Migrant children put state, local leaders in bind

(Rudy Gutierrez / AP)

Around the country, the challenge of housing tens of thousands of unaccompanied Central American migrant children is forcing an emotional, uncomfortable and politically treacherous conversation on policymakers at every level.

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Bob Dole turns 91 today. He’s had a remarkable life.

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