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Texas Gov. Rick Perry speaks during a discussion on "The Border Crisis and the New Politics of Immigration" at the Heritage Foundation, Washington, D.C., Thursday, August 21, 2014. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)

Rick Perry: U.S. must consider ground troops in Iraq

Texas Gov. Rick Perry called for deepening U.S. involvement in Iraq, including sending heavy weapons to Kurdish Peshmerga fighters and deploying more American military air power and special operations teams. Published August 21, 2014

**FILE** Illegal immigrants file into a U.S. Border Patrol facility in Tucson, Ariz. (Associated Press)

DHS saw no option but to free 169 illegals convicted of murder

The Obama administration says it had no choice but to release almost all of the 169 murderers it let go from immigration detention last year, saying court decisions gave officials no choice in the matter — but it's promising a new system to better screen who gets let out. Published August 21, 2014

Jani Bergdahl, mother of U.S. Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, listens as President Barack Obama speaks about the release of her son, during a news conference in the Rose Garden of the White House in Washington on Saturday, May 31, 2014. Bergdahl, 28, had been held prisoner by the Taliban since June 30, 2009. He was handed over to U.S. special forces by the Taliban in exchange for the release of five Afghan detainees held by the United States. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

Bergdahl release violated law, used improper monies

Obama administration officials broke two federal laws when they exchanged Taliban warriors for Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, the government's top investigative office said in a legal report Thursday. Published August 21, 2014

** FILE ** Rep. Duncan Hunter, California Republican. (TellDC screenshot)

Marine congressman says police don't need military vehicles in Missouri

Rep. Duncan Hunter asked the Defense Department Wednesday to conduct its own review of the program that sends surplus military equipment to police departments, saying the Pentagon should see if there are categories of weapons that should no longer be transferred. Published August 20, 2014

**FILE** Diana Jimenez, 2, sleeps in a stroller during a April 30, 2014, rally sponsored by local immigrant rights organizations, in Homestead, Fla. Jimenez's father was deported to Guatemala two years ago, leaving Jimenez and four siblings in the U.S. (Associated Press)

Ineligible illegals file request to get Dreamer status, force Obama's hand

Nearly a dozen illegal immigrations announced a campaign Wednesday to force President Obama's hand on halting deportations, saying they would file papers demanding to be let into the existing program granting so-called Dreamers legal status, even though none of them qualify. Published August 20, 2014

Texas Gov. Rick Perry leaves the Blackwell Thurman Criminal Justice Center after he was booked in Austin Tuesday. Mr. Perry was indicted last week on charges of coercion and official oppression for publicly promising to veto $7.5 million for the state's public integrity unit unless the head of the unit, a district attorney convicted of drunken driving, resigned. (Associated Press)

Defiant Perry booked on abuse-of-office charges

Texas Gov. Rick Perry turned himself in to police on Tuesday to be processed in connection with his indictment on abusing his office — though the Republican made the most of it, holding a rally outside the courthouse to rail against the charges. Published August 19, 2014

FILE - In this May 25, 2006, file photo, Sen. Jim Jeffords, I-Vt., listens during a hearing at the Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs on Capitol Hill in Washington. Jeffords, who in 2001 tipped control of the Senate when he quit the Republican Party to become an independent, died Monday, Aug. 18, 2014, in Washington. He was 80.  (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak, File)

James Jeffords, who tilted Senate balance by leaving GOP, dies at 80

James M. Jeffords, who died Monday at age 80, built a three-decade career in Washington but cemented his place in history with one decision: fleeing the Republican Party and siding with Democrats, delivering them control of the Senate in 2001. Published August 18, 2014

Rep. William Lacy Clay, whose district includes Ferguson, Missouri, says the federal government needs to provide training with weapons. (Associated Press)

Military equipment for local police questioned amid Ferguson violence

Police forces are not only turning to military-style equipment to take on law enforcement tasks, but sometimes aren't even trained properly in how to use the weapons of war, the congressman who represents the St. Louis suburb that has been ensnared in a week of violence said Sunday. Published August 17, 2014

FILE - In this April 1, 2014, file photo, Sen. Carl Levin, D-Mich., speaks on Capitol Hill in Washington. President Barack Obama scored a rare win in his 5-year-old campaign to close the federal prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, as a Senate panel approved giving him the authority to transfer terror suspects to the United States if Congress signs off on a comprehensive plan to shutter the facility. Levin hailed the defense bill provision as a significant change in the long standoff between the Obama administration and bipartisan congressional opponents over the post-Sept. 11 prison for terror suspects. (AP Photo/Lauren Victoria Burke, File)

Top Dem vows review of police access to military equipment

The top Senate Democrat overseeing the military said Friday that Congress will reexamine the programs that allow state and local authorities to buy or borrow military equipment, as the backlash against heavily armed and armored police grows. Published August 15, 2014

Actress America Ferrera reads a book to a Central American immigrant boy during her visit with the Hispanic Heritage Foundation humanitarian project, Monday July 28, 2014, at a Sacred Heart Church shelter in McAllen, Texas. The program focuses on providing the children with hope and relief from their plight through reading, playing and praying. (AP Photo/The Monitor, Delcia Lopez)

Illegal immigrant children get first-class treatment at taxpayers' expense

From culturally sensitive music to special meals for the lactose intolerant, the organizations the federal government is paying to house and care for the children who have surged across the border illegally are taking pains to make sure they are as comfortable as possible. Published August 14, 2014

Supporters of immigration reform protest in San Antonio. Gay immigrants are now mounting a campaign to demand that they be included in any unilateral moves President Obama makes this year to halt deportations. (Associated Press)

Gay illegal immigrants demand special treatment from Obama

Gay immigrants are mounting a campaign to demand that they be included in any unilateral moves President Obama makes this year to halt deportations, arguing that they face unusual circumstances that otherwise might leave them on the outside. Published August 12, 2014

**FILE** Illegal immigrants file into a U.S. Border Patrol facility in Tucson, Ariz. (Associated Press)

Obama administration's release of illegal immigrants unlawful, audit finds

The Obama administration violated the law when it released thousands of illegal immigrants last February, more than 600 of whom had criminal records, according to an internal audit released Tuesday that blamed the problem on poor planning and bad leadership from Washington. Published August 12, 2014

President Barack Obama looks to Sen. John Kerry, D-Mass., as he announces Kerry's  nomination for the next secretary of state in the Roosevelt Room of the White House, Friday, Dec. 21, 2012, in Washington. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

State Department stranded American in Liberia amid Ebola fears

The State Department "did nothing" to help the case of an American citizen who died in Liberia amid Ebola hysteria, unable either to get the treatment he needed or to leave the country, according to an aid worker on the ground. Published August 11, 2014