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Last week was a busy week for health care reform. But this week will be busier. While President Obama steps up his campaign in support of comprehensive health care reform, the three relevant committees in the House of Representatives will be holding hearings to discuss their draft proposal. At the heart of the... Read More

Lauren Weissman is a participant in the Religious Action Center's Machon Kaplan summer program for college students. She is a student at the University of Florida and an intern at the Food Research and Action Center. Last week in Machon Kaplan class we were given an insider's explanation of DC. Apparently there are four quadrants of the city: NW, SW, NE and SE. As a reference point, we were informed that the exact center lies in the middle of the capital building, and while this is an extremely interesting fact, it does not really help those of...

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Elliot Kort is a participant in the RAC's Machon Kaplan program for college students. He is student at the University of Kansas and an intern at the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force. I love the Metro. I mean, seriously. As far as adoration for any means of public transportation goes, my love for the DC metro rail system knows no bounds. So while preparing myself for the idea of picking up life in Kansas and planting myself in the nation's capital for a summer, I was intrigued to hear that there are...

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I just walked out of a meeting with General Scott Gration, President Obama's Special Envoy to Sudan. Here's the latest on Darfur and Sudan:

There are somewhat conflicting reports on the situation on the ground in Darfur.  Sima Samar, United Nations special rapporteur on human rights in Sudan, gave a report on Tuesday saying that "land and air attacks by government forces on civilians in Darfur" had taken place in the last year, and continue to take place. The impact of the casting out of relief groups...

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Today I find myself once again fasting for Darfur. My first fast for Darfur, which I did only a few days after being arrested with Representative John Lewis, four other members of Congress, and leaders of Darfur advocacy groups, was undertaken to underline the urgency of the suffering in the internally displaced persons camps in Darfur after President Bashir had expelled over a dozen aid groups from the region.

Now, though, three months later,...

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