Stories We’re Watching: Friday News Links 7-25-2014

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  • President Barack Obama insisted for years that he had absolutely no legal authority — none whatsoever, zero, zilch — to slow deportations on a broad scale. Forget everything he’s said. Obama’s pledge to use his executive powers by the end of the summer marked both a dramatic reversal in rhetoric and a major strategic shift on immigration. Source: POLITICO…
  • High-ranking U.S. officials said Wednesday that not only are Sunni radicals with the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant “worse than al-Qaida,” but that the group has a message for the president: “We’re coming for you, Barack Obama.” Source: The Washington Times…
  • Top White House political adviser David Simas refused again Friday to honor a congressional subpoena. Oversight and Government Reform Chairman Darrell Issa plans to vote shortly in committee to reject the White House’s claim that Simas has absolute immunity from a subpoena from Congress. Source: Roll Call…
  • Earlier this week, a three-judge panel in the D.C. Circuit Court ruled that Obamacare’s subsidies for private health insurance were limited to state-run health exchanges. One of the law’s architects — at the same time that he was a paid consultant to states deciding whether or not to build their own exchanges — was espousing exactly this interpretation as far back in early 2012, and long before the Halbig suit — the one that was decided this week against the administration — was filed. Source: Reason…
  • First lady Michelle Obama on Thursday night urged Democrats to “dig deep” into their pockets and “write a big fat check” before the midterm elections, but minutes later complained of too much money in politics. Speaking at a party fundraiser in Chicago, Mrs. Obama blasted special interest groups that funnel money to Republicans. “So, yeah, there’s too much money in politics. There’s special interests that have too much influence. But they had all that money and all that influence back in 2008 and 2012 and we still won those elections,” she said. Source: The Washington Times…
  • A bulletin released in March 2014 by the FBI, Department of Homeland Security and the National Counterterrorism Center, obtained this week by Public Intelligence, contains details of a program entitled “Emergency Medical Treatment Presents Opportunity for Discovery of Violent Extremist Activities.” Source: Infowars…
  • Kremlin officials are suggesting that the United States has created fake evidence to implicate pro-Russian separatists in the shooting of Malaysia Airline Flight 17. Source: The Wire…
  • A doctor wounded by a patient in a deadly shooting Thursday afternoon at a suburban hospital campus in Darby, Pa. returned fire and wounded the patient, authorities said. Investigators believe the doctor had his own gun and acted in self-defense, Delaware County District Attorney Jack Whelan said. Source: CBS News…
  • Officers from the University of Arkansas Police Department are searching for clues they hope will lead them to the man who they believe committed a hate crime on campus over the weekend. Authorities said someone made racist comments through an open window to two people inside the Garland House. “This is considered a hate crime,” Capt. Gary Crain said. Source: 40/29 News Arkansas…
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