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national lead

November 21st, 2014
05:37 PM ET

Ferguson officer Darren Wilson in talks to resign; grand jury decision nears

Ferguson, Missouri (CNN) - As a grand jury gets closer to deciding whether or not to indict Officer Darren Wilson, the man who fatally shot Michael Brown is in the final stages of negotiations with Ferguson city officials to resign, sources close to the talks said.

The grand jury was in session Friday, as it has been for weeks. A decision on whether to formally charge Wilson in Brown's death could come the same day, law enforcement officials have said.

Wilson has maintained he's done nothing wrong, and the resignation talks have hinged on whether he is indicted, the sources said.

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politics lead

November 21st, 2014
05:34 PM ET

Opposing Obama’s immigration reform poses challenges for GOP leadership

Washington (CNN) – Republican leadership will have to beat back conservatives who are eager to strike down President Obama's executive order on immigration, because there is no immediate way to deal with the issue.

CNN's Dana Bash reports.

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politics lead

November 21st, 2014
03:38 PM ET

Obama, pushing immigration action today, said to have hurt effort in the past

By CNN chief Washington correspondent Jake Tapper

Washington (CNN) – It was the summer of 2007 and Senator Edward M. Kennedy, D-Mass., unloaded on his junior colleague, then-Sen. Barack Obama, D-Illinois.

"You can't come in here and undo everything!" Kennedy told Obama, according to Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-SC.

Kennedy was angry, Graham would later recall, because Obama had signed on to be part of a bipartisan coalition of senators pushing a comprehensive immigration package, and yet he kept straying from the group's agreements.

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