Jose Antonio Vargas, a former journalist for the Washington Post who recently outed himself as an undocumented immigrant to the United States, holds a sign reading "I am an american w/o papers" at a campaign event with Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney at the Diamond V South Plant in Cedar Rapids, Iowa on Dec. 9, 2011.
Brendan Hoffman—Polaris
By TIME Video
July 16, 2014

Here are the stories TIME is watching this Wednesday, July 16.

Immigration advocate and Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Jose Antonio Vargas was released after being detained for attempting to fly without a valid U.S. visa.

Typhoon Rammasun battered the Philippines with driving rain and wind gusts of 115 mph before heading toward China.

A proposal to break California into six states drawn up by Silicon Valley venture capitalist Tim Draper was submitted for the 2016 ballot, but don’t start adding stars to your flag — Congress is unlikely to approve.

And finally, Hillary Clinton appeared on The Daily Show and dropped tantalizing hints about her ’16 plans.

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