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Unilateral changes: As promised, the White House unveiled President Obama’s new immigration plan – one that shields five million undocumented immigrants. The executive order is the most sweeping overhaul of the immigration system in decades and comes despite Republican claims he is acting illegally by making the unilateral move. Obama rejected conservative accusations that he is offering a free pass to undocumented immigrants and warned in his prime-time address that he would boost border security and make it harder for unauthorized outsiders to get into the country. Republicans are hopping mad and the president’s decision won’t do anything to thaw chilly relations on Capitol Hill.


Yikes: Well, here’s a comforting thought. China and “probably one or two other” countries have the capacity to shut down the U.S. power grid and other critical infrastructure through a cyber attack, the head of the National Security Agency told a Congressional panel yesterday. Adm. Michael Rogers didn’t name the other countries, but Russia is also believed to be part of the club. The United States has detected malware from China and elsewhere on U.S. computers systems that affect the daily lives of every American. Cyber security experts predict that computer hacks will likely cause major security and financial damage in the next decade.


Interesting timing: Sources tell CNN that Ferguson, Missouri, Police Officer Darren Wilson is in the final stages of negotiations with city officials to resign. Wilson is the white officer who shot and killed Michael Brown, an unarmed black teen, back in August, sparking violent protests. Wilson could announce as soon as today his resignation plans, the same day a St. Louis County grand jury meets to deliberate and possibly decide on an indictment. The talks could still collapse, the sources close to the talks say.

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