President Obama, who will act on immigration reform by the end of the year, has not reviewed final administration recommendations on immigration but is aware of the general details in the expected plan, says a senior White House official who is traveling with the President in Myanmar.
"It's not like this is the Academy Awards," said the official, meaning that the contents of the envelope are not a surprise.
Citing his legal authority as chief executive of the United States, Obama said in a press conference in Myanmar Friday that he would act on immigration reform by the end of the year.
The speaker in an audio message posted Thursday on an ISIS social media account claims to be leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi.
He is heard saying the U.S.-led coalition to destroy ISIS is "terrified, weak and powerless." CNN cannot confirm the authenticity of the online message or when it was recorded.
The 17-minute audio says the coalition's effort has been a "failure" and the coalition will be "forced" to "send ground forces to their deaths and destruction."
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Changes are coming: President Obama is ready to act on immigration reform by the end of the year. Speaking during a news conference today in Myanmar with opposition leader and Nobel Peace Prize winner Aung San Suu Kyi, Obama encouraged Congress to act on immigration. He said he told Republican Congressional leadership that he was interested in working on a legislative solution, but without one, he would bypass lawmakers and implement the changes by executive order. Things could get surly, if that happens.