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Stephen Dinan

Stephen Dinan

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

Articles by Stephen Dinan

Republican presidential candidate Ron Paul, addressing in a crowd in North Dakota on Tuesday, is banking on winning over delegates in states where straw-poll and caucus results are not binding. His supporters will be contacting those delegates. (Associated Press)

Now is the time for Paul to pick up delegates

Rep. Ron Paul's presidential campaign always has banked on playing the caucus game to try to maximize his support where it counts — the delegates who will attend the national convention this summer in Tampa, Fla. Published March 8, 2012

Copies of the fiscal 2013 budget are delivered and ready to be picked up on Feb. 13, 2012, at the Cannon House Office Building on Capitol Hill in Washington. (Rod Lamkey Jr./The Washington Times)

Govt. sets record deficit in February

The federal government recorded its worst monthly deficit in history in February, according to a preliminary report Wednesday from the Congressional Budget Office that said the deficit in fiscal year 2012 is already more than half a trillion dollars. Published March 8, 2012

Republican presidential candidate and former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, accompanied by his wife, Callista, speaks March 8, 2012, at a rally in Jackson, Miss. (Associated Press)

RNC's delegate count shows Gingrich ahead of Santorum

Rick Santorum may have won more primaries but the Republican National Committee's current delegate count shows former House Speaker Newt Gingrich has more bound delegates than Mr. Santorum in the race for the party's presidential nomination. Published March 8, 2012

**FILE** Demonstrators outside the White House march in November with a replica of a pipeline during a protest of the planned Keystone XL pipeline that would bring tar sands oil from Canada to Texas. (Associated Press)

Senate backs Obama in pipeline rejection

Democratic senators voted Thursday to ratify President Obama's decision to reject the Keystone XL pipeline, leaving the project in limbo but ensuring it remains a political issue through this year's elections. Published March 8, 2012

House Speaker John A. Boehner (Rod A. Lamkey/The Washington Times)

Immigration group blasts Boehner for failing to crack down on illegal workers

Fed up with Republican congressional leaders, a group advocating a crackdown on immigration will begin running ads Thursday demanding that House Speaker John A. Boehner allow a vote on legislation requiring businesses to use E-Verify, the government database to check workers' legal status. Published March 7, 2012

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Romney drew GOP faithful; Santorum got crossover help

Though he has called himself the true conservative in the Republican presidential field, former Sen. Rick Santorum of Pennsylvania continued to benefit from crossover Democrats in Super Tuesday's primaries, while front-runner Mitt Romney easily won the vote among actual Republicans, according to a Washington Times analysis. Published March 7, 2012

** FILE ** In this Thursday, March 1, 2012, photo, Randall Terry, Democratic candidate for president on the Oklahoma ballot, visits the state Capitol in Oklahoma City. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)

Obama renomination won't be unanimous

President Obama will not win the Democratic nomination unanimously after a pro-life activist won 18 percent of the votes in Oklahoma's primary on Tuesday, ensuring he'll win delegates to the national nominating convention in September. Published March 7, 2012

Republican presidential candidate, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney holds a town hall meeting at Taylor Winfield in Youngstown, Ohio, Monday, March 5, 2012. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)

GOP on losing side of birth control

Their fight with President Obama over contraceptive coverage is becoming a losing battle for Republicans, a significant chunk of whom reject GOP leaders' stance that it's a fight about religious liberty, according to the latest Washington Times/JZ Analytics poll. Published March 5, 2012

Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney rallies supporters Sunday in Knoxville, Tenn. He and Rick Santorum head into Super Tuesday tied in The Washington Times/JZ Analytics' poll of Republican primary voters nationwide. (Associated Press)

Romney, Santorum all tied up in latest poll

After a good February for each of them, Mitt Romney and Rick Santorum head into Super Tuesday essentially tied in The Washington Times/JZ Analytics' poll of Republican primary voters nationwide, which also found little appetite for the GOP to wait until a convention to settle matters. Published March 4, 2012

Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)

Sheriff Arpaio: Obama birth certificate a 'forgery'

Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio said Thursday he suspects the birth certificate President Obama released last year is a "computer-generated forgery" — and also raised questions about the authenticity of the president's Selective Service card. Published March 1, 2012

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Romney tops Wyoming caucuses

Mitt Romney won Wyoming's Republican presidential precinct caucuses Wednesday, a non-binding straw poll that gives him a third victory in two days. Published February 29, 2012

Republican presidential candidate, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney and his wife Ann Romney wave at his election night party in Novi, Mich., Tuesday, Feb. 28, 2012. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)

Romney sweeps Arizona, Michigan primaries

Overcoming his own stumbles and what he called one opponent's "dirty trick" campaign, Mitt Romney swept both the Arizona and Michigan primaries on Tuesday, once again taking control of the Republican presidential race and earning valuable momentum as the field prepares for Super Tuesday next week. Published February 28, 2012

**FILE** President Obama meets Feb. 14, 2012, with Chinese Vice President Xi Jinping at the White House. (Associated Press)

Audit: Government still wasting 'tens of billions' each year

A year after the government's chief investigators identified 81 areas where the government double-spends or could cut costs, President Obama and Congress have solved just four of them, the Government Accountability Office said in a follow-up report Tuesday. Published February 28, 2012

Republican presidential candidate, former House Speaker Newt Gingrich shakes hands during a campaign rally in Rome, Ga., Tuesday, Feb. 28, 2012. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

GOP hopefuls look ahead to Super Tuesday

All of the Republican primaries and caucuses so far amount to mere appetizers ahead of next week's main course, when GOP faithful go to the polls for Super Tuesday — the 10-state showdown that will signal how much longer long the nomination battle goes on. Published February 28, 2012

Homeland Security: Airport scanners are safe

The Homeland Security Department has completed a review of the Transportation Security Administration's new airport scanners and says they are safe enough, according to a report the agency's inspector general issued Tuesday. Published February 28, 2012

** FILE ** Republican presidential candidate, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney signs autographs outside his campaign bus after a campaign rally at Tri-City Christian Academy in Chandler, Ariz., Wednesday, Feb. 22, 2012. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)

Arizona set to test Romney's appeal to Hispanics

With this weekend's endorsement by Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer, Mitt Romney has amassed the backing of what could be considered the trifecta of hard-liners on illegal immigration — and he will put that to the test with Hispanic voters Tuesday in Arizona's GOP primary. Published February 27, 2012

**FILE** Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer (Associated Press)

Arizona's Gov. Brewer endorses Romney

Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer endorsed Mitt Romney for the Republican presidential nomination on Sunday, saying he is the most electable candidate in the field. Published February 26, 2012

**FILE** Sen. Mike Johanns, Nebraska Republican (Associated Press)

Earmark ban facing a fight over definition

The Senate this week could face a showdown over exactly what is an earmark, after one senator vowed to challenge money set aside in the pending transportation bill by the chamber's top lawmaker, Sen. Harry Reid. Published February 26, 2012

Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney gestures during a Republican presidential debate Wednesday, Feb. 22, 2012, in Mesa, Ariz. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)

Romney questions 'which team' Santorum played for in Senate

Pursuing his attack on rival Rick Santorum, Mitt Romney Thursday blasted the former senator's defense that he often had to vote against his principles while serving in Congress in order to "take one for the team." Published February 23, 2012