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Federal judge halts Obama’s immigration plan

A federal judge in South Texas on Monday temporarily blocked President Barack Obama’s executive action on immigration, giving a coalition of 26 states time to pursue a lawsuit that aims to permanently stop the orders. U.S. District Judge Andrew Hanen’s decision comes after a hearing in Brownsville, Texas, in January and puts on hold Obama’s orders that could spare as many as five million people who are in the U.S. illegally from deportation. Hanen wrote in a memorandum accompanying his order that the lawsuit should go forward and that without a preliminary injunction the states will “suffer irreparable harm in
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Obama goes to Silicon Valley to focus on cybersecurity

Responding to unprecedented data breaches and cyberattacks, President Barack Obama is trying to spark alliances between policymakers who want to regulate the online world and tech innovators who traditionally shun Beltway bureaucracies. In California’s Silicon Valley on Friday, Obama was participating in a White House summit on cybersecurity and consumer protection, joining hundreds of administration officials, tech and other CEOs, law enforcement officials and consumer and privacy advocates. The focus is on encouraging every player to do better at sharing information that can help the private sector prevent and respond to costly and potentially crippling threats to the security of
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Obama still looking for a supporter of military force

One day after President Barack Obama sent Congress legislation backing the use of military force against Islamic State militants, he’s still searching for his first outright supporter for the measure. Republicans and Democrats, House and Senate, senior lawmakers and newcomers to Congress, lawmakers across the congressional spectrum all found parts of the proposal to oppose on Wednesday, or else said nothing to tip their hand. In Obama’s own party, Sen. Patrick Leahy of Vermont, the senior Democrat in the Senate, referred to two wars in the past decade and a half and said any legislation must avoid “repeating the missteps
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In 2016, Joe? Joe who?

When Vice President Joe Biden steps off of Air Force Two in Iowa, there will be no shortage of speculation about his political future. It’s Iowa, after all — the place where presidential hopefuls flock, making themselves at home in roadside diners and pizza joints as they court voters in the state whose caucuses kick off the presidential primary. Behind the scenes, though, there are few signs the vice president is taking steps toward mounting a third bid for the top job at the White House. As Hillary Rodham Clinton builds an elaborate campaign-in-waiting, and a few other Democrats nibble
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Obama asks for authority for military force against ISIS

President Barack Obama sent Congress legislation Wednesday to authorize military force against Islamic State fighters, asking lawmakers to “show the world we are united in our resolve” to defeat militants who have overrun parts of the Middle East and threaten attacks on the United States. In urging Congress to back military force, the president ruled out “enduring offensive combat operations,” a deliberately ambiguous phrase designed to satisfy lawmakers with widely different views on any role for U.S. ground troops. Majority Republicans in Congress responded warily to the request. Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, expressed doubt it would “give our military commanders
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Obama plays both sides on ground troops question

A model of ambiguity, the White House isn’t saying it favors a role for U.S. ground forces in combatting Islamic State terrorists. But it isn’t saying it opposes one, either. Instead, the White House is floating legislation that pledges no “enduring offensive combat role” in authorizing the use of military force against extremists who have captured parts of Syria and Iraq, imposed stern Sharia law and summarily executed a string of hostages. Applause was audible Tuesday from inside the room where White House officials presented the overall proposal to Democratic senators. But afterward, on the eve of the legislation’s formal
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Obama’s job approval ratings rising

Americans’ views of President Barack Obama have improved slightly in the past two months, and opinions are more positive about the direction of the country and the health of the economy, an Associated Press-GfK poll finds. A slim majority now approves of the way Obama is handling unemployment, according to the poll, conducted before Friday’s release of a surprisingly strong jobs report. Forty-seven percent of those surveyed approve of how Obama is doing his job, compared with 41 percent in December, and 51 percent approve of his handling of unemployment, compared with 44 percent before. Nearly half say the economy
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Obama touts free community college plans

President Barack Obama’s proposal to make two years of college free will get a key test Friday as he travels to Indiana, a red state where making college more affordable and increasing graduation rates are squarely in the spotlight. Obama’s plan is part of a proposed budget that increases taxes on the wealthy and aims to boost the middle class. It has gotten a cool reception among Republicans who control Congress, but it has support from education leaders who are concerned about making college affordable, closing the nation’s skills gap and ensuring that more students who walk in the door
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The budget battle: Is there really room to negotiate?

There are reasons President Barack Obama and his aides will argue that his new budget can be the start of a negotiation with the Republican controlled Congress. For one, some of his proposals are thematically in the same sphere as those of the GOP. For another, he can block their initiatives. Wielding a hockey stick given to him by the National Hockey League champions, the Los Angeles Kings, Obama on Monday bit his lower lip and swung. “This is even better than a veto pen,” he declared just hours after sending his budget to Congress. “You don’t want to mess
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Spending delays, endangered butterflies in Obama budget

When you have a quarter of the nation’s $17 trillion economy to play with, it’s inevitable that you and your political opponents will clash over what to do with the money. President Barack Obama’s nearly $4 trillion budget for 2016, with the thumbs-down it got from Republican leaders, is no different. But while such partisan clashes are important, smaller tidbits can be just as interesting. Here are five things great and small about the president’s spending plan and the GOP reaction to it. GAMES BUDGETS PLAY To be precise, Obama’s budget claims 2016 spending of $3.999 trillion. Is it a
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