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Immigration Advocates Hold Rally At Capitol To Push For Reform

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Immigration reform advocates have been active outside the Capitol this week. They're holding signs reading "GOP RIP, " a not so subtle threat to hurt Republicans at the polls if the party blocks immigration this year. While the signs are threatening, the message doesn't seem to be swaying House Republicans.

Virginia Rep. Randy Forbes says these advocates are too narrowly focused on securing citizenship for the 11 million undocumented workers in the U.S.

"You're talking about people who have decided that there is one component of this that they just want," says Forbes. "They don't care about the rest of the bill. Well, that's not going to happen in the House. We're not going to let one interest group or one advocacy group control this whole process."

Instead of a comprehensive measure, House leaders want to address immigration one topic at a time. First up: border security.

Northern Virginia Democrat Gerry Connolly says Republican leaders know their approach threatens to derail any reform effort.

"The piecemeal approach is another way of saying a long slow death march," he says.

Even in the face of Republican resistance, immigration advocates in the region, including Casa de Maryland and local SEIU branches, remain determined to make their voices heard on Capitol Hill. Next Wednesday, hundreds are planning to leave their signs behind and lobby Republican lawmakers and staffers directly.

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Exhibit Shows Dolores Huerta's Life As Part Of The 'Backbone' Of America

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Do Try This At Home: 3 Korean Banchan (Side Dishes) In One Pot

If you've ever eaten at a Korean restaurant, you're used to the endless side dishes that come out with the meal. They're called banchan, and they're remarkably simple to make for yourself.
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Cutting Local Taxes in The District

The D.C. Council has taken steps to accelerate tax cuts for all income earners. They're part of a broader overhaul of the city's tax levels, but some council members argued there wasn't enough time for a rigorous debate about the new schedule. We explore the debate over cutting taxes for D.C. residents and how it affects the city's ability to pay for critical local services.

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Reddit CEO Says Miscommunication Led To Blackout Protest

A user revolt briefly shut down the social site last week after a key employee was dismissed. Interim CEO Ellen Pao says the company has "apologized for not communicating better" with site moderators.

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