From Kansas’s secretary of state, a challenge to the powers of a president

Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach talks to supporters during a public community forum. (Ed Zurga/For The Washington Post)

Kris Kobach is the person many conservatives have anointed to battle Obama’s immigration action.

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The 9 most fascinating numbers from national exit polls

The 9 most fascinating numbers from national exit polls

Even though only 36 percent of eligible voters cast ballots on Election Day, the raw data offer clues about the state of the American electorate.

Obama ramps up defense of immigration action

Meanwhile, Republicans tried to craft a viable response as outrage among the conservatives boils.

Ferguson church offering safety and faith if chaos erupts

Greater St. Mark Family Church is one of a network poised to help.

How a bill really becomes a law, courtesy of ‘Saturday Night Live’

THE FIX | SNL mocked the president’s executive order with a parody of “Schoolhouse Rock!”

Agency that few Americans use draws controversy

Contractors fear shift to outside staffing firms could cut workers and international programming at VOA.

Rising temperatures raise threat of flooding near Buffalo

A roundup of news from across the nation.

Not all Canadian oil from Keystone pipeline will leave U.S.

Not all Canadian oil from Keystone pipeline will leave U.S.

The implication of President Obama’s words is that the United States would act simply as a conveyor belt.

Chicago rally presses for further immigration reform

Those in attendance celebrated Obama’s executive actions but vowed to push Congress to do more.

Seattle mayor pardons Tofurkey

Seattle mayor pardons Tofurkey

The most Seattle thing ever just happened.

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Democrats are ready to go for Clinton. Now she must show she’s ready, too.

Democrats are ready to go for Clinton. Now she must show she’s ready, too.

Much groundwork has been laid for a 2016 campaign, but she’ll need a disciplined strategy.

How the Obama administration handles immigration like it handles marijuana policy

How the Obama administration handles immigration like it handles marijuana policy

In both instances, the Obama administration says it is making a practical choice.

Where people who got green cards in 2013 came from

Where people who got green cards in 2013 came from

By country and continent of birth.

Senators hope ambassador confirmation helps free American woman jailed in Timor-Leste

Stacey Addison, from Oregon, has been held in Timor-Leste since early September for sharing a cab with a man carrying drugs.

Capitol Hill is awash in new blood

Capitol Hill is awash in new blood

Almost half of the 114th Congress has been elected in the four wave elections since 2010.

IRS inspector general finds up to 30,000 of Lois Lerner’s e-mails

IRS inspector general finds up to 30,000 of Lois Lerner’s e-mails

The IRS has said that many of the ex-IRS official’s e-mails were missing because of a hard drive crash in 2011.

Clinton advisers warn against ‘inevitability’

Clinton advisers warn against ‘inevitability’

Her supporters warn that the former secretary of state needs a rationale to run other than that she can win.

Saga of Los Angeles teacher convicted of lewd acts over

The case involved an elementary school teacher convicted of victimizing more than 80 students.

Since Ferguson shooting, officer Darren Wilson has left little trace

Since Ferguson shooting, officer Darren Wilson has left little trace

In the months since he fatally shot unarmed teen Michael Brown, he’s been someone that almost everybody has an opinion on and almost nobody has seen.

President Obama makes symbolic appearance in Nevada

President Obama makes symbolic appearance in Nevada

The president laid out his new plan where he first called for an immigration policy overhaul.

GOP senator calls on Jonathan Gruber to explain Obamacare ‘deceptions’

GOP senator calls on Jonathan Gruber to explain Obamacare ‘deceptions’

The request comes shortly after Republicans reveal that White House inflated the law’s enrollment statistics.

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As Republican governors meet, early screening for possible 2016 hopefuls

As Republican governors meet, early screening for possible 2016 hopefuls

Rarely have so many GOP governors or ex-governors had their eyes on the presidency at once.

7 things you didn’t read today (but should have)

7 things you didn’t read today (but should have)

Immigration, “The Wire” and D.C. being D.C.

QUIZ: Which election does this Hillary Clinton speculation belong to?

QUIZ: Which election does this Hillary Clinton speculation belong to?

As each election passes, it is harder to tell.

The politics of Israel’s security officers

The politics of Israel’s security officers

Why a new letter signed by 106 former Israeli security officials gets to the critical issue of the balance of power between civilians and military or security officials in a democracy.

7 charts that explain the undocumented immigrant population

7 charts that explain the undocumented immigrant population

A vast and diverse group, by the numbers.

Federal officials issue new code of conduct for police highway seizures

Federal officials issue new code of conduct for police highway seizures

The guidance is meant to help curb the number of questionable civil seizures of cash and property from motorists amid a federal civil-rights lawsuit.

How America’s immigrants came to be “huddled masses yearning to breathe free“

About the poem and the statue and the debate over immigration.

What states to shop in if you want to pay a lower sales tax

What states to shop in if you want to pay a lower sales tax

Tennessee has the highest sales tax rate in the country.

Why Barack Obama should go to Ferguson

Why Barack Obama should go to Ferguson

The president’s presence might prevent an outbreak of violence after the grand jury’s decision is announced

White House new pastry chef ‘will continue to tend the White House bee hive’

White House new pastry chef ‘will continue to tend the White House bee hive’

Susan E. “Susie” Morrison will be the first woman to hold the job.

Two Obama political ambassador nominees finally get their vote

Two Obama political ambassador nominees finally get their vote

Two mega-bundlers for Obama who bungled their confirmation hearings will get a vote after Thanksgiving.

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Republicans react to Obama's immigration plan

Republicans react to Obama's immigration plan

Republicans are incensed by President Obama’s plan to defer deportations for four million undocumented immigrants. Here’s how Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio), Rep. Steve King (R-Iowa), Sens. Ted Cruz (R-Tex.), Tom Coburn (R-Okla.) and Jeff Sessions (R-Ala.) reacted after learning the details.

Tunisia’s post-parliamentary election hangover

Tunisia’s post-parliamentary election hangover

Tunisia’s parliamentary election and upcoming presidential election offer the prospect of a peaceful transfer of power through the ballot box. However, there are unresolved questions about Nidaa Tunis.

Minn., N.C. are the Best States in America

Minn., N.C. are the Best States in America

They do more to deliver Thanksgiving dinner to your table than anyone else.

How members of Congress (and actual Americans) refer to immigrants

How members of Congress (and actual Americans) refer to immigrants

A comparison of three different terms.

The undocumented immigrant population explained, in 7 maps

The undocumented immigrant population explained, in 7 maps

A look at the population President Obama is hoping to address, at least in part.

Gruber’s TGIF: A Rand Paul meme and an Issa invite

Gruber’s TGIF: A Rand Paul meme and an Issa invite

Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) calls Jonathan Gruber to talk about Obamacare transparency. And Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) makes a meme.

Every governor of a border state tweeted about Obama’s immigration action except New Mexico’s Susana Martinez

Every governor of a border state tweeted about Obama’s immigration action except New Mexico’s Susana Martinez

What the nation’s governors and governors-elect of states that border Mexico said following Obama’s speech.

Oregon’s GMO labeling measure may be headed for a recount

Oregon’s GMO labeling measure may be headed for a recount

Fewer than 1,500 votes currently separate support from opposition.