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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

Danny Werfel (left), the acting commissioner of the Internal Revenue Service, and J. Russell George, Treasury Inspector General, appear before the House Appropriations Oversight Committee on the IRS in Washington on June 3, 2013. (Andrew S Geraci/The Washington Times)

IRS acting chief Danny Werfel vows to fix 'trust' in agency

The new Internal Revenue Service chief said Monday that his agency broke trust with the American people, and he vowed a speedy investigation to expose who approved the program that led to conservative groups being subjected to unwarranted questions while finding out if any other offices have engaged in similar political targeting. Published June 3, 2013

**FILE** Danny Werfel (Associated Press)

White House: Obama 'concerned' about bills from IRS conferences

Struck by another brewing scandal at the IRS, the White House said Monday that President Obama is "concerned" about new reports of wasteful spending by the agency on conferences that included high-dollar suites for government employees. Published June 3, 2013

White House spokesman Jay Carney speaks during his daily news briefing at the White House in Washington on June 3, 2013. (Associated Press)

Carney shrugs off 'paid liar' charge over IRS

A day after being called the president's "paid liar" by House Government and Reform Committee Chairman Darrell Issa, White House press secretary Jay Carney Monday defended his public comments about the IRS scandal. Published June 3, 2013

**FILE** Sen. Frank Lautenberg, New Jersey Democrat, smiles after the final votes before the Senate leaves for a five-week recess on Capitol Hill in Washington on Aug. 2, 2012. (Associated Press)

Christie faces tricky task in filling N.J. seat

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie's options for appointing a replacement for the late Democratic Sen. Frank R. Lautenberg include Tom Kean Jr., the minority leader of the state Senate and the son of a former governor. Published June 3, 2013

Mental health advocates seek distance from gun control issue

President Obama and Vice President Joseph R. Biden will host a mental-health conference at the White House on Monday but, after an outcry from advocacy groups, the administration is no longer billing the meeting as part of its effort to enact gun control legislation. Published June 2, 2013

President Obama, joined by college students, speaks in the Rose Garden of the White House on May 31, 2013. He called on Congress to keep federally subsidized student loans rates from doubling on July 1. (Associated Press)

Obama tries to shift the debate with student loan event

Not wanting to talk Friday about Benghazi, the IRS or the other scandals engulfing his administration, President Obama surrounded himself with college students and called on House Republicans to fix a problem GOP lawmakers say they have already addressed. Published May 31, 2013

**FILE** James Comey will be nominated by President Obama to replace FBI Director Robert Mueller. (Associated Press)

Likely FBI pick Comey wins praise as a no-politics choice

President Obama's pending nomination of James B. Comey, a former deputy attorney general in the administration of George W. Bush, to head the FBI is the latest move by Mr. Obama to rely on Republicans to serve in key posts on his national-security team. Published May 30, 2013

**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)

House GOP: Obama student-loan event 'reeks of desperation'

House Republicans accused President Obama of "stunning cynicism" Wednesday for planning an event at the White House with college students to highlight a potential increase in student-loan rates this summer, reprising an issue from last year's re-election campaign. Published May 29, 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 fundraising trips influence meeting site with Chinese president

As President Obama focuses on more fundraising for Democrats, the White House said it even arranged for next week's meeting with Chinese President Xi Jinping to take place in California instead of Washington, D.C., because Mr. Obama has fundraisers scheduled in the Golden State. Published May 29, 2013

**FILE** Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, Nevada Democrat, speaks with reporters as he leaves the weekly Democratic Caucus Lunch on Capitol Hill in Washington on May 14, 2013. (Associated Press)

Republicans prepare to clash with Obama over court 'packing’

There was a deceptive lull in the undeclared war between President Obama and Republicans over judicial nominations when the Senate confirmed the president's first nominee to the prestigious U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit. Published May 28, 2013

President Barack Obama participates in the wreath-laying ceremony at the Tomb of the Unknowns at Arlington National Cemetery on Memorial Day, May 27, 2013, in Arlington, Va. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

Obama: Honor veterans in a nation 'still at war' on Memorial Day

As Americans nationwide honored fallen military service members on Memorial Day, including two former Navy SEALs killed in the terror attack in Benghazi, President Obama called on the country to recognize the sacrifices of troops serving in Afghanistan. Published May 27, 2013

Senate OKs judge for D.C. circuit on 97-0 vote

Senators voted 97-0 Thursday to confirm Srikanth Srinivasan to a judgeship on the vitally important U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia after Republicans relented and allowed the vote to go forward this week. Published May 23, 2013

President Obama talks about national security on 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: Reporters shouldn't face legal risks for doing their jobs

Under fire for the Justice Department's broad investigations of the news media, President Obama said Thursday he has called on Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. to review the probes and convene a meeting with media representatives. Published May 23, 2013

**FILE** Chicago billionaire business executive Penny Pritzker, President Obama's pick for Commerce Secretary, testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington on May 23, 2013, before the Senate Commerce Committee hearing on her nomination. (Associated Press)

Commerce nominee Pritzker downplays role in management of failed bank

Commerce secretary-nominee Penny Pritzker told lawmakers Thursday that she regrets the losses suffered by customers of a failed bank she once led, but a lawyer for the depositors said the bank's owners never fully reimbursed them or the government. Published May 23, 2013

Former IRS Commissioner Douglas Shulman testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington on May 22, 2013, before the House Oversight the Government Reform Committee hearing to investigate the extra scrutiny IRS gave to tea party and other conservative groups that applied for tax-exempt status. (Associated Press)

Political appointee's hands-off excuse is rejected at IRS hearing

Former IRS Commissioner Douglas H. Shulman's testimony that he deliberately kept himself in the dark about the tax service's brewing scandal runs counter to the responsibilities of agency heads regardless of whether they are political appointees, some government analysts said. Published May 22, 2013

Graduating senior Leland Shelton is congratulated during Morehouse College 2013 commencement exercises. 
(Associated Press)

Obama at Morehouse: Black men cannot use racism as a crutch

Speaking at a historically black college, President Obama said Sunday that he sometimes blamed his youthful failings on racism and urged graduates to look up to black male role models such as filmmaker Spike Lee. Published May 19, 2013