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

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Senate rejects wildfire funds for D.C. parks

The Senate this week told the Obama administration to stop spending stimulus bill wildland firefighting money on urban parks in the nation's capital. Published September 24, 2009

GOP lawmakers seek generals to lobby for Afghan war

Capitol Hill Republicans eager to boost the Pentagon's push for a troop surge in Afghanistan are lobbying to give military commanders a chance to make their pitch directly to Congress - using tactics that backfired on Democrats in their bid to end the Iraq war. Published September 22, 2009

Stimulus spending sags after deadline rush

After a two-week binge to meet President Obama's 200-day goal, stimulus spending has plummeted once again - and the roller-coaster pace of spending has critics worried about how the money is being spent. Published September 21, 2009

Obama: Legalize illegals to get them health care

President Obama said this week that his health care plan won't cover illegal immigrants, but argued that's all the more reason to legalize them and ensure they eventually do get coverage. Published September 18, 2009

Specter fundraiser stalls Senate voting

Senate Democrats halted voting Tuesday afternoon to help their newest convert, Sen. Arlen Specter of Pennsylvania, attend fundraisers back home with President Obama, as party bigwigs made clear who they back in what's expected to be a brutal Democratic primary. Published September 16, 2009

Republicans seek czar accountability

With White House "czars" under scrutiny, two senior House Republicans are demanding that the White House account for the dozens of advisers whom the press has designated as czars and either make them available to testify to Congress or explain why they should be exempt. Published September 16, 2009

Specter flip-flops again, backs labor bill

Flipping yet again, Sen. Arlen Specter on Tuesday told labor leaders he will back the labor-friendly bill Democratic leaders want to bring up for a vote later this year. Published September 15, 2009

Obama aide clashes with immigrant groups

President Obama's new director of Citizenship and Immigration Services on Monday defended the accuracy of E-Verify, the government's electronic verification system for workers. Published September 15, 2009

Obama's late spending spree reaches goal

President Obama met his goal of obligating $225 billion in stimulus money within 200 days, but only by going on a late spending spree that included a last-minute $11 billion grant to states to spend on education. Published September 14, 2009

EXCLUSIVE: Forest fire funds aid D.C. festivals

The U.S. Forest Service this week announced it will spend nearly $2.8 million in forest-fire-fighting money in Washington — a city with no national forests and where the last major fire was probably lit by British troops in 1814. Published September 11, 2009

Obama asks Congress to pass health bill

Seizing control of the health care debate, President Obama implored feuding lawmakers Wednesday night to pass a plan that would require Americans to buy insurance and all companies to help cover the costs. Published September 10, 2009

Public option not only hurdle

The fight over a public insurance option has grabbed all the attention, but President Obama's health care plan faces plenty of other obstacles, from the price tag to ideological battles over immigration and abortion to questions over who would be kicked off their current plans. Published September 10, 2009

Delta residents deal with lack of insurance

Bad economic times, coupled with the traditional agriculture-based economy, mean many businesses in the Mississippi Delta simply don't offer coverage to their workers. The solutions, however, are not as easy to pinpoint. Published September 6, 2009

GOP urges Rangel to give up post

With accusations of tax evasion mounting against Rep. Charles B. Rangel, the top House Republican on Friday called for the New York Democrat to step aside as chairman of the Ways and Means Committee. Published September 5, 2009

Senate's liberal lion falls to cancer at 77

Sen. Edward M. Kennedy, a one-time presidential hopeful and nine-term senator who evolved from the overshadowed youngest son to the patriarch of the country's most famous political dynasty, died late Tuesday. Published August 27, 2009

U.S. Sen. Edward M. Kennedy dies at 77

It boggles the mind to imagine the decisions that were reached behind the closed doors of Sen. Edward M. Kennedy's hideaway, the private office he kept near the Senate chamber. Published August 26, 2009

EXCLUSIVE: House quietly gives 'bonuses' to top aides

Members of the House of Representatives quietly gave their own staffers a potential bonus by making even their top-earning aides eligible for taxpayer dollars to repay their student loans. Published August 25, 2009

Fresh fight looms over immigration

With President Obama putting off the immigration reform debate until next year, immigrant rights groups are pushing the administration to suspend tough enforcement practices so illegal immigrants aren't punished under the current system. Published August 18, 2009