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Warner Proposes Amendment To Immigration Reform Bill

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Virginia Sen. Mark Warner has proposed an amendment to the immigration reform bill. He says the U.S. educates thousands of foreign students who leave and compete against American businesses.

"This is a worldwide competition for talent," he says. "And we need to make sure that the job-creators — the people who've got that idea that can raise some money — have a choice to do it anywhere. I want folks who've got those skills to have that opportunity to do it in America."

Warner says this is actually an American jobs measure. Among other provisions, his amendment would double the number of available green cards if it's found that the program is economically beneficial and effective in creating new businesses. He adds that startup companies have created most of the jobs in recent years.

"Right now, if you're not American-born, you can't start that business here," he says. "You may have to go back to another country or go to Canada, which has changed their immigration rules to be more welcoming to these start-ups. This bill says if you can show that you can go out and raise a couple hundred thousand dollars and hire Americans, we're going to let you do that here."

Even if the amendment stalls, Warner has introduced a separate, similar bill called the Startup Act 2.0.

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Walk down a street in Peru and you'll likely see an example of the glow-in-the-dark posters and murals. Lots of people love them. But the upper crust — and the government — aren't impressed.
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Tea-Infused Sweets: Chocolate + Jasmine Tea Is A Match Made In Heaven

Smoky and floral brews can provide a kick of flavor to desserts, especially when blended with chocolate. Pastry chef Naomi Gallego shows us a few tricks for surprising the palate with tea.
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Texas Textbooks And Teaching The Civil War And America's History Of Racial Segregation

This fall five million public school students in Texas will use textbooks that critics say misrepresent the Civil War and the nation's history of racial segregation. The battle over how the Civil War is taught in public schools.

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UMBC President Freeman Hrabowski

The president of University of Maryland, Baltimore County, chats about the future of higher education — and what he's doing to steer African-American students into science, technology, engineering and mathematics.

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