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Hannah Helfman is a participant in the Religious Action Center's Machon Kaplan summer program for college students. She is a student at Dickinson College and an intern at Jewish Women International. I was excited to come to DC this summer for many reasons, but one of the things I most anticipated was spending the Fourth of July at our nation's capitol. Hailing from Catonsville, MD, a small town just a step outside Baltimore City, Fourth of July has always been a huge deal. I thought that DC's Independence Day might be the only celebration that could rival...

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Madeline Stolow is a participant in the RAC's Machon Kaplan summer program for college students. She is a student at Binghamton University and an intern here at the Religious Action Center. My Facebook status on Tuesday July 7th read, "hearing Bill Clinton, Nancy Pelosi, and John McCain speak tmrw. thank you DC." Washington, D.C. is a different kind of place than anywhere else in the United States. There's diverse culture, excitement, and important people galore! Something particularly special about DC, at least in the summer months, is that there is always a free event available to...

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Yossi Alpher and Ghassan Khatib do yeoman's work in fostering productive discussion and mutual understanding through their production and editing of bitterlemons.org. Each week, Bitterlemons publishes and delivers to its subscribers four insightful opinions, divided equally between the Israeli and Palestinian communities, on pressing subjects such as "Can Hamas be part of the political process?", "Obama's Cairo speech,"...

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Robb Friedlander is a participant in the RAC's Machon Kaplan summer program for college students. He is a student at Hofstra University and an intern at The Center for Medicare Advocacy.

Former Senator Paul Wellstone (D-MN) recalled in his autobiography The Conscience of a Liberal: Reclaiming the Compassionate Agenda when he decided to dedicate his life to working for universal health care: "My dad, at age eighty, had advanced Parkinson's disease...but then my... Read More

Summer is heating up, and so is the debate over health care reform. Yesterday, a group of nearly 30 religious leaders rolled up their sleeves, put on their sunscreen (figuratively, of course), and jumped right in. At the Faith Leader Summit on Health Care, a diverse group of denominational heads and leaders of national faith groups spent the day on the Hill identifying common ground and sharing hopes and expectations for health care reform legislation. The summit attendees met with officials in the Obama... Read More

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