Republicans confront their own worst enemy

Speaker of the House John Boehner (R-Ohio). (Getty)

President Obama’s action on immigration sparked an immediate and widening rebellion among tea party lawmakers that could threaten the GOP’s hopes of stable governance and appealing to a wider electorate.

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Obama's immigration plan, by the numbers

Obama's immigration plan, by the numbers

President Obama announced new action to delay the deportation of about 4 million undocumented immigrants living in the U.S. Here are some numbers to know about immigration.

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Officer in Ferguson shooting unlikely to return to job

The chief’s comments mark a reversal after he indicated that Darren Wilson would return if not indicted.

For immigration activist, a presidential shout-out

For immigration activist, a presidential shout-out

Astrid Silva came from Mexico at age 4 and is now earning her third degree, President Obama said in his speech.

Obama acts on immigration; overhaul shields 4 million from deportation

Obama acts on immigration; overhaul shields 4 million from deportation

The president sought to convince Americans that his plans to change immigration laws were well within the precedent set by other administrations and did not amount to amnesty.

As Ferguson decision nears, St. Louis area teens fear eruption of civil unrest

As Ferguson decision nears, St. Louis area teens fear eruption of civil unrest

Some schools gave out homework packets in case of closings in the aftermath of the announcement.

Winners and losers in Obama’s immigration changes

Winners and losers in Obama’s immigration changes

Most details have yet to be announced, but the White House has provided a general overview.

Obama’s evolution on immigration

Obama’s evolution on immigration

The president was initially skeptical of his ability to take unilateral action.

Homeland Security chief issues letter on Obama’s immigration action

Homeland Security chief issues letter on Obama’s immigration action

Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson on Thursday circulated a letter about President Obama’s planned immigration action to his department.

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Obama to illegal immigrants: 'You can come out of shadows'

Obama to illegal immigrants: 'You can come out of shadows'

During his speech on immigration reform, President Obama called on illegal immigrants to "come out of the shadows" and "get right with the law."

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Obama's full speech on immigration plan

Obama's full speech on immigration plan

In a prime-time address on Thursday President Obama announced his plan to use his executive authority on immigration policy, protecting millions of illegal immigrants from deportation.

Obama acts on immigration; overhaul shields 4 million from deportation

Obama acts on immigration; overhaul shields 4 million from deportation

The president sought to convince Americans that his plans to change immigration laws were well within the precedent set by other administrations and did not amount to amnesty.

Transcript: Obama’s immigration speech

Transcript: Obama’s immigration speech

A transcript of President Obama’s address on immigration.

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A diverse group tunes in to Obama

A diverse group tunes in to Obama

Immigrants from many nations have a vested interest in the president’s executive order.

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Rep. Chaffetz seeks to fire ‘bad apples’ in federal workforce

Rep. Chaffetz seeks to fire ‘bad apples’ in federal workforce

Chaffetz, incoming committee chair, wants to make it easier to fire feds and tax delinquent staffers.

Conservatives rebel against donor Sheldon Adelson’s gambling agenda

Conservatives rebel against donor Sheldon Adelson’s gambling agenda

The casino magnate wants to ban Internet gambling, but some in the GOP say that violates states’ rights.

Senate clears more ambassadors, judges

Senate clears more ambassadors, judges

The Senate takes off for Thanksgiving after confirming a goodly number of ambassadors and judges.

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Obama's speech on immigration in three minutes

Obama's speech on immigration in three minutes

Here are the highlights from President Obama's speech on immigration, in which he outlined his executive action to shield four million illegal immigrants from deportation.

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

Immigration, immigration and immigration.

Rep. Chaffetz says fire federal ‘bad apples’

Rep. Chaffetz says fire federal ‘bad apples’

Incoming House committee chairman wants federal managers to have expedited authority to fire “bad apples.“

Ted Cruz goes Peak Senate in opposition to Emperor Obama

Ted Cruz goes Peak Senate in opposition to Emperor Obama

A floor speech adapted from Cicero hits a new level of odd.

When Congress sues the President, it’s likely to fail

When Congress sues the President, it’s likely to fail

Boehner’s lawsuit against Obama faces big challenges.

Rand Paul says he’s Congress’s biggest defender of minority rights. What?

Rand Paul says he’s Congress’s biggest defender of minority rights. What?

Rep. John Lewis (D-Ga.) might have something to say about that.

Colleges face questions about undocumented students

Colleges face questions about undocumented students

President Obama’s actions underscore issues about applications for admissions and financial aid.

Tenn.’s Haslam to chair Republican governor’s group

Tenn.’s Haslam to chair Republican governor’s group

New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez will serve as vice chair.

Massachusetts town backs off tobacco ban after public outcry

Massachusetts town backs off tobacco ban after public outcry

The ban would have been the first of its kind in the country.

Understanding how Americans feel about immigration, in 7 easy charts

How to sort through the sea of ranging poll numbers.

Lawmaker: Delayed notification of postal hacking ‘doesn’t fly’

Lawmaker: Delayed notification of postal hacking ‘doesn’t fly’

Rep. Stephen Lynch said Congress may need to consider legislation that would force agencies to notify employees immediately when their information is compromised.

Nevada’s next Assembly speaker is very bad news for Brian Sandoval

Nevada’s next Assembly speaker is very bad news for Brian Sandoval

Nevada could soon become the next North Carolina.

Nevada’s new Assembly speaker has a long history of controversial comments about women, blacks and gays

Ira Hansen has lamented, among other things, “the cult of negro worship” around Martin Luther King, Jr.

Brown, Napolitano feud over proposed tuition hike

Brown, Napolitano feud over proposed tuition hike

A hike would violate an agreement that could direct hundreds of millions to the UC and CSU systems.

The behavioral economics of international diplomacy

The behavioral economics of international diplomacy

The personal characteristics of diplomats influence what types of international agreements they prefer.

How a key Obamacare enrollment number slipped below the 7 million mark without anyone knowing

How a key Obamacare enrollment number slipped below the 7 million mark without anyone knowing

The administration started blending two numbers that used to be distinct.

Utah looking to bring back firing squad as method for execution because it can’t get the drugs for lethal injection

Utah looking to bring back firing squad as method for execution because it can’t get the drugs for lethal injection

The company that makes the drug cocktail in lethal injections won’t sell to the United States, so Utah lawmakers are looking into other options.

GOP leaders worried about overreaction among members

GOP leaders worried about overreaction among members

Debate over the president’s move tests whether Republicans can contain some unhelpful passions.

Sharing abortion stories at Speakout aims to reduce shame and stigma

Sharing abortion stories at Speakout aims to reduce shame and stigma

Abortion doesn’t have to be a secret you carry to the grave: More than 100 women share their stories at a Speakout.