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Stephen Dinan

Stephen Dinan

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

Articles by Stephen Dinan

Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio speaks with the media in Phoenix on Jan. 9, 2013. (Associated Press) **FILE**

Sheriff Joe Arpaio sues Obama to halt executive amnesty

Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio filed the first lawsuit late Thursday seeking to halt President Obama's new executive action on immigration, saying he has abused his presidential powers and ignored the Constitution and the will of Congress. Published November 21, 2014

Lois G. Lerner (Associated Press)

Investigators may have found up to 30K Lois Lerner emails

The IRS's inspector general has told Congress that it may have discovered as many as 30,000 of the lost Lois G. Lerner emails, despite the IRS's repeated insistence both in testimony to both Capitol Hill and federal courts that they were beyond recovery, congressional committees said Friday. Published November 21, 2014

FILE - In this March 10, 2010 file photo, Leroy Watson holds a sign in support of hundreds of young people participating in a youth immigration rally in Chicago. President Barack Obama is scheduled to visit the Chicago area next Tuesday, Nov. 25, 2014 to detail his expansive executive action aimed at keeping roughly 5 million immigrants in the U.S. illegally from deportation. (AP Photo/M. Spencer Green,File)

Justice Dept. releases legal backing for Obama immigration moves

The Justice Department said President Obama's new executive action granting amnesty from deportation to illegal immigrant parents is legal because he limited it to those whose children could eventually petition for them to stay anyway. Published November 21, 2014

Secretary of State Hillary Rodham testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, Jan. 23, 2013, before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee hearing on the deadly September attack on the U.S. diplomatic mission in Benghazi, Libya, that killed Ambassador J. Chris Stevens and three other Americans. (Associated Press) ** FILE **

CIA acted properly in Benghazi but slow to spot terrorism: Bipartisan report

The House intelligence committee cleared the CIA of wrongdoing in the run-up to the 2012 Benghazi terrorist attack and its actions during the assault, but said in a newly declassified report Friday that the way the agency wrote the controversial talking points afterwards was "flawed." Published November 21, 2014

Boehner predicts new surge of illegal immigration

House Speaker John A. Boehner would not say Friday what action he and his colleagues will take to push back against President Obama's executive immigration moves, but vowed something will happen. Published November 21, 2014

Supporters gather during a rally organized by OneAmerica as part of a National Week of Action to demand robust executive measures to stop deportations and keep families together Thursday, Nov. 20, 2014, in Seattle. President Barack Obama is expected to announce his plan to use executive action to partially change the nation's immigration system Thursday night. (AP Photo/seattlepi.com, Jordan Stead)

Illegals get a pay raise while current American workers’ checks could get squeezed

Illegal immigrants stand to make out nicely, seeing a big jump in their wages under President Obama's policy, announced Thursday, granting millions of them temporary amnesty and the chance to work legally, but analysts say American workers in some jobs are likely to feel a pinch from new competitors. Published November 20, 2014

Supporters gather during a rally organized by OneAmerica as part of a National Week of Action to demand robust executive measures to stop deportations and keep families together Thursday, November 20, 2014, in Seattle. President Barack Obama is expected to announce his plan to use executive action to partially change the nation's immigration system Thursday night. (AP Photo/seattlepi.com, Jordan Stead)

Obama amnesty doesn't shield enough illegal immigrants, activists say

President Obama's executive amnesty would shield up to 5 million illegal immigrants from deportation and grant most of them work permits — but immigrant-rights activists had hoped for much more, saying he left a number of hard-working illegal immigrants still in danger of being separated from their families. Published November 20, 2014

Prior to the Senate's vote on the Keystone XL oil pipeline, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell of Ky. walks to his office on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, Nov. 18, 2014. Sen. Mary Landrieu, D-La., chair of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, the bill's sponsor, has 59 votes ready and is searching for the last vote needed for approval. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

McConnell: Obama's executive action will lead to immigrant deaths

Sen. Mitch McConnell warned Thursday that some would-be illegal immigrants could die trying to reach the U.S. thanks to President Obama's plans to offer a temporary amnesty, saying it will amount to an invitation for a new wave of illegal immigrants to make the perilous journey from Latin America. Published November 20, 2014

FILE- This Sept. 14, 2014, file photo shows a sign reading 'Kill Ebola Before Ebola Kill You', on a gate as part of the country's Ebola awareness campaign in the city of  Freetown, Sierra Leone. The government's worst-case scenario forecast for the Ebola epidemic in West Africa won't happen, a U.S. health official said Wednesday, Nov. 19, 2014. (AP Photo/ Michael Duff, File)

DHS: Visitors from Ebola countries can remain in U.S. for 18 months

Hours before President Obama announces a temporary amnesty for many illegal immigrants, his Homeland Security Department said Thursday it will grant a specific exemption allowing citizens from Ebola-affected West African countries to remain in the U.S. Published November 20, 2014

**FILE** Virginia Rep. Robert W. Goodlatte, chairman of the House Judiciary Committee (Associated Press)

Obama immigration action 'slap in the face,' top GOP lawmakers say

The top House Republicans who oversee immigration policy called President Obama's expected action this week to grant temporary amnesty to illegal immigrants a "slap in the face to the American people and the Constitution" in a letter sent Wednesday. Published November 19, 2014

FILE - In this June 25, 2014 photo shows a group of  immigrants from Honduras and El Salvador who crossed the U.S.-Mexico border illegally are stopped in Granjeno, Texas. The influx at the border is largely families with children or by minors traveling alone. From October 2012 through the end of September 2013, the U.S. Border Patrol apprehended about 24,000 unaccompanied children. But between October and the end of June 2014, the number shot up to 57,000. Secretary of Homeland Security Jeh Johnson testified recently that the number is accelerating so fast that it could reach 90,000 by the end of September. Most of them are coming from El Salvador, Honduras and Guatemala. (AP Photo/Eric Gay, File)

DHS secretary says country could face new surge of illegals

Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson warned Wednesday that the country could face another spike in illegal immigration as the U.S. economy picks up and as seasonal patterns change, though he said they have made major progress in combatting the surge of illegal immigrant children that wrong-footed his department earlier this year. Published November 19, 2014

NSA phone snooping upheld by Senate Republicans' filibuster

Senate Republicans rose to the defense of the National Security Agency on Tuesday by filibustering a bill that would have halted the agency's phone-snooping program, saying it is now more critical than ever amid advancing terrorism in the Middle East and fears of homegrown terrorism in the U.S. Published November 18, 2014

The re-election bid of Sen. Mary Landrieu, Louisiana Democrat, is likely doomed after Senate Democrats filibustered the Keystone XL pipeline on Tuesday. Ms. Landrieu was already struggling to unify her party and eat into Republican support, and the pipeline, which she set up as a test of her leadership, backfired. (Associated Press)

Senate Democrats stiff Mary Landrieu on Keystone XL pipeline; green lobby wins

Senate Democrats filibustered the Keystone XL pipeline on Tuesday, in a vote that reverberated from Louisiana, where a key senator's career is now likely doomed, to the broader national Democratic Party, where environmentalists have emerged triumphant in a divisive internal battle with labor unions. Published November 18, 2014

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid has complained that House Republicans have not passed a broad immigration bill approved in his chamber, but he has not sent it to the other side of the Capitol. (Associated Press)

Harry Reid urges Obama to act now on immigration

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid said he has President Obama's back when the White House announces its immigration plans to grant temporary amnesty to illegal immigrants, and defended his own party's lack of action when it had total control of Congress and the White House in 2009 and 2010. Published November 18, 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, New Mexico. The facility is now releasing more detainees rather than deporting them, according to Artesia Mayor Phillip Burch. (AP Photo/Juan Carlos Llorca, File)

Artesia mayor: 95 percent of families of illegals being released

Almost all of the illegal immigrant families traveling from Central America to the U.S. are being released from the special facility meant to hold them in New Mexico, according to the mayor of the town where the special facility is located. Published November 18, 2014