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Sidelined By War, Bush Also Sought For Immigration Reform

There is growing momentum for some sort of an immigration reform to be passed this year; the last time there was a big push in 2006 and 2007. President George W. Bush made the issue a priority when he took office and advocated something very similar to what is being considered today. But then Sept. 11 happened and pushed the issue to the backburner. By the time it did come up, Republicans derailed the president's proposals.
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How To Save A Public Library: Make It A Seed Bank

A small-town library in Colorado is lending more than just books. Patrons can now check out seeds and farm them. After the crops are harvested, the patrons return the seeds from the best fruits and vegetables so the library can lend them out to others.
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White House Tries Again To Find Compromise On Contraception

Under the proposed rule, employees at nonprofit religious organizations would get access to no-cost contraception, but their employer wouldn't pay for the coverage. The move is another attempt to provide contraceptive coverage without violating the beliefs of religious nonprofits.
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What's Behind Rubio's 'Full Circle Back' On Immigration?

Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., appears to have reversed his views on an earned path to citizenship, which in a Tea Party-backed 2010 campaign he called "code for amnesty." Some critics say the young Cuban-American lawmaker seems to be looking ahead to 2016 and a possible White House bid.
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Pentagon Remains Big Target In Likely Budget Cuts

Although a fiscal cliff was narrowly prevented at the beginning at the year, there's another budget deadline approaching. If Congress doesn't act, billions in automatic budget cuts will slice military spending, possibly hurting contractors and some personnel.
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Carrot Juice Instead Of Coke? USDA Proposes New School Snack Rules

The proposed rules would limit snacks to a maximum of 200 calories and promote options like fruits, vegetables and whole grains. Experts say this many fewer calories each day, over years, can add up to big calorie savings.
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For Some Donors, Boy Scouts' Ban On Gays Doesn't Add Up

The organization's decision to revisit its national ban on openly gay members and leaders next week comes at a time of increased opposition from local scouting groups, a steady decline in membership, and a loss of financial support.
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Why Steven Chu Was One Of Obama's Most Intriguing Choices

Of all the individuals in President Obama's first-term Cabinet, Energy Secretary Steven Chu was arguably the least likely to be found in official Washington. And now that the Nobel Prize-winning physicist is leaving government, there are a few reasons that understanding his legacy might take some time.

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