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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** President Obama embraces former President George W. Bush after he spoke at the dedication of Bush's presidential library on the campus of Southern Methodist University in Dallas on April 25, 2013. (Associated Press)

Bush, Obama together in Africa as president praises predecessor

President Obama blames former President George W. Bush for many of America's problems, but as the two men prepare for an improbable meeting Tuesday in the East African nation of Tanzania, Mr. Obama is finding reason to praise his predecessor. Published July 1, 2013

President Obama pauses during a town hall meeting with young African leaders at the University of Johannesburg Soweto on Saturday, June 29, 2013, in Johannesburg, South Africa. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

Obama says embassy security a 'priority' in Egypt

A day after an American student from Maryland was killed during protests in Cairo, President Obama said Saturday his most urgent priority is protecting U.S. diplomatic posts in Egypt. Published June 29, 2013

U.S. first lady Michelle Obama waves to the audience during a youth event at the Sci-Bono Discovery Centre, Saturday, June 29, 2013, in Johannesburg, South Africa, organized in conjunction with MTV Base, an African youth and music TV channel, and Google+ to highlight the importance of education. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

In South Africa, first lady credits 'Little Rock Nine' for White House win

Comparing the U.S. civil rights era to South Africans' struggles against apartheid, first lady Michelle Obama told a Johannesburg audience Saturday that she and President Obama attained the White House because of the bravery of the "Little Rock Nine" students in 1957. Published June 29, 2013

People are reflected in a window of the house of former South African President Nelson Mandela in Soweto on June 28, 2013. Members of Mandela's family as well as South African Cabinet ministers have visited the hospital where the 94-year-old former president is critically ill. (Associated Press)

Obama: Not seeking 'photo-op' with ailing Mandela

En route to South Africa, President Obama said Friday he doesn't need a "photo-op" with gravely ill civil-rights icon Nelson Mandela and isn't sure whether he will visit him. Published June 28, 2013

Obama hasn't spoken with Chinese or Russian leaders about Snowden

President Obama said Thursday that he had not yet spoken to Chinese President Xi Jinping or Russian President Vladimir Putin about the U.S. request to extradite confessed NSA leaker Edward Snowden, even though he is concerned that the fugitive might reveal more top-secret information about U.S. surveillance programs. Published June 27, 2013

U.S. President Barack Obama waves as he poses for a picture alongside U.S. First Lady Michelle Obama, second right, Senegalese President Macky Sall, right, and Senegalese First Lady Mariame Faye Sall at the presidential palace in Dakar, Senegal, Thursday, June 27, 2013. (AP Photo/Rebecca Blackwell)

Obama's call for tolerance of gays gets cold shoulder in Africa

A day after the Supreme Court granted victories to same-sex couples in the U.S., President Obama's visit to Africa got off to a rough start when his call for tolerance of gays on the continent was rebuffed publicly by the president of Senegal, where homosexuality is a crime. Published June 27, 2013

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Obama renominates top two at Joint Chiefs

Keeping two uniformed military leaders on a national security team in flux, President Obama said Wednesday he will renominate Gen. Martin E. Dempsey as chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and Adm. James A. Winnefeld Jr. as vice chairman. Published June 26, 2013

Gay rights supporters celebrate outside the Supreme Court in Washington on June 26, 2013, after the court struck down a federal provision denying benefits to legally married gay couples. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)

Obama praises Supreme Court's gay marriage rulings

President Obama Wednesday hailed the Supreme Court's ruling that struck down the federal Defense of Marriage Act, and immediately ordered Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. to ensure that federal benefits are available to gay couples affected by the decision. Published June 26, 2013

**FILE** Acting IRS commissioner Danny Werfel testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington on June 6, 2013. (Associated Press)

IRS report: We weren't politically pressured; new chief halts screening criteria

In another damaging revelation, the new head of the Internal Revenue Service said Monday that an internal probe had uncovered more instances of agents using "inappropriate" political lists to single out tax-exempt applications for extra scrutiny, and he acknowledged that the practice went on far longer than previously reported. Published June 24, 2013

U.S. President Barack Obama and German Chancellor Angela Merkel meet during their joint news conference at the Chancellery in Berlin, Germany, Wednesday, June 19, 2013. Obama will renew his call to reduce the world's nuclear stockpiles, including a proposed one-third reduction in U.S. and Russian arsenals, a senior administration official said. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

In Germany, Merkel has blunt words for Obama on right to privacy

President Obama, the former college lecturer on constitutional law, got a lecture on privacy rights Wednesday from German Chancellor Angela Merkel and faced tough questions from the German press about his perceived failure to be less warlike after winning the Nobel Peace Prize. Published June 19, 2013

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

Obama stumbles defending security programs

President Obama has had difficulty finding his footing and has been late to the game in defending federal intelligence surveillance programs as a valuable weapon for thwarting terrorist plots, national security analysts say. Published June 18, 2013