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Sep 3, 2014

To delay or not: Timing on immigration reform holds risks for Obama

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – When President Barack Obama stepped into the White House Rose Garden in June to announce he would single-handedly reform U.S. immigration policy, he startled advocates by announcing a firm, end-of-summer deadline for executive action.

“If Congress will not do their job, at least we can do ours,” he declared. “I expect … recommendations before the end of summer and I intend to adopt those recommendations without further delay.”

Sep 3, 2014
Aug 25, 2014

Kansas lawyer is ‘go to guy’ in battle against Obama on immigration

NEW YORK/WASHINGTON (Reuters) – As President Barack Obama prepares to announce major immigration policy changes, conservative attorney Kris Kobach is fighting a case in federal court he says has the potential to “torpedo” the president’s plans.

Kobach, the Republican secretary of state of Kansas, is an architect of laws in several states to combat illegal immigration. He is also the most prominent figure among a small group of lawyers working to punch legal holes in Obama’s immigration policies.

Aug 18, 2014

Obama urges Iraqis to unite because ‘the wolf’s at the door’

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. President Barack Obama urged Iraqis on Monday to quickly form an inclusive government to unite against Islamic militants, warning “the wolf’s at the door” and that U.S. airstrikes can only accomplish so much.

Speaking to reporters at the White House, Obama vowed to avoid the kind of “mission creep” that could deepen the U.S. military’s involvement in Iraq to repulse Islamic State militants seen increasingly as a threat not just to Iraq but to the entire region.

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      "Jeff Mason covers the White House for Reuters. He was the lead correspondent for President Barack Obama's 2012 campaign and has been posted in Washington since 2008, when he covered the historic race between Obama, Hillary Clinton and John McCain, traveling with all three candidates. Jeff has also been posted in Frankfurt, Germany, where he covered the airline industry and Brussels, Belgium, where he covered climate change and the European Union. He has appeared on MSNBC, CNN, BBC, and NPR. Jeff is a graduate of Northwestern University and a former Fulbright scholar."
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