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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

Joyce Brody (right) joins anti-war activists at a rally for peace outside the offices of Rep. Adam B. Schiff, California Democrat and a member of the intelligence committee, to urge him to vote against a military strike on Syria. (Associated Press)

With a diplomatic plan for Syria, Russia outshines U.S. in Mideast

Just a month after canceling a meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin over behavior that President Obama characterized as childish, the White House said Wednesday that the U.S. is counting on Russia's "prestige" to deliver a diplomatic solution to avert a military attack on Syria. Published September 11, 2013

President Obama addresses the nation in a live televised speech from the East Room of the White House in Washington on Tuesday, Sept. 10, 2013. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci, Pool)

Obama asks Congress to delay Syria vote, give diplomacy a chance to work

President Obama and his Western allies faced off against Russia on the international stage Tuesday, battling over how exactly to force Syria to turn over its chemical weapons, even as the president pleaded with Congress to give him time to see the diplomatic efforts through. Published September 10, 2013

Russian President Vladimir Putin speaks at his meeting with elected region leaders in the Novo-Ogaryovo residence outside Moscow on Sept. 10, 2013. (Associated Press/RIA-Novosti, Mikhail Klimentyev, Presidential Press Service)

Putin: Obama must back off for Syria plan to work

Russian President Vladimir Putin said Tuesday that his government's plan to have Syria turn over chemical weapons will only work if President Obama calls off his plans for military strikes — something the White House has rejected. Published September 10, 2013

Anti-war activists march down Pennsylvania Avenue to voice opposition to proposed U.S. involvement in the Syrian civil war. (Andrew S. Geraci/The Washington Times)

Obama edges toward Russian plan for Syria to turn over chemical weapons

Facing overwhelming opposition from the public and fears in Congress that he lacks a sound military plan, President Obama backed away Monday night from his proposed missile strike against Syria and said he would pursue a Russian proposal to put Syria's chemical weapons under international control. Published September 9, 2013

** FILE ** U.S. President Barack Obama, front row center, smiles during a group photo of G-20 leaders outside of the Konstantin Palace in St. Petersburg, Russia on Friday, Sept. 6, 2013. Front row left to right, Mexico's President Enrique Pena Nieto, Brazil's President Dilma Rousseff and Indonesia's President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono. (AP Photo/Ivan Sekretarev)

Brazilian leader says Obama contrite over U.S. spying

The president of Brazil said Friday that President Obama has taken responsibility for the U.S. spying on her, and that Mr. Obama has promised to provide a written explanation to the Brazilian government for the surveillance by next week. Published September 6, 2013

** FILE ** Russia's President Vladimir Putin speaks during a media conference after a G-20 summit in St. Petersburg, Russia on Friday, Sept. 6, 2013. (AP Photo/Alexander Zemlianichenko)

Obama, Putin discuss Syria on G-20 sidelines

President Obama met privately with Russian President Vladimir Putin Friday in the midst of their public dispute over how to respond to a chemical weapons attack in Syria. Published September 6, 2013

**FILE** President Obama meets with Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff on April 9, 2012, in the Oval Office of the White House. (Associated Press)

U.S. spying reports spark Brazilian fury

In the latest sign of worldwide anger over U.S. spying, the president of Brazil on Thursday canceled a trip to Washington by a team of aides who were to prepare the way for her official state visit to the White House next month. Published September 5, 2013

U.S. President Barack Obama, right, and Swedish Prime Minister Fredrik Reinfeldt, left, converse during their bilateral meeting at the Rosenbad Building, Wednesday, Sept. 4, 2013, in Stockholm, Sweden. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

Stockholm Syndrome: Obama lavishes praise on Sweden

Blocked at home on his progressive agenda, President Obama traveled Wednesday to a land where he said he'd blend right in politically — Sweden, one of the world's most developed welfare states. Published September 4, 2013

President Obama gestures during a press conference at Rosenbad, the Swedish government building, in Stockholm on Wednesday, Sept. 4, 2013. Mr. Obama is visiting Sweden at the invitation of Prime Minister Fredrik Reinfeldt ahead of the G-20 summit in St. Petersburg. (AP Photo/Frank Augstein)

Obama defends Russia 'reset' despite strained ties with Putin

As he headed for a summit in Russia, President Obama on Wednesday defended his "reset" with Moscow and declared it a success in spite of high-profile setbacks dealt his administration by Russian President Vladimir Putin. Published September 4, 2013

President Obama met with National Security Adviser Susan E. Rice (left) and House Speaker John A. Boehner, Ohio Republican, in the Cabinet Room of the White House on Tuesday before meeting with members of Congress to discuss Syria and a proposed military strike. (ASSOCIATED PRESS)

Likely chilly reception from Putin awaits Obama

There might be a worse time for President Obama to leave the U.S., or a worse destination for him than Russia, but at the moment it's hard to imagine an uglier combination of circumstances for presidential travel. Published September 3, 2013

President Obama, flanked by House Speaker John Boehner (left), Ohio Republican, and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, California Democrat, speaks to media in the Cabinet Room of the White House on Sept. 3, 2013, before a meeting with members of Congress to discuss the situation in Syria. (Associated Press)

Obama lobbies Congress, defends plan for Syria strike

Meeting with top lawmakers at the White House, President Obama on Tuesday morning defended his plan for a "proportional" response against the regime of Syrian President Bashar Assad and pledged to continue working with Congress to achieve at least some level of consensus on military action. Published September 3, 2013