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Stephen Dinan

Stephen Dinan

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

Articles by Stephen Dinan

Holder hasn't read Arizona law he criticized

Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr., who has been critical of Arizona's new immigration law, said Thursday he hasn't yet read the law and is going by what he's read in newspapers or seen on television. Published May 13, 2010

Congress seeks potty parity for women

Add equal bathroom access to life, liberty, happiness and the other things the government wants to make sure American citizens enjoy. Published May 13, 2010

Senate calls for audit of three years of Fed deals

Senators demanded Tuesday to be let in on what they called the most secretive, powerful federal agency in existence, voting overwhelmingly to audit the loans and deals the Federal Reserve made over the past three years but stopping short of demanding a full review of the Fed's future monetary policy. Published May 12, 2010

Senate calls for audit of three years of Fed deals

Senators demanded Tuesday to be let in on what they called the most secretive, powerful federal agency in existence, voting overwhelmingly to audit the loans and deals the Federal Reserve made over the past three years but stopping short of demanding a full review of the Fed's future monetary policy. Published May 12, 2010

Senate demands one-time audit of the Fed

Senators demanded on Tuesday to be let in on what they called the most secretive, powerful federal agency in existence, voting overwhelmingly to force the Federal Reserve to undergo an audit of the loans and deals it made during the financial turmoil of the past several years. Published May 11, 2010

Senators focusing on candor, recruiting

The fate of Solicitor General Elena Kagans nomination to the Supreme Court depends on how she defends her decision to restrict military recruiters at Harvard Law School and whether she's prepared to answer the kinds of questions she declined to answer the last time she came before the Senate. Published May 11, 2010

Coburn wants to certify bills are read

Sen. Tom Coburn wants his colleagues to prove that reading is fundamental — at least when it comes to the dozens of bills that pass over their desks, often with nary a glance from lawmakers. Published May 11, 2010

Lieberman: Strip terrorists of citizenship

Saying that citizens who become terrorists are at war with the U.S., lawmakers on Capitol Hill introduced a bill to let the government rescind their citizenship - and stirred up a debate over what tools should be used to fight the war on terrorism. Published May 7, 2010

Senate nixes liquidation fund for firms

The Senate on Wednesday jettisoned Democrats' contentious $50 billion liquidation fund for failing financial service companies and instead overwhelmingly embraced an alternative that would try to shield taxpayers even as the government tries to impose "orderly liquidation" on big failed firms. Published May 6, 2010

Bill will strip terrorists of citizenship

Saying American citizens who turn to terrorism against the U.S. have renounced their country, lawmakers on Capitol Hill announced a bill Thursday to let the government actually strip them of their citizenship. Published May 6, 2010

Obey to leave House after 4 decades

Rep. David R. Obey, the author of last year's $862 billion economic stimulus law, won't seek re-election this year - and on the way out he took shots at the Senate, the press, the country's mood and even former President George W. Bush. Published May 6, 2010

Napolitano: Border could be 'more safe'

Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano said Tuesday the U.S.-Mexico border is not as secure as it could be, though she contended that the Obama administration has shown an "absolute laserlike focus on that border." Published May 5, 2010

Bank bill could help feds snoop, GOP warns

Fights over derivatives and bailouts are getting more attention, but Senate Republicans are planning a battle over two federal agencies created by Senate Democrats' financial-regulation bill, warning that the proposed agencies give the government new ways to tap into consumers' personal information. Published May 5, 2010

House chairman Obey to retire at end of term

Taking shots at the Senate, the press, the country's mood and former President George W. Bush, Rep. David R. Obey said he will retire from the House at the end of this term, ending a four-decade congressional career that oversaw record spending and historic expansion of government aid. Published May 5, 2010

Dems put forth immigration bill framework

Seeking one last effort to jump-start the immigration debate and having lost the backing of the one Republican who had been talking with them, Senate Democrats on Thursday announced they will try to pass their own immigration bill this year. Published April 30, 2010

Nonbinding vote on Puerto Rico approved

The House voted Thursday to give Puerto Rico a nonbinding vote on its status, marking the beginning of a process that could eventually lead to a 51st state. Published April 30, 2010

Jobless likely to feel pain long-term

Losing a job is always tough, but losing it in the middle of what's been dubbed the "Great Recession" could hurt for years, according to a new report by the Congressional Budget Office that hints at just how deep the damage could be to those laid off. Published April 30, 2010

Cornyn: Crist shows D.C. can't pick winners

Sen. John Cornyn, the Senate Republicans' campaign chairman who recruited Florida Gov. Charlie Crist into that state's Senate race, said Thursday Mr. Crist's fall shows the danger of Washington politicians trying to pick winners and losers in the midst of anti-Washington sentiment. Published April 29, 2010

If Crist leaves party, GOP donors vow to take cash back

One Republican senator has asked Florida Gov. Charlie Crist to return a $1,000 contribution to his Senate campaign, and other senators are expected to follow suit if Mr. Crist announces he's dropping out of the Republican primary in Florida. Published April 29, 2010