Secure the border: President Barack Obama challenged Congress to approve his request for $3.7 billion in emergency spending to deal with the nation’s immigration crisis . During a stop in Texas yesterday, he said some in Washington are more into politics than problem solving. The President makes no apologies to those who have criticized him for not going to the border to check out the situation. He said he’s not into photo ops.
2. MIDEAST TENSIONS
No let up: Israeli airstrikes pounded targets in Gaza for a fourth day, killing scores of people as dozens of militant rockets streaked into Israel. The continued Hamas barrage prompted Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu tostep up the offensive against the militant group. President Shimon Peres said he believes a ground offensive “may happen quite soon” unless Hamas stops firing rockets at Israel.
3. AIRPORT SECURITY
More screening: A very limited number of airline passengers flying in the United States will be asked to turn on electronic devices while going through airport checkpoints. It’s an expansion of new security protocolstarted last week at some overseas airports. a U.S. official says. The new procedure will be used for travelers on the “Selectee List.” These are folks who are already getting enhanced screening because they are on U.S. government watch lists.
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