President Obama said at a White House news conference Thursday that Russia is to blame for the violence in eastern Ukraine. Larry Downing /Reuters /Landov hide caption

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Attorney General Eric Holder talks with Ferguson, Mo., residents Angela Whitman (left) and Jill Richards on Wednesday at Drake's Place Restaurant about issues surrounding the shooting of Michael Brown. J.B. Forbes/MCT/Landov hide caption

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President Obama said Wednesday that the extremist group that carried out the beheading of U.S. journalist James Foley engages in "cowardly acts of violence" and "has no place in the 21st century." Kevin Lamarque/Reuters/Landov hide caption

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President Obama speaks during a press conference at the White House on Monday about the situation in Iraq and the ongoing violence in Ferguson, Mo. Win McNamee/Getty Images hide caption

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President Barack Obama upbraided Congress Friday, saying that lawmakers haven't done enough to help America's economic recovery. Brendan Smialowski/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Speaking about the need for congressional action on immigration, President Obama told a crowd at the Paramount Theatre in Austin, Texas, on Thursday that he would "love it if the Republicans did stuff too." Jack Plunkett/AP hide caption

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Immigrants who entered the U.S. illegally stand in line for bus tickets after their release in June from a U.S. Customs and Border Protection processing facility in McAllen, Texas. Eric Gay/AP hide caption

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President Obama greets a woman at Wazee Supper Club in Denver on Tuesday. He was in Colorado this week speaking about the economy and raising money for congressional candidates. Jacquelyn Martin/AP hide caption

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