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Go Ahead, Blame Me

November 25, 2014
John Dickerson | Slate Magazine
President Obama expects to get a few dings from his successor and he doesn’t mind it. He told ABC’s George Stephanopoulos he understands that the next Democratic presidential nominee will need to distance herself from him. The next candidate will want an opportunity to describe what he or she believes in and the public wants to inhale what Obama called “that new car smell.”
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Hagel Submits Resignation as Defense Chief Under Pressure

November 24, 2014
Helene Cooper | The New York Times
Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel handed in his resignation on Monday, the first cabinet-level casualty of the collapse of President Obama’s Democratic majority in the Senate and the struggles of his national security team to respond to an onslaught of global crises.
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Obama Aide: "Huge Disagreements" With GOP Loom

November 24, 2014
Alexis Simendinger | Real Clear Politics
As President Obama prepared to fly to Las Vegas Friday to tout his new executive actions on immigration, a top White House adviser faced journalists in a Washington hotel ballroom where an eggs-and-sausage breakfast was being served.
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Obama confronts need for broader U.S. military role in Afghanistan

November 24, 2014
Christi Parsons, David S. Cloud | Tribune Newspapers
President Obama's decision to authorize a wider U.S. military role in Afghanistan next year was a pragmatic one, a recognition that as much as he would like it to be so, the fighting in Afghanistan is not over.

Policy & Politics of Immigration Reform & What Lies Ahead in Washington

November 21, 2014
Obama announced his new immigration plan. Now what?
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Obama’s immigration plan has Republicans ready for funding fight

November 21, 2014
After President Obama’s address to the nation on immigration, the GOP is gearing up to push back against the plan, said Washington Post reporter Robert Costa in a conversation with Gwen Ifill. While Democrats were excited by the potential for connecting with Hispanic voters in 2016, Costa predicted that Republicans could retaliate by refusing to approve government funding, set to expire Dec. 11.
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Brooks and Dionne on Obama’s immigration plan and what’s next

November 21, 2014
President Obama addressed the nation Thursday night to announce his plan to change the nation's immigration system through executive action. Gwen Ifill and Judy Woodruff get reaction from New York Times columnist David Brooks, who argues the president is tackling the problem in the wrong way, and Washington Post columnist E.J. Dionne, who says there is nothing unconstitutional about these actions.
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Obama's Executive Action Isn't Outrageous. It's How Immigration Reform Gets Done.

November 21, 2014
Fawn Johnson | National Journal
The playbook is pretty simple: Parole some undocumented people. Wait for the furor to die down. Sign a law a few years later to legalize them permanently.
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Republicans confront own worst enemy on immigration

November 21, 2014
Robert Costa | The Washington Post
Just two weeks ago, Republicans handed President Obama a humiliating defeat at the polls, winning full control of Congress. But already, party leaders fear that the conservative uproar over the president’s immigration actions will doom any hopes for a stable period of GOP governance.
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