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Stephen Dinan

Stephen Dinan

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

Articles by Stephen Dinan

In this photo taken Sept. 11, 2014, a student in the Accelerating Preliterate English Language Learners (A.P.E.L.L) class, taught by Lori Ott, of Millsboro, Del., at the G.W. Career Educational Center in Frankford, Del., looks over a worksheet aimed at teaching basic introductions in English. U.S. schools are now dealing with the fallout from the dramatic spike in the number of children and teenagers who crossed into the United States unaccompanied by family; the Supreme Court has ruled that they have an obligation to educate all students regardless of their immigration status.  (AP Photo/Emily Varisco)

An eye-popping 20% of U.S. residents abandon English at home

Nearly half of all California school-age children speak a language other than English at home, as do a third of Texans and Nevadans, a report being released Monday by the Center for Immigration Studies found. Published October 6, 2014

In this Sept. 22, 2014 photo, two people are handcuffed together as they start to play a game at Escape the Quest in Miami Beach, Fla. Escape the Quest offers two games; Apartment 101 and Prison Escape, where groups of two to four have an hour to solve a puzzle and win their freedom. (AP Photo/J Pat Carter)

Obamacare opens door for inmates to get taxpayer-funded Medicaid: study

Obamacare has made most prison and jail inmates eligible for Medicaid in states that expanded the federal-state health program, according to a new study Monday from the Government Accountability Office — but few inmates are actually getting the kinds of services that can be reimbursed by federal taxpayers. Published October 6, 2014

Detainees sleep and watch television in a holding cell where hundreds of mostly Central American immigrant children are being processed and held at the U.S. Customs and Border Protection Nogales Placement Center on Wednesday, June 18, 2014, in Nogales, Ariz.  CPB provided media tours Wednesday of two locations in Brownsville, Texas, and Nogales, that have been central to processing the more than 47,000 unaccompanied children who have entered the country illegally since Oct. 1. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin, Pool)

Disease plagues illegal immigrants; lack of medications, basic hygiene blamed

Communicable diseases continue to be a problem at the New Mexico facility built to house illegal immigrant families surging across the U.S.-Mexico border, and the immigrants themselves aren't taking their own health care very seriously, according to an audit released Monday. Published October 6, 2014

Indiana Gov. Mike Pence answers questions on Sept. 9, 2014, about the new Management & Performance Hub, a new management office, that was unveiled at the Statehouse in Indianapolis. Pence rolled out an expensive new government management system that he promised would save  the state money and make Indiana the "most transparent" state in the country. (Associated Press) **FILE**

Indiana Gov. Pence tops 2016 GOP field on fiscal scorecard

Indiana Gov. Mike Pence was named a "champion tax cutter," in the Cato Institute's new statehouse report card, released Thursday, which puts Mr. Pence at the top of all of the GOP governors mentioned as potential 2016 presidential contenders. Published October 2, 2014

Ebola fears increase pressure to restrict flights from Africa

The first case of Ebola diagnosed within the U.S. is prompting calls for heavy travel restrictions between the U.S. and those West African countries hardest hit by the outbreak — and one advocate is even warning against the possibility of "Ebola tourism" by patients seeking better care here. Published October 2, 2014

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi of Calif., takes questions from reporters on Capitol Hill in Washington, Friday, July 25, 2014. (AP Photo) ** FILE **

Nancy Pelosi supports call for Secret Service chief to go

Secret Service Director Julia Pierson House should be ousted from her job, Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi said Wednesday, agreeing with the recommendation of the top Democrat on the oversight committee. Published October 1, 2014

Secret Service Director Julia Pierson testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, Sept. 30, 2014, before the House Oversight Committee as it examines details surrounding a security breach at the White House when a man climbed over a fence, sprinted across the north lawn and dash deep into the executive mansion before finally being subdued.  (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

Secret Service woes grow as director resigns

Secret Service Director Julia A. Pierson resigned Wednesday amid intense pressure from lawmakers on Capitol Hill who feared the president and his family were being endangered by security lapses — highlighted by an intruder forcing his way into the White House last month. Published October 1, 2014

"The question of executive action, my friends, is a 'when' question," Labor Secretary Thomas E. Perez assured attendees at the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute's convention, asserting that Mr. Obama still shares their values, despite having repeatedly put off thorny decisions on immigration. (Associated Press)

Hispanics promised Obama will act on immigration by year's end

President Obama deployed a top Cabinet secretary Wednesday to assure Hispanic leaders that the White House will take executive action this year to stop deportations for more illegal immigrants, trying to revive Hispanic voters' backing of Democrats ahead of November's elections. Published October 1, 2014

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