Obama would make Hondurans refugees . . . Newsmax
The Obama administration is considering a two-year, $47 million pilot program that would screen children and young adults in Honduras to qualify them to enter the U.S. as refugees or on humanitarian emergency grounds.
Obama’s evolving immigration rhetoric . . . Politico
President Obama insisted for years that he had absolutely no legal authority — none whatsoever, zero, zilch — to slow deportations on a broad scale. Forget everything he’s said.
WH brings in Clinton aides for help . . . Fox News
After a brutal week for the White House communications team, Press Secretary Josh Earnest hosted three of his predecessors from the Clinton administration for a strategy session on Thursday.
House to slam Bergdahl swap . . . National Journal
Some Democrats have signed on with Republicans to condemn Obama for approving the prisoner swap.
Lawmakers attack Obama Iraq strategy . . . National Journal
Members of Congress doubt Iraqi government can root out terrorists.
Obama: Israel flight ban “prudent” . . . The Hill
Obama defended the FAA’s decision earlier in the week to ban flights to Tel Aviv, saying that it took “prudent action” based on facts and not politics or the country’s relationship with Israel.
Central Americans blame US for crisis . . . Washington Times
The presidents of Honduras and Guatemala blamed the wave of unaccompanied children inundating the U.S. on American foreign policy and on gridlock in Congress over immigration reform.
WH cleared of Hatch Act violations . . . Politico
The federal watchdog tasked with enforcing the Hatch Act has cleared the White House’s political affairs office of any wrongdoing in violation of the 20th century law that bars political activity by executive branch employees.
IMF downgrades US growth prospects . . . Newsmax
The IMF now expects just 1.7 percent U.S. growth in 2014, which would be the weakest since the recession officially ended five years ago.
Carson sells more books than Hillary . . . Daily Caller
For many book buyers last week, choosing whether to buy Ben Carson’s new book or Hillary Clinton’s new memoir was not a hard choice.
Hillary: I need to work on press relations . . . Politico
Clinton, who has long had a tempestuous relationship with the media, on Thursday said she may need to “work on” her “expectations” of the press.