Thu November 20, 2014

VIDEO & TRANSCRIPT: President Obama Announces Executive Action On Immigration

President Obama addressed the nation, Nov. 11, 2014 revealing the specific executive actions he would take to address immigration.
White House

President Obama addressed the nation from the East Room in the White House, outlining his plans for executive action to address immigration. In summary the president's announced actions are:

  • Delay the deportation of undocumented parents of children legally in the country
  • Protect children brought into the country illegally before Jan. 1, 2010
  • Direct officials to concentrate on deporting criminals and individuals who are a national security threat

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Sat November 8, 2014

The GOP Takes Heart From Colorado, But Still Faces 2016 Hurdles

Originally published on Sat November 8, 2014 10:33 am

Senator-elect Cory Gardner of Colorado delivers his victory speech to supporters during a GOP election night gathering. Gardner appealed to moderates and unaffiliated voters.
Brennan Linsley AP

Colorado is one of the battleground states where Republicans made big gains this week. Republicans in the state believe they now have momentum going into the 2016 presidential election.

But the GOP has suffered some punishing losses there lately, owing in part to the state's changing demographics. That trend may still be a big factor in 2016.

The last time Republicans won a U.S. Senate seat here was when Wayne Allard was re-elected in 2002. Back then, Congressman and now Senator-elect Cory Gardner was a young staffer working behind the scenes for Allard.

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Sat November 8, 2014

A Challenge To The New Congress: Fix Stagnant Wages

Originally published on Sat November 8, 2014 10:33 am

Speaker of the House John Boehner looks on as President Barack Obama meets with bipartisian congressional leaders at the White House on the results of this week's elections.
Getty Images

One of my favorite arguments — and one I've had in just about every even numbered year since the seventies — is about when to stop talking about politics. A surprising number of people think that since elections are on Tuesday, by Saturday all that can be said has been said, and nothing more should be said.

As a person who's covered politics for decades, I don't believe that. Saturday after the election and the Saturday after that are good days to talk politics. And we need to talk.

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Tue November 4, 2014

Fight For The Senate: Republicans Take Control, Adding 7 Seats

Originally published on Wed November 5, 2014 5:44 am

Kentucky Sen. Mitch McConnell arrives at his midterm election night rally with his wife, former U.S. Secretary of Labor Elaine Chao, in Louisville. McConnell, who won re-election, stands to become the next Senate majority leader.
Shannon Stapleton Reuters /Landov

With a loss by Sen. Mark Pryor, the first Democratic incumbent fell in the 2014 midterms, setting off a chain of events that brought the Republicans a new Senate majority. The man who would lead them in Congress, Sen. Mitch McConnell, coasted to a win in Kentucky.

McConnell was projected to defeat Democrat Alison Lundergan Grimes by a 15-point margin, 56 percent to 41 percent, with almost a third of the vote tallied.

In Arkansas, Democratic Sen. Mark Pryor lost to Republican Rep. Tom Cotton, a first-term member of Congress. Pryor has served in the Senate since 2003.

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Tue November 4, 2014
Election 2014

Gardner On His Way To The Senate After Win Over Udall

Colorado Senator Cory Gardner.
Nathan Heffel KUNC

In a race polls had consistently neck-and-neck, Republican Cory Gardner celebrated a decisive victory for one of Colorado's two U.S. Senate seats Tuesday night over incumbent Democrat Mark Udall. Gardner becomes the first candidate to unseat an incumbent Colorado Senator since 1978.

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