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Stephen Dinan

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

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FILE - In this Sept. 12, 2012 file photo, then-Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton speaks at the State Department in Washington. Clinton used a personal email account during her time as secretary of state, rather than a government-issued email address. Deputy State Department spokesperson Marie Harf says the department asked former secretaries of state last year for records that should be preserved. In response to that request, Clinton provided emails from her time as the nation's top diplomat.  (AP Photo/Alex Brandon, File)

Federal agencies can't be forced to find emails sent from personal accounts: judge

A federal judge ruled Tuesday that federal agencies can't be forced to go track down emails sent by employees from their personal accounts, in a case that could shield former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, who conducted business on private accounts rather than a government email address. Published March 3, 2015

Sen. Jeff Sessions, R-Alabama talks to reporters on Capitol Hill in Washington, Friday, Dec. 12, 2014, as the Senate considers a spending bill. The House has passed an additional stopgap spending to make certain the government doesn't shut down at midnight Saturday when current funding authority runs out. The move would give the Senate additional time to process a $1.1 trillion government-wide spending bill.  (AP Photo/Lauren Victoria Burke)

Obama administration halts all hiring for amnesty program

The administration said Tuesday it has left hundreds of thousands of square feet of office space empty and halted job offers to 360 potential employees as it has tried to comply with a federal judge's order halting President Obama's new deportation amnesty program. Published March 3, 2015

The exterior of the Internal Revenue Service building in Washington is seen here on March 22, 2013. (Associated Press) **FILE**

IRS defends paying refunds to illegals who never filed taxes

The IRS is defending its decision to let illegal immigrants claim up to three years' refunds on income even if they never paid income taxes, telling Congress in a new letter last week that agency lawyers have concluded getting a Social Security number triggers the ability to go back and ask for previous refunds. Published March 2, 2015

United States Sen. Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., participates in a news conference about Homeland Security funding in New York, Monday, March 2, 2015. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)

Senate rejects debate on homeland funds in push for 'clean' bill

The Senate on Monday rejected further negotiations over homeland security spending and sent a "clean" spending bill back to the House minus any restrictions on President Obama's deportation amnesty, daring House Republicans to either accept it as is or face blame for shutting down key security agencies. Published March 2, 2015

A U.S. Customs and Border Protection agent patrols near the Texas-Mexico border.  (AP Photo/Eric Gay)

Immigration debate may have increased illegal crossings

The debate over legalizing illegal immigrants was "a primary cause" of last summer's surge of Central Americans jumping the U.S.-Mexico border, the Government Accountability Office reported Friday, citing surveys of U.S. officials on the ground in Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador. Published March 1, 2015

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, Kentucky Republican. (Associated Press) ** FILE **

Senate drops objections to Obama amnesty, clears 'clean' homeland bill

Senate Republican leaders retreated on the homeland security spending fight Friday morning, voting with Democrats to delete provisions that would have stopped President Obama's deportation amnesty in order to avoid a partial shutdown of the Homeland Security Department at midnight. Published February 27, 2015

House Speaker John Boehner of Ohio leaves the House chamber on Capitol Hill in Washington, Friday, Feb. 27, 2015, after the House voted to go to conference committee on a long-term "clean" spending bill for the Homeland Security Department hours before a shutdown was to begin.  (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

Conservative rebellion helps sink DHS bill, shutdown looms at midnight

Conservatives rebelled in the House Friday afternoon, joining Democrats to defeat a bill to keep the Homeland Security Department open past a midnight shutdown deadline and leaving funding in doubt as all sides continued to fight over President Obama's deportation amnesty. Published February 27, 2015

Speaker of the House John Boehner, R-Ohio, walks to the chamber as the House failed to advance a short-term funding measure to keep the Department of Homeland Security funded past a midnight deadline, at the Capitol in Washington, Friday evening, Feb. 27, 2015. Conservatives in Speaker Boehner's own party fought against three-week funding measure because it would not overturn Obama’s actions on immigration.  (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

Congress averts DHS shutdown with one-week infusion of funds

Agreeing on little else, Democrats and Republicans managed to come together late Friday to pass a short-term bill to keep the Homeland Security Department running one more week — though they made little headway on solving the underlying fight over President Obama's deportation amnesty. Published February 27, 2015

The IRS belatedly told Congress it may have lost some of Lois Lerner's emails after her computer crashed, and asserted that the backup tapes didn't exist. (Associated Press)

IRS watchdog reveals Lois Lerner missing emails now subject of criminal probe

The IRS's inspector general confirmed Thursday it is conducting a criminal investigation into how Lois G. Lerner's emails disappeared, saying it took only two weeks for investigators to find hundreds of tapes the agency's chief had told Congress were irretrievably destroyed. Published February 26, 2015

Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) speaks at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) held at the Gaylord Hotel, National Harbor, Md., Friday, March 7, 2014. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)

CPAC/Washington Times straw poll tests 17 GOP presidential candidates

Seventeen potential candidates — including current and former governors, senators and political outsiders — are part of the 2015 GOP presidential straw poll at the Conservative Political Action Conference, which opens Wednesday and runs through Saturday just outside Washington. Published February 25, 2015

In this Feb. 17, 2015 photo, a group lights candles at a rally for immigration reform in front of Devine Redeemer Presbyterian Church sponsored by the Texas Organizing Project in San Antonio, Texas. Immigrants across the country expressed disappointment Tuesday after a federal judge put a hold on President Barack Obama's plan to protect more than 4 million people living illegally in the U.S. from deportation. But many said they haven't lost hope. (AP Photo/The San Antonio Express-News, Bob Owen)

Civil rights commissioner warns of illegals voting under Obama amnesty

Civil Rights Commissioner Peter Kirsanow warned Congress on Wednesday that President Obama's deportation amnesty program, which will allow illegal immigrants to get Social Security numbers and driver's licenses, will make it much easier for them to register and vote in U.S. elections — despite being ineligible to do so. Published February 25, 2015

Rep. Bob Goodlatte, Virginia Republican, in his office in the Rayburn House Office Building on April 4, 2014. (Eva Russo/Special to The Washington Times) ** FILE **

Republicans to roll out immigration enforcement bills

House Republicans will introduce four new immigration enforcement bills this week and plan to begin pushing them through committee next week as the GOP sets up the outlines of what the post-shutdown showdown immigration fight will be. Published February 25, 2015

Illegal immigrants sit in a group after being detained by U.S. Border Patrol agents in McAllen, Texas. (Associated Press) **FILE**

Feds ask appeals court to restart amnesty

The Obama administration on Monday filed both an appeal and a request for an immediate stay of last week’s court ruling halting the president's deportation amnesty, arguing that if it can't grant illegal immigrants work permits and Social Security numbers it cannot enforce other laws properly. Published February 23, 2015