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Stephen Dinan

Stephen Dinan

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

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Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal, R-La., speaks alongside Rob Astorino, New York republican gubernatorial candidate, during a news conference to discuss New York Gov. Andrew Coumo's response to questions about the states preparations against the Ebola virus at Grand Central Station, Thursday, Oct. 16, 2014, in New York. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)

Gov. Jindal orders Louisiana to develop Ebola plans

Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal ordered state officials Monday to come up with rules governing how some state residents can travel to Ebola-stricken countries, stepping in to fill what he said was a gap left by President Obama's failure to act. Published October 20, 2014

Detained immigrant children line up in the cafeteria at the  Karnes County Residential Center,  a temporary home for immigrant women and children detained at the border, in Karnes City, Texas. (Associated Press)

Strict rules govern service contractors for illegal immigrant children

Want to bid for a contract to care for the illegal immigrant children coming across the border? Make sure your staff members get Hepatitis vaccines and regular TB tests and can speak foreign languages — probably Spanish but maybe Mandarin, suggesting a surprising number of the children are coming from China. Published October 19, 2014

In this Thursday, Oct. 16, 2014, photo released by U.S. Customs and Border Protection, CBP supervisor Sam Ko, left, conducts an interview with a passenger who has arrived from Sierra Leone at O'Hare International Airport's Terminal 5 in Chicago. (AP Photo/U.S. Customs and Border Protection, Melissa Maraj)

GOP senators urge Obama to halt visas from Ebola countries

Republican senators told President Obama on Friday to stop issuing visas to travelers from West African countries affected by Ebola, saying each of those is a potential entry point for the deadly disease to get into the U.S. Published October 17, 2014

Illegal immigrants on their way to deportation listen to a Border Patrol agent in Arizona in 2010, when the majority came from Mexico. (Associated Press) ** FILE **

95 percent of deported illegals were criminals

President Obama has generally kept true to his vow to deport only criminals and repeat immigration violators, according to a new report from the Migration Policy Institute Wednesday that undercuts many of the fears immigrant-rights advocates have about the severity of his policies. Published October 16, 2014

President Obama speaks to the media about the government's Ebola response in the Oval Office on Thursday. (Associated Press)

Obama OKs military reserves for Ebola fight

President Obama authorized calling up military reserves to help combat Ebola on Thursday, and one of the two nurses who contracted the disease in the U.S. was transferred from Texas to the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, Maryland, as federal officials continued to scramble to gain ground on the disease here and the outbreak abroad. Published October 16, 2014

President Barack Obama, with First Lady Michelle Obama, toasts with Vice President Joe Biden during the inaugural luncheon at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C., Jan. 21, 2013. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

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Federal government's tax-take hits all-time high

The federal government collected a record amount of taxes in fiscal year 2014, topping $3 trillion in revenue for the first time in its history, according to Treasury Department numbers released Wednesday that show the influx helped drop the deficit to its lowest level under President Obama. Published October 15, 2014

The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals struck down a measure authored by Former Arizona state Sen. Russell Pearce, for using bail as punishment. (Associated Press)

Circuit court rules illegal immigrants have a right to bail

Illegal immigrants have the same constitutional right to bail that U.S. citizens do, a federal appeals court ruled Wednesday in a decision striking down an Arizona statute designed to make sure criminals without any community ties didn't flee in the face of a looming trial. Published October 15, 2014

Federal prosecutors won a new 18-count indictment against accused Benghazi attacker Ahmed Abu Khatallah on Tuesday, Oct. 15, 2014. (Associated Press)

New Benghazi indictment confirms 2012 attack was terrorist plot

Federal prosecutors won an 18-count indictment against accused Benghazi attacker Ahmed Abu Khatalla on Tuesday, which charges him with leading the assault that killed the U.S. ambassador to Libya and makes him eligible for the death penalty. Published October 14, 2014

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Director Dr. Tom Frieden said that the diagnosis of 26-year-old nurse Nina Pham should not be an occasion for partisan bickering over the CDC's budget as it relates to Ebola. Despite campaign bluster about cuts, Ebola falls under the CDC's National Center for Emerging and Zoonotic Infectious Diseases branch, whose funding has grown to more than $390 million in 2014 alone. (Associated Press)

Ebola sparks political battle over research funding

The Ebola finger-pointing kicked into a higher gear Monday as politicians in Washington blamed each other for cutting research funding, even as the federal government's top disease chief apologized for suggesting workers at a Dallas hospital failed to follow protocols, leading to this weekend's first U.S.-contracted case of the deadly virus. Published October 13, 2014

Dr. Tom Frieden, head of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, speaks at a news conference, Sunday Oct. 12, 2014, in Atlanta. A Texas health care worker, who was in full protective gear when providing hospital care for Ebola patient Thomas Eric Duncan, who later died, has tested positive for the virus and is in stable condition. (AP Photo/John Amis)

Disease chief says more doctors, nurses could have Ebola in Texas

The chief of the Centers for Disease Control said Monday he would "not be surprised" if more doctors or nurses come down with Ebola from the Dallas patient who died last week, after the first U.S.-contracted case was diagnosed over the weekend in one of the patient's nurses. Published October 13, 2014

Youth from United We Dream chant slogans calling for an end to deportations outside the Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) offices in downtown Phoenix. Top Hispanic leaders asked President Obama last week to grant some illegal immigrants access to Obamacare, saying the "dreamers" to whom the White House has given tentative work permits are already paying taxes, so they deserve government benefits. (Associated Press)

Hispanics want Obamacare for illegal immigrant 'dreamers'

Top Hispanic leaders asked President Obama last week to grant some illegal immigrants access to Obamacare, saying the "dreamers" to whom the White House has given tentative work permits are already paying taxes, so they deserve government benefits. Published October 12, 2014

Bellevue Hospital nurse Belkys Fortune, left, and Teressa Celia, Associate Director of Infection Prevention and Control, pose in protective suits in an isolation room, in the Emergency Room of the hospital, during a demonstration of procedures for possible Ebola patients, Wednesday, Oct. 8, 2014. The U.S. government plans to begin taking the temperatures of travelers from West Africa arriving at five U.S. airports, including the New York area's JFK International and Newark Liberty International, as part of a stepped-up response to the Ebola epidemic. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)

U.S. general warns Ebola could cross U.S. southern border

While the Obama administration plans to start checking travelers from West Africa for Ebola at five U.S. airports, the commander of the U.S. Southern Command is warning that West Africans already are entering America illegally at the porous southern border. Published October 9, 2014

FILE- In this Sept. 10, 2014 file photo, a woman and child are escorted to a van by detention facility guards inside the Artesia Family Residential Center, a federal detention facility for undocumented immigrant mothers and children in Artesia, N.M, A surge of cases involving immigrants from Central America has backed up federal courts and U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement. The cases have been moved to Denver by judges in Arlington, Va. Officials say it makes more sense to hold the proceedings in the same time zone as the detention center. Hearings are being held by video from Artesia, N.M. starting on Monday, Sept. 29. (AP Photo/Juan Carlos Llorca, File)

Illegal immigration jumps for third straight year under Obama

Illegal immigration on the southwestern border spiked 14 percent over the past year, marking the third straight increase, though Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson said it was almost all because of the surge of illegal immigrant children and families from Central America — a crisis he said is subsiding. Published October 9, 2014

FILE - In this Jan. 27, 2010 file photo, voters cast their ballots for Illinois' primary at an early voting polling location in Chicago.  Illinois Republicans are mounting what they say is an unprecedented and costly campaign to identify and eliminate ineligible voters and recruit their own election judges before the November vote. With their sights on unseating a Democratic governor and winning back several congressional seats, Republicans have allocated $1 million in Cook County alone to examine voter rolls and recruit 5,000 GOP election judges to watch over polling places in Democrat-heavy Chicago. (AP Photo/M. Spencer Green,File)

Voter ID laws lower turnout of blacks, new voters: watchdog

Requiring voters to show a photo ID at the polls does lower turnout, the Government Accountability Office, Congress's non-partisan watchdog, concluded in a major report released Wednesday that said young, black and newly registered voters were most likely to stay home. Published October 8, 2014

President Barack Obama meets with financial regulators in the Roosevelt Room of the White House in Washington, Monday, Oct. 6, 2014. From left, Director of the Federal Housing Finance Agency Mel Watt, Director of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau Richard Cordray, Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen, Treasury SecretaryJacob Lew, Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) Chair Mary Jo White, Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) Chairman Tim Massad,  Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) Chairman Martin Gruenberg, Deputy Treasury Secretary Sarah Bloom Raskin, White House Council Neil Eggleston, Council of Economic Advisers Chairman Jason Furman, Obama, Budget Director Shaun Donovan, Deputy Budget Director Brian Deese, and Special Assistant to the President for Economic Policy Seth Wheeler. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

Feds run $486B deficit in 2014 — smallest of Obama administration

The federal government ran a deficit of just $486 billion in fiscal 2014, according to Congressional Budget Office estimates released Wednesday that show the budget, while not in the black, is on much firmer ground than when President Obama took office. Published October 8, 2014

Gina McCarthy (Associated Press)

'Doing an IRS'? EPA can't find top official's text messages

The EPA is poised to "do an IRS" — similar to what the tax agency had to do with dismissed top official Lois G. Lerner — and officially notify the National Archives that it may have lost key electronic records, according to a think tank that's suing to get text messages under an open-records request. Published October 8, 2014