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Stephen Dinan

Stephen Dinan

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

Articles by Stephen Dinan

President Barack Obama talks on the phone in the Oval Office with Speaker of the House Boehner, Saturday, August 31, 2013. Vice President Joe Biden listens at right.
(Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

Congress snubs Obama's budget chief

The chairmen of the House and Senate budget committees canceled the invitation they issue to the White House budget chief every year to come and explain the new blueprint, saying President Obama's latest plan is going nowhere and there is no need to bother hearing from him. Published February 4, 2016

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Rodham Clinton walks with House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi of California on Capitol Hill in Washington on July 14, 2015. Clinton is attend meetings on Capitol Hill with House and Senate Democrats. (Associated Press) **FILE**

Pelosi deems Hillary Clinton 'a progressive'

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi declared Hillary Clinton "a progressive" on Thursday, weighing in on a key issue in the Democratic presidential nomination fight. Published February 4, 2016

Newly arrived people who were caught in Arizona by the U.S. Border Patrol are initially processed at Tucson Sector U.S. Border Patrol headquarters in Tucson, Ariz., on Aug. 9, 2012. (Associated Press) **FILE**

Obama reinstates 'catch-and-release' policy for illegal immigrants

The Obama administration has revived the maligned illegal immigrant "catch-and-release" policy of the Bush years, ordering Border Patrol agents not to bother arresting and deporting many new illegal immigrants, the head of the agents' labor union revealed Thursday. Published February 4, 2016

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services Director Leon Rodriguez told the House Homeland Security Committee that some 2,000 Syrian refugees have already been admitted , but 30 applicants have been denied for terrorism or other criminal concerns. (Associated Press)

Homeland officials testify 30 Syrian refugee applicants denied admittance

Homeland Security says it's already weeded out 30 Syrian refugee applicants for terrorism or other criminal concerns, and helped deny 2,200 other visitor visas because of terrorism concerns, as officials sought Wednesday to assure Congress the Obama administration is taking threats seriously. Published February 3, 2016

Internal Revenue Service Commissioner John Koskinen answers to the House Oversight Committee in the panel's continuing probe of whether tea party groups were improperly targeted for increased scrutiny by the government's tax agency, at the Capitol in Washington, Wednesday, March 26, 2014. Earlier this month, IRS official Lois Lerner was called to testify about the controversy but refused to answer questions by committee Chairman Darrell Issa, R-Calif., and invoked her Fifth Amendment rights at least nine times. (Associated Press Photo)

IRS admits to mistake for court case, promises to stop erasing hard drives

The IRS has put an emergency stay on deleting its computer hard drives and devices such as BlackBerrys, with the commissioner saying in a letter to Congress on Wednesday that the agency goofed in deleting a key hard drive last year that was supposed to be preserved as part of a court case. Published February 3, 2016

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VA vows to punish employees after judges void sanctions

The VA insisted Tuesday it will still find a way to punish two employees accused of bilking the government out of hundreds of thousands of dollars in bonuses after federal judges ruled that the department bungled its case against them, restored their full salaries and awarded them backpay. Published February 2, 2016

Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson called the drop "encouraging," but said his department must keep up the pressure on illegal immigrants in order to prevent a relapse. (Associated Press)

Surge of illegals subsides in January; DHS claims partial victory for raids

The tide of illegal immigrant families and unaccompanied children receded in January and Homeland Security claimed a partial victory Tuesday, saying stepped up enforcement has gotten the message back to Central Americans that they shouldn't try to make the trip north. Published February 2, 2016

President Barack Obama waves as he plays plays golf on the first hole at Farm Neck Golf Club in Oak Bluffs, Mass., on Martha's Vineyard, Saturday, Aug. 15, 2015. Obama and his family vacation every August on Martha's Vineyard, and he's been spending most of this year's two-week trip on the golf course, at the beach and dining at the island's upscale restaurants.(AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

Obama's presidency now effectively over

In the past week he has delivered a major speech to fellow Democrats, announced a new retirement savings plan and computer science initiative -- heck, he has even vowed a billion-dollar push to cure cancer. But President Obama just can't catch a break. Published February 1, 2016

President Barack Obama speaks in the South Court Auditorium in the Eisenhower Executive Office Building on the White House complex in Washington, Friday, Jan. 29, 2016, to commemorate the 7th Anniversary of the Signing of the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act.  (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

Federal debt hits $19 trillion; new record set

The federal government is now officially $19 trillion in debt, according to the latest figures released by the Treasury Department Monday that show the Obama administration crossed that ignominious line late last week. Published February 1, 2016

Key Republican says Congress will punish sanctuary cities this year

The House Republican in charge of writing the Justice Department's budget vowed Monday that this will be the year Congress punishes sanctuary cities, insisting he'll use his powers as chairman to make the Obama administration strip grant money from localities that refuse to cooperate with immigration agents. Published February 1, 2016

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton smiles during a campaign event at Berg Middle School, Thursday, Jan. 28, 2016 in Newton, Iowa. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)

Clinton 2009: 'Does not know how to use a computer to do email'

Hillary Clinton couldn't use a computer to send or read her email in 2009, when she became secretary at the State Department, according to emails released Monday that suggest she was a technological novice in the country's top diplomatic post. Published February 1, 2016

President Barack Obama smiles during his State of the Union address to a joint session of Congress on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, Jan. 12, 2016. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci, Pool)

Obama misled Congress on debt limit: House report

The government could have continued to pay Social Security and other critical payments in the event it reached its debt limit, but the Obama administration intentionally misled Congress about that to force Republicans to hike the borrowing ceiling, a House panel said Monday, citing internal Treasury Department documents. Published February 1, 2016