Obama Mulls Massive Move on Immigration

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White House officials are making plans to grant work permits to potentially millions of immigrants who are in this country illegally, according to advocates and lawmakers in touch with the administration. Conservative Republicans would likely call for impeachment.

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Not Sure They've Thought This Through

Some of us think bringing AR-15's to the airport to pick up your spouse is probably a bad idea. But if you're going to make it legal, this might be something to think through. Peter Steinmetz was arrested at Sky Harbor International Airport not because - as far as we know - he was threatening to shoot anyone but because "the way he was carrying it" scared a mother and teenage daughter who thought he was pointing it at them.

Riveting Stories Amidst Grim Mosul

From the Associated Press ...

Residents of Mosul have watched helplessly as extremists ruling the northern Iraqi city blew up some of their most beloved landmarks and shrines to impose a stark vision of Islam. Next up for destruction, they feared: the Crooked Minaret, a more than 840-year-old tower that leans like Italy's Tower of Pisa.

But over the weekend, residents pushed back. When fighters from the Islamic State group loaded with heavy explosives converged on the site, Mosulis living nearby rushed to the courtyard below the minaret, sat on the ground and linked arms to form a human chain to protect it, two residents who witnessed the event told The Associated Press on Monday.

They told the fighters, If you blow up the minaret, you'll have to kill us too, the witnesses said.

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Dangerous Game

US officials are "fuming" in the AP's words at the barrage of Israeli criticism of Secretary of States John Kerry. But as Chemi Shalev notes in Haaretz, there's a deeper backstory. Nothing gets the Obama administration's ire up like the perception (very often grounded in reality) that Netanyahu and his government ministers are trying to scuttle his initiatives by inveigling themselves into domestic partisan conflict in the US. Specifically, using GOP proxies as cut-outs to push back against the President's initiatives.

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