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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

**FILE** Former Pennsylvania Sen. Arlen Specter (Associated Press)

Specter: Santorum candidacy not 'realistic'

Former Pennsylvania Sen. Arlen Specter said Friday that ex-Senate colleague Rick Santorum is "so far to the right" that it's not realistic for him to win the presidency. Published February 24, 2012

** FILE ** President Obama, accompanied by Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, announces Feb. 10, 2012, at the White House the revamp of his contraception policy requiring religious institutions to fully pay for birth control. (Associated Press)

Poll shows sharp division on Obama contraception order

Americans are divided on the Obama administration's decision to require private employers to provide free birth control with health-insurance plans, and a majority wants the "Obamacare" law to be repealed, according to a poll released Thursday. Published February 23, 2012

President Obama and former first lady Laura Bush (right) shake hands as first lady Michelle Obama looks on during the groundbreaking ceremony for the Smithsonian Institution's National Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington on Wednesday, Feb. 22, 2012. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

Obama marks groundbreaking of black history museum

President Obama celebrated the groundbreaking of the new National Museum of African American History and Culture on Wednesday, saying it will remind all Americans of the ordeals and triumphs of blacks. Published February 22, 2012

Former Pennsylvania Gov. Ed Rendell leads a group seeking to buy Philadelphia's two daily newspapers. "Nobody wants to stifle news," he said of concerns about his ownership. (Associated Press)

Sale of Philadelphia newspapers raises bias concerns

Philadelphia's two daily newspapers have long been accused of liberal bias, but critics say a group of potential buyers led by former Gov. Ed Rendell would turn the papers into mere mouthpieces of the Democratic Party in a 2012 swing state. Published February 21, 2012

President Obama greets the crowd Feb. 16, 2012, as he waits for his Chinese food from Great Eastern Restaurant in San Francisco. (Associated Press)

Obama's Chinatown stop serves ban-facing shark fin

President Obama purchased lunch at a San Francisco restaurant that serves shark fin soup, after signing a law last month that protects sharks from being harvested for their fins. Published February 17, 2012

Employees at the Boeing assembly plant in Renton, Wash., work on a 737. U.S. manufacturers' and builders' December satististics showed hopeful gains. (Associated Press)

Obama's visit to Boeing plant viewed as a 'victory lap'

The White House says President Obama's visit to a unionized Boeing Co. plant near Seattle on Friday will focus on the economy, but the event also is being viewed as a victory lap for Mr. Obama with labor unions that successfully fought the aerospace company's plans to move jobs to a nonunion plant. Published February 16, 2012

President Obama is greeted upon his arrival at San Francisco International Airport on Thursday for a series of fundraisers by (from left) California Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom, San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee and California Attorney General Kamala Harris. (Associated Press)

Obama rakes in the California cash

Fresh from advocating for more blue-collar factory jobs, President Obama roared through California on Thursday for a series of star-studded campaign fundraisers that will rake in at least $8 million. Published February 16, 2012

President Obama shakes hands with DiAndre Jackson as he is introduced Feb. 15, 2012, at the Master Lock Company in Milwaukee, where he spoke about the importance of American manufacturing. (Associated Press)

Obama touts manufacturing at Midwest stop

President Obama visited ground zero of the movement to end collective bargaining rights for public employees Wednesday, meeting briefly in Wisconsin with Republican Gov. Scott Walker and advocating tax policies to bring manufacturing jobs back to the U.S. Published February 15, 2012

President Obama meets with Chinese Vice President Xi Jinping on Feb., 14, 2012, at the White House. (Associated Press)

Obama says China must play by trade rules

Facing accusations from Republican presidential hopeful Mitt Romney that he's soft on China, President Obama told Chinese Vice President Xi Jinping on Tuesday that China needs to play fair in international trade. Published February 14, 2012

President Obama pushes Congress to extend the payroll-tax cut and unemployment insurance through the end of the year during a speech on Tuesday, Feb. 14, 2012, in Washington. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

After backing tax hikes, Obama cheerleads for payroll-tax cut

A day after proposing to raise taxes by nearly $2 trillion over the next decade, President Obama on Tuesday called on Congress to extend a payroll-tax cut for 160 million workers, saying middle-class families can't afford a tax increase at the moment. Published February 14, 2012

President Obama speaks Feb. 13, 2012, about the "Community College to Career Fund" and his 2013 budget at Northern Virginia Community College in Annandale, Va. (Associated Press)

Obama unveils fiscal 2013 budget proposal

Unveiling a $3.8 trillion election-year federal budget loaded with deficits, tax increases and hundreds of billions of dollars in new stimulus spending, President Obama said Monday that his plan will "restore an economy where everybody gets a fair shot." Published February 13, 2012

Patricia Gillaird, a Government Printing Office receiving clerk, displays for news crews a copy of the fiscal 2013 budget at the Cannon House Office Building on Capitol Hill in Washington on Monday, Feb. 13, 2012. (Rod Lamkey Jr./The Washington Times)

Obama to unveil budget with higher taxes, more deficits

President Obama's budget request to Congress on Monday will forecast a deficit of $1.33 trillion in the current fiscal year and calls for $1.5 trillion in tax increases over the next decade, senior administration officials said Friday night. Published February 10, 2012

Republican presidential candidate and former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney speaks Feb. 7, 2012, at his Colorado caucus night rally in Denver. (Associated Press)

Obama edges ahead of Romney in Va. in new poll

President Obama has moved ahead of Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney in Virginia for the first time in Quinnipiac University's polling, according to a survey released Wednesday. Published February 8, 2012

Syrians gather Feb. 8, 2012, in Doha to protest the use of Russia's veto against the amended resolution on Syria in the U.N. Security Council. (Associated Press)

Critics slam Obama's handling of Arab Spring

Growing instability from Syria to Egypt highlights the Obama administration's failure to develop a consistent strategy for promoting democracy in the wake of popular uprisings in the region, analysts say. Published February 8, 2012

**FILE** David Axelrod, political adviser to President Obama, appears Jan. 29, 2012, on NBC's "Meet the Press" in Washington. (Associated Press/NBC News)

Obama seeks compromise on contraception furor

Advisers to President Obama sent signals Tuesday that the administration is considering a compromise with Catholic-affiliated institutions following an uproar over the administration's plans to force them to offer birth control with employees' health-care coverage. Published February 7, 2012

President Obama talks Feb. 3, 2012, about the economy during an event at Fire Station #5 in Arlington, Va. (Associated Press)

Pro-life supporters balk at Obama's new coverage rule

President Obama has elicited an election-year backlash from Catholics and voters of other faiths with his administration's decision to require religious hospitals, universities and other organizations to provide birth control coverage despite their moral opposition. Published February 5, 2012

President Obama (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

Obama: U.S. working to keep Israel from striking Iran

President Obama said Sunday he is determined to work with Israel in "lock step" to prevent Iran from developing nuclear weapons, and tried to allay concerns that Israel is preparing to carry out a unilateral military strike. Published February 5, 2012