Kate Wells http://whqr.org en New Syrian Refugees In U.S. Too Late For Special Visa http://whqr.org/post/new-syrian-refugees-us-too-late-special-visa The Obama administration has a special temporary visa extension for Syrians who've fled to the U.S., since it's unsafe for them to go home. But there's a catch. Syrians who've arrived in the last three months, when the violence really started escalating around Damascus, aren't eligible. No one thinks Syrians are going to be deported anytime soon, even if they get caught with expired visas. But without the special status, it's harder to get work or student visas. Tue, 24 Jul 2012 21:00:00 +0000 Kate Wells 21023 at http://whqr.org In Battleground Iowa, Even Office Space Up For Grabs http://whqr.org/post/battleground-iowa-even-office-space-grabs In Iowa, President Obama's re-election campaign is already in gear, with staff and volunteers on the ground.<p>The Obama campaign hopes its head start over the campaign of Republican Mitt Romney — who until recently had been focused on fending off GOP opponents — will make the difference in November in this swing state.<p>The Obama campaign headquarters in Des Moines is a former Blockbuster Video store, where this week a couple of dozen 20-somethings tapped away at laptops, painted signs by hand and worked the phones.<p>But just a few months ago during the Republican caucuses, this was <em>Rom Thu, 26 Apr 2012 21:50:00 +0000 Kate Wells 15434 at http://whqr.org In Battleground Iowa, Even Office Space Up For Grabs