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Hispanic Heritage Month: A time to be marketed to, or something more?

Photo by Danbury Public Library/Flickr (Creative Commons)
| Now that it's officially Hispanic Heritage Month as of yesterday, it's time to explain just what HHM is and where it comes from, along with all the very mixed feelings that come with it.

In the news this morning: Mexico's 200th, DREAM Act, 14th Amendment and more

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YouTube - Raw Video: Mexico Celebrates Bicentennial (youtube.com)

El Universal's top 10 'most Mexican' songs

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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T0jNkSk9tHw&feature=player_embedded

The DREAM Act, through the back door

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The less-known military component of the DREAM Act is proving to be its saving grace this week: Yesterday, Democratic Senate Majority Leader Sen. Harry Reid announced that next week he will offer the legislation as an amendment to a Defense Department authorization bill, pushing the long-proposed immigration legislation toward a Senate vote.

And in honor of the bicentennial...

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The culture blog Remezcla has had a series of "especial bicentenario" (bicentennial special) posts the past week honoring some of the quirkier aspects of Mexican culture, especially those unique terms that I find even funner than Cuban terms, if that is possible.

On eve of Mexico's bicentennial: Even in a dark period, something to celebrate

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Tonight marks the eve of Mexico's bicentennial, being celebrated with elaborate fanfare in Mexico City and throughout the country, as well as in Los Angeles and throughout the United States.

In the news this morning: DREAM Act moves toward vote, diplomat seeks asylum, Mexico on eve of its bicentennial, more

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Democrats pivot on immigration - Carrie Budoff Brown - POLITICO.com (The Politico)

A new county contract for Homeboy Industries

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I couldn't let the day slip by without noting the good news today for Homeboy Industries. After having to lay off 300 workers in May, the gang-intervention program that got its start 22 years ago in Boyle Heights has received a $1.