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Stephen Dinan

Stephen Dinan

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

Articles by Stephen Dinan

Holder: U.S. will watch Ariz. for racial profiling

The Obama administration could file yet another lawsuit against Arizona if it decides racial profiling is taking place under that state's new immigration law, Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. said. Published July 11, 2010

Arizona warned of 2nd lawsuit

The Obama administration could file yet another lawsuit against Arizona if it decides racial profiling is taking place under that state's new immigration law, Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. said. Published July 11, 2010

Berwick

Doctor was appointed to preclude politics spat

President Obama's top political aide said Sunday the White House made a recess appointment of Donald Berwick with an eye to heading off a political fight in the middle of an election campaign, though he denied that the move aimed to keep his views from public airing. Published July 11, 2010

Jobless seek work despite benefits, survey says

A new analysis finds that paying unemployment benefits doesn't deter the jobless from still seeking work - throwing more fuel on the heated debate that has dominated Congress for much of the past several months. Published July 11, 2010

Berwick

White House: Recess appointment made to avoid election politics

President Obama's top political aide said Sunday the White House made a health care recess appointment last week with an eye to heading off a political fight in the middle of an election campaign, though he denied the charge that they did it to keep the nominee's views from being aired publicly. Published July 11, 2010

U.S. marks 3rd-largest, single-day debt increase

The nation's debt leapt $166 billion in a single day last week, the third-largest increase in U.S. history, and it comes at a time when Congress is balking over higher spending and debt has become a key policy battleground. Published July 7, 2010

Investigation clears 'climategate' participants

An independent investigation into the British global warming scientists involved in the "climategate" e-mails concluded Wednesday that researchers did not intentionally skew data, though they did violate freedom of information laws and allowed the dissemination of misleading information. Published July 7, 2010

Associated Press

Justice sues to halt Arizona law on illegals

The Obama administration sued Tuesday to stop Arizona's new immigration law, drawing President Obama even deeper into the thorny political issue and stacking him against a majority of Americans who support the law. Published July 6, 2010

President Obama is presented with a team jersey from the Women's Professional Soccer Champions Sky Blue FC, Thursday, July 1, 2010, in the East Room of the White House in Washington, to honor their 2009 season and for winning the inaugural Women's Professional Soccer championship. Team captain Christie Rampone is pictured seated left. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)

Obama alienates GOP over immigration bill

President Obama went into Thursday's major policy speech on immigration hoping to convince Republicans to join him in passing a bill, but walked out facing a bigger divide than ever - including having irked one key lawmaker who had been his major Republican ally on the issue. Published July 1, 2010

President Obama gestures while speaking about immigration reform, Thursday,July 1, 2010, at American University in Washington. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)

Obama tries to put Republicans on immigration hot seat

Seeking to inject urgency into the push for an overhaul of the nation's immigration laws, President Obama on Thursday called on Republicans to join the effort, telling them he can't pass a bill without them. Published July 1, 2010

**FILE** The acting Chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee Rep. Sander Levin, D-Mich., leaves the committee office on Capitol Hill on March 4, 2010. (Associated Press)

GOP blocks jobless aid extension

House Republicans blocked a Democratic attempt Tuesday to extend unemployment benefits for an eighth time since 2008, saying they couldn't stomach adding the $33.9 billion price tag to the deficit. Published June 29, 2010

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Rep. Dave Camp of Michigan, one of 139 Republicans who voted against extending unemployment benefits, said the $33.9 billion cost was the issue, not the benefits themselves. He's seen in March.

Extension of unemployment benefits rejected

House Republicans blocked a Democratic attempt Tuesday to extend unemployment benefits for an eighth time since 2008, saying they couldn't stomach adding the $33.9 billion price tag to the deficit. Published June 29, 2010

The Washington Times
FAREWELL: Sen. Robert C. Byrd, who died early Monday, secured more than $3 billion in earmarked spending for West Virginia.

Byrd left legacy in Senate - and all across his home state

A master of Senate procedure and federal spending, Sen. Robert C. Byrd died Monday at 92 after the longest congressional career in American history - and it's easy to see the mark he left on his beloved home state of West Virginia. Published June 28, 2010

GOP cuts pork from spending diet plan

The first spending bill to begin moving through Congress since House Republicans pledged to forgo earmarks shows the vow is working: The bill contains nearly 50 percent less in pork-barrel spending than last year's version. Published June 28, 2010

In this April 30, 2008 file photo, Senate President Pro Tem Sen. Robert Byrd., West Virginia Democrat, bangs the gavel on Capitol Hill in Washington, prior to outgoing Irish Prime Minister Bertie Ahern's address to a joint meeting of Congress. Mr. Byrd a fiery orator versed in the classics and a hard-charging power broker who steered billions of federal dollars to the state of his Depression-era upbringing, died Monday, June 28, 2010 (AP Photo/Susan Walsh, File)

Sen. Robert Byrd, longest-serving member of Congress, dies at 92

Sen. Robert C. Byrd, the longest-serving member of Congress in history, known for his rhetorical flourish, his devotion to his home state of West Virginia and his fierce defense of the legislative branch's constitutional primacy in American government, died Monday morning at the age of 92. Published June 28, 2010

**FILE** President Barack Obama, accompanied by Gen. David Petraeus (center) and Defense Secretary Robert Gates, announces in the Rose Garden of the White House on June 23, 2010, that Gen. Petraeus would replace Gen. Stanley McChrystal. (Associated Press)

Lawmakers: Obama faces last chance on Afghanistan

Now that President Obama has replaced the top general in Afghanistan, some key senators said Sunday he needs to consider reshuffling his diplomatic leadership there as well. Published June 27, 2010

G-20 leaders strike delicate balance

Leaders of the world's 20 most powerful economies said this weekend that they must control deficits in the long run but not stifle a nascent economic recovery in the short term, in what President Obama described as "violent agreement" on principles. Published June 27, 2010

Democrats try to dip into sacred stimulus

After repeatedly turning back the GOP's efforts to redirect stimulus money to other purposes, Senate Democrats did an about-face this week as they dipped into the Recovery Act funds to try to pay for their own tax breaks and job-spending priorities. Published June 24, 2010

Napolitano highlights steps to secure border

Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano said Wednesday the federal government will create a program to let state and local police in non-border states rotate down to the border to help local authorities go after smugglers along the U.S.-Mexico line. Published June 23, 2010

**FILE** Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano

Napolitano: State and local police may deploy to border

The homeland security secretary said the federal government will move to let state and local police in non-border states rotate down to the border to help local authorities go after smugglers along the U.S.-Mexico line. Published June 23, 2010