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Sen. John Barrasso, Wyoming Republican (Associated Press)

Dubious anniversary for both parties: One year since Obamacare, shutdown

Democrats and Republicans each celebrated dubious anniversaries on Wednesday: For the GOP, it was a year from the day they orchestrated a government shutdown over Obamacare. For Democrats, it was the beginning of the health law's rocky rollout, which sent President Obama's poll numbers tumbling. Published October 1, 2014

House Speaker John Boehner of Ohio speaks during a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington on Sept. 11, 2014. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite) ** FILE **

Boehner to Obama: You should consider firing Secret Service chief

House Speaker John A. Boehner urged President Obama on Wednesday to consider firing U.S. Secret Service Director Julia A. Pierson, and called for a blue ribbon commission Wednesday to investigate the agency after its latest security lapse. Published October 1, 2014

Secret Service Director Julia Pierson testifies Sept. 30 before the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee on Capitol Hill about the recent White House perimeter breach in which an armed man made it inside. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)

Six fence-jumpers breached White House this year; 16 in past five years

Six people have jumped the fence at the White House this year alone, and 16 have jumped the fence over the past five years, Secret Service Director Julia A. Pierson told Congress on Tuesday as she tried to explain how an intruder managed to cross the lawn and get into the president's iconic residence. Published September 30, 2014

Former Internal Revenue Service official Lois G. Lerner has been at the center of a scandal involving her erased hard drive and missing emails. (Associated Press)

IRS doesn't do enough to collect on tax debts: audit

The IRS wrote off nearly $7 billion in tax debts in cases where it said it couldn't locate the taxpayer in 2012, but an audit released Monday found that more than half of the time the agency gave up too soon and didn't show it had done everything needed to prove it could never get the money. Published September 29, 2014

70 citizenship candidates stand for the National Anthem before being sworn in as U.S. Citizens at a Naturalization Ceremony at the Department of Justice, Washington, D.C., Tuesday, July 22, 2014. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)

U.S. immigration from southeast Asia, Middle East skyrockets

Immigration from southeast Asia and the Middle East has skyrocketed in the last few years, according to a report released Thursday that found the overall immigrant population has hit a record 41.3 million. Published September 25, 2014

Attorney General Eric Holder pauses while testifying on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, Jan. 29, 2014, before the Senate Judiciary Committee hearing oversight hearing on the Justice Department. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

Holder heading out, but contempt lives on

Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. announced Thursday he is resigning as soon as a replacement is found, though he and the Justice Department still face contempt of Congress charges that will linger well after he officially gives up the office. Published September 25, 2014

Rosa Robles Loreta is staying at the Southside Presbyterian Church in Tucson, Arizona. Ms. Loreto, a Mexican immigrant who is facing deportation, has moved into the church, where she is taking sanctuary. She is part of a growing movement of immigrants seeking haven in Arizona churches, in which ICE policy prohibits their arrest. (ASSOCIATED PRESS)

Church network offers sanctuary to illegal immigrants to avoid deportation

A network of two dozen churches has promised to offer "physical sanctuary" to illegal immigrants facing deportation, saying they want to create a safe haven that federal officials won't invade as a way of preventing the migrants from being kicked out of the country. Published September 24, 2014

President Obama inspects the new Chevrolet Volt during his tour of the General Motors Auto Plant in Hamtramck, Mich., in July 2010. (Associated Press) **FILE**

Obama administration approved overpayments to GM, Ally Financial execs, audit finds

The Obama administration approved "excessive" pay for top executives at General Motors Co. and Ally Financial Inc. even as the two companies were falling behind on repaying taxpayers for being rescued after the Wall Street collapse, the bailout watchdog concluded in a report released Wednesday. Published September 24, 2014

Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia Mathews Burwell touted Obamacare's enrollment numbers in a speech Tuesday, saying "... we're spending our health care dollars more wisely and we're starting to receive higher quality care." (Associated Press)

Burwell touts Obamacare enrollment numbers; GOP predicts decline

After nearly a year of full operation under its belt Obamacare is a growing success, and next year will be even better with 77 new insurers preparing to offer plans on the new insurance markets, Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia Mathews Burwell said Tuesday. Published September 23, 2014

aftermath: Syrians sift through the rubble of a house targeted by coalition airstrikes in the village of Kfar Derian. Washington informed President Bashar Assad's government of imminent U.S. strikes against Islamic State group strongholds hours before the bombing began. (Associated Press)

Obama opens new front on war on terror, but Congress wary

With nearly two dozen attacks in Syria against both the Islamic State and the Khorasan Group, an al Qaeda offshoot that the administration said posed an immediate threat to the U.S., President Obama this week opened a new front in the war on terror that he said was winding down just a year ago. Published September 23, 2014

Illegal immigrants on their way to deportation listen to a Border Patrol agent in Arizona in 2010, when the majority came from Mexico. (Associated Press) ** FILE **

Senate falls short in bid to halt Obama immigration policies

Senate Republicans narrowly missed a chance Thursday to halt President Obama's non-deportation policies, falling just short in a vote that saw even five Democrats join them in signaling worries over the White House's immigration plans. Published September 18, 2014

Minutes after the Senate voted to arm and train moderate Syrian rebels in the fight against the Islamic State militant group, the administration signaled that it is poised to expand its air campaign into Syria, opening a new geographic front in the war on terrorism. President Obama said, "These terrorists thought they could fight us, or intimidate us, or cause us to shrink from the world, but today they're learning the same hard lesson of petty tyrants and terrorists who've gone before." (Associated Press)

Obama given green light to battle Islamic State in renewed war on terrorism

Congress gave final permission Thursday for the Pentagon to train and arm Syrian rebels, approving part of President Obama's war plans before fleeing Washington for a two-month break, leaving the White House free rein to fight a war against the Islamic State on its own terms. Published September 18, 2014

John Kerry takes go-slow approach on revoking passports

While he has the power to revoke passports of those traveling to fight in Syria, Secretary of State John F. Kerry said Thursday he wants to be careful in using that authority so he doesn't disrupt any ongoing criminal investigations. Published September 18, 2014

President Barack Obama gestures during a statement in the State Dining Room of the White House, on Thursday, Sept. 18, 2014, in Washington. Obama spoke after Congress voted to arm and train moderate Syrian rebels in the fight against the Islamic State group. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

French to join U.S. coalition in Iraq

France will join the U.S.-led coalition against the Islamic State by helping the U.S. conduct airstrikes in Iraq, President Obama said Thursday night as he basked in a successful vote in Congress giving him permission to arm and train Syrian rebels. Published September 18, 2014

Marine Corps Gen. James N. Mattis. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon) ** FILE **

Former commander says nixing U.S. ground troops damages international coalition

Taking ground combat troops off the table in the fight against the Islamic State could be hurting President Obama's efforts to build an international coalition because it leaves questions about the U.S. commitment, the former commander who oversaw military efforts in the Middle East said Thursday. Published September 18, 2014