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President Barack Obama pauses as he speaks in the Brady Press Briefing Room of the White House in Washington, Friday, Aug. 1, 2014. (AP Photo/Connor Radnovich)
President Barack Obama pauses as he speaks in the Brady Press Briefing Room of the White House in Washington, Friday, Aug. 1, 2014. (AP Photo/Connor Radnovich)
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House OKs bill to block Obama deportation relief

WASHINGTON (AP) -- House Republicans have passed legislation to shut down a program by President Barack Obama granting deportation relief to immigrants brought here illegally as kids.

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Rep. Steve Scalise (R-La.), the new House GOP whip, leaves a closed-door Republican strategy session on the immigration crisis at the U.S.-Mexico border Thursday, July 31, 2014. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
Rep. Steve Scalise (R-La.), the new House GOP whip, leaves a closed-door Republican strategy session on the immigration crisis at the U.S.-Mexico border Thursday, July 31, 2014. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
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House GOP weighs tough new immigration bills

WASHINGTON (AP) -- House Republicans pushed legislation on Friday that would clear the way for eventual deportation of more than 500,000 immigrants brought here illegally as kids and address the surge of immigrants at the U.S.-Mexico border.

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President Barack Obama speaks about the economy, Wednesday, July 30, 2014, at the Uptown Theater in Kansas City, Mo. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)
President Barack Obama speaks about the economy, Wednesday, July 30, 2014, at the Uptown Theater in Kansas City, Mo. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)
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GOP pushes House toward approving Obama lawsuit

WASHINGTON (AP) — Republicans pushed a divided House Wednesday toward a campaign-season lawsuit against President Barack Obama, accusing him of deliberately exceeding the bounds of his constitutional authority. Obama and other Democrats derided the effort as a stunt aimed at tossing political red meat to conservative voters.

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President Barack Obama as he stands with Vice President Joe Biden  during a news conference in the Rose Garden at the White House in Washington. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak, File)
President Barack Obama as he stands with Vice President Joe Biden during a news conference in the Rose Garden at the White House in Washington. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak, File)
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Lawmakers complain Obama too aloof with Congress

WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Barack Obama's request for billions of dollars to deal with migrant children streaming across the border set off Democrats and Republicans. Lawmakers in both parties complained that the White House - six years in - still doesn't get it when it comes to working with Congress.

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U.S. Capitol
U.S. Capitol (Mark Wilson, Getty Images)
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Congress faces long to-do list, uncertain success

WASHINGTON (AP) -- A gridlocked Congress failed to do the big things: overhauling the nation's immigration system, reforming the loophole-cluttered tax code and stiffening background checks on gun buyers. Now it's time to see whether it can just do the basics.

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The Internal Revenue Service Building in Washington D.C.
The Internal Revenue Service Building in Washington D.C. (Win McNamee/Getty Images)
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House passes $22B bill cutting IRS tax enforcement

WASHINGTON (AP) -- The GOP-controlled House passed a $2 billion measure Wednesday that would slash budgets for enforcing tax laws and new financial regulations, and a healthy food initiative that's a pet cause of first lady Michelle Obama.

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John Boehner Holds Media Briefing At The Capitol
U.S. Speaker of the House Rep. John Boehner (Alex Wong, Getty Images)
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House alters reporting of lawmakers’ free trips

WASHINGTON (AP) -- The House is no longer requiring lawmakers to report some free trips they take on the annual forms they file about their personal finances, drawing fire from advocates of more transparency in government.

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President Barack Obama speaks about transportation and the economy, Tuesday, July 1, 2014, at the Georgetown Waterfront Park in Washington.  (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)
President Barack Obama speaks about transportation and the economy, Tuesday, July 1, 2014, at the Georgetown Waterfront Park in Washington. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)
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‘So sue me,’ Obama taunts Congressional Republicans

WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Barack Obama defiantly dared congressional Republicans on Tuesday to try to block his efforts to act on his own and bypass a divided Congress that has thwarted his policy initiatives.

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President Barack Obama pauses while speaking about immigration, Monday, June 30, 2014, in the Rose Garden at the White House in Washington.  (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)
President Barack Obama pauses while speaking about immigration, Monday, June 30, 2014, in the Rose Garden at the White House in Washington. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)
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Obama: I’ll act on my own on immigration

WASHINGTON (AP) -- In the face of an unyielding Congress, President Barack Obama said Monday he will no longer wait for Republicans to act on immigration and will move on his own to make policy changes in what has been a top second-term priority of his presidency.

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From left, Marine Commandant Gen. James Amos, President Barack Obama, Sasha Obama, and first lady Michelle Obama look on during the Marine Barracks Evening Parade, on Friday, June 27, 2014, in Washington. (AP Photo/ Evan Vucci)
From left, Marine Commandant Gen. James Amos, President Barack Obama, Sasha Obama, and first lady Michelle Obama look on during the Marine Barracks Evening Parade, on Friday, June 27, 2014, in Washington. (AP Photo/ Evan Vucci)
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Obama on radio: Congress obstructs, so I act alone

WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Barack Obama says he'll keep acting on his own as long as congressional Republicans block his economic agenda.

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