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Listen Up, America. Obama is Speaking Truth to Blacks and Whites

nationaljournal.com — Before a grand jury decides whether to indict white officer Darren Wilson for killing an 18-year-old black man, Michael Brown; before supporters of both men rush to judgment in Ferguson; before professional provocateurs trample on Brown's grave and Wilson's reputation; before another American city burns, I hope everybody listens to President Obama.
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Obama Returns to Vegas a Weaker President

nationaljournal.com — It really hasn't been that long since President Obama's last visit to Del Sol High School in Las Vegas. It was only 661 days ago that he launched the immigration push he hoped would give him the first big legislative victory of his second term.

Obama Is Absolutely Prepared to Walk John Boehner’s Dog

nationaljournal.com — The president has been offering to wash his detractors' cars and walk their dogs for more than two years. President Obama, in trying to push for compromise on immigration legislation with Republicans, included a favorite joke during a speech on Friday at a Las Vegas high school, where he first outlined his plans for reform two years ago.

Millennials Love Mail

nationaljournal.com — It's losing billions of dollars a year. It's been hacked. It wants to stop delivering mail on Saturdays, but no one will let it. The United States Postal Service, in an age of email and Amazon Prime, has seen better days. But it hasn't lost its fans.
Nov 21, 2014

The people you'd least expect to use stamps are the ones who like the U.S. Postal Service most. nationaljournal.com/domesticpolicy…

Nov 21, 2014

Shout out to the Delaware post officer worker who laughed at me when I tried to mail a letter six years ago nationaljournal.com/domesticpolicy…

Nov 21, 2014

This story reveals what I already knew about millennials and the post office because I am friends with @tmawelsh nationaljournal.com/domesticpolicy…

Boehner Promises to Fight Obama on Executive Action

nationaljournal.com — House Speaker John Boehner promised the Republican-controlled Congress would not "stand idle" in the wake of President Obama's executive action, Friday. "The House will in fact act," Boehner promised.
Nov 21, 2014

HA! RT @nationaljournal: Boehner: Obama plans makes it nearly impossible to get immigration reform done now trib.al/uuy29e7

Nov 21, 2014

RT @daveweigel: lol RT @nationaljournal: Boehner: Obama plans makes it nearly impossible to get immigration reform done now trib.al/uuy29e7

Nov 21, 2014

lol RT @nationaljournal: Boehner: Obama plans makes it nearly impossible to get immigration reform done now trib.al/uuy29e7

Nov 21, 2014

Really would’ve loved to see the conversation where Boehner told Obama that he’s “damaging the presidency.” nationaljournal.com/politics/boehn…

Should the U.S. Adopt Canada's Immigration System? One Republican Thinks So.

nationaljournal.com — Speak English and French? That could be 28 points for you. Have a doctorate degree? 25 points for you. Are you between the ages of 18 and 35, have several years of work experience with relatives and a job lined up in Canada? More points for you.
Nov 21, 2014

Should the U.S. Adopt Canada's Immigration System? One Republican Thinks So. nationaljournal.com/congress/shoul…

Obama's Forging His Own Reality

nationaljournal.com — By going it alone on immigration reform, President Obama signaled Thursday that, in his final two years in office, he's going to be dealing strictly in reality -- his version of it anyway. Not the long-dead dream of hope and change, that rhetoric alone can move mountains.
Nov 22, 2014

RT @nationaljournal: Obama has decided to view political failure as a mandate for pushing through Dem priorities, writes @jamesoliphant trib.al/RujVwfq

Nov 21, 2014

"The president sometimes looks like the leader of only the Obama coalition..." nationaljournal.com/white-house/ob…

Nov 21, 2014

RT @HotlineJosh: Smart @jamesoliphant analysis on Obama's immigration decision: "Obama's Forging His Own Reality" nationaljournal.com/white-house/ob…

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House Files Lawsuit Against Administration Over Obamacare

nationaljournal.com — House Republicans filed their long-anticipated lawsuit against the Obama administration on Friday, claiming the White House abused executive authority by acting independently of Congress on parts of the Affordable Care Act.

Obama's Executive Action Isn't Outrageous. It's How Immigration Reform Gets Done.

nationaljournal.com — The playbook is pretty simple: Parole some undocumented people. Wait for the furor to die down. Sign a law a few years later to legalize them permanently. It is how presidents for the past 40 years, Republicans and Democrats, have handled the thorny problem of immigration.
Nov 22, 2014

RT @nationaljournal: Obama's executive action isn't outrageous--it's how immigration reform gets done trib.al/DylyyXN pic.twitter.com/uCgpwwOIWt

Nov 22, 2014

RT @nationaljournal: Obama's executive action isn't outrageous--it's how immigration reform gets done trib.al/DylyyXN pic.twitter.com/uCgpwwOIWt

Nov 21, 2014

RT @nationaljournal: Obama's executive action isn't outrageous--it's how immigration reform gets done trib.al/acyrrKJ pic.twitter.com/9Z1MKq3jNI

Nov 21, 2014

RT @nationaljournal: Obama's executive action isn't outrageous--it's how immigration reform gets done trib.al/acyrrKJ pic.twitter.com/9Z1MKq3jNI

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No Easy Fix For One of Obamacare’s Hardest Problems

nationaljournal.com — The Health and Human Services Department wants to fix one of Obamacare's most difficult problems -- but the potential fix raises new questions of its own. The issue arises when people automatically renew coverage they've purchased through Obamacare's insurance exchanges.
Nov 21, 2014

HHS has some ideas for fixing Obamacare auto-renewal, although they come with their own risks nationaljournal.com/health-care/no…

Trial Run - NationalJournal.com

nationaljournal.com — An oft-asked question these days is just how the Republican takeover of the Senate-and the GOP's now-complete occupation of Capitol Hill-will affect the 2016 presidential election. More specifically, how will it affect former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton should she decide to run for president?

Pelosi Compares Obama Immigration Order to Emancipation Proclamation

nationaljournal.com — House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi is drawing a parallel between President Lincoln's Emancipation Proclamation and President Obama's planned executive actions on immigration reform. "Does the public know the Emancipation Proclamation was an executive order?" Pelosi said at a news conference Thursday morning.
Nov 21, 2014

RT @soyferrer: "Does the public know the Emancipation Proclamation was an executive order?" asks @NancyPelosi nationaljournal.com/congress/pelos… via @nationaljournal

Nov 21, 2014

RT @greenhousenyt: Pelosi on Obama's immigration order: "Does the public know the Emancipation Proclamation was an executive order?" nationaljournal.com/congress/pelos…

Nov 21, 2014

Pelosi on Obama's immigration order: "Does the public know the Emancipation Proclamation was an executive order?" nationaljournal.com/congress/pelos…

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The Office Gangs of Capitol Hill

nationaljournal.com — In the final days of the 113th Congress, two breeds of House staffers remain -- the packers and the scouts. All across Capitol Hill, aides-turned-moving crews are boxing up decades worth of artifacts, awards and mementoes as their bosses prepare to end their political tenures.
Nov 21, 2014

RT @SarahMMimms: The real-life @AlphaHouse is being sold. Schumer and Durbin both looking for a new place to live. @AlexBrownNJ scoops nationaljournal.com/congress/the-o…

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White House Plans 'Very Aggressive Sales Job' on Immigration

nationaljournal.com — President Obama's trip to Las Vegas Friday is just the first stop in what the White House is billing as a major national campaign to force the Republican Congress to take action on immigration. "The president is going to undertake a very aggressive sales job on the actions that he announced last night," senior White House aide Dan Pfeiffer told reporters Friday morning.
Nov 21, 2014

Pfeiffer: White House Plans 'Very Aggressive Sales Job' on Immigration nationaljournal.com/white-house/wh…

Obama's Executive Order to Protect 4.4 Million Undocumented Immigrants

nationaljournal.com — President Obama will create a new deferred-action program for parents, to be dubbed DAP, that will give temporary legal status to unauthorized parents of children who are U.S. citizens or permanent legal residents and have been in the country since Jan. 1, 2010, according to people briefed on a plan he will announce in prime time Thursday night.

Obama Sets Out to Change 'Broken' Immigration System On His Own

nationaljournal.com — Sidestepping Congress, Obama delivered the largest protection for undocumented immigrants the community has seen in nearly 30 years. He's fulfilling Democrats' and advocates' countless calls for a "big and bold" executive order, while assuring a bitter confrontation between Republican leaders on Capitol Hill and the executive branch.
Nov 20, 2014

RT @nationaljournal: Hillary Clinton thanks Obama "for taking action on immigration" trib.al/TV2vGQH

Nov 20, 2014

RT @nationaljournal: Hillary Clinton thanks Obama "for taking action on immigration" trib.al/TV2vGQH

Nov 20, 2014

RT @nationaljournal: Obama: "And to those Members of Congress who question my authority ... I have one answer: Pass a bill." trib.al/Qjecqtb

Jeb Bush Defends Common Core and Auditions as the GOP's Education Candidate

nationaljournal.com — Jeb Bush on Thursday called the debate over education standards "a really, really good fight" for Republicans to have - and then threw a few punches at his political opponents. Speaking in Washington, D.C.
Nov 21, 2014

RT @cmatthewspolls: Jeb Bush & Common Core trib.al/43xPD3l Changed composition of GOP -much less college educ pewrsr.ch/PzN3bQ

Nov 20, 2014

RT @TimAlberta: Jeb Bush in DC delivers staunch defense of #CommonCore, says those standards "must be the new minimum in classrooms" nationaljournal.com/politics/jeb-b…

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The Real-Life 'Alpha House' Is Going on the Market

nationaljournal.com — The most famous frat house in Congress is ending its decades-long run, leaving a pair of high-ranking Democratic senators searching for a new place to live. Rep. George Miller's Capitol Hill row house, the inspiration for the Amazon series "Alpha House," has been the Washington dwelling of many Democratic lawmakers over the past three decades.
Nov 21, 2014

Retiring Congressman @askgeorge to sell his "Alpha House" in DC where he lived with other legislators for decades nationaljournal.com/congress/the-r…

Nov 21, 2014

RT @TimAlberta: Retiring Rep. George Miller selling his DC rowhouse; Durbin and Schumer looking for new digs, @alexbrownNJ reports nationaljournal.com/congress/the-r…

Nov 21, 2014

With George Miller's retirement, the real-life "Alpha House" is going on the market nationaljournal.com/congress/the-r… via @AlexBrownNJ

Nov 20, 2014

Schumer and Durbin have lived together for 20+ years. With "Alpha House" being sold, what will they do? nationaljournal.com/congress/the-r…

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What Obama's Action Does for Tech-Brought to You by United Technologies Corporation

nationaljournal.com — Brendan Sasso (@BrendanSasso), Dustin Volz (@dnvolz), and Laura Ryan (@NJLJRyan) In his immigration speech, President Obama promised to "make it easier and faster for high-skilled immigrants, graduates, and entrepreneurs to stay and contribute to our economy." The Senate sent satellite TV legislation to the president's desk.