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Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach talks with a reporter in his office in Topeka. Kobach, co-chairman of President Donald Trump's Presidential Advisory Commission on Election Integrity who is promoting Trump's unsubstantiated claims of widespread voter fraud, oversees a Kansas election system that threw out at least three times as many ballots as similarly sized states did. That is fueling concerns about massive voter suppression should its practices become the national standard. (AP Photo/Orlin Wagner, File)

Lawyers try to put Kobach under oath in Trump voter panel case

Opponents of President Trump's voter integrity commission asked a federal judge Thursday for permission to depose Vice Chairman Kris Kobach as they seek to force the panel to be more transparent about what it's doing. Published August 24, 2017

House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi from California, center, is joined by Rep. Jimmy Gomez, D-Calif., right, and Rep. Hilda Solis, D-Calif., during a news conference at Union Station in Los Angeles on Wednesday, Aug. 16, 2017. Pelosi is criticizing Republicans who haven't spoken out against President Donald Trump's comments on white supremacists. Speaking in Los Angeles the Democratic leader said there is a "deafening silence" from most of her Republican colleagues. (AP Photo/Richard Vogel)

Pelosi: Dems in no hurry to help GOP with debt ceiling

Democrats hinted Thursday that they won't be too eager to help the GOP raise the government's debt ceiling later this year, adding another partisan problem to Republicans' list of challenges. Published August 24, 2017

FILE - In this June 5, 2015 file photo, the Homeland Security Department headquarters in Washington. The Homeland Security Department is continuing to review cases of would-be refugees held on a Pacific island by the Australian government, despite new confusion over the fate of an Obama-era agreement.  (AP Photo/Susan Walsh, File)

4 countries sanctioned because of refusal to accept deported immigrants

A Homeland Security spokesman said Wednesday that a "variety of factors" went into the decision to impose sanctions on four countries that refuse to cooperate with the U.S. government when it comes to taking back their illegal and criminal immigrants. Published August 23, 2017

Trump visits Arizona in push for wall funding, more border agents

President Trump did a quick tour Tuesday of border security infrastructure in Arizona as his top homeland security aides stepped up pressure on Congress to approve money for new fencing and additional agents, saying they will keep Americans safe and prevent illegal immigrants from making the dangerous journey in the first place. Published August 22, 2017

President Donald Trump speaks at Fort Myer in Arlington Va., Monday, Aug. 21, 2017, during a Presidential Address to the Nation about a strategy he believes will best position the U.S. to eventually declare victory in Afghanistan. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

President Trump to tout border security success as humanitarian victory

Better border security and stiffer immigration enforcement isn't just good for America -- it will also keep vulnerable migrants from making the dangerous journey north, risking robbery, rape or death at the hands of smugglers and rough terrain, top Trump administration officials said Tuesday. Published August 22, 2017

A triple layer of fencing, more Border Patrol agents and bollard-style barriers along the border have reduced illegal crossings from Mexico into Yuma, Arizona, by nearly 90 percent. President Trump is due to visit the border town, considered a monumental success, on Tuesday. (Associated Press)

Border wall stopped 'chaos' in Arizona

The number of illegal immigrants arrested -- a rough yardstick for the overall flow -- has dropped by a staggering 90 percent in the Border Patrol's Yuma Sector. Published August 22, 2017

In this July 27, 2017, file photo, House Speaker Paul Ryan of Wis. meets with reporters on Capitol Hill in Washington. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File)

Ryan says Trump 'messed up' on Charlottesville, but won't support censure

House Speaker Paul D. Ryan said Monday that President Trump "messed up" in his response to the racial demonstrations in Charlottesville, Virginia, but warned against trying to politicize the response, saying that would "descend this issue into some partisan hack-fest." Published August 21, 2017

John Wider holds up a sign becoming Muslims in the Tom Bradley International Terminal at Los Angeles International Airport, Thursday, June 29, 2017, in Los Angeles. A scaled-back version of President Donald Trump's travel ban took effect Thursday evening, stripped of provisions that brought protests and chaos at airports worldwide in January yet still likely to generate a new round of court fights. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

Judge warned State Dept. against 'running out the clock' on travel ban visas

A federal judge expressed skepticism Monday over how the State Department has been carrying out President Trump's travel ban, saying she thinks the government is "running out the clock" on perhaps more than 100 immigrants who could be shut out when their chance for visas expires in little more than a month. Published August 21, 2017

House Speaker Paul Ryan of Wis. speaks during a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, July 25, 2017, following a House GOP Caucus. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)

Speaker Ryan denounces 'moral relativism' on neo-Nazis

House Speaker Paul D. Ryan said Monday that the white supremacists who have gained such a high profile in recent weeks remain "only on the fringes" of American life, but said the country cannot tolerate any attempts to show moral relativism. Published August 21, 2017