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Stephen Dinan

Stephen Dinan

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

Articles by Stephen Dinan

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio speaks during a joint legislative budget hearing on local government in Albany on Feb. 25, 2015. (Associated Press) **FILE**

D.C., parts of Md., Va., join de Bill de Blasio to demand amnesty for illegal immigrants

Alexandria, the District of Columbia and Montgomery County joined New York City and dozens of other municipalities across the country Monday in demanding a court allow President Obama's deportation amnesty to go into effect immediately, saying they want the tax revenue they think the newly legalized workers would bring. Published April 6, 2015

In a speech this week, IRS Commissioner John Koskinen insisted his agency has turned the corner on problems with employee behavior in recent years. (Associated Press)

Ex-IRS ethics office lawyer disbarred for ... ethics violations

A lawyer who worked in the IRS ethics office was disbarred Thursday by the District of Columbia Court of Appeals, which concluded she misappropriated a client's funds from a case she handled in private practice, broke a number of ethics rules and showed "reckless disregard for the truth" in misleading a disbarment panel looking into the matter. Published April 2, 2015

U.S. Sen. Robert Menendez, D-NJ, listens to a question while addressing a gathering Monday, March 23, 2015, in Garwood, N.J. Menendez listened to questions about the possible filing of corruption charges against him. (AP Photo/Mel Evans)

Indictment: Menendez demanded visas for 'foreign girlfriends' of campaign donor

Sen. Robert Menendez repeatedly used his position of power to try to pressure the State Department to issue visas to a wealthy backer's "foreign girlfriends," including in one case seemingly forcing the department to reverse a denial and issue a tourist visa, according to the indictment handed up against the senator Wednesday. Published April 1, 2015

Lois Lerner, former IRS official, won't be charged with contempt

The Obama administration informed House Speaker John A. Boehner this week it will not prosecute former IRS executive Lois G. Lerner for contempt of Congress, concluding that she did not waive her Fifth Amendment rights to avoid answering questions when she was called to testify nearly two years ago. Published April 1, 2015

Internal Revenue Service Commissioner John Koskinen said Tuesday that said the first year of Obamacare tax filings "has gone smoothly," which he said would have surprised a number of folks based on the botched rollout of the Obamacare website a year ago.

'Not the IRS' of years past

IRS Commissioner John Koskinen said Tuesday the embattled agency's troubles are a thing of the past, insisting the tax collectors have halted extravagant conferences, no longer pay bonuses to employees who cheat on their taxes, and no longer target nonprofit groups for intrusive scrutiny. Published March 31, 2015

FILE - In this Dec. 8, 2011, file photo, then-U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton hands off her mobile phone after arriving to meet with Dutch Foreign Minister Uri Rosenthal at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in The Hague, Netherlands. Clinton emailed her staff on an iPad as well as a BlackBerry while secretary of state, despite her explanation that she exclusively used a personal email address on a homebrew server so she could carry a single device, according to documents obtained by The Associated Press. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, Pool/File)

Hil on the grill: Gowdy demands Clinton face questions on emails by May 1

The Benghazi investigative committee on Tuesday formally requested former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton give a transcribed interview detailing her decision-making in determining which emails she turned over to the government and why she wiped her email server clean. Published March 31, 2015

'Dreamers' despair as Obama, Democrats abandon immigration activists

The heady sense of victory immigrant rights activists had last year after President Obama announced his deportation amnesty has faded in recent weeks as the advocates sense they've lost ground among the very Democratic leaders they were counting on to deliver at the national and state levels. Published March 30, 2015

Former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton belatedly provided some emails nearly two years after she left the State Department, leaving the Obama administration to decide how to handle the matter. (Associated Press)

Hillary Clinton email release delayed as lawyers sort through them

The Obama administration told a federal court Monday that it needs "several months" more to go through former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton's government emails, saying it's proving time-consuming to sort out exactly what information they can release to the public, Published March 30, 2015

Rep. Trey Gowdy, chair of the Benghazi commission, sent Hillary Rodham Clinton's attorney a letter requesting Mrs. Clinton's email server. (Associated Press)

Hillary Clinton wiped email server clean, refuses to turn it over

Former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton has refused to turn her email server over to an independent third party and claims she has wiped the server clean, dealing a setback to the special investigative committee looking into the 2012 Benghazi terrorist attack, the probe said late Friday. Published March 27, 2015

Supporters gather during a rally organized by OneAmerica as part of a National Week of Action to demand robust executive measures to stop deportations and keep families together Thursday, Nov. 20, 2014, in Seattle. President Barack Obama is expected to announce his plan to use executive action to partially change the nation's immigration system Thursday night. (AP Photo/seattlepi.com, Jordan Stead) **FILE**

Catholic bishops demand Obama release illegal immigrant families

Catholic and Lutheran bishops on Friday urged the federal government to release illegal immigrant families who have been detained awaiting deportation, saying it is "shameful" for the federal government to keep them in detention. Published March 27, 2015

Sen. John McCain, Arizona Republican, said it was necessary to send a signal to the unaccompanied minors preparing for another run at the U.S.-Mexico border this year that they will be sent back rather than released into the U.S., as all of the children from Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador were last year. (Associated Press)

Senate demands faster deportations for illegal immigrant children

The Senate approved non-binding language as part of its budget late Thursday calling for the law to be changed to speed deportations of illegal immigrant children from Central America — but fell just short of the 60 votes that would be needed to force a bill into law later. Published March 26, 2015

Senate Republicans defend balanced budget; Democrats see fodder

Republicans defended their balanced budget and Democrats walked away with dozens of votes they think can be used against the GOP in upcoming elections as the Senate passed a blueprint Friday morning to govern spending and provide a path for repealing Obamacare. Published March 26, 2015

Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson (AP Photo/ Evan Vucci)

DHS chief: Court should have known part of amnesty was in effect

A federal judge should have known Homeland Security was carrying out at least part of President Obama's new deportation amnesty beginning last year, department Secretary Jeh Johnson told Congress on Thursday as the administration continued to struggle with what's become a thorny legal issue. Published March 26, 2015