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In this Nov. 7, 2012, photo, U.S. and Chinese national flags are hung outside a hotel during the U.S. Presidential election event, organized by the U.S. Embassy in Beijing. (AP Photo/Andy Wong) ** FILE **

China exploiting U.S. schools to steal research, Senate report finds

China has built its economy in part on research funded by taxpayers in the U.S., then siphoned across the Pacific Ocean by academics recruited by Beijing to act as double agents, stealing intellectual property from their American universities, a bipartisan Senate report revealed Monday. Published November 18, 2019

DHS developing plans to shoot down drones near airports

Top House lawmakers revealed Friday that Homeland Security is working on plans to allow the government to shoot down drones flown near airports -- and the members of Congress urged the administration to do a rethink. Published November 15, 2019

In this Oct. 22, 2018, file photo U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents escort a target to lockup during a raid in Richmond, Va. On Friday, Nov. 15, 2019, immigration officials tied a third murder arrest in two months to sanctuary city policies in the Seattle, Washington, area, saying an illegal immigrant who was twice shielded from deportation by King County slew a man "as he lay asleep in his own home."  (AP Photo/Steve Helber, File)

Third Seattle-area murder tied to sanctuary city policy

Immigration officials have tied a third murder arrest in two months to sanctuary city policies in the Seattle area, saying an immigrant who was twice shielded from deportation by King County slew a man "as he lay asleep in his own home." Published November 15, 2019

Solicitor General nominee Noel Francisco testifies before the Senate Judiciary Committee's hearing on his nomination, on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, May 10, 2017. (AP Photo/Cliff Owen)

DOJ sidesteps Supreme Court battle over illegal immigrant teen abortions

The Justice Department has decided not to appeal a court ruling that requires the government to facilitate illegal-immigrant teens getting abortions in the U.S., defying President Trump's pro-life allies who had been calling for a fight all the way to the Supreme Court. Published November 14, 2019

In this Sept. 10, 2019, photo, government contractors erect a section of Pentagon-funded border wall along the Colorado River, in Yuma, Ariz. A federal appeals court hears arguments against diverting Pentagon money for border wall construction as time runs out. It says the Trump administration has moved quickly to spend the money after the Supreme Court rejected an emergency appeal to prevent work from starting in July. (AP Photo/Matt York) **FILE**

DHS confirms no new border wall yet

The administration still has yet to fence in any new miles of border with President Trump's wall, a top Homeland Security official acknowledged Thursday -- though he said that's not the right way to look at the problem. Published November 14, 2019

U.S. Attorney General William Barr, left, with other federal and officials, announces that nearly 330 fugitives suspected of violent crimes have been arrested as part of a crime-fighting initiative in New Mexico, at a news conference at the office of the Bernalillo County Sheriff in Albuquerque Tuesday, Nov. 12, 2019. Barr was in Albuquerque to highlight the results of Operation Triple Beam, a program that has been conducted in numerous U.S. cities and has led to hundreds of arrests. (AP Photo/Mary Hudetz) **FILE**

AG Barr denies Trump asked him to hold press conference

Attorney General William Barr said Wednesday he doesn't recall being asked by the White House to hold a press conference to do a very public exoneration of allegations he broke the law with his request that Ukraine investigate a political opponent. Published November 13, 2019

In this Oct. 29, 2019, photo, Department of Homeland Security Undersecretary Chad Wolf speaks during a meeting of the President's Interagency Task Force to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons (PITF), in the Eisenhower Executive Office Building, on the White House complex in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

Chad Wolf sworn in as acting DHS chief

Chad Wolf was sworn in Wednesday as acting secretary of the Department of Homeland Security, hours after the Senate confirmed him to a lower position at the department. Published November 13, 2019

In this Dec. 11, 2018 file photo, an asylum-seeking boy from Central America runs down a hallway after arriving from an immigration detention center to a shelter in San Diego. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull) **FILE**

More than 600 children 'recycled' by migrant smugglers at border: ICE

More than 600 children were "recycled" through the border over the last year, including some who were carried across eight times, by a different person each time, looking to exploit lax policies to gain a foothold in the U.S., a top ICE official told Congress on Wednesday. Published November 13, 2019

A migrant leans on a fence of the Gateway International Bridge that connects downtown Matamoros, Mexico with Brownsville, Thursday, Oct. 10, 2019. Migrants wanting to request asylum camped out on the international bridge leading from Mexico into Brownsville, Texas, causing a closure of the span. (AP Photo/Fernando Llano)

DHS moves to cut off asylum seekers' work permits

Homeland Security proposed a new policy Wednesday to delay issuing work permits to asylum seekers until after their cases are approved, in a move aimed at trying to end the incentive that is drawing hundreds of thousands of bogus refugees to the U.S. border. Published November 13, 2019

During a training drill, Customs and Border Protection officials block the entrance to the San Ysidro port of entry. (Associated Press/File)

Judge rules border DHS needs reasons to search travelers' phones

The government does need to have a reasonable suspicion of illegal activity before it can search or seize Americans' electronic devices at U.S. ports and border crossings, a federal judge ruled Tuesday, delivering a significant victory to civil liberties advocates. Published November 12, 2019

President Donald Trump addresses the Economic Club of New York Tuesday, Nov. 12, 2019, in New York. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)

Supreme Court's DACA case leaves Trump with bad options

The Supreme Court's ruling in the DACA case is likely to detonate in the middle of the presidential campaign, and those on both sides of the issue say even if he prevails with the justices, it's not likely to be pretty for President Trump. Published November 12, 2019

Rep. Jerrold Nadler, chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, joined at left by Rep. Carolyn Maloney, acting chair of the House Committee on Oversight and Reform, meet with reporters to discuss the next steps of the impeachment investigation of President Donald Trump, at the Capitol in Washington, Thursday, Oct. 31, 2019. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite) **FILE**

House Democrats move to resuscitate Equal Rights Amendment

Democrats in the House announced initial steps Friday to try to revive the Equal Rights Amendment to the Constitution, breathing new life into a fight that most thought had been dead for decades. Published November 8, 2019

A man is taken into custody at a Koch Foods Inc. plant in Morton, Miss., on Wednesday, Aug. 7, 2019.  U.S. immigration officials raided several Mississippi food processing plants on Wednesday and signaled that the early-morning strikes were part of a large-scale operation targeting owners as well as employees. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis)

No harm? Most illegals in Mississippi ICE raids stole Americans' identities

Most of the 680 illegal immigrants nabbed in August's immigration raids at poultry plants in Mississippi worked under stolen American identities, the Department of Homeland Security's top investigator told Congress Thursday, rebuffing Democrats who insisted the "undocumented" workers were doing no harm. Published November 7, 2019

Paul Milde, the Republican candidate for the House of Delegates 28th District, greets at Ferry Farm Elementary School on Election Day in Stafford, Va., Tuesday, Nov. 5, 2019. (Mike Morones/The Free Lance-Star via AP)

'Almost irrelevant': Virginia Republicans take stock of electoral losses

The last Virginia Republican state delegate from Fairfax County lost his seat, and the GOP ceded control to the Democrats of the boards of supervisors in neighboring Loudoun and Prince William counties, both of which were GOP strongholds just a decade ago. Published November 6, 2019

Chief Election Official Sandy Pace wears her patriotic-themed boots while staffing the polling station at Drew Middle School on Election Day in Stafford, Va., Tuesday, Nov. 5, 2019. (Mike Morones/The Free Lance-Star via AP)

Democrats ride anti-Trump wave in Virginia

With anger at President Trump boiling over, Democrats steamrolled to victory in Virginia's elections Tuesday, claiming majorities in both chambers of the General Assembly for the first time in two decades. Published November 5, 2019