Homeland Security considers new limits on deportations

A few items that caught our attention on Tuesday:

DHS considers limiting deportations:  Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson is weighing the option of limiting deportations of illegal U.S. immigrants who don’t have serious criminal records, but activists are calling on the Obama administration to go further with measures to protect the parents of any children born in the United States, according to an Associated Press report.

(Jahi Chikwendiu/The Washington Post)

Top VA official questions term “Gulf War illness”: The Institute of Medicine has recommended using the term “Gulf War illness” to describe symptoms affecting more than 200,000 troops who served in the Gulf War, but a top Veterans Affairs Department official expressed concern that the change would imply a direct link between long-term illness and service in the 1990-1991 conflict, according to a Military Times report.

Who is the White House Easter bunny?: The rabbit is a highlight of the annual White House Easter egg roll, but the administration won’t reveal who donned the costume this year or in years past, according to an In the Loop article.

The Obamas, and an unidentified person portraying the Easter bunny, hosted the 136th annual Easter Egg Roll on the South Lawn of the White House on Monday. (Reuters/Kevin Lamarque).

Why Obama didn’t tap Elizabeth Warren to head CFPB: In her new memoir, the senator from Massachusetts and a potential 2016 Democratic presidential candidate discussed why President Obama did not nominate her to become the first director of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, an agency she helped pioneer after the financial collapse. She recalled Obama saying that “you make them nervous,” according to an ABC News article.

Agencies celebrating Earth Day with hashtags and selfies: Federal agencies including NASA, the Environmental Protection Agency and the Smithsonian Institute’s National Zoo are taking a virtual approach to celebrating the planet, asking Americans to participate in Earth Day through social media. Some of the submissions, which range from selfies to songs about saving Sumatran tigers, are available in a Federal Times article.

Navy signs off on changes for submariners’ sleep schedules: The Navy has endorsed findings from military scientists who have concluded that submarine sailors, who traditionally begin a new workday every 18 hours, show less fatigue on a 24-hour schedule. That means skippers can feel free to make the switch to 24-hour cycles, according to an Associated Press report.

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Josh Hicks covers Maryland politics and government. He previously anchored the Post’s Federal Eye blog, focusing on federal accountability and workforce issues.



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