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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

Demonstrators hold signs supporting Edward Snowden in New York's Union Square Park on June 10, 2013. Snowden, who says he worked as a contractor at the National Security Agency and the CIA, gave classified documents to reporters, making public two sweeping U.S. surveillance programs and touching off a national debate on privacy versus security. (Associated Press)

Privacy groups demand end to NSA snooping programs

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 Agency leaker Edward Snowden. Published June 11, 2013

White House spokesman Jay Carney speaks during his daily news briefing at the White House on June 10, 2013. (Associated Press)

White House disputes comparisons to Bush amid NSA leak scandal

Embarrassed by national security leaks of historic proportions, the White House rebutted accusations Monday by the disillusioned former government contractor who leaked the surveillance secrets that President Obama is no different from President George W. Bush in his anti-terrorism tactics. Published June 10, 2013

** FILE ** This Sunday, June 9, 2013, file photo provided by The Guardian Newspaper in London shows Edward Snowden, in Hong Kong. Snowden has left Moscow's Sheremetyevo airport and entered Russia his lawyer said on Thursday Aug. 1, 2013. (AP Photo/The Guardian, Glenn Greenwald and Laura Poitras, File)

Support grows for petition to pardon NSA leaker Edward Snowden

A petition for President Obama to pardon Edward Snowden, the former National Security Agency contractor who admitted leaking information on classified government surveillance programs, had collected more than 18,000 signatures on the White House's website shortly after 1 p.m. Monday. Published June 10, 2013


Hacking becomes sticking point after Obama-Xi summit

Cybersecurity and the threat posed by Chinese hackers provided the main source of discord in the otherwise amicable meeting in the California desert over the weekend between President Obama and new Chinese leader Xi Jinping, a summit that set a standard for informality and direct exchanges between the leaders of the globe's two biggest economies. Published June 9, 2013

** FILE ** President Obama talks about national security on Thursday, May 23, 2013, at the National Defense University at Fort McNair in Washington. Declaring America at a "crossroads" in the fight against terrorism, the president revealed clearer guidelines for the use of deadly drone strikes, including more control by the U.S. military, while leaving key details of the controversial program secret. (Associated Press)

Obama: Massive seizures 'modest encroachments'

President Obama Friday defended his administration's massive seizure of private citizens' phone records, email and Internet activities as "modest encroachments on privacy" that are necessary to fight the war on terrorism. Published June 7, 2013

President Obama poses with Chinese President Xi Jinping at the Annenberg Retreat at Sunnylands as they meet for talks Friday, June 7, 2013, in Rancho Mirage, Calif. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

China flips cybersecurity tables; reports claim U.S. is prepping attacks

Chinese President Xi Jinping tried to turn the tables on President Obama over digital security Friday night by claiming that China is a "victim" of cyber attacks, amid reports that the Obama administration is developing secret plans for global cyber warfare. Published June 7, 2013

**FILE** President Obama walks from the Oval Office of the White House in Washington to board Marine One on May 9, 2013. (Associated Press)

Obama plan would expand Internet access for schools

President Obama will visit a school in North Carolina Thursday to highlight what aides call a "bold" plan to expand high-speed Internet access to nearly all K-12 schools within five years. Published June 6, 2013

President Obama uses a cellphone to contact supporters during a surprise visit to meet volunteers at an Obama campaign office in Port St. Lucie, Fla. on Sept. 9, 2012. (Associated Press) **FILE**

NSA seizes phone records of Verizon customers

The National Security Agency is collecting the telephone records of millions of U.S. customers of Verizon under a top-secret court order issued in April, according to a report Wednesday evening in the Guardian newspaper. Published June 5, 2013

President Obama arrives to make a statement in the Rose Garden of the White House on June 4, 2013, in Washington. (Associated Press)

Obama administration defends secret email accounts

A White House spokesman said Tuesday there's nothing secret about the secret email accounts held by administration officials, and defended the practice as sensible time management. Published June 4, 2013

President Obama speaks June 4, 2013, in the Rose Garden of the White House while announcing the nominations of (from left) Robert Wilkins, Cornelia Pillard and Patricia Ann Millet to the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals. (Associated Press)

Obama challenges Senate with judicial picks

A combative President Obama declared open warfare Tuesday on Senate Republicans over judicial nominations, naming three candidates to the influential D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals and blasting GOP lawmakers for delaying and blocking previous nominees. Published June 4, 2013

President Obama, accompanied by (from left) Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, Education Secretary Arne Duncan and Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki. speaks during the White House mental health conference on June 3, 2013, in the East Room of the White House. The conference was organized as part of President Obama's response to last year's shooting massacre at a Connecticut elementary school. (Associated Press)

Obama skirts gun issue at mental health event

Sidestepping the issue of gun violence, President Obama opened a mental health conference at the White House Monday by calling for a national effort to diagnose and treat mental illness earlier in children and offer more services for adults. Published June 3, 2013

**FILE** President Obama walks from the Oval Office of the White House in Washington to board Marine One on May 9, 2013. (Associated Press)

Obama adds 3 judicial picks to appeals court

Raising the stakes in a long-simmering battle with Senate Republicans, President Obama Tuesday nominated three more judicial candidates to serve on the influential D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals, a White House official confirmed. Published June 3, 2013