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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

The White House is pictured on Sunday, Nov. 12, 2000, in Washington. (AP Photo/Robert F. Bukaty)

White House evacuated due to smoke

Journalists were evacuated from the White House Saturday morning when smoke from a malfunctioning electrical transformer set off an alarm, but the First Family was not affected. Published May 11, 2013

President Barack Obama is greeted by Texas Gov. Rick Perry upon his arrival at Austin Bergstrom International Airport in Austin, Texas, Monday, Aug. 9, 2010. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

Obama's Texas trip an attempt to refocus on jobs, economy

President Obama's aides dislike the word "pivot" for its implication that he focuses on one priority at a time — but Mr. Obama's trip to Austin, Texas, on Thursday is indisputably an effort to return attention to the economy after a spring overshadowed by gun control and other issues. Published May 8, 2013

President Obama speaks at the Anthropology Museum in Mexico City on May 3, 2013. (Associated Press)

Obama touts gun control on Mexico visit

President Obama said Friday that gun control will help save lives — in Mexico. On his fourth trip to Mexico as president, Mr. Obama delivered a wide-ranging speech to students in Mexico City in which he pledged to help reduce gun violence there and to enact immigration reform that includes a pathway to U.S. citizenship for illegal immigrants. Published May 3, 2013

President Obama leaves Air Force One upon his arrival at Benito Juarez International Airport in Mexico City, Thursday, May 2, 2013. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

Obama against U.S. troops in Syria

In his third attempt in four days to explain his position on chemical weapon attacks in Syria, President Obama Friday night all but ruled out sending U.S. troops to fight in the civil war. Published May 3, 2013

**FILE** President Obama speaks on May 2, 2013, in the Rose Garden of the White House in Washington, where he announced he will nominate Penny Pritzker (right) as secretary of commerce and Michael Froman (left) as U.S. trade representative. (Associated Press)

Obama's Commerce pick Pritzker may face flak

President Obama nominated longtime fundraiser and hotel heiress Penny Pritzker Thursday to run the Commerce Department, gambling that her role in a failed bank and opposition from labor groups won't derail her Senate confirmation. Published May 2, 2013

President Obama and Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto shake hands following their news conference at the Palacio Nacional in Mexico City on May 2, 2013. (Associated Press) **FILE**

Obama talks up immigration bill, touts border security while in Mexico

In Mexico to promote trade, President Obama said Thursday that security along the U.S.-Mexican border has improved and that a pending immigration reform bill in Congress would ensure the countries' economic growth doesn't get "bogged down" in border problems. Published May 2, 2013

This citizen journalism image provided by the Syrian Revolution Against Bashar Assad, which has been authenticated based on its contents and other AP reporting, shows Syrian rebels, right, standing next a damaged warplane, at Abu Dhour military airbase, which is besieged by the rebels in the northern province of Idlib, Syria, Tuesday, April 30, 2013. (AP Photo/The Syrian Revolution Against Bashar Assad)

White House 'evaluating' weapons for Syrian rebels

A day after President Obama was criticized for hedging on reports of chemical weapons being used in Syria's civil war, the White House left open the possibility Wednesday that the U.S. would provide weaponry soon to opposition groups. Published May 1, 2013

President Obama answers questions during a news conference in the Brady Press Briefing Room of the White House in Washington on April 30, 2013. (Associated Press)

Obama further amends 'red line' words on Syria chemical attacks

Raising the bar for direct U.S. involvement in Syria's civil war, President Obama said Tuesday that he won't take more forceful action until the international community is convinced that the regime of Bashar Assad used chemical weapons. Published April 30, 2013

President Obama answers questions during his new conference in the Brady Press Briefing Room of the White House in Washington on April 30, 2013. (Associated Press)

Obama: Guantanamo must close

President Obama said Tuesday he doesn't want suspected terrorists on a hunger strike at the Guantanamo Bay to die, and he vowed to redouble his efforts to close the detention center in Cuba. Published April 30, 2013

Air traffic control tower

FAA respite from sequester fuels budget fighting

The FAA ended its furloughs of air traffic controllers over the weekend and said the nation's enraged travelers, who had been caught in long delays at some major airports, should see things back to normal by Sunday night. Published April 28, 2013

** FILE ** Travelers stand in line at Los Angeles International Airport on Monday, April 22, 2013. (Associated Press)

Congress tells Obama to stop FAA furloughs

Moving with striking speed and overwhelming bipartisanship, Congress on Friday ordered President Obama to cancel the furloughs of air traffic controllers, making the second big dent in the budget sequesters. Published April 26, 2013

** FILE ** In this image from video broadcast on Syrian state television Wednesday, April 17, 2013, President Bashar Assad speaks during an interview. (AP Photo/Syrian State TV via AP video

Obama wants more proof of Syria's use of sarin gas

President Obama said Friday that reports of Syria using chemical weapons "is a game changer" for dealing with the regime, but he cautioned that the U.S. won't take action quickly. Published April 26, 2013