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Tea party vs. old guard in GOP Senate rift

Republican Sen. John McCain (AP Photo/Nasser Nasser)

A long-simmering feud between establishment Republicans and tea partyers broke into full view Thursday, with Sen. John McCain accusing younger colleagues of overplaying their hands and tempting Democrats to change Senate rules that protect the minority party.

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Immigration reform poses challenges along two borders (access required)

Farmer Jim Bittner inspects some of his apple trees at his orchard in Appleton, N.Y. Bittner’s 400-acre farm has several lots that border Lake Ontario, with Canada on the other side of the lake. (Cronkite News Service Photo by Molly J Smith)

Immigration laws passed by Congress will inevitably impact farmers on the US borders with Canada and Mexico. They will be on the front lines if a new immigration reform act authorizes more access to private property for patrols, more boots on the ground, more surveillance drones in the air and more regulation of agricultural workers in the fields.

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McCain: Immigration law wouldn’t negate Arizona law

(AP Photo/CBS News, Chris Usher)

A federal immigration overhaul unveiled Thursday would trump state law but wouldn't necessarily nullify Arizona's first-in-the nation crackdown on illegal immigration, said U.S. Sen. John McCain, an Arizona Republic leading the effort to change the nation's immigration policies.

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