Congress can block use of fees for immigration overhaul: memo


WASHINGTON - Congress can block President Barack Obama from using federal immigration fees to issue permits for millions of undocumented immigrants to stay and work in the United States, according to a congressional research memo released on Wednesday.


Tensions flare between Senate Democrats, White House 26 Nov 2014

WASHINGTON - Criticism of President Barack Obama's signature healthcare law by a top Senate Democrat this week laid bare post-election tensions that could pose challenges for the party in upcoming fights with Republicans over taxes, energy and immigration.


U.N. investigators urge Obama to release CIA report 26 Nov 2014

GENEVA - United Nations human rights investigators called on President Barack Obama to live up to principles preached by the United States around the world and release a long completed report on CIA interrogation methods.


Romney tops Republican poll for '16; ahead of Clinton in election 26 Nov 2014

WASHINGTON - Mitt Romney, the Republican Party's unsuccessful presidential nominee in 2012, leads the field for the 2016 election among Republican voters, according to a Quinnipiac University poll released on Wednesday.

Utah agrees to drop parts of disputed 2011 immigration law 26 Nov 2014

- Utah has agreed to roll back key provisions of a 2011 state law allowing police to check the immigration status of anyone suspected of being undocumented, a civil liberties group said on Tuesday.


In blow to tax negotiators, Obama threatens veto 26 Nov 2014

WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama pledged on Tuesday to veto a deal still under negotiation in Congress that would make several expiring business tax breaks permanent.


Flournoy withdraws from consideration as U.S. defense secretary: sources 26 Nov 2014

WASHINGTON - Michele Flournoy, a former top U.S. Department of Defense official widely tipped as a possible replacement for Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel, has taken herself out of consideration for the job, according to multiple sources familiar with the circumstances.


Cheese bests Mac in quest for Obama's Thanksgiving turkey pardon 26 Nov 2014

WASHINGTON - U.S. President Barack Obama on Wednesday pardoned a turkey named Cheese to mark the country's Thanksgiving holiday on Thursday, when roasted turkey is the traditional main course.


Obama heckled over immigration policies in Chicago appearance 26 Nov 2014

CHICAGO - President Barack Obama was interrupted several times by hecklers during a speech on his immigration policy on Tuesday, and their complaint was that his plan did not go far enough in protecting illegal immigrants from deportation.


Top Democrat says Obama focus on healthcare in 2009 was mistake 26 Nov 2014

WASHINGTON - A top U.S. Senate Democrat said on Tuesday that President Barack Obama and congressional Democrats made a major political blunder in 2009 when they chose to focus on healthcare reform instead of concentrating on fixing the economy.