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Stephen Dinan

Stephen Dinan

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

Articles by Stephen Dinan

**FILE** Rahm Emanuel (Associated Press)

Illegals may get driver's licenses in Illinois

Top Illinois state officials said Tuesday they'll push to issue driver's licenses to illegal immigrants — a move backed also by Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel, who for years stood as Democrats' key impediment to pushing immigration in Congress. Published November 20, 2012

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EPA says Jackson has an internal use email, compliance with FOIA raised

The Environmental Protection Agency this week acknowledged that Administrator Lisa P. Jackson has a second official email that she uses for important communications, but said it's a standard practice and doesn't shield her from open-records requests. Published November 20, 2012

Marines fight for recognition of fallen comrade’s courage

U.S. combat troops are gone from Iraq, but for some of the Marines who lived through it, there's one more fight to win: making sure one of the fallen, Sgt. Rafael Peralta, is awarded the Medal of Honor. Published November 19, 2012

**FILE** Rep. Allen West, Florida Republican, is seen here during an Oct. 4, 2011, news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington. (Associated Press)

Democrat leads,
 West still fights 
at deadline for 
Florida recount

Democratic challenger Patrick Murphy declared victory Sunday over Rep. Allen B. West after a partial recount this weekend showed him still leading by more than half a percentage point — though Mr. West is refusing to concede, and questions linger over how ballots were treated in one Florida county. Published November 18, 2012

**FILE** Rep. Allen West, Florida Republican, is seen here during an Oct. 4, 2011, news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington. (Associated Press)

West wins request for recount of some ballots

Rep. Allen West won a full recount of early voting in St. Lucie County when the county's canvassing board voted late Friday to grant his request. Published November 17, 2012

Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Lisa P. Jackson gives an interview to The Associated Press at the agency's headquarters in Washington on Tuesday, April 17, 2012. (Associated Press)

Congress demands EPA's secret email accounts

A House committee has launched an investigation into whether EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson used an email alias to try to hide correspondence from open-government requests and her agency's own internal watchdog — something that Republican lawmakers said could run afoul of the law. Published November 17, 2012

Rep. Allen B. West (AP photo)

Judge denies West's recount bid in bitter Florida race

A Florida judge on Friday denied Republican Rep. Allen West's plea for a full recount of early voting ballots in St. Lucie County, saying he didn't have authority to grant the request, according to the Palm Beach Post. Published November 16, 2012

** FILE ** This Oct. 4, 2011, photo shows Rep. Allen West, Florida Republican, during a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington. (AP Photo/Harry Hamburg)

GOP leaders back West's call for recount

State and national Republican Party officials are getting behind Rep. Allen B. West's call for a recount of all early votes in St. Lucie County, Fla., saying it would be "unconscionable" not to answer lingering questions about the results, which show the outspoken GOP lawmaker trailing Democratic challenger Patrick Murphy. Published November 15, 2012

Leaders on Hill ready to bargain on taxes

Top congressional leaders of both parties, eager to avoid the "fiscal cliff," are beginning to show signs of willingness to compromise on the thorny issue of raising taxes on the wealthiest Americans as they prepare to meet President Obama on Friday at the White House. Published November 15, 2012

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, California Democrat, is congratulated by House congresswomen, as she announces that she will stay on at that post at the U.S. Capitol Building, Washington, D.C., Wednesday, Nov. 14, 2012. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)

Pelosi wants to remain House minority leader

Underscoring just how little has changed despite last week's elections, both chambers of Congress are poised to re-elect the same people to lead them into next year. Published November 14, 2012

President Obama answers a question during a news conference in the East Room of the White House in Washington, Wednesday, Nov. 14, 2012. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

Obama, GOP clash on Benghazi, Rice

An angry President Obama on Wednesday demanded his congressional critics "go after me" rather than snipe at his top aides, after two top Republican senators said U.N. Ambassador Susan E. Rice's inaccurate account of the cause of the terrorist attacks in Benghazi makes her unfit to be promoted. Published November 14, 2012

** FILE ** This Oct. 4, 2011, photo shows Rep. Allen West, Florida Republican, during a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington. (AP Photo/Harry Hamburg)

Early votes in West’s Florida race being recounted

Florida's secretary of state dispatched auditors Wednesday to try to get to the bottom of voting irregularities in St. Lucie County, where Rep. Allen B. West trails in vote-counting after last week's election but says there are too many questions for him to concede. Published November 14, 2012

**FILE** A statue of former Treasury Secretary Albert Gallatin stands outside the Treasury Building in Washington on Aug. 8, 2011. (Associated Press)

U.S. government starts new year already in deficit

The federal government began fiscal year 2013 where it ended 2012 — deeply in the red, with a $120 billion deficit for October, the Treasury Department said Tuesday. Published November 13, 2012

Lawmakers urge compromise, but refuse to budge from ‘cliff’

Republicans and Democrats returned to Capitol Hill on Tuesday pledging to try to reach common ground — but as each side reinforced its pre-election battle lines, last week's results appear to have shifted little other than the rhetoric. Published November 13, 2012

Rep. Howard P. "Buck" McKeon, California Republican

Congress jumps on Libya inquiry

President Obama survived the election without having to answer many key questions about the September terrorist attack in Benghazi, Libya, but getting through the lame-duck session of Congress that opens Tuesday could be even tougher — especially with one key senator already talking about the possibility of subpoenas. Published November 12, 2012

**FILE** Sen. Lindsey Graham (left), South Carolina Republican, confers Oct. 3, 2011, with Sen. Chuck Schumer, New York Democrat, following a vote that clears the way for debate on a bill that would impose tariffs on Chinese imports as a penalty for currency manipulation on Capitol Hill. (Associated Press)

Schumer, Graham resurrect bipartisan immigration reform

New York Sen. Charles E. Schumer and South Carolina Sen. Lindsey Graham, co-authors of a stalled bipartisan comprehensive immigration overhaul that includes a "path to citizenship" for the country's estimated 11 million to 12 million illegal immigrants, said Sunday that Tuesday's election results have created a new impetus for reforms. Published November 11, 2012

Just after 6am, voters make their way into the polling station at Washington Mill Elementary School in Fairfax, Va., on November 6, 2012. (Eva Russo/ Special to The Washington Times)

Policies seen through partisan prism, study finds

Many Americans have blind spots when it comes to how well they know recent controversial policies, and Democrats are in the dark more than Republicans, according to a new comprehensive survey of voters by NORC at the University of Chicago. Published November 11, 2012

House Speaker John Boehner, Ohio Republican, calls on a reporter Nov. 9, 2012, during a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington. (Associated Press)

Boehner faces backlash on immigration overture

House Speaker John A. Boehner's overture to Democrats and President Obama on immigration reform is already drawing fire from within the GOP, where lawmakers say he's writing checks that his fellow House Republicans won't cash for him. Published November 9, 2012

** FILE ** Sen. Tom Coburn, Oklahoma Republican. (Associated Press)

Fiscal cliff forecast: Bad now, worse later

As Congress prepares to try to negotiate ways to avoid the fiscal cliff, its own scorekeeper has some stark analysis: There will be pain no matter what, but ducking choices now will mean an even worse situation by the end of the decade. Published November 8, 2012

Speaker of the House John Boehner, Ohio Republican, talks at the Capitol in Washington on Nov. 7, 2012, about the elections and the unfinished business of Congress. (Associated Press)

Boehner opens door to 'comprehensive' immigration

House Speaker John A. Boehner said Thursday that his chamber will try to make progress on "comprehensive" immigration reform — a nod to the growing power of Hispanics, but a move that could produce a bloody battle within his own party, depending on how far he pushes his troops. Published November 8, 2012