President Barack Obama laid out his plans to take executive action on illegal immigration during a primetime speech on Thursday, touching off a firestorm of public and congressional controversy on the divisive issue.
Following the execution of a third American by the terrorist group known as ISIS, the White House confirmed that President Barack Obama has ordered a review of how the U.S. responds when citizens are taken hostage overseas.
Despite vehement opposition from Republicans, President Barack Obama reiterated his pledge to take executive action on immigration before the end of the year in remarks in Myanmar on Friday. Obama said immigration reform is "way overdue" and pointed out that the GOP-controlled House has had over a year to pass the bipartisan Senate bill.
Paving the way for the first reduction in tariffs by the World Trade Organization in almost twenty years, the U.S. and China have achieved a breakthrough in negotiations on an agreement to eliminate tariffs on high-tech goods.