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Stephen Dinan

Stephen Dinan

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

Articles by Stephen Dinan

Lois G. Lerner, who was head of the IRS division that scrutinized the tea party applications until she retired while under investigation in 2013, suffered a computer hard drive crash that cost potentially thousands of emails that should have been part of the record. (Associated Press)

Newly recovered Lois Lerner email shows IRS tried to cover up tea party targeting

The IRS sent one of its intrusive scrutiny letters to a nonprofit group in order to throw up a smokescreen and prevent the group from complaining to Congress about poor treatment, according to one of Lois G. Lerner's apparently lost emails, which were recovered by auditors and released by an interest group Tuesday. Published July 28, 2015

Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson has said he will revoke the amnesties of Dreamers who refuse to return their erroneous three-year work permits. (Associated Press)

Hispanic rights groups protest fed plan to revoke amnesties

Hispanic rights advocates are protesting the government's plans to revoke amnesties for potentially hundreds of illegal immigrants who refuse to return their erroneous three-year work permits, saying that the illegal immigrants shouldn't be punished for the Obama administration's mistake. Published July 26, 2015

A group of immigrants from Honduras and El Salvador cross the U.S.-Mexico border illegally in Granjeno, Texas, June 25, 2014. (AP Photo/Eric Gay, File) ** FILE **

Obama loses last legal buffer against surge of immigrants

A federal judge's ruling presaging the release of the largest number of illegal immigrant mothers and children from U.S. detention centers has erased the last get-tough immigration policy of the Obama administration, leaving the law even more of a mess and authorities with even fewer tools to try to deter another surge of border crossers. Published July 25, 2015

The exterior of the Internal Revenue Service building in Washington is seen here on March 22, 2013. (Associated Press) **FILE**

IRS risks 'unfair' audits of nonprofits: Watchdog

The IRS's process for picking which nonprofits it audits is so loose that it could be abused, with the potential for political targeting, the government's chief watchdog said Thursday. Published July 23, 2015

Jim Steinle, second from left, father of Kathryn Steinle, in photograph, testifies next to Montgomery County (Md.) Police Department. Chief J. Thomas Manger, right, before a Senate Judiciary hearing to examine the Administration's immigration enforcement policies, in Washington, Tuesday, July 21, 2015. Kathryn Steinle was killed on a San Francisco pier, allegedly by a man previously deported several times. (AP Photo/Molly Riley)

House passes bill to punish sanctuary cities in wake of Steinle killing

The House voted Thursday to punish sanctuary cities that shield illegal immigrants from deportation, moving swiftly to crack down on San Francisco after 32-year-old Kathryn Steinle's killing this month elevated the issue to the forefront of the immigration debate. Published July 23, 2015

In this Wednesday, June 18, 2014, file photo, two young girls watch a World Cup soccer match on a television from their holding area where hundreds of mostly Central American immigrant children are being processed and held at the U.S. Customs and Border Protection Nogales Placement Center in Nogales, Ariz. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin, Pool, File)

Feds leave illegal immigrant children in lurch: Report

The federal government doesn't follow up with the vast majority of the illegal immigrant Central American children it caught at the border and released into communities over the last two years, leaving them to uncertain care and potential abuse in their new homes, according to a new report Thursday from the Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service. Published July 23, 2015

Flowers and a candle lay on the ground following a vigil for Kathryn Steinle, Monday, July 6, 2015, on Pier 14 in San Francisco. Steinle was gunned down while out for an evening stroll at Pier 14 with her father and a family friend on Wednesday, July 1. (AP Photo/Beck Diefenbach)

San Francisco moves to cancel sanctuary policy

San Francisco moved this week to try to cancel its sanctuary policy that protected an illegal immigrant murder suspect, but Congress pressed ahead nonetheless with legislation aimed at punishing the California city and any others who refuse to cooperate with federal immigration authorities. Published July 22, 2015

House Minority Leader Rep. Nancy Pelosi of Calif. speaks during her weekly news conference in Washington, Thursday, March 19, 2015. (AP Photo/Molly Riley)

Pelosi blames feds for sanctuary city killing

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi put the blame for the release of an illegal immigrant implicated in the July 1 murder of Kathryn Steinle on federal agencies and bad communication Wednesday, rather than on San Francisco's sanctuary policy. Published July 22, 2015

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry (center) and State Department Chief of Staff Jon Finer (left) meet with members of the U.S. delegation at the garden of the Palais Coburg hotel where the Iran nuclear talks meetings are being held in Vienna on July 10, 2015. (Associated Press) **FILE**

John Kerry's chief of staff compelled to testify on Benghazi

Secretary of State John Kerry's right-hand man has been called to Congress to testify about the slow pace of information being released to the congressional committee probing the 2012 Benghazi terrorist attack, the probe's chairman announced Wednesday. Published July 22, 2015

Jim Steinle, second from left, father of Kathryn Steinle, in photograph, testifies next to Montgomery County (Md.) Police Department. Chief J. Thomas Manger, right, before a Senate Judiciary hearing to examine the Administration's immigration enforcement policies, in Washington, Tuesday, July 21, 2015. Kathryn Steinle was killed on a San Francisco pier, allegedly by a man previously deported several times. (AP Photo/Molly Riley)

Advocate: Sanctuary crackdown won't go far enough

Congress is rushing to write a new law punishing sanctuary cities who refuse to cooperate with federal immigration authorities, but the father of a man killed by an immigrant said Wednesday he doubts it will go far enough to save enough lives. Published July 22, 2015

President Barack Obama, left, talks with Jon Stewart, host of "The Daily Show" during a taping, on Tuesday, July 21, 2015, in New York. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

Obama defends IRS, says tea party targeting didn't happen

President Obama defended the IRS Tuesday in an interview with "Daily Show" host Jon Stewart, saying the tea party targeting scandal was actually Congress's fault for passing "a crummy law" and that the real problem is the agency doesn't have enough money. Published July 21, 2015

Liz Sullivan, mother of Kathryn Steinle, is consoled by Sabine Durden as she cries during the testimony of Kathryn's father Jim Steinle during a Senate Judiciary hearing in Washington on Tuesday. The family told Congress they support changing the laws that allowed her alleged killer to remain in the United States despite being deported several times. (Associated Press)

Illegal immigrant victim's mother: 'We are at war right here in this country'

Choking back tears, parents whose children were slain by illegal immigrants said Tuesday the federal government and so-called sanctuary cities both share blame for their children's deaths, and pleaded with Congress for an all-out effort to secure the border and deport those who already snuck in. Published July 21, 2015

Stopped: Illegal crossings along the Mexico border have slowed below the pace of the George W. Bush administration, but Steven A. Camarota, research director at the Center for Immigration Studies, said overall numbers should be declining as a result. (Associated Press)

2.5 million illegals cross border under Obama, less than Bush

About 2.5 million illegal immigrants have settled in the U.S. during President Obama's tenure, according to estimates being released Monday by the Center for Immigration Studies, which said it's an improvement compared with the Bush administration. Published July 20, 2015