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Congress can block use of fees for immigration overhaul: memo

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.