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About half the 11 million illegal immigrants living in the US will be eligible to apply for relief after President Obamas executive order. Who are they? Where do they live? Can public and private agencies handle a massive new workload if it materializes? Also, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel steps down, and possible new rules for unmanned drones have leaked from the FAA after six years of study.  Google, Amazon and other big-time developers are not happy.

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Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel Steps Down 6 MIN, 30 SEC

Today at the White House, President Obama announced he’s accepted the resignation of Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel. But, despite words of mutual respect and admiration, it appears that policy differences between the White House and the Pentagon forced Hagel to step down. 

Those spoken of as most likely to replace Hagel are former Undersecretary of Defense Michèle Flournoy; former Deputy Secretary of Defense Ashton Carter; and Rhode Island Senator Jack Reed.

Julian Barnes covers the Pentagon for the Wall Street Journal.

Julian Barnes, Wall Street Journal (@julianbarnes)

Unilateral Immigration Reform: A Dream or a Nightmare? 34 MIN, 33 SEC

President Obama has outraged Congress with his executive order delaying deportation for up to five million illegal immigrants, but that controversial action may be easier to order than implement. Immigrants who’ve spent years avoiding detection may not have proof that they qualify. Since relief will be only temporary, many may not apply — but if they do, immigration officials could well be overwhelmed, and Republicans won’t just withhold legislative or financial support, they’ll be waiting to pounce on evidence of lax oversight or possible fraud.  Will cities, states and nonprofit groups be willing or able to pick up the slack?

Alan Gomez, USA Today (@alangomez)
Clarissa Martínez de Castro, UnidosUS (@WeAreUnidosUS)
Karthick Ramakrishnan, University of California, Riverside (@karthickr)
Jeffrey Passel, Pew Research Center (@pewresearch)

President Obama defends executive action on immigration on ABC’s ‘This Week’
Migration Policy Institute on estimates of executive action for unauthorized immigrants
Gomez on how Obama’s immigration action will weigh on GOP in 2016 race
National Council of La Raza on administrative relief
Pew Hispanic Center on who will benefit most from Obama’s executive action
Pew Hispanic Center on where unauthorized immigrant populations rose, fell

How High Will They Fly? A Peek at New Drone Rules 8 MIN, 49 SEC

While an industry has been growing behind the development of unmanned drones, the Federal Aviation Administration has been drawing up rules for what’s already “the busiest, most complex airspace system in the world.” After six years, its preliminary work is expected soon, but elements are beginning to leak out. The industry is not happy. One advocate for drone makers and innovators — including Google and Amazon — says new rules leaked from the FAA are, “so divorced from the technology and the aspirations of this industry…that we’re going to see a loud rejection.” That’s according to Jack Nicas, who covers aviation for the Wall Street Journal.

Jack Nicas, Wall Street Journal (@jacknicas)

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