Lauren Fox

Lauren Fox is a reporter at Talking Points Memo.

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The Obama administration urged members of Congress Monday to stop criticizing Obama's strategy against the Islamic State and instead funnel their frustration into passing an Authorization to Use Military Force (AUMF).

“For more than a year, Congress has been AWOL on their responsibility to pass an Authorization for the Use of Military Force, which would demonstrate to our allies and to our enemies that the U.S. is united in its efforts to degrade and ultimately destroy ISIL," White House Spokesman Josh Earnest said according to a report in the Hill.

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The Obama administration announced Monday it was taking steps to crack down on security shortcomings in the visa waiver program that allows visitors from 38 countries around the world to come to the U.S. with ease.

While much of the American political scrutiny after the Paris terrorist attacks has revolved around the dangers of admitting Syrian refugees, many of the attackers in Paris were citizens of Western countries who would have been eligible to travel to the U.S. without much scrutiny. Refugees, meanwhile, undergo a rigorous background check process that can take up to two years. Democrats in Congress tried to refocus legislative changes from barring refugees to increasing scrutiny on the visa waiver program.

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New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R) said in a Tuesday appearance on Fox News that he couldn't recall ever saying that he was first "energized" to get into state politics after Republican legislators tried to repeal the state's assault weapons ban.

But the original statement Christie released when he announced his unsuccessful state Senate bid in 1993 said exactly that, according to NJ.com.

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Fort Hood shooter Nidal Malik Hasan was a U.S. citizen. Faisal Shahzad, the man who attempted to detonate a car bomb in New York City's Times Square, was a naturalized U.S. citizen. And Mohammod Youssef Abdulazeez, the terrorist who fatally shot four marines this year at a recruiting office in Chattanooga, Tennessee, also was a naturalized U.S. citizen.

What none of the country's attackers since Sept. 11, 2001 have been is a refugee, according to a striking graphic published Wednesday by The New York Times.

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Facing an onslaught of criticism from the immigrant community as well as former Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley's presidential campaign, Clinton said Tuesday during an online Facebook event that she will no longer refer to immigrants who enter the the country illegally or overstay their visas as "illegal immigrants."

"That was a poor choice of words," Clinton said in response to a question about the words "illegal immigrant." According to a Yahoo News report, the question came from immigration activist Jose Antonio Vargas who has been rallying candidates to think more carefully about their use of the phrase. "As I’ve said throughout this campaign, the people at the heart of this issue are children, parents, families, DREAMers. They have names, and hopes and dreams that deserve to be respected."

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