11/22/2014 07:30 am ET Updated Nov 22, 2014

Finally, 'Emperor' Obama Ends The 'Will-He-Or-Won't-He' Immigration Phase

So, that happened: This week, after several months of "will-he-or-won't he" wonderings, President Barack Obama went ahead on his own and issued new executive actions to fill the space where a comprehensive immigration reform bill should be. We'll sort this out with HuffPost immigration reporter Elise Foley.

Listen to this week's "So That Happened" below:

Some highlights from this week:

"An activist was saying, 'We got the most powerful man in the world to listen to us and to do what we asked him to do.' That just makes them more motivated to keep going forward." -- Elise Foley

Meanwhile, the Senate came one vote shy of approving the Keystone XL pipeline -- all because Sen. Mary Landrieu (D-La.) got the notion that willing the pipeline into existence might rescue her all-but-doomed re-election prospects. HuffPost environmental reporter Kate Sheppard is here with her observations on this strange week in the life of the Keystone debate.

"It doesn't go into Louisiana. It goes into Texas. They like oil and gas in Louisiana, but I don't know that this pipeline is the thing that is going to sell them on Mary Landrieu." -- Kate Sheppard

To which Zach Carter added:

"The oil and gas industry likes it, but not everybody in Louisiana works for Exxon-Mobil."

Finally, have you heard about this CIA torture report? This long-awaited investigation of the troubled period in the War On Terror was supposed to be nearing its release. But that's now in doubt as legislators and the White House fight over redactions. We'll find out what secrets we can with HuffPost's national security reporter Ali Watkins.

"There's always been a lot of questions around it. The issue of publicly releasing parts of the document has obviously inspired everybody to get a lot more angry about it." -- Ali Watkins

This podcast was edited by Ibrahim Balkhy and sound engineered by Brad Shannon, with assistance from Christine Conetta, Chris Gentilviso and Adriana Usero.

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