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Obama announces executive action on immigration

In a speech heard ‘round the world on Thursday night at 8 p.m., President Barack Obama announced a new immigration policy in the U.S. The new policy will allow undocumented parents of documented immigrants to attain legal status, deferring their deportation and allowing them to secure work, as well as register for a social security number after passing a background check and paying taxes, among other exceptions. Other initiatives include tightening border security and prioritizing the deportation of what President Obama called “felons, not families.”

Republicans are in an uproar over the executive action, portraying it as the move of a dictator. To his critics who accused him of abusing his executive power, the president responded that they should try to pass a bill that would fix a “broken” system.

Source: The New York Times

Boehner, House GOP announce a suit against Obama

House Speaker Republican John Boehner and the rest of the House Republicans are suing President Obama over the Affordable Care Act (ACA), he announced Friday. According to the Republicans, the ACA included unconstitutional changes by the president. This announcement did not come as a surprise, however, as House Republicans have been attempting the legal move since July, when Speaker Boehner first proposed it. As expected, Democrats and President Obama have decried the lawsuit, dismissing it as useless, especially in light of President Obama’s challenge to pass an immigration bill rather than focus on partisan clashes. Speaker Boehner and the Republicans responded with the threat of another lawsuit for his executive action regarding immigration.

Source: CNN

Republicans respond to tweet scandal discovered by CNN

Last Monday, CNN reported that the GOP was involved in a social media money laundering plot. During the midterm elections, campaign finance laws prohibit campaigns from sharing private polling data with political action committees (PACs) and nonprofits which donate to those campaigns to prevent them from coordinating plans. In order to avoid this, the GOP created a series of fake Twitter accounts and used them to tweet coded data about campaigns and polling data. According to Chris Moody, the CNN reporter who broke the story, the accounts were deleted after he contacted the National Republican Congressional Committee (NRCC). Since then, CNN has released a series of screenshots of the accounts and the tweets, and the GOP has said that they would internally investigate the issue.

Source: CNN