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The American Civil Liberties Union of Arizona accused the Tucson Police Department of violating protections included in state law, arguing that officers last year conducted an illegal stop of two men sitting in a van just because they were Hispanic. The ACLU is trying to build a case that the Arizona's immigration law, known as SB 1070 and upheld in principle by the U.S. Supreme Court in 2012, is being applied in an unconstitutional manner. (Associated Press)

ACLU uses profiling charges against police to target Arizona's illegal immigrant law

In a coordinated legal blitz against one of the nation's toughest anti-immigration statutes, the ACLU of Arizona last week accused the Tucson Police Department of violating protections included in the law, arguing that officers last year conducted an illegal stop of two men sitting in a van just because they were Hispanic. Published April 6, 2014

President Barack Obama meets with business leaders to discuss immigration reform, Tuesday, Nov. 5, 2013, in the Roosevelt Room of the White House in Washington. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

Immigration activists to keep vigil outside White House

Illegal immigrants and their supporters said Thursday they will keep up a continuous vigil outside the White House until President Obama agrees to stop deportations, as they seek to ramp up pressure on the White House. Published April 3, 2014

**FILE** Former IRS official Lois Lerner speaks on Capitol Hill in Washington on March 5, 2014, during the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee hearing on the the agency's targeting of tea party groups, where she invoked her constitutional right not to incriminate herself. (Associated Press)

House GOP sets first vote to hold Lois Lerner in contempt over IRS targeting

House Republicans have scheduled a vote next week to hold Lois G. Lerner in contempt of Congress for refusing to testify about her role in the Internal Revenue Service's tea party targeting scandal, setting up a major battle over constitutional rights versus Congress' ability to oversee the government. Published April 3, 2014

Sen. Tom Coburn (left) says opening up coverage to more veterans could lead to longer wait times for injured and low-income veterans already receiving care, and Sen. Richard Burr (right) is arguing against using spending from the Afghanistan War to pay for additional spending. (Associated Press)

Feds charge money for free reports that can be found on Google

The agency that congressional watchdogs criticized for charging other agencies tens of millions of dollars to buy reports already freely available online is actually charging people to buy the very watchdog report that criticizes it for charging people. Published April 3, 2014

No House floor vote to consider legalizing illegal immigrants

Democrats lost the first major immigration fight of the year Wednesday after Republicans — voting in unison in the House Budget Committee — rejected an effort to legalize illegal immigrants as part of the 2015 budget. Published April 2, 2014

Gun Owners of America Executive Director Larry Pratt told Fox News that states should have the right to decide who can carry concealed weapons. "If the guy wants to enjoy the full benefit of residing in the United States, become a citizen." (Associated Press)

New Mexico's immigrant ruling to bolster gun rights cases

A federal judge ruled Monday that legal immigrants have the same right to concealed-carry permits as American citizens, in a New Mexico case that gun rights advocates said strengthens their argument that the Second Amendment is a fundamental personal right. Published March 31, 2014

**FILE** Cesar Chavez gestures as he speaks during a Los Angeles news conference March 8, 1989. Chavez, the United Farm workers president who staged a life-threatening fast against pesticide use in 1988, said the union's boycott of California table grapes is a success that has forced growers to lower prices and dump fruit they couldn't sell. (AP Photo/Alan Greth)

Cesar Chavez resolution blocked by GOP

Republicans said they would have allowed a resolution to pass if Democrats had accepted additional language that recognized Chavez supported strict enforcement of immigration laws in order to help protect American workers' wages. Published March 31, 2014

Todd Jones, director of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, is slated to testify Wednesday before Congress on Operation Fearless. (Associated Press)

Watchdog: ATF allowed official's salary double-dip

A former ATF official who approved the botched Fast & Furious gun-running operation was allowed to double-dip on salary with the approval of his supervisors, according to an internal auditor's report that adds to the troubles surrounding the embattled agency. Published March 31, 2014

**FILE** Men recently deported from Arizona wait in line to be registered with Mexican authorities at the border in Nogales, Mexico, on April 28, 2010. (Associated Press)

68,000 illegal aliens with criminal records caught and released

Immigration agents tried to deport only about a fourth of the cases they encountered in 2013, said a report being released Monday from the Center for Immigration Studies that shows just how much President Obama's policies have cut down on potential enforcement. Published March 30, 2014

Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach is confident in the Friday ruling, saying the Constitution gives states the right to determine voter qualifications. (Associated Press)

Civil rights groups appeal voter registration form ruling

Civil rights groups on Friday appealed a federal court decision that said states can require proof of citizenship on their voter registration forms — a ruling the activist groups said runs counter to Supreme Court precedent. Published March 30, 2014

Shane Osborn (left) has won the support of Concerned Women for America in his bid for Senate in the Nebraska Republican primary. One of his opponents, Ben Sasse (right), a former Bush administration health official, has been called "the clear cut conservative choice" by former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin. (Associated Press photographs)

FreedomWorks endorsement shift shakes up Nebraska GOP Senate primary

FreedomWorks on Friday withdrew its endorsement of Shane Osborn in Nebraska's Republican Senate primary, saying he has turned his back on grassroots Republicans and is now tied to the GOP establishment, and announced they were instead backing Ben Sasse. Published March 28, 2014

** FILE ** Evelyn Dennis hangs a U.S. flag as election workers set up voting booths at Memorial Elementary School in Little Ferry, N.J., on Nov. 6, 2012. (Associated Press)

Voting rights activists appeal proof-of-citizenship ruling

Civil rights groups on Friday appealed last week's federal court decision that said states can require proof of citizenship on their voter registration forms — a ruling the activist groups said runs counter to Supreme Court precedent. Published March 28, 2014

A slimmer New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, seen here at a Wednesday town hall meeting, could reveal that he still has an appetite for a White House run. (Office of Gov. Chris Christie)

Christie says bridge scandal won't affect presidential decision

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie said Friday that the bridgegate scandal won't affect his decision on whether to run for the GOP's presidential nomination in 2016, saying that's "simply not the way I would make a decision." Published March 28, 2014

U.S. Secretary of State Condolleeza Rice gestures as she speaks to the media during a press conference at the ASEAN Regional Forum in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, Friday, July 28, 2006.  Rice said Friday that southeast Asian nations had made "an important evolution" in dealing with Myanmar's junta and called for the quick release of dissident Aun San Suu Kyi.   (AP Photo/Dita Alangkara)

Condoleezza Rice blames Obama for 'vacuum' that's led to Putin

Former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, in a closed-door address to a group of Republicans this week, issued a spirited defense of a broader role for the U.S. in the world, saying President Obama’s leadership has left a vacuum that’s been filled by “dictators like Bashar al-Assad in Syria and Vladimir Putin in Russia.” Published March 27, 2014