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Republicans are hopping mad about President Obama’s new order on immigration: House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) vowed Friday to confront President Obama’s unilateral executive actions to protect millions of illegal immigrants from deportation, saying the moves were “damaging the presidency” and warning that Congress will not let them stand without a fight. “The House […]

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Here are some details on what President Obama is going to announce tonight: In his 8 p.m. address, Obama is expected to say he will stop deportations for a certain group of illegal immigrants: parents whose children are already U.S. citizens or legal permanent residents. The protection would only apply to parents who have […]

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Looks like the administration is trying to convince people that while they may be giving temporary deportation relief to some undocumented immigrants, they aren’t going to be too nice to them: Millions of undocumented immigrants who are set to be granted a form of legal status by President Obama as early as this week […]

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Drama in the Senate tonight! All senators are in town Tuesday to cast their votes on a measure approving construction of the Keystone XL pipeline. Later Tuesday, the Senate will vote on approval of the controversial energy project which would transport oil from Canada through the United States to Gulf Coast refineries. Environmentalists oppose […]

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A dispatch from the department of strange bedfellows: With the health insurance marketplace now open for a second year, President Obama will be depending more than ever on the insurance companies that five years ago he accused of padding profits and canceling coverage for the sick. Those same insurers have long viewed government as […]

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Looks like President Obama may be headed for the third veto of his presidency: Even as the House passed legislation Friday authorizing construction of the Keystone XL oil pipeline by a decisive vote of 252 to 161, President Obama is signaling he is increasingly skeptical of the project. Congressional momentum for granting the permit […]

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Steven Mufson notes how other countries have been using China’s inaction on climate as an excuse for their own unwillingness to take steps to reduce emissions, but now that argument is much harder to make: Xi’s pledge to ratchet up the share of non-fossil fuels from the current 8 percent to 20 percent of […]

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Republicans are hopping mad about the pledge President Obama made with the Chinese premier for mutual reductions in carbon emissions. “The president continues to send a signal that he has no intention of moving toward the middle,” said [Mitch] McConnell, who is in line to become the new Senate majority leader in January. “I […]

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Open enrollment in health care exchanges begins this weekend. How’s it going to go? Massachusetts and Minnesota have sharply increased the number of call center workers who will help people enroll in health plans through the states’ insurance exchanges. Colorado has created an online avatar named Kyla to guide consumers through the sign-up process. […]

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President Obama took a rather bold policy stance today: President Barack Obama waded directly into the debate over net neutrality Monday, calling for stronger open Internet rules by treating broadband like a public utility and banning Internet fast lanes. Obama’s full-throated endorsement puts the idea squarely in play as the FCC continues crafting new […]

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Well, things sure are off to a great start: Republicans in Congress emerged from a bi-partisan lunch at the White House on Friday steadfast in their opposition to President Obama taking executive action on immigration, but open to working together on other issues like Ebola and foreign policy. “We talked about the idea of […]

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This is a significant development in the battle over marriage equality: On Thursday afternoon, the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit just became the first federal appeals court in the country to side with marriage discrimination. Although the immediate effect of this court’s 2-1 decision is that marriage equality will not […]

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President Obama came out this afternoon to get grilled by reporters about yesterday’s election, and specifically addressed the Republican thirst to destroy the Affordable Care Act: “On health care, there are certainly some lines I’m going to draw. Repeal of the law, I won’t sign. Efforts that would take away health care from the […]

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Steven Greenhouse of the New York Times finds a bright spot for Democrats in tomorrow’s election: In state after state, labor unions and community groups have pushed lawmakers to raise the minimum wage, but those efforts have faltered in many places where Republicans control the legislature. Frustrated by this, workers’ advocates have bypassed the […]

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Congratulations, America, we did it! With one of the most competitive Senate races in the country, political ads in Iowa are running nonstop on Des Moines station WHO-DT. And it can hardly keep up with the demand. At a time when fewer people are watching news on TV, the station added an hour-long daily […]

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Well, that took all of 24 hours: Secretary of State John Kerry is condemning remarks from an administration official who labeled Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu as “chickenshit,” calling the comment “disgraceful” and “damaging.” “It is disgraceful, unacceptable, damaging, and I think neither President Obama nor I — I’ve never heard that word around […]

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Things are getting heated in Iowa: Hillary Clinton publicly criticized Republican Senate candidate Joni Ernst on Wednesday for skipping out on meetings with Iowa newspaper editorial boards. Speaking at a campaign event for Bruce Braley, Ernst’s Democratic opponent, Clinton said that Ernst’s refusal to answer “tough questions” from editorial boards “seems like it should […]

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President Obama spoke about Ebola this afternoon: President Obama said Tuesday his administration would only adopt Ebola policies that would not jeopardize the ongoing effort to contain Ebola in West Africa. “We don’t just react based on our fears. We react based on facts and judgment and making smart decisions,” he said in remarks […]

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Kaci Hickox, the non-Ebola-having nurse who was essentially imprisoned by the state of New Jersey, pretty much just kicked Chris Christie’s butt: Even as New Jersey officials on Monday released a nurse they had kept quarantined in a tent since her return from treating Ebola patients in Sierra Leone, an unapologetic Gov.Chris Christie dismissed […]

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Another school shooting, this one in Seattle: A student believed to have opened fire at Marysville-Pilchuck High School Friday morning is dead from a self-inflicted gunshot wound, according to two law-enforcement sources. Police have not released details, but there are reports of as many as seven other people shot about 10:45 a.m. Four of the injured were taken […]

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