DOJ investigating missing IRS emails . . . Newsmax
The Justice Department is investigating the circumstances behind the disappearance of Lois Lerner’s emails, part of a broader criminal inquiry into whether the agency had targeted conservative groups.
Cruz’s next fight: Immigration . . . Politico
Texas Sen. Ted Cruz plans to take a hard-line stand that could rile up conservatives.
Dems press Obama on immigrants . . . Associated Press
Democratic opposition increased Wednesday to legal changes that would speed removals of young Central American migrants, jeopardizing President Obama’s call for $3.7 billion to address the crisis.
Dems link border crisis to Holocaust . . . Newsmax
Two Democrats invoked the nation’s history of turning away Jewish refugees near the start of World War II in calling for support for the tens of thousands of illegal immigrants who have been storming the U.S. border in recent months from Central America.
Bergdahl grateful to Obama . . . Reuters
U.S. Army Sergeant Bowe Bergdahl is grateful to Obama for the prisoner exchange that freed him from five years as a captive of the Taliban and wishes for privacy concerning family matters, his attorney said.
Over 500 VA injuries or deaths in 2013 . . . Free Beacon
Veterans Affairs hospitals across the country reported more than 500 incidents last year where patients were gravely injured or died as a result of the care they received.
VA chief: Fix could take $17M, two years . . . Washington Times
It will take two years, 1,500 more doctors and more than $17 billion in taxpayer money to fix the problems plaguing the VA, acting Secretary Sloan Gibson told Congress on Wednesday.
Dems’ Hobby Lobby reversal fails . . . Washington Times
Democrats’ first effort to make political hay out of the Supreme Court’s Hobby Lobby decision fell short Wednesday, victim to a GOP filibuster that leaves the justices’ ruling in place.
CBO: Tax hikes on the way . . . Newsmax
Taxes will slowly but steadily climb over the next 25 years to levels beyond historical averages, affecting Americans at every income level, the Congressional Budget Office warns in a startling new report.
U.S. imposes new sanctions on Russia . . . Reuters
Obama announced the most wide-ranging sanctions yet on the Russian economy, targeting key institutions including Gazprombank and Rosneft Oil Co, as well as other energy and defense companies.
Biden takes swipe at Cheney . . . Politico
“This idea of it’s somehow inherently more important to spend money on the military than on domestic needs is a policy I reject, I reject out of hand,” Biden says.
Carney cashes in . . . Politico
Jay Carney just left the White House podium and he’s already joined Hillary Clinton in one profitable enterprise: lecturing on the private speaking circuit.