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Stephen Dinan

Stephen Dinan

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

Articles by Stephen Dinan

Donald Trump answers questions surrounding his bid for the U.S. presidency in Albemarle House, a property of his outside of Charlottesville, Va., Tuesday, July 14, 2015. (P. Kevin Morley/Richmond Times-Dispatch via AP) ** FILE **

Donald Trump: Net worth more than 'TEN BILLION DOLLARS'

Donald Trump earned more than $200 million from NBC for his 14 seasons of "The Apprentice," he reported in new federal financial disclosure forms filed with the government Wednesday as part of his presidential campaign. Published July 15, 2015

Liz Sullivan (left) and Jim Steinle, parents of Kathryn Steinle, talk to members of the media outside their home in Pleasanton, Calif., on July 2, 2015. Kathryn Steinle was shot to death, apparently at random, while walking with her father and a friend along a popular pedestrian pier on the San Francisco waterfront on July 1. The woman was shot Wednesday evening at Pier 14 and died at a hospital. (Lea Suzuki/San Francisco Chronicle via Associated Press)

DHS says it has contacted family of sanctuary city killing victim

Immigration officials did contact the family of Kathryn Steinle to offer their condolences on her murder, the Homeland Security Department said in a statement Wednesday, a day after Secretary Jeh Johnson said he wasn't aware of whether any contact had been made. Published July 15, 2015

Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson declined to criticize sanctuary cities and told Congress not to try to pass laws forcing cooperation, saying it could conflict with the Constitution, and it won't win over the hearts of reluctant communities. (Associated Press)

Sanctuary cities beyond federal control, DHS chief Jeh Johnson admits

Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson admitted Tuesday that the administration goofed in releasing an illegal immigrant to sanctuary city San Francisco ahead of a shocking murder earlier this month, but said there's little the government can do to pressure sanctuary communities to change their minds. Published July 14, 2015

U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents in New Jersey take a person into custody on March 28, 2012, during Operation Cross Check III. (Associated Press/U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement) **FILE**

Hundreds of released illegals convicted of kidnapping, homicide

More than 1,000 of the criminal aliens immigration authorities released into the community while awaiting deportation in 2014 were then convicted of still more crimes ranging from kidnapping and sexual assault against a child to vehicular homicide, according to statistics released Tuesday. Published July 14, 2015

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Rodham Clinton speaks to local residents during a campaign stop at the Iowa City Public Library in Iowa City, Iowa, on July 7, 2015. (Associated Press) **FILE**

Donald Trump: Hillary Clinton 'desperate,' 'sad'

GOP presidential candidate Doland Trump on Tuesday called Democratic candidate Hillary Rodham Clinton 'desperate' after the former first lady attacked him for his comments over Mexico and illegal immigrants. Published July 14, 2015

President Barack Obama, standing with Vice President Joe Biden, delivers remarks in the East Room of the White House in Washington, Tuesday, July 14, 2015, after an Iran nuclear deal is reached. After 18 days of intense and often fractious negotiation, diplomats Tuesday declared that world powers and Iran had struck a landmark deal to curb Iran's nuclear program in exchange for billions of dollars in relief from international sanctions. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik, Pool)

Congress unlikely to stop Iran deal

Congress will get 60 days to review the Iran nuclear agreement, and it's no sure thing lawmakers will accept the deal the administration struck -- though President Obama will still likely get his way in the end. Published July 14, 2015

Immigration and Customs Enforcement officers escort an arrestee from an apartment building in the Bronx borough of New York during a series of early-morning raids on March 3. (Associated Press)

Victims of illegal immigrants' crimes to testify to Congress

Those who have suffered at the hands of illegal immigrants have been invited to testify to the Senate next week on the crimes they or their families faced, as GOP lawmakers in Congress try to refocus the immigration debate away from legalization and toward enforcement. Published July 13, 2015

Despite anti-crime credits, former Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley is failing to gain much traction as a presidential contender. (Associated Press)

Martin O'Malley attacks 'hate-spewing' GOP over illegal immigration

Former Gov. Martin O'Malley blasted "hate-spewing" GOP presidential candidates Monday as he made his own appeal to win over Hispanics, vowing to expand on the record he amassed in Maryland, where he said he "forged a new consensus" behind pro-immigration policies. Published July 13, 2015

Sen. Chuck Grassley said Kathryn Steinle, killed in California by an illegal immigrant, deserves more than a "bureaucratic answer  why her life was taken." (Associated Press)

Republicans take aim at sanctuary cities for illegals

Seeking to shift the immigration debate's focus to the victims of criminal aliens, Republicans this week vowed to punish states that refuse to cooperate with federal authorities in deporting illegal immigrants. Published July 9, 2015

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi of California speaks during a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington in this March 26, 2015, file photo. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik, File)

Nancy Pelosi: Take down southern flags with Confederate symbols

Democrats demanded Thursday that Congress rip down any state flag displayed by the U.S. Capitol that includes the Confederate battle emblem, sparking a bitter battle with Republicans who have been sent reeling by the flag debate. Published July 9, 2015

Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson said the stark number of missed contraband items looked bad "out of context," but said the tests were important in trying to advance TSA's mission. (Associated Press)

Illegals refuse to give up three-year amnesties

The Homeland Security Department is predictably having a devil of a time trying to get illegal immigrants to send back their three-year amnesty approvals, administration lawyers said as they admitted to a federal judge Thursday, saying that more than 40 percent of them remain outstanding. Published July 9, 2015

Office of Personnel Management Director Katherine Archuleta (Associated Press) **FILE**

Feds acknowledge hack of government computers affected 21 million

Federal officials acknowledged Thursday that hackers managed to steal information on more than 21 million Americans from the government's background check computers, including details of their health and financial histories, as the shocking outlines of the breach finally became clear. Published July 9, 2015

In this June 28, 2015, file photo, House Speaker John Boehner of Ohio meets with reporters on Capitol Hill in Washington, to talk about the Supreme Court ruling on the Affordable Care Act. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

Confederate flag coming down at S.C. Capitol, but flap continues

South Carolina will pull the Confederate battle flag down from a Statehouse memorial Friday, but the national debate over the flag showed no sign of waning as Democrats in Washington, sensing momentum, moved to furl state flags at the Capitol that still include Confederate symbols. Published July 9, 2015

Rep. F. James Sensenbrenner Jr., Wisconsin Republican and author of the original Patriot Act, said the law was never intended to be used to justify massive collection and storage of Americans' information, and he blamed overzealous lawyers for distorting the law to justify the NSA program. (Associated Press)

Lawmakers reach across the aisle to draft criminal justice reform

The government today can't even list all of the federal crimes it could use to charge someone -- a symbol of just how out of control the national criminal justice system is, said Reps. F. James Sensenbrenner Jr. and Robert C. Scott, two senior congressmen who hope to change the face of the nation's prison population. Published July 6, 2015

President Barack Obama pauses while speaking in the Rose Garden of the White House, Thursday, June 25, 2015. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

Obama defies federal judge, fails to rescind wrongly issued amnesties

The Obama administration still hasn't fully rescinded the 2,000 three-year amnesties it wrongly issued four months ago in violation of a court order, government lawyers recently admitted in court, spurring a stern response from the judge who said the matter must be cleaned up by the end of July — or else. Published June 29, 2015

Lois Lerner is the former IRS official at the center of a controversy over how the agency treated conservative political groups. (Associated Press) **FILE**

IRS erased Lois Lerner's emails even after subpoena, audit says

The IRS erased backup takes with Lois G. Lerner's emails even after the messages were subject to a congressional subpoena, but it was an "unbelievable" chain of coincidences rather than a malicious intent to subvert Congress, the tax agency's inspector general said Thursday. Published June 25, 2015