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Stephen Dinan

Stephen Dinan

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

Articles by Stephen Dinan

**FILE** House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi addresses an audience in Boston during an event held to mark the 20th anniversary of the Family and Medical Leave Act on March 25, 2013. (Associated Press)

Pelosi calls for 'bipartisan' immigration solution

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi on Wednesday prodded House Republicans to take up an immigration bill -- though she stopped short of calling for the chamber to pass the version that cleared the Senate last month. Published July 10, 2013

** FILE ** House Speaker John A. Boehner, Ohio Republican (Associated Press)

Immigration reform unlikely this year with House GOP approach

House Republican leaders struck out on their own path on immigration Wednesday, saying they don't trust President Obama to secure the borders and rejecting the broad approach the Senate took in favor of tackling the issue in pieces — a move that severely dims chances for a final deal this year. Published July 10, 2013

Former President George W. Bush gives opening remarks on Dec. 4, 2012, at the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas for a conference titled "Immigration and 4% Growth: How Immigrants Grow the U.S. Economy." The George W. Bush Institute was hosting panel discussions highlighting the positive impact of immigration on U.S. economic growth. (Associated Press)

George W. Bush warns against bitter immigration debate

Former President George W. Bush warned Washington politicians Wednesday not to engage in a bitter immigration debate, hours before his former party colleagues in the House were set to meet to hash out a strategy to deal with the thorny issue. Published July 10, 2013

Democrats defy Obama and Republicans as student loan rates double

Standing on the Capitol steps Monday with students who said they may not be able to finish college without help from federal student loans, House Republicans on Monday called for President Obama to pressure members of his own party to accept a bipartisan solution to keep rates from doubling. Published July 8, 2013

Immigration and Customs Enforcement is deporting fewer illegal immigrants this fiscal year, but a larger percentage of them have no criminal records. The numbers suggest that the Obama administration is struggling to meet its stated goals. (ICE via Associated Press)**FILE**

Numbers don't add up on Obama's pledge to deport more illegal immigrants

The Obama administration is deporting fewer people than it did in 2011 or 2012, but has ousted more than 110,000 illegal immigrants this year who didn't have criminal records, according to statistics that call into question the Obama administration's public statements about its deportation policies. Published July 8, 2013

**FILE** From left: Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, Kentucky Republican, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, Nevada Democrat, House Speaker John Boehner, Ohio Republican, and Vice President Joseph R. Biden participate in a ceremony on Capitol Hill in Washington on June 19, 2013. (Associated Press)

Reid tells House to pass Senate immigration bill

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid challenged House Republicans to forgo their own debate and pass the Senate's immigration bill instead, telling Speaker John A. Boehner to ignore his Republican colleagues in order to get a bill done. Published July 8, 2013

The 68-32 vote in favor of the immigration reform bill was a milestone for the Senate and for the immigration debate, but it was even more important for Sen. Mario Rubio, a first-term Florida Republican who won some but not all of the changes he promised he would try to accomplish. (Associated Press)

Sen. Marco Rubio's political future is tied to success of immigration bill

Sen. Marco Rubio was the glue that held together the immigration deal in the Senate, helping set the stage for adding tens of thousands of Border Patrol agents to the final deal — but failing to win many of the changes the Florida Republican himself said he needed to see. Published June 30, 2013

People shout out against the Strengthen and Fortify Enforcement Act in the hall outside the House Judiciary Committee hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington on June 18, 2013. The committee in the Republican-led House is preparing to cast its first votes on immigration this year, on a tough enforcement-focused measure that Democrats and immigrant groups are protesting loudly. (Associated Press)

Congressman: Senate immigration bill unconstitutional

Rep. Steve Stockman, a Texas Republican, said Friday that the Senate immigration bill is a revenue measure, which makes it unconstitutional because all revenue bills must start in the House. Published June 28, 2013

** FILE ** U.S. Customs and Border Patrol agents and K-9 security dogs keep watch at a checkpoint station, on Feb. 22, 2013, in Falfurrias, Texas. Some drug smugglers caught at the highway checkpoint about an hour north of the Texas-Mexico border are losing their drugs, but not facing prosecution because cooperation between local and federal prosecutors has broken down. (Associated Press)

Border Patrol agents have 'serious concerns' about Senate immigration bill

The National Border Patrol Council, the union for the agents charged with guarding the U.S.-Mexico border, says it has "serious concerns" about the way the new Senate bill handles security in the southwest — adding a major new critical voice to the immigration debate. Published June 28, 2013

** FILE ** In this Feb. 28, 2013, file photo, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid of Nevada (right) and Sen. Charles E. Schumer, New York Democrat, meet with reporters on Capitol Hill. (Associated Press)

Senators' votes on immigration were linked to personal experiences

With the fates of their political parties — and in many cases their own re-elections — hanging on their votes, senators stood, one after the other, to say "Aye" or "No" on the most significant piece of legislation since health care. Most of them had their personal immigration experiences on their minds. Published June 27, 2013

** FILE ** J. Russell George is the Treasury Department's inspector general for tax administration. (Associated Press)

IRS auditor reaffirms that conservatives, not liberals, were targeted

The IRS inspector general said this week that while some liberal groups were given extra scrutiny by the tax agency, they were not subjected to the same invasive queries as tea party groups — a finding that seems to confirm a political bias was at play. Published June 27, 2013

People wait under a tree after they were detained by Border Patrol agents Tuesday, June 25, 2013, at a field in Edinburg, Texas. Agents took into custody 69 people suspected of entering the country illegally. (AP Photo/The Monitor, Gabe Hernandez)

Senate speeds toward immigration bill passage

The Senate is headed for its final immigration votes, with the last filibuster test slated for noon Thursday — a vote all sides expect will signal easy passage by the end of the week — and lawmakers are facing furious last-minute lobbying from both sides. Published June 27, 2013