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Stephen Dinan

Stephen Dinan

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

Articles by Stephen Dinan

Obama wins spending battle over F-22

President Obama had his biggest spending cuts win Thursday, going toe-to-toe with Congress's biggest defense spenders and forcing them to stop funding an Air Force fighter jet the Pentagon says it doesn't need. Published July 31, 2009

Obama loses immigration allies

Three years after President Obama marched alongside Hispanic and immigrant rights activists, they took to the streets Wednesday to march against him, saying he has betrayed them by embracing George W. Bush administration efforts to stem illegal immigration. Published July 30, 2009

Oklahomans hit Justice's meddling on English-only move

Oklahoma's bipartisan congressional delegation this week accused the Obama Justice Department of trying to strong-arm the state into rejecting an English-only referendum by saying it could cost Oklahoma federal funding. Published July 30, 2009

Dodd's 'grand strategy' to test Obama's coattails

The Connecticut Senate race is shaping up as a key test of whether presidential attention can carry Democrats to the election finish line, as embattled Sen. Christopher J. Dodd has taken every opportunity to grasp Barack Obama's coattails. Published July 28, 2009

Dictionary adds Hill favorite: 'Earmark'

In what amounts to another dubious milestone for Congress, "earmarks" - the pork-barrel spending projects loved by lawmakers but hated by those looking to control spending - is now part of the dictionary. Published July 20, 2009

Fired inspector general files lawsuit

The inspector general President Obama fired last month filed a lawsuit Friday to get his job back, claiming the firing was politically motivated and broke a 2008 law governing how watchdogs can be dismissed. Published July 18, 2009

Obama: discrimination in U.S. at lowest level

Addressing the NAACP, President Obama on Thursday said discrimination in America is the lowest it has ever been, though he said it does still hurt blacks, religious minorities and gays. Published July 17, 2009

Battle lines form over fate of F-22 fighter

The Democrat-controlled Congress is challenging President Obamas resolve to cut an Air Force fighter plane program - a move the White House calls the first major test of its efforts to curb runaway spending and slash unneeded projects. Published July 17, 2009

Dems hope to speed Obama's stimulus

Senate Democrats said Tuesday that President Obama's $787 billion stimulus program needs to be fixed to ensure money is spent more quickly and on projects that will provide a faster boost to the economy. Published July 15, 2009

Obama's to-do list grows after overseas trip

President Obama's weeklong trip overseas yielded modest accomplishments but left a host of unanswered questions and self-imposed deadlines that will test whether his power of personal persuasion will work in international diplomacy. Published July 14, 2009

Obama: Stimulus bill worked 'as intended'

With bad-news stories about the stimulus spending bill piling up at home, President Obama used his weekly radio address Saturday to try to reset expectations, saying that the program "has worked as intended." Published July 12, 2009

Obama urges Africa to seize promise

To adoring crowds, and with a nod to his own success as a black American, President Obama on Saturday used this relatively stable democracy to challenge the rest of Africa to rise above conflict and corruption as it sees the world stage. Published July 12, 2009

Obama to African leaders: Time for 'responsibility'

President Obama on Friday said African countries cannot blame colonialism for problems caused by corruption and their own bad governance as he embarked on his first trip as president to sub-Saharan Africa. Published July 11, 2009

Obama: Africa at moment of 'promise'

To adoring crowds, and with a nod to his own success as an African-American, President Obama on Saturday used this relatively stable democracy to challenge the rest of Africa to rise above conflict and corruption as they seek to gain the world stage. Published July 11, 2009

Obama: Stimulus working as planned

With bad-news stories about the stimulus spending bill piling up at home, President Obama used his weekly radio address Saturday to try to reset expectations, saying despite continued job losses and the money going out slowly, the program "has worked as intended." Published July 11, 2009

Obama claims G-8 resolve against Iran

Wrapping up the Group of Eight summit, President Obama said Friday that the world's major powers are ready to act if Iran fails to show good-faith efforts and negotiate about its nuclear development program. Published July 11, 2009

Obama gives Iran deadline on nuclear program

UPDATED: President Obama said Friday that Iran faces a September deadline to show good-faith efforts to halt its nuclear weapons program, and said the statement issued by the world's leading industrial nations meeting here this week means the international community is ready to act. Published July 10, 2009

World leaders: Obama doing 'everything right' so far

President Obama's debut performance at a G-8 summit is playing to rave reviews from his counterparts Friday, with Italian President Silvio Berlusconi telling reporters the American "has done everything absolutely right" on foreign policy so far. Published July 10, 2009

G-8 vows restart of talks on trade

Trying to fight a rising tide of protectionism, leaders of the world's top economies Thursday vowed to restart moribund global trade talks and have the on-again-off-again negotiations finished by the end of next year. Published July 10, 2009

World leaders greet Obama with applause

In a curious sign, leaders of the world's most powerful nations applauded President Obama as he arrived for the group photo Thursday afternoon. Published July 9, 2009