Child illegals to get fast track deportation . . . Reuters
The Obama administration plans to give priority to child migrants over adults in deportation hearings as part of a broader initiative to deal with a surge of unaccompanied minors crossing the border illegally.
Percentage on welfare hits record . . . CNS News
The percentage of Americans on welfare in 2011 was the highest yet calculated. The data for 2011 is the most recent in the report.
Obama grabs pizza, plays pool . . . Denver Post
Obama opened his Denver trip Tuesday evening by dining with five Colorado residents who wrote the White House and shared their stories of trying to make it in today’s economy. Then he strolled Lower Downtown, shaking hands and eventually playing pool with Gov. John Hickenlooper.
Obama backs Israel on Gaza . . . Washington Times
Israel’s ambassador to the United States, Ron Dermer, met Tuesday with Obama and offered rare public praise afterward, saying the president afforded “strong support of Israel’s right to defend itself.”
EPA wants to garnish polluter’s wages . . . Washington Times
The EPA has quietly floated a rule claiming authority to bypass the courts and unilaterally garnish paychecks of those accused of violating its rules, a power currently used by agencies such as the IRS.
Journos demand Obama transparency . . . Newsmax
Several key journalists’ groups have written a letter to Obama to complain about the White House’s lack of transparency and its “politically driven suppression of news and information about federal agencies.”
GOP delays Obamacare replacement . . . Examiner
This was to be the month Rep. Eric Cantor kicked off a three-state bus tour to showcase House Republicans’ election year agenda, with a focus on their plans for replacing Obamacare.
Cleveland to host GOP 2016 convention . . . Politico
Cleveland will host the 2016 Republican National Convention after beating out Dallas for the final nod, putting the party’s nomination festivities in a key presidential battleground.
Perry grabs the mic on border crisis . . . Politico
Rick Perry two-stepped his way back into the national spotlight this week, using the crisis at the border to skewer Obama while pumping up his own conservative bona fides.
Christie headed to New Hampshire . . . Politico
New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie will head to New Hampshire later this month, his second trip to the early presidential state in recent weeks as he headlines a state Republican Party fundraiser.
Hillary: Dynasties are good! . . . Newsmax
There’s nothing wrong — or new — with political dynasties in America, where “certain families just have a sense of commitment or even a predisposition to want to be in politics'” she says.