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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

Articles by Dave Boyer

President Obama is pushing Congress to grant him fast-track trade authority, which would allow him to independently negotiate trade deals and then bring them to Congress for an up-or-down vote without amendments or filibuster. (Associated Press)

Obama says Elizabeth Warren, other liberals 'wrong' on free trade

President Obama said Tuesday that liberal critics, including Sen. Elizabeth Warren, are wrong about the negative impact of his massive proposed free trade deal with Pacific Rim nations, and he called on Congress to give him the power to negotiate the agreement swiftly. Published April 21, 2015

House Veterans' Affairs Committee Chairman Rep. Jeff Miller, R-Fla., conveys a message he reads from his mobile phone to witness, Veterans Affairs Secretary Robert McDonald, on Capitol Hill in Washington on Feb. 11, 2015. Miller on March 16, accused the inspector general and other officials at the Department of Veterans Affairs of withholding reports from his panel, despite pledges to be transparent. (Associated Press) **FILE**

House chairman blasts VA relocation payments as 'scheme'

The chairman of a House committee called Tuesday for the Department of Veterans Affairs to end its "outrageous scheme" for relocating highly paid executives after learning of the agency's itemized breakdown of its $288,000 "relocation" payment for the new director of the VA's beleaguered Philadelphia office. Published April 21, 2015

A patient walks down a hallway at the Fayetteville Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Fayetteville, N.C., on March 11, 2015. The VA hospital is one of the most backed-up facilities in the country. (Associated Press) **FILE**

VA official defends 'flawed' orders on falsifying dates on claims

A top Veterans Affairs official said Monday that the Philadelphia VA office was the only one in the nation to "misinterpret" a memo from headquarters in 2013 that resulted in employees falsifying the dates on veterans' benefit claims to make it appear the VA was handling claims in a timely fashion. Published April 20, 2015

Philadelphia VA employees who cooked books not reprimanded

The Department of Veterans Affairs said Monday it has not decided whether to discipline any employees after a government watchdog's investigation found managers in the agency's Philadelphia office cooked the books to make it appear veterans' benefits claims were being handled promptly. Published April 20, 2015

Democrats undermine Obama on free trade

Democrats are "overwhelmingly" opposed to both fast-track trade authority and to the Asian trade deal the administration is negotiating, exposing doubts about President Obama from within his own ranks — and an ever-shrinking number of lawmakers even willing to be persuaded by him. Published April 19, 2015

President Barack Obama listened as Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi speaks during their news conference in the East Room of the White House in Washington, Friday, April 17, 2015. The leaders discussed Europe's economy, a pending trade pact between the U.S. and Europe, climate change and energy security.(AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

Obama downplays timing of Iran nuke sanctions

President Obama said Friday his "main concern" in lifting sanctions against Iran is the ability to restore the penalties quickly if Tehran violates the framework deal to curb its nuclear program, saying he's less worried about how those sanctions are lifted at the start. Published April 17, 2015

President Barack Obama listens as Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi speaks during their joint news conference in the East Room of the White House in Washington, Friday, April 17, 2015. The leaders discussed Europe's economy, a pending trade pact between the U.S. and Europe, climate change and energy security.(AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

Italy downplays, Obama mum on drowned Christian migrants

The prime minister of Italy, with President Obama at his side, downplayed reports Friday that Christian migrants were targeted for death by Muslims who threw them overboard and drowned them in the Mediterranean Sea during a recent crossing from Libya. Published April 17, 2015

President Obama speaks to the media before signing the bill H.R. 2 Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015 in the Rose Garden of the White House in Washington, Thursday, April 16, 2015. (Associated Press)

Obama signs law on Medicare physician payments

In a rare move, President Obama signed a law Thursday in a Rose Garden ceremony, giving his approval to bipartisan legislation to change the way Medicare pays doctors. Published April 16, 2015

Drug Enforcement Administration Administrator Michele Leonhart speaks in Arlington, Va., on July 26, 2012. (Associated Press) **FILE**

White House mum on DEA chief's future

The White House refused to say Thursday whether President Obama still has confidence in Drug Enforcement Administration head Michele Leonhart after allegations that DEA agents attended cartel-funded sex parties in Colombia. Published April 16, 2015

Vice President Joe Biden speaks to the University of Notre Dame Leaders Symposium, Tuesday, April 14, 2015, at the Ritz Carlton in Washington. (AP Photo/Molly Riley)

Joe Biden places unexpected call to Iowa man

Vice President Joseph R. Biden isn't campaigning in Iowa against Hillary Rodham Clinton, but he's not above making an impromptu phone call to the key caucus state. Published April 16, 2015