Conservative leaders lobby on immigration
An unorthodox coalition of conservative leaders — pastors, tech moguls, tea party farmers — converged Tuesday on Washington to make the conservative case for an immigration overhaul. The effort comprised more than 600 conservatives from across the country who spent the day on Capitol Hill meeting with about 150 members of Congress, primarily Republicans, and urging them to press their leaders to act on immigration this year.
Coal workers rally against EPA rules
Hundreds of coal industry workers and supporters gathered Tuesday in front of the U.S. Capitol as a parade of coal-state lawmakers assailed the Obama administration as waging a "war on coal" with new environmental rules. Last month, the Environmental Protection Agency proposed standards aimed at curbing carbon dioxide emissions, a major contributor to global warming, according to most climate scientists. However, the rules would make it nearly impossible to build new coal-fired power plants without expensive and unproven technology to capture carbon dioxide and pump it underground.
Austria: Negotiators for Iran and the U.N. International Atomic Energy Agency said in Vienna on Tuesday that they had held "very productive" talks aimed at resolving questions about the Iranian atomic energy program. They agreed to meet again on Nov. 11 in Tehran.
West Bank: Israel freed 26 Palestinian prisoners early today, the second of four batches to be released as part of a deal that set in motion the current Israeli-Palestinian peace talks.
Chicago: Former Illinois U.S. Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. entered a North Carolina prison Tuesday to begin serving a 21/2-year term for illegally spending $750,000 in campaign money — a day after he tried but failed to get into the complex because he arrived early.
Libya: Gunmen ambushed a Libyan bank van and made away with over $50 million on a highway east of Tripoli, officials said Tuesday. The brazen heist underscores the weakness of the central government.