By Kaveh Waddell (@kavehewaddell)
TODAY IN ONE PARAGRAPH: The U.S. will take a two-pronged approach toward the border crisis, providing aid to Central American governments and stepping up detainment and deportation in the U.S. Rep. Don Young was reprimanded for misusing campaign funds and accepting gifts. Rep. Paul Ryan calls the IRS commissioner a liar. Sen. Rand Paul thinks America is experiencing a "full-blown spiritual crisis."
U.S. TO EXPAND MIGRANT DETENTION PROGRAM. Homeland Security is already building more detention centers in preparation for new policies that will attempt to detain more migrants trying to cross into the U.S. and deport them faster (Julia Preston, NYT). The administration also announced tens of millions of dollars in new aid to Central American governments to "address the root causes of migration" (Mark Felsenthal, Reuters).
DON YOUNG REPRIMANDED BY ETHICS COMMITTEE. The representative from Alaska accepted illegal gifts and trips and misused campaign funds to the tune of almost $60 thousand (Billy House, NJ).
TOP SHIA CLERIC CALLS FOR NEW GOVERNMENT IN IRAQ. The influential Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani called for Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki to step down to make way for a new government (Bradley and Nabhan, WSJ). Meanwhile, ISIS took a former chemical-weapons facility that still contains weapons from the Saddam Hussein era (Julian Barnes, WSJ).
PAUL RYAN SLAMS IRS COMMISSIONER. "I am sitting here listening to this testimony—I don't believe it," Ryan said. "That's your problem. Nobody believes you." (Josh Hicks, WaPo).
WHAT TO WATCH ON SUNDAY: Sens. Rand Paul and Dianne Feinstein will be on CNN's State of the Union. Rep. Kevin McCarthy will appear on Fox News Sunday. Sen. Marco Rubio and Rep. Mike Rogers will speak on CBS's Face the Nation. Rand Paul will also appear on NBC's Meet the Press.
'TERRORISM INSURANCE' 12 YEARS OLD; HAS NEVER HAD TO PAY OUT. A law that has existed since 2002 has resulted in about $40 billion in revenue for insurance companies, who have never had to pay a claim. But Congress is too afraid to oppose it (David Dayen, The Guardian).
'LOOKING FORWARD TO RUNNING FOR PRESIDENT.' Can Sen. Bernie Sanders lead the Left in 2016? (Simon Van Zuylen-Wood, NJ)
'WHAT AMERICA NEEDS IS A REVIVAL.' Rand Paul said that the nation is in a "full-blown spiritual crisis" in a speech in front of the Faith and Freedom Coalition. Also speaking Friday: Rick Santorum, Paul Ryan, and New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie. The event covered abortion, same-sex marriage, prayer in school, and even foreign policy from a religious perspective (Steve Peoples, AP).
IRAQ'S SECTARIAN SPLIT, EXPLAINED: Far from a matter of "ancient hatreds," a Middle East historian argues that the roots of sectarian conflict in Iraq "aren't that deep." Before 2003, he says, sectarianism just wasn't the lens through which politics was considered (Zach Beauchamp, Vox).
WHEN A DRONE ACCIDENTALLY BECOMES THE MISSILE: Military drones are falling from the sky at alarming rates: 400 large drones have crashed since 2001, dropping onto homes, farms, and roads. One even collided with an Air Force transport plane midair (Craig Whitlock, WaPo).
NATGEO ALTERS ATLAS TO ACCOUNT FOR SHRINKING ICE CAPS. A geographer calls this atlas update "the biggest visible change other than the breakup of the U.S.S.R." in the publication's history (Christine Dell'Amore, NatGeo).
NEED A JOB? MOVE TO WELD, COLO. That's where employment increased the most in the year 2013, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. This map shows the 10 counties with the largest percentage increase in employment, and the 10 with the largest percentage decrease (Vasilogambros and Stamm, NJ).