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Stephen Dinan

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

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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 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

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

Differences in judicial nominees gain little notice

Judicial nominees are a driving force for many voters, and there's a gaping difference between Democratic presidential nominee Sen. Barack Obama and his Republican opponent, Sen. John McCain. Published November 3, 2008

Obama leads; margin not clear

Heading into Tuesday's election, every major independent poll gives Democratic presidential nominee Sen. Barack Obama the lead over his Republican opponent, Sen. John McCain. Published November 3, 2008

Republican rips Bush for caving on principles

A Republican House leader said Wednesday that President Bush and his party's congressional leadership caved on principles to help the top of their presidential ticket during the Wall Street bailout and that there could be a leadership purge if enough Republican lawmakers lose their seats next month. Published October 30, 2008

Bush stays off campaign trail

Despite canceling campaign events and all but shirking the campaign trail, President Bush a week away from the election is still the dominant factor for Republicans and Democrats up and down the ticket. Published October 29, 2008

'01 radio interview stirs Obama foes

John McCain on Monday said a newly revealed radio tape from Barack Obama adds depth to his "spread the wealth" comments and exposes the Democratic presidential nominee as candidate for "redistributionist in chief." Published October 28, 2008

McCain labels Obama 'the redistributor'

Sen. John McCain on Monday labeled his Democratic presidential opponent "the redistributor," saying a newly revealed Chicago radio interview from 2001 exposes Mr. Obama's plan for the nation. Published October 27, 2008

McCain differs on opponent's tax policy

After days of trying to link Sen. Barack Obama to President Bush, Sen. John McCain said Monday his Democratic presidential opponent would be a departure from Mr. Bush, but in the wrong direction. Published October 27, 2008

Obama jumps on McCain remark about Bush

Sen. John McCain, who has been trying to distance himself from President Bush, acknowledged Sunday they "share a common philosophy" - a remark immediately pounced on by Sen. Barack Obama as underscoring what a McCain administration would be like. Published October 27, 2008

McCain seizes on gaffes of Democrats

When Republicans began booing the mention of Democratic vice-presidential nominee Sen. Joseph R. Biden Jr. at a McCain rally on Saturday, Sen. Lindsey Graham told them to cut it out. Published October 27, 2008

McCain says he'll test foreign enemies

Sen. John McCain on Saturday said he would "test" enemy countries when elected president, trying to turn Democratic vice presidential nominee Sen. Joseph R. Biden Jr.'s gaffe against the Democratic ticket. Published October 25, 2008