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President Donald Trump, accompanied by Vice President Mike Pence, pauses after speaking to members of the media during a lunch with services members in the Roosevelt Room of the White House in Washington, Tuesday, July 18, 2017. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

Pence sued over Trump's voter-integrity commission

One of the members of President Trump's voter-integrity commission filed a lawsuit Thursday against the panel, arguing the leaders -- including Vice President Mike Pence -- are shutting him out of their work. Published November 9, 2017

Daniel Ramirez Medina, center, briefly talks to reporters as he walks with his attorney, Luis Cortes, right, after Ramirez was freed from custody at the Northwest Detention Center in Tacoma, Wash., Wednesday, March 29, 2017. Ramirez had spent more than six weeks in immigration detention despite his participation in a program designed to prevent the deportation of those brought to the U.S. illegally as children. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren) ** FILE **

Judge rules DACA recipients have due process rights

Illegal immigrant Dreamers who were granted protections under the Obama-era DACA deportation amnesty are entitled to due process rights when the government tried to revoke their status, a federal judge ruled Wednesday. Published November 9, 2017

Juan Manuel Montes-Bojorquez, 23, qualified for the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, but U.S. Customs and Border Protection said he violated terms of the program and was subject to deportation.

Deported 'Dreamer' caught trying to sneak back into U.S.

An illegal immigrant "Dreamer" who became the face of the pro-DACA movement earlier this year after getting deported was arrested this week for trying to sneak back into the U.S. without permission, the Border Patrol said Wednesday. Published November 8, 2017

Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe (right) listened to Gov.-elect, Ralph Northam as Pam Northam looked on during a news conference in the governor's mansion in Richmond on Wednesday. (Associated Press)

Democrats see momentum for midterms after stunning election victories

Gun-control activists, Obamacare supporters, immigrant-rights advocates, environmentalists, gay rights activists -- every part of the Democratic coalition -- claimed momentum Wednesday in the wake of stunning victories in the off-year elections. Published November 8, 2017

"We will enforce our laws. It's vital we do so. We will do so," said Kirstjen M. Nielsen, President Trump's pick to be the next Homeland Security secretary on Wednesday. (Associated Press)

Homeland Security secretary nominee grilled on border wall, DACA

Kirstjen M. Nielsen, President Trump's pick to be the next Homeland Security secretary, said Wednesday she would look at reopening the Obama-era Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals deportation amnesty to allow people who missed the renewal deadline, and promised not to let their information be shared with deportation officers. Published November 8, 2017

U.S. Border Patrol agents are reporting a new surge in illegal border crossings in Texas. (Associated Press/File)

Border Patrol losing agents faster than it can hire them

The U.S. Border Patrol is losing agents faster than it can hire them, according to a new audit released Wednesday that said competition with other federal law enforcement and the difficulty of passing a polygraph test have sapped the agency of nearly 2,000 agents it's supposed to have. Published November 8, 2017

Speaker of the House Paul Ryan, R-Wis., defends the GOP tax reform plan being crafted in the Ways and Means Committee this week, during a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, Nov. 7, 2017. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

Ryan says GOP won't toss Trump in wake of election

House Speaker Paul D. Ryan, Wisconsin Republican, said Wednesday he understands Democrats' enthusiasm in the wake of this week's elections, saying the GOP would have been spinning results the same way if they'd emerged victorious. Published November 8, 2017

Democrat Phil Murphy exits the polling booth with his youngest son Sam, after voting at the Fairview School on Tuesday, Nov. 7, 2017 in Middletown, N.J.  Murphy is facing Republican Lt. Gov. Kim Guadagnoto to replace Gov. Chris Christie, the two-term, term-limited incumbent.   (Bob Karp/The Daily Record via AP)

Democrat Phil Murphy wins New Jersey's governor's race

Democrat Phil Murphy was declared the winner in New Jersey's gubernatorial election Tuesday, with networks calling the race soon after polls closed, delivering a major pickup to Democrats who'd been reeling after last year's election losses. Published November 7, 2017

Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand said the Defense Department needs to familiarize itself with what records it's required to turn over, then go look back through the last decade's worth of investigations and cases to see who should be listed but isn't. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

Senator demands Pentagon report more names to gun background check system

A prominent senator demanded Monday that the Pentagon go back and review all its disciplinary records and update the gun background check system, saying the Air Force botched its reporting duties and helped fuel this weekend's horrific mass shooting in Texas. Published November 6, 2017