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FILE - In this Jan. 26, 2016 file photo, Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump is joined by Joe Arpaio, the sheriff of metro Phoenix, at a campaign event in Marshalltown, Iowa. Prosecutors in former Sheriff Joe Arpaio's now-pardoned criminal case face a deadline Thursday, Sept. 21, 2017, for explaining why they now believe the case should be dismissed and all rulings should be thrown out. Judge Susan Bolton set the deadline after she found that prosecutors hadn't offered any legal authority to back up their argument. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer, File)

DOJ backs Arpaio, tells judge to erase conviction

The Trump administration renewed its defense of former Sheriff Joe Arpaio on Thursday, telling a federal judge that not only has the lawman been pardoned, but that his original conviction needs to be stripped from the record altogether. Published September 21, 2017

DACA denial rate doubles under Trump administration

The Homeland Security Department has doubled the rate of denials of Dreamers' amnesty applications, according to numbers released Wednesday that suggest the administration had been taking a harder line even before President Trump's announcement this month that he would phase out the DACA program altogether. Published September 20, 2017

Philadelphia finds hundreds of illegal voters

Hundreds of non-citizens were registered to vote in Philadelphia over the last decade, and at least 90 of them actually ended up casting ballots that should never have been allowed, City Commissioner Al Schmidt said Wednesday, adding more fuel to complaints of bogus voting in U.S. elections. Published September 20, 2017

Rep. Luis V. Gutierrez, Illinois Democrat (Associated Press) **FILE**

Dem congressman arrested outside Trump Tower

Rep. Luis V. Gutierrez was arrested Tuesday for protesting at Trump Tower in New York over the president's decision to phase out the Obama-era deportation amnesty for Dreamers, the congressman's office confirmed. Published September 19, 2017

In this July 6, 2017, file photo, former Sheriff Joe Arpaio leaves the federal courthouse in Phoenix, Ariz. (AP Photo/Angie Wang, File)

Judge in Joe Arpaio case skeptical of erasing conviction

The federal judge handling former Sheriff Joe Arpaio's case signaled Thursday she's not inclined to erase his conviction from his record -- though she did seem inclined to accept the pardon President Trump gave. Published September 15, 2017

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi says she is thinking about sensors, drones and access roads for border security, but President Trump is sticking with his demand for a wall. (Associated Press)

Dreamer citizenship rights could swell immigrant number by 1.5 million

Granting citizenship rights to 700,000 Dreamers really means giving a foothold in the U.S. to perhaps 1.5 million other future immigrants, according to analysts who urged Congress to weigh the implications fully before pressing ahead with a mass legalization program. Published September 14, 2017

House Speaker Paul Ryan of Wis., answers questions during an interview at The Associated Press bureau in Washington, Wednesday, Sept. 13, 2017. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

Paul Ryan on 'Dreamers': 'There's no agreement'

House Speaker Paul D. Ryan on Thursday shot down the notion that President Trump has reached the outlines of a deal to legalize illegal immigrant "Dreamers," saying flatly that "there's no agreement." Published September 14, 2017

Hillary Rodham Clinton greets people who waited in line of a signed copy of her book "What Happened" at a book store in New York, Tuesday, Sept. 12, 2017. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)

FBI reversal: Bureau will release more Clinton investigation docs

Weeks after saying there wasn't enough public interest in Hillary Clinton's email case, the FBI's decision has been modified, and the bureau will publicly release more details of its obstruction of justice probe into the former secretary of state. Published September 14, 2017

House approves crackdown on MS-13, other immigrant gangs

The House approved a bill Thursday to speed up deportation of immigrants deemed to be part of gangs, calling it a critical step in trying to stem the rise of MS-13 and other violent transnational criminal organizations whose violent reach is increasing. Published September 14, 2017

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., leaves a meeting with Speaker of the House Paul Ryan, R-Wis., and and members of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus at the Capitol in Washington. The top House and Senate Democrats have announced agreement with President Donald Trump to protect certain immigrants brought illegally to this country as children  along with some border security enhancements. The agreement was announced in a joint statement from Pelosi and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer of New York, following a dinner the pair had with Trump at the White House. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File)

Schumer, Pelosi announce deal with Trump on Dreamers

Democratic leaders emerged from a dinner meeting Wednesday night with President Trump to say they had worked out a deal to grant permanent protections to young illegal immigrants -- without having to accept funding for the president's proposed border wall. Published September 13, 2017

Sen. Rand Paul, Kentucky Republican, said he is pro-life but didn't promise voters to keep 90 percent of Obamacare's taxes and regulations in place to reshuffle dollars among the states. (Associated Press/File)

Senate ducks new debate on war on terror

The Senate voted to keep fighting the global war on terror under the 2001 framework aimed at striking al Qaeda and the Taliban in Afghanistan, yet again delaying what most analysts say is a long-overdue update to tailor the war to the current threats of the Islamic State and lone-wolf attacks. Published September 13, 2017