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politics lead

November 21st, 2014
06:26 PM ET

In Vegas, Obama pushes for public support on immigration

Las Vegas (CNN) - His new immigration plan stamped and signed, President Barack Obama on Friday rallied support behind his decision to delay deportation of millions of undocumented immigrants, though a heckler in a mostly supportive crowd in Las Vegas illustrated the high-voltage issue is far from settled.

Speaking at the same high school he visited to push immigration legislation in 2013, Obama said his plan came about after years of GOP inaction, despite what he described as a willingness on his part to compromise.

"I cajoled, I called, I met. I told (House Speaker) John Boehner I'll wash your car, I'll walk your dog, whatever you need to do," he said.

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national lead

October 21st, 2014
05:21 PM ET

Ex-counterterror chief: U.S. lost track of terrorists after Snowden

Washington (CNN) - Ripping the cover off top-secret U.S. surveillance programs pushed foreign terrorists underground and out of intelligence services' reach, a former top intelligence official said Tuesday.

"We've lost collection against some individuals, people that we were concerned about we are no longer collecting their communications," Matt Olsen, who until July led the National Counterterrorism Center, told CNN's Jim Sciutto. "We lost insight into what they were doing."
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October 15th, 2014
06:00 PM ET

Ebola meetings postpone Obama campaign trip

Washington (CNN) - The White House announced Wednesday that it was postponing President Barack Obama's campaign trip - which included stops in Connecticut and New Jersey - in order for the president to meet with "cabinet agencies coordinating the government's response to the Ebola outbreak."

With the potency of his last years in office on the line, Obama was expected to cautiously step back on to the campaign trail Wednesday, rallying Democrats in dyed-blue Connecticut working to keep the governor there in office.

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world lead

September 16th, 2014
04:26 PM ET

Obama: U.S. ready to take the lead in Ebola fight

(CNN) - After an in-person briefing from the staff at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta, President Barack Obama on Tuesday announced a "major increase" in the U.S. response to the Ebola outbreak in West Africa.

The United States will send troops, material to build field hospitals, additional health care workers, community care kits and badly needed medical supplies.

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world lead

September 10th, 2014
05:42 PM ET

Top question for Obama: What's his plan for ISIS?

Washington (CNN) - When President Barack Obama steps in front of cameras Wednesday, he'll be addressing a nation that's simultaneously war-weary and ready for more military action against ISIS; critical of Obama's handling of the crisis yet largely supportive of his commitment to keep combat troops out.

Those currents of public opinion, however convoluted, will shape how Obama frames his strategy for "degrading and ultimately defeating" the Islamic State militants in Iraq and Syria, which Americans now believe pose a real threat and must be combated.

Here's what the polling suggests Americans are listening for when Obama speaks Wednesday:

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