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Stephen Dinan

Stephen Dinan

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

Articles by Stephen Dinan

** FILE ** Then President-elect Barack Obama checks his BlackBerry in St. Louis.

Feds hide behind potential text message loophole in sunshine law

The researcher who exposed former EPA chief Lisa P. Jackson's private email account is now taking aim at her potential successor — and is expanding the inquiry into the world of mobile phone text messages, which are shaping up as the next frontier in open-records legal battles. Published April 29, 2013

Air traffic control tower

FAA respite from sequester fuels budget fighting

The FAA ended its furloughs of air traffic controllers over the weekend and said the nation's enraged travelers, who had been caught in long delays at some major airports, should see things back to normal by Sunday night. Published April 28, 2013

** FILE ** Travelers stand in line at Los Angeles International Airport on Monday, April 22, 2013. (Associated Press)

Congress tells Obama to stop FAA furloughs

Moving with striking speed and overwhelming bipartisanship, Congress on Friday ordered President Obama to cancel the furloughs of air traffic controllers, making the second big dent in the budget sequesters. Published April 26, 2013

** FILE ** Former President George W. Bush speaks as President Obama listens during the dedication of the George W. Bush Presidential Center on Thursday, April 25, 2013, in Dallas. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez, Pool)

Bush's Millennium Challenge is still changing the developing world

It was far from his most expensive initiative, but it may end up being one of his most significant: The Millennium Challenge Corp., which President George W. Bush set up to push foreign countries to better govern themselves, has set a new standard for foreign aid. Published April 25, 2013

** FILE ** Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, April 18, 2013, before the House Homeland Security Committee. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

Sequester, tight budgets means DHS buying less ammunition

Tight budgets are forcing the Homeland Security Department to buy less ammunition, two top officials are slated to tell Congress on Thursday as the House oversight committee continues investigating the Obama administration's ammunition purchases. Published April 25, 2013

Poll: Congress should not rush immigration reform

Three-quarters of voters say the Boston Marathon bombings should make Congress pause before pushing ahead with immigration reform, according to a new poll that seeks to gauge Americans' feelings as lawmakers begin debating the hot-button issue. Published April 24, 2013

** FILE ** Michael Huerta, administrator of the Federal Aviation Administration, speaks as one of the keynote speakers at the Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International, North America 2012 conference inside the exhibition hall of the Mandalay Bay hotel-casino in Las Vegas, Nev., on Tuesday, Aug. 7, 2012. (Martin S. Fuentes/Special to The Washington Times)

FAA accused of 'shocking' failure on sequesters

A top House Republican accused the FAA of a "shocking lapse of management" in giving the airlines just "hours" notice before furloughing air traffic controllers, leaving the industry struggling to adjust to major flight delays. Published April 24, 2013

**FILE** An illegal immigrant from El Salvador is searched June 26, 2012, on the tarmac at Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport in Mesa, Ariz., as the sun rises prior to boarding an MD-80 aircraft for a repatriation flight of 80 immigrants to their home country. (Associated Press)

Judge: Obama administration can't refuse to arrest illegal immigrants

A federal judge said this week that the Obama administration is likely violating the law by telling immigration agents and officers not to arrest illegal immigrants they deem low priority, in a case that could upend President Obama's enforcement policy. Published April 24, 2013

Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton testifies on Capitol Hill on Wednesday, Jan. 23, 2013, before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee on the Sept. 11, 2012, attacks against the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi, Libya. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)

Benghazi investigators demand cable signed by Clinton; White House balks

The White House accused Republicans of a political distraction Wednesday after House committee chairmen asked President Obama to release a State Department cable that they said would prove Hillary Rodham Clinton, as secretary off state, signed off on security cuts at the diplomatic post in Benghazi ahead of the attack Sept. 11. Published April 24, 2013

President George W. Bush bears witness to brush clearing as he takes a break from trail work during August vacation at Prairie Chapel Ranch in Crawford, Texas.   Photographs by Eric Draper from Front Row Seat: A Photographic Portrait of the Presidency of George W. Bush(Copyright © 2013). For more information visit www.utexaspress.com

George W. Bush: A look back at a president who never looked back

For a man who spent eight years in the public eye as president, George W. Bush's private side remains a mystery to many Americans. Eric Draper's new book, "Front Row Seat," gives a peek behind the privacy curtain that surrounds every president. Published April 23, 2013

**FILE** Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, accompanied by President Obama, meets Sept. 12, 2012, with State Department personnel in the courtyard of the State Department building in Washington after the president spoke at the White House concerning the recent deaths of Americans in Libya. (Associated Press)

Obama, Clinton blew Benghazi response, Republican report

House Republicans have concluded that the Pentagon and U.S. intelligence agencies bear no blame for failing to halt the terrorist assault on the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi, Libya, last year, releasing a report Tuesday that said President Obama and the State Department set up the military for failure. Published April 23, 2013

**FILE** Sen. Rand Paul, Kentucky Republican, talks to reporters on Capitol Hill in Washington on March 7, 2013. (Associated Press)

Rand Paul: Stop immigration bill until we understand Boston

Sen. Rand Paul said Monday that the immigration reform debate should be halted until Congress first understands what went wrong in Boston, where two brothers who came to the U.S. legally under the asylum program have been accused of the deadly bombings at last week's marathon. Published April 22, 2013

The Senate's bipartisan "Gang of Eight" holds a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington on Thursday, April 18, 2013. In front from left to right are Sen. Marco Rubio, Florida Republican; Sen. Charles E. Schumer, New York Democrat; Sen. Lindsey Graham, South Carolina Republican; and Sen. John McCain, Arizona Republican. The legislation would dramatically remake the U.S. immigration system by ushering in new visa programs for low- and high-skilled workers, requiring a tough new focus on border security, instituting a new requirement for all employers to check the legal status of their workers, and installing a path to citizenship for 11 million immigrants in the country illegally. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

Boston bomb case's findings may delay Senate immigration legislation

The authors of the Senate immigration bill are mounting a campaign to try to make sure the Boston Marathon bombings last week don't derail their push to overhaul the U.S. immigration system, saying the problems lie more with the FBI than with legal immigration. Published April 21, 2013

**FILE** Sen. Chuck Grassley, Iowa Republican, speaks during a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on immigrant women and immigration reform on Capitol Hill in Washington on March 18, 2013. (Associated Press)

Boston bombing drama hits immigration debate

The uncle of the two suspects in the Boston Marathon bombing said Friday that they were born in Kyrgyzstan and came to the U.S. in 2003 on claims of asylum — news that's already beginning to reverberate in the immigration debate just beginning on Capitol Hill. Published April 19, 2013