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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

People are reflected in a window of the house of former South African President Nelson Mandela in Soweto on June 28, 2013. Members of Mandela's family as well as South African Cabinet ministers have visited the hospital where the 94-year-old former president is critically ill. (Associated Press)

Obama: Not seeking 'photo-op' with ailing Mandela

En route to South Africa, President Obama said Friday he doesn't need a "photo-op" with gravely ill civil-rights icon Nelson Mandela and isn't sure whether he will visit him. Published June 28, 2013

Obama hasn't spoken with Chinese or Russian leaders about Snowden

President Obama said Thursday that he had not yet spoken to Chinese President Xi Jinping or Russian President Vladimir Putin about the U.S. request to extradite confessed NSA leaker Edward Snowden, even though he is concerned that the fugitive might reveal more top-secret information about U.S. surveillance programs. Published June 27, 2013

U.S. President Barack Obama waves as he poses for a picture alongside U.S. First Lady Michelle Obama, second right, Senegalese President Macky Sall, right, and Senegalese First Lady Mariame Faye Sall at the presidential palace in Dakar, Senegal, Thursday, June 27, 2013. (AP Photo/Rebecca Blackwell)

Obama's call for tolerance of gays gets cold shoulder in Africa

A day after the Supreme Court granted victories to same-sex couples in the U.S., President Obama's visit to Africa got off to a rough start when his call for tolerance of gays on the continent was rebuffed publicly by the president of Senegal, where homosexuality is a crime. Published June 27, 2013

Gay rights supporters celebrate outside the Supreme Court in Washington on June 26, 2013, after the court struck down a federal provision denying benefits to legally married gay couples. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)

Obama praises Supreme Court's gay marriage rulings

President Obama Wednesday hailed the Supreme Court's ruling that struck down the federal Defense of Marriage Act, and immediately ordered Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. to ensure that federal benefits are available to gay couples affected by the decision. Published June 26, 2013

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Obama renominates top two at Joint Chiefs

Keeping two uniformed military leaders on a national security team in flux, President Obama said Wednesday he will renominate Gen. Martin E. Dempsey as chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and Adm. James A. Winnefeld Jr. as vice chairman. Published June 26, 2013

**FILE** Acting IRS commissioner Danny Werfel testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington on June 6, 2013. (Associated Press)

IRS report: We weren't politically pressured; new chief halts screening criteria

In another damaging revelation, the new head of the Internal Revenue Service said Monday that an internal probe had uncovered more instances of agents using "inappropriate" political lists to single out tax-exempt applications for extra scrutiny, and he acknowledged that the practice went on far longer than previously reported. Published June 24, 2013

U.S. President Barack Obama and German Chancellor Angela Merkel meet during their joint news conference at the Chancellery in Berlin, Germany, Wednesday, June 19, 2013. Obama will renew his call to reduce the world's nuclear stockpiles, including a proposed one-third reduction in U.S. and Russian arsenals, a senior administration official said. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

In Germany, Merkel has blunt words for Obama on right to privacy

President Obama, the former college lecturer on constitutional law, got a lecture on privacy rights Wednesday from German Chancellor Angela Merkel and faced tough questions from the German press about his perceived failure to be less warlike after winning the Nobel Peace Prize. Published June 19, 2013

**FILE** President Obama answers questions during a conference in the Brady Press Briefing Room of the White House in Washington on April 30, 2013. (Associated Press)

Obama stumbles defending security programs

President Obama has had difficulty finding his footing and has been late to the game in defending federal intelligence surveillance programs as a valuable weapon for thwarting terrorist plots, national security analysts say. Published June 18, 2013

** FILE ** President Obama (Associated Press)

Obama, European chiefs discuss Syria

The White House said Saturday that President Obama spoke with several European heads of state about the civil war in Syria, as they prepare to meet Monday for a Group of Eight conference. Published June 15, 2013

** FILE ** In front of a portrait of the late Iranian revolutionary founder Ayatollah Khomeini, presidential candidate Hasan Rowhani, a former top nuclear negotiator, center, gestures to his supporters at a rally in Tehran, Iran, Saturday, June 1, 2013.

White House congratulates Iranians on new president

The White House congratulated Iranians Saturday on the election of a more moderate president and said the Obama administration "remains ready" to hold direct talks with Tehran over its suspected nuclear weapons program. Published June 15, 2013

** FILE ** Joseph R. Biden. (Associated Press)

Biden: Cruz, Paul 'control' the GOP

Vice President Joseph R. Biden is urging Democrats to donate money for the 2014 election because, he said, Republican Sens. Rand Paul of Kentucky and Ted Cruz of Texas "control" the GOP. Published June 15, 2013

**FILE** President Obama answers questions during a conference in the Brady Press Briefing Room of the White House in Washington on April 30, 2013. (Associated Press)

White House defends high bills for Africa trip

President Obama is under fire for the price of the first family's upcoming weeklong trip to Africa, which could cost taxpayers as much as $100 million at a time of federal budget cuts and furloughs. Published June 14, 2013