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EPA's Proposed Rules Add To Obama's Collision Course With GOP

The Environmental Protect Agency has drafted regulations on Ozone pollution. The latest move exposes divisions between the Obama administration and leading Republican lawmakers over the environment.

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Search For Political Common Ground Is Difficult, Research Shows

New research into the nature of intractable political conflicts might shed some light on how to address the perennial arguments that break out across Thanksgiving tables.

Judge Rules Fewer Political Groups Can Keep Their Donors Secret

The ruling targets the funders of campaign issue ads that encourage viewers to choose a specific candidate. The FEC now must decide whether it will appeal the ruling or require more disclosure.

EPA Proposes New Rules To Curb Ozone Levels

The rules would lower the threshold for ozone from 75 parts per billion to between 65 ppb and 70 ppb. They are likely to be opposed by industry groups as well as Republicans.

Obama: 'No Sympathy' For Those Destroying Ferguson

Saying he understands the frustrations of people who feel they're not treated fairly under the law, President Obama also said, "I have no sympathy at all for destroying your own communities."

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Federal Ferguson Investigation Will Remain Independent, Holder Insists

The federal probe is examining whether Darren Wilson intentionally violated Michael Brown's civil rights. Justice Department veterans say proving he violated federal criminal law will be difficult.

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White House To Find Successor To Defense Secretary Hagel

Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel announced his resignation on Monday. He will stay on until his replacement is found. Why did Hagel resign, and what does it mean for the Obama administration's policies?

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Critics Say Obama's Immigration Plan Creates Path To Citizenship

Instead, it offers undocumented immigrants a deferral from the threat of deportation. David Greene talks to Dan Tichenor, author of Dividing Lines: The Politics of Immigration Control in America.

All Things Considered

After Obama's Action, Immigration Agency Awaits 'A Real Challenge'

As President Obama's executive action on immigration starts taking effect, it will be up to the little-known United States Citizenship and Immigration Services offices to handle the actual changes.

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Hagel Struggled To Stay On The Same Page As The White House

Chuck Hagel resigned as Defense Secretary on Monday after a tenure in which he wasn't always on the same page as the White House.

Texas Sheriff Expects Fewer Deportations

November 26, 2014
Harris County Sheriff Adrian Garcia, pictured here at a news conference on Jan. 25, 2013, says he expects fewer deportations — and thinks that's a good thing. (Pat Sullivan/AP)

Sheriff Adrian Garcia says fewer deportations, as a result of the president’s executive actions, are a good thing.

No Charges Against Ferguson Officer; Businesses Torched

November 25, 2014
A reporter walks by a building that was damaged during a demonstration on November 25, 2014 in Dellwood, Missouri. Demonstrators caused extensive damage in Ferguson and surrounding areas after a St. Louis County grand jury decided to not indict Ferguson police Officer Darren Wilson in the shooting of Michael Brown. (Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

There’s an uneasy calm this morning, but last night it looked like a repeat of August, only worse, said the police chief.

U.N. Envoy Calls For ‘Firing Freeze’ In Aleppo, Syria

November 25, 2014
Staffan de Mistura is U.N. special envoy for the Syria crisis. (JC McIlwaine/United Nations)

Staffan de Mistura says limited and localized ceasefires in this historic city could serve as a model for the rest of the country.

President Obama's Go-It-Alone Strategy

November 25, 2014
John Sivolella: The absence of Congress in critical policy making can be dangerous, and its consequences may become evident soon. (Isaac Brekken/AP)

The absence of Congress in critical policy making can be dangerous, and its consequences may become evident soon.

What Charlie Baker’s Cabinet Selections Mean

November 24, 2014
Incoming Republican Governor Charlie Baker addresses reporters during a media availability after Attorney General Martha Coakley conceded in a close race Wednesday, Nov. 5, 2014 in Boston. (AP)

Gov.-elect Charlie Baker has been busy staffing up his incoming administration. Monday, he filled another cabinet position: Kristen Lepore will be the next secretary of administration and finance.

Remembering Marion Barry

November 24, 2014
District of Columbia Mayor Marion Barry waves a fist as he arrives at U.S. District Court in Washington on Wednesday, June 28, 1990 for his trial on drug and perjury charges. (Dennis Cook/AP)

The former mayor of Washington, D.C. died early yesterday morning. Jacob Fenston of WAMU brought us this remembrance.

Hagel Resigns And Iran Nuclear Deadline Is Extended

November 24, 2014
(L-R) German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier, French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius and Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi attend a meeting in Vienna on November 24, 2014. At stake in the Austrian capital Vienna is a historic deal in which Iran would curb its nuclear activities in exchange for broad relief from years of heavy international economic sanctions. It could end a 12-year standoff with the West that has even raised the threat of Israeli military strikes against Iranian nuclear facilities. AFP PHOTO /POOL /JOE KLAMAR (Photo credit should read JOE KLAMAR/AFP/Getty Images)

Jim Walsh, expert in international security at MIT’s Security Studies Program, joins us to discuss these two stories.

Jose Antonio Vargas May Soon Become Documented Immigrant

November 24, 2014
'Documented' director Jose Antonio Vargas poses following a panel discussion at the 17th Annual Savannah Film Festival on October 31, 2014 in Savannah, Georgia. (Cindy Ord/Getty Images for SCAD)

The activist and journalist is one of the undocumented immigrants expected to receive protection from deportation.

Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel Resigns

November 24, 2014
President Barack Obama and Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel shake hands during a press conference to announce Hagel's departure at the White House on November 24, 2014, in Washington, D.C. (Mandel Ngan/AFP/Getty Images)

Hagel stepped down under pressure amid multiple foreign policy crises, including the rise of the Islamic State group.

Encryption: Tech Companies And The Government At Odds Over Personal Privacy

November 24, 2014
In this photo taken Wednesday, July 30, 2014, Silicon Valley pioneer and Silent Circle co-founder Jon Callas holds up Blackphone with encryption apps displayed on it at the Computer History Museum in Mountain View, Calif.  (AP)

We’ll look at privacy, security, and the battle heating up between intelligence agencies and tech companies that are moving to encrypt your communication.

Baker Taps Marylou Sudders To Lead Health And Human Services Department

November 21, 2014
Marylou Sudders (Jesse Costa/WBUR)

Several groups are praising his choice, citing Sudders’ work as the former state mental health commissioner and former head of the Massachusetts Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children.

Week In Review: Affirmative Consent, Affirmative Action, Immigration, South End Soccer

November 21, 2014
President Barack Obama appears on screen at the 15th annual Latin Grammy Awards at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on Thursday, Nov. 20, 2014, in Las Vegas. Obama unveiled his expansive executive actions on immigration Thursday night to spare nearly 5 million people in the U.S. illegally from deportation. (AP)

We cover affirmative action and affirmative consent policies at Harvard, the potential soccer stadium in the South End and the president’s big immigration push.

The Explicast, Episode Six: What Does A White House Press Correspondent Do?

November 21, 2014
President Barack Obama speaks in the James Brady Press Briefing Room in the White House in Washington, Monday, Aug. 18, 2014.  (AP)

We turn to White House Press Correspondents all the time for news, but we’ve never really wondered how they gather their information. Fortunately, our guest host Jessica Yellin had time to sit down with The Explicast to explain.

Sen. Dick Durbin: Obama's Immigration Actions Do Not Go Far Enough

November 21, 2014
Senate Assistant Majority Leader Dick Durbin (D-IL) speaks about the need for immigration reform during a press conference following a meeting with Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson Dirksen Federal Building on June 13, 2014 in Chicago, Illinois. (Scott Olson/Getty Images)

The Illinois Democrat calls the president’s executive actions a good start, and says he wants to see a greater overhaul in the near future.

Sen. Jeff Flake: Obama’s Actions Make Passing An Immigration Bill Harder

November 21, 2014
Sen. Jeff Flake (R-AZ) walks to a Senate joint caucus meeting, on Capitol Hill, July 15, 2013 in Washington, D.C. (Drew Angerer/Getty Images)

The Arizona senator says he opposes the president’s executive actions, but agrees that Congress needs to pass an immigration bill.

Immigration Activists Respond To President Obama’s Plan

November 21, 2014
Jode Joffe-Block attended this immigration speech watch party in Phoenix - one of many in the area. (Jude Joffe-Block/Twitter) ‏

Jude Joffe-Block of KJZZ watched the president’s speech with a group of activists in Phoenix, and described the mood as bittersweet.

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