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Marchers call on House Speaker John Boehner to support moving forward on immigration reform on May 1, 2014 in Los Angeles.

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Marchers call on House Speaker John Boehner to support moving forward on immigration reform on May 1, 2014 in Los Angeles.

Immigration Reform ‘Hell-Bent’ — or Hell-Bound?

  Never have the words “hell-bent” created so much excitement in Washington. Pushing for immigration overhaul means hanging onto whatever hope one can find. No issue may fit the Charlie-Brown-and-the-football comparison more so than immigration reform, which advocates have been pushing since the 1990s. A...

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Corn outside Malden, Illinois.

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Corn outside Malden, Illinois.

Immigration Stalemate Taking Agriculture Toll: Vilsack

Written with Laura Curtis Add American crop production to the list of U.S. losses because Congress can’t agree on immigration reform, according to Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack. Perishable fruits and vegetables are left to rot, and potentially productive fields are...

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President Barack Obama hugs Julie Chavez Rodriguez, White House Deputy Director of Public Engagement and granddaughter of civil rights leader Cesar Chavez, before a screening of a movie at the White House, on March 19, 2014 in Washington, DC.

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President Barack Obama hugs Julie Chavez Rodriguez, White House Deputy Director of Public Engagement and granddaughter of civil rights leader Cesar Chavez, before a screening of a movie at the White House, on March 19, 2014 in Washington, DC.

Obama Welcomes Chavez Family at Screening: ‘DVD!’ They Correct

In front of an audience of the late Cesar Chavez’s family members and Hollywood glitterati, President Barack Obama hailed the labor leader’s legacy as part of what’s pushing him to get immigration overhauled. “If we stay united, things will happen,”...

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A Richmond Emergency Food Bank volunteer packs boxes with food on Nov. 1, 2013 in California.

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A Richmond Emergency Food Bank volunteer packs boxes with food on Nov. 1, 2013 in California.

Vilsack Says Delay Not Possible for Food-Stamp Cuts

A request by lawmakers to delay reductions in food-stamp benefits that Congress approved in a new farm bill can’t be met because of how the law was written, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack said. “What we’re faced with it is that Congress has...

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A sign in a market window advertises the acceptance of food stamps  in New York City.

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A sign in a market window advertises the acceptance of food stamps in New York City.

Vilsack: Food Stamps as Jobs

As head of the Department of Agriculture, Tom Vilsack is the Obama administration’s point person on defending the food-stamp program, cut roughly 5 percent today as spending allocated in the 2009 stimulus bill expired. With the program threatened with more...

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Head coach John Fox of the Denver Broncos reacts to a touchdown in front of Peyton Manning #18 to trail the San Diego Chargers 24-21 during the fourth quarter at Qualcomm Stadium on October 15, 2012 in San Diego, California.  The Broncos won 35-24.

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Head coach John Fox of the Denver Broncos reacts to a touchdown in front of Peyton Manning #18 to trail the San Diego Chargers 24-21 during the fourth quarter at Qualcomm Stadium on October 15, 2012 in San Diego, California. The Broncos won 35-24.

Washington Daybook: Comebacks

Epic comebacks are becoming old hat. Last week, the San Francisco Giants baseball club lost two games at home before winning three on the road to take a playoff series against the Cincinnati Reds. On Friday, The St. Louis Cardinals...

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President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden during a pre-Olympic exhibition basketball game in Washington, DC.

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President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden during a pre-Olympic exhibition basketball game in Washington, DC.

Washington Daybook: Biden at Bat

Do you think, after having to explain and defend his vice president’s “chains” remark, that President  Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden have a few things to talk over? They’ll get their chance today. Obama has four meetings at...

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