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"I have serious questions regarding fraud in the immigration process," said Rep. Jason Chaffetz, Utah Republican. (Associated Press)

Visitors who overstay visas a growing security concern

The federal government is approving ever-more business and tourism visitors to enter the U.S., raising questions about whether agencies are equipped to approve them, monitor them and make sure they leave when they are supposed to. Published November 13, 2013

**FILE** Airline passenger Don Heim (right) of Alpharetta, Ga., is briefed by Transportation Security Administration trainer Byron Gibson before going through a new expedited security line on Oct. 4, 2011, at Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport in Atlanta. (Associated Press)

TSA wasting money by profiling passengers' behavior, investigators say

Government investigators said Wednesday that there is little evidence to show TSA employees are able to pick out potential terrorists by profiling behavior and that the agency may be wasting hundreds of millions of dollars on the 3,000 officers hired to do so. Published November 13, 2013

**FILE** Jeh Johnson, President Barack Obama's choice to become Homeland Security Secretary, testifies on Capitol Hill on Nov. 13, 2013, before the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee hearing on his nomination. (Associated Press)

DHS nominee faces backlash over transparency

Senators said Wednesday they are impressed with Jeh C. Johnson, whom President Obama has nominated to head the Homeland Security Department, but said his nomination will suffer delays and opposition unless he is more forthcoming in answering key questions. Published November 13, 2013

**FILE** House Speaker John Boehner of Ohio speaks during a new conference following a meeting at the Republican National Committee offices on Capitol Hill in Washington on Oct. 23, 2013. (Associated Press)

Boehner puts brakes on immigration reform

House Speaker John A. Boehner on Wednesday flatly ruled out even entering into negotiations with the Senate on that chamber's immigration bill, signaling that the issue is dead for this year — and setting up major hurdles for any action before the midterm elections. Published November 13, 2013

"It has reached the point where judges are being voted on for political reasons, not qualifications. You do that, you're going to destroy the integrity of the federal courts," says Sen. Patrick J. Leahy, Vermont Democrat and chairman of the Judiciary Committee (associated press)

GOP filibusters another Obama nominee for federal court

Republican senators on Tuesday filibustered another of President Obama's nominees to the federal appeals court in Washington, escalating the battle over judges and leaving Democrats enraged and vowing to push again to change the chamber's rules. Published November 12, 2013

FILE - In this July 28, 2010, file photo, a U.S. border patrol vehicle drives along the U.S.-Mexico border fence near Yuma, Ariz., as seen from the outskirts of San Luis Rio Colorado, Mexico. The Border Patrol’s parent agency decided to continue allowing agents to use deadly force against rock-throwers and assailants in vehicles, despite recommendations of a government commissioned review to end the practice.  (AP Photo/Guillermo Arias, File)

Feds stiff Arizona border town for ambulance costs for immigrants

Many communities across the U.S. have problems getting reimbursed for sending ambulances to pick up patients, but for one community along the U.S.-Mexico border, the delinquent party is the federal government, which the city of Nogales says owes it hundreds of thousands of dollars for picking up immigrants. Published November 10, 2013

** FILE ** Republican Ken Cuccinelli holds back tears as he gives his concession speech in Richmond, Va., after losing the governor's race to Democrat Terry McAuliffe Tuesday, Nov. 5, 2013. (AP Photo/Richmond Times-Dispatch, Bob Brown).

Obamacare an effective GOP weapon in Ken Cuccinelli's campaign

Democrats spent heavily to win Virginia's governorship, but Republicans said Wednesday that the closer-than-expected loss by state Attorney General Kenneth T. Cuccinelli II provided a clear demonstration of how they can exploit the unpopularity of Obamacare next year to win the congressional midterm elections. Published November 6, 2013

Virginia Democratic Gov.-elect Terry McAuliffe address his supporters, as his sons Jack, 20, left, and Peter, 11, right, look on, during an election victory party at Tysons Corner, Va., Wednesday, Nov. 6, 2013. (AP Photo/Cliff Owen)

Virginia election shows Obamacare can be used as political weapon

Democrats spent heavily to win the Virginia governorship Tuesday, but Republicans said by making the race far closer than polls had projected just a few weeks ago, Kenneth T. Cuccinelli's campaign showed how much of a weapon Obamacare can be in the hands of the GOP. Published November 6, 2013

Federal employees flood the streets to get lunch from food trucks at L'Enfant Plaza on the first day back to work after the government shutdown, Washington, D.C., Thursday, October 17, 2013. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)

Feds feel shirked for shutdown work, sue for double pay

Some federal workers who were required to remain on the job during the government shutdown said Monday that they have filed a lawsuit demanding double pay, arguing that the government's failure to pay them on time is a violation of labor laws. Published November 4, 2013

Sen. Lindsey Graham said Wednesday that journalists "should be concerned" about becoming "soft targets" for terror attacks. (Associated Press)

Lindsey Graham will lead charge in Senate for abortion ban after 20 weeks

After months of waiting and speculation about who would take the lead, Sen. Lindsey Graham — not Sen. Marco Rubio — will be the chief sponsor of a bill designed to ban abortions nationwide after 20 weeks, or the point at which some scientific evidence says fetuses may feel pain. Published November 3, 2013

**FILE** Demonstrators protest outside of the U.S. Capitol in Washington during a rally to demand that the U.S. Congress investigate the National Security Agency's mass surveillance programs Saturday, Oct. 26, 2013. (AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana)

Senate intel committee approves NSA snooping, with restrictions

The Senate intelligence committee voted Thursday to officially affirm the NSA's ability to collect records of Americans' telephone calls, but imposes new restrictions on federal authorities who want to sift through the data. Published October 31, 2013

**FILE** Sen. Jeff Sessions, Alabama Republican (Associated Press)

Senate GOP blocks key Obama judge, signals renewed fight over court nominees

Senate Republicans on Thursday filibustered one of President Obama's nominees to sit on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit, arguing that although the woman is well-qualified, confirmation would allow Democrats to shift the political balance to the left on the country's second most important court. Published October 31, 2013

** FILE ** U.S. Border Patrol agent Jerry Conlin looks out over Tijuana, Mexico, behind, along the old border wall along the U.S. - Mexico border, where it ends at the base of a hill in San Diego, June 13, 2013. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull, File)

Third Republican joins Democrats' immigration bill

Three Republicans have signed up for House Democrats' immigration bill as of Wednesday afternoon, marking a steady increase in support and adding to pressure on GOP leaders to take some action before the end of the year. Published October 30, 2013

**FILE** President Obama speaks on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington on April 17, 2013. (Associated Press)

Federal deficit below $1 trillion for first time in Obama's tenure

Powered by tax increases and deep budget cuts that held spending in check, the federal deficit dropped to $680 billion in fiscal year 2013, according to a Treasury Department report Wednesday that marks the first subtrillion-dollar deficit since President Obama took office. Published October 30, 2013

Sen. Lindsey Graham, South Carolina Republican (Associated Press)

No more Obama nominees until White House relents on Benghazi: Graham

Sen. Lindsey Graham said Wednesday he will "hold" every future Obama nominee, creating a hurdle for them to reach the Senate floor, until President Obama and the State Department allow Congress to hear from those who were on the ground during last year's Benghazi terrorist attack. Published October 30, 2013

Immigration and Customs Enforcement is deporting fewer illegal immigrants this fiscal year, but a larger percentage of them have no criminal records. The numbers suggest that the Obama administration is struggling to meet its stated goals. (ICE via Associated Press)**FILE**

Report: Deportations plummet in 2013, lowest since 2007

U.S. authorities deported fewer immigrants in fiscal year 2013 than at any time since President Obama took office, according to secret numbers obtained by the Center for Immigration Studies which suggest Mr. Obama's non-deportation policies have hindered removals of illegal immigrants. Published October 30, 2013