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Stephen Dinan

Stephen Dinan

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

Articles by Stephen Dinan

In this July 24, 2015, file photo, a sign at a Planned Parenthood Clinic is pictured in Oklahoma City. The furor on Capitol Hill over Planned Parenthood has stoked a debate about the use of tissue from aborted fetuses in medical research, but U.S. scientists have been using such cells for decades to develop vaccines and seek treatments for a host of ailments, from vision loss and neurological disorders to cancer and AIDS. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki/File)

Govt. shutdown wouldn't stop Planned Parenthood funding

Even a government shutdown wouldn't stop all funding for Planned Parenthood, the Congressional Research Service said in a new memo Tuesday that could complicate GOP spending plans for the rest of this year. Published September 1, 2015

FILE - In this Aug. 6, 2015 file photo, President Barack Obama speaks in the South Court Auditorium in the Eisenhower Executive Office Building on the White House complex in Washington. The September vote on the Iran nuclear deal is billed as a titanic standoff between President Barack Obama and Congress. Yet even if lawmakers give it a thumbs-down, it’s not game-over for the White House. Not even close. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster, File)

Obama picks up more support for Iran deal, needs one more senator to prevail

Two more Democrats announced support Tuesday for President Obama's nuclear deal with Iran, putting the White House a single senator away from assuring it can prevent Congress from scuttling the agreement and leaving GOP leaders hoping to avoid an even bigger embarrassment of losing to a filibuster. Published September 1, 2015

Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear is working with President Obama as part of a "core group" on climate policy. Publicy, he opposes many environmental regulations. (Associated Press)

Obama's green pressure tactics exposed: Governors, climate activists help sell agenda

The Obama administration, top climate change crusaders and governors from across the country have engaged in a highly coordinated effort to publicly sell the president's green agenda and put private pressure on opponents, according to newly released emails and other records obtained through Freedom of Information Act requests. Published August 31, 2015

In this photo taken Aug. 27, 2015, Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Rodham Clinton speaks in Cleveland. The State Department is expected to release roughly 7,000 pages of former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton's emails later Monday, including about 150 that have been censored because they contain information that has now been deemed classified.  (AP Photo/David Richard)

Classified data grows in Clinton emails

The Obama administration is increasingly finding classified information in former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton emails, declaring secret material in nearly 3 percent of the new batch of emails released late Monday night. Published August 31, 2015

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

IRS must say if White House sought taxpayers' information: Judge

A federal judge Friday ordered the IRS to turn over the records of any requests from the White House seeking taxpayers' private information from the tax agency, delivering a victory to a group that for two years has been trying to pry the data loose. Published August 28, 2015

FILE In this June 6, 2013 file photo, a sign stands outside the National Security Agency (NSA) campus in Fort Meade, Md.   The National Security Agency has begun winding down its collection and storage of American phone records this week after the Senate failed to agree on a path forward to change or extend the once-secret program ahead of its expiration at the end of the month.  (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky, File) **FILE**

Appeals court backs NSA phone-snooping, overturns Klayman victory

A federal appeals court backed the National Security Agency's phone-snooping program Friday ruling that Larry Klayman, the plaintiff and frequent court adversary to President Obama, never proved his calls were scooped up in the phone-records dragnet. Published August 28, 2015

Bloated U.S. voter rolls could lead to lawsuits

America's voter rolls are so bloated that dozens of counties have more people registered than there are adults living there, according to two new studies released Thursday that the authors said could lead to lawsuits forcing states to clean things up. Published August 27, 2015

President Obama's push to extend the EPA's regulatory hand to ditches and small streams to enforce clean water rules was blocked Thursday by a federal judge. (Associated Press)

Judge blocks Obama EPA rule as federal power grab over state waters

President Obama's push to extend the EPA's regulatory hand to ditches and small streams to enforce clean water rules was blocked Thursday by a federal judge, who said the administration had overstepped its bounds in trying yet another end run around Congress. Published August 27, 2015

President Obama is given a tour of Solyndra by Executive Vice President Ben Bierman (right) as Chief Executive Officer Chris Gronet walks along at Solyndra Inc. in Fremont, Calif., on May 26, 2010. (Associated Press)

Solyndra lied to government to secure Obama stimulus cash, IG report finds

Solyndra, the solar panel manufacturer that took more than $500 million from President Obama's stimulus then went bust, sticking taxpayers for the loss, lied to federal officials to secure the loan, the Energy Department's inspector general said in a report released Wednesday. Published August 26, 2015

**FILE** President Obama, accompanied by Solyndra CEO Chris Gronet, looks at a solar panel during a May 26, 2010, tour of Solyndra Inc., a solar panel manufacturing facility, in Fremont, Calif. (Associated Press)

Solyndra misled government to get $535M solar project loan: report

California-based solar company Solyndra provided false information and misleading reports to the federal government to secure an ill-fated $535 million loan for a solar project, according to the Department of Energy's inspector general. Published August 26, 2015

President Barack Obama's new $4 trillion budget plan is distributed by Senate Budget Committee staffer Eric Chalmers as it arrives on Capitol Hill in Washington, early Monday, Feb. 02, 2015. The fiscal blueprint for the budget year that begins Oct. 1, seeks to raise taxes on wealthier Americans and corporations and use the extra income to lift the fortunes of families who have felt squeezed during tough economic times. Republicans, who now hold the power in Congress, are accusing the president of seeking to revert to tax-and-spend policies that will harm the economy while failing to do anything about soaring spending on government benefit programs. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

CBO report forecasts unsustainable debt in long term

The economy is sluggish but growing and inflation remains low, painting a decidedly mixed picture for the federal government, the Congressional Budget Office reported Tuesday, saying the fiscal situation is improving this year but will snap back by 2018 to swelling deficits and unsustainable debt. Published August 25, 2015

Lois Lerner's emails became an issue after she was singled out as a key figure in the IRS's treatment of tea party and conservative groups who sought tax-exempt status. The IRS improperly delayed hundreds of applications and sent out intrusive questionnaires asking what the agency now says were inappropriate inquiries. (Associated Press)

IRS finds yet another Lois Lerner email account

Lois Lerner had yet another personal email account used to conduct some IRS business, the tax agency confirmed in a new court filing late Monday that further complicates the administration's efforts to be transparent about Ms. Lerner's actions during the tea party targeting scandal. Published August 24, 2015

In this Thursday, Nov. 7, 2013, file photo, a banner with the Twitter logo hangs on the facade of the New York Stock Exchange in New York the day after the company went public. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan, File) ** FILE **

Twitter cancels Politwoops, warehouse of politicians' gaffes

Twitter has done a huge favor for bungling politicians worldwide after the social media site canceled Politwoops, a series of dozens of accounts that preserved deleted posts the pols would have preferred the public not see. Published August 24, 2015

Immigrants from El Salvador and Guatemala who entered the country illegally board a bus after they were released from a family detention center in San Antonio, in this July 7, 2015, file photo. (AP Photo/Eric Gay, File)

Judge orders illegal immigrant families quickly released

The Obama administration must begin releasing illegal immigrants mothers and children by October, a federal judge ordered late Friday in a ruling that punctures the last remaining get-tough part of President Obama's immigration policy and, the administration believes, sets the stage for a new surge of illegal immigration. Published August 22, 2015

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump leaves the courthouse after serving on jury duty in New York, Monday, Aug. 17, 2015. The Republican presidential candidate reported for jury duty in Manhattan on Monday and spent much of the day like everyone else, filling out forms and wondering whether he would get picked. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)

Mexico condemns attack on immigrant attributed to Trump rhetoric

Mexico waded into the American political debate over immigration Friday with a plea to tone down the rhetoric after an older Mexican man was beaten in Boston earlier this week and one of the suspects made comments praising GOP presidential candidate Donald Trump's call to get tough on illegal immigrants. Published August 21, 2015