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Dave Boyer

Dave Boyer

Dave Boyer is a White House correspondent for The Washington Times. A native of Allentown, Pa., Boyer worked for the Philadelphia Inquirer from 2002 to 2011 and also has covered Congress for the Times. He is a graduate of Penn State University. Boyer can be reached at dboyer@washingtontimes.com.

Articles by Dave Boyer

The seal affixed to the front of the Department of Veterans Affairs building in Washington is seen here on June 21, 2013. (Associated Press) ** FILE **

Acting VA boss in Philly tried to cash in on psychic 'readings'

A manager in the Philadelphia Veterans' Affairs office misused her position to compel employees to pay for psychic "readings" by the wife of a VA colleague, who failed to report the income on his tax returns, a government watchdog said Thursday. Published May 28, 2015

As fresh doubts emerged about the Veterans Affairs hospital in Phoenix, Republicans renewed criticism of President Obama and VA Secretary Robert McDonald for failing to improve benefits for veterans. (Associated Press)

Troubles persist at Phoenix VA a year after phony wait times scandal

A year after the scandal over phony wait times at the Phoenix Veterans Affairs hospital exposed widespread problems in the agency nationwide, employees say troubles at the Arizona facility are still rampant, including whistleblower retaliation, neglect of suicidal veterans and suspected fraud in overtime pay. Published May 28, 2015

President Barack Obama listens as NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg speaks to members of the media during their meeting, Tuesday, May 26, 2015, in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

Obama's Asia trade deal faces mounting opposition in House

After a victory in the Senate, President Obama's push for a huge free-trade deal with Asia faces a higher hurdle in the House, where an unusual coalition of conservative Republicans and liberal Democrats oppose granting him more executive power. Published May 26, 2015

Vice President Joe Biden talks with Iraq's Prime Minister Haider Al-Abadi during a session of the U.S.-Iraq Higher Coordinating Committee, Thursday, April 16, 2015, in the Indian Treaty Room of the Eisenhower Executive Office Building on the White House complex in Washington. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh) ** FILE **

Joe Biden tries to smooth over tensions with Baghdad

As tensions mount between the Obama administration and Baghdad over the quality of Iraqi security forces, Vice President Joseph R. Biden tried to reassure Iraq's prime minister Monday that the U.S. stands behind the Iraqi government in its battle with the Islamic State. Published May 25, 2015

FILE - In this May 5, 2015 file photo, Senate Majority Leader Sen. Mitch McConnell of Ky. walks to his office on Capitol Hill in Washington. Supporters of President Barack Obama’s trade agenda hope to fend off hostile Senate amendments Friday, May 22, 2015, and send a major trade bill to the House, where another fierce debate awaits.  Legislation to renew the Patriot Act is also on the calendar, as is a bill to renew authority to commit federal funds for highway and bridge construction. McConnell is intent on keeping the anti-terrorism Patriot Act from lapsing while Republicans control the House and Senate. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci, File)

Fight over NSA snooping, Patriot Act goes down to wire

Senators on Friday raced their own holiday-imposed deadline for preserving key Patriot Act powers, with Democrats accusing Republican leaders of trying to force a choice between having to back the NSA's controversial bulk collection powers or else letting other wiretapping and lone-wolf terrorism tools expire. Published May 22, 2015

President Obama is pressing for fast-track powers now so that he can finalize an Asian trade deal, the Trans-Pacific Partnership, that he's negotiating with 11 other countries. A European trade deal could also be on the horizon. (Associated Press)

Senate averts trade filibuster, delivers big win to Obama in fast-track fight

Braving their party's liberal wing, pro-trade Democrats joined Republicans on Thursday to head off a filibuster and put the Senate on course to approve fast-track trade negotiating powers for President Obama, delivering an impressive win on the White House's biggest domestic priority. Published May 21, 2015

President Barack Obama waves as he walks across the South Lawn to the White House from Marine One, Wednesday, May 20, 2015, in Washington, as he returns from Connecticut where he delivered the commencement address at the United States Coast Guard Academy and attended a Democratic National Committee event. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

Obama highlights Tunisia as Arab success story

In a meeting Thursday with the newly elected leader of Tunisia, President Obama pledged that the U.S. will work to "stabilize" Libya so that Islamist extremists won't further threaten the fledgling democracy in Tunis. Published May 21, 2015

The Defense Department needlessly built a $36 million command facility in Afghanistan, a watchdog group claims. (www.sigar.mil)

Watchdog faults Pentagon for $36M white elephant in Afghanistan

A government watchdog said Wednesday that the Defense Department squandered $36 million to build a single command facility in Afghanistan that was never used, and recommended disciplinary action against three officers for their roles in the boondoggle. Published May 20, 2015

House Speaker John Boehner of Ohio listens during a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, May 13, 2015. The House debates and votes for final passage on NSA Surveillance legislation, known as the USA Freedom Act. The measure seeks to codify President Barack Obama's proposal to end the NSA's collection of domestic calling records. It would allow the agency to request certain records held by the telephone companies under a court order in terrorism investigations. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

John Boehner: Obama VA has left veterans 'to die'

House Speaker John A. Boehner said Wednesday that the Obama administration hasn't fired enough people in the wake of last year's veterans health-care scandal, and said it's up to the president to come up with a real plan to fix the VA. Published May 20, 2015

Police officers arrive to the funeral of Officer Wenjian Liu in the Brooklyn borough of New York, Sunday, Jan. 4, 2015. Liu and his partner, officer Rafael Ramos, were killed Dec. 20, 2014, as they sat in their patrol car on a Brooklyn street. The shooter, Ismaaiyl Brinsley, later killed himself. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig) ** FILE **

Obama signs law creating police alert system

President Obama signed legislation Tuesday establishing a "blue alert" system to warn police officers more quickly about threats to themselves and other law-enforcement officials. Published May 19, 2015

"ISIL did succeed in eventually overrunning Ramadi, and that's an indication that would be a setback," White House press secretary Josh Earnest said Tuesday. "Are we going to light our hair on fire every time that there is a setback in the campaign against ISIL? That doesn't mean that the strategy needs to be discarded. It also may mean re-evaluating in some areas where the strategy isn't working as intended and needs to be upgraded. We've seen there are no quick fixes." (Associated Press)

Obama insists Islamic State strategy working as spokesman admits tweaks

The White House insisted Tuesday that President Obama's strategy for defeating the Islamic State is succeeding, though a spokesman acknowledged they regularly discuss tweaks, as the terrorist group recaptured a key Iraqi city this weekend and established a new base in Libya. Published May 19, 2015

Emergency personnel walk near the scene of a deadly train wreck, Wednesday, May 13, 2015, in Philadelphia. Federal investigators arrived Wednesday to determine why an Amtrak train jumped the tracks in Tuesday night's fatal accident. (AP Photo/Mel Evans)

'My Philly Lawyer' already soliciting Amtrak crash victims

Dean Weitzman, managing partner of the Philadelphia firm Silvers, Langsam & Weitzman, P.C., who also goes by the name "My Philly Lawyer," sent out a press release Wednesday afternoon touting his availability "to provide representation for victims and injured persons in last night's Amtrak derailment in North Philadelphia." Published May 13, 2015

President Obama points to the audience as he departs after speaking at the Catholic-Evangelical Leadership Summit on Overcoming Poverty at Gaston Hall at Georgetown University in Washington on May 12, 2015. (Associated Press)

House Democrats mount opposition to Obama trade deal

A day after Senate Democrats dealt an embarrassing setback to President Obama on free trade, House Democrats said Wednesday they are also gaining momentum to stop the administration's proposed deal. Published May 13, 2015

Emergency personnel work the scene of a deadly train wreck, Tuesday, May 12, 2015, in Philadelphia. An Amtrak train headed to New York City derailed and crashed in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/ Joseph Kaczmarek)

Commuter train struck minutes before Amtrak crash

Minutes before a deadly Amtrak derailment in Philadelphia, a local commuter train was halted in the same train corridor by a projectile that went through the engineer's window. Published May 13, 2015

President Barack Obama points to the audience as he departs after speaking at the Catholic-Evangelical Leadership Summit on Overcoming Poverty at Gaston Hall at Georgetown University in Washington, Tuesday, May 12, 2015.  The president said that "it's a mistake" to think efforts to stamp out poverty have failed and the government is powerless to address it.  (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

White House threatens veto on defense bill

The White House issued a veto threat Tuesday night on the annual House defense policy bill, citing objections to sequestration spending levels and lawmakers' refusal to close the Guantanamo Bay terrorist detention center. Published May 12, 2015

Sen. Elizabeth Warren, Massachusetts Democrat, shot back at President Obama a day after he said she was "wrong on this." Ms. Warren said if the trade deal the president is negotiating with Pacific nations is as good for Americans as the president says, he should make the agreement public now. (Associated Press)

Progressive group blasts Obama on free trade

A progressive group blasted President Obama Tuesday for being tougher on liberal Sen. Elizabeth Warren than he is on Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell over free trade. Published May 12, 2015