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Stephen Dinan

Stephen Dinan

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

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People rally for comprehensive immigration reform, Friday, Nov. 7, 2014, outside of the White House. After the midterm elections immigration groups are pushing for executive action. A theme of the rally was ceasing deportation of parents who are in the United States illegally. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

Republican pressure builds to block Obama's unilateral immigration order

Dozens of House Republicans have signed onto a new letter that insists the GOP include language in the upcoming spending bill to prevent President Obama from taking unilateral action on immigration, escalating a simmering fight between Congress and the White House. Published November 12, 2014

U.S. Bureau of Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents take a person into custody during an immigration sweep in Ontario, California. The Obama administration told federal immigration lawyers to release illegal immigrants with "old" drunken-driving convictions and those found guilty of stealing other people's identities, according to a lawsuit filed by one of the lawyers at the center of the operation. (Associated Press)

ICE lawyer's lawsuit exposes how feds release illegals

The Obama administration told federal immigration lawyers to release illegal immigrants with "old" drunken-driving convictions and those found guilty of stealing other people's identities, according to a lawsuit filed by one of the lawyers at the center of the operation. Published November 11, 2014

Sen. Chuck Grassley, Iowa Republican and ranking member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, appears at a hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington on Jan. 29, 2014. (Associated Press) **FILE**

Obama to face immigration foe in incoming Judiciary chairman

President Obama and his administration will face a new pair of scrutinizing eyes next year after Sen. Charles E. Grassley, an oversight maven who has investigated everything from the Fast & Furious gun operation to border security, said Monday he will likely become the chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee next year. Published November 10, 2014

EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy. (Associated Press)

EPA facing suit over McCarthy's deleted text messages

A congressional committee chairman demanded an investigation Monday into whether EPA employees are illegally deleting text messages after the agency officially notified the National Archives last month that Administrator Gina McCarthy expunged her phone texts, which are now the subject of a lawsuit. Published November 10, 2014

Loretta Lynch, U.S. attorney for the Eastern District of New York, may have to wait until next year for Senate confirmation hearings to succeed Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. (Associated Press)

Obama's delay for AG nominee likely to send Lynch confirmation to GOP Senate

The Senate's top Republicans said this weekend that confirming President Obama's late-season attorney general nominee, Loretta Lynch, should be put off until next year when Republicans have control of the chamber, setting up the first lame-duck power struggle with a politically damaged president. Published November 9, 2014

Dr. Ben Carson has won yet another straw poll to be the GOP's 2016 presidential nominee. (Associated Press)

Ben Carson leaves Fox News role

Fox News severed ties Friday to Dr. Ben A. Carson, a rising conservative star who is considering running for president in 2016, in what he said was an amicable parting. Published November 7, 2014

Illustration: Shoveling jobs by Greg Groesch for The Washington Times

Family ties: Federal immigration agency made it easy to get relatives hired

Top federal immigration officials repeatedly used their agency as a jobs program for their children, nieces and nephews, pressuring colleagues to hire their relatives in what investigators described in a report this week as a "pervasive culture of nepotism and favoritism." Published November 6, 2014

House Speaker John Boehner of Ohio listens during a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, Nov. 6, 2014. Boehner said the Republican-controlled Congress will act to approve the Keystone XL pipeline, make changes in the health care law and encourage businesses to hire more veterans. (AP Photo/Cliff Owen)

Boehner vows House will repeal Obamacare

John A. Boehner promised Thursday the House will vote to repeal Obamacare and warned President Obama not to "poison" chances for cooperation with Congress on immigration by moving unilaterally. Published November 6, 2014

Virginia Republican Congressional candidate Barbara Comstock, right, celebrates with her husband Chip Comstock, at her election night party, Tuesday, Nov. 4, 2014 in Ashburn, Va. Comstock ran against democrat John Foust for the 10th Congressional District of Virginia. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

‘War on Women’ a loser this time around

Republicans showed Tuesday they've solved Democrats' "war on women" attack, winning key races in Colorado, Virginia, Kentucky and Iowa where President Obama and his allies had hoped that message would help them overcome voter fatigue. Published November 5, 2014

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, of California, talks as she and Rep. Steve Israel, D-N.Y., chairman of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee receive updates of Election Eay information from Greg Jackson, field director of Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee at the Democratic Party headquarters in Washington, Tuesday, Nov. 4, 2014. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)

Pelosi vows to stay on as leader

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi asked her fellow Democrats to keep her on as their leader in the new Congress next year, saying she still has unfinished goals she wants to accomplish. Published November 5, 2014

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell of Ky., addresses supporters at his victory rally in the Kentucky Senate race, Tuesday,Nov. 4, 2014, in Louisville, Ky. (AP Photo/Timothy D. Easley)

McConnell promises long nights, full weeks to force Senate to work

Fresh off a stunning victory for him personally and for his party in the Senate, presumptive Majority Leader Mitch McConnell vowed there will be "no government shutdowns and no default on the national debt" on his watch, but spent as much time focusing Wednesday on fixing what he called a broken process as he did on issues. Published November 5, 2014

FILE - This June 13, 2014 file photo shows Rep. Luis Gutierrez, D-Ill. speaking in Chicago. The surge of Central American children crossing the U.S. southern border has shifted the politics of immigration, weakening one of the most potent arguments Democrats plan to make against Republicans in November and in the next presidential election. In the past month, the number of Americans who rank immigration as the nation’s top problem has tripled in surveys conducted by Gallup _ putting the issue on par with the economy and unemployment as the most frequently named issues facing the country.  (AP Photo/Stacy Thacker, File)

Gutierrez: Immigration critical to Obama, Democratic party

Rep. Luis V. Gutierrez, the most prominent leader of the immigration legalization movement, said Wednesday that President Obama showed "disdain and disrespect" for immigrants this year and Latino voters punished Democrats for it at the polls. Published November 5, 2014

Sen.-elect Joni Ernst, Iowa Republican, speaks to supporters during an election night rally in West Des Moines, Iowa. Ms. Ernst defeated Democrat Bruce Braley in the race to replace retiring Sen. Tom Harkin. (Associated Press)

Landslide! Republicans capture Senate and prized governorships

Republicans held all of their seats and picked up more than the six seats needed to take control of the Senate Tuesday night, as voters across the country delivering a scorching rebuke of President Obama's tenure. Published November 4, 2014

Shelley Moore Capito speaks during a campaign rally in Beckley, W.Va., as state Sen. Evan Jenkins and former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney look on. West Virginia has been trending Republican for more than a decade and voted Republican in every presidential election since 2000, but both of its U.S. senators were Democrats before Ms. Capito's victory in the midterm elections. (AP Photo/Chris Tilley)

Electoral map recalibrates to its natural red-blue state

After years of anti-Bush and pro-Obama surges, Republicans on Tuesday began to capture Senate seats in traditionally red states — the beginning of a swing toward what analysts said should be a natural GOP majority in the upper chamber. Published November 4, 2014