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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 dboyer@washingtontimes.com.

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White House Press Secretary Jay Carney

White House: 'Penalty' for not having insurance

Disputing the Supreme Court's characterization of the individual mandate in the health-care law as a tax, the White House Friday still chose to call it a "penalty" that people would be required to pay for not carrying insurance. Published June 29, 2012

Obama hails ruling as win for 'middle class'

The Supreme Court handed President Obama a major political victory on his signature health care issue Thursday, but the justices also provided Republicans with a sharper campaign issue by defining the law's individual mandate as a tax. Published June 28, 2012

White House press secretary Jay Carney pauses during his daily news briefing at the White House in Washington on Wednesday, June 27, 2012. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

White House lobbies House to scrub Holder contempt vote

President Obama's spokesman urged House Republicans on Wednesday to cancel a planned vote to hold Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. in contempt of Congress, saying most Americans don't care about the separation-of-powers struggle. Published June 27, 2012

President Obama will make his acceptance speech from a stage to be set up at Bank of America Stadium during the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, N.C. in September. Fundraising shortfalls, labor boycotts and scheduling problems have snarled convention plans. (Associated Press)

Democratic convention plagued

The Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, N.C., is shaping up to be a rickety display of party unity, with labor boycotts, fundraising shortfalls, scheduling changes, official snubs, a major gay-rights embarrassment, a sex scandal and a Republican resurgence in the host state. Published June 27, 2012

Gay activists make obscene gesture at Reagan White House portrait

The White House expressed disapproval Friday of photographs showing gay-rights activists, guests of President Obama, making obscene gestures at the portrait of President Reagan during a gay-pride reception at the White House last week. Published June 22, 2012

Commerce Secretary John E. Bryson (Associated Press)

Bryson steps down as Commerce head after seizures

President Obama's beleaguered economic team took another blow Thursday with the announcement that Commerce Secretary John Bryson has resigned, ending a brief tenure that came to a close after he got into a series of car accidents in Southern California two weeks ago. Published June 21, 2012

**FILE** President Obama, with Education Secretary Arne Duncan (second from right) at his side, looks back June 21, 2012, at a group of students during a news conference at the White House as he calls on Congress to stop interest rates on student loans from doubling. (Associated Press)

Obama again calls for action on student loans

With loan rates set to rise in 10 days for more than 7 million students, President Obama took to the bully pulpit again Thursday to blame congressional Republicans for inaction. Published June 21, 2012

White House spokesman Jay Carney speaks June 21, 2012, during his daily news briefing at the White House. (Associated Press)

Two sides circle warily in legal clash over Fast and Furious

As the House of Representatives moved closer to a vote to hold Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. in contempt in the clash over the probe into the Fast and Furious affair, the two sides Thursday were still seeking a deal short of all-out constitutional warfare. Published June 21, 2012

**FILE** President Obama speaks April 30, 2012, in Washington. (Associated Press)

Obama raises legal eyebrows with executive privilege claim

President Obama could be on shaky legal ground with his assertion of executive privilege in a congressional investigation that has been going on for a year, according to scholars who study the limits of presidential power. Published June 20, 2012

**FILE** President Obama (left) speaks Feb. 9, 2012, in Washington about a settlement with the nation's five largest banks over foreclosures. Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. is in the background. (Associated Press)

Scholars doubt White House privilege claim

President Obama could be on shaky legal ground with his assertion of executive privilege in a congressional investigation that has been going on for a year, according to scholars who study the limits of presidential power. Published June 20, 2012

President Obama speaks during a press conference at the G20 summit in Los Cabos, Mexico, Tuesday, June 19, 2012. (AP Photo/Esteban Felix)

Obama: Russia, China aren't on board with ousting Assad

President Obama said Tuesday he failed to persuade the presidents of Russia and China to support the ouster of Syrian President Bashar Assad, and laid part of the blame with them for the Syrian regime's ongoing slayings of pro-democracy civilian protesters. Published June 19, 2012

**FILE** President Obama talks June 8, 2012, about the economy at the White House. (Associated Press)

Obama threatens veto of GOP energy bill

The Obama administration Tuesday threatened to veto a House Republican bill that would link expanded oil and gas production to drawdowns in the nation's Strategic Petroleum Reserve. Published June 19, 2012

** FILE ** President Obama meets with Russian President Vladimir Putin  at the G-20 summit in Los Cabos, Mexico. (Associated Press)

Obama, Putin tiptoe on 'Syrian affair'

In their first meeting following renewed tensions between the U.S. and Russia, President Obama and Russian President Vladimir Putin called Monday for an end to the violence in Syria and said there's still time for diplomacy to prevent Iran from developing nuclear weapons. Published June 18, 2012

President Obama holds out his hand to shake Russian President Vladimir Putin's during a bilateral meeting at the G-20 summit on Monday, June 18, 2012, in Los Cabos, Mexico. (Associated Press)

Obama, Putin seek 'cessation' of Syria violence

In their first meeting following renewed tensions between the U.S. and Russia, President Obama and Russian President Vladimir Putin called Monday for an end to the violence in Syria and said there's still time for diplomacy to prevent Iran from developing nuclear weapons. Published June 18, 2012

** FILE ** President Obama and Israeli President Shimon Peres share a toast after Mr. Obama presented Mr. Peres with the Presidential Medal of Freedom at a dinner in the East Room of the White House in Washington on Wednesday, June 13, 2012. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

Obama aims to shore up Jewish support

President Obama awarded the nation's highest civilian medal Wednesday night to Israeli President Shimon Peres as frustration mounts in Israel over the administration's handling of Iran and as signs emerge of a possible backlash among Jewish voters in the U.S. Published June 13, 2012

Republican presidential candidate and former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney speaks June 8, 2012, during a campaign stop in Council Bluffs, Iowa. (Associated Press)

GOP slams Obama's rosy remarks on economy

President Obama's comments Friday that the "private sector's doing fine" attracted sharp and immediate counterfire from GOP nominee Mitt Romney and fellow Republicans, who said the remarks showed the president was badly out of touch on the plight of the economy. Published June 8, 2012