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Stephen Dinan

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

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Donald Trump continued to grab the lion's share of headlines with his political opponents saying his offhand comment that the "Second Amendment people" could stop Hillary Clinton appeared to be a veiled threat against her. (Associated Press)

Trump, Clinton sidetracked by new scandals as campaign veers off course

The presidential campaign veered far off course Wednesday as Donald Trump's political opponents called for him to be investigated over inciting violence against Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton -- and Mrs. Clinton faced her own questions about corruption during her time in the State Department. Published August 10, 2016

Informational Zika posters for pregnant woman are displayed as Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton takes a tour of a Miami health care center. (Associated Press)

Hillary Clinton takes up Zika cause as mosquito-borne illness becomes political weapon

Zika is pushing all the buttons of American politics, with Hillary Clinton's call Tuesday to bring Congress back into session to spend more money -- and tack it on to the deficit -- just the latest sign. From abortion to spending to tricky calculations about birth defects and how much prevention is worth, Zika is forcing the political debate into new realms. Published August 9, 2016

President Obama has set modern records for clemency, reducing or canceling sentences for more than 600 federal inmates, more than his nine predecessors going back to John F. Kennedy combined. (Associated Press)

Obama's forgiveness of gun crimes amid push for controls 'incredible hypocrisy'

Richard Reid was already a two-time felon when authorities searched his Delaware apartment and found marijuana, crack cocaine divided into sales-size plastic bags, powder cocaine, a scale -- and a loaded .32 caliber handgun, an unloaded .25 caliber pistol and ammunition for two other types of weapons. Published August 9, 2016

In this Oct. 21, 2014 file photo, people opposed to child sex trafficking rally outside of the Washington state Supreme Court in Olympia, Wash. The Washington Supreme Court ruled Thursday, Sept. 3, 2015, in favor of three young girls who sued Backpage.com, claiming they were sold as prostitutes on the site. Thursday's ruling says the Communications Decency Act does not protect Backpage from state lawsuits because there's enough evidence to show that it didn't just host the ads, but helped develop the content. (AP Photo/Rachel La Corte/ File)

Court rules sex website must comply with congressional subpoena

Backpage.com, one of the country's chief outlets for prostitutes and other adult services, must turn over records to a congressional probe that's looking into whether the website does enough to try to screen for victims of human trafficking, a judge ruled Friday. Published August 5, 2016

FILE - In this Monday, Aug. 8, 2011, file photo, a statue of former Treasury Secretary Albert Gallatin stands guard outside the Treasury Building in Washington. On Friday, June 10, 2016, the Treasury Department releases federal budget data for May. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin, File)

CBO: Deficit larger than expected

The federal government has sunk deeper into the red than analysts projected just five months ago, and is now poised to post a $590 billion shortfall this fiscal year, the Congressional Budget Office said Friday. Published August 5, 2016

Tea party activists demonstrate on Fountain Square before marching to the John Weld Peck Federal Building in Cincinnati to protest the Internal Revenue Service's targeting of conservative groups seeking tax-exempt status on May 21, 2013. (Associated Press) **FILE**

Court says IRS must prove it stopped tea party targeting

A federal appeals court slapped the IRS with yet another rebuke Friday, ruling that it did, in fact, discriminate against tea party groups and insisting the tax agency prove that it's permanently stopped the unconstitutional targeting of groups because of their political leanings. Published August 5, 2016

Melania Trump (Lucien Capehart/Special to The Washington Times)

Democrats demand immigration records for Melania Trump

Democrats demanded Thursday that the government release Melania Trump's immigration file after news reports and at least one prominent immigration lawyer raised questions about whether the wife of the Republican presidential nominee followed the law in entering and working in the U.S. Published August 4, 2016

Following his nonendorsement of Donald Trump at the RNC, supporters of the Republican candidate say Mr. Cruz has sealed his own doom in the party. (Associated Press)

Ted Cruz on post-convention losing streak

Ted Cruz has gone quiet after his daring convention speech, firing off fundraising pleas for his 2018 Senate campaign but otherwise keeping a low profile as analysts say he does the hard work of rebuilding his political brand. Published August 3, 2016

Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson. (Associated Press File Photo)

Johnson sees signs of success in getting countries to take back illegals

Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson said he's seen some signs of progress in getting other countries to take their illegal immigrants back when the U.S. tries to deport them, and signaled he'd wait to see how those efforts play out before he'll commit to stripping visas from those that still refuse. Published August 3, 2016