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Obama doesn't expect to see an immigration bill

ABOARD AIR FORCE ONE — President Obama said Wednesday that there "may not be an appetite" in Congress to deal with immigration immediately after going through a tough legislative year.

With energy legislation on the table and midterm elections approaching, Obama said he didn't want to force an immigration bill through Congress "just for the sake of politics." Still, he said discussions on the issue must move forward in a way that can garner the support of the American people.

"We've gone though a very tough year and I've been working Congress very hard, so I know there may not be an appetite immediately to dive into another controversial issue," the president told reporters aboard Air Force One returning with him to Washington from a Midwest trip.

Wind power project OK'd off Cape Cod

WASHINGTON — In a decision that could boost development of wind power nationwide, Interior Secretary Ken Salazar on Wednesday approved a controversial offshore wind project off Cape Cod — potentially the first coastal installation of its kind in the United States.

The decision to grant a federal permit to the Cape Wind project was a victory for green-power advocates over local opponents, most of whom are concerned about effects on scenery, fishing and — in the case of some American Indians — intrusion into areas traditionally considered sacred.

Approval comes after nine years of government reviews, and is expected to encourage action on a host of similar projects along the Atlantic and Gulf coasts, as well as in the Great Lakes.

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