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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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Sen. Mary Landrieu, D-La., chair of the Senate Energy Committee, with Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W. Va.  (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
Sen. Mary Landrieu, D-La., chair of the Senate Energy Committee, with Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W. Va. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
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Keystone: House sends oil pipeline bill to Senate

WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Republican-controlled House passed legislation Friday approving the Keystone XL oil pipeline, setting the stage for a Senate showdown that mixes energy politics with a fight over Louisiana's Senate seat.

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Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid of Nev. pausing during an April news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington.  (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File)
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid of Nev. pausing during an April news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File)
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Obama nominees face lame duck obstacles in Senate

WASHINGTON (AP) -- So many nominees, so little time.

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House Speaker John Boehner gestures during a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday.  (AP Photo/Cliff Owen)
House Speaker John Boehner gestures during a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday. (AP Photo/Cliff Owen)
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Boehner: Obama could ‘burn himself’ going solo on immigration

WASHINGTON (AP) -- House Speaker John Boehner on Thursday sketched out an agenda for the new, all-Republican Congress, promising approval of the Keystone XL pipeline and changes in the health care law while issuing a warning to President Barack Obama on immigration.

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Republican Mitch McConnell of Kentucky is the Senate Majority leader.  (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
Republican Mitch McConnell of Kentucky is the Senate Majority leader. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
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Analysts: 5 Ways GOP Congress could boost the US economy

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Voters made clear Tuesday that they're worried about the economy, despite steady job gains, a robust stock market and faster economic growth this year.

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President Barack Obama during a Nov. 4 meeting on Ebola, at the White House. (Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)
President Barack Obama during a Nov. 4 meeting on Ebola, at the White House. (Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)
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Obama seeks $6.2 billion for Ebola fight

WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Barack Obama on Wednesday asked Congress for $6.2 billion in emergency funds to confront Ebola at its source in West Africa and to secure the United States against any possible spread.

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U.S. Capitol (Mark Wilson, Getty Images)
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Pennsylvania congressional staffer pleads guilty in gun case

WASHINGTON (AP) -- A Pennsylvania congressman's press secretary pleaded guilty Wednesday to misdemeanor weapons charges, acknowledging that he accidentally carried an unloaded gun and ammunition into a Congressional office building in Washington.

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President Barack Obama is heading toward a fall fight with Republicans over his ability to change immigration policies and also faces potential rifts with members of his own party who are in tough re-election contests. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)
President Barack Obama is heading toward a fall fight with Republicans over his ability to change immigration policies and also faces potential rifts with members of his own party who are in tough re-election contests. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)
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Possible immigration rift for Obama with some Democrats

WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Barack Obama is facing potential rifts with members of his own party in tough re-election contests as he barrels toward a fall fight with Republicans over his ability to change immigration policies.

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