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

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The House Select Committee on Benghazi Chairman Rep. Trey Gowdy, R-S.C., left, confers with Rep. Elijah Cummings, D-Md., the ranking member on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, Jan. 27, 2015,  at the start of the panel's third public hearing to investigate the 2012 attacks on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libya. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite) ** FILE **

Democrats say Benghazi subpoena politicizes Clinton email probe

Democrats on Friday accused Republicans running the special Benghazi investigation of turning former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton's email troubles into a political circus, saying there was no need to issue an official subpoena for them. Published March 6, 2015

The states challenging President Obama's deportation amnesty have already won the first round in court after the case landed in the lap of Judge Andrew S. Hanen, a Bush appointee who issued a scorching rebuke to the Department of Homeland Security last year, accusing it of refusing to follow border security laws. (Associated Press)

Obama lawyers misled federal judge in amnesty case

President Obama's lawyers misled a federal judge when they said they weren't approving any applications under his expanded deportation amnesty, Texas charged in new court papers Thursday that said the breach is serious enough that the court should allow legal discovery to get to the bottom of the matter. Published March 5, 2015

John Boehner, top Democrats demand Obama arm Ukraine

House Speaker John A. Boehner and top Democrats and Republicans on all of the key security committees called on President Obama to provide lethal American arms to Ukraine, firing off a bipartisan letter Thursday saying Congress has already given him permission, and he needs to act soon to stop Russian aggression. Published March 5, 2015

Melinda Pierce, center, with the Sierra Club, holds a "No KXL" sign, next to a large poster of a pen as she gathers with other opponents of Keystone XL oil pipeline Tuesday to celebrate President Barack Obama's veto of the legislation outside the White House. (Associated Press)

Obama wins Keystone vote as Senate fails to overcome veto

The Senate upheld President Obama's first veto of the new Congress on Wednesday, dooming for the foreseeable future any chance of constructing the Keystone XL pipeline that would bring oil from Canada to the U.S. Published March 4, 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)

Amnesty processed for 100,000 Dreamers before Texas judge called a halt

The administration processed about 100,000 applications for amnesty for so-called Dreamers under some of the expanded rules President Obama announced last year, lawyers told a Texas judge late Tuesday in a move that could complicate a claim that all action under the amnesty had been halted. Published March 4, 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)

Congress demands Obama-approved IRS emails disclosing taxpayers' info

Two top congressional chairmen demanded Wednesday that the IRS turn over all its emails that might have given private taxpayer information to the White House, after President Obama's lawyer last week passed the buck to the tax agency, insisting they would be able to search for the emails. Published March 4, 2015

FILE - In this Sept. 12, 2012 file photo, then-Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton speaks at the State Department in Washington. Clinton used a personal email account during her time as secretary of state, rather than a government-issued email address. Deputy State Department spokesperson Marie Harf says the department asked former secretaries of state last year for records that should be preserved. In response to that request, Clinton provided emails from her time as the nation's top diplomat.  (AP Photo/Alex Brandon, File)

Federal agencies can't be forced to find emails sent from personal accounts: judge

A federal judge ruled Tuesday that federal agencies can't be forced to go track down emails sent by employees from their personal accounts, in a case that could shield former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, who conducted business on private accounts rather than a government email address. Published March 3, 2015

Sen. Jeff Sessions, R-Alabama talks to reporters on Capitol Hill in Washington, Friday, Dec. 12, 2014, as the Senate considers a spending bill. The House has passed an additional stopgap spending to make certain the government doesn't shut down at midnight Saturday when current funding authority runs out. The move would give the Senate additional time to process a $1.1 trillion government-wide spending bill.  (AP Photo/Lauren Victoria Burke)

Obama administration halts all hiring for amnesty program

The administration said Tuesday it has left hundreds of thousands of square feet of office space empty and halted job offers to 360 potential employees as it has tried to comply with a federal judge's order halting President Obama's new deportation amnesty program. Published March 3, 2015

President Obama's amnesty order offered a number of different benefits to illegal immigrants, including expanding eligibility for his 2012 amnesty for Dreamers and boosting the amount of time he was granting an amnesty from deportation and permits for legal work from two years to three years. (Associated Press)

DHS approved 100,000 expanded amnesty applications before judge halted program

The administration processed about 100,000 applications for amnesty for so-called Dreamers under some of the expanded rules President Obama announced last year, lawyers told a Texas judge late Tuesday, in a move that could complicate their claim that they have halted all action under the amnesty. Published March 3, 2015

United States Sen. Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., participates in a news conference about Homeland Security funding in New York, Monday, March 2, 2015. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)

Senate rejects debate on homeland funds in push for 'clean' bill

The Senate on Monday rejected further negotiations over homeland security spending and sent a "clean" spending bill back to the House minus any restrictions on President Obama's deportation amnesty, daring House Republicans to either accept it as is or face blame for shutting down key security agencies. Published March 2, 2015

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

IRS defends paying refunds to illegals who never filed taxes

The IRS is defending its decision to let illegal immigrants claim up to three years' refunds on income even if they never paid income taxes, telling Congress in a new letter last week that agency lawyers have concluded getting a Social Security number triggers the ability to go back and ask for previous refunds. Published March 2, 2015

A U.S. Customs and Border Protection agent patrols near the Texas-Mexico border.  (AP Photo/Eric Gay)

Immigration debate may have increased illegal crossings

The debate over legalizing illegal immigrants was "a primary cause" of last summer's surge of Central Americans jumping the U.S.-Mexico border, the Government Accountability Office reported Friday, citing surveys of U.S. officials on the ground in Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador. Published March 1, 2015

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, Kentucky Republican. (Associated Press) ** FILE **

Senate drops objections to Obama amnesty, clears 'clean' homeland bill

Senate Republican leaders retreated on the homeland security spending fight Friday morning, voting with Democrats to delete provisions that would have stopped President Obama's deportation amnesty in order to avoid a partial shutdown of the Homeland Security Department at midnight. Published February 27, 2015

House Speaker John Boehner of Ohio leaves the House chamber on Capitol Hill in Washington, Friday, Feb. 27, 2015, after the House voted to go to conference committee on a long-term "clean" spending bill for the Homeland Security Department hours before a shutdown was to begin.  (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

Conservative rebellion helps sink DHS bill, shutdown looms at midnight

Conservatives rebelled in the House Friday afternoon, joining Democrats to defeat a bill to keep the Homeland Security Department open past a midnight shutdown deadline and leaving funding in doubt as all sides continued to fight over President Obama's deportation amnesty. Published February 27, 2015

Speaker of the House John Boehner, R-Ohio, walks to the chamber as the House failed to advance a short-term funding measure to keep the Department of Homeland Security funded past a midnight deadline, at the Capitol in Washington, Friday evening, Feb. 27, 2015. Conservatives in Speaker Boehner's own party fought against three-week funding measure because it would not overturn Obama’s actions on immigration.  (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

Congress averts DHS shutdown with one-week infusion of funds

Agreeing on little else, Democrats and Republicans managed to come together late Friday to pass a short-term bill to keep the Homeland Security Department running one more week — though they made little headway on solving the underlying fight over President Obama's deportation amnesty. Published February 27, 2015