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An U.S. Customs and Border Protection Air and Marine agent peers out of the open door of a helicopter during a patrol flight near the Texas-Mexico border near McAllen, Texas. (Associated Press)

Spanish-language media teaching illegals how to avoid deportation

Spanish-language media and human-rights activists are actively educating illegal immigrants on how to break the law, avoid immigration agents and remain in the country even after a judge has ordered them to be kicked out, a top Obama administration official testified to Congress on Tuesday. Published February 23, 2016

Republicans have unearthed a speech by Vice President Joseph R. Biden from 1992 in which he said then-President George H.W. Bush's attempt to fill a Supreme Court vacancy should wait until his successor came into office in 1993. The GOP charges that Mr. Biden is now backing President Obama's lame-duck attempt to similarly fill a vacancy before his term ends in January. (Star Tribune via Associated Press)

Biden's '92 rule: No lame-duck nominees

It may be Vice President Joseph R. Biden who dooms President Obama's hopes of reshaping the Supreme Court and picking a replacement for the late Justice Antonin Scalia after Republicans unearthed a 1992 speech in which then-Sen. Biden said it was "not fair" to let a lame-duck president make such an important decision. Published February 22, 2016

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks during a South Carolina Republican primary night event, Saturday, Feb. 20, 2016 in Spartanburg, S.C. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)

Donald Trump wins South Carolina primary, Jeb Bush drops out

Surmounting new concerns about his temperament and his commitment to conservative values, Donald Trump was projected to win South Carolina's Republican presidential primary Saturday, sealing himself as the frontrunner and proving he can win in moderate and conservative states alike. Published February 20, 2016

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks speaks with members of the media as he meets with attendees during a campaign stop, Friday, Feb. 19, 2016, in Myrtle Beach, S.C. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)

Trump calls for Apple boycott over San Bernardino terrorist iPhone

Donald Trump demanded Friday that Apple submit to a government request that it break into the iPhone of one of the two people involved in the San Bernardino terrorist attack, saying the company needs to help the country be stronger in fighting terrorism. Published February 19, 2016

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump arrives for a CNN town hall at the University of South Carolina in Columbia, South Carolina, on Thursday evening. (Associated Press)

Donald Trump says Pope Francis probably misinformed by Mexico

Donald Trump said Thursday that he thinks Pope Francis was likely misinformed about his stance on building a border wall, and said the Mexican government probably egged the pontiff on to criticize the Republican front-runner. Published February 18, 2016

Sen. Marco Rubio placed third in Iowa and struggled to a fifth-place showing in New Hampshire. With South Carolina's primary Saturday, Mr. Rubio is trying to overcome nagging immigration questions once again. (Associated Press)

Marcomentum slowed by one key issue

Sen. Marco Rubio might be running away with the Republican presidential primary, where a number of voters say they like everything the first-term senator has to say -- except for his stance on a crucial flashpoint issue. Published February 18, 2016

Donald Trump, Pope Francis butt heads on immigration

GREENVILLE, S.C. | Donald Trump managed to get into a virtual shouting match with Pope Francis on Thursday, as the GOP careened toward one of the most intense, bruising and bizarre showdowns in primary history. Published February 18, 2016

Pope Francis stands on a praying platform on the banks of the Rio Grande in Juarez, Mexico, as he prays for a group of migrants sitting along the border fence in El Paso, Texas, Wednesday, Feb. 17, 2016. Pope Francis offered a prayer for the migrants who have died crossing the border. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)

Donald Trump slams Pope Francis, predicts terror attack on Vatican

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump fired back at Pope Francis Thursday, predicting that the Islamic State will attack the Vatican and the pontiff will rue the day that he said Mr. Trump isn't a Christian if he wants to deport illegal immigrants. The real estate mogul also said it was "disgraceful" for a religious leader to level that accusation. Published February 18, 2016

Secretary of Homeland Security Jeh Johnson listens to a question after speaking at the University of Michigan-Dearborn, in Dearborn, Mich., in this Wednesday, Jan. 13, 2016, file photo. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio, File)

DHS adds Somalia, Yemen and Libya to anti-terror travel list

The Obama administration expanded the reach of the new anti-terrorist travel restrictions Thursday, saying that those wanting to visit the U.S. who have recently been to Libya, Somalia or Yemen must go through the regular visa process and cannot use the waiver program. Published February 18, 2016

In this Nov. 19, 2015, file photo, Rep. Trey Gowdy, R-S.C., speaks on Capitol Hill in Washington. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin, File)

Trey Gowdy probe claims 'big wins' in getting Benghazi info

Rep. Trey Gowdy said Thursday that the congressional probe into the 2012 Benghazi terrorist attack made "significant breakthroughs" this month in getting access to key figures involved in writing the talking points that misled the country into erroneously blaming a video. Published February 18, 2016

South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley endorsed Sen. Marco Rubio's presidential bid Wednesday evening. (Associated Press)

Nikki Haley endorses Marco Rubio as establishment embraces onetime insurgent

South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley endorsed Sen. Marco Rubio's presidential bid Wednesday evening, giving him an extra boost as the Republican establishment's embrace of the onetime insurgent grows, and he emerges as the chief alternative to Donald Trump and Sen. Ted Cruz. Published February 17, 2016