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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

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 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

Obama's economic message swamped by Syria

Facing a showdown with congressional Republicans on the federal budget this month, President Obama has seen his economic campaign for the middle class get swamped by media coverage of the crisis in Syria. Published September 2, 2013

President Obama meets with his national security staff in the Situation Room of the White House on Friday, Aug. 30, 2013, to discuss the situation in Syria. From left at the table are National Security Adviser Susan E. Rice, Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr., Secretary of State John F. Kerry and Vice President Joseph R. Biden. (White House Photo/Pete Souza)

In reversal, Obama to seek congressional OK for Syria strike

In a dramatic turnaround, President Obama said Saturday that he will wait for congressional authorization to punish Syria for a chemical weapons attack, even though he has decided a military strike is needed. Published August 31, 2013

** FILE ** President Obama speaks Aug. 22, 2013, at the University at Buffalo, the State University of New York. (Associated Press)

Obama proposes federal pay hike after 3-year freeze

At the start of the Labor Day weekend, President Obama proposed Friday to raise the pay of civilian federal employees by 1 percent, which would end a three-year freeze on their wages. Published August 30, 2013

President Barack Obama holds a National Security Council meeting in the Situation Room of the White House. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

Obama may go solo with Syria strike; U.S., British lawmakers voice opposition

President Obama and his top aides tried to rally support Thursday for retaliatory strikes in Syria, saying they remain convinced that the Assad regime used chemical weapons, but hopes for an international coalition took a major hit when the British Parliament voted against military action. Published August 29, 2013

** FILE ** B. Todd Jones, President Obama's nominee for director of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington on Tuesday, June 11, 2013, before the Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on his nomination. (Associated Press)

Obama issues new executive orders against guns

President Obama ordered two more executive actions Thursday to restrict guns, banning the re-importation of military surplus firearms to private entities and proposing a regulation that would close a loophole in background checks. Published August 29, 2013

** FILE ** President Obama speaks during a ceremony to award U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Ty M. Carter the Medal of Honor for conspicuous gallantry on Aug. 26, 2013, at the White House. (Associated Press)

Obama: I haven't made a decision about Syria

President Obama said Wednesday the U.S. has concluded that the Syrian government carried out a large-scale chemical weapons attack against civilians last week, but he still has not decided what action to take against the nation. Published August 28, 2013

President Obama speaks on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial in Washington on Aug. 28, 2013, during a ceremony to commemorate the 50th Anniversary of the 1963 March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom. (Associated Press)

Obama uses Martin Luther King speech to call for middle-class justice

Standing on the spot where the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. famously urged Americans not to judge one another by the color of their skin, President Obama said Wednesday that Americans must use the example of the civil rights marchers of 50 years ago to press for his brand of economic justice for the middle class. Published August 28, 2013

**FILE** President Obama makes a statement to the media from his rental vacation home in Chilmark Mass., on the island of Martha's Vineyard on Aug. 15, 2013. (Associated Press)

Obama promises mayors unilateral action on guns

Stymied by Congress in his gun control efforts, President Obama told a group of big-city mayors Tuesday that he would take more executive actions to reduce gun violence. Published August 27, 2013

President Obama speaks in the East Room of the White House in Washington, Wednesday, July 31, 2013. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

Obama struggles to justify Syria attack to skeptical Americans, Congress

The White House on Tuesday began to lay out a public justification for a possible bombing of Syria, saying the nation's use of chemical weapons is a threat to U.S. interests — a scenario that opens the door to military strikes that wouldn't require authorization from Congress or the United Nations. Published August 27, 2013

In this citizen journalism image which has been authenticated based on its contents and other AP reporting, Syrians inspect the rubble of damaged buildings due to heavy shelling by Syrian government forces in Aleppo, Syria, on Aug. 26, 2013. (Associated Press/Aleppo Media Center)

Obama already missed chance on Syria: Analysts

As President Obama weighs a military response to Syria's purported use of chemical weapons, some observers say the administration's best chance for effective intervention has already passed. Published August 26, 2013

** FILE ** Former Illinois Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. (center) leaves a D.C. federal court on Aug. 14, 2013, after being sentenced to 30 months in prison for stealing money from his own campaign. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)

Former congressman Jesse Jackson Jr. gets 30 months in prison

Former Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr., son of the prominent civil rights activist, was sentenced Wednesday to 30 months in federal prison for spending $750,000 in campaign funds on luxury personal items such as mink capes and a gold-plated Rolex watch. Published August 14, 2013

President Barack Obama tees off while golfing at Vineyard Golf Club in Edgartown, Mass., on the island of Martha's Vineyard Wednesday, Aug. 14, 2013. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)

Obama plays golf as White House condemns Egypt violence

While President Obama played golf again on vacation, the White House criticized the latest crackdown in Egypt on Wednesday, saying violence between government forces and protesters will make it more difficult for the interim government to shift to a democracy. Published August 14, 2013

President Obama speaks at a news conference in the East Room at the White House in Washington on Friday, Aug. 9, 2013. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)

Obama's 'soft power' policy in a world of hurt

President Obama's foreign policy strategy of "soft power" and reliance on international organizations is suffering setbacks around the globe this year, including from Egypt, Syria, Russia and China. Published August 13, 2013