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Federal judge blocks Obama's immigration action

In a late Monday filing, a U.S. District Court judge issued an injunction halting President Obama's November executive actions expanding deferred action. The order could keep federal officials from accepting applications for the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program on Wednesday. ... Read more»3

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Obama’s inflated jobs claim

In a new TV ad, President Obama makes an inflated claim to have added 5.2 million new jobs. The total added during his time in office is actually about 325,000. (with video)... Read more»

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What Mitt Romney really said

When Mitt Romney described the 47 percent, he was saying what he thinks about Democrats. He’s not alone in repeating a simple-minded theory about why people choose a political party.... Read more»1

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The new American politics: Voting with dollars

The future of elections rest with how you spend your paycheck. This election season marks a tipping point for American politics. We are at the moment when money is poised to replace voting as the way that elections are decided. ... Read more»

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Romney chooses whites-only election strategy

In a risky move, Mitt Romney has chosen to go all-in with white voters. But he’ll have to walk the fine line of racial pandering and denying it. Americans no longer elect overt racists. ... Read more»5

Analysis

GOP field shies away from insurance mandate history

In the Republican presidential debate Tuesday night, former House Speaker Newt Gingrich acknowledged, apparently in an unguarded moment, that a core element of “ObamaCare,” the requirement that all Americans be enrolled in either a private or public health insurance plan, was a proposal originated by the Heritage Foundation, a powerful conservative think tank.... Read more»

Senate rejects Obama's jobs bill

The Senate has voted Tuesday to block President Barack Obama's $447 billion jobs bill. Earlier in the day, Obama had called on lawmakers to "put country ahead of party" and pass his plan, aimed at creating millions of new jobs through government work programs and tax breaks for businesses. ... Read more»

Bill to waive environmental rules for BP gets OK

A House committee approved a bill Wednesday that would waive environmental regulations for Border Patrol activities within 100 miles of any U.S. border.... Read more»

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Solyndra 'could haunt' Obama

New White House emails show a top donor to Barack Obama was in direct contact with one of the president’s closest advisers about the federal energy loan program. ... Read more»

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Do conservatives deserve a punch in the nose?

One writer ponders the punch in the nose as a path to civility.... Read more»10

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What’s happening with that solar firm scandal?

So what's the situation with Solyndra, who's the focus of the investigations, and how big a deal is this storyline? ProPublica sorts through what it does — and doesn't — mean.... Read more»

Factcheck: Teachers paid ‘on par with doctors’?

President Obama falsely claimed teachers are paid "on par" with doctors in “most countries" with high test scores.... Read more»3

Afghanistan peace talks go quiet

Contact between the Taliban, the United States and other western officials over potential peace negotiations to end the war appears to have been severed completely in recent weeks, after the name of the reported Taliban negotiator involved in the talks was leaked to the international press in June.... Read more»

NATO probes Taliban's role in deadly helicopter crash

NATO has begun an investigation into claims by the Taliban that they shot down a U.S. helicopter Saturday in Afghanistan, killing 30 Americans, including members of the elite Seal Team 6, which is best known for killing Osama bin Laden. (with video)... Read more»

Moody's confirms AAA rating, lowers outlook

In the wake of the debt-ceiling deal signed into law by President Obama on Tuesday, the credit rating agency Moody's has confirmed the nation's AAA credit rating, and said that the deal "virtually eliminated" the risk of a default. But the agency also lowered its rating outlook to "negative."... Read more»1

Factcheck: Debt-limit debate round-up

The last few weeks have been filled with debate, accusations, stalemate and false claims about the debt ceiling and how — and whether — it should be raised. As Tuesday's default deadline looms, here's a look at the less-than-factual talking points we've addressed.... Read more»

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