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Delaney Calls For Grand Bargain Deal To Address Budget Crisis

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Freshman Maryland Rep. John Delaney comes to Congress with a business background. The Democrat started two companies that trade on the New York Stock Exchange and is one of the wealthiest members of Congress.

While Delaney would have supported the recent compromise bill to extend middle class tax cuts, he worries that Congress didn't pass a broader bill to address the nation's $16 trillion debt. He says lawmakers risk doing economic harm if they don't strike a grand bargain.

"If you actually say 'I'm going to deal with the deficit in a revolving series of two or four month deals,' you're pretty much assuring the economy of growing at a very low rate, and it makes the work you have to do harder," says Delaney.

Delaney has been elected the president of his freshmen class, which sets him up to forge relationships that could be vital to reaching a compromise.

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Readers' Review: "The Good Lord Bird" By James McBride

For our next Readers' Review: National Book Award winner "The Good Lord Bird" by James McBride. The 2013 novel follows an enslaved boy who gets caught up in John Brown's abolitionist mission...and must disguise himself as a girl to survive.

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Busboys And Poets In Anacostia: Development Or Gentrification?

Local restaurant chain Busboys and Poets will soon open in Anacostia, which suffers from a dearth of dining and shopping options-- but some within the community are decrying the opening as gentrification.

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A Primary Challenge For A Top Arlington County Democrat

Could bipartisanship be the ouster of Arlington County's board chair?

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In Omaha, A Library With No Books Brings Technology To All

The privately funded, $7 million Do Space provides free access to computers, high-end software, 3-D printers, and laser cutters. It's a learning and play space, as well as an office for entrepreneurs.

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