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Stephen Dinan

Stephen Dinan

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

Articles by Stephen Dinan

House Speaker John Boehner of Ohio speaks to reporters following a House GOP caucus meeting on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, Jan. 7, 2015. Boehner said his had a "family conversation" about how to respond to the 25 conservatives who revolted and voted against him on the floor for his re-election as speaker on Tuesday. Two GOP conservatives were kicked off the Rules Committee earlier, Rep. Daniel Webster, R-Fla., who challenged Boehner for speaker, and Rep. Rich Nugent, R-Fla., who voted for Webster. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

Boehner: 'I'm the most anti-establishment speaker'

House Speaker John A. Boehner bristled at charges he's "a squish" when it comes to his conservative principles, declaring himself Thursday to be "the most anti-establishment speaker we've ever had." Published January 8, 2015

FILE - In this Dec. 3, 2014 file photo, Sen. Barbara Boxer, D-Calif. speaks on Capitol Hill in Washington. Boxer said Thursday she won't seek re-election after 4th term. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta, File)

Sen. Barbara Boxer to retire at end of 2016

Sen. Barbara Boxer, a liberal champion and California Democrat, announced Thursday she will not seek re-election in 2016, ending a combative career that saw her become one of the country's chief progressive champions. Published January 8, 2015

Mitch McConnell: Obama will determine how much new Congress works

Ending gridlock in Washington will require a change of heart by President Obama, the Senate's new leader said Wednesday in laying out terms for getting things done on Capitol Hill this year, now that Republicans have majorities in both chambers. Published January 7, 2015

President Obama rolls up his sleeves while being asked a question about his recent executive actions on immigration at Casa Azafran in Nashville, Tenn., on Dec. 9, 2014. (Associated Press) **FILE**

Illegal immigrant ducks chance to challenge Obama amnesty

The Honduran illegal immigrant whose case sparked a judicial spanking for President Obama's new deportation amnesty said Tuesday he doesn't think he would qualify for the president's new policy anyway, and wants to get his case over with as quickly as possible. Published January 7, 2015

Give and Take: House Speaker John A. Boehner took the gavel and gave a kiss to Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi during the opening session of the 114th Congress.

Obama, Democrats clash with new GOP majority as 114th Congress convenes

The 114th Congress convened at noon Tuesday, and by 1 p.m. Democrats already had thrown a wrench into the works, setting roadblocks in the way of the new Republican majority in the Senate and signaling that midterm election defeats have not chastened President Obama or his top lieutenants on Capitol Hill. Published January 6, 2015

House Speaker John Boehner of Ohio walks the floor of the House Chambers on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, Jan. 6, 2015, as members of the House of Representatives gathered for opening session of the 114th Congress. Boehner is expected to win a third despite a tea party-backed effort to unseat him, and Sen. Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., ascends to majority leader of the Senate after Democrats lost control the wake of November's midterm elections. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais )

Conservative rebellions fail, Boehner keeps speakership

Conservatives' rebellion against Rep. John A. Boehner fell short Tuesday, as he earned enough votes to win a third term as speaker of the House — though the contentious afternoon vote underscored the continued strain within the GOP. Published January 6, 2015

A U.S. Customs and Border Patrol drone aircraft lifts off, Wednesday, Sept 24, 2014 at Ft. Huachuca in Sierra Vista, Ariz. The U.S. government now patrols nearly half the Mexican border by drones alone in a largely unheralded shift to control desolate stretches where there are no agents, camera towers, ground sensors or fences, and it plans to expand the strategy to the Canadian border. It represents a significant departure from a decades-old approach that emphasizes boots on the ground and fences. (AP Photo/Matt York)

Homeland Security's drone program a waste of money, audit finds

Homeland Security's drone program has been a waste of money so far, according to the department's inspector general, who on Tuesday told the department to cancel plans to spend nearly a half-billion dollars on more of the aircraft. Published January 6, 2015

A statue of George Washington is seen under the Rotunda of the Capitol on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, Jan. 6, 2015, which is partially covered by a billowy, protective canvas to catch any debris during a long-term repair project to fix cracks, leaks and corrosion in the cast-iron dome during renovations, Tuesday, Jan. 6, 2015, on the start of the 114th Congress. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

114th Congress convenes with test for Boehner

The new session of Congress gaveled open Tuesday at noon, with the GOP holding majorities in both chambers and with a key vote to determine Rep. John A. Boehner's fate as speaker still to come. Published January 6, 2015

High expectations: Mitch McConnell has many challenges ahead. He will have to find a way to work with the White House, Senate Democrats and the conservative wing of his own party. (Associated Press)

Incoming Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell equipped to succeed in tough job

At some point Tuesday, Vice President Joseph R. Biden will turn to Sen. Mitch McConnell and recognize him as "the majority leader," fulfilling a lifetime goal for the Kentucky Republican and marking him as the key figure in determining what gets done in Washington over the next two years. Published January 5, 2015

FILE - In this Nov. 20, 2014 file photo, people chant during a demonstration in front of the White House in Washington as President Barack Obama announced executive actions on immigration during a nationally televised address. The US judge assigned to rule in the lawsuit over President Barack Obama's changes to immigration rules last year accused the Obama administration of participating in criminal conspiracies to smuggle children into the country by reuniting them with parents living here illegally.  (AP Photo/Alex Brandon, File)

Feds say illegals who aid others in crossing won't be eligible for amnesty

The Obama administration said Monday that illegal immigrants already in the U.S. who try to aid their relatives in sneaking across the border won't be eligible for the president's new deportation amnesty, as federal officials try to head off a new surge of illegal immigrants hoping to take advantage of lax enforcement. Published January 5, 2015

In this Sept. 5, 2014 photo, a U.S. Customs and Border Protection Air and Marine agent pears out of the open door of a helicopter during a patrol flight near the Texas-Mexico border near McAllen, Texas. Since illegal immigration spiked in the Rio Grande Valley this summer, the Border Patrol has dispatched more agents, the Texas Department of Public Safety has sent more troopers and Texas Gov. Rick Perry deployed as many as 1,000 guardsmen to the area. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)

700 miles of U.S.-Mexico border still insecure, congressional investigators say

Less than 3 percent of illegal immigrants will ever be deported, and more than 700 miles of the U.S.-Mexico border remained unsecured as of 2014, according to Sen. Tom Coburn's final oversight report released Saturday morning, which found the Homeland Security Department failing in several of its top missions. Published January 3, 2015

Nathan Emery, Homeland Security Investigations agent in charge, stands next to a poster of Jeremiah Malfroid, a 33-year-old California man whose name and image were transmitted by the "Operation Predator" app in connection with a child pornography sting.  (AP Photo/Andrew Welsh-Huggins)

ICE using 'Predator' app to catch child pornographers

The federal government's "Operation Predator" app was credited last month with helping nab yet another man accused of trafficking in child pornography after a 33-year-old man surrendered in California, just days after federal authorities posted his image and story to Facebook and sent it to the more than 100,000 users who have downloaded the application. Published January 1, 2015

After critics decried Ferguson, Missouri, police using Defense Department-donated heavy artillery against rioting protesters, some law enforcement agencies are returning military-grade weaponry back to the Pentagon. (Associated Press)

Military hardware still flowing to local police after Ferguson

The federal government shipped nearly 4,000 more assault rifles to local law enforcement agencies in the three months following the Ferguson riots, marking a huge surge in the amount of lethal firearms being doled out to police and sheriff's offices. Published December 30, 2014