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Stephen Dinan

Stephen Dinan

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

Articles by Stephen Dinan

Bush defends pre-emptive strike doctrine

President Bush on Tuesday defended his doctrine of pre-emptive strikes as a critical part of his legacy he will leave the next president in fighting the war on terror. Published December 9, 2008

EXCLUSIVE: Obama's Web presence loses its luster

Viewership for President-elect Barack Obama's weekly YouTube "fireside chats" has tanked, dropping more than 50 percent since his initial video three weeks ago. Published December 9, 2008

Obama to air interest-group talks

President-elect Barack Obama's transition team will publicize any official meetings that staffers have with outside interest groups and will post online any policy documents the groups present during those meetings, according to rules put in place Friday. Published December 6, 2008

Obama's transition team to go public

President-elect Barack Obama's transition team will publicize any official meetings staffers have with outside interest groups and will post online any policy documents those groups present during those meetings, according to new rules the transition team put in place Friday. Published December 5, 2008

Chertoff to hand Obama immigration successes

Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff declared success Wednesday on President Bush's vow to double the size of the U.S. Border Patrol. Published December 4, 2008

Chertoff: Twice as many agents on border

Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff on Wednesday declared success on President Bush's goal of doubling U.S. Border Patrol agents to 18,000 during his time in office, but said they will fall 10 percent short of putting barriers along 700 miles of the U.S.-Mexico border. Published December 3, 2008

Obama hijacks GOP language on key issues

Borrowing a line from the Republican-revolution playbook of the 1990s, President-elect Barack Obama on Tuesday told the nation's governors that he wants them to reassert states as the laboratories for solutions to the nation's big problems. Published December 3, 2008

Executive order cuts collective bargaining

President Bush on Monday issued an executive order designating 8,600 federal employees as critical to national security and taking away their collective-bargaining rights. Published December 2, 2008

Obama promises to help governors

The nation's governors asked President-elect Barack Obama on Tuesday for federal aid to help states out of a looming budget jam, and Mr. Obama promised to invest in infrastructure, to help ease states' burdens. Published December 2, 2008

Scholar: Visitor center edits Constitution

The exhibits at the new Capitol Visitor Center being dedicated Tuesday mangle the Constitution and seem designed to advance liberal dogma, says a constitutional scholar who has toured the $621 million facility and evaluated the exhibits. Published December 2, 2008

Scholar: Congressional exhibits too liberal

The exhibits at the new Capitol Visitor Center being dedicated Tuesday mangle the Constitution and seem designed to advance liberal dogma, says a constitutional scholar who has toured the $621 million facility and evaluated the exhibits. Published December 1, 2008

Obama names national security team

President-elect Barack Obama unveiled his national security team today, nominating Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton as secretary of state and choosing Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates to stay on as Pentagon chief. Published December 1, 2008

ANALYSIS: Obama takes on role even before taking office

The financial crisis has forced President-elect Barack Obama to begin governing sooner than he'd otherwise hoped, giving him at least part ownership of the issue and putting him at odds with his pledge two weeks ago not to impinge on President Bush's final two months in office. Published November 26, 2008

Obama team crafts ways to 'jolt' economy

President-elect Barack Obama's campaign promise to cut spending has been waylaid by the reality of the economy, as he warned Monday the deficit is going to grow. Published November 25, 2008

Obama officially appoints Geithner

Barack Obama officially named Tim Geithner as his first Cabinet appointment Monday, nominating him to lead Treasury and saying he would move swiftly to detail "meaningful cuts and sacrifices" to the federal budget on Tuesday. Published November 24, 2008

EXCLUSIVE: Cantor says GOP is no longer 'relevant'

Rep. Eric Cantor of Virginia, poised to ascend to House Republicans' No. 2 leader this week, said the Republican Party in Washington is no longer "relevant" to voters and must stop simply espousing principles. Published November 17, 2008

GOP's McCain-Feingold suit looks to Supreme Court

Election lawyers say the Republican National Committee is probably banking on changes to the Supreme Court in its latest challenge to the McCain-Feingold campaign finance law. Published November 14, 2008

Palin urges GOP to put defeat in past

Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin on Thursday argued that her ticket lost the presidential race not because of any campaign failures but because "it was not our time. It was not our moment." Published November 13, 2008

EXCLUSIVE: Agenda disappears from Obama Web site

President-elect Barack Obama over the weekend scrubbed his transition Web site, deleting most of what had been a massive agenda for his first term that appears on his campaign's site. Published November 11, 2008

Obama getting advice from everyone

Want to avoid a Hurricane Katrina-style government foul-up? Congress' watchdog agency has the playbook for President-elect Barack Obama to improve veterans' care, avoid a catastrophic health or food-safety emergency and improve the U.S. image overseas. Published November 11, 2008