Stories We’re Watching: Thursday News Links 7-17-2014

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Here is a collection of some of the stories making the Internet rounds today. Click the links for the full stories.

  • President Barack Obama listened to immigration activists run through a long wish list of executive actions – then added a request of his own. “You’re not going to get me impeached, are you?” Obama said, according to people in a private White House meeting late last month. “Because there’s lots of other things I want to do besides immigration.” Source: POLITICO…
  • With thousands of undocumented immigrant minors crossing the nation’s southern border in recent months, the percentage of Americans citing immigration as the top problem has surged to 17% this month, up from 5% in June, and the highest seen since 2006. As a result, immigration now virtually ties “dissatisfaction with government,” at 16%, as the primary issue Americans think of when asked to name the country’s top problem. Source: Gallup…
  • Potential 2016 Democratic presidential candidates are showing divisions over how to handle the surge of illegal immigrant children, underscoring how quickly the immigration issue has gone from what they thought was a guaranteed political winner to an electoral headache. Source: The Washington Times…
  • Detroit has experienced 37 percent fewer robberies in 2014 than during the same period last year, 22 percent fewer break-ins of businesses and homes, and 30 percent fewer carjackings. Police Chief James Craig attributed the drop to better police work and criminals being reluctant to prey on citizens who may be carrying guns. Source: The Detroit News…
  • During Obamacare’s open enrollment period for the State and Federal health care exchanges, each staff member and volunteer worked with an average of 1.8 people per day, according to a survey of assister programs released by the Kaiser Family Foundation. Source: The Weekly Standard…
  • President Obama will unveil a new federal initiative to help cities and states find private financing for transportation infrastructure during a trip to Delaware on Thursday. The announcement comes as the White House looks to ratchet up pressure on Congress, which this week is debating a short-term fix to the rapidly depleting highway trust fund that underwrites road and mass transit construction. Source: The Hill…
  • A summertime version of the polar vortex will continue to set record low temperatures in the Plains, Midwest and South this week. Autumnlike chill has also extended into the Appalachians, while the air mass has cooled and dried much of the I-95 corridor. Source: AccuWeather…
  • Bob Perciasepe, deputy administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), will resign next month to lead an energy and climate advocacy group, the agency announced Thursday. The Center for Climate and Energy Solutions (C2ES), a nonprofit that advocates for policies that help both energy and the fight against climate change, has named Perciasepe as its new president. Source: The Hill…

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