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Feinstein defends Clinton on classified emails

Sen. Dianne Feinstein, the top Democrat on the Senate intelligence committee, rose to the defense of former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, saying Thursday there is no evidence she herself sent classified information and that the emails now under scrutiny were not marked classified at the time she sent them. Published August 13, 2015

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Rodham Clinton meets voters during a campaign stop at River Valley Community College in Claremont, N.H., on Aug. 11, 2015. (Associated Press)

Judge orders State Department to probe Hillary Clinton's 'personal' emails

A federal judge ordered the State Department on Thursday to work with the FBI to try to get access to the 32,000 emails former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton said were personal and that she didn't return to the government, as the courts get more deeply involved in her email practices. Published August 13, 2015

The exterior of the Internal Revenue Service building in Washington is seen here on March 22, 2013. (Associated Press) **FILE**

IRS cuts cyber-hack victims a break

At least some good news for the millions who have had their personal information stolen in cyberattacks -- the IRS said Thursday that the free credit monitoring the government and companies are offering victims doesn't count as taxable income. Published August 13, 2015

President Obama speaks Aug. 5, 2015, at American University in Washington. (Associated Press) **FILE**

Audit finds Obama amnesty chaotic, but no intent to flout judge

Immigration officials didn't intend to flout a federal judge when they broke his order halting President Obama's new amnesty, but the agency's process is so gummed up that it doesn't even know how many erroneous three-year amnesties it issued, an inspector general said in a new report Thursday. Published August 13, 2015

U.S. Customs and Border Protection Air and Marine agents patrol along the Rio Grande on the Texas-Mexico border. A report shows that immigration to the U.S. has recovered from its recession-caused lull and is surging back, led in part by a major jump in migrants from neighboring Mexico. (Associated Press)

In post-recession surge, number of Mexicans in U.S. hits record

Immigration to the U.S. has recovered from its recession-caused lull and is surging back, led in part by a major jump in migrants from neighboring Mexico, according to a report being released Thursday that suggests Latin Americans are once again coming and staying. Published August 13, 2015

People kayak in the Animas River near Durango, Colo., on Aug. 6, 2015, in water colored from a mine waste spill. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency said that a cleanup team was working with heavy equipment Wednesday to secure an entrance to the Gold King Mine. Workers instead released an estimated 1 million gallons of mine waste into Cement Creek, which flows into the Animas River. (Jerry McBride/The Durango Herald via Associated Press)

Navajos say EPA should clean its spill rather than trying to swindle Indians

The EPA is trying to cheat Navajo Indians by getting them to sign away their rights to future claims from the agency's Gold King Mine disaster, tribal officials charged Wednesday, adding more to the administration's public relations problems over the spill that threatens critical Southwest waterways. Published August 12, 2015

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Rodham Clinton speaks during a roundtable discussion on home care in Los Angeles on Aug. 6, 2015. (Associated Press)

Hillary Clinton is one email away from jail, Bobby Jindal says

Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal said top Democratic presidential contender Hillary Rodham Clinton is just a single email away from serving prison time, saying now that she's asserted she's turned over all of her emails, any breach would mean she's lied in court proceedings. Published August 11, 2015

Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio speaks with the media in Phoenix on Jan. 9, 2013. (Associated Press) **FILE**

Sheriff Arpaio says federal judge 'hated' him, has been out to get him

Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio has petitioned to have the federal judge who is investigating him kicked off the case, telling an appeals court that Judge G. Murray Snow's wife admitted to friends that her husband was intent on destroying the Arizona lawman. Published August 11, 2015

Sen. Marco Rubio, Florida Republican and 2016 presidential candidate, speaks at the RedState Gathering in Atlanta on Aug. 7, 2015. (Associated Press) **FILE**

Marco Rubio emerges as top budget cutter from GOP debate

Sen. Marco Rubio emerged as the top cost-cutter from last week's GOP presidential debate, according to the National Taxpayers Union Foundation, which crunched the numbers on what the candidates proposed. Published August 11, 2015

In a court filing last week, Border Patrol Deputy Chief Ronald Vitiello said the agency saw a rise in illegal immigrant families crossing into the U.S. in July, which was surprising as it breaks the usual pattern, in which a decrease occurs as the late-summer heat makes that time of year more difficult for an immigrant's journey. (Associated Press)

Homeland Security PR campaign: Stay on your side of the border

The Department of Homeland Security is ramping up a new campaign to try to persuade Central American families not to make the perilous journey to jump the U.S. border, as new statistics suggest that last summer's surge could be happening again. Published August 9, 2015

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Rodham Clinton speaks during a roundtable discussion on home care in Los Angeles on Aug. 6, 2015. (Associated Press)

State Department blames classified info for Clinton email delays

The State Department says all of the potential secret information in former Secretary Hillary Rodham Clinton's emails has knocked them off pace, and told a federal judge late Friday that's why they are currently in violation of his orders. Published August 8, 2015

Immigrants from El Salvador and Guatemala who entered the country illegally wait at a bus station after they were released from a family detention center in San Antonio, in this Tuesday, July 7, 2015, file photo. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)

DHS admits new surge of illegal immigrant families

The country saw another surge of illegal immigrant families crossing the border in July, a top Homeland Security official told a federal court late Thursday as the administration begged a judge not to forbid detention of new migrant mothers and children. Published August 7, 2015

Chuck Schumer breaks with Obama, opposes Iran deal

Sen. Charles E. Schumer announced his opposition Thursday night to President Obama's deal to halt Iran's nuclear program, dealing a major symbolic blow to the White House, which is struggling to find enough support to preserve the deal in the face of congressional opposition. Published August 6, 2015