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politics lead

November 13th, 2014
05:39 PM ET

Reid to Obama: Wait on immigration orders to avoid government shutdown

Washington (CNN) - Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid has a surprising message for President Barack Obama: Not so fast on using that executive power to change immigration laws.

To be sure - Reid said he supports any presidential move to go around a stalemated Congress and help illegal immigrants by executive order, but he wants the president to hold off until Congress approves a bill to fund the government.

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world lead

November 13th, 2014
05:35 PM ET

Russian provocations on the rise: Is it a new Cold War?

(CNN) - The largest submarine hunt in Swedish waters since the end of the Cold War.

A near collision between a Russian military plane and a Swedish passenger aircraft carrying 132 people.

And the abduction of an Estonian official from the territory of the NATO member, only days after U.S. President Barack Obama visited the Baltic nation.

Any of these three incidents could have led to direct military confrontation between Russia and the West, a new report suggests - and they have all taken place within the past nine months.

The incidents are outlined in "Dangerous Brinkmanship," an analysis that lists more than 40 "close military encounters between Russia and the West" that took place in the eight months from March to October of this year.

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national lead

November 13th, 2014
05:32 PM ET

What's behind the bitter cold pummeling U.S.?

(CNN) – Denver, Colorado, hit 13 below zero Thursday, beating a 100-year-old record by 9 degrees.

From Minneapolis, to Chicago, to New York City, and all the way down to Charlotte, temperatures will drop tonight.

A so-called Omega Block, basically a block in the jet stream that is causing all of this cold air to come down from Alaska, is behind the biting cold.

CNN's Chad Myers reports.

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world lead

November 13th, 2014
05:21 PM ET

Expert: Obama administration not doing enough to stop ISIS' flow of cash

(CNN) – ISIS has gained a reputation as not only one of the world's most ruthless terror groups, but also one of the wealthiest.

The terror group is so rich, it now has plans to create its own money. ISIS announced on social media that it wants to mint its own gold, silver and copper. Doing so, they say, would free them of any ties to the "tyrants' financial system," a reference to western money, particularly the U.S. dollar.

Al Qaeda, the predecessor to ISIS, principally raised money through external sources, such as donations from Saudi Arabia and even charities. But ISIS is primarily self-funded, says a former under secretary for the Treasury Department.

The group's largest stream of funding comes from illicit oil sales, from wells and refineries controlled by ISIS in Iraq and Syria.

"The estimates are they bring in as much as $1 (million) to $2 million dollars a day from the sale of oil on the black market," said Jimmy Gurulé, now a law professor at Notre Dame.
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world lead

November 13th, 2014
04:54 PM ET

Protests over 43 missing students in Mexico turn violent

(CNN) – Violent protests erupted in Mexico, about an hour's drive from the hot tourist town of Acapulco amid accusations of government corruption.

Protesters are facing off with police over the disappearance of 43 students, missing for more than a month now.

The government says a town mayor and his wife had a gang kidnap and kill the group. But parents aren't ready to accept that. The couple is now in custody.

CNN's Rafael Romo reports.

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