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Stymied? Republicans seek immigration response

Stymied? Republicans seek immigration response

House Speaker John Boehner of Ohio responds to President Barack Obama's intention to spare millions of illegal immigrants from being deported, a use of executive powers that is setting up a fight with Republicans in Congress over the limits of presidential powers, Friday, Nov. 21, 2014, duri…

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Stymied? Republicans seek immigration response

Stymied? Republicans seek immigration response

WASHINGTON — United against President Barack Obama but uncertain how to stop him, outraged Republicans struggled for a response on immigration Friday that would check the president without veering into talk of impeachment or a government shutdown. Their remedy was far from clear.

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Immigration steps are beyond the norm

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama's unilateral actions on immigration stand out from those of his predecessors because of the sheer scope of what he's doing and the political tenor of the times.

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Main elements of Obama's actions on immigration

Main elements of Obama's actions on immigration

President Obama says his actions will focus on “felons, not families,” and that if lawmakers don’t like it, they should “pass a bill.”

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A jump-start in the Senate

A jump-start in the Senate

Portman-Shaheen legislation deserves a chance — without poison-pill amendments this time.

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Israeli mayor's ban on Arab workers ignites uproar

Israeli mayor's ban on Arab workers ignites uproar

Israeli mayor of the costal city of Ashkelon Itamar Shimoni joins a rally in his support in Ashkelon, Israel, Thursday, Nov. 20, 2014. Shimoni has suspended Israeli Arab laborers from work, renovating bomb shelters at local day-care centers. The move drew widespread criticism on Thursday, in…

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Israeli mayor's ban on Arab workers ignites uproar

Israeli mayor's ban on Arab workers ignites uproar

FILE - In this Wednesday, Nov. 19, 2014, file photo, Palestinians inspect the demolished apartment of Abdel Rahman al-Shaludi in east Jerusalem, as a punitive measure after al-Shaludi's deadly attack with his car on a Jerusalem train station in October, which left five people dead. Israeli p…

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Israeli mayor's ban on Arab workers ignites uproar

Israeli mayor's ban on Arab workers ignites uproar

A Palestinian works on a building at the costal city of Ashkelon, Israel, Thursday, Nov. 20, 2014. Itamar Shimoni, Israeli mayor of the costal city of Ashkelon has suspended Israeli Arab laborers from work, renovating bomb shelters at local day-care centers. The move drew widespread criticis…

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Israeli mayor's ban on Arab workers ignites uproar

Israeli mayor's ban on Arab workers ignites uproar

Itamar Shimoni, Israeli mayor of Ashkelon, visits a kindergarten in his town on Thursday. He has barred Israeli Arab laborers from work renovating bomb shelters in local kindergartens on the heels of an attack at a synagogue in Jerusalem.

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Israeli mayor's ban on Arab workers ignites uproar

Israeli mayor's ban on Arab workers ignites uproar

JERUSALEM — The mayor of a southern Israeli city sparked a national uproar Thursday by barring Israeli Arab construction workers from jobs in local preschools, citing security concerns after a rash of attacks by Palestinian assailants elsewhere in the country.

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Immigrants see no-bail rule vanish in Arizona

Immigrants see no-bail rule vanish in Arizona

2006 Arizona law denying bail to illegal immigrants has been thrown out.

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Ohio panel votes to shield execution drugmaker

Ohio panel votes to shield execution drugmaker

Jim Tobin, a lobbyist for the Catholic Conference of Ohio, asks lawmakers to reject a bill that would shield the source of execution drugs, on Tuesday, Nov. 18, 2014, in Columbus, Ohio. Tobin called moves to make executions more secret "a new and troubling aspect of the death penalty." (AP P…

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Ohio panel votes to shield execution drugmaker

Ohio panel votes to shield execution drugmaker

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The names of companies providing lethal injection drugs to Ohio would be shielded for at least two decades under fast-tracked legislation approved Wednesday by a House committee.

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Before Snowden, a debate inside NSA

Before Snowden, a debate inside NSA

WASHINGTON — Years before Edward Snowden sparked a public outcry with the disclosure that the National Security Agency had been secretly collecting American telephone records, some NSA executives voiced strong objections to the program, current and former intelligence officials say.

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Obama to announce immigration steps Thursday

Obama to announce immigration steps Thursday

WASHINGTON — In a broad test of his executive powers, President Obama said Wednesday that he will sidestep Congress and unveil administrative actions on immigration — measures that could spare from deportation as many as 5 million people illegally in the U.S. and set up one the most pitched …

November 19, 2014 3:02 pm Photos

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Veterans' disability payouts a politically untouchable issue

The room fell silent for seven minutes as Illinois Rep. Tammy Duckworth upbraided a government contractor.

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Time for Boehner to end stall on immigration

Time for Boehner to end stall on immigration

If House Republicans won't consider national interest, Obama must act.

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Yes: It's only fair; states won't create more taxes

Yes: It's only fair; states won't create more taxes

Revenue loss places increasing pressure on states to raise other taxes.

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Phased retirement begins, in theory, as federal option

Phased retirement begins, in theory, as federal option

The long-awaited authority for federal workers to phase into retirement officially began Thursday.

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GOP can't undo climate change victory

GOP can't undo climate change victory

Obama's most important legacy could be meaningful action against climate change.

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