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Stephen Dinan

Stephen Dinan

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

Articles by Stephen Dinan

Romney seeks to elevate tone of debate

Flashing anger at the direction the presidential campaign has taken, Mitt Romney on Wednesday challenged President Obama to elevate the debate after a month in which Democratic operatives and the Obama campaign charged Mr. Romney was a felon and connected him to a woman's cancer death. Published August 15, 2012

**FILE** Members of the group Casa de Maryland rally June 15, 2012, outside the White House in Washington to support President Obama's announcement that the U.S. government will stop deporting and begin granting work permits to younger illegal immigrants who came to the U.S. as children and have since led law-abiding lives. (Associated Press)

Obama is ready to sign up immigrants

More than 1.7 million illegal immigrants could become eligible for tentative legal status Wednesday when President Obama's non-deportation policy goes into effect, and after initial fears that the program would backfire, immigrant advocates are urging young immigrants to sign up. Published August 14, 2012

Republican vice presidential candidate Paul Ryan of Wisconsin makes an appearance Aug. 13, 2012, at the Iowa State Fair in Des Moines, Iowa. (Associated Press)

Ryan sparks split on immigration

Rep. Paul Ryan could be Mitt Romney's olive branch to voters who want to see illegal immigrants gain legal status, with the Wisconsin Republican having repeatedly backed legalization efforts and cast himself in the mold of former President George W. Bush, who fought a battle with his own party on the issue. Published August 13, 2012

**FILE** Rep. Duncan Hunter, California Republican (Associated Press)

Congressman: Medal of Honor system broken

A Marine combat veteran who now serves on the House Armed Services Committee said Monday that in at least two recent cases, the system for evaluating Medal of Honor nominations has gone awry, and he blamed bureaucratic infighting for keeping one of the men from a fair appraisal. Published August 13, 2012

**FILE** Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. speaks July 26, 2012, in the Cabinet Room of the White House in Washington. (Associated Press)

GOP sues to force Obama, Holder compliance on Fast and Furious

A civil lawsuit filed Monday by House Republicans asks a federal court to enforce a congressional subpoena of Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. in his refusal to turn over documents sought in an investigation by a House committee into the failed Fast and Furious gunrunning operation. Published August 13, 2012

**FILE** President Obama speaks Aug., 6, 2012, at a campaign fundraiser in Stamford, Conn. (Associated Press)

Obama and Ryan have tangled repeatedly

When Mitt Romney taps Rep. Paul Ryan to be his running mate on Saturday, he is picking someone who has already tangled toe-to-toe with President Obama on several occasions, and is prepared for the bruising battle ahead. Published August 11, 2012

Republican Presidential candidate, Mitt Romney, right, his wife, Ann, second from right, wave to the crowd along with his running mate, Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wis., second form left, and his wife, Janna, left, during a rally at Randolph-Macon College in Ashland, Va., Saturday, Aug. 11, 2012. (AP Photo/Steve Helber)

Ryan's voting record shows conservatism tinged with maverick streak

Rep. Paul Ryan, the Republicans’ presumptive vice presidential nominee, has amassed a very conservative voting record during his seven terms in Congress, including repeated votes against spending bills, unemployment benefit extensions and most of President Obama’s agenda. Published August 11, 2012

**FILE** President Obama greets people Aug. 2, 2012, outside Lechonera El Barrio, a local restaurant in Orlando, Fla. Obama won the 2008 election with 66% of the Hispanic vote and, according to polls, his popularity among the crucial voting bloc remains the same. (Associated Press)

Conservative ads in Spanish tell a different story to Hispanics

Polls show President Obama holds a clear advantage among Hispanic voters this year, but a new Spanish-language television ad, running in Nevada and sponsored by a conservative group, aims to peel away those supporters by arguing that his administration set records for deporting illegal immigrants. Published August 9, 2012

Sen. Chuck Grassley

Judges admit they goofed on taxpayer-funded Hawaii conference

Under fire from prominent Senate Republicans, the chief judge of the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals says that, looking back, they probably made a bad decision when they scheduled a judges' meeting, at taxpayers' expense, in famously expensive Hawaii. Published August 8, 2012

Slow path to progress for U.S. immigrants

Immigrants lag behind native-born Americans on most measures of economic well-being — even those who have been in the U.S. the longest, according to a report from the Center for Immigration Studies, which argues that full assimilation is a more complex task than overcoming language or cultural differences. Published August 8, 2012

**FILE** Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano

Dream-Act students will pay $465 fee for legal status document

The Homeland Security Department said Friday that illegal immigrants will have to pay $465 to apply for legal status in the U.S. under President Obama's administration Dream Act, with the fees going to make sure no taxpayer funds are used. Published August 3, 2012

Rep. Laura Richardson, who is running for the Senate in California, is seen here in a 2012 photograph provided by her campaign. (Associated Press)

House reprimands California congresswoman

The House prolonged its three-year ethics investigation of one California Democrat while officially voting to reprimand and fine another. Published August 2, 2012

** FILE ** Sen. Carl Levin, Michigan Democrat

GAO: Tax cheats get millions in Medicaid money

One in every 20 health care providers getting taxpayer money from Medicaid is delinquent on federal taxes, and in some cases the tax cheats are years behind in paying the Internal Revenue Service, according to an audit by congressional investigators. Published August 2, 2012

Sen. Max Baucus, Montana Democrat, chairman of the Senate Finance Committee pauses following final votes as the Senate leaves for a five-week recess, on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, Aug. 2, 2012. (Associated Press)

Slaying the monstrous tax code is no easy task

From President Obama to House Speaker John A. Boehner, there's broad consensus that Congress needs to unclutter the federal tax code and remove the special breaks that litter its 70,000 pages -- but Thursday's dry run in a Senate committee showed just how tough it will be to slash. Published August 2, 2012

Sen. Marco Rubio

Rubio bill eliminates federal tax on Olympic medals

Sen. Marco Rubio introduced a bill Wednesday to eliminate the federal government's tax on Olympic medals, saying the levy amounted to yet another way the government tries to punish those who succeed. Published August 1, 2012

**FILE** Catfish are released into a pond at a Little Rock, Ark., park on July 16, 2008. (Associated Press)

Vietnam threatens trade war over U.S. catfish laws

Vietnam's ambassador to the U.S. pointedly warned the House this week that lawmakers are inviting a battle over free trade if it continues to protect a catfish inspection program that even Congress's own investigators say is useless. Published August 1, 2012