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Joyce Tarnow, 74, of Florida displays a sign against amnesty in defiance of demonstrators Wednesday.

Immigration activists say it's time to deliver; thousands rally in D.C.

Thousands of immigrant rights activists rallied on the lawn in front of Capitol Hill on Wednesday, saying Hispanic voters delivered for President Obama last year and now want to cash in on his promise to legalize many of the estimated 11 million in the U.S. illegally. Published April 10, 2013

**FILE** Illegal immigrants prepare to enter a bus after being processed at the U.S. Border Patrol's Tucson Sector headquarters on Aug. 9, 2012, in Tucson, Ariz. (Associated Press)

Illegal border crossings leap ahead of immigration bill

Apprehensions of illegal immigrants are up 13 percent this year, the chief of the U.S. Border Patrol testified to Congress on Wednesday as lawmakers continued to bash the Obama administration for failing to have a way of measuring how secure the borders are. Published April 10, 2013

**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)

Worried immigration activists look for support on Capitol Hill

Tens of thousands of immigrant rights supporters will convene Wednesday on Capitol Hill to demand action at a key moment in the debate: Negotiators are struggling to write legislation and activists are getting antsy, arguing that every day that passes means 1,100 more immigrants are deported. Published April 9, 2013

Razor wire sits atop a border fence as a building in the Mexican border city of Tijuana sits behind, as seen from San Diego on Monday, Jan. 31, 2011. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull) ** FILE **

New GOP bill gives administration two years to secure the borders

A group of top congressional Republicans on Tuesday introduced a bill that would require the Homeland Security Department to come up with a way to measure how secure the borders are — at a time when the Obama administration has been resisting those efforts. Published April 9, 2013

**FILE** Britain's Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher smiles with satisfaction as President Ronald Reagan makes a farewell speech June 9, 1982, outside her Downing Street office in London prior to his departure for Bonn. (Associated Press)

Margaret Thatcher a ‘fiercely loyal’ and tough ally of the U.S.

Margaret Thatcher captured Americans’ hearts and minds in a way few other foreign leaders have done, and much of that was because of the symbiotic relationship she had with President Reagan — a relationship that in many ways mirrored the storied “special” friendship between the two countries. Published April 8, 2013

**FILE** Gina McCarthy, Assistant Administrator with the Environmental Protection Agency, speaks at a climate workshop sponsored by the Climate Center at Georgetown University in Washington on Feb. 21, 2013. (Associated Press)

EPA promises to retrain employees to follow open-records laws

The Environmental Protection Agency said Monday that it will retrain all employees on how to comply with open-records laws and acknowledged that it needs to do better at storing instant-message communications, after the agency came under severe fire from members of Congress who say it appears to have broken those laws. Published April 8, 2013

**FILE** U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents (Associated Press)

'D.C. Groper' deported to Nicaragua

A man who police said terrorized a tony Washington neighborhood last year by groping women in broad daylight was deported Wednesday by the Obama administration. Published April 3, 2013

** FILE ** Sen. Charles E. Schumer, New York Democrat. (Associated Press)

Sen. Schumer's prison lobby ties alarm immigrant advocates

Immigration rights advocates are turning their fire on one of their own champions, Sen. Charles E. Schumer, demanding he stop taking donations from lobbyists for private prisons, which earn money by holding illegal immigrants for the U.S. government. Published April 2, 2013

Court rules legal immigrants can carry concealed weapons

While the debate over restricting guns rages in Congress and state legislatures, firearms advocates are turning to the courts to expand the playing field for carrying concealed weapons — and scoring some victories. Published April 2, 2013

Gina McCarthy

Lawsuit against EPA seeks evidence of hidden messages

Top Environmental Protection Agency officials used computer instant messages to try to circumvent open-records laws, according to a lawsuit filed by a researcher who has been hounding the agency to comply with the law. Published April 1, 2013

The Capitol building in Washington, D.C. (Associated Press)

Congress passes bill to avoid government shutdown

Acting with striking unity, Congress on Thursday passed a $1 trillion spending bill to fund the government for the rest of the fiscal year, heading off a government-shutdown showdown and beginning to rearrange some of the sequester cuts. Published March 21, 2013

**FILE** Government workers, supporting union members and activists protest against the across-the-board federal spending cuts called sequestration at Independence National Historical Park in Philadelphia on March 20, 2013. (Associated Press)

Shutdown averted: Congress passes 2013 spending bill

Acting with striking unity, Congress on Thursday passed a $1 trillion spending bill to fund the government for the rest of the fiscal year, heading off a government shutdown showdown and beginning to rearrange some of the sequester cuts. Published March 21, 2013

**FILE** House Budget Committee Chairman Rep. Paul Ryan, Wisconsin Republican, holds up a copy of the House Budget Committee 2014 Budget Resolution as he speaks during a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington on March 12, 2013. (Associated Press)

Debate over budget balance less than balanced

For Republicans, the budget debate is all about "balance." For Democrats, it's about being "balanced." That letter "d" amounts to a $4 trillion difference between the two sides. Published March 21, 2013