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David McCabe / The Hill:
Cruz turns to Roman orations to bash Obama immigration order  —  Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) turned to the Roman orations of Cicero to bash President Obama's coming executive order on immigration Thursday.  —  He took to the floor of the Senate and delivered a speech that included one of Cicero's …
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Walter Dellinger / Slate:
It's Legal  —  The underpinnings of the president's immigration plan are anything but radical.  —  The idea that the immigration plan just announced by President Obama is a lawless power grab is absurd.  As the Justice Department legal analysis that was just released amply demonstrates …
Robert Costa / Washington Post:
Republican leaders hope to contain outrage in the ranks over Obama immigration moves  —  Sen. Lindsey O. Graham (R-S.C.) winced as he listened to comments from Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.) in reaction to President Obama's plans to protect undocumented immigrants from deportation.
Justin Sink / The Hill:
Obama's sweeping action on immigration  —  President Obama will unveil a set of sweeping executive actions that will extend work permits and protection from deportation to roughly 5 million immigrants in a prime-time address Thursday night.  —  The president will also announce plans …
Julie Hirschfeld Davis / New York Times:
Obama's Immigration Action Has Precedents, but May Set a New One
Politico:
How Obama got here  —  The president, the Homeland Security secretary …
Discussion: The PJ Tatler
Josh Gerstein / Politico:
Justice Dept. questioned 2012 Obama immigration action
Ashley Parker / New York Times:
House Republicans Sue Obama Administration Over Health Law  —  WASHINGTON — House Republicans filed a long-threatened lawsuit Friday against the Obama administration over unilateral actions on the health care law that they say are abuses of the president's executive authority.
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Sahil Kapur / Talking Points Memo:
House GOP Finally Sues Obama On Obamacare (READ)
Discussion: Balloon Juice
CNN:
Ferguson officer Darren Wilson in talks to resign from police force, sources say  —  Ferguson, Missouri (CNN) — Ferguson Police Officer Darren Wilson, who shot and killed teenager Michael Brown on August 9, is in the final stages of negotiations with city officials to resign, according to people close to the talks.
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Associated Press:
FACT CHECK: Obama's claims on illegal immigration  —  2 photos  —  WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama made some notable omissions Thursday night in his remarks about the unilateral actions he's taking on immigration.  —  A look at his statements and how they compare with the facts:
Discussion: Hot Air and Betsy's Page
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The White House:
FACT SHEET: IMMIGRATION ACCOUNTABILITY EXECUTIVE ACTION
NY Daily News:
EXCLUSIVE: Another actress accuses Bill Cosby of sexual assault in Las Vegas hotel  —  Model-actress Angela Leslie is the eighth woman to come forward accusing Cosby of sexual harassment or worse.  She tells the Daily News he plied her with alcohol, may have tried to drug her and forced …
Washington Post:
Transcript: Obama's immigration speech  —  A transcript of President Obama's remarks on immigration..  —  OBAMA: My fellow Americans, tonight I'd like to talk with you about immigration.  For more than 200 years, our tradition of welcoming immigrants from around the world has given us a tremendous advantage over other nations.
Jason Horowitz / New York Times:
As Democrats Work to Unify, a Top Reid Aide Causes a Rift  —  President Obama called Harry Reid, the Senate majority leader, to broach a particularly delicate subject.  It was during last year's government shutdown and standoff with Republicans, but Mr. Obama's frustration focused on one of their own.
David Harsanyi / The Federalist:
Obama Puts The Republic Out Of Its Misery  —  “This is how democracy works,” Barack Obama lectured the country before giving everyone the specifics of his expansive one-man executive overreach on immigration.  If you enjoy platitudinous straw men but are turned off by open debate and constitutional order, this speech was for you.
Discussion: CNN and Hot Air
Ezra Klein / Vox:
Obama's advantage is that he has an immigration policy.  Republicans don't.  —  There's one way President Obama's executive action on immigration has been a boon to Republicans.  Instead of coming up with their own immigration policy, the've been able to just unite against Obama's.  But fury isn't a policy.
Discussion: Political Wire and Washington Post
Jackie Calmes / New York Times:
Some in G.O.P. Fear That Their Hard-Liners Will Alienate Latino Voters  —  WASHINGTON — All but drowned out by Republicans' clamorous opposition to President Obama's executive action on immigration are some leaders who worry that their party could alienate the fastest-growing group of voters …
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Politico:
Democrats bet on diversity
Discussion: National Review
Rick Klein / ABC News:
Obama's Big Dare: What His Immigration Move Was Really About … President Obama spent about 12 minutes Thursday night arguing an emotional case for why he's making the most sweeping changes to the nation's immigration laws in more than a generation — acting, of course, without the assent of Congress.
Discussion: US News
Paul Krugman / New York Times:
Suffer Little Children  —  The Tenement Museum, on the Lower East Side, is one of my favorite places in New York City.  It's a Civil War-vintage building that housed successive waves of immigrants, and a number of apartments have been restored to look exactly as they did in various eras …
Discussion: JustOneMinute
Samtata / New York's PIX11:
Caught on camera: NYPD officer cracks alleged fare beater in head with nightstick  —  BROOKLYN (PIX11) - Footage obtained exclusively by PIX11 News Friday shows a violent encounter between a New York City police officer and an alleged fare beater at a Brooklyn subway station.
Discussion: Talking Points Memo and Raw Story
Ed Gillespie / New York Times:
An Obamacare Do-Over  —  MANY political analysts were surprised by how close I came to winning the Virginia Senate race earlier this month.  I received more than a million votes running on a five-point plan for economic growth, and the first point was a specific proposal to replace the Affordable Care Act.
Mark Binker / WRAL-TV:
State auditor fires professor who made controversial ‘Obamacare’ remarks  —  RALEIGH, N.C. — State Auditor Beth Wood has terminated a contract with MIT economics professor Jonathan Gruber after the health care policy expert came under fire for controversial comments involving how the Affordable Care Act was passed in 2010.
 
 
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Jason Zengerle / The New Republic:
The Man Who Was Everywhere  —  The serendipitous political career of Harris Wofford
Discussion: Washington Monthly and ABC News
Steven Dennis / Roll Call:
Obama Would Veto Any Bill Undoing Immigration Executive Action (Updated) (Video)
Discussion: Power Line
Helene Cooper / New York Times:
Ebola Spread Has Slowed in Liberia, C.D.C. Says
Andrew C. McCarthy / National Review:
No, ‘Prosecutorial Discretion’ Does Not Justify Obama's Lawless Amnesty
Discussion: Shot in the Dark
David Brody / The Brody File:
Video Exclusive: Ben Carson “Feeling Fingers” From God To Run For President
Howie Carr / Boston Herald:
Desperate Dems change their tune
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Alex Brown / National Journal:
The Real-Life ‘Alpha House’ Is Going on the Market
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Peter Beinart / The Atlantic Online:
On Immigration, Obama Fulfills His Promise to Progressives