Laura Finch

Laura is a graduate of the World Journalism Institute's mid-career course.

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Vote killing farm bill had nothing to do with food

Politics | Conservative Republicans torpedo legislation to protest inaction on immigration
by Laura Finch
Posted 5/24/18, 03:16 pm

Republicans killed a GOP-backed farm bill last week, a political move described as “pretty dramatic,” even by today’s divisive standards. But the disgruntled Republicans who brought down the 2018 Farm Bill weren’t worried about milk prices or work requirements—they were trying to take a stand on immigration and may get their wish next month.

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Moderate Republicans make last-ditch DACA effort

Politics | Using a rare parliamentary procedure, lawmakers hope to get an immigration bill through the House
by Laura Finch
Posted 5/17/18, 02:26 pm

President Donald Trump tried to force Congress to fix the country’s immigration system last year when he announced he would end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program.

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Life as ‘trans-black’

Documentary | The Rachel Divide shows an ostracized Rachel Dolezal feeding a media beast
by Laura Finch
Posted 5/10/18, 03:10 pm

Filmmaker Laura Brownson has a theory: Your reaction to Rachel Dolezal, the white woman from Spokane, Wash., who identifies as African-American, is a Rorschach test for issues of race. But if that’s true, Brownson’s documentary strongly suggests everyone is seeing the same thing in this sad ink blot—except Dolezal herself.

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