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President-elect Donald Trump talks to media as he stands with retired Marine Gen. John Kelly, right, at the Trump National Golf Club Bedminster clubhouse Sunday, Nov. 20, 2016, in Bedminster, N.J.. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

Trump picks Gen. Kelly to head DHS

President-elect Donald Trump will offer the Homeland Security secretary's job to retired Marine Gen. John F. Kelly, the New York Times reported Wednesday, picking a man who has repeatedly warned of the dangers of a porous southwestern border. Published December 7, 2016

President-elect Donald Trump officially introduced retired Marine Corps Gen. James N. "Mad Dog" Mattis as his pick to run the Defense Department, saying he'll oversee a revamp of the military that modernizes equipment even as it pulls back American commitments overseas. (Associated Press)

Donald Trump demands waiver for Gen. James Mattis to serve as Pentagon chief

President-elect Donald Trump warned Democrats not to try to use a law prohibiting recently retired military officers from serving as Defense secretary. Republicans in Congress are planning to pass a waiver allowing Gen. James N. "Mad Dog" Mattis to serve notwithstanding the law. Published December 6, 2016

U.S. President Barack Obama shakes hands with Australia's Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull during their meeting at the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC), in Lima, Peru, Sunday, Nov. 20, 2016. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

Chairmen tell Obama to release secret refugee agreement with Australia

The Obama administration has written a secret deal that could let Australia ship more than 2,400 refugees waiting to enter its borders over to the U.S. instead, including refugees from terrorist-connected countries such as Somalia and Syria, two top congressmen said Tuesday. Published December 6, 2016

House Speaker Paul Ryan of Wis., speaks during a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, Dec. 1, 2016. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

Congress plans stopgap spending bill through April 28

Congress will vote this week on a stopgap bill to keep the government funded through April 28, Speaker Paul D. Ryan said Tuesday, pushing the deadline nearly a month longer than initially planned as GOP leaders predict a crowded schedule at the beginning of next year. Published December 6, 2016

President Obama said it will be harder for Donald Trump to reverse the president's health and immigration policies than he thought. (Associated Press)

Federal court halts Obamacare appeal, deals setback to president

A federal appeals court halted a key Obamacare case on Monday, agreeing to put off proceedings until after President-elect Trump takes office and figures out how he wants to proceed -- and dealing a blow to President Obama in the meantime. Published December 5, 2016

Illegal immigrants claim fear of home country as 'magic words' to gain asylum

Nearly one out of every 10 illegal immigrants crossing the southwest border is now demanding asylum, using "magic words" to claim they fear their home country, and turning a program intended to be a humanitarian lifeline into a new path for unauthorized migrants to gain a foothold in the U.S. Published December 4, 2016

Senate Minority Whip Richard J. Durbin, Illinois Democrat, said he sees strong emotions from both sides of the aisle in favor of helping Dreamers. (Associated Press)

Illegal immigrant Dreamers get help from senators for full legal status

After the White House ruled out a pardon for illegal immigrant Dreamers, a bipartisan group of senators vowed Thursday to write a bill next year granting them full legal status -- though they will need to persuade a President Trump to back their effort. Published December 1, 2016

Congressional panel recommends charges against fetal tissue organizations

The special committee of Congress looking into the sale of fetal tissue has recommended that prosecutors investigate one Planned Parenthood affiliate and referred a handful of other organizations for criminal or regulatory probes, a panel member revealed Thursday. Published December 1, 2016

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

Border Patrol agents warming burritos, babysitting for illegals, chief says

Border Patrol agents have been reduced to "professional child care providers" for illegal immigrants, warming burritos and babysitting the families and unaccompanied children who are surging across the border at an increasing rate, the agents' frustrated chief told Congress on Wednesday. Published November 30, 2016