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David Sherfinski covers politics for The Washington Times. He can be reached at [email protected].

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Alabama quarterback AJ McCarron (10) consoles kicker Cade Foster (43) after he missed a field goal against Auburn during the first half of an NCAA college football game in Auburn, Ala., Saturday, Nov. 30, 2013. (AP Photo/Dave Martin)

George Bush consoles Alabama kicker Cade Foster: You will be stronger

Cade Foster, the University of Alabama kicker who struggled in the team's shocking loss to Auburn last week, says he got some high-profiled support, in addition to backing from teammates: A letter of encouragement from President George W. Bush. Published December 12, 2013

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Black supremacist no longer employed at DHS: report

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has parted ways with a black supremacist, who has called for the mass killing of white people, after placing him on administrative leave four months ago pending an administrative review. Published December 12, 2013

** FILE ** In this photo taken on Thursday, Dec. 5, 2013, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev. smiles during an interview in his office in Reno, Nev. (AP Photo/Reno Gazette-Journal, Andy Barron)

Senate pulls all-nighter as GOP protests rules change

The U.S. Senate remained in session overnight debating executive nominations as Republicans protested Senate Democrats' recent move to change chamber rules to require a simple majority vote to confirm presidential nominations, excepting U.S. Supreme Court nominations. Published December 12, 2013

Whistleblowers said Alejandro Mayorkas gave special treatment to some Democrats who were advocating for EB-5 investor visas for companies they backed. (Associated Press)

Despite questions, Senate panel backs top Homeland nominee

Senate Democrats pushed through committee President Obama's pick to become the No. 2 official at Homeland Security on Wednesday, dismissing warnings about an ongoing probe of the nominee's role in a visa program that has raised security concerns about politically connected foreigners using it to buy citizenship. Published December 11, 2013

DRAMA: Moves by Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (left) and his staff to expedite visas ensnared President Obama's nominee to be the No. 2 Homeland Security official, Alejandro "Ali" Mayorkas (right), whose appointment is to be reviewed by the Senate on Wednesday.

VEGAS RULES: Harry Reid pushed feds to change ruling for casino's big-money foreigners

EXCLUSIVE: The Obama administration overruled career Homeland Security officials and expedited visa applications for about two dozen foreign investors for a politically connected Las Vegas casino hotel after repeated pressure from Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and his staff, according to internal government documents obtained by The Washington Times. Published December 10, 2013

A move by Sen. Charles E. Schumer, New York Democrat, to include a nonremovable metal parts provision in the plastic gun ban bill was blocked. (ASSOCIATED PRESS)

Senate approves 10-year extension of ban on plastic guns

The Senate voted Monday to extend a ban on undetectable plastic guns for 10 years just hours before the act was scheduled to expire, but advocates lamented that it didn't go far enough and vowed to push forward to expand it in the near future. Published December 9, 2013

"Iran is perilously close to crossing the nuclear threshold," Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu says. "History will judge all of us on whether we succeed or not in rising to meet this greatest of all challenges." (Associated Press)

Israel's Netanyahu still wary of West's deal with Iran

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Sunday that any agreement with Iran to halt the Islamic republic's nuclear program must also include a change in its "genocidal policy," and that economic sanctions on the country must continue to the extent that they can. Published December 8, 2013

President Ronald Reagan (seated) and Chief of Staff James A. Baker III are pictured in the Oval Office of the White House. (University of Texas)

Former Reagan aide James Baker: President regretted apartheid veto

Former Secretary of State James A. Baker III, who served as President Ronald Reagan's chief of staff, said Sunday he's sure the 40th president regretted vetoing an anti-apartheid bill — a veto that Congress ultimately overrode in 1986. Published December 8, 2013

Sen. Rand Paul, Kentucky Republican, speaks during the Values Voter Summit, sponsored by the Family Research Council, on Friday, Oct. 11, 2013, in Washington. (AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana)

Sen. Rand Paul: Supreme Court needs to re-examine Fourth Amendment

Sen. Rand Paul, Kentucky Republican, said Sunday that in light of recent revelations about data mining by the National Security Agency, the country needs a serious examination of privacy and the Fourth Amendment — and he pledged to take the fight to the country's highest court if necessary. Published December 8, 2013

** FILE ** Sen. Rand Paul, Kentucky Republican, speaks during a GOP fundraiser in Charleston, S.C., on Monday, Nov. 11, 2013. (AP Photo/Bruce Smith)

As the unemployed wait, lawmakers debate about extended benefits

Congressional Democrats and Republicans are fighting over whether to extend unemployment benefits set to expire at the end of the month — a top priority for President Obama — and appear at odds over how exactly to pay for the approximately $26 billion that a one-year extension would cost. Published December 8, 2013

Buyers form trusts to get guns that are off-limits

The federal government is moving to crack down on what it says is a burgeoning scam where people who are not allowed to own firearms under their own name create a trust or corporation, and then legally have the gun transferred to that trust. Published December 5, 2013

** FILE ** A police officer leads two women and a child from Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., where a gunman opened fire, killing 26 people, including 20 children, on Friday, Dec. 14, 2012. (AP Photo/Newtown Bee, Shannon Hicks)

Support for stricter gun laws drops: poll

Support for stricter gun laws appears to be fading as the first anniversary of the Connecticut school shootings in Newtown approaches, according to a new poll unveiled on the same day some of the 911 tapes from the Sandy Hook shootings were released. Published December 4, 2013

A vote on a bill that would extend a ban on undetectable plastic guns was delayed until Tuesday so that bill sponsor Rep. Howard Coble, North Carolina Republican, could be present to vote. (ASSOCIATED PRESS)

Extending plastic gun ban just first step?

Gun rights groups are rallying to try to stop any extension of a federal law to ban undetectable plastic guns, saying that if the House GOP passes something Senate Democrats will turn it into a broader gun control push. Published December 2, 2013

Gun-buying spree wanes after post-Newtown high

Federal gun-purchase background checks ticked up in October, but analysts say the surge in applications to buy guns, which peaked in the months after the Newtown school shootings in Connecticut, likely has leveled off. Published November 28, 2013