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Speaker Boehner Says The House Will Act On Immigration

Republican Rep. John Boehner delivered a statement Friday in reaction to President Obama's immigration address, saying Obama is damaging the presidency.

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Why Would Someone Choose Silence For 17 Years?

For almost three decades, John Francis has been a planetwalker, traveling the globe by foot and sail with a silent message of environmental respect. For 17 of those years he didn't speak a word.

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How Do Years Of Silence Change Someone?

For almost three decades, John Francis has been a planetwalker, traveling the globe by foot and sail with a silent message of environmental responsibility. For 17 years he didn't speak a word.

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GOP Rep. Cole Says Obama Is Playing Politics With Immigration

President Obama outlined his plans to overhaul immigration by executive action in a speech Thursday night. For reaction, Arun Rath talks to Republican Rep. Tom Cole of Oklahoma.

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Obama Bypasses Congress To Shield Immigrants From Deporation

As many as 5 million people who entered the United States illegally will at least temporarily not be subject to deportation.

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White House Adviser Cecilia Munoz Answers Immigration Questions

For more on President Obama's immigration plan, Steve Inskeep and NPR's Scott Horsley talk to Cecilia Munoz, assistant to the president and director of the White House Domestic Policy Council.

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Obama Defies Republicans, Lays Out Immigration Policy

Republicans are threatening to resist working with President Obama after his announcement on Thursday night that he will issue an executive order to enact some immigration changes.

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Senate Panel Probes Fed's Oversight Of Commodity Trading

A Senate committee has accused major banks including Goldman Sachs and JPMorgan Chase of manipulating commodity prices. Executives from several leading banks rejected the allegations on Thursday.

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Obama Unveils Temporary Protection From Deportation

President Obama addressed the immigration system in a speech Thursday night. Obama said he would temporarily protect millions of undocumented immigrants from deportation using an executive order.

'I Will Not Sit Idly By' And Other Congressional Tweets On Immigration

Congress is out of session until the first week of December, so many members are weighing in on the president's speech on Twitter and other platforms — with mixed reactions.

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.

Thai Government Clamps Down On ‘Mockingjay’ Movie

November 21, 2014
A Thai student flashes a three-finger salute, an unofficial symbol of resistance against the army's May coup, as she stands by a poster of the latest Hunger Games film, at a cinema hall in Bangkok on November 20, 2014. (Christophe Archambault/AFP/Getty Images)

Screenings of the latest “Hunger Games” movie have been canceled, and students flashing the film’s three-finger salute have been arrested.

Texas Rep. Randy Weber Reacts To Obama’s Actions On Immigration

November 21, 2014
Republican Congressman Randy Weber represents Texas's 14th district. (United States Congress)

Republican Rep. Randy Weber shares his thoughts on the executive actions on immigration laid out by President Obama last night.

Key Elements Of Obama’s Actions On Immigration

November 21, 2014
U.S. President Barack Obama announces executive actions on U.S. immigration policy during a nationally televised address from the White House, November 20, 2014 in Washington, DC. Obama outlined a plan on Thursday to ease the threat of deportation for about 4.7 million undocumented immigrants. (Photo by Jim Bourg-Pool/Getty Images)

The sweeping changes could shield nearly 5 million people from deportation, without going through Congress.

Baker Names Sudders As His Health And Human Services Chief

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

Marylou Sudders is the state’s former mental health commissioner.

Scott Brown Rejoins Fox News After Senate Bid

November 21, 2014

Scott Brown had been a Fox News contributor after he lost his Massachusetts U.S. Senate bid to Elizabeth Warren.

Baker Names New Health And Human Services Chief

November 21, 2014

Governor-elect Charlie Baker has tapped former mental health commissioner Marylou Sudders to lead his administration’s health and human services secretariat, according to a Baker advisor.

Week In The News: Immigration Reform, Israeli Tensions, Mike Nichols Dead At 83

November 21, 2014
President Barack Obama announces executive actions on immigration during a nationally televised address from the White House in Washington, Thursday, Nov. 20, 2014.  (AP)

The president throws down the gauntlet on immigration. Bloodshed and new tensions in Israel. Keystone fails. Our weekly news roundtable goes behind the headlines.

Obama’s Actions On Immigration ‘Bittersweet Moment’ For Local Immigrants

November 21, 2014
With a subdued but hopeful group, Leila Santana and her daughter Lara of Medford (in front) watch President Obama’s televised address to the nation announcing his executive action on immigration at the Student Immigrant Movement offices in Boston. (Jesse Costa/WBUR)

The president’s immigration reforms will help nearly 5 million undocumented immigrants nationwide, leaving an estimated 6 million left hoping there will be more change soon.

Official Tally: Baker-Coakley Was Closest Governor’s Race In 50 Years

November 20, 2014
Republican Charlie Baker, left, and Democrat Martha Coakley. (AP's Stephan Savoia, WBUR's Jesse Costa)

The Republican beat the Democrat by just 40,165 votes.

Republicans Push Back On Immigration, As Activists Push White House To Go Farther

November 20, 2014
The White House is seen at dusk in Washington, Wednesday, Nov. 19, 2014. President Barack Obama on Thursday is expected to announce steps he will take to shield up to 5 million immigrants illegally in the United States from deportation. (Jacquelyn Martin/AP)

The president’s executive action is expected to offer provisional legal status for up to 5 million undocumented immigrants in the U.S.

Processing Immigrants Slows At Family Detention Center

November 20, 2014
An unidentified Guatemalan woman is seen inside a dormitory in the Artesia Family Residential Center, a federal detention facility for undocumented immigrant mothers and children in Artesia, N.M, Wednesday, Sept. 10, 2014. (Juan Carlos Llorca/AP)

Immigration lawyers say families are being held longer than usual at the Berks County Residential Center in a small Pennsylvania town.

Republican Response to Obama's Expected Immigration Actions

November 20, 2014

NPR’s Tamara Keith says Republicans’ arguments against executive action on immigration are mostly financial.

Saving Gamblers From Themselves

November 20, 2014
Renée Loth: "If the state really wants to discourage its residents from gambling away their paychecks and attract high-rolling outsiders instead, it might take a lesson from Singapore." (Julie Jacobson/AP)

If the state really wants to discourage its residents from gambling away their paychecks and attract high-rolling outsiders instead, it might take a lesson from Singapore.

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