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**FILE** An illegal immigrant from El Salvador is searched June 26, 2012, on the tarmac at Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport in Mesa, Ariz., as the sun rises prior to boarding an MD-80 aircraft for a repatriation flight of 80 immigrants to their home country. (Associated Press)

Obama administration tries to nix ICE agents' lawsuit

Trying to head off a potentially devastating court defeat, the Obama administration said Monday that ICE agents' lawsuit to overturn the president's non-deportation policy should be thrown out because the agents themselves initially wanted to handle the matter in collective bargaining. Published May 7, 2013

** FILE ** Maine Gov. Paul LePage takes a sip from a coffee mug displaying a "no new taxes" message, April 27, 2012. (AP Photo/Pat Wellenbach)

Tax increases begin to ease budget deficit

Federal tax revenues are up 16 percent this year compared to 2012, helping power a major drop in the federal deficit, according to the latest estimate Tuesday from the Congressional Budget Office. Published May 7, 2013

** FILE ** A Customs and Border Protection agent patrols by car along the U.S.-Mexico border in Nogales, Ariz., in April 2010. (Associated Press)

Border Patrol: Rules hinder effort to oust drug spotters

The chief of the U.S. Border Patrol said Tuesday that his agents have a tough time ousting armed drug cartel spotters from the tops of U.S. mountains because the rules of engagement constrain them. Published May 7, 2013

A protester for immigration reform holds a sign during a rally at the Georgia Capitol in Atlanta on April 10, 2013. (Associated Press) **FILE**

Report: Legalizing illegal immigrants to cost $6.3 trillion

The Heritage Foundation said Monday that legalizing illegal immigrants would cost taxpayers a net $6.3 trillion over the next 50 years — releasing a report that ignited a venomous battle over an immigration bill and who is truly representing the conservative movement in the debate. Published May 6, 2013

**FILE** The 2005-2006 Federal Duck Stamp designed by Mark Anderson of Sioux Falls, S.D., is displayed on Capitol Hill in Washington on June 30, 2005, during the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service's first day of sale for the 2005-2006 Federal Duck Stamp. (Associated Press)

Feds accuse 6-year-old of plagiarism, strip her duck stamp victory

The federal government accused a 6-year-old of plagiarism and stripped her of her victory in this year's national Junior Duck Stamp contest, leaving the youngest-ever winner in tears and igniting a fierce debate in the wildlife art community over artistic techniques, precocious youngsters and catty parents. Published May 2, 2013

Thousands of people march during a May Day immigration rally in Los Angeles on Wednesday. The Senate is crafting an immigration reform bill. (Associated Press photographs)

Amendment extends E-Verify

The latest version of the Senate immigration bill still repeals E-Verify but keeps it operational in the meantime so businesses in states that require its use can keep using it over the next five years. Published May 1, 2013

** FILE ** Sen. Marco Rubio, Florida Republican, speaks at the Conservative Political Action Conference at the Gaylord National Hotel in National Harbor, Md., on Thursday, March 14, 2013. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)

Senators file amended immigration bill to keep E-Verify running

Moving to quell concerns, the newest version of the Senate's immigration bill keeps the E-Verify electronic check system in place so that states that already require its use can continue to do so, even while the rest of the country is getting up to speed. Published April 30, 2013

** FILE ** President Obama points to a member of the audience at a meeting in Rio Rancho, New Mexico, May 14, 2009. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

Obama casts himself as final arbiter on immigration

President Obama on Tuesday said he'll be the final arbiter of whether an immigration bill can succeed this year, saying it must boost border security and rewrite the legal system, but also must give illegal immigrants a definite path to citizenship. Published April 30, 2013

** FILE ** Then President-elect Barack Obama checks his BlackBerry in St. Louis.

Feds hide behind potential text message loophole in sunshine law

The researcher who exposed former EPA chief Lisa P. Jackson's private email account is now taking aim at her potential successor — and is expanding the inquiry into the world of mobile phone text messages, which are shaping up as the next frontier in open-records legal battles. Published April 29, 2013

Air traffic control tower

FAA respite from sequester fuels budget fighting

The FAA ended its furloughs of air traffic controllers over the weekend and said the nation's enraged travelers, who had been caught in long delays at some major airports, should see things back to normal by Sunday night. Published April 28, 2013

** FILE ** Travelers stand in line at Los Angeles International Airport on Monday, April 22, 2013. (Associated Press)

Congress tells Obama to stop FAA furloughs

Moving with striking speed and overwhelming bipartisanship, Congress on Friday ordered President Obama to cancel the furloughs of air traffic controllers, making the second big dent in the budget sequesters. Published April 26, 2013

** FILE ** Former President George W. Bush speaks as President Obama listens during the dedication of the George W. Bush Presidential Center on Thursday, April 25, 2013, in Dallas. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez, Pool)

Bush's Millennium Challenge is still changing the developing world

It was far from his most expensive initiative, but it may end up being one of his most significant: The Millennium Challenge Corp., which President George W. Bush set up to push foreign countries to better govern themselves, has set a new standard for foreign aid. Published April 25, 2013