Supreme Court Decides if Genes Can be Patented, Gang of Eight to Release Immigration Proposal

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Monday, April 15, 2013

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'Gang of Eight' to Introduce Bipartisan Immigration Bill This Week | Has the Pathway to Citizenship Been Ill-Conceived? | Can Companies Patent Human Genes? | Hugo Chavez's Political Heir Maduro Wins Presidency | Why the Rich Don't Give to Charity | Deduction Reductions | Deduction Reductions

Can Companies Patent Human Genes?

Can companies patent human genes? That's the question before the Supreme Court today, as the justices hear arguments in Association for Molecular Pathology v. Myriad Genetics, Inc.

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'Gang of Eight' to Introduce Bipartisan Immigration Bill This Week

The bipartisan group of senators knows as The Gang of Eight will release their immigration reform bill this week. The proposal is expected to overhaul the current system and give millions of undocumented immigrants in the United States a pathway to citizenship.

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A Former Undocumented Immigrant Shares Her Story

Sayu Bhojwani was born in India, raised in Belize and was in the United States when her visa expired – making her an undocumented immigrant. She went on to not only become an American citizen, but also also to be appointed New York City’s first Commissioner of Immigrant Affairs. She now helps other first and second generation immigrants seek public office as the Founding Director of the New American Leaders Project. 

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Hugo Chavez's Political Heir Maduro Wins Presidency

La Revolución continues in Venezuela with Hugo Chavez's heir winning a narrow election on Sunday. By a thin margin of just over one percentage point, Nicholas Maduro beat out his opponent and will go on to serve the remainder of Chavez's term in office following his death earlier this year. ...

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Why the Rich Don't Give to Charity

Tax day is upon us. Did you reduce your tax burden this year by giving to charity? According to our next guest, the answer to the question might depend on your tax bracket. Ken Stern has written a piece in the Atlantic about who gives to charities and why he thinks the poor end up giving more than the rich. It's called Why the Rich Don’t Give to Charity. 

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Deduction Reductions

When you file your 2013 taxes, some of the deductions you were able to take this year might be significantly smaller. The White House's new budget proposal gets tough on tax, curbing things like the home mortgage interest deduction and the deduction for state and local taxes. It also limits the charitable giving deduction. a change our next guest says ... will cost American charities dearly. Howard Husock says this change will cost American charities dearly.

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