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Immigration Reform Legislation (2013)
For better or worse, spending bill passes

As British comedian John Oliver not long ago observed, Congress never loses its capacity to disappoint you. The omnibus 10-month $1.1 trillion spending plan approved by the U.S. Senate over the weekend following a close vote in the House last Thursday would normally be seen as a sign of bipartisan progress, a modest improvement over a threatened 3-month continuing resolution — if it did not contain so many provisions that pander shamelessly to special interests. For instance, let's have a show of hands from all those Americans who really thought that too-big-to-fail banks really needed to get back into the business of investing huge sums of money in complex derivatives like those...