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Stephen Dinan

Stephen Dinan

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

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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

A chastened White House announced late Tuesday evening that President Obama had invited congressional leaders to the White House on Friday to try to chart a path forward, hoping to find at least some issues where the two parties could cooperate. (Associated Press)

Republicans close in on Senate majority; Obama to meet with GOP leaders

Voters seething with discontent took out their anger on congressional Democrats Tuesday, leaving Republicans on the brink of a Senate majority for the first time in eight years and kneecapping President Obama's ability to pursue his agenda for the rest of his term. Published November 4, 2014

Eric Holder (Associated Press)

Election eve surprise: DOJ belatedly releases Fast & Furious documents

The Justice Department sent Congress 64,280 pages of documents it had previously withheld from the botched Fast and Furious gun-walking operation on Tuesday, in a move Republicans said was an admission by President Obama that he overstepped his legal bounds. Published November 4, 2014

Sen. Jeanne Shaheen, D-N.H., hugs a volunteer holding a sign as she heads in to vote at the Town Hall in Madbury, NH,  Tuesday, Nov. 4, 2014.  Shaheen, a Democrat seeking a second term, faces Republican Scott Brown, who is seeking to represent a second state. Brown moved to New Hampshire last year after losing his U.S. Senate seat in Massachusetts.  (AP Photo/Cheryl Senter)

Jeanne Shaheen beats Scott Brown in New Hampshire

Sen. Jeanne Shaheen on Tuesday fended off a stiff challenge from Republican Scott Brown in New Hampshire, allowing Democrats to breath a sigh of relief in what otherwise was shaping up to be a bleak election night. Published November 4, 2014

U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., a potential 2016 presidential candidate, speaks during a public rally at U.S. House candidate Rod Blum's campaign office on Wednesday, Oct. 29, 2014, in Dubuque, Iowa. (AP Photo/The Telegraph Herald, Jessica Reilly) MAGS OUT, TV OUT

GOP unlikely to win Hispanic support in 2016: Poll

Most Hispanics in the U.S. say they personally know an illegal immigrant, according to a new poll of Latino voters released Tuesday that suggests one reason why immigration plays such an outsized role in their voting preferences. Published November 4, 2014

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell of Ky., joined by his wife, former Labor Secretary Elaine Chao, celebrates with his supporters at an election night party in Louisville, Ky.,Tuesday, Nov. 4, 2014. McConnell won a sixth term in Washington, with his eyes on the larger prize of GOP control of the Senate. The Kentucky Senate race, with McConnell, a 30-year incumbent, fighting off a spirited challenge from Democrat Alison Lundergan Grimes, has been among the most combative and closely watched contests that could determine the balance of power in Congress. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

GOP holds all its Senate seats

Republican David Perdue won the election for Georgia's Senate seat, holding the state for the GOP despite tough headwinds that had seemed to give Democrats hope for a pickup. Published November 4, 2014

This photo taken June 4, 2014 shows Labor Secretary Thomas Perez speaking in Washington. Perez has issued a rule to raise the minimum wage for federal government workers and contractors to $10.10 an hour. The raise, from $7.70 an hour now, was proposed earlier this year by President Barack Obama.  The higher level will take effect on Jan. 1, 2015. (AP Photo/Connor Radnovich)

Judge undercuts Obama on housing discrimination, rebukes Tom Perez

A federal judge overturned the Obama administration's "desperation" move to try to find more ways to prove discrimination in housing in a decision Monday that also delivered a searing rebuke to Thomas Perez, a Cabinet official whom liberals are pushing to be the next attorney general. Published November 3, 2014

The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services building in Phoenix is seen here on Aug. 5, 2008. (Associated Press) **FILE**

Visa-free visitors must give more information as terrorist fears grow

Homeland Security officials said Monday that they will immediately begin demanding more information from visitors from countries with visa-free entry, bowing to growing fears that jihadists from Iraq or Syria could use a loophole to bring their battle to the U.S. mainland. Published November 3, 2014