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Sen. Richard Blumenthal, Connecticut Democrat, speaks on Capitol Hill in Washington on Feb. 27, 2013. (Associated Press) **FILE**

Democrat calls for special counsel to prevent Trump-tainted probe

One Democratic senator wants the Obama Justice Department to leave behind a watchdog independent of President-elect Donald Trump, calling for the attorney general to appoint a special counsel to continue a probe into the 2008 financial crisis. Published November 25, 2016

In this Oct. 3, 2016 photo, Haitian migrants receive food and drinks from volunteers as they wait in line at a Mexican immigration agency in Tijuana with the hope of gaining an appointment to cross to the U.S. side of the border. Many Haitians arriving at the Mexico-U.S. border are unaware of a new U.S. policy of putting them in deportation proceedings and detaining them while making efforts to fly them home. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull)

Number of illegals in detention surges 20% as DHS vows to deport Haitians

Homeland Security is holding some 41,000 illegal immigrants in detention right now, the department said Wednesday, as agents struggle to get control of a new surge across the border -- including a wave of Haitian migrants that is testing the limits of immigration policy. Published November 23, 2016

Court challenges have left much of President Obama's agenda in limbo, making it easy for President-elect Donald Trump to alter policy by dropping those cases. (Associated Press)

Justice Department backs down on immigration, digs in on Obamacare

The Justice Department has begun to suspend court cases over immigration policy, moving to give the Trump administration a chance to weigh in on the legal strategy, but it refused Tuesday to halt the challenge to Obamacare, suggesting it will try to go to the mat to protect the president's signature achievement. Published November 22, 2016

House Homeland Security Committee Chairman Michael T. McCaul, Texas Republican, said a report outlining problems issuing green cards is "yet another wake-up call that it's time for sweeping reform." (Associated Press)

Legal immigrants face problems with green cards; computer errors blamed

Green cards are the Holy Grail of U.S. immigration, but the federal agency responsible for doling them out regularly botches the process, issuing duplicates or triplicates to some immigrants or sending out 10-year permits to people who qualify only for two-year cards, an internal audit shows. Published November 22, 2016

Donna Brazile, interim chair of the Democratic National Committee, appears on the floor of the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia.  (AP Photo/Paul Sancya, File)

DNC chair blames 'voter suppression' for election losses

Democrats have a lot to be pleased with after this month's elections, interim party Chair Donna Brazile said Tuesday, pointing to small pickups in the House and Senate and Hillary Clinton's moral victory in the popular vote as evidence things aren't as grim as some have said. Published November 22, 2016

Central Americans start to forgo smugglers and enter the U.S. illegally as families, using children as deportation shields. (Associated Press)

Illegal immigrants pose as families, tell tales of woe to gain entry to U.S.

Illegal immigrants are trying a bold new strategy to sneak into the U.S. — pairing up with unrelated children and pretending to be families, fabricating tales of heart-rending woes back home to try to convince border agents to admit them into the country, according to internal Homeland Security documents reviewed by The Washington Times. Published November 21, 2016

Haitians line up at an immigration agency in Tijuana, Mexico, with the hope of crossing to the U.S. side of the border. U.S. Customs and Border Protection can handle only up to about 75 people a day at the San Ysidro port of entry. (Associated Press)

Haitian illegal immigrants pouring into U.S., exploiting Obama policies

Haitian illegal immigrants are pouring into the U.S. at a rate of some 3,000 a month, blazing new paths and exploiting special policies and lax Obama administration enforcement to gain a foothold in the country, according to a secret government intelligence assessment. Published November 20, 2016

In this Nov. 15, 2016, file photo, Sen. Jeff Sessions, R-Ala., arrives at Trump Tower in New York. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster, File)

Donald Trump picks Jeff Sessions for attorney general, Mike Pompeo for CIA chief

President-elect Donald Trump has tapped Sen. Jeff Sessions to be the next attorney general, igniting what promises to be a bruising battle with Democrats who fear the staunch conservative will take the Justice Department in a completely different direction than the Obama administration. Published November 18, 2016

Treasury Inspector General J. Russell George testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, June 25, 2015, before the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reforms hearing on the IRS. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais) ** FILE **

IRS exposed taxpayers' info through shoddy emails, audit shows

A surprising number of IRS employees are sending unencrypted emails containing personal taxpayer information to private accounts, putting that information at risk of being stolen, the agency's inspector general said Thursday. Published November 17, 2016

"I think we're going to have a greater sense of joint priorities and more concern about spending generally," said Sen. Roy Blunt, Missouri Republican. "Hopefully, it is one of the real opportunities that the next few months create for us." (Associated Press)

Republicans put off budget decisions until next year, expect smoother sailing

Congressional Republicans have officially punted on 2016, saying Thursday that they will pass a short-term spending bill to get them into the new year, when they are counting on majorities on Capitol Hill and a President Trump in the White House to make for smoother sailing. Published November 17, 2016

"This is what we put up all the time from the agencies," said Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton. (Associated Press)

IRS aware of tea party targeting as early as 2011, watchdog finds

The IRS knew agents were targeting tea party groups through "guilt by association" as far back as 2011, according to new documents released Wednesday by Judicial Watch that show the tax agency was deeply skeptical of all the new conservative groups emerging under President Obama's watch. Published November 16, 2016

House Speaker Paul Ryan of Wis. participates in a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, Nov. 15, 2016, after he unanimously won his GOP colleagues' votes for another term at the helm of the House. (AP Photo/Cliff Owen)

GOP avoids earmark blowup, but Paul Ryan sets up 2017 showdown

House Republicans shelved a debate to restore earmarks Wednesday after fierce pushback from conservative groups who said it would be a betrayal of voters who elected Donald Trump, and a final appeal from House Speaker Paul D. Ryan. Published November 16, 2016

Security personnel stand at entrance of 21 Club Restaurant, Tuesday, Nov. 15, 2016, in New York, where President-elect Donald Trump is having dinner. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

Trump team says he didn't intend to mislead press

The transition team didn't intend to mislead the press when President-elect Donald Trump went out for dinner and ditched the reporters who are supposed to be allowed to cover him, Mr. Trump's former campaign manager said Wednesday. Published November 16, 2016