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

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Drug scouts for cartels would be sent to prison under proposed bill

Mexican cartels for years have stationed scouts on hilltops inside the U.S., acting as spotters for smugglers trying to sneak by the Border Patrol to get drugs or illegal immigrants into the country — and the government has been hard-pressed to find ways to stop them. Published March 27, 2017

McCain, McSally call for crackdown on the cartels' U.S. scouts

Mexican cartels for years have stationed scouts on hilltops inside the U.S., acting as spotters for smugglers trying to sneak by the Border Patrol to get drugs or illegal immigrants into the country. Two Arizona lawmakers say it's time to fight back. Published March 27, 2017

Former President Barack Obama said his signature law reset the terms of the health care debate seven years ago and added millions of people to the insurance rolls. (AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana)

Obama emerges to defend his health care law

Former President Barack Obama says there's nothing wrong with Obamacare that couldn't be fixed by President Trump doing a better job of managing the health care law. Published March 23, 2017

FILE - In this Oct. 13, 2011 file photo, Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., left, accompanied by Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., gestures during a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington. Paul has called fellow Republican McCain a little bit unhinged after McCain said the senator from Kentucky is now working for Vladimir Putin. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta, File)

Rand Paul cheers conservatives' blockade of Obamacare repeal

Sen. Rand Paul praised House conservatives for blocking the Obamacare repeal bill Thursday, but said the White House could easily break the impasse if it would agree to send Vice President Mike Pence up to preside over the eventual Senate debate. Published March 23, 2017

Rep. Duncan Hunter, California Republican (Associated Press) **FILE**

Duncan Hunter faces probe over campaign finances

The Justice Department is investigating Rep. Duncan Hunter, the House ethics committee revealed Thursday as it put its own probe into potential campaign finance violations on hold to allow the criminal investigation to proceed. Published March 23, 2017

In this photo taken Feb. 7, 2017, released by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, an arrest is made during a targeted enforcement operation conducted by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) aimed at immigration fugitives, re-entrants and at-large criminal aliens in Los Angeles. The Trump administration is wholesale rewriting the U.S. immigration enforcement priorities, broadly expanding the number of immigrants living in the U.S. illegally who are priorities for deportation, according to a pair of enforcement memos released Tuesday, Feb. 21, 2017.  (Charles Reed/U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement via AP)

Half of all federal arrests related to immigration

Immigration arrests and border-related cases have swamped the federal government, the Justice Department said Thursday, pointing to new statistics that show half of all arrests made by federal authorities in 2014 were for immigration offenses. Published March 23, 2017

President Donald Trump arrives to speak at the National Republican Congressional Committee March Dinner at the National Building Museum, Tuesday, March 21, 2017, in Washington. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

President Trump 'somewhat' vindicated by intel brief

President Trump said he felt 'somewhat' vindicated after being briefed Wednesday by House intelligence committee Chairman Devin Nunes, who says Obama officials were in fact monitoring communications of Mr. Trump's top aides. Published March 22, 2017

Supreme Court Justice nominee Neil Gorsuch testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington on Tuesday during his confirmation hearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee. His rulings on the Chevron case have drawn criticism from the Senate. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

Gorsuch's pro-illegal immigrant ruling roils confirmation debate

Judge Neil Gorsuch repeatedly defended an "undocumented immigrant" against the massive crush of the administrative state during his confirmation hearing Tuesday, picking a fascinating fight with his potential future colleagues on the Supreme Court. Published March 21, 2017

President Obama looks toward Mexico as he tours the Bridge of America Cargo Facility in El Paso, Texas, on May 10, 2011, as he visited the U.S.-Mexico border to speak about immigration reform. (Associated Press) **FILE**

Obama tried to legalize migrant accused of murdering 15-year-old stepdaughter

The Obama administration last year began to grant legal status to a 36-year-old illegal immigrant with a long criminal rap sheet whom agents had twice tried to deport -- but who now stands accused of killing his 15-year-old girlfriend, mother of one child with him, and pregnant with another. Published March 21, 2017

In this Feb. 9, 2017, file photo provided U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, ICE agents at a home in Atlanta, during a targeted enforcement operation aimed at immigration fugitives, re-entrants and at-large criminal aliens. (Bryan Cox/ICE via AP)

Homeland Security singles out 118 sanctuary jurisdictions that thwart ICE

Homeland Security officials on Monday released their first edition of President Trump's name-and-shame list of sanctuary cities, singling out 118 jurisdictions that thwart federal immigration agents and put one murder suspect and a convicted arsonist back on the streets this year. Published March 20, 2017

FBI Director James Comey, left, accompanied by National Security Agency Director Michael Rogers testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington, Monday, March 20, 2017, before the House Intelligence hearing on allegations of Russian interference in the 2016 U.S. presidential election. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)

FBI confirms investigation into Trump campaign ties with Russia

The FBI is probing whether Donald Trump or his advisers coordinated with Russia ahead of the November election, Director James B. Comey said Monday, but his agents have found no evidence to back up the president's repeated accusations that the Obama administration was snooping on him. Published March 20, 2017