Illinois Lawmaker Calls on Feds To Allow Undocumented Immigrants Into Military

b_250_0_16777215_00_images_obgrabber_2014-07_e1e79018bc.jpgUnited States Congress (WASHINGTON) -- Illinois Rep. Bill Foster is introducing a resolution urging the Secretary of Defense to allow undocumented immigrants to serve in the U.S. military. Under the proposed Development, Relief, and Education for Alien Minors legislation, or DREAM Act, illegal immigrants would receive conditional permanent residency. Foster said he asked the Department of Defense last year to let DREAMers serve, but there hasn't been any effective action.

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Report: More Undocumented Kids, Especially Girls, Crossing the Border

b_250_0_16777215_00_images_obgrabber_2014-07_ba54794d94.jpgiStock/Thinkstock (WASHINGTON) -- The number of unaccompanied girls fleeing Central America and caught at the Southwest border has increased 77% since last year, and far more rapidly than the number of boys, according to a new report by the Pew Research Center. The analysis shows that while the number of girls under 18 detained at the U.S.-Mexico border has jumped significantly, the number of boys went up only 8 percent in the same period.

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Obama Meets with Central American Presidents on Border Crisis

b_250_0_16777215_00_images_obgrabber_2014-07_5758bdde63.jpgAlex Wong/Getty Images (WASHINGTON) -- Meeting at the White House on Friday, President Obama told Central American presidents that they have a “shared responsibility” to do everything they can to stem the flow of migrant children flooding across the border. Obama warned that children without proper claims to stay in the U.S. will likely be sent back to their home countries.

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How Congress Saved the Baseball Hall of Fame

b_250_0_16777215_00_images_obgrabber_2014-07_e86065dd57.jpgiStock/Thinkstock (WASHINGTON) -- A two-time MVP outfielder and a United States senator say the congressional hearings on steroids in baseball had a direct impact on preventing players from being considered for the Hall of Fame. Sen. Joe Donnelly, D-Ind., told “Capital Games” that while he thought the hearings shouldn’t have been a congressional priority, they doomed the candidacies of high-profile players like Barry Bonds, Roger Clemens, Mark McGwire, Rafael Palmeiro and Sammy Sosa.

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Nominee for Veteran Affairs Secretary Passes Big Test

b_250_0_16777215_00_images_obgrabber_2014-07_e4e759fff8.jpgABC News (WASHINGTON) -- Former Procter & Gamble executive Robert McDonald is one important step closer to becoming the next secretary of Veteran Affairs, after a Senate panel Wednesday unanimously backed his nomination. The vote was 14-0. The agreement by both Democrats and Republicans that McDonald is qualified to take over the embattled agency should mean he'll face little resistance when the full Senate votes to confirm, most likely this week.

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