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Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson, testifying on the fiscal year 2015 budget Tuesday, said that instead of random deportations, the administration is prioritizing on illegal immigrants they think deserve deportation. (Associated Press)

Deportations come mostly from border, DHS chief says

Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson acknowledged Tuesday that his department's deportation numbers are now mostly made up of illegal immigrants caught at the border, not just those from the interior, which means they can't be compared one-to-one with deportations under President Bush or other prior administrations. Published March 12, 2014

House Oversight Committee Republicans' new report accuses Lois G. Lerner of "reckless handling" of sensitive taxpayer information because she forwarded it from her government account to a private email. (Associated Press)

House panel report concludes that Lerner lied to Congress on IRS targeting

Lois G. Lerner, the woman at the center of the IRS tea party targeting, lied to congressional investigators when she claimed in 2012 that they were not targeting tea party groups, House Republicans charged Tuesday in a new report documenting her role in the scandal. Published March 11, 2014

** FILE ** Sen. Dianne Feinstein (right), California Democrat and chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee, meets with CIA Director-nominee John Brennan (left), currently assistant to the president for homeland security and counterterrorism, on Capitol Hill in Washington on Thursday, Jan. 31, 2013. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

Dem Sen accuses CIA of snooping on Congress; White House ducks queries

In a stunning public accusation Tuesday, the chairwoman of the Senate intelligence committee said the CIA snooped through congressional computers and is trying to intimidate Congress into backing off a report looking into charges of torture during terrorist-linked interrogations. Published March 11, 2014

House Budget Committee Chairman Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wis. speaks at the Conservative Political Action Committee annual conference in National Harbor, Md., Thursday, March 6, 2014. Ryan said GOP leaders and conservative activists should "give each other the benefit of the doubt" in the debate over the party's future. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

Poll shows GOP discontent, Congress frustration

Last week's Conservative Political Action Conference did little to dispel the notion of a deep rift between grass-roots activists and national GOP leaders, with CPAC's three-day straw poll showing frustration with Congress and a growing discontent with "establishment" presidential candidates. Published March 9, 2014

FILE - In this Oct. 2, 1012 file photo, U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers and other law enforcement jurisdictions drive the roads near near Bisbee, Ariz. New Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson is reviewing the department’s use of force policies, a Homeland Security official said Friday. The official said Johnson has been reviewing the rules about when agents along the border can use their guns since he took office in December. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin, file)

Border Patrol Chief: Agents can still shoot at rock throwers

U.S. Border Patrol agents can still use deadly force to respond to rock-throwing attacks along the border, even though they must take care in assessing whether their lives are in danger, Border Patrol Chief Michael J. Fisher said in a new directive Friday. Published March 9, 2014

Customs and Border Protection Chief of the Border Patrol Michael Fisher testifies at a House Judiciary Committee on Credible Fear and Asylum. (James Tourtellotte/Customs and Border Protection)

Border Patrol policy still permits agents to shoot at rock-throwers

U.S. Border Patrol agents can still use deadly force in response to rock-throwing attacks along the border, even though they must take care in assessing whether their lives are in danger, Border Patrol Chief Michael J. Fisher said in a new directive Friday. Published March 7, 2014

House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Rep. Darrell E. Issa prepares to leave as ranking member Rep. Elijah E. Cummings begins his statement Wednesday at a hearing at which former Internal Revenue Service official Lois G. Lerner invoked her constitutional right not to incriminate herself. (associated press)

House defeats Democrats' attempt to rebuke Issa

Republicans circled around Rep. Darrell Issa Thursday, rejecting a Democratic effort to censure the House's top investigator after he cut off the microphone of the top Democrat on the oversight committee Wednesday during a heated hearing. Published March 6, 2014

**FILE** Demonstrators rally in front of the White House in Washington on July 24, 2013, calling for immigration reform. The demonstrators urged President Obama to use executive authority to expand the policy that allowed hundreds of thousands of illegal immigrants who came to the United States as children to remain. (Associated Press)

Obama declares himself 'champion in chief' for immigration

President Obama on Thursday tweeted that he is the "champion in chief for comprehensive immigration reform" — a move activists saw as an admission that he's suffering from his administration's record-setting level of deportations. Published March 6, 2014

**FILE** Debo Adegbile, special counsel for the NAACP Legal Defense Fund, speaks with reporters outside the Supreme Court in Washington on Feb. 27, 2013, after arguments in the Shelby County, Ala., v. Holder voting rights case. The justices are hearing arguments in a challenge to the part of the Voting Rights Act that forces places with a history of discrimination, mainly in the Deep South, to get approval before they make any change in the way elections are held. (Associated Press)

Cop-killer case sinks Obama Justice nominee

Senators blocked President Obama's nominee to lead the Justice Department's civil rights division Wednesday in a bipartisan filibuster, with opponents saying his history defending a convicted cop-killer in the Supreme Court made him a poor choice. Published March 5, 2014

The attorney for former Internal Revenue Service official Lois Lerner says his client will continue to assert her rights not to testify about the IRS targeting of conservative groups. (Associated Press)

House GOP considers contempt of Congress charge for Lerner

Top House Republicans signaled Wednesday that Lois G. Lerner, the former IRS official at the center at the tea party targeting scandal, will eventually have to testify or be held in contempt of Congress after she once again refused to answer lawmakers' questions. Published March 5, 2014

Thomas M. Harrigan, deputy administrator of the Drug Enforcement Administration, told the House Oversight Subcommittee on Government Operations on Tuesday that easing laws governing marijuana threatens U.S. institutions. (Associated Press)

DEA: Drug cartels look to capitalize on legal marijuana laws

Drug cartels are already trying to take advantage of the Obama administration's new rules allowing banks to do business with marijuana shops in Colorado and Washington, a top Drug Enforcement Administration official testified to Congress on Tuesday. Published March 4, 2014

Copies of President Barack Obama's proposed fiscal 2015 budget are set out for distribution by the Senate Budget Committee on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, March 4, 2014. President Obama is unwrapping a nearly $4 trillion budget that gives Democrats an election-year playbook for fortifying the economy and bolstering Americans' incomes. It also underscores how pressure has faded to launch bold, new attacks on federal deficits. (Associated Press)

Obama budget raises spending, taxes

Saying he's optimistic the economy and the government's fiscal picture have finally turned the corner five years into his tenure, President Obama announced a $3.9 trillion 2015 budget Tuesday that calls for tax hikes and a $60 billion boost in spending next year. Published March 4, 2014

Sally Jewell

National parks shutdown cost local economies $400 million

When federal officials closed national parks during last year's government shutdown, it meant nearly 8 million fewer visits to the parks and cost local communities more than $400 million in economic activity, the National Park Service said Monday. Published March 3, 2014