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President Barack Obama is considering delaying some or all of his promised executive actions on immigration until after the election, according to the Los Angeles Times and the New York Times.

Publicly the White House has maintained for weeks he intends to act by the end of this summer.

White House spokesman Josh Earnest wouldn't confirm or deny the reports when asked on Friday, saying, "I don't have an update on timing." Several White House officials didn't respond to requests for comment.

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This March, as an alternative of sorts to the Affordable Care Act, Florida's Republican-led government launched a health insurance website called Florida Health Choices. It had no relation to HealthCare.gov, the federal Obamacare website, and offered limited-benefit options that cover things like prescription drugs and dental or vision services.

But since the launch of the Republican alternative, Florida Health Choices has signed up 30 people, the Tampa Bay Times reported Friday. By comparison, 984,000 Floridians enrolled in private coverage under Obamacare and 764,000 low-income residents were unable to obtain any kind of coverage through the federal law because the GOP- controlled state legislature refused to expand Medicaid.

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RAMALLAH, West Bank (AP) — Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas blamed Hamas on Friday for needlessly extending fighting with Israel in the Gaza Strip, casting doubt on the future of the Palestinian unity government that the Islamic militant group backs.

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