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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

**FILE** David M. Walker, president and chief executive officer of the Peter G. Peterson Foundation (The Washington Times)

‘Truth … in between’ on raising debt ceiling

In the renewed battle over raising the nation's borrowing limit, President Obama says the government must take on more debt unconditionally to pay for the bills that Congress has racked up, while congressional Republicans counter that spending cuts must be included to break what they say is a ruinous cycle of endless borrowing. Published January 10, 2013

Pressure from gays pushes pastor off inaugural agenda

The pastor chosen to deliver the benediction at President Obama's inauguration withdrew from the ceremony Thursday after gay-rights groups complained that he once referred to homosexuality as a "sin." Published January 10, 2013

President Obama (right) and his chief of staff, Jack Lew, confer. Mr. Lew, who previously served as the president's Office of Management and Budget chief, is said to be under consideration for Treasury secretary. (Associated Press)

Obama to nominate Lew for Treasury post

President Obama will announce Thursday afternoon his nomination of White House Chief of Staff Jack Lew to serve as Treasury secretary, a White House official confirmed. Published January 10, 2013

President Obama shakes hands with Sen. John F. Kerry, Massachusetts Democrat, the president's choice to be the next secretary of state, as he makes the announcement at the White House on Friday, Dec. 21, 2012. If Mr. Kerry is confirmed by his fellow senators, a special election will be held to fill his Senate seat. (Associated Press)

Questions abound as Obama restocks his Cabinet

President Obama will begin his second term with a much different leadership team than his first four years, with several of the key chairs in his Cabinet room yet to be filled. Published January 7, 2013

Outgoing Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta (center) greets acting CIA Director Michael J. Morell after attending a news conference at the White House on Monday, at which President Obama announced that he is nominating his deputy national security adviser for homeland security and counterterrorism and John O. Brennan (left) as the CIA chief. (Associated Press)

Nominations pick fight with GOP

Chuck Hagel faces a tough confirmation fight, but rejecting President Obama's pick to head the Pentagon would be an almost unprecedented act for the Senate, which has rarely rejected a Cabinet nominee chosen from within its own ranks. Published January 7, 2013

President Obama waves as he deplanes from Air Force One upon his arrival at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam in Honolulu, Hawaii, on Wednesday, Jan. 2, 2013. The president is back in Hawaii for vacation after a tense, end-of-the-new-year standoff with Congress over the "fiscal cliff." (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

Obama signs defense measure he once vowed to veto

Backing down on a threatened veto, President Obama signed into law a $633.3 billion defense bill with an attached statement in which he serves notice to Congress that he will interpret the law as he sees fit on issues ranging from the transfer of terrorism detainees to military chaplains' objections to the new policy on gay service members. Published January 3, 2013

**FILE** President Obama speaks at the South Court Auditorium at the White House in Washington on Dec. 31, 2012. (Associated Press)

Obama nominates 33 judicial picks, urges Senate to act

After a lackluster record of nominating judges in his first term, President Obama greeted the 113th Congress on Thursday by renominating 33 judicial candidates who failed to be confirmed in the last Congress. Published January 3, 2013

President Obama and Vice President Biden make a statement regarding the passage of the fiscal cliff bill in the Brady Press Briefing Room at the White House in Washington on Jan. 2, 2013. (Associated Press)

Tax hike deal: 
Obama's first 
or GOP’s last?

President Obama and congressional Republicans have learned sharply different lessons from the deal to avert the "fiscal cliff" as they prepare to battle again over the next two months on a series of budget deadlines that carry risks such as crippling defense cuts and a government default. Published January 2, 2013

President Obama smiles as he arrives in the Brady Press Briefing Room at the White House in Washington to make a statement regarding the passage of the "fiscal cliff" bill on Tuesday, Jan. 1, 2013. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)

Obama: More revenue needed after 'fiscal cliff' deal

Following the House vote that averted the "fiscal cliff" Tuesday night by raising taxes on the wealthy, President Obama warned lawmakers that he quickly will seek more tax revenue from high earners and corporations and that he won't bargain in an impending battle over raising the nation's borrowing limit. Published January 2, 2013

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid of Nevada leaves the White House in Washington, Friday, Dec. 28, 2012, after a closed-door meeting between President Barack Obama and congressional leaders to negotiate the framework for a deal on the fiscal cliff. (AP Photo/ Evan Vucci)

Senate leaders hopeful for last-minute 'fiscal cliff' deal

The top Democrat and Republican in the Senate emerged from a meeting at the White House Friday evening to say they are hopeful they can strike a last-minute deal to avert the tax increases and spending cuts looming in less than four days. Published December 28, 2012

President Obama watches workers during a Dec. 10, 2012, visit to the heavy duty engines line at the Daimler Detroit Diesel plant in Redford, Mich. (Associated Press)

Unions dream big for Obama’s 2nd term

When President Obama spoke out forcefully against Michigan's right-to-work law, it was a rare example of the president putting on public display his support of organized labor. Published December 26, 2012

President Obama pauses as he speaks to reporters about the "fiscal cliff" in the Brady Press Briefing Room at the White House in Washington on Friday, Dec. 21, 2012. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)

For Obama, veto isn't overriding concern

That yawn you heard was Congress reacting to another veto threat from President Obama, who has followed through on such threats only twice in his first term, both on relatively inconsequential bills. Published December 25, 2012

** FILE ** Sen. John Cornyn, Texas Republican (Associated Press)

Court filings surge in FOIA cases during Obama years

A study has found that more federal court complaints were filed during the first term of the Obama administration to force the government to abide by the Freedom of Information Act than were filed against the administration of President George W. Bush in his second term. Published December 24, 2012

President Obama pauses as he speaks to reporters about the "fiscal cliff" in the Brady Press Briefing Room at the White House in Washington on Friday, Dec. 21, 2012. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)

Obama announces new wave of proposed regulations

After taking criticism for missing an October deadline, the Obama administration Friday released its list of proposed government-wide regulations that it plans to consider in the next year. Published December 21, 2012

** FILE ** President Barack Obama arrives with first lady Michelle Obama, top, and daughters Malia, top left, and Sasha, bottom right, at Honolulu Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam in Honolulu, for the start of their holiday vacation, Saturday, Dec. 22, 2012. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)

Obama calls for fiscal deal, departs for Hawaii

A day after efforts to avert the fiscal cliff collapsed, President Obama said Friday that he again asked Republican and Democratic leaders in Congress to work out a deal on middle-class tax cuts and unemployment benefits that would prevent taxes for most Americans going up on Jan. 1. Published December 21, 2012

**FILE** U.N. Ambassador Susan E. Rice (center), listens as Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas speaks Nov. 29, 2012, during a meeting of the United Nations General Assembly prior to a vote on a resolution on the issue of upgrading the Palestinian Authority's status to non-member observer state at the United Nations headquarters. (Associated Press)

White House knocks McCain for Palin pick

Smarting over Senate Republicans' criticism of envoy Susan E. Rice that ended her chances of becoming secretary of state, the White House took an apparent swipe Friday at Sen. John McCain's pick of Sarah Palin as his vice-presidential running mate in 2008. Published December 14, 2012