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OBAMA AGENDA: How it played.

Headlines from around the country in the wake of the president’s immigration address:

Here's a roundup of Thursday night's speech, from one of us(!): "President Barack Obama on Thursday announced broad executive action to offer temporary relief from deportation to millions of undocumented immigrants, saying that the separation of families or the oppression of low-wage immigrant workers is "not who we are as Americans."

The New York Times lede: "President Obama chose confrontation over conciliation on Thursday as he asserted the powers of the Oval Office to reshape the nation’s immigration system and all but dared members of next year’s Republican-controlled Congress to reverse his actions on behalf of millions of immigrants."

Could Republicans defund the president's immigration order? As Luke Russert writes, at least one prominent Republican says no.

POLITICO reports on how DHS secretary Jeh Johnson took on a key role in shepherding the immigration order.

The Wall Street Journal's take: "President Barack Obama ’s move to offer legal-worker status to several million undocumented immigrants will send unpredictable ripples through the U.S. economy, prompting many to seek higher-paying jobs and heightening competition for positions in a number of sectors, economists say."

Nugget from the New York Times: "Congressional leaders were privately relieved that many Republicans had left Washington for the Thanksgiving holiday before Mr. Obama announced plans for his address, reducing the availability of anti-immigration conservatives for cable-television bookers seeking reactions. But Mr. (Steve) King purposely stayed: “I decided in an instant,” he told reporters."

Yesterday's health care dustup, via the Wall Street Journal: "The Obama administration said it recently overstated how many people had paid-up health coverage through the Affordable Care Act’s insurance exchanges because of the incorrect inclusion of dental coverage sign-ups, marking an embarrassing disclosure as the health-care markets open for their second year of operation."

Notes the AP: "US, Turkey still not in sync on Syria"

OFF TO THE RACES: Can’t buy love

Writes POLITICO: “Money can’t buy Christie love: Christie finds thanks, but little 2016 support from fellow governors”

LOUISIANA: Here's Bill Cassidy's statement on the president's immigration move: "President Obama is exceeding his Constitutional authority, harming relationships with Congress and with the American people. The President doesn’t care that a majority of Americans, including Louisiana families, oppose illegal immigration. He also doesn’t care about offending generations of law-abiding immigrants who followed the law to earn their legal status. I will continue to oppose amnesty and push to secure our borders. The President is being irresponsible; we in Congress must be responsible."

Landrieu is out with an ad poking fun at Cassidy's attempts to sound "cool."

WISCONSIN: The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel ribs Walker a little for his high national profile shortly after re-election. "The GOP governor is acknowledging to out-of-state media what he has mostly downplayed in Wisconsin over the past two weeks and, in some sense, the past two years: He's actively exploring whether to run for the Republican nomination for president in 2016."


***Friday's "News Nation with Tamron Hall" line-up: Tamron Hall interviews a dreamer Noemi Romero and Attorney/USA Today Columnist Raul Reyes on President Obama’s immigration announcement

*** Friday’s “Andrea Mitchell Reports” lineup: Andrea will interview MSNBC’s Jose Diaz-Balart, NBC’s Chuck Todd, Pete Williams and Sarah Dallof, Voto Latino Pres. and CEO Maria Teresa Kumar, Dreamer Astrid Silva and we’ll air Andrea’s interview with NBC’s Tom Brokaw on receiving the Presidential Medal of Freedom award Monday.

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