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    Book Discussion on Dark Invasion

    Howard Blum talked about his book, Dark Invasion: 1915: Germany’s Secret War and the Hunt for the First Terrorist Cell in America, in which he recounts the story of German espionage in the U.S. during WWI. In his book, he details the ways German spies engaged in sabotage, germ warfare, and assassination attempts in order to disrupt American operations even before it entered the war. He also discusses the way New York Police Department inspector Tom Tunney tracked those spies and the challenges he faced that led to modern counterterrorism strategy.

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    Presidential Address on Immigration

    President Obama in a national address outlined three executive action steps he was taking to change the U.S. immigration system. One, which he noted was controversial, involved addressing the millions of undocumented immigrants living in the nation. Under his order, if a person has been in the country for more than five years, has children who are citizens or legal residents, she or he must pass a criminal background check and be willing to pay taxes to apply to stay temporarily. The other two measures called for additional resources for law enforcement personnel to stem the flow of illegal crossings and speed up the return of those who do cross illegally and making it easier and faster for high-skilled immigrants to stay in the U.S.