Lerner warned Congress might read emails . . . Newsmax
Former IRS supervisor Lois Lerner emailed colleagues urging them to be careful about what they put in their own messages because the information could be discovered by congressional investigators.
Obama resists calls to go to border . . . Washington Post
After meeting with Texas Gov. Rick Perry, President Obama said he’s “not interested in photo ops,” as pressure mounted to witness the crisis caused by an influx of tens of thousands of foreign children.
Obama hits GOP on immigration . . . Politico
Obama on Wednesday called on Congress to swiftly approve nearly $4 billion meant to address the influx of child migrant and hit House Republicans for failing to pass an immigration reform bill.
Perry: Not sure Obama heard my advice . . . Newsmax
Obama said he has no philosophical disagreements with Texas Gov. Rick Perry’s advice on solving the border crisis, but Perry says he isn’t so sure the president heard him.
Hagel: Extremists pose “imminent” threat . . . Newsmax
Sunni Muslim extremists on a land-grab and terror rampage in Iraq are an “imminent” threat to the United States and “every stabilized country on earth,” Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel warns.
Conservatives oppose impeachment . . . The Hill
They argue an impeachment trial would be a doomed effort, with a Democratic Senate, that could hurt Republicans in the midterm elections.
Boehner suit faces legal hurdles . . . Bloomberg
Legal scholars say Republicans will have to clear a high hurdle to get the judiciary to rule on whether the executive branch abused its authority.
Purchases of Obama’s books wane . . . Washington Times
Obama took a big hit financially last year because of plummeting book sales that cut into his royalties, but he still has his State Department as a customer.
Obama’s secret ocean policies under fire . . . Fox News
The Obama administration is using its “phone and pen” method of governing by executive action to push its agenda and extend its powers in a huge new area: the Pacific Ocean.
Julian Castro confirmed to lead HUD . . . Politico
The Senate voted Wednesday to confirm San Antonio Mayor Julián Castro as secretary of Housing and Urban Development, putting the rising political star in the middle of the thorny debate over housing policy and providing him with a platform to boost his national profile.
Sen. Coburn: Price tag for VA “ludicrous” . . . Newsmax
The Congressional Budget Office has said that providing such care would cost an additional $54 billion.
Udall snubs Obama at own fundraiser . . . Associated Press
Colorado Democratic Sen. Mark Udall opted to work in Washington while the president, whose poll ratings hover around 40 percent in Colorado, headlined a fundraiser on his behalf in Denver.
Paul starts to build lead over rivals . . . Newsmax
Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul has pulled ahead of the crowded pack of Republican presidential contenders and has 20 percent support for the first time, Zogby Analytics said.