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Republicans scramble for response to Obama
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Fresh off their big midterm elections victory, congressional Republicans thought they might be on the offensive against a chastened President Barack Obama right about now....

For Obama, a bumpy road to immigration orders
WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Barack Obama's sweeping immigration executive orders cap a turbulent, six-year quest to make headway on a thorny issue that has at times put the White House at odds with some of its fiercest supporters....

Obama sets off on a sales mission on immigration
WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Barack Obama and his allies, confronting a buildup of GOP criticism, are seeking to sell the president's executive actions on immigration as good politics and good policy....

FACT CHECK: Obama's claims on illegal immigration
WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Barack Obama made some notable omissions in his remarks about the unilateral actions he's taking on immigration....

Democrats preparing for Hillary Clinton campaign
NEW YORK (AP) -- A nexus of Democratic groups is preparing for Hillary Rodham Clinton's widely anticipated presidential campaign....

Analysis: Next, the selling of a contentious plan
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Announcing his executive actions, after all the delays and handwringing, might be the easy part....

NSA director: China can damage US power grid
WASHINGTON (AP) -- China and "one or two" other countries are capable of mounting cyberattacks that would shut down the electric grid and other critical systems in parts of the United States, according to Adm. Michael Rogers, director of the National Security Agency and head of U.S. Cyber Command....

Panel predicts China will keep confronting US
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Tensions between the U.S. and China have deepened during the rule of China's president, Xi Jinping, and the risk of an inadvertent military clash in the Asia-Pacific is growing, a congressional advisory panel said Thursday....

Does 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 their legality. Is he on solid legal ground?...

Country of origin label for meat cuts endangered
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Package labels on fresh cuts of meat that identify where animals were born, raised and slaughtered face an uncertain future after successful trade challenges from Canada and Mexico....

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