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Retired Marine Gen. John Kelly, President-elect Donald Trump's pick to lead the Department of Homeland Security, said U.S. Border Patrol agents need to be allowed to go after migrants, and he criticized the Obama administration for giving "a pass" to the illegal immigrants caught inside the U.S. and to the cities and counties that shield them. (Associated Press)

Homeland Security nominee John Kelly promises to speed up deportations

Retired Marine Gen. John Kelly promised Tuesday to enforce laws against sanctuary cities and said the solution to rising illegal immigration is to deport more people faster, as he laid out a starkly different direction for the Homeland Security Department under a Trump administration. Published January 10, 2017

Sen. Jeff Flake, Arizona Republican (Associated Press) **FILE**

Senate votes to keep ban on earmark spending

Senate Republicans voted Tuesday to reimpose a ban on earmarks in the new Congress that just began, meaning lawmakers will once again be prevented from slipping their favored pork projects into bills. Published January 10, 2017

Backpage.com CEO Carl Ferrer leaves the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs subcommittee hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, Jan. 10, 2017, after invoking his Fifth Amendment right against self-incrimination.  (AP Photo/Cliff Owen)

Backpage.com CEO mum on screening policies amid sex-trafficking scandal

Carl Ferrer, CEO of online sex-ads giant Backpage.com, refused to answer questions about his company's screening policies Tuesday, drawing fire from members of Congress and a sharp rebuke from parents whose underage daughters were sold for sex on his website. Published January 10, 2017

Democratic Reps. Luis Gutierrez (center) of Illinois, Juan Vargas (left) of California and David Cicilline of Rhode Island hold a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington on Jan. 13, 2015. (Associated Press) **FILE**

Rep. Gutierrez to skip inauguration to protest Trump

Congress's top immigrant-rights advocate said Tuesday that he'll skip next week's inauguration, saying he can't stomach seeing President-elect Donald Trump take the oath of office. Published January 10, 2017

The American flag flies in front of the U.S. Capitol dome at sunset on Capitol Hill in Washington in this Nov. 18, 2016, file photo. The end of the 2016 presidential election is at hand. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon, file)

Sex site trafficked in minors but removed underage terms, Senate says

Backpage.com, the largest sex-services classified ads page on the web, used to sanitize ads to take out "incriminating" references to underage girls, then approved the ads anyway, helping facilitate sex-trafficking of minors, senators charged Monday in a stunning report. Published January 9, 2017

FILE - In this July 28, 2016, file photo, Khizr Khan, father of fallen Army Capt. Humayun Khan and his wife Ghazala speak during the final day of the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia. Many Muslim Americans cringe at the way they have been portrayed by candidates during the presidential campaign, either as potential terrorists or as eyes and ears who can help counterterrorism efforts. Those descriptions have been offered by Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton, respectively. And they trouble Muslims who complain they are being pigeonholed and their concerns on other issues ignored. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File)

Gold Star father Khan blasts Sessions as 'anti-Muslim'

The Gold Star father who blasted Donald Trump at the Democratic convention this summer is returning to the national stage this week, firing off a letter demanding the Senate reject Sen. Jeff Sessions, Mr. Trump's attorney general nominee. Published January 9, 2017

Trump: Investigate how NBC got info on Russia hack

President-elect Donald Trump said Friday he's asking the chairmen of the House and Senate intelligence committees to investigate how NBC got hold of details from what it says is the top-secret dossier on Russian interference in the U.S. election. Published January 8, 2017

In this Dec. 28, 2016 file photo, President-elect Donald Trump listens to a question as he speaks to reporters at Mar-a-Lago, in Palm Beach, Fla. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci, File)

DHS secretary says Trump could alter 2012 amnesty

Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson said Friday that the next administration could reverse his promises and use the information illegal immigrants have voluntarily turned over to the department as part of a 2012 amnesty to now target them for deportation. Published January 6, 2017

In this Dec. 28, 2016, file photo, President-elect Donald Trump talks to reporters at Mar-a-Lago in Palm Beach, Fla. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci) ** FILE **

Donald Trump demands probe of NBC over Russian hacking intel leak

President-elect Donald Trump said Friday he's asking the chairmen of the House and Senate intelligence committees to investigate how NBC got hold of details from what it says is the top secret dossier on Russian interference in the U.S. election. Published January 6, 2017

Conservatives had pushed for impeachment, saying John Koskinen cannot be allowed to get away with having misled Congress into the investigation into the IRS tea party targeting. (Associated Press)

IRS prioritized Obamacare over taxpayer customer service, IG report says

The IRS made the 2015 tax season more painful for taxpayers than it should have been, the agency's inspector general said in a report Thursday that accused the agency of cutting money for customer service and ignoring phone calls while moving the money over to keep Obamacare and other administration priorities on track. Published January 5, 2017