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President Barack Obama speaks the economy, Iraq, and Ukraine, Thursday, Aug. 28, 2014, in the James Brady Press Briefing Room of the White House in Washington, before convening a meeting with his national security team on the militant threat in Syria and Iraq. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

Obama says immigration action still to come

- The Washington Times

President Obama said Thursday his plans to take unilateral action on immigration were affected by the surge of illegal immigrant children on the southwest border, but he still vowed to move ahead where he can later this year.

The Progressive Change Campaign Committee has aided liberal congressional candidate Bonnie Watson Coleman of New Jersey. (Associated Press)

Tea party rival group propels progressive candidates

- The Washington Times

With a very real chance of being elected to Congress in November, New Jersey Democrat Bonnie Watson Coleman makes no bones about the fact that she’s benefited heavily from a well-organized progressive machine that has begun to rival the tea party in its ability to hand-pick candidates and propel them into office.

** FILE ** Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, right, and his former vice presidential running mate U.S. Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wis., arrive for a dinner at the Union Club on Thursday, Aug. 21, 2014, in Chicago. Ryan is on tour to promote the book as he weighs a presidential campaign of his own. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)

Could Mitt Mania lead to Ryan Renaissance?

- The Washington Times

Mitt Mania continues, with potential: The public rediscovery of Mitt Romney may evolve into a renaissance for Rep. Paul Ryan if time and circumstance are right. But for now, Iowa loves Mr. Romney more than any other Republican: In a field of 14 potential GOP presidential candidates, a USA Today/Suffolk University poll released Wednesday find him in the very far lead.

**FILE** Sen. Tom Coburn, Oklahoma Republican (Associated Press)

Coburn: Did feds illegally skirt Obamacare employer mandate?

- The Washington Times

Sen. Tom Coburn wants to know if the Obama administration violated the law by making it easier for seasonal and temporary workers in the federal government to get health coverage — perhaps so the feds would not be penalized under Obamacare’s “employer mandate.”

Former Republican presidential candidate Rick Santorum will be in a San Diego church Friday for the public premiere of "One Generation Away." (Associated Press)

What time of crisis? Three White House fundraisers this weekend

- The Washington Times

President Obama journeys to the well-heeled countryside of Westchester County, New York, on Friday to attend a pair of “Barbecue with Barack” events for the Democratic National Committee — one quite a substantial party, the other a more intimate “roundtable” affair.

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In this Aug. 26, 2014 photo, a handful of Central American migrants cling to a northbound freight train after jumping aboard outside Arriaga, Mexico. A Mexican crackdown seems to be keeping women and children off the deadly train, known as "The Beast," that has traditionally helped thousands of migrants head north. (AP Photo/Rebecca Blackwell)

Mexico operations thwart child, family migrants

- Associated Press

The largest crackdown by Mexican authorities on illegal migration in decades has decreased the flow of Central American migrants trying to reach the United States, and has dramatically cut the number of child migrants and families, according to officials and eyewitness accounts along the perilous route.

News briefs from around Tennessee at 1:58 a.m. EDT

Associated Press

With Friday's application deadline looming, the field of candidates to become Tennessee's next attorney general includes the incumbent, Republican Gov. Bill Haslam's top legal adviser, a state senator and the administrative director of state courts.

AFL-CIO President Richard L. Trumka praised the National Labor Relations Board's sweeping new rules approved Wednesday that make it easier for unions to gain members at companies that have long rebuffed them. (Associated Press)

Unions distance themselves from Obama economic record

- The Washington Times

The country's largest labor union won't endorse any Democrat who has the same economic team as President Obama and won't be getting behind Hillary Rodham Clinton early in the 2016 presidential race, AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka said Thursday.

Open government groups criticize attorney general

Associated Press

Open government groups are criticizing an opinion by the Rhode Island attorney general's office that a state department could charge a fee for the time it took to write a letter denying a records request.

Obama sets no timeline for action on immigration

- Associated Press

With a self-imposed deadline looming, President Barack Obama said Thursday he still intends to act on his own to change immigration policies but stopped short of reiterating his past vows to act by end of summer.

** FILE ** Sen. Rand Paul, Kentucky Republican. (Associated Press)

Sen. Rand Paul warns against interventionism in Middle East

- The Washington Times

Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky said the United States cannot be the world's police and is warning against listening to the "interventionists" in both parties, as he argues that their approach to the Middle East has "never been good foreign policy" because it is founded in the idea of "shooting first and asking questions later."