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Stephen Dinan

Stephen Dinan

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

Articles by Stephen Dinan

Sen. Jeanne Shaheen, D-N.H., hugs a volunteer holding a sign as she heads in to vote at the Town Hall in Madbury, NH,  Tuesday, Nov. 4, 2014.  Shaheen, a Democrat seeking a second term, faces Republican Scott Brown, who is seeking to represent a second state. Brown moved to New Hampshire last year after losing his U.S. Senate seat in Massachusetts.  (AP Photo/Cheryl Senter)

Jeanne Shaheen beats Scott Brown in New Hampshire

Sen. Jeanne Shaheen on Tuesday fended off a stiff challenge from Republican Scott Brown in New Hampshire, allowing Democrats to breath a sigh of relief in what otherwise was shaping up to be a bleak election night. Published November 4, 2014

Shelley Moore Capito speaks during a campaign rally in Beckley, W.Va., as state Sen. Evan Jenkins and former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney look on. West Virginia has been trending Republican for more than a decade and voted Republican in every presidential election since 2000, but both of its U.S. senators were Democrats before Ms. Capito's victory in the midterm elections. (AP Photo/Chris Tilley)

Electoral map recalibrates to its natural red-blue state

After years of anti-Bush and pro-Obama surges, Republicans on Tuesday began to capture Senate seats in traditionally red states — the beginning of a swing toward what analysts said should be a natural GOP majority in the upper chamber. Published November 4, 2014

This photo taken June 4, 2014 shows Labor Secretary Thomas Perez speaking in Washington. Perez has issued a rule to raise the minimum wage for federal government workers and contractors to $10.10 an hour. The raise, from $7.70 an hour now, was proposed earlier this year by President Barack Obama.  The higher level will take effect on Jan. 1, 2015. (AP Photo/Connor Radnovich)

Judge undercuts Obama on housing discrimination, rebukes Tom Perez

A federal judge overturned the Obama administration's "desperation" move to try to find more ways to prove discrimination in housing in a decision Monday that also delivered a searing rebuke to Thomas Perez, a Cabinet official whom liberals are pushing to be the next attorney general. Published November 3, 2014

The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services building in Phoenix is seen here on Aug. 5, 2008. (Associated Press) **FILE**

Visa-free visitors must give more information as terrorist fears grow

Homeland Security officials said Monday that they will immediately begin demanding more information from visitors from countries with visa-free entry, bowing to growing fears that jihadists from Iraq or Syria could use a loophole to bring their battle to the U.S. mainland. Published November 3, 2014

**FILE** A draft copy of the 21-page Health and Human Services Department form proposed for use to apply for low-cost insurance from Medicaid or the Children's Health Insurance Program is photographed in Washington on March 12, 2013. (Associated Press)

Feds paid bill for HIV drugs even after Medicare patients died: audit

Medicare continued paying for HIV-related drugs for 158 patients even after they died in 2012, according to a new watchdog report being released Friday that suggested the problems could extend well beyond AIDS drugs to include all pharmaceuticals covered under Medicare's prescription drug benefit. Published October 31, 2014

Republican senators warn Obama against executive action on amnesty

Three of President Obama's GOP partners on immigration warned him Thursday not to try to act on his own to grant legal status to illegal immigrants, saying the border is not yet secure enough from either illegal immigration or potential terrorist threats. Published October 30, 2014

In this Sept. 5 file photo, a U.S. Customs and Border Protection Air and Marine agent looks for signs along trail while on patrol near the Texas-Mexico border near McAllen, Texas. (AP Photo/Eric Gay, File)

Rubio, McCain tell Obama border security trumps legalization

Three of President Obama's GOP partners on immigration warned him Thursday not to try to act on his own to grant tentative legal status to illegal immigrants, saying the border is not yet secure enough from both illegal immigration and potential terrorist threats. Published October 30, 2014

Feds pay for guitar lessons, petting zoo trips for illegal immigrant children

One of the contractors housing some of the surge of illegal immigrant children from this summer offers them a petting zoo with miniature ponies, a Tilapia fish-farm operation and guitar lessons, according to documents releasedThursday by a senator who questioned whether the plush accommodations were a good use of taxpayers' money. Published October 30, 2014

Sen. Tom Coburn, Oklahoma Republican, is taking to task those veterans who are abusing the government benefits system. He said veterans' benefit programs need to be streamlined to avoid duplicate payments. (Associated Press)

Veterans caught triple-dipping on benefits

One veteran on disability collected nearly $210,000 in benefits in 2013, while another earned more than $122,000 — nearly three times what his actual military pay would have been — according to a watchdog report being released Thursday that found tens of thousands of veterans are triple-dipping on disability. Published October 30, 2014

FILE - In this July 31, 2014 file photo, House Speaker John Boehner speaks during a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington. After the Federal Reserve began buying $600 billion in U.S. government bonds in November 2010 as part of its expanded quantitative easing program, Boehner argued that the central bank risked creating “hard-to-control” inflation, a weak U.S. dollar and market bubbles. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File)

Boehner: Obama confusing friends and enemies over Israel, Iran

House Speaker John A. Boehner issues a stinging rebuke to President Obama on Wednesday, telling him to get his troops in order after an administration official was quoted calling Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu a wimp, in more colorful language. Published October 29, 2014

A hazmat worker looks up while finishing up cleaning outside an apartment building of a hospital worker, Sunday, Oct. 12, 2014, in Dallas. The Texas health care worker, who was in full protective gear when they provided hospital care for Ebola patient Thomas Eric Duncan, who later died, has tested positive for the virus and is in stable condition, health officials said Sunday. (AP Photo/LM Otero)

State Department plans to bring foreign Ebola patients to U.S.

The State Department has quietly made plans to bring Ebola-infected doctors and medical aides to the U.S. for treatment, according to an internal department document that argued the only way to get other countries to send medical teams to West Africa is to promise that the U.S. will be the world's medical backstop. Published October 28, 2014

Though Sen. Kay Hagan, North Carolina Democrat, voted last year for the Senate bill that would have legalized most illegal immigrants, the North Carolina Dream Team, a group of "dreamers," young adult immigrants who were brought to the country illegally, said the rest of her record makes her unworthy of Hispanic votes. (Associated Press)

Immigration activists launch billboard campaign to bash Sen. Kay Hagan

Immigrant rights advocates unveiled a campaign billboard in North Carolina on Thursday attacking Democratic Sen. Kay R. Hagan for being too strict on illegal immigrants, raising questions of how Hispanic voters will approach this year's elections. Published October 23, 2014