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GOP readies Obama immigration response: No shutdown, but a nod to conservatives

December 3, 2014
Robert Costa, Ed O'Keefe | The Washington Post
Recent success at the polls has done little to calm the internal rancor among congressional Republicans, who remain deeply divided over how to respond to President Obama’s overhaul of the nation’s immigration system.
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Zealous conservatives appear unlikely to compromise in next Congress

December 3, 2014
Doyle McManus | Los Angeles Times
After November's midterm election, polls found that most Americans wanted their members of Congress to seek compromise — anything to end the gridlock that has plagued Washington. An NBC-Wall Street Journal survey found that even among Republicans, more favor compromise over intransigence. Four years ago, only 27% of GOP voters were in the compromise camp; now 49% are, while just 45% want their legislators to stand firm.
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White House debated Ferguson trip

December 2, 2014
Carrie Budoff Brown, Jennifer Epstein | Politico
The White House debated sending President Barack Obama directly into riot-torn Ferguson, Missouri, to address the racially charged aftermath of the decision not to prosecute a police officer who killed an unarmed black man.

Ferguson fallout, Chuck Hagel resigns, and Voice of the Voters

November 28, 2014
Where does the nation turn after Ferguson?
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Hagel’s Departure Bears Little Likeness to Rumsfeld’s Removal

November 26, 2014
Peter Baker | The New York Times
With his party in a shambles after a disastrous midterm election and his administration ensnared in a messy war in the Middle East, the president stood in the East Room and showed his defense secretary the door.
Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel
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Dysfunction Washington can agree on

November 26, 2014
Michael Duffy | Politico
It isn’t often that left, right and center agree about the Obama White House. But the firing of Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel this week produced a near-unanimous reaction: President Obama’s foreign policy team is dysfunctional and in need of a stronger tonic than the exit of a low-profile cabinet member with a light policy footprint.
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GOP ponders its next move in wake of Obama's immigration action

November 26, 2014
Doyle McManus | Los Angeles Times
When President Obama announced his decision to allow roughly 4 million undocumented immigrants to stay in the U.S. without fear of deportation, Democrats and Republicans in Washington disagreed furiously about the move. No surprise there.
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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.”
Chuck Hagel
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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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