How immigrants are redefining 'American' in Southern California

In the news this morning: Anti-birthright citizenship bill to be introduced in Arizona, GOP leaders say no-go to Obama's immigration mention

Steve King: Obama's Immigration Plan Is Not Happening - Talking Points Memo From King, after the speech: "Two out three of things I agreed with...The securing our border part and enforcing our laws."

Bills Denying Birthright Citizenship to be Introduced in Arizona - Fox News Latino On Thursday, both chambers of the state legislature are expected to hear the introduction of bills that seek to deny automatic U.S. citizenship to children born to undocumented immigrants.

Mo. court sides with immigrant in adoption appeal - The Associated Press Missouri's Supreme Court ruled Tuesday that adoption laws were not followed in ending the parental rights of a Guatemalan woman caught up in a 2007 immigration raid at a poultry plant, and allowing her son, who is now 4, to be adopted by a U.S. couple.

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At a SOTU viewing party in L.A., little hope for immigration reform

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Even before tonight's State of the Union address, expectations that President Obama would address immigration issues weren't high. Still, a small crowd of mostly Latino activists, students, blue-collar workers and others gathered to watch it at the downtown office of the Coalition for Humane Immigrant Rights of Los Angeles, which held a "viewing party" showing the address on a large screen with a simultaneous Spanish translation.

Some were simply curious to hear what Obama might say about immigration; others, including some who were in the same room at the immigrant advocacy office last month watching the Senate vote on the Dream Act, wondered if he might offer them a specific nugget of hope.

Here's the portion of the address that dealt with immigration, from a draft copy of the speech obtained and published by the National Journal (and subsequently by the Huffington Post):

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Art of the Tiger Mother: Five spoofs, rap song included

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It's been more than two weeks now since author Amy Chua's essay titled "Why Chinese Mothers Are Superior" appeared in the Wall Street Journal, prompting an uncountable number of news stories, columns, blog posts, essays and assorted reflections on the take that Chua, author of the memoir "Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother," presented on raising her two daughters.

Her description of extreme-tough-love child rearing, which she associated with her Chinese American background, was meant to be self-mocking, Chua has said in interviews, but no matter. In the past couple of weeks, parenting experts have excoriated Chua while others have defended her, while others still have cannily pointed to what lurks behind the racial stereotyping of Asian parents and successful Asian American students.

In the end, part of the Tiger Mother controversy's legacy will be the voluminous amount of work it has spawned: some of it forgettable, some of it quite good, and as with similar media phenoms, a torrent of comic art to help take the edge off.

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Mr. Hernandez goes to Washington

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Daniel Hernandez

Daniel Hernandez, the young college intern who came to Rep. Gabrielle Giffords' rescue after she was shot earlier this month in Tucson, will attend President Obama's State of the Union Address as a guest of Michelle Obama, along with the family of 9-year-old Christina Taylor Green, who died in the Jan. 8 attack at a Tucson grocery store that killed six and injured several others.

Here's what Hernandez, who turns 21 today, told USA Today:

"It's definitely a very exciting way to be spending my 21st birthday," Hernandez said in an interview. "It's a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. I only wish it had happened under different circumstances."

In the weeks since the shooting, Hernandez has drawn a legion of fans, in part because of his heroism, in part because he also happens to be Latino and openly gay

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