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Even political enemies are giving German Chancellor Angela Merkel's shuttle diplomacy rave reviews. Will her visits to seven capital cities on two continents in eight days help keep Greece in the Eurozone or lead to peace in Ukraine?

Also, controversy forces a changing of the guard in Oregon, and the possible fate of five million undocumented immigrants since a federal judge put a hold on President Obama's order protecting them from deportation.

Photo: Angela Merkel at the World Economic Forum Annual Meeting 2011 (World Economic Forum)

Controversy Forces Changing of the Guard in Oregon 6 MIN, 30 SEC

Oregon got a new Governor today — three months after re-electing the last one — as Secretary of State Kate Brown took over for John Kitzhaber, who resigned just weeks into his fourth term.  Chris Lehman, Capitol Correspondent for Oregon Public Radio's Northwest News Network, picks up the story.

Chris Lehman, Northwest News Network (@CapitolCurrents)

Obama's Immigration Action Stalls 36 MIN, 59 SEC

Without action by Congress, President Obama ordered protection from deportation for some five million undocumented immigrants. Today, some 250,000 would have been eligible to apply for work permits.  But yesterday, Federal Judge Andrew Hanen imposed a delay.  President Obama reacted by announcing, "I think the law is on our side and history is on our side, and we are going to appeal it. For those who are now wondering whether or not they should apply, we are going to refer those questions to the Department of Homeland Security, that's already begun the planning process, and we will be prepared to implement this fully as soon as the legal issues get resolved."

Julia Preston, The Marshall Project (@JuliaPrestonNow)
Thomas A. Saenz, Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund (@ThomasASaenz)
Stephen Yale Loehr, Cornell Law School

Preston on the setback to Obama's immigration policy
MALDEF's intervention on behalf of three individuals who could seek deferred action

Immigration Law and Procedure

Stephen Yale Loehr and Charles Gordon

Crisis in Greece and Ukraine Puts Angela Merkel Front and Center 6 MIN, 12 SEC

Last week alone, German Chancellor Angela Merkel travelled 12,000 miles back and forth, visiting leaders in seven national capitals on two continents in just eight days. With Vladimir Putin at one end and Barack Obama at the other, she was trying to keep Greece in the Eurozone and make some kind of peace in Ukraine.  Some observers call Merkel the default leader of the western world.  Is she the right one for the job?

German Chancellor Angela Merkel with Presidents Vladimir Putin of Russia,
François Hollande of France and Petro Poroschenko of Ukraine

Wagstyl on Merkel keeping up the heat on Greece
Bittner on Merkel as the next leader of the free world?

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