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

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Judges seem receptive to health care challenge

President Obama's health care law received a chilly reception Wednesday from a federal appeals court that seemed wary of approving a major expansion of government coercion over the economic activity of millions of Americans. Published June 8, 2011

Government tax revenue growing in 2011

The job market still may be struggling, but wages and salaries are improving, and that helped shrink the federal deficit to $59 billion for May, according to the Congressional Budget Office — the lowest deficit in five years for that month. Published June 7, 2011

States balk at illegals program

Massachusetts announced Monday that it will refuse to join the federal government's Secure Communities initiative, becoming the latest state to balk at the Obama administration's key anti-illegal immigration program designed to target gang members and violent felons for deportation. Published June 6, 2011

Rep. Anthony D. Weiner, New York Democrat, leaves a news conference in New York on Monday, June 6, 2011, after admitting to sending a lewd photo of himself in underwear to a college student. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)

Weiner remorseful, but not resigning

Admitting he lied to the public after being caught sending a lewd photo of himself in underwear to a college student, Rep. Anthony D. Weiner on Monday acknowledged making "terrible mistakes," but said he wouldn't step down from Congress. Published June 6, 2011

President Barack Obama walks to the Oval Office of the White House in Washington, Friday, June 3, 2011, as he returned from Ohio. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

Bipartisan Congress rebuffs Obama on Libya mission

Crossing party lines to deliver a stunning rebuke to the commander in chief, the vast majority of the House voted Friday for resolutions telling President Obama he has broken the constitutional chain of authority by committing U.S. troops to the international military mission in Libya. Published June 3, 2011

U.S. debt rating faces downgrade

Moody's ratings agency warned Thursday that it probably would have to downgrade the U.S. government's debt rating unless the White House and Congress work out a "credible agreement on substantial deficit reduction" by the middle of next month. Published June 2, 2011

77,000 federal workers paid more than governors

More than 77,000 federal government employees throughout the country — including computer operators, more than 5,000 air traffic controllers, 22 librarians and one interior designer — earned more than the governors of the states in which they work. Published May 31, 2011

House rejects 'clean' debt-ceiling hike, 318-97

The House on Tuesday overwhelmingly rejected President Obama's request for a "clean" bill to raise the government's borrowing limit, signaling that any increase will instead have to be coupled with some sort of spending cuts. Published May 31, 2011

War dead from 1804 could be repatriated

More than two centuries after they died off the coast of present-day Libya, the remains of the first 13 Navy commandos in U.S. history — in the words of one supporter, the "earliest Navy SEALs" — are one step closer to coming home after the U.S. House voted last week to insist the Pentagon get them back. Published May 29, 2011

Coburn: $3 billion wasted by NSF

The Senate's top waste watcher, in a new report Thursday, said taxpayer money has gone to funding jello wrestling in the Antarctic, to testing the exercise ability of shrimp on a treadmill and to a laundry-folding robot - all funded by the National Science Foundation. Published May 26, 2011

Supreme Court OKs Arizona's business immigration law

In a weighty case with far-reaching implications, the Supreme Court on Thursday upheld an Arizona law that requires all businesses to check to make sure new workers are in the country legally — and in the process signaled the states can have a greater say on immigration issues. Published May 26, 2011

Tax dollars fund shrimp on treadmills, Jell-O wrestling in Antarctica

The Senate's top waste watcher, in a new report Thursday, said taxpayer money has gone to funding jello wrestling in the Antarctic, to testing the exercise ability of shrimp on a treadmill and to a laundry-folding robot - all funded by the National Science Foundation. Published May 26, 2011

N.Y. vote has GOP rethinking Medicare

A day after watching Democrats use Republicans' Medicare plan to score an upset victory in a special congressional election in New York, the GOP regrouped, retooled its message and saw most of its troops rally behind the plan in a key test Senate vote. Published May 25, 2011

**FILE** President Barack Obama (Associated Press)

Stimulus price tag once again lurches higher

Congress's chief scorekeeper said Wednesday that the price tag on President Obama's stimulus law has risen once again, this time to $830 billion — or more than $40 billion more than first projected. Published May 25, 2011

Stimulus recipients found to be tax cheats

One construction company that won multiple awards of money under President Obama's 2009 stimulus program was delinquent on its federal tax bill to the tune of $700,000, even as a company executive was blowing hundreds of thousands of dollars at casinos. Published May 24, 2011

IRS staff committed tax credit fraud

More than 100 employees of the Internal Revenue Service cheated the government by fraudulently claiming a first-time homebuyer tax credit included in the 2008 and 2009 economic stimulus packages, according to federal investigators. Published May 23, 2011

Senator holds up Salazar's pay raise over oil drilling

Thanks to a constitutional quirk, Interior Secretary Kenneth L. Salazar makes less than most of his colleagues in President Obama's Cabinet, and a Republican senator says he'll keep it that way, blocking a nearly $20,000 raise for the high-level appointee until the administration approves more deep-water oil drilling. Published May 22, 2011

Interior Secretary Salazar's pay hike spurs Senate fight

Thanks to a constitutional quirk, Interior Secretary Ken Salazar makes less than most of his colleagues in President Obama's Cabinet, and a Republican senator says he'll keep it that way, blocking a nearly $20,000 raise for the high-level appointee, until the administration approves more deep-water oil drilling. Published May 20, 2011

Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky speaks with reporters following a weekly Republican policy luncheon, at the Capitol in Washington, Tuesday, May 17, 2011. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

GOP's drilling bill is defeated easily

Republicans' oil drilling bill fell flat in the Senate on Wednesday, unable to garner even the support of all members of the GOP and underscoring the gridlock that prevails in Congress on energy issues. Published May 18, 2011