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Ebola fears increase pressure to restrict flights from Africa

The first case of Ebola diagnosed within the U.S. is prompting calls for heavy travel restrictions between the U.S. and those West African countries hardest hit by the outbreak — and one advocate is even warning against the possibility of "Ebola tourism" by patients seeking better care here. Published October 2, 2014

Indiana Gov. Mike Pence answers questions on Sept. 9, 2014, about the new Management & Performance Hub, a new management office, that was unveiled at the Statehouse in Indianapolis. (Associated Press) **FILE**

Indiana Gov. Pence tops 2016 GOP field on fiscal scorecard

Indiana Gov. Mike Pence was named a "champion tax cutter," in the Cato Institute's new statehouse report card, released Thursday, which puts Mr. Pence at the top of all of the GOP governors mentioned as potential 2016 presidential contenders. Published October 2, 2014

"The question of executive action, my friends, is a 'when' question," Labor Secretary Thomas E. Perez assured attendees at the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute's convention, asserting that Mr. Obama still shares their values, despite having repeatedly put off thorny decisions on immigration. (Associated Press)

Hispanics promised Obama will act on immigration by year's end

President Obama deployed a top Cabinet secretary Wednesday to assure Hispanic leaders that the White House will take executive action this year to stop deportations for more illegal immigrants, trying to revive Hispanic voters' backing of Democrats ahead of November's elections. Published October 1, 2014

Sen. John Barrasso, Wyoming Republican (Associated Press)

Dubious anniversary for both parties: One year since Obamacare, shutdown

Democrats and Republicans each celebrated dubious anniversaries on Wednesday: For the GOP, it was a year from the day they orchestrated a government shutdown over Obamacare. For Democrats, it was the beginning of the health law's rocky rollout, which sent President Obama's poll numbers tumbling. Published October 1, 2014

Secret Service Director Julia Pierson testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, Sept. 30, 2014, before the House Oversight Committee as it examines details surrounding a security breach at the White House when a man climbed over a fence, sprinted across the north lawn and dash deep into the executive mansion before finally being subdued.  (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

Secret Service woes grow as director resigns

Secret Service Director Julia A. Pierson resigned Wednesday amid intense pressure from lawmakers on Capitol Hill who feared the president and his family were being endangered by security lapses — highlighted by an intruder forcing his way into the White House last month. Published October 1, 2014

House Speaker John Boehner of Ohio speaks during a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington on Sept. 11, 2014. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite) ** FILE **

Boehner to Obama: You should consider firing Secret Service chief

House Speaker John A. Boehner urged President Obama on Wednesday to consider firing U.S. Secret Service Director Julia A. Pierson, and called for a blue ribbon commission Wednesday to investigate the agency after its latest security lapse. Published October 1, 2014

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi of Calif., takes questions from reporters on Capitol Hill in Washington, Friday, July 25, 2014. (AP Photo) ** FILE **

Nancy Pelosi supports call for Secret Service chief to go

Secret Service Director Julia Pierson House should be ousted from her job, Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi said Wednesday, agreeing with the recommendation of the top Democrat on the oversight committee. Published October 1, 2014

Secret Service Director Julia Pierson testifies Sept. 30 before the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee on Capitol Hill about the recent White House perimeter breach in which an armed man made it inside. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)

Six fence-jumpers breached White House this year; 16 in past five years

Six people have jumped the fence at the White House this year alone, and 16 have jumped the fence over the past five years, Secret Service Director Julia A. Pierson told Congress on Tuesday as she tried to explain how an intruder managed to cross the lawn and get into the president's iconic residence. Published September 30, 2014

Former Internal Revenue Service official Lois G. Lerner has been at the center of a scandal involving her erased hard drive and missing emails. (Associated Press)

IRS doesn't do enough to collect on tax debts: audit

The IRS wrote off nearly $7 billion in tax debts in cases where it said it couldn't locate the taxpayer in 2012, but an audit released Monday found that more than half of the time the agency gave up too soon and didn't show it had done everything needed to prove it could never get the money. Published September 29, 2014

Attorney General Eric Holder pauses while testifying on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, Jan. 29, 2014, before the Senate Judiciary Committee hearing oversight hearing on the Justice Department. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

Holder heading out, but contempt lives on

Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. announced Thursday he is resigning as soon as a replacement is found, though he and the Justice Department still face contempt of Congress charges that will linger well after he officially gives up the office. Published September 25, 2014

70 citizenship candidates stand for the National Anthem before being sworn in as U.S. Citizens at a Naturalization Ceremony at the Department of Justice, Washington, D.C., Tuesday, July 22, 2014. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)

U.S. immigration from southeast Asia, Middle East skyrockets

Immigration from southeast Asia and the Middle East has skyrocketed in the last few years, according to a report released Thursday that found the overall immigrant population has hit a record 41.3 million. Published September 25, 2014

Rosa Robles Loreta is staying at the Southside Presbyterian Church in Tucson, Arizona. Ms. Loreto, a Mexican immigrant who is facing deportation, has moved into the church, where she is taking sanctuary. She is part of a growing movement of immigrants seeking haven in Arizona churches, in which ICE policy prohibits their arrest. (ASSOCIATED PRESS)

Church network offers sanctuary to illegal immigrants to avoid deportation

A network of two dozen churches has promised to offer "physical sanctuary" to illegal immigrants facing deportation, saying they want to create a safe haven that federal officials won't invade as a way of preventing the migrants from being kicked out of the country. Published September 24, 2014

President Obama inspects the new Chevrolet Volt during his tour of the General Motors Auto Plant in Hamtramck, Mich., in July 2010. (Associated Press) **FILE**

Obama administration approved overpayments to GM, Ally Financial execs, audit finds

The Obama administration approved "excessive" pay for top executives at General Motors Co. and Ally Financial Inc. even as the two companies were falling behind on repaying taxpayers for being rescued after the Wall Street collapse, the bailout watchdog concluded in a report released Wednesday. Published September 24, 2014