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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 dboyer@washingtontimes.com.

Articles by Dave Boyer

House Speaker John Boehner of Ohio listens during a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, May 13, 2015. The House debates and votes for final passage on NSA Surveillance legislation, known as the USA Freedom Act. The measure seeks to codify President Barack Obama's proposal to end the NSA's collection of domestic calling records. It would allow the agency to request certain records held by the telephone companies under a court order in terrorism investigations. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

John Boehner: Obama VA has left veterans 'to die'

House Speaker John A. Boehner said Wednesday that the Obama administration hasn't fired enough people in the wake of last year's veterans health-care scandal, and said it's up to the president to come up with a real plan to fix the VA. Published May 20, 2015

The Defense Department needlessly built a $36 million command facility in Afghanistan, a watchdog group claims. (www.sigar.mil)

Watchdog faults Pentagon for $36M white elephant in Afghanistan

A government watchdog said Wednesday that the Defense Department squandered $36 million to build a single command facility in Afghanistan that was never used, and recommended disciplinary action against three officers for their roles in the boondoggle. Published May 20, 2015

"ISIL did succeed in eventually overrunning Ramadi, and that's an indication that would be a setback," White House press secretary Josh Earnest said Tuesday. "Are we going to light our hair on fire every time that there is a setback in the campaign against ISIL? That doesn't mean that the strategy needs to be discarded. It also may mean re-evaluating in some areas where the strategy isn't working as intended and needs to be upgraded. We've seen there are no quick fixes." (Associated Press)

Obama insists Islamic State strategy working as spokesman admits tweaks

The White House insisted Tuesday that President Obama's strategy for defeating the Islamic State is succeeding, though a spokesman acknowledged they regularly discuss tweaks, as the terrorist group recaptured a key Iraqi city this weekend and established a new base in Libya. Published May 19, 2015

Police officers arrive to the funeral of Officer Wenjian Liu in the Brooklyn borough of New York, Sunday, Jan. 4, 2015. Liu and his partner, officer Rafael Ramos, were killed Dec. 20, 2014, as they sat in their patrol car on a Brooklyn street. The shooter, Ismaaiyl Brinsley, later killed himself. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig) ** FILE **

Obama signs law creating police alert system

President Obama signed legislation Tuesday establishing a "blue alert" system to warn police officers more quickly about threats to themselves and other law-enforcement officials. Published May 19, 2015

Emergency personnel walk near the scene of a deadly train wreck, Wednesday, May 13, 2015, in Philadelphia. Federal investigators arrived Wednesday to determine why an Amtrak train jumped the tracks in Tuesday night's fatal accident. (AP Photo/Mel Evans)

'My Philly Lawyer' already soliciting Amtrak crash victims

Dean Weitzman, managing partner of the Philadelphia firm Silvers, Langsam & Weitzman, P.C., who also goes by the name "My Philly Lawyer," sent out a press release Wednesday afternoon touting his availability "to provide representation for victims and injured persons in last night's Amtrak derailment in North Philadelphia." Published May 13, 2015

President Obama points to the audience as he departs after speaking at the Catholic-Evangelical Leadership Summit on Overcoming Poverty at Gaston Hall at Georgetown University in Washington on May 12, 2015. (Associated Press)

House Democrats mount opposition to Obama trade deal

A day after Senate Democrats dealt an embarrassing setback to President Obama on free trade, House Democrats said Wednesday they are also gaining momentum to stop the administration's proposed deal. Published May 13, 2015

Emergency personnel work the scene of a deadly train wreck, Tuesday, May 12, 2015, in Philadelphia. An Amtrak train headed to New York City derailed and crashed in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/ Joseph Kaczmarek)

Commuter train struck minutes before Amtrak crash

Minutes before a deadly Amtrak derailment in Philadelphia, a local commuter train was halted in the same train corridor by a projectile that went through the engineer's window. Published May 13, 2015

President Barack Obama points to the audience as he departs after speaking at the Catholic-Evangelical Leadership Summit on Overcoming Poverty at Gaston Hall at Georgetown University in Washington, Tuesday, May 12, 2015.  The president said that "it's a mistake" to think efforts to stamp out poverty have failed and the government is powerless to address it.  (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

White House threatens veto on defense bill

The White House issued a veto threat Tuesday night on the annual House defense policy bill, citing objections to sequestration spending levels and lawmakers' refusal to close the Guantanamo Bay terrorist detention center. Published May 12, 2015

Obama pressed to raise human-rights abuses in Gulf nations

Human-rights activists said Tuesday there's growing doubt that President Obama is "tough enough" to raise human-rights concerns such as persecution of Christians with leaders of Persian Gulf states at a summit this week. Published May 12, 2015

President Obama is pressing for fast-track powers now so that he can finalize an Asian trade deal, the Trans-Pacific Partnership, that he's negotiating with 11 other countries. A European trade deal could also be on the horizon. (Associated Press)

Democrats filibuster Obama's trade bill

Senate Democrats filibustered Tuesday to stop the first major free trade deal vote in years, administering an embarrassing setback to President Obama, who had pleaded with his own party to back him on his top domestic priority for his final years in office. Published May 12, 2015

Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., left, talks with President Barack Obama following a statement with Richard Cordray, the new director of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, in the State Dining Room of the White House in Washington. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh, File)

Progressive group blasts Obama on free trade

A progressive group blasted President Obama Tuesday for being tougher on liberal Sen. Elizabeth Warren than he is on Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell over free trade. Published May 12, 2015

Obama to target lack of opportunity at poverty summit

At a summit on poverty Tuesday, President Obama will discuss his belief that recent high-profile confrontations between police and blacks are often a result of a lack of economic opportunity. Published May 12, 2015

President Obama is greeted by new Saudi King Salman bin Abdul Aziz as the president and first lady Michelle Obama arrive on Air Force One at King Khalid International Airport in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, on Jan. 27, 2015. (Associated Press) **FILE**

Saudi king not snubbing Obama, White House says

The Obama administration tried to save face Monday over President Obama's crumbling summit with leaders of Persian Gulf nations, a meeting that four of six key rulers are skipping amid concerns about the U.S. nuclear talks with Iran. Published May 11, 2015

A TSA agent checks a bag at a security checkpoint area at Midway International Airport in Chicago. Two TSA managers say they were punished after exposing major security problems at the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport. (Associated Press)

TSA managers latest to claim retaliation as whistleblower complaints soar under Obama

As whistleblower complaints in the Obama administration soar to record levels, one of the latest actions involves a federal agency intervening on behalf of two Transportation Security Administration managers who say they were punished after exposing major security problems at the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport. Published May 10, 2015