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August 2, 2014

Obama Can Do A Lot On His Own To Change Immigration, Experts Say

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WASHINGTON (AP) — What can President Barack Obama actually do without Congress to change U.S. immigration policies? A lot, it turns out. There are some limits under federal law, and anything the White House ultimately decides to do may be challenged in court as unconstitutional. But leading legal experts say the White House almost certainly could delay indefinitely efforts to deport millions of immigrants already in the U.S. illegally, and…

Kentucky Politics Gets A Side Order Of Barbecue

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FANCY FARM, Ky. (AP) — For a church picnic, the congregation at Fancy Farm is anything but reverent. Hundreds of people flocked to this small western Kentucky town on Saturday to cheer and jeer their way through speeches from Republican Mitch McConnell and Democratic challenger Alison Lundergan Grimes at a church fundraiser that doubles as the official start of Kentucky’s campaign season. Some Republican supporters carried signs touting “Alison’s dilemma…

The ‘Woman in Black’ Is a Social Media Mystery

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A woman walking the streets dressed all in black has been spotted in several states, but her motive remains a mystery.  An anonymous black woman dressed all in black is currently walking the streets of America with just a suitcase and Bible in tow. No one knows who this woman in black is, but she’s gone viral because folks on various social media are posting about her. The woman has…

Sierra Leone in State of Public Health Emergency

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The lethal Ebola virus ravaging West Africa has forced the hand of Sierra Leonean President Ernest Bai Koroma, who issued a public health emergency declaration late Wednesday in an attempt to help stop the virus’ spread, the Associated Press reports. According to the news wire, Koroma promised that house-to-house searches would be conducted in order to find those who may have been exposed to the contagious virus, as well as to…

Usher’s New Look Foundation celebrates 15 years with star-studded benefit fundraiser

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ATLANTA, Georgia — Celebrities, business leaders and corporate sponsors turned out in full force Thursday to support Usher’s youth empowerment initiative. Well-heeled guests at the New Look Foundation’s fundraising luncheon included director Kenny Leon, boxing icon Sugar Ray Leonard; and singers Rico Love, Jermaine Dupri and Blake Shelton. Atlanta native Ludacris hosted the star-studded gala, which drew around 450 attendees. Josh Kaufman, Season 6 winner of NBC’s “The Voice,” was also in…

Obama On Border Crisis: House Bill ‘Extreme And Unworkable’

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WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama criticized House Republicans on Friday for planning to pass “the most extreme and unworkable versions of a bill that they already know is going nowhere” amid an ongoing border crisis. “They’re not even trying to actually solve the problem,” Obama said of the House GOP at a press conference from the White House. “This is a message bill that they couldn’t pull off yesterday, so…

GOP Admits It’s Hypocritical To Sue Obama Yet Urge Him To Act Alone On Border Crisis

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A pair of House Republicans admitted on Friday that it made little sense to sue President Barack Obama over executive overreach and, at the same time, urge him to act without Congress to solve the border crisis. “Look, you can’t say on the one hand that the president is overreaching by acting without legislative authority and direction and then refuse to give him legislative authority and direction in another area,”…

House Democrats Fume Over GOP’s Border Crisis Bill

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WASHINGTON — House Democrats delivered a full-throated condemnation of the revamped GOP border bill on Friday, calling the bill “mean-spirited” and stressing its purely political purposes. Flanked by Congressional Hispanic Caucus members and Democratic leaders, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) accused Republicans of creating further polarization on the issue of immigration reform rather than looking for compromise. “Instead of responding to the concerns and objections, Republicans have moved more to the…