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President Barack Obama speaks to members of the media in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington, Monday, June 13, 2016, after getting briefed on the investigation of a shooting at a nightclub in Orlando by FBI Director James Comey, Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson, and other officials. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

Obama dubs Orlando attack 'homegrown' terrorism

It's difficult to spot lone-wolf terrorists ahead of time, but the country could do more to try to deny them access to the weapons they use, President Obama said Monday, in the wake of the weekend's shooting rampage that left more than 100 dead or wounded in Orlando, Florida. Published June 13, 2016

Immigration and Customs Enforcement officers escort an arrestee during a series of early-morning raids on March 3, 2015, in the Bronx borough of New York. (Associated Press) ** FILE **

House orders Library of Congress to maintain 'illegal alien'

The House voted Friday to order the Library of Congress to keep using the term "illegal alien" to describe those who come to the U.S. without authorization, saying that as long as federal laws written by Congress use those terms, so should their official records-keeper. Published June 10, 2016

"You want the Republican nominee to be somebody who could do the job if they win. And you want folks who understand the issues. And where you can sit across the table from 'em and you have a principled argument. And ultimately can still move the country forward," Mr. Obama said, according to a transcript provided by NBC. (Associated Press)

Obama 'worried' for GOP under Donald Trump

President Obama said Wednesday he's "worried" for the GOP, saying the country is better off when there are two healthy political parties but Republicans' choice of Donald Trump to be their presidential nominee suggests deep problems. Published June 8, 2016

An anti-Donald Trump protester waves a Mexican flag outside the California Republican Party 2016 Convention on April 29 in Burlingame, Calif. (Associated Press)

Hispanic activists' anti-Trump efforts fall flat as citizenship push sputters

Immigrant-rights advocates had vowed to make 2016 the year of the anti-Donald Trump citizenship surge, hoping to sign up a million new immigrants eager to send a message rejeting the GOP's presidential candidate -- but so far they're falling short, with naturalization rates only slightly higher than four years ago. Published June 8, 2016

IRS Commissioner John Koskinen. (Associated Press) ** FILE **

IRS computer hack was worse than agency admitted

The IRS's computer hack was worse than previously admitted, and the tax agency failed to alert thousands of people that their information was stolen, and didn't give credit monitoring assistance to nearly 80,000 others who were targeted, an inspector general said Wednesday. Published June 8, 2016

President Obama listens at right as U.S. Attorney Loretta Lynch speaks Nov. 8, 2014, in the Roosevelt Room of the White House in Washington, where the president announced he would nominate Lynch to replace Attorney General Eric Holder. (Associated Press) **FILE**

Judge blocks his own order sending Obama lawyers to ethics class

Justice Department lawyers and illegal immigrants won a temporary reprieve this week after Judge Andrew S. Hanen blocked his own order sending the lawyers back to remedial ethics classes, and ordering the government to turn over information on tens of thousands of illegal immigrants who were erroneously granted a three-year deportation amnesty. Published June 7, 2016

Donald Trump (Associated Press) **FILE**

Trump says his judge attack is 'misconstrued'

Donald Trump said Tuesday that his attack on a federal judge is being "misconstrued," insisting it's not an attack on all Mexicans, as he sought to tamp down on the first major crisis of his post-primary campaign. Published June 7, 2016

In this Thursday, May 19, 2016 photo, Rep. Renee Ellmers listens while facing off with Dr. Greg Brannon and Rep. George Holding during the 2nd Congressional District Republican primary debate at WRAL studio in Raleigh, N.C. (Travis Long/The News & Observer via AP, Pool)

Donald Trump's endorsement of Renee Ellmers stokes conservatives' fears

Donald Trump's endorsement of Rep. Renee Ellmers in North Carolina sent shock waves through the likely GOP presidential nominee's supporters over the weekend, stoking new fears about his political reliability after the first person he backed has a record diametrically opposed to him on immigration. Published June 6, 2016

IRS: White House never asked for secret information on taxpayers

The White House never requested any secret taxpayer information from the IRS, the tax agency said in a sworn statement filed with a federal court on Friday, hoping to put to rest lingering questions about whether political operatives tried to peek at confidential records. Published June 3, 2016

In this Dec. 8, 2011, file-pool photo, then-Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton hands off her mobile phone after arriving for a meeting in The Hague, Netherlands. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, Pool, File)

Hillary Clinton's chief email defense is false

Hillary Clinton's chief defense of her email behavior is that she tried to forward her messages so they were captured by the State Department -- but a Washington Times analysis found she clearly did that only a quarter of the time when she was corresponding with someone outside the department. Published June 1, 2016

U.S. Customs and Border Protection Air and Marine agents patrol along the Rio Grande on the Texas-Mexico border on Feb. 24, 2015, near Rio Grande City, Texas. (Associated Press)

Obama accuses judge of scaring illegals away from signing up for amnesty

The Obama administration accused a federal judge Tuesday of sowing "fear and confusion" among illegal immigrants, potentially scaring them away from signing up for President Obama's deportation amnesty by demanding immigration officials submit names of tens of thousands of migrants who've already enrolled. Published May 31, 2016

Former State Dept. chief of staff blames Clinton email bungle on Benghazi

Cheryl Mills, the former chief of staff at the State Department, partly blamed the Benghazi terrorist attack for former Secretary Hillary Clinton failing to turn over her emails as she left office in 2013, saying there was "a lot going on" that distracted them from fulfilling their obligations under open-records laws. Published May 31, 2016