Sources say that the Republic's Mexico reporter Chris Hawley is moving on. Hawley is one of the Republic's best writers and covers one of the most interesting and difficult beats. He probably would have been gone in the last wave of budget cuts but USA Today picked up a portion of his salary.
Here's an example of some of his best writing.
Across Mexico, the continuing ability of traffickers to topple governments like Tancitaro's, intimidate police and keep drug shipments flowing is raising doubts about the Mexican government's 3-year-old, U.S.-backed war on the drug cartels.