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Stephen Dinan

Stephen Dinan

Stephen Dinan can be reached at sdinan@washingtontimes.com.

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The IRS belatedly told Congress it may have lost some of Lois Lerner's emails after her computer crashed, and asserted that the backup tapes didn't exist. (Associated Press)

IRS watchdog reveals Lois Lerner missing emails now subject of criminal probe

The IRS's inspector general confirmed Thursday it is conducting a criminal investigation into how Lois G. Lerner's emails disappeared, saying it took only two weeks for investigators to find hundreds of tapes the agency's chief had told Congress were irretrievably destroyed. Published February 26, 2015

Rep. Bob Goodlatte, Virginia Republican, in his office in the Rayburn House Office Building on April 4, 2014. (Eva Russo/Special to The Washington Times) ** FILE **

Republicans to roll out immigration enforcement bills

House Republicans will introduce four new immigration enforcement bills this week and plan to begin pushing them through committee next week as the GOP sets up the outlines of what the post-shutdown showdown immigration fight will be. Published February 25, 2015

Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) speaks at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) held at the Gaylord Hotel, National Harbor, Md., Friday, March 7, 2014. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)

CPAC/Washington Times straw poll tests 17 GOP presidential candidates

Seventeen potential candidates — including current and former governors, senators and political outsiders — are part of the 2015 GOP presidential straw poll at the Conservative Political Action Conference, which opens Wednesday and runs through Saturday just outside Washington. Published February 25, 2015

In this Feb. 17, 2015 photo, a group lights candles at a rally for immigration reform in front of Devine Redeemer Presbyterian Church sponsored by the Texas Organizing Project in San Antonio, Texas. Immigrants across the country expressed disappointment Tuesday after a federal judge put a hold on President Barack Obama's plan to protect more than 4 million people living illegally in the U.S. from deportation. But many said they haven't lost hope. (AP Photo/The San Antonio Express-News, Bob Owen)

Civil rights commissioner warns of illegals voting under Obama amnesty

Civil Rights Commissioner Peter Kirsanow warned Congress on Wednesday that President Obama's deportation amnesty program, which will allow illegal immigrants to get Social Security numbers and driver's licenses, will make it much easier for them to register and vote in U.S. elections — despite being ineligible to do so. Published February 25, 2015

President Obama's proposal for a new authorization for the use of military force would leave in place a 2001 war resolution authorizing the fight against al Qaeda. The president already has been using the 2001 resolution to justify six months of airstrikes and other combat operations against Islamic State fighters. (Associated Press)

Obama's Islamic State war powers beyond congressional control, research service finds

President Obama could still use ground troops in Iraq and Syria to fight the Islamic State and the next president could extend the war beyond the three-year limit no matter what Congress passes, lawmakers' research arm said this week in a legal brief that undercuts many of the key restrictions that Capitol Hill is demanding. Published February 23, 2015

Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson, who held a press conference to highlight other dangers of letting the department's funding to lapse, said "The clock is ticking." (Associated Press)

Amnesty contract canceled as White House struggles to comply with ruling

The Homeland Security Department quietly canceled one of its major amnesty contracts after a judge's ruling against the program last week, but officials have struggled to explain how they are complying otherwise even as the administration filed an appeal Monday asking that it be allowed to begin processing applications immediately. Published February 23, 2015

Illegal immigrants sit in a group after being detained by U.S. Border Patrol agents in McAllen, Texas. (Associated Press) **FILE**

Feds ask appeals court to restart amnesty

The Obama administration on Monday filed both an appeal and a request for an immediate stay of last week’s court ruling halting the president's deportation amnesty, arguing that if it can't grant illegal immigrants work permits and Social Security numbers it cannot enforce other laws properly. Published February 23, 2015

American Airlines airplanes are parked at their gates at JFK International airport in New York.  (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer, File)

JFK Airport officials filter fecal matter in search for drugs

The federal government is looking for doctors to help monitor suspected smugglers' bowel movements at John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York, in a solicitation that sounds like it could be something out of the Discovery Channel's "Dirty Jobs" program. Published February 22, 2015

Internal Revenue Service Commissioner John Koskinen said the IRS was logistically incapable of performing the email search requested by Congress because it would have required combing through 90,000 email accounts. (Associated Press)

White House that promised transparency refuses to cooperate with IRS probe

The White House told Congress last week it refused to dig into its computers for emails that could shed light on what kinds of private taxpayer information the IRS shares with President Obama's top aides, assuring Congress that the IRS will address the issue — eventually. Published February 22, 2015

In this Feb. 17, 2015 photo, Clementina Herrera comforts her son Luis Manuel Herrera, 6, who's father is in Ciudad Juarez, as he explains that he believes God will make it so his family can be together at a rally for immigration reform in front of Devine Redeemer Presbyterian Church sponsored by the Texas Organizing Project in San Antonio, Texas. Immigrants across the country expressed disappointment Tuesday after a federal judge put a hold on President Barack Obama's plan to protect more than 4 million people living illegally in the U.S. from deportation. But many said they haven't lost hope. (AP Photo/The San Antonio Express-News, Bob Owen)

Obama asks court to re-start amnesty

The White House said Friday it will seek a stay of the federal judge's ruling this week that halted his new deportation amnesty, elevating the legal battle to an appeals court as millions of immigrants await a decision. Published February 20, 2015

"The district court's order was abundantly clear: The federal court enjoined any and all aspects of the illegal amnesty order," said Sen. Ted Cruz, Texas Republican. "If the Department of Homeland Security continues moving forward, that on its face is in violation of a federal court injunction." (Associated Press)

Ted Cruz warns Obama to stop spending on amnesty plans for illegal immigrants

Sen. Ted Cruz warned the administration Wednesday that it needs to stop even planning for an eventual amnesty for illegal immigrants, saying a federal judge's broad injunction means it would be illegal for the Homeland Security Department to spend any money on President Obama's immigration plans. Published February 18, 2015

Rep. Steve King, R-Iowa speaks during the Freedom Summit, Saturday, Jan. 24, 2015, in Des Moines, Iowa. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)

Steve King bristles at 'lawless land of Mexico' criticizing judge's immigration ruling

Rep. Steve King said Wednesday that a federal judge's ruling has undercut Democrats' filibuster of the homeland security funding bill, and urged his colleagues to stand strong on defunding not only the new deportation amnesty but also the 2012 program that granted tentative legal status to so-called Dreamers. Published February 18, 2015

Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson is ceasing preparations for a program designed to shield millions of immigrants from deportation as a result of a federal court ruling issued late Monday. Mr. Johnson said his agency will work to protect parents of U.S. citizens or legal permanent residents while the legal process continues. (Associated Press)

Obama, immigrants refuse to be stopped by court decision

Both the White House and illegal immigrants said Tuesday that they would not be swayed by a federal judge's decision in Texas halting President Obama's deportation amnesty as overstepping the bounds of his powers. Published February 18, 2015

In this Feb. 17, 2015 photo, a group lights candles at a rally for immigration reform in front of Devine Redeemer Presbyterian Church sponsored by the Texas Organizing Project in San Antonio, Texas. Immigrants across the country expressed disappointment Tuesday after a federal judge put a hold on President Barack Obama's plan to protect more than 4 million people living illegally in the U.S. from deportation. But many said they haven't lost hope. (AP Photo/The San Antonio Express-News, Bob Owen)

Mexico condemns judge's ruling halting Obama amnesty

Mexico condemned a federal judge's decision this week to halt President Obama's deportation amnesty, saying the court ruling denies fair treatment to illegal immigrant Mexicans who have worked supporting the American economy. Published February 18, 2015

In this Nov. 21, 2014, file photo, supporters of immigration reform attend a rally in front of the White House in thanking President Obama for his executive action on illegal immigration. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin, File)

Federal judge halts Obama amnesty; White House to appeal

A federal judge late Monday halted President Obama's deportation amnesty, ruling he overstepped his powers in trying to grant legal status and "benefits and privileges" to millions of illegal immigrants, in a stunning decision that chides the president and throws the White House's plans into disarray just a day before applications were to be accepted. Published February 17, 2015

A woman chants in to her megaphone outside the federal courthouse in Brownsville, Texas, on Tuesday while protesting Judge Andrew Hanen's ruling that halted President Obama's amnesty order. (Associated Press)

Judge cites executive overreach, burden on states in halting Obama amnesty

Judge Andrew S. Hanen ruled that President Obama's policies have left the border less secure and invited illegal immigrants into the U.S., but the judge said it was the administration's own attempts at slicing and dicing convoluted immigration laws that left him with no choice but to halt the president's deportation amnesty. Published February 17, 2015