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President Barack Obama addresses community leaders in Chicago Tuesday about the executive actions he is taking on immigration. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)
President Barack Obama addresses community leaders in Chicago Tuesday about the executive actions he is taking on immigration. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)
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Businesses wanted Obama to go further on immigration

WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Barack Obama's executive actions on immigration left out some of the business community's top priorities, disappointing business leaders who might have stepped up to defend his policies in the face of Republican attacks.

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A jar of biodiesel fuel sits on display during the Iowa Renewable Fuels Association meeting in Altoona, Iowa. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall, File)
A jar of biodiesel fuel sits on display during the Iowa Renewable Fuels Association meeting in Altoona, Iowa. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall, File)
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Obama veto threat shelves bill extending business tax breaks

WASHINGTON (AP) -- A White House veto threat appears to have put on ice a congressional effort to permanently renew a handful of tax breaks for businesses and individuals. Officials say that the plan, brewing behind closed doors on Capitol Hill, favored corporations over the working class.

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Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky) and GOP Senate colleagues, on Capitol Hill Thursday night. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)
Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky) and GOP Senate colleagues, on Capitol Hill Thursday night. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)
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Stymied? Republicans seek immigration response

WASHINGTON (AP) -- United against President Barack Obama but uncertain how to stop him, outraged Republicans struggled for a response on immigration Friday that would check the president without veering into talk of impeachment or a government shutdown. Their remedy was far from clear.

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House Speaker John Boehner arrives for press conference on President Obama's plan to shield 5 million illegal immigrants from deportation. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
House Speaker John Boehner arrives for press conference on President Obama's plan to shield 5 million illegal immigrants from deportation. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
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Boehner: ‘We will not stand idle’ on immigration

WASHINGTON (AP) -- House Speaker John Boehner declared Friday that President Barack Obama was "damaging the presidency" with his unilateral action on immigration. He said the Republican-run House will not stand by, but gave no hint of what the response would be.

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From left, Sen. Roy Blunt, R-Mo., Sen. John Barrasso, R-Wyo., Sen. John Thune, R-S.D., Senate Minority Whip John Cornyn of Texas, and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell of Ky., pause during a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)
From left, Sen. Roy Blunt, R-Mo., Sen. John Barrasso, R-Wyo., Sen. John Thune, R-S.D., Senate Minority Whip John Cornyn of Texas, and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell of Ky., pause during a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)
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What was the reaction to Obama’s immigration announcement?

Here is a sampling of reaction to the President Obama's immigration plan:

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The White House is seen at dusk in Washington
The White House is seen at dusk in Washington (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)
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Text of President Obama’s immigration address

Text of President Barack Obama's immigration address Thursday night, as provided by the White House:

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President Obama plans to unveil his executive actions on immigration in an 8 p.m. address from the White House Thursday.  (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)
President Obama plans to unveil his executive actions on immigration in an 8 p.m. address from the White House Thursday. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)
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Does President Obama have authority for immigration changes?

WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Barack Obama's announcement of sweeping changes to the nation's immigration system is likely to lead to a battle over legality. Is he on solid legal ground?

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President Barack Obama speaks during in the East Room of the White House Wednesday, Nov. 19, 2014. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)
President Barack Obama speaks during in the East Room of the White House Wednesday, Nov. 19, 2014. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)
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Obama to announce immigration steps Thursday

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Sidestepping Congress, President Barack Obama on Thursday will announce steps he will take to shield up to 5 million immigrants illegally in the United States from deportation, defying Republican lawmakers who say such a step would poison relations with the new GOP led legislature.

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President Barack Obama signs the Child Care and Development Block Grant Act of 2014 into law, Wednesday.  (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)
President Barack Obama signs the Child Care and Development Block Grant Act of 2014 into law, Wednesday. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)
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Obama signs bill to revamp federal child care aid

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Federally subsidized child care providers will have to conduct criminal background checks on their workers and undergo a yearly inspection under legislation signed into law by President Barack Obama on Wednesday.

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Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif), right, shown here at a news conference Monday, has been re-elected at House Minority Leader. (AP Photo)
Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif), right, shown here at a news conference Monday, has been re-elected at House Minority Leader. (AP Photo)
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House Democrats re-elect Pelosi as minority leader

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Democrats re-elected Rep. Nancy Pelosi to another two-year term as House minority leader on Tuesday, two weeks after elections in which the party lost at least a dozen seats in the chamber.

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