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  • Women from Honduras traveling with their children are stopped by U.S. Customs and Border Protection Services agents after crossing the Rio Grande near McAllen, Texas. About 90 Hondurans a day cross illegally into the U.S. from Mexico. (associated press)

    Obama seeks brisk passage of border children funding bill

    President Obama's new $3.7 billion border spending request will pay for schooling, health care and lawyers for the unaccompanied illegal immigrant children surging across the border.

  • President Barack Obama speaks at a news conference after meeting with Gov. Rick Perry in Dallas about immigration on Wednesday, July 9, 2014. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

    Obama has worked around Congress more than 40 times this year, promises more to come

    Since declaring 2014 to be a "year of action," President Obama has taken more than 40 executive actions, bypassing Congress on economic matters, efforts to reduce U.S. carbon emissions, plans to make higher education more affordable and on a host of other issues.

  • (Screen grab from Kendall Jones' Facebook)

    Va. Democrat reportedly seeks nude shots of Kendall Jones

    A self-described liberal Democratic candidate for Congress in Virginia is asking his followers on social media to help him target a young cheerleader who has been at the center of internet controversy in recent weeks.

  • U.S. Interior Secretary Sally Jewell, left, tours the Harris Neck National Wildlife Refuge in Townsend, Georgia. Despite her actively backing renewal of a conservation fund, experts maintain her efforts may not be legally considered as lobbying. (associated press)

    Lax laws allow Cabinet members to lobby

    Interior Secretary Sally Jewell has been crisscrossing the country this week to drum up local support for the renewal of a conservation fund set to expire at the end of September. She's announced new preservation efforts and visited the home states of congressional conservatives who have resisted the new spending.

  • House Speaker John Boehner, right, has dismissed what he says is President Barack Obama's flippant attitude. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

    GOP to sue Obama first over health care employer mandate

    House Republicans announced Thursday that their first attempt to sue President Obama for breaching the limits of his executive power will be over his decision to exempt businesses from his health care law's employer mandate.

  • Stockman wants House to arrest Lerner over IRS case

    A Republican congressman filed a motion Thursday asking that the House order the arrest of former IRS employee Lois G. Lerner — though it's unlikely to ever come to the floor for a full vote.

  • Sen. Chris Coons, Delaware Democrat and author of a proposal that would repeal parts of the First Amendment, said he is looking to restore balance. (Associated Press)

    Democrats take aim at First Amendment rights

    The Senate Judiciary Committee took the first step Thursday toward repealing part of the First Amendment, giving an early OK to a new amendment that would give government the power to put strict limits on all political campaign spending.

  • ** FILE ** A group of immigrants from Honduras and El Salvador are stopped at the U.S.-Mexico border in Granjeno, Texas. (Associated Press)

    On border quagmire, Obama passes the buck to Congress

    President Obama on Wednesday asked for Congress to give him "flexibility" to deport illegal immigrants from Central America more quickly, saying the solution to the surge of families and children trying to jump the border now lies with Congress, not him.

  • Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., reads the restrictions for visitors to immigration centers during a Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, July 9, 2014. Top Obama administration officials told senators they're struggling to keep up with the surge of immigrants at the Southern border. McCain was upset that the restrictions prevented members of Congress from meeting with detainees or bringing in cell phones. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

    John McCain lambastes DHS for border-rules memo

    Arizona Sen. John McCain blasted DHS officials at a Senate hearing Wednesday for circulating a memo with instructions to restrict members of Congress from taking photos and speaking to children and staff at overburdened border facilities.

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