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Countering Violent Extremism as ISIS Threat Expands; Federal Judge Blocks Obama's Immigration Action; Jeb Bush Distinguishes Himself from Presidential Relatives

February 20, 2015
ISIS reaches Africa; Obama's executive action on immigration halted; Jeb Bush says he's his "own man"
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On Terror, Gentle Hand or Iron Fist

February 20, 2015
Peter Baker, Julie Hirschfeld Davis | The New York Times
As he sought to rally the world behind a renewed attack on terrorism, President Obama argued on Thursday that force of arms was not enough and called on all nations to “put an end to the cycle of hate” by expanding human rights, religious tolerance and peaceful dialogue.
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Obama’s Economic Report Focuses on Income Inequality

February 20, 2015
John Harwood | The New York Times
President Obama on Thursday stepped up his efforts to define which economic problems need urgent attention — and what kind of attention would work — if not under his administration, then the next.
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Barack Obama’s 'extremism' language irks both sides

February 19, 2015
Michael Crowley | POLITICO
Barack Obama’s summit on violent extremism has come under fire from conservatives who are bashing his reluctance to use the words “Islam” and “Muslim” to describe the threat from terror groups like Al Qaeda and the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant.
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Fear of Israeli Leaks Fuels Distrust Over U.S. Talks With Iran

February 19, 2015
David Sanger | The New York Times
With the Obama administration racing to negotiate the outlines of a nuclear deal with Iran by the end of March, aides to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of Israel have charged in recent days that they are being deliberately left in the dark about the details of the talks. The Americans have said that is untrue, but even one of Washington’s closest negotiating partners reports being warned about being too open with the Israelis, “because whatever we say may be used in a selective way.”
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White House facing rocky legal road on immigration

February 19, 2015
Josh Gerstein | POLITICO
A carefully targeted lawsuit by states opposed to President Barack Obama’s immigration executive actions hit a bulls-eye Tuesday, forcing postponement of a key element of the president’s plan hours before it was to get underway.
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Obama: Deferred-Deportation Plan Will Win in Appeals Court

February 18, 2015
Alexis Simendinger | Real Clear Politics
An immigration ruling by a federal judge in Texas is just a temporary interruption that will not succeed in blocking deportation relief offered to at least four million undocumented immigrants in the United States, President Obama and top White House advisers said Tuesday.
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Judge halts Obama's immigration action

February 17, 2015
Josh Gerstein | POLITICO
President Barack Obama’s latest and boldest attempt to use his executive powers to grant quasi-legal status to illegal immigrants ran into a major road block late Monday as a federal judge in Texas barred the administration from going forward with plans for a major expansion of that drive.
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Obama to Host Summit on "Violent Extremism"

February 17, 2015
Alexis Simendinger | Real Clear Politics
In a world where innocent civilians are killed daily, and Islamic terrorists behead Muslims and Christians and recruit educated teenagers to battlefields, can a few days of White House conversations help prevent “violent extremism”?
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