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Stephen Dinan

Stephen Dinan

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

Articles by Stephen Dinan

GOP bid to trim health law fails

A first attempt by congressional Republicans to repeal part of President Obama's new health care law failed Tuesday as the House overwhelmingly rejected an effort to cut out the individual mandate that requires all Americans to have coverage. Published June 15, 2010

Obama, Hill poised for clash on cuts

Neither the Bush nor Obama administration has wanted to build a second engine for the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter, and it's one of the biggest spending cuts on the list President Obama submitted to Congress this year -- a list Republicans have been begging Democrats to allow votes. Published June 14, 2010

**FILE** In this Nov. 24, 2009 photo, President Obama's aunt, Zeituni Onyango, poses in her home in Boston with a framed photograph of herself and Obama when he was an Illinois state senator. (Associated Press)

Congressman wants Obama's aunt to testify on asylum

A Republican lawmaker wants to call President Obama's aunt to testify to Congress about whether she was given preferential treatment when she was granted asylum — but her lawyers say she won't appear. Published June 14, 2010

'Stimulus' or not, Obama seeks new spending

Though he didn't call it a second stimulus, President Obama this weekend asked Congress to pass legislation that amounts to much the same thing: extending some of the first stimulus bill's programs and adding some of the White House's new priorities. Published June 13, 2010

Senate hands climate backers first win

Environmentalists scored their first major Senate victory Thursday as Democrats gave a green light to the EPA to impose strict new rules on greenhouse gas emissions. Published June 10, 2010

Administration seeks immigration-fees hike

The Obama administration on Wednesday proposed raising immigration fees by an average of 10 percent - a boost that surprised congressional offices and began anew the debate over how legal immigration is funded. Published June 9, 2010

White House budget chief Peter R. Orszag waits to speak at the liberal Center for American Progress in Washington on Tuesday. He said federal agencies were asked to produce a list of potential cuts totaling 5 percent of their budgets. (Bloomberg)

Obama calls for cuts to spend on own policies

The White House said Tuesday it will continue to try to freeze non-security spending in next year's budget as President Obama seeks to counter the flood of red ink that has swept the federal budget over the last decade. Published June 8, 2010

**FILE** Marco Rubio (Associated Press)

Political parties lose control as Internet aids challengers

The Internet has become the great political equalizer, giving life this year to insurgent candidates who would never have been able to break through the near-complete control that political parties used to exercise over their nominations. Published June 8, 2010

Say when: Congress fills up on stimulus

Prodded by last week's disappointing job-creation numbers, Democrats and Republicans alike are calling for Congress to tackle yet another "jobs bill" — but after 2½ years of stimulus, and well more than $1 trillion committed, the appetite for stimulus spending has dropped. Published June 6, 2010

Arizona governor, Obama face off

Inside the Oval Office, the two went head-to-head as Jan Brewer demanded Obama take more steps to secure the U.S.-Mexico border, and they failed to make headway on the state's tough new immigration law. Published June 3, 2010

Demonstrators stand in front of the White House in Washington, Thursday, June 3, 2010, during a protests against the new Arizona immigration law. Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer met with President Barack Obama today to discuss state's new immigration law that the White House opposes. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

Obama promises cooperation on troops to Ariz.

After meeting Thursday with President Obama to hash out their differences over immigration and border security, Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer said she has won promises for better cooperation from the White House on National Guard troops but failed to make any headway on the state's new tough immigration law. Published June 3, 2010

President Barack Obama speaks in the Rose Garden of the White House in Washington, Tuesday, June 1, 20010, after meeting with the BP Oil Spill Commission co-chairs. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

Federal debt tops $13 trillion mark

The federal government is now $13 trillion in the red, the Treasury Department reported Wednesday, marking the first time the government has sunk that far into debt and putting a sharp point on the spending debate on Capitol Hill. Published June 2, 2010

Nation's debt hits $13 trillion

The federal government is now $13 trillion in the red, the Treasury Department will announce Wednesday -- marking the first time the government has sunk that far into debt. Published June 2, 2010

Hill acts to keep Gitmo's inmates out of U.S.

He has already missed his own self-imposed deadline, and President Obama's plans to close the detention facility at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, suffered more setbacks last week when lawmakers on both sides of the Capitol took steps to block him. Published May 30, 2010

Obama's Gitmo plan takes another hit

The Senate Armed Services Committee dealt a big setback to President Obama's plans to close the detention facility at Guantanamo Bay when lawmakers stripped funding for a new prison in Illinois to hold the detainees. Published May 28, 2010

Senate says no to 6,000 border troops

Democrats managed to block deployment of the National Guard to the Mexico border, but the proposal still garnered a majority, showing widespread support for strong border security and underscoring why Obama will struggle to win an immigration-legalization bill. Published May 27, 2010

Senate vote shows border security is winning issue

The Senate on Thursday blocked a move to deploy 6,000 National Guard troops to the U.S.-Mexico border, but the proposal still drew majority support, showing strong backing for border security in the first key test vote on immigration in months. Published May 27, 2010

NASA accused of 'Climategate' stalling

The man battling NASA for access to incriminating e-mails says the agency is withholding documents and that NASA may be trying to stall long enough to avoid hurting an upcoming Senate debate on global warming. Published May 26, 2010

IN THE LINE OF FIRE: Office of Management and Budget chief Peter R. Orszag (left) and Treasury Secretary Timothy F. Geithner confer in March 2010 before testifying to a congressional panel. *FILE PHOTO* (Bloomberg News)

U.S. debt flirts with unlucky number

News reports have jumped the gun in declaring it, lawmakers and staffers on Capitol Hill are awaiting it with a morbid glee, and some congressional aides suspect the government's slow-walking it. Published May 26, 2010

Obama to send troops to U.S.-Mexico border

The White House will send up to 1,200 National Guard troops to the U.S.-Mexico border and will ask Congress for $500 million to boost border security, officials said Tuesday, as President Obama tried to take control of the border security debate just as the Senate was about to take up a much bigger deployment. Published May 25, 2010