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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

President Barack Obama shakes hands with Jeh Johnson, his choice for the next Homeland Security Secretary, in the Rose Garden at the White House in Washington, Friday, Oct. 18, 2013. Johnson was general counsel at the Defense Department during the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)

Obama nominates Pentagon lawyer Jeh Johnson to head DHS

President Obama nominated former Pentagon lawyer Jeh Johnson Friday to head the Department of Homeland Security, as top Senate Republicans warned of a battle ahead to ensure the department's enforcement of immigration laws. Published October 18, 2013

Immigration back on the front burner for Obama; raises eyebrows with DHS pick

President Obama said early Thursday that he wants to make a major push to have Congress pass immigration legislation this year — but by late in the day the White House was confirming he will nominate someone with little immigration experience to head the Department of Homeland Security. Published October 18, 2013

**FILE** Gen. Keith B. Alexander, director of the National Security Agency and head of the U.S. Cyber Command, testifies before the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence on Capitol Hill in Washington on June 18, 2013. (Associated Press)

NSA spy chief to step down

Gen. Keith Alexander will retire next spring as head of the controversy-plagued National Security Agency, the White House said Thursday. Published October 17, 2013

President Obama thanked leaders from both parties for working out a deal to end the shutdown and avert a debt default. The Senate approved the last-minute deal 81-18. (Associated Press)

Obama gets most of his requests in Senate deal ending shutdown

President Obama got most of what he wanted Wednesday in the short-term deal to reopen the government and raise the nation's borrowing limit, but the shutdown confrontation showed that the Republican "fever" against him is still running high. Published October 16, 2013

A man, who asked to be identified only as "Frank", carries and "Impeach Obama" sign while protesting with others outside the White House in Washington Sunday, Oct. 13, 2013, as the partial government shutdown enters its third week.  (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

White House discounts racism as factor in budget standoff

President Obama's spokesman said Tuesday that he doesn't think racism is to blame for the budget and debt impasse with congressional Republicans, two days after an anti-Obama demonstrator waved a Confederate flag in front of the White House in the midst of tea-party backed protest. Published October 15, 2013

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

Obama backs Sebelius despite Obamacare website glitches

Two weeks into the federal government's disastrous launch of Obamacare's online marketplaces, the White House said Tuesday that President Obama still supports beleaguered Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius in spite of calls for her resignation. Published October 15, 2013

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, Nevada Democrat, reported some progress Monday toward a deal to avoid a threatened default and end a two-week partial government shutdown. "Everyone just needs to be patient. Perhaps tomorrow will be a bright day. We're not there yet," he said. (Associated Press photographs)

Clock is ticking: Senate works to end shutdown, raise debt limit

Senate leaders explored the outlines of a deal Monday that would end the two-week-old government shutdown and give the Treasury Department enough borrowing room to stave off a potential default this month, but all sides cautioned that the specifics are all still up for negotiation. Published October 14, 2013

House Speaker John Boehner of Ohio stops to greet visitors from Panama City, Fla., guests of Rep. Steve Southerland, R-Fla., in Statuary Hall on Capitol Hill in Washington, Friday, Oct. 11, 2013.  After weeks of ultimatums, President Barack Obama and congressional Republicans are exploring whether they can end a budget standoff that has triggered a partial government shutdown and edged Washington to the verge of a historic, economy-jarring federal default.  (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

House GOP says it's ready to end shutdown

House Republicans, encouraged by the start of debt negotiations with the White House, said Friday they are also rushing to reopen the government as soon as possible with a "continuing resolution," or "CR." Published October 11, 2013

** FILE ** Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel, left, and Army Secretary John McHugh, right, watch an Army carry team move a transfer case containing the remains of Pfc. Cody J. Patterson Wednesday, Oct. 9, 2013, at Dover Air Force Base, Del. According to the Department of Defense, Patterson, 24, of Philomath, Ore., died Oct. 6, 2013, in Zhari district, Afghanistan of injuries sustained when enemy forces attacked his unit with an improvised explosive device. (AP Photo/Steve Ruark)

Congress clears bill to pay fallen troops' families

Congress approved a bill Thursday that guarantees death benefits for families of service members killed in action during the government shutdown, and President Obama signed it despite the White House having said it already had found a solution and the legislation isn't needed. Published October 10, 2013

Sen. Tom Coburn, R-Okla., is pursued by members of the media as he gets on an elevator on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, Oct. 8, 2013, after leaving a Republican policy luncheon. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

Obama's national debt rate on track to double

President Obama likes to say that raising the nation's borrowing limit "won't add a dime" to the federal debt, but he neglects to mention that the government already has borrowed the equivalent of more than 60 trillion dimes since he took office. Published October 9, 2013