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Stephen Dinan

Stephen Dinan

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

Articles by Stephen Dinan

President Obama is nearing a self-imposed deadline for taking unilateral action to try to halt deportations, and is facing pressure from immigrant-rights groups to go as broadly as possible. (Associated Press)

Legal pact likely to slow deportations

Federal agents will have to read a Miranda rights-style list of protections to immigrants before sticking them in fast-track deportation proceedings, according to the terms of a legal settlement announced Wednesday that will make it tougher for the Obama administration to quickly deport illegal immigrants. Published August 27, 2014

President Obama is poised to notch the lowest deficit of his six-year tenure at just more than a half-trillion dollars, but more financial pain lies ahead. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)

Fore: Federal deficit to drop this year, but financial pain to skyrocket in future

President Obama is poised to notch the lowest deficit of his six-year tenure at just more than a half-trillion dollars, reflecting slow but steady progress he and Congress have made on cutting annual spending. But the Congressional Budget Office said Wednesday that the long-term problems remain with entitlements such as Social Security and the major health care programs, which will send deficits soaring back toward $1 trillion within a decade. Published August 27, 2014

Alonzo Cushing photo provided by the Wisconsin Historical Society shows First Lt. Alonzo Cushing. A Civil War soldier is to be honored with the nation's highest military decoration 151 years after his death.The White House announced Wednesday that President Barack Obama will give the Medal of Honor to Alonzo H. Cushing. His descendants and Civil War buffs have been pushing for the Union Army lieutenant killed at Gettysburg, Pennsylvania to receive the award. (AP Photo/Wisconsin Historical Society)

Long overdue: Obama to award Medal of Honor to Civil War soldier

President Obama will award the Medal of Honor to 1st Lt. Alonzo Cushing, who gave his life at Gettysburg leading the effort to repel Pickett's Charge, the White House said Tuesday in an announcement historians say corrects a glaring omission in the rolls of the nation's top military honor. Published August 26, 2014

A federal judge severely limited California's gun-purchase waiting period in a ruling Monday that says the law is unconstitutional. (AP Photo/Seth Perlman, File)

California waiting period nixed for existing gun owners

A federal judge severely limited California's gun-purchase waiting period in a ruling released Monday that says the law is unconstitutional when applied to those who have gone through the process to get a concealed-weapons permit, or who the state already knows to be firearms owners. Published August 25, 2014

Texas Gov. Rick Perry speaks during a discussion on "The Border Crisis and the New Politics of Immigration" at the Heritage Foundation, Washington, D.C., Thursday, August 21, 2014. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)

Rick Perry: U.S. must consider ground troops in Iraq

Texas Gov. Rick Perry called for deepening U.S. involvement in Iraq, including sending heavy weapons to Kurdish Peshmerga fighters and deploying more American military air power and special operations teams. Published August 21, 2014

**FILE** Illegal immigrants file into a U.S. Border Patrol facility in Tucson, Ariz. (Associated Press)

DHS saw no option but to free 169 illegals convicted of murder

The Obama administration says it had no choice but to release almost all of the 169 murderers it let go from immigration detention last year, saying court decisions gave officials no choice in the matter — but it's promising a new system to better screen who gets let out. Published August 21, 2014

Jani Bergdahl, mother of U.S. Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, listens as President Barack Obama speaks about the release of her son, during a news conference in the Rose Garden of the White House in Washington on Saturday, May 31, 2014. Bergdahl, 28, had been held prisoner by the Taliban since June 30, 2009. He was handed over to U.S. special forces by the Taliban in exchange for the release of five Afghan detainees held by the United States. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

Bergdahl release violated law, used improper monies

Obama administration officials broke two federal laws when they exchanged Taliban warriors for Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, the government's top investigative office said in a legal report Thursday. Published August 21, 2014

** FILE ** Rep. Duncan Hunter, California Republican. (TellDC screenshot)

Marine congressman says police don't need military vehicles in Missouri

Rep. Duncan Hunter asked the Defense Department Wednesday to conduct its own review of the program that sends surplus military equipment to police departments, saying the Pentagon should see if there are categories of weapons that should no longer be transferred. Published August 20, 2014

**FILE** Diana Jimenez, 2, sleeps in a stroller during a April 30, 2014, rally sponsored by local immigrant rights organizations, in Homestead, Fla. Jimenez's father was deported to Guatemala two years ago, leaving Jimenez and four siblings in the U.S. (Associated Press)

Ineligible illegals file request to get Dreamer status, force Obama's hand

Nearly a dozen illegal immigrations announced a campaign Wednesday to force President Obama's hand on halting deportations, saying they would file papers demanding to be let into the existing program granting so-called Dreamers legal status, even though none of them qualify. Published August 20, 2014

Texas Gov. Rick Perry leaves the Blackwell Thurman Criminal Justice Center after he was booked in Austin Tuesday. Mr. Perry was indicted last week on charges of coercion and official oppression for publicly promising to veto $7.5 million for the state's public integrity unit unless the head of the unit, a district attorney convicted of drunken driving, resigned. (Associated Press)

Defiant Perry booked on abuse-of-office charges

Texas Gov. Rick Perry turned himself in to police on Tuesday to be processed in connection with his indictment on abusing his office — though the Republican made the most of it, holding a rally outside the courthouse to rail against the charges. Published August 19, 2014

FILE - In this May 25, 2006, file photo, Sen. Jim Jeffords, I-Vt., listens during a hearing at the Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs on Capitol Hill in Washington. Jeffords, who in 2001 tipped control of the Senate when he quit the Republican Party to become an independent, died Monday, Aug. 18, 2014, in Washington. He was 80.  (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak, File)

James Jeffords, who tilted Senate balance by leaving GOP, dies at 80

James M. Jeffords, who died Monday at age 80, built a three-decade career in Washington but cemented his place in history with one decision: fleeing the Republican Party and siding with Democrats, delivering them control of the Senate in 2001. Published August 18, 2014

Rep. William Lacy Clay, whose district includes Ferguson, Missouri, says the federal government needs to provide training with weapons. (Associated Press)

Military equipment for local police questioned amid Ferguson violence

Police forces are not only turning to military-style equipment to take on law enforcement tasks, but sometimes aren't even trained properly in how to use the weapons of war, the congressman who represents the St. Louis suburb that has been ensnared in a week of violence said Sunday. Published August 17, 2014

FILE - In this April 1, 2014, file photo, Sen. Carl Levin, D-Mich., speaks on Capitol Hill in Washington. President Barack Obama scored a rare win in his 5-year-old campaign to close the federal prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, as a Senate panel approved giving him the authority to transfer terror suspects to the United States if Congress signs off on a comprehensive plan to shutter the facility. Levin hailed the defense bill provision as a significant change in the long standoff between the Obama administration and bipartisan congressional opponents over the post-Sept. 11 prison for terror suspects. (AP Photo/Lauren Victoria Burke, File)

Top Dem vows review of police access to military equipment

The top Senate Democrat overseeing the military said Friday that Congress will reexamine the programs that allow state and local authorities to buy or borrow military equipment, as the backlash against heavily armed and armored police grows. Published August 15, 2014