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Stephen Dinan

Stephen Dinan

Stephen Dinan can be reached at sdinan@washingtontimes.com.

Articles by Stephen Dinan

Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., leaves the Capitol at the conclusion of the second day of the second impeachment trial of former President Donald Trump, on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, Feb. 10, 2021. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)

Bernie Sanders' $15 minimum wage push gets budgetary boost from CBO

The Congressional Budget Office has given a boost to Sen. Bernard Sanders' push to use the budget process to raise the federal minimum wage to $15 an hour with a new analysis Monday showing the move would have significant effects throughout the federal fiscal picture. Published February 15, 2021

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi of Calif., with impeachment managers Rep. Eric Swalwell, D-Calif., and Rep. Joe Neguse, D-Colo., speaks to members of the media during a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington, after the U.S. Senate voted not guilty, to acquit former President Donald Trump of inciting riot at U.S. Capitol, ending impeachment trial, Saturday, Feb. 13, 2021. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)

Pelosi announces '9/11-type' commission to probe Capitol attack

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said Monday she will create a "9/11-type" commission to investigate last month's attack on the U.S. Capitol, saying the country needs a full account of what went wrong if it is to regain its sense of security. Published February 15, 2021

In this Aug. 30, 2019, file photo, migrants, many of whom were returned to Mexico under the Trump administration's "Remain in Mexico" policy, wait in line to get a meal in an encampment near the Gateway International Bridge in Matamoros, Mexico. The Biden administration on Friday, Feb. 12, 2021, announced plans for tens of thousands of asylum-seekers waiting in Mexico for their next immigration court hearings to be released in the United States while their cases proceed. (AP Photo/Veronica G. Cardenas, File)  **FILE**

DHS will admit 25,000 migrants waiting in Mexico

Homeland Security will allow tens of thousands of migrants who'd been mired for months in Mexico into the U.S. starting at the end of this week, erasing a Trump-era policy and sparking new worries over risks of coronavirus infections. Published February 12, 2021

The Capitol is seen behind reinforced barricades as the second impeachment trial of former President Donald Trump begins in the Senate in Washington, Tuesday, Feb. 9, 2021. Trump was charged by the House with incitement of insurrection for his role in agitating a violent mob of his supporters that laid siege to the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6, and sent members of Congress into hiding as they met to validate President Joe Biden's victory. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

Lawyer warns Black workers would be harmed by Democrats' immigration plan

Hiking the minimum wage at the same time Congress is pondering granting legal status to 11 million undocumented immigrants would create a vortex of misfortune for Black workers, and particularly Black men, a member of the U.S. Civil Rights Commission told Congress on Thursday. Published February 11, 2021

President Joe Biden speaks during a meeting with lawmakers on investments in infrastructure, in the Oval Office of the White House, Thursday, Feb. 11, 2021, in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

Federal deficit pegged at $2.3 trillion this year: CBO

Even after the coronavirus pandemic is behind it, the federal government will run massive deficits for the next decade, the Congressional Budget Office said Thursday, underscoring the deep fiscal hole facing President Biden even before his new round of COVID-19 spending. Published February 11, 2021

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi of Calif. walks to the House Chamber on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, Feb. 4, 2021. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

GOP demands Pelosi pay fine for bypassing metal detectors

Republicans demanded Thursday that House Speaker Nancy Pelosi pay a $5,000 fine for bypassing the metal detectors around the House chamber last week, saying "multiple" lawmakers saw her break her own new rules. Published February 11, 2021

Sen. Tom Carper, D-Del., right, listens as President Joe Biden speaks during a meeting with lawmakers on investments in infrastructure, in the Oval Office of the White House, Thursday, Feb. 11, 2021, in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

Biden rescinds national emergency declaration at U.S.-Mexico border

President Biden on Thursday officially informed Congress that he has revoked the previous administration's national emergency declaration for the border, recapturing Pentagon money that President Trump had diverted toward border wall construction. Published February 11, 2021

This June 21, 2013, file photo, shows the seal affixed to the front of the Department of Veterans Affairs building in Washington. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak, File)  ** FILE **

VA doctors harvested liver tissue from sick vets without consent: OSC

Doctors on a Veterans Affairs research project harvested liver tissue from sick veterans without their consent, breaking the department's own rules and placing the patients themselves "at serious risk," the government's top whistleblower watchdog agency said in a report to President Biden this week. Published February 10, 2021

Vice President Kamala Harris listens as President Joe Biden speaks about the economy in the State Dinning Room of the White House, Friday, Feb. 5, 2021, in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

Biden push to raise minimum wage to $15 would kill 1.4 million jobs: CBO

Raising the federal minimum wage to $15 an hour would lift nearly 1 million people out of poverty but would leave even more people without any job at all, the Congressional Budget Office said in a new analysis Monday that deals another blow to President Biden's demand for a wage hike in the next coronavirus relief bill. Published February 8, 2021