The president was initially skeptical of his ability to take unilateral action.
Obama will announce in a speech Thursday night that he will provide temporary protections for up to 5 million undocumented immigrants, according to a senior Democrat familiar with the plans.
The president said he will announce Thursday that he will use his executive authority to expand temporary protections to millions of undocumented immigrants.
In a victory for environmental activists, Democrats blocked legislation to compel construction of the oil pipeline, but the vote leaves Republicans itching to return to the fight when they take over next year.
Congressional momentum for the massive oil pipeline has accelerated, but the president is signaling that he is increasingly skeptical of the project.
The president has signaled that he will not back down on issues like “net neutrality” and climate change.
The presumptive 2016 favorite would have to unlink herself from the president while courting his coalition.
If confirmed by the Senate, Loretta Lynch would be the first African American woman to hold the attorney general’s post.
U.S. Attorney Loretta Lynch, the daughter of a Baptist minister, would be the first African American woman to serve in that role.