Sanger-Katz, New York Times (@sangerkatz)
Joshua Trevino, Texas Public Policy Foundation (@jstrevino)
Sperm banks around the world have made a disturbing finding: the quality of what donors provide is declining. In Israel, it's happening twice as fast as any place else. So far, it's a development nobody can explain. Danish scientists discovered it first, but it's happening elsewhere, including in the United States. It's a potential crisis of human fertility. Birth rates aren't going down yet but male sperm counts are. Dr. Sherman Silber is Director of the Infertility Center of St. Louis. Dr. Ronit Haimov-Kochman is a reproductive endocrinologist and infertility researcher at the Hadassah Hebrew University Medical Center in Jerusalem.
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