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Sen. Ted Cruz prepares to face a huge crowd during a previous CPAC appearance; the event typically draws some 13,000 people. (AP Photo)

Cruz urges Trump to field 'army of ... Scalias and Thomases'

Sen. Ted Cruz and former Sen. Harry Reid didn't see eye to eye on many things, but the Texas Republican says he's found himself toasting his former political nemesis in recent weeks for having triggered the nuclear option. Published February 23, 2017

A woman holds a pinata depicting U.S. President Donald Trump during a march demanding respect for Mexico and its migrants, in the face of perceived hostility from the Trump administration, in Mexico City, Sunday, Feb 12, 2017. About 20,000 people, many dressed in white, some carried Mexican flags, as a sign of unity. (AP Photo/Christian Palma)

Mexico vows to resist Trump immigration plans

Mexico's government vowed Wednesday to resist President Trump's efforts to force better cooperation in stopping illegal immigration, saying they won't let the U.S. tell them what to do. Published February 22, 2017

 In this June 22, 2016, file photo, Border Patrol agent Eduardo Olmos walks near the secondary fence separating Tijuana, Mexico, background, and San Diego in San Diego. U.S. President Donald Trump will direct the Homeland Security Department to start building a wall at the Mexican border. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull, file)

White House unleashes federal agents against illegal immigrants

Homeland Security Secretary John F. Kelly officially unleashed federal agents this week to begin arresting and deporting more illegal immigrants, unshackling the handcuffs the Obama administration had imposed and putting millions of people in the country without authorization at risk. Published February 21, 2017

FILE - This is a Tuesday, Jan. 31, 2017 file photo of Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly as he listens at right as President Donald Trump speaks during a meeting on cyber security in the Roosevelt Room of the White House in Washington. Top world leaders, diplomats and defense officials are getting their first opportunity to meet in person with members of President Donald Trumps new administration, amid a laundry list of concerns including the American commitment to the NATO alliance and Washingtons posture toward Russia. Vice President Mike Pence, Defense Secretary Jim Mattis and Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly are leading the U.S. delegation to the annual Munich Security Conference.  (AP Photo/Evan Vucci, File)

Trump takes off kid gloves, moves to erase Obama's deportation exemptions

After years of neglect, immigration enforcement is proving to be a fertile space for action -- and for speculation, as draft reports leak out of Homeland Security, frightening immigrant rights groups and thrilling President Trump's backers who have longed to see this sort of crackdown. Published February 20, 2017

President Trump's tweets on everything from the border to the media shows him to be "ambiguous, confusing and divisive," according to a political science professor. (Associated Press)

Trump's tweets give public 'unfiltered' look at presidency

The first month of the Twitter Presidency has shown President Trump has no inclination to rein in the freewheeling style that got him elected -- while also making him one of the most unpopular candidates ever to reach the White House. Published February 20, 2017

U.S. Customs and Border Protection officer Kevin Corsaro speaks with an unidentified motorist entering the United States from Canada at the border in Buffalo, N.Y., Tuesday, June 6, 2006. U.S. authorities tightened their checks of traffic from Canada as debate over the long and hard-to-police border intensified following the weekend arrests of 17 Muslim Canadians in a suspected Ontario terror plot. (AP Photo/David Duprey)

Border agents searched 23,000 phones, laptops in 2016

The number of electronic device searches conducted by border officers surged some 500 percent in 2016, as the agency said a changing threat environment caused more people to trip their radars. Published February 17, 2017

 In this June 22, 2016, file photo, Border Patrol agent Eduardo Olmos walks near the secondary fence separating Tijuana, Mexico, background, and San Diego in San Diego. U.S. President Donald Trump will direct the Homeland Security Department to start building a wall at the Mexican border. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull, file)

Feds say border fence has been cut 9,200 times since 2010

The wrong type of border wall could actually make Border Patrol agents less safe, according to a new report Thursday from the government's chief watchdog, which said walls that block lines of sight can become ambush sites for attackers looking to get the drop on agents. Published February 16, 2017

President Donald Trump speaks during a news conference, Thursday, Feb. 16, 2017, in the East Room of the White House in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

Trump promises to treat Dreamers with 'great heart'

President Trump said Thursday he will issue a new executive order on extreme vetting that will tailor his policy to comply with adverse rulings from federal courts, insisting he'll be able to "get just about everything" done that he'd intended with a scaled-down policy. Published February 16, 2017

U.S. Attorney R. Alexander Acosta talks to reporters during a news conference in Miami, Wednesday, Jan. 16, 2008. Acosta announced the arrest of "King Bird Road" Rudy Villanueva, 31, and another alleged gang member early Wednesday on federal weapons charges after the video appeared on several Internet sites in recent weeks. Investigators said they were incensed when they saw the video and heard the threats. (AP Photo/Alan Diaz)

Trump picks Alexander Acosta as new nominee for labor secretary

President Trump on Thursday named former National Labor Relations Board member R. Alexander Acosta as his new nominee for labor secretary, moving quickly to replace the administration's first casualty of the Senate confirmation process. Published February 16, 2017

Budget Director-designate Rep. Mick Mulvaney, South Carolina Republican, testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington at his confirmation hearing before the Senate Budget Committee on Jan. 24, 2017. (Associated Press) **FILE**

Senate approves deficit hawk as White House budget chief

The Senate confirmed Rep. Mick Mulvaney to be the new White House budget director Thursday in yet another tight vote, elevating a committed budget hawk to the center of President Trump's policy-making apparatus. Published February 16, 2017

In this Jan. 4, 2016, file photo, a U.S. Border Patrol agent drives near the U.S.-Mexico border fence in Santa Teresa, N.M. (AP Photo/Russell Contreras)

Cost of border wall is less than cost of services for illegals: report

If President Trump's border wall stopped just 10 percent of new illegal immigrants it would pay for itself by saving American taxpayers from spending money on services for those migrants over their lifetimes, according to a new report from the Center for Immigration Studies. Published February 16, 2017

Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer of N.Y. meets with reporters on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, Feb. 14, 2017. Democrats are calling for an investigation into President Donald Trump's relationship with Russia, including when Trump learned that his ousted national security adviser, Michael Flynn, had discussed U.S. sanctions with a Russian diplomat.(AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

Dems demand independent counsel to probe Flynn, Trump

Democrats demanded Wednesday that an independent special counsel be appointed to probe the Trump White House and potential ties to Russia, saying Attorney General Jeff Sessions is too tainted to oversee the investigation. Published February 15, 2017