DEA Administrator Michele Leonhart at a recent congressional hearing on agent misconduct in Colombia. (YouTube, screenshot)

Top Story — Michelle Leonhart, the head of the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration, will soon resign, Attorney General Eric Holder announced Tuesday, as controversy endures over her handling of a scandal involving DEA agents’ conduct in Colombia. According to an investigation by the Investigator of the Justice Department, the DEA’s parent agency, agents in Colombia…

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo. (Marc A. Hermann/New York City MTA, CC BY 2.0)

Top Story — Andrew Cuomo, the governor of New York state, visited Cuba Monday to lobby for increased commercial ties between his state’s businesses and the island nation, despite the continued existence of a broader economic embargo targeting the latter. Cuomo and his delegation met on Monday with several top Cuban officials, including Rodrigo Malmierca…

Havana, Cuba, in March 2014. Removing Cuba from a list of stats sponsoring terrorism has been a sticking point in diplomatic talks with the United States.Gereth Williams, CC BY 2.0)

Top Story — U.S. President Barack Obama on Tuesday announced his intention to remove Cuba from the U.S. list of state sponsors of terrorism, the latest step taken toward the normalization of relations between the two countries, and one that may hasten the process of restoring full diplomatic ties. The announcement had been anticipated since…

Cuban President Raúl Castro meets with U.S. President Barack Obama during the seventh Summit of the Americas. (Cuban Ministry of Foreign Affairs, public domain)

Top Story — U.S. President Barack Obama met with Cuban leader Raúl Castro on Saturday, the first time the two countries’ heads of state have been face-to-face since Cuba’s 1959 revolution. The meeting set the tone for the seventh Summit of the Americas, where regional leaders were notably muted in their usual criticism of the…

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As Colombian Oil Money Flowed to Clintons, State Department Took No Action to Prevent Labor Violations Matthew Cunningham-Cook, David Sirota and Andrew Perez. International Business Times. April 8, 2015. (2,695 words) During her 2008 run for the U.S. presidency, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton denounced a controversial trade agreement between the United States and…

U.S. President Obama shakes hands with Cuban President Raúl Castro at Nelson Mandela's funeral in December 2013 (Youtube, Screenshot).

Top Story — The Summit of The Americas begins today in Panama, and historic diplomatic talks between the United States and Cuba are at the center of attention as the two countries’ presidents will make their first appearance together, joining some 30 other leaders from the region to discuss the theme of “prosperity with equity.”…

Former Minister of Defense of El Salvador Carlos Eugenio Vides Casanova, who was deported from the United States on Wednesday. (U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, public domain)

Top Story — U.S. authorities on Wednesday deported a ex-army general from El Salvador for his alleged role in human rights abuses during that country’s civil war, which ran from 1980 to 1992, the most prominent deportation to date under a law aimed at expelling rights violators. Carlos Eugenio Vides Casanova lost an appeal with…

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An ambush by criminal gunmen against police in the western Mexican state of Jalisco killed 15 officers and injured five, authorities announced on Tuesday — the deadliest attack targeting the security forces to date since the government launched an offensive against drug cartels in 2006. The attack targeted state police officers as they drove in…

Alan Gross speaks on the phone with President Barack Obama after his release from Cuban prison on Dec. 17, 2014. (White House, public domain)

NEW YORK — The U.S. Supreme Court denied an appeal on Monday by former government subcontractor Alan Gross, who filed a $60 million lawsuit in 2012 alleging negligence on the part of the U.S. government over the five years he spent in a Cuban prison. The decision upholds a November 2014 ruling in the U.S….

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The Rookie and the Zetas: How the Feds Took Down a Drug Cartel’s Horse-Racing Empire Joe Tone. Dallas Observer. April 1 2015. (6,804 words) The Treviño brothers led diametrically opposed lives: one was a clean-cut family man making a modest living in America; the other, a murderous cartel boss rumored to eat the heart of…