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**FILE** An illegal immigrant from El Salvador is searched June 26, 2012, on the tarmac at Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport in Mesa, Ariz., as the sun rises prior to boarding an MD-80 aircraft for a repatriation flight of 80 immigrants to their home country. (Associated Press)

Judge: Obama administration can't refuse to arrest illegal immigrants

A federal judge said this week that the Obama administration is likely violating the law by telling immigration agents and officers not to arrest illegal immigrants they deem low priority, in a case that could upend President Obama's enforcement policy. Published April 24, 2013

** FILE ** Michael Huerta, administrator of the Federal Aviation Administration, speaks as one of the keynote speakers at the Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International, North America 2012 conference inside the exhibition hall of the Mandalay Bay hotel-casino in Las Vegas, Nev., on Tuesday, Aug. 7, 2012. (Martin S. Fuentes/Special to The Washington Times)

FAA accused of 'shocking' failure on sequesters

A top House Republican accused the FAA of a "shocking lapse of management" in giving the airlines just "hours" notice before furloughing air traffic controllers, leaving the industry struggling to adjust to major flight delays. Published April 24, 2013

President George W. Bush bears witness to brush clearing as he takes a break from trail work during August vacation at Prairie Chapel Ranch in Crawford, Texas.   Photographs by Eric Draper from Front Row Seat: A Photographic Portrait of the Presidency of George W. Bush(Copyright © 2013). For more information visit

George W. Bush: A look back at a president who never looked back

For a man who spent eight years in the public eye as president, George W. Bush's private side remains a mystery to many Americans. Eric Draper's new book, "Front Row Seat," gives a peek behind the privacy curtain that surrounds every president. Published April 23, 2013

**FILE** Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, accompanied by President Obama, meets Sept. 12, 2012, with State Department personnel in the courtyard of the State Department building in Washington after the president spoke at the White House concerning the recent deaths of Americans in Libya. (Associated Press)

Obama, Clinton blew Benghazi response, Republican report

House Republicans have concluded that the Pentagon and U.S. intelligence agencies bear no blame for failing to halt the terrorist assault on the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi, Libya, last year, releasing a report Tuesday that said President Obama and the State Department set up the military for failure. Published April 23, 2013

**FILE** Sen. Rand Paul, Kentucky Republican, talks to reporters on Capitol Hill in Washington on March 7, 2013. (Associated Press)

Rand Paul: Stop immigration bill until we understand Boston

Sen. Rand Paul said Monday that the immigration reform debate should be halted until Congress first understands what went wrong in Boston, where two brothers who came to the U.S. legally under the asylum program have been accused of the deadly bombings at last week's marathon. Published April 22, 2013

The Senate's bipartisan "Gang of Eight" holds a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington on Thursday, April 18, 2013. In front from left to right are Sen. Marco Rubio, Florida Republican; Sen. Charles E. Schumer, New York Democrat; Sen. Lindsey Graham, South Carolina Republican; and Sen. John McCain, Arizona Republican. The legislation would dramatically remake the U.S. immigration system by ushering in new visa programs for low- and high-skilled workers, requiring a tough new focus on border security, instituting a new requirement for all employers to check the legal status of their workers, and installing a path to citizenship for 11 million immigrants in the country illegally. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

Boston bomb case's findings may delay Senate immigration legislation

The authors of the Senate immigration bill are mounting a campaign to try to make sure the Boston Marathon bombings last week don't derail their push to overhaul the U.S. immigration system, saying the problems lie more with the FBI than with legal immigration. Published April 21, 2013

**FILE** Sen. Chuck Grassley, Iowa Republican, speaks during a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on immigrant women and immigration reform on Capitol Hill in Washington on March 18, 2013. (Associated Press)

Boston bombing drama hits immigration debate

The uncle of the two suspects in the Boston Marathon bombing said Friday that they were born in Kyrgyzstan and came to the U.S. in 2003 on claims of asylum — news that's already beginning to reverberate in the immigration debate just beginning on Capitol Hill. Published April 19, 2013

**FILE** Hundreds of people attend the National Rally for Citizenship on the west lawn of the U.S. Capitol in Washington on April 10, 2013, to call for immigration reform. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)

Napolitano: Bill could spark new wave of illegal immigrants

The new immigration bill would only grant a pathway to citizenship to illegal immigrants who made it into the U.S. before 2012 — a date that Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano said Wednesday should be widely publicized in order to stop a new wave of illegal border crossers. Published April 17, 2013

Sens. John McCain, Arizona Republican, and Charles E. Schumer, New York Democrat, leave the White House after a meeting with President Obama on immigration. (Associated Press)

Senators put final touches on plan for immigration; border security is key element

After months of negotiations, the Gang of Eight senators were poised to file their immigration bill late Tuesday evening, striking a deal to immediately legalize most illegal immigrants and ease the path for future legal immigrants in exchange for promises of much stiffer border security, backed up by verifiable yardsticks. Published April 16, 2013

** FILE ** Sen. Marco Rubio, Florida Republican, speaks at the Conservative Political Action Conference at the Gaylord National Hotel in National Harbor, Md., on Thursday, March 14, 2013. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)

Immigration draft lays out contentious points plan to reward, select immigrants

The immigration reform bill that senators are writing in secret would move U.S. policy to a points-based system that would reward immigrants who are taking care of disabled parents at the same level as those who have earned master's degrees in high-tech fields, according to a draft of the legislation reviewed by The Washington Times. Published April 14, 2013

The Capitol building in Washington, D.C. (Associated Press)

Congress votes to shield top officials' financial disclosures

Congress this week approved a bill to free thousands of federal government employees from having to disclose their financial dealings online, rushing the bill through the Senate late Thursday and through the House on Friday. But the push to undo the online reporting requirement is proving to be controversial. Published April 12, 2013