President Barack Obama reaffirmed his commitment Thursday to act unilaterally to change the nation's immigration laws before the end of the summer, nearly two months since announcing his plan in a Rose Garden speech. "I've been very clear about the fact that our immigration system is broken and needs to be fixed," Obama said. "My preference continues to be that Congress act. I don't think anybody thinks that Congress is going to act in the short term, but hope springs eternal that after the midterm elections they may act."
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After a four-month investigation, the inspector general at the Department of Veterans Affairs denied the most explosive allegation driving the scandal in Phoenix -- that up to 40 veterans may have died while on secret waiting lists for care. Wyatt Andrews reports.
Owner of small construction company argues federal regulations slow his business down, keep it from being competitive and hinders the small business 'life blood' of the US. #CrushingDreams
The federal budget deficit over the next decade will be more than $400 billion less than forecasted in April 2014 according to the Congressional Budget Office. WSJ's Josh Zumbrun reports on Lunch Break with Tanya Rivero. Photo: Getty
U.S. Journalist Peter Theo Curtis says he is overwhelmed to learn of the efforts that went into securing his release from Syrian extremist group al-Nusrah.
Sen. Dan Coats says we need to look "very carefully at our Visa waiver program, in terms of how it is currently constructed, and define a way in which we can address at least those that we know and those that we suspect might" be members of extremist groups like ISIS. "And they need to be treated in a different way in terms of entry into the United States. More security, more testing and checking at the entry points, to protect ourselves."
Very quietly, Governor Brown has created a sanctuary state in California. That is his state will not cooperate with the feds by enforcing immigration law. Earlier this week, Mexican President Nieto traveled to California and was greeted as a hero by authorities there, even though Nieto could pardon Marine Sergeant Andrew Tahmooressi, who has been imprisoned in Mexico for six months.
White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest said Wednesday President Barack Obama will act unilaterally on immigration, despite new speculation that Republican lawmakers may shut down the government to block executive actions Obama plans to announce by the end of the summer. "It certainly was a shame when Republicans engaged in a strategy to shut down the government over the Affordable Care Act," Earnest said. "We would hope that Republicans wouldn't do the same thing again ... over a common sense, bipartisan effort to try to mitigate at least some of the worst problems that are caused by our broken immigration system." To avoid a shutdown, lawmakers must pass legislation to fund the government before the Oct. 1 start of the fiscal year.
Some Senate Democrats are seizing on Burger Kings Canadian doughnut chain Tim Hortons to renew their calls for Congress to ban corporate inversions. The merger will involve relocating the companys headquarters to Canada, meaning it will not have to pay U.S. taxes on its foreign earnings. Michigan Democratic Sen. Carl Levin said in a press release on his website, Congress cant afford to wait any longer to put a stop to tax dodging through this kind of merger. Levin also predicted a strong public reaction against Burger King that could more than offset any tax benefit it receives. However, executives at Burger King argue that the move is not motivated by taxes, but rather is an acknowledgement of the primary role that Tim Hortons will play in the combined company.
Mexican government announces new measures to keep migrants from traveling to US