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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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Will President Obama's Viral BuzzFeed Video Help Healthcare Sign-Ups?

February 13, 2015
President Obama appears in a BuzzFeed video to promote healthcare sign-up

Obama Requests War Powers, Ceasefire Begins in Ukraine, Homeland Security Funding Fight, and Ups & Downs in 2016 Race

February 13, 2015
Obama wants Congress to approve fight against ISIS and a European-backed ceasefire in Ukraine.
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Congress Shows a Lack of Enthusiasm for Giving Obama War Powers to Fight ISIS

February 13, 2015
Peter Baker, Ashley Parker | The New York Times
Ever since President Obama ordered American warplanes to begin bombing terrorist targets in Iraq and Syria last year, members of Congress have insisted on having a say in the matter. The president, they declared, could not, or at least should not, take the country back to war without the input of the nation’s elected representatives.
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Obama’s Dual View of War Power Seeks Limits and Leeway

February 12, 2015
Peter Baker | The New York Times
In seeking authorization for his six-month-old military campaign against the Islamic State terrorist group, President Obama on Wednesday did something that few if any of his predecessors have done: He asked Congress to restrict the ability of the commander in chief to wage war against an overseas enemy.
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