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Stephen Dinan

Stephen Dinan

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

Articles by Stephen Dinan

Obama hijacks GOP language on key issues

Borrowing a line from the Republican-revolution playbook of the 1990s, President-elect Barack Obama on Tuesday told the nation's governors that he wants them to reassert states as the laboratories for solutions to the nation's big problems. Published December 3, 2008

Executive order cuts collective bargaining

President Bush on Monday issued an executive order designating 8,600 federal employees as critical to national security and taking away their collective-bargaining rights. Published December 2, 2008

Obama promises to help governors

The nation's governors asked President-elect Barack Obama on Tuesday for federal aid to help states out of a looming budget jam, and Mr. Obama promised to invest in infrastructure, to help ease states' burdens. Published December 2, 2008

Scholar: Visitor center edits Constitution

The exhibits at the new Capitol Visitor Center being dedicated Tuesday mangle the Constitution and seem designed to advance liberal dogma, says a constitutional scholar who has toured the $621 million facility and evaluated the exhibits. Published December 2, 2008

Obama names national security team

President-elect Barack Obama unveiled his national security team today, nominating Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton as secretary of state and choosing Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates to stay on as Pentagon chief. Published December 1, 2008

Scholar: Congressional exhibits too liberal

The exhibits at the new Capitol Visitor Center being dedicated Tuesday mangle the Constitution and seem designed to advance liberal dogma, says a constitutional scholar who has toured the $621 million facility and evaluated the exhibits. Published December 1, 2008

ANALYSIS: Obama takes on role even before taking office

The financial crisis has forced President-elect Barack Obama to begin governing sooner than he'd otherwise hoped, giving him at least part ownership of the issue and putting him at odds with his pledge two weeks ago not to impinge on President Bush's final two months in office. Published November 26, 2008

Obama team crafts ways to 'jolt' economy

President-elect Barack Obama's campaign promise to cut spending has been waylaid by the reality of the economy, as he warned Monday the deficit is going to grow. Published November 25, 2008

Obama officially appoints Geithner

Barack Obama officially named Tim Geithner as his first Cabinet appointment Monday, nominating him to lead Treasury and saying he would move swiftly to detail "meaningful cuts and sacrifices" to the federal budget on Tuesday. Published November 24, 2008

EXCLUSIVE: Cantor says GOP is no longer 'relevant'

Rep. Eric Cantor of Virginia, poised to ascend to House Republicans' No. 2 leader this week, said the Republican Party in Washington is no longer "relevant" to voters and must stop simply espousing principles. Published November 17, 2008

GOP's McCain-Feingold suit looks to Supreme Court

Election lawyers say the Republican National Committee is probably banking on changes to the Supreme Court in its latest challenge to the McCain-Feingold campaign finance law. Published November 14, 2008

Palin urges GOP to put defeat in past

Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin on Thursday argued that her ticket lost the presidential race not because of any campaign failures but because "it was not our time. It was not our moment." Published November 13, 2008

Obama getting advice from everyone

Want to avoid a Hurricane Katrina-style government foul-up? Congress' watchdog agency has the playbook for President-elect Barack Obama to improve veterans' care, avoid a catastrophic health or food-safety emergency and improve the U.S. image overseas. Published November 11, 2008

EXCLUSIVE: Agenda disappears from Obama Web site

President-elect Barack Obama over the weekend scrubbed his transition Web site, deleting most of what had been a massive agenda for his first term that appears on his campaign's site. Published November 11, 2008

Obama weighs Cabinet, early action

Top advisers to President-elect Barack Obama said Sunday to expect at least a "token" Republican in his Cabinet as a gesture of bipartisanship, but his transition manager also said to expect the next president to undo some of President Bush's executive orders. Published November 10, 2008

Obama apologizes for Nancy Reagan joke

President-elect Barack Obama called to apologize to former first lady Nancy Reagan on Friday after he made an errant joke at her expense in his first postelection press conference. Published November 8, 2008

Obama apologizes for Nancy Reagan joke

President-elect Barack Obama called to apologize to former first lady Nancy Reagan on Friday after he made an errant joke at her expense in his first post-election press conference. Published November 7, 2008

At 'rock bottom,' GOP choosing leaders

After a second election with big losses and no heir apparent, the Republican Party is looking for a messenger, House Republicans are girding for a leadership battle and relieved senators are standing pat after losing at least five seats. Published November 6, 2008

Election roils GOP leaders

Their losses mounting, House Republican began their struggle for the leadership in earnest Wednesday morning as Rep. John Boehner of Ohio announced he wants to remain the House minority leader and House Republican Conference Chairman Adam Putnam announcing he would step down from his post. All eyes were watching to see whether House Minority Whip Roy Blunt would also step aside. Published November 5, 2008

All eyes on Pennsylvania as bellwether of McCain's fate

The political pros say they'll be watching to see whether Pennsylvania goes red Tuesday - if so, Sen. John McCain might pull off one of the greatest comebacks in political history and be on his way to the White House. Published November 4, 2008