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The Pulse: President Urged to Address Immigration Issues

The president is asking Congress for money to address the growing immigration crisis on the border with Mexico; Germany smashes Brazil's hopes for World Cup glory; and pot sales are booming in Washington state. This is "The Pulse."
The president is asking Congress for money to address the growing immigration crisis on the border with Mexico; Germany smashes Brazil's hopes for World Cup glory; and pot sales are booming in Washington state. This is "The Pulse."

President Obama is nearly doubling the amount of money he's requesting from Congress to help in the battle over the border. His latest appeal comes as he prepares to meet with Texas Gov. Rick Perry, a critic of the president's handling of the nation's ongoing immigration crisis. A breakdown shows a large part of the proposed border budget would go to caring for unaccompanied children illegally crossing the border. Many of them are crammed into overpopulated detention centers across the country.
"This is not just a border crisis this is a situation that our entire nation is having to deal with," Rep. Filemon Vela (D-Texas) said. "What we do know is that we have to set up the legal infrastructure so that we can process these people."
Vela wants the president to break from his scheduled Dallas stop for an up-close look at the face of the issue, along the border with Mexico.

The Israel Defense Forces have released video of the Israeli troop buildup on the Gaza border. As Palestinian militants fired dozens of rockets toward Israel, the Israeli military struck more than 100 targets in the Gaza Strip with airstrikes and naval barrages. Israel is preparing for a possible ground operation in the Gaza Strip. The new tension was stoked by the kidnapping and murder of three Israeli teens, which was followed by the abduction and murder of a teenage Palestinian boy.

First there was disbelief. Then there were tears. Beaten, battered and bruised -- Brazil's World Cup dream is over after Germany led a 7-1 defeat. Brazil, unbeaten in a competitive fixture at home since 1975, had been seeking a sixth world crown. As you can see from the video, to say fans were upset is an understatement.

People in Washington state can now legally purchase recreational marijuana. The first stores to receive state licenses were notified Monday and opened to long lines this morning. This comes almost two years after voters approved the legalization of marijuana for adults over the age of 21. So far, 2,600 people have applied to become licensed growers, but fewer than 100 have been approved. Washington is the second state to permit the legal sale of recreational marijuana, following Colorado.

Harry Potter has returned in a new short story by J.K. Rowling. The story is written as an article in the fictional "Daily Prophet" newspaper. It's called "Dumbledore's Army Reunites at Quidditch World Cup Final." It features appearances by Harry, Hermione Granger and Ron Weasley, and they're not kids anymore. Harry is approaching 34, with a bit of silver in his hair, and Hermione and Ron are married. You can check out the story on Rowling's website, pottermore.com.

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