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  • U.S. Border Patrol Senior Agent B.T. Hick and his dog Mirza, left, inspect a car at a check point outside Organ Pipe Cactus National Park in Why, Ariz., Wednesday, May 24, 2006. The detention of a prominent immigration activist at a Texas airport served as a reminder of the latitude the Border Patrol has in conducting checkpoints for drugs and immigrants in the country illegally at locations not on the border. (AP Photo/Matt York, File)

    House calls for immigration enforcement in Central America

    A House Republican task force Wednesday unveiled a $1.5 billion plan to ease the border crisis, including launching law enforcement operations in Central America and Mexico to stop illegal immigrants before they reach the U.S.

  • Yellen Money Balloon Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

    MORICI: Yellen's denials of rising inflation

    Testifying before Congress last week, Federal Reserve Chairman Janet Yellen cherry-picked data on inflation by noting prices are up, on a year-over-year basis, less than the Federal Reserve's target of 2 percent.

  • Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, leader of the Islamic State, practices spycraft that includes passing off cellphones after limited use and dispensing fake information about his whereabouts. (Associated Press)

    McCLAUGHRY: Finish off the "Islamic State" quickly and cheaply

    Fundamentalist Islam now has its own self-declared “state” – the “Islamic State”, formerly known as the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIS), now expanded into the long sought global caliphate.

  • Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr. presided as the Supreme Court heard oral arguments in a case that could lift restrictions on campaign donations to political parties and candidates. (ASSOCIATED PRESS)

    EDITORIAL: Obamacare in intensive care

    Obamacare was moved Tuesday to intensive care. Two federal appellate courts split over whether the administration can bypass Congress and rewrite the Obamacare law as it wishes Congress had written it.

  • U.S. Sen. Ron Johnson holds a news conference on the steps of Wisconsin Eastern District Federal Courthouse Monday, July 7, 2014 in Green Bay, Wis. A government attorney is trying to persuade a federal judge in Green Bay to toss out Johnson's lawsuit challenging rules forcing congressional members and their employees to seek government-subsidized health insurance through small business exchanges. U.S. Justice Department attorney James Luh  told U.S. District Judge William Griesbach on Monday that Johnson can't sue because he hasn't shown how the rules have caused him any injury. (AP Photo/The Green Bay Press-Gazette, Jim Matthews) NO SALES

    Judge throws out Sen. Ron Johnson's lawsuit over Obamacare exchanges

    A Republican senator had no grounds to sue the Obama administration over how it interpreted the part of Obamacare that forces members of Congress to get their health care insurance through the law's new exchanges, a federal judge ruled Monday.

  • Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx has taken Congress to task for its noncommittal approach to investing in the nation's aging infrastructure. Lawmakers have thus far rejected the Obama administration's efforts to pass a long-term improvement plan. (Associated Press)

    Transport chief seeking long-term bill

    With a major infrastructure spending bill hanging in the balance, Department of Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx on Monday compared Congress to shopping with his grandmother when she would tell him to put the toy back on the shelf because they were just browsing.

  • White House warned about 'antiquated' VA scheduling system 5 years ago

    Acting Veteran Affairs Secretary Sloan Gibson assured Congress last week that the VA is working hard to replace its "antiquated" scheduling system, but the Obama administration first received clear notice more than five years ago about the need for an overhaul to reduce patient wait times.

  • Lois Lerner emails reveal gaping open-records loophole

    The Lois G. Lerner emails released this month revealed a potentially huge loophole in federal open-records practices when an IRS tech staffer acknowledged that the agency doesn't regularly store — and never checks — instant message chats as official government records.

  • ** FILE ** President Obama speaks on the phone in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington, Monday, June 2, 2014. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

    GOP to Obama: 'Put down your pen and phone' on 'opportunity agenda' push

    President Obama called on Congress Saturday to approve measures that he said would help the middle class, from a job-training initiative to comprehensive immigration reform.

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