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'Gang Of 8' Releases Immigration Bill

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The Senate 'Gang of 8' championed for immigration reform.
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The Senate 'Gang of 8' championed for immigration reform.

Lawmakers in the region have been calling for immigration reform for years, and they think this latest bipartisan effort from the group of eight may be their last, best chance for some time.

The plan includes a path to citizenship for undocumented workers, and seeks to strengthen security along the southern border. But lawmakers in the region say they're eyeing some of the less headline-grabbing sections of the bill.

In the Washington Metro region, businesses have been calling for more high-skilled workers, while Maryland Democratic Sen. Ben Cardin says he believes the bill meets his demand to grant more visas to low-skilled workers.

"It's critically important to the economy, on the Eastern Shore of Maryland, the seafood industry," says Cardin. "They rely on H2B workers."

But plenty of pitfalls remain. Conservative talk radio hosts and members of the far right wing of the GOP are already attacking the bill as backdoor amnesty. That sets the stage for another bloody battle over a bipartisan piece of legislation.

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Lisa Lucas Takes The Reins At The National Book Foundation

Lucas is the third executive director in the history of the foundation, which runs the National Book Awards. Her priority? Inclusivity: "Everyone is either a reader or a potential reader," she says.
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The Shocking Truth About America's Ethanol Law: It Doesn't Matter (For Now)

Ted Cruz doesn't like the law that requires the use of ethanol in gasoline. So what would happen if it was abolished? The surprising answer: not much, probably.
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The Latest on the Military, Political and Humanitarian Crises in Syria

Russia continues airstrikes in Syria. Secretary Kerry meets with world leaders in an attempt to resolve the country’s five-year civil war. A panel joins Diane to discuss the latest on the military, political and humanitarian crises facing Syria.

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Should India's Internet Be Free Of Charge, Or Free Of Control?

Facebook's free Internet service was banned in India on the basis of net neutrality this week. Internet providers, regulators say, should not be allowed "to shape the users' Internet experience."

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