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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

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

Adm. James A. Winnefeld Jr.

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

** FILE ** Deputy National Security Adviser Ben Rhodes gestures as he speaks during the daily press briefing at the White House in Washington on Friday, June 14, 2013, in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

White House says weapons en route to Syrian rebels

The White House said Friday that Syrian rebels should begin to receive shipments of U.S. arms within weeks, but cautioned that imposing a no-fly zone, as some have advocated, isn't a "silver bullet" to ending the two-year-old civil war. Published June 14, 2013

Sean and Natalie Guthrie, of Boston, right, take photos of their 11-year-old daughter Leilani Guthrie posing with President Barack Obama, as he and Massachusetts Democratic Senate candidate, Rep. Ed Markey watch at center during a campaign stop at Charlie's Sandwich Shoppe in Boston, Wednesday, June 12, 2013. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

Obama campaigns in Boston for Senate candidate Ed Markey

Less than two weeks before a special election that will provide an early test of the strength of his 2014 coattails, President Obama on Wednesday hit the stump for Rep. Edward Markey, the Democratic candidate hoping to win the Senate seat vacated by Secretary of State John F. Kerry. Published June 12, 2013

** FILE ** President Obama pauses while speaking in San Jose, Calif., on Friday, June 7, 2013. The president defended his government's secret surveillance, saying Congress repeatedly has authorized the collection of America's phone records and Internet use. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

Obama blamed for NSA spying revelations by whistleblower advocate group

An advocate for government whistleblowers blamed the Obama administration Tuesday for failing to provide protections for intelligence employees who want to report abuses and wrongdoing, as authorities intensified their global manhunt for national-security leaker Edward Snowden. Published June 11, 2013