Obama to shield 5 million from deportation . . . The executive actions will cover 4 million undocumented immigrants who would qualify for deferred deportations by using criteria such as longevity in the United States and family ties, according to sources briefed on the discussions. An additional 1 million would receive protection through other means, two sources said.
There will be no special protections for farm workers or parents of Dreamers because there were concerns about those pieces clearing the legal bars, sources said. But, administration officials said in their calls, many people who fall into those categories would qualify if they have children who are U.S. citizens or legal permanent residents. Politico
Half oppose Obama action . . . Forty-eight percent oppose Obama taking executive action on immigration — which could come as soon as later this week — while 38 percent support it; another 14 percent have no opinion or are unsure. NBC News
Conservatives Demand strong response . . . Conservatives say that Republican leaders, including House Speaker John Boehner and incoming Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, will be “complicit” in President Barack Obama’s planned executive amnesty if they don’t pull out all the stops to block him. They warn that chaos is around the corner if that’s how it goes down, even though they’d much rather have Republican leaders fight the president alongside them. Breitbart
Shutdown might not be so bad for GOP . . . “We went down the government-shutdown route before, and the results didn’t hurt the Republicans at all,” says Rick Tyler, a onetime spokesman for former House Speaker Newt Gingrich. “Republicans got reelected to the majority.” National Journal
Networks refuse to air the speech . . . The White House is exasperated with the major broadcast networks – ABC, CBS and NBC — for skipping out on President Barack Obama’s Thursday primetime address on his executive actions on immigration. Politico
White House might negotiate . . . White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest today did not rule out negotiating with the GOP if Republicans move to bar funding for the implementation of President Obama’s upcoming executive order on immigration. White House Dossier
Texas to sue Obama . . . Texas Attorney General and Gov.-elect Greg Abbott says he will sue President Barack Obama on behalf of his state as soon as Obama announces that he is taking executive action and granting legal status to millions of illegal immigrants. Newsmax
Taxpayers pay $300K for Obama to attend wedding . . . Obama’s decision to return home from a trip instead of staying in Westchester, NY, where the wedding of MSNBC host Alex Wagner was to take place, cost taxpayers an extra $300,000. Judicial Watch.
Obama would have stayed local if he was able to arrange golf, but he couldn’t so he flew back to Washington to relax and then returned to Westchester.
Will: Obama best GOP recruitment tool since Reagan . . . “Barack Obama once said that he wanted to be as consequential in his own way as Ronald Reagan was. He is in this sense: he is the greatest builder of the Republican Party since Ronald Reagan,” Will said. Daily Caller
Gruber loses Vermont contract . . . A spokesman for Vermont Gov. Peter Shumlin said Wednesday that the state would no longer pay the ObamaCare architect. “As the Governor and I have said, the comments by Mr. Gruber are offensive, inappropriate and do not reflect the thinking of this administration or how we do things in Vermont,” Lawrence Miller, said Wednesday in a statement. Fox News
Christie: Shutdown talk “hysteria” . . . At the opening of the annual Republican Governors Association meeting here on Wednesday, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie said talk of a potential shutdown amounts to “hysteria” and “people looking to make news.” The outgoing RGA chairman said it is “incumbent upon everyone in Washington, D.C., to do their job.” Politico