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Stephen Dinan

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

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In this image from Senate TV, Vice President Kamala Harris sits in the chair on the Senate floor to cast the tie-breaking vote, her first, Friday, Feb. 5, 2021 at the Capitol in Washington. The Senate early Friday approved a budget resolution that paves the way for fast-track passage of President Joe Biden's $1.9 trillion coronavirus relief plan without support from Republicans. (Senate TV via AP)

House gives final OK to budget

House Democrats gave final approval Friday to a new federal budget for fiscal year 2021, moving with striking speed on a version that cleared the Senate just hours earlier. Published February 5, 2021

In this July 31, 2019, file photo, migrants return to Mexico, using the Puerta Mexico bridge that crosses the Rio Grande river in Matamoros, Mexico, on the border with Brownsville, Texas. A federal judge on Tuesday, Jan. 26, 2021, barred the U.S. government from enforcing a 100-day deportation moratorium that is a key immigration priority of President Joe Biden. (AP Photo/Emilio Espejel, File)

EXCLUSIVE: Memo details DHS strategy to cancel cooperation deals with states

The Biden Homeland Security Department has concluded that eight agreements signed by the Trump administration giving states and localities a stake in federal immigration enforcement are "void, not binding and unenforceable," and is moving to cancel them as quickly as possible, according to a memo seen by The Washington Times. Published February 5, 2021

Sen. Bernie Sanders, D-Vt., questions former Gov. Jennifer Granholm, D-Mich., as she testifies before the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee during a hearing to examine her nomination to be Secretary of Energy, Wednesday, Jan. 27, 2021 on Capitol Hill in Washington. (Graeme Jennings/Pool via AP)

Dems close in on $1.9 trillion COVID-19 stimulus despite GOP speedbumps

Senate Democrats were pushing toward approval overnight Thursday of a budget to clear the way for President Biden's $1.9 trillion coronavirus package, but not before the GOP forced them to take tough votes on blocking illegal immigrants getting stimulus checks and making school bailout money contingent on reopening classes. Published February 4, 2021

President Donald Trump speaks at a rally Wednesday, Jan. 6, 2021, in Washington. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

House impeachment team demands Trump testify

The Democratic impeachment managers sent a letter Thursday demanding that former President Donald Trump appear and testify as part of the upcoming impeachment trial in the Senate, and said if he refuses it will be evidence of his guilt. Published February 4, 2021

In this June 22, 2016, file photo, Border Patrol agent Eduardo Olmos walks near the secondary fence separating Tijuana, Mexico, background, and San Diego in San Diego. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull, File)

Biden thwarts the law with border wall halt: House GOP

Republicans on the House Oversight Committee demanded an explanation Thursday from the new Homeland Security secretary about President Biden's order to stop border wall construction, saying it "thwarts the will of Congress," which just approved nearly $1.4 billion in new money for the project. Published February 4, 2021

In this Wednesday, Jan. 27, 2021, file photo, President Joe Biden speaks in the State Dining Room of the White House in Washington. Biden has extended the interest-free payment pause for most federal student loan borrowers through Sept. 30. But after that break ends, paying $0 may still be a necessity for some borrowers. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci, File)

Biden defies economists, boosts Democrats with $1,400 checks demand

President Biden held firm Wednesday on his demand for direct payments of up to $1,400 to millions of Americans in any coronavirus package, bolstering Democrats' negotiating hand on Capitol Hill but defying economists who said the cash isn't the best way to stimulate the economy. Published February 3, 2021

In this Jan. 12, 2021, photo, President Donald Trump tours a section of the U.S.-Mexico border wall in Alamo, Texas. During the Trump administration's final weeks, the Department of Homeland Security quietly signed agreements with at least four states that threaten to temporarily derail President Joe Biden's efforts to undo his predecessor's immigration policies. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon) **FILE**

Supreme Court cancels hearing on border wall

The Supreme Court on Wednesday canceled two upcoming hearings on the border wall and another Trump administration immigration policy, granting the Biden team's request for the matters to be shelved for now. Published February 3, 2021