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Alex Hull is a participant in the Religious Action Center's Machon Kaplan summer program for college students. He is a student at Kenyon College and an intern at the Interfaith Immigration Coalition, run by the Friends Committee on National Legislation. It's a great time to be an immigration lobbyist in Washington, DC. After failed attempts to overhaul the system in 2006 and 2007, lobbyists really believe that comprehensive immigration reform is finally within grasp. America can't afford to wait any longer; an estimated 12 million undocumented immigrants live and work in our communities...

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Samantha Hordes is a participant in the Religious Action Center's Machon Kaplan summer program for college students. She is a student at American University and an intern at the National Coalition for the Homeless.

Although I live in DC throughout the school year, my internship at the National Coalition for the Homeless and my participation in the Machon Kaplan program have introduced me to information about DC that I never knew of. The average week here consists of museums, restaurants, trolley rides and other exciting activities I...

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The Sotomayor hearings have been creating quite a bit of news, but who would've guessed they would also yield a YouTube sensation?! Well, it might not be a sensation, as it is at 159 views as of this posting, but it is definitely exciting for criminal justice advocates.

During Thursday's hearing, there was a panel that included Wade Henderson, the President and CEO of the Leadership Conference on Civil Rights, and, in welcoming the panel, Senator Sessions (R-AL) told Mr. Henderson, much to the delight of the peanut gallery, that "We're...

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Kaitlin Kaufman is a participant in the Religious Action Center's Machon Kaplan summer program for college students. She is a student at Brandeis University and an intern at the American Academy of HIV Medicine.

The other day I visited Arlington National Cemetery and while overlooking the area, I saw tombstones for what seemed like miles. At first I passed a few, looking at names that didn't mean anything to a stranger. Then I look at them as a whole, and the anonymity began to take on...

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Things are heating up here in D.C., and I don't just mean weather-wise. This morning, I headed to Capitol Hill with RAC intern Madeline to get in on the excitement of the third day of Judge Sonia Sotomayor's confirmation hearings before the Senate Judiciary Committee. A line of more than 70 people, visible in the video below, were lined up outside the Hart Senate Office Building, where the hearings began at 9 a.m. Visitors who wait in line to snag tickets are allowed into the hearings for 20-minute periods, and many,...

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