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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

Republican presidential candidate and former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney (left), accompanied by Sen. John McCain, Arizona Republican, campaigns Jan. 4, 2012, during a town hall style meeting in Manchester, N.H. (Associated Press)

McCain endorses 2008 rival Romney

Fresh from the narrowest of victories in the Iowa caucuses, Republican presidential hopeful Mitt Romney picked up the endorsement of Sen. John McCain on Wednesday as he seeks a more convincing win in the New Hampshire primary. Published January 4, 2012

House Minority Whip Rep. Steny Hoyer, Maryland Democrat, is followed by reporters after holding a news conference on the payroll tax cut on Capitol Hill on Thursday, Dec. 22, 2011 in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

House signs off on Senate plan for tax-cut extension

In a very public retreat, House Republican leaders late Thursday agreed to a two-month extension of payroll-tax cuts, a move that will prevent Social Security taxes from rising on millions of workers Jan. 1. Published December 22, 2011

House Speaker John A. Boehner, Ohio Republican, speaks Dec. 22, 2011, about extending the payroll-tax cut during a briefing on Capitol Hill. (Associated Press)

McConnell calls on House GOP to relent on tax impasse

Underscoring the division among congressional Republicans, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell Thursday called on House Republicans to accept a two-month extension of payroll tax cuts and end the stalemate that would hike taxes for millions of workers on Jan. 1. Published December 22, 2011

President Obama waves to people gathered outside in the rain as he shops for Christmas gifts Wednesday in Alexandria. The president's spokesman said Mr. Obama's assertion that he ranked among the greatest presidents was taken out of context. (Associated Press)

White House hedges on '4th-best' president claim

Facing widespread ridicule for President Obama's description of himself as at least the fourth-best president in history, the White House on Wednesday tried to qualify his assessment as based in part on the "volume" of his achievements. Published December 21, 2011

President Obama and his dog, Bo, visit with a poodle named Cinnamon as they check out at a PetSmart store in Alexandria on Wednesday, Dec. 21, 2011. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

Obama goes shopping with first dog Bo

President Obama, who has been criticizing House Republicans for risking a tax increase that would cost the average American worker $40 per week, went out and spent $41 on his dog Wednesday. Published December 21, 2011

New polls find uptick in Obama approval

President Obama's job-approval rating has improved in several polls released this week, coinciding with his push for policies that he says will help the middle class. Published December 20, 2011

** FILE ** President Obama, speaking at a briefing at the White House on Tuesday, Dec. 20, 2011, said a "faction" of House Republicans is refusing to vote on a Senate bill that would extend a payroll-tax cut for two months. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

Obama slams House GOP over tax impasse

Hours after the House rejected the Senate's bill for a two-month extension of payroll-tax cuts, President Obama on Tuesday accused House Republican leaders of playing politics and blamed them for what he said would be an impending tax increase on 160 million Americans. Published December 20, 2011

White House press secretary Jay Carney speaks during his daily briefing on Monday, Dec. 19, 2011, in the White House's Brady Briefing Room in Washington. (AP Photo/Haraz N. Ghanbari)

White House monitoring North Korean situation

The White House said Monday it has "no new concerns" about North Korea's leadership after the death of dictator Kim Jong-il, but a spokesman for President Obama said he is "closely monitoring events." Published December 19, 2011

President Obama speaks on Friday, Dec. 16, 2011, during the 71st General Assembly of the Union for Reform Judaism at National Harbor in Oxon Hill. (Associated Press)

Obama: Women can make world more peaceful

Two days after ending the war in Iraq, President Obama on Monday issued a "national action plan" aimed at giving women a bigger role in resolving conflicts around the world. Published December 19, 2011

President Obama speaks on Friday, Dec. 16, 2011, during the 71st General Assembly of the Union for Reform Judaism at National Harbor in Oxon Hill. (Associated Press)

Senate GOP likely to rebuff Obama's labor board picks

Senate Republicans appear likely to block confirmation of President Obama's two latest nominees to the National Labor Relations Board, which is increasingly under fire for being too friendly to unions. Published December 16, 2011

President Barack Obama walks across Pennsylvania Avenue from Blair House to the White House in Washington, Friday, Dec. 9, 2011, after visiting a holiday party. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

White House: GOP 'playing politics' with pipeline

The White House Friday blasted House Republicans for "playing politics" with a new proposal that ties an extension of payroll tax cuts to the approval of a massive new oil pipeline from Canada to Texas. Published December 9, 2011

** FILE ** President Obama (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

Obama supports 'morning-after' pill restriction

President Obama said Thursday he was not involved in his administration's decision to block over-the-counter sales of the Plan B morning-after pill to girls under age 17, but said he supports the action "as the father of two daughters." Published December 8, 2011

** FILE ** In this Dec. 7, 2011, file photo, President Obama and Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper appeared in front of reporters to answer questions after meeting at the White House about border issues, including the Keystone oil pipeline project. (Associated Press)

Obama says he'll block GOP pipeline maneuver

President Obama vowed Wednesday to reject Republican efforts to attach approval of a U.S.-Canadian oil pipeline project to legislation that would cut payroll taxes for millions of Americans. Published December 7, 2011

President Obama gestures while speaking about the economy on Tuesday, Dec. 6, 2011, at Osawatomie High School in Osawatomie, Kan. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

Obama: Wealth gap is defining issue for Americans

Speaking in the Kansas town where former President Teddy Roosevelt took a radical turn a century ago, President Obama Tuesday said the growing gap between rich and poor in the U.S. is "the defining issue of our time." Published December 6, 2011

President Obama urges Republican lawmakers to extend the payroll-tax cut in remarks to reporters in the James Brady Press Briefing Room at the White House in Washington on Monday, Dec. 5, 2011. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)

Obama seizes advantage on payroll-tax cut

Republicans are increasingly divided over whether to extend this year's payroll-tax cut into next year, leaving a political opening that President Obama moved to seize Monday by accusing the GOP of ignoring middle-class families' needs and unveiling a White House countdown clock ticking off the seconds until taxes get higher. Published December 5, 2011


'Carter' is new GOP epithet for Obama

Perhaps it's a risk for any incumbent Democratic president running for re-election, but President Obama now finds himself being compared by Republicans to former President Jimmy Carter. Published December 4, 2011

**FILE** Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz of Florida chairs the Democratic National Committee. (Associated Press)

Democrats push back against voter identification laws

Democratic National Committee Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz, saying that voter fraud in the U.S. is almost nonexistent, vowed Thursday to "get photo IDs into the hands" of people in states with Republican-sponsored voter-ID laws. Published December 1, 2011