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President Barack Obama speaks in the Roosevelt Room of the White House in Washington, Wednesday, Nov. 25, 2015, to brief the public on the nation's homeland security posture heading into the holiday season, following meeting with his national security team. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

Obama uses Thanksgiving address to scold Americans over Syrian refugees

Dubbing the Pilgrims the country's first refugees, President Obama used his weekly radio address Thursday to chide his fellow Americans for their reluctance to accept Syrian refugees and to insist that the U.S. has a duty to accept them and other immigrants. Published November 26, 2015

Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., speaks to the media following a visit to The King Center Monday, Nov. 23, 2015, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/David Goldman)

Google deems Bernie Sanders' economic plan a 'phishing scam'

Democratic presidential hopeful Bernard Sanders' economic plan triggered Gmail's "phishing scam" antenna, with the mail system saying the senator's liberal campaign promises -- including lower prescription drug prices and free college for all -- sound like frauds. Published November 25, 2015

A group of immigrants from Honduras and El Salvador is stopped in Granjeno, Texas, after crossing the U.S.-Mexico border illegally. (Associated Press)

Illegal immigrant children, non-Mexicans surge across border at record rate

The Southwest border has broken open in recent weeks, with non-Mexicans -- and illegal immigrant children in particular -- crossing at a record rate in October, according to Border Patrol statistics that suggest the administration's victory lap earlier this year was premature. Published November 22, 2015

President Obama, greeting Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr. before delivering his the State of the Union address, as a member of the Senate in 2005 voted against confirming the justice who would deliver the decisive vote in favor of his health care act. (Associated Press)

Obama administration asks Supreme Court to approve executive amnesty

The Justice Department asked the Supreme Court to reinstate President Obama's deportation amnesty Friday, filing papers appealing a federal appeals court's decision blocking the amnesty exactly a year after the program was first announced. Published November 20, 2015

Obama actions shield most illegals from deportation even as courts stall amnesty

President Obama's marquee deportation amnesty has been stalled by the courts, but the rest of his executive actions on immigration, announced exactly a year ago, are moving forward -- including his move protecting more than 80 percent of illegal immigrants from any danger of deportation. Published November 19, 2015

House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy of Calif., left, and House Majority Whip Steve Scalise of La., stride from the House chamber on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, Nov. 18, 2015, as House Republicans work on legislation aimed at increasing screenings for Syrian and Iraqi refugees before they enter the U.S., including a new requirement for FBI background checks. (Associated Press) **FILE**

House defies Obama, votes to 'pause' Syrian refugees

Distrust with President Obama's approach to terrorism boiled over Thursday as a bipartisan House voted overwhelmingly to "pause" his plans to resettle 10,000 Syrian refugees in the U.S. this year. Published November 19, 2015

President Obama this week has tried to rally refugee and immigrant-rights advocates to his defense, saying the U.S. has a moral obligation to take some of the millions of refugees who have fled a brutal civil war in Syria that the president has been unable to stop. (Associated Press)

Obama's Syrian refugee push at odds with security-first stance on Bush Dubai Ports deal

President Obama's rising indignation at opponents of his open-door Syrian refugee policy is all the more striking because a decade ago he was one of those opponents, chastising then-President George W. Bush for trying to speed through a deal to transfer operations of major U.S. ports to a company from a predominantly Muslim country. Published November 18, 2015

People wait in line to enter the migrant and refugee registration camp in Moria, on the island of Lesbos, Greece, in this Nov. 4, 2015, file photo. (AP Photo/Marko Drobnjakovic, File)

Honduras stops Syrians with fake passports headed for U.S.: report

Police in Honduras have detained five Syrians they said were trying to reach the U.S. using stolen Greek passports, Reuters reported Wednesday in another development likely to hurt President Obama's efforts to welcome Syrian refugees. Published November 18, 2015

Chicago council votes to welcome Syrian refugees

Chicago's city council voted Wednesday to welcome Syrian refugees to their city, passing a resolution that, while nonbinding, is meant to push back against the growing number of governors who have said they'll try to refuse resettlement. Published November 18, 2015

A sign welcoming Syrian refugees is placed at the entrance to the office of the Arizona governor during a rally at the Arizona Capitol Tuesday, Nov. 17, 2015, in Phoenix.   Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey has joined a growing number of governors calling for an immediate halt to the placement of any new refugees in the wake of terrorist attacks in Paris.  The U.S. State Department says Arizona has received 153 Syrian refugees so far this year. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)

House introduces bill to 'pause' Syrian refugees

Homeland Security, the FBI and the intelligence community would have to sign off on every Syrian refugee President Obama wants to bring to the U.S. under a bill House Republicans introduced Wednesday and are speeding toward a vote later this week. Published November 18, 2015

President Obama deployed top officials to Capitol Hill, set up calls to brief the press and had aides try to win back support from dozens of governors who said they would do everything in their power to stymie the president's attempts to resettle Syrians in their states. (Associated Press)

Obama stands firm on Syrian refugee plan amid rising opposition

Administration officials and charities that aid refugees fought a feverish rearguard action Tuesday to defend President Obama's plans to bring 10,000 Syrian refugees to the U.S. this year, but with opposition building, Republicans and even a key Democrat said it may be time for the White House to hit "pause." Published November 17, 2015

Sen. Tom Cotton, Arkansas Republican, said the increasing worldwide threat posed by the Islamic State, as evidenced by last week's deadly Paris attacks, shows the U.S. needs to continue build data collection efforts to head off any future attacks. (Associated Press)

GOP tries to keep phone snooping

A Republican senator launched a last-ditch effort to save the NSA's phone-snooping program Tuesday, introducing legislation that would force the Obama administration to keep collecting and storing Americans' phone data until the government can prove its replacement program is as effective. Published November 17, 2015