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FILE - In this Dec. 18, 2013, file photo, Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio speaks at a news conference at the Sheriff's headquarters in Phoenix, Ariz. President Donald Trump has pardoned former sheriff Joe Arpaio following his conviction for intentionally disobeying a judge's order in an immigration case. The White House announced the move Friday night, Aug. 25, 2017, saying the 85-year-old ex-sheriff of Arizona's Maricopa County was a "worthy candidate" for a presidential pardon. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin, File)

Arpaio demands judge erase conviction from his record

Despite President Trump's pardon, former Sheriff Joe Arpaio is still mounting a legal battle, demanding a judge expunge any record of there ever having been a conviction in the first place. Published August 28, 2017

DHS takes next step on 'extreme vetting'

Homeland Security announced Monday that it will soon require more people to undergo in-person interviews before they can gain a firmer legal footing in the U.S., carrying out yet another part of President Trump's extreme vetting executive order. Published August 28, 2017

Latest cyberscam involves impersonating IRS

Cyber-scammers have started impersonating the IRS and FBI to try to take control of Americans' computers and hold them hostage for ransom, the government said in an urgent alert Monday. Published August 28, 2017

Sen. John McCain, Arizona Republican, speaks to reporters on Capitol Hill in Washington on July 27, 2017. (Associated Press) **FILE**

McCain leads criticism of Trump over Arpaio pardon

While most Republicans remained silent on the pardon, Mr. McCain, an Arizona Republican who has frequently battled both Mr. Arpaio and Mr. Trump, released a statement saying the president had undercut his own proclamations of law and order. Published August 26, 2017

Republicans lost an earlier battle to fund the border wall, but President Trump is pushing to get the project funded before Congress' budget deadline of Sept. 30. (Associated Press)

First phase of U.S-Mexico border wall back on track

The first phase of President Trump's border wall is back on track after the Government Accountability Office dismissed contract protests that were holding construction of prototypes, officials said late Friday. Published August 26, 2017

Social Security fraud judge gets 4 years in prison

The Social Security judge who rubber-stamped more than 1,700 bogus disability applications as part of the largest disability fraud ring in American history was sentenced to four years in federal prison Friday. Published August 25, 2017

Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach talks with a reporter in his office in Topeka. Kobach, co-chairman of President Donald Trump's Presidential Advisory Commission on Election Integrity who is promoting Trump's unsubstantiated claims of widespread voter fraud, oversees a Kansas election system that threw out at least three times as many ballots as similarly sized states did. That is fueling concerns about massive voter suppression should its practices become the national standard. (AP Photo/Orlin Wagner, File)

Lawyers try to put Kobach under oath in Trump voter panel case

Opponents of President Trump's voter integrity commission asked a federal judge Thursday for permission to depose Vice Chairman Kris Kobach as they seek to force the panel to be more transparent about what it's doing. Published August 24, 2017

House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi from California, center, is joined by Rep. Jimmy Gomez, D-Calif., right, and Rep. Hilda Solis, D-Calif., during a news conference at Union Station in Los Angeles on Wednesday, Aug. 16, 2017. Pelosi is criticizing Republicans who haven't spoken out against President Donald Trump's comments on white supremacists. Speaking in Los Angeles the Democratic leader said there is a "deafening silence" from most of her Republican colleagues. (AP Photo/Richard Vogel)

Pelosi: Dems in no hurry to help GOP with debt ceiling

Democrats hinted Thursday that they won't be too eager to help the GOP raise the government's debt ceiling later this year, adding another partisan problem to Republicans' list of challenges. Published August 24, 2017