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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 dboyer@washingtontimes.com.

Articles by Dave Boyer

Veterans Affairs Secretary Robert McDonald testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington on Sept. 9, 2014. (Associated Press) **FILE**

VA director's relocation bonus far above average

The $288,000 relocation bonus paid to Philadelphia Veterans Affairs Director Diana Rubens was about $275,000 more than the agency's average relocation award, The Washington Times has learned. Published March 26, 2015

Sen. Charles Schumer, New York Democrat said of the Medicare language, "is it as severe as the provision in the trafficking bill? No, so we'll see where we come out." The Medicare bill would repeal an outdated budget tool that Congress overrides each year, anyway, through a so-called "doc fix," even when the formula calls for a cut to doctors' pay. (Associated Press)

Democrats may not sink House bill on doctors' pay

Senate Democrats said Wednesday there is daylight between a pro-life provision they opposed in an anti-trafficking bill and abortion language tucked into a House deal to overhaul Medicare, signaling their objections may not torpedo long-sought reforms to how the health program pays doctors. Published March 25, 2015

The seal affixed to the front of the Department of Veterans Affairs building in Washington is seen here on June 21, 2013. The number of military suicides is nearly double that of a decade ago when the U.S. was just a year into the Afghan war and hadn't yet invaded Iraq. While the pace is down slightly this year, it remains worryingly high. The U.S. military and the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) acknowledge the grave difficulties facing active-duty and former members of the armed services who have been caught up in the more-than decade-long American involvement in wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. (Associated Press)

Philly VA director got $288K 'relocation' bonus

The Department of Veterans Affairs confirmed Wednesday that it paid a senior manager $288,000 in "relocation payments" when it reassigned her from Washington last year to become director of the agency's problem-riddled Philadelphia office. Published March 25, 2015

Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, his wife Heidi, and their two daughters Catherine, 4, left, and Caroline, 6, right, wave on stage after he announced his campaign for president, Monday, March 23, 2015, at Liberty University, founded by the late Rev. Jerry Falwell, in Lynchburg, Va. Cruz, who announced his candidacy on twitter in the early morning hours, is the first major candidate in the 2016 race for president. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

White House welcomes Ted Cruz to Obamacare

The White House said Wednesday that Republican Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas, a big opponent of Obamacare, will learn to enjoy the benefits of the program. Published March 25, 2015

President Barack Obama gestures as he speaks on the fifth anniversary of his healthcare law, Wednesday, March 25, 2015, in the South Court Auditorium of the Eisenhower Executive Office Building on the White House complex in Washington. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin) ** FILE **

Obama signals he'll sign bill on Medicare payments to doctors

President Obama signaled Wednesday that he'll likely sign a bill that would resolve the annual threat of cuts in Medicare payments to physicians while also including abortion restrictions that are opposed by some women's groups. Published March 25, 2015

President Barack Obama speaks on the fifth anniversary of his healthcare law, Wednesday March 25, 2015, in the South Court Auditorium of the Eisenhower Executive Office Building on the White House complex in Washington. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

Obama taunts Republican critics on 5th anniversary of Obamacare: 'It's working'

On the fifth anniversary of Obamacare, after the botched website rollout, the infamous broken promise about keeping your health care plan if you like it, the staggering midterm election losses for Democrats and persistent doubts among consumers, President Obama had a proud message for his critics Wednesday: I told you so. Published March 25, 2015

Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal (Associated Press) **FILE**

Bobby Jindal blasts new FEMA rule on climate change

Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal Tuesday blasted the Obama administration's new rule that could make it harder for governors who deny climate change to obtain emergency preparedness funding from Washington. Published March 24, 2015

In this Jan. 26, 2015, file photo, Secret Service officers search the south grounds of the White House in Washington after an unmanned aerial drone was found on the White House grounds during the middle of the night. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh, File)

New videotape shows Secret Service bungling bomb threat at White House

A House watchdog blasted the Secret Service Tuesday for bungling a bomb threat at the White House on March 4, airing a previously undisclosed police videotape of the incident that shows a suspect depositing a suspicious package near a security checkpoint before allegedly intoxicated agents blundered onto the scene 30 minutes later. Published March 24, 2015

New VA scandal brewing in Philadelphia

Just as President Obama was hoping to put one Veterans Affairs scandal behind him, another is brewing in the agency's Philadelphia office, where officials opened a formal probe Monday into accusations ranging from mismanagement to lost benefits claims. Published March 23, 2015

President Barack Obama speaks at The City Club of Cleveland, Wednesday, March 18, 2015, in Cleveland. Obama visited Cleveland, in the all-important presidential battleground state of Ohio, delivering a speech focusing on middle-class economics and to draw contrasts with Republicans over federal spending. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)

Obama urges Iranians to accept 'historic' nuke deal

President Obama addressed the Iranian people directly in a video message Thursday night, saying the U.S. and Iran have "an historic opportunity" to resolve Tehran's nuclear issue peacefully. Published March 19, 2015

Philadelphia Police Commissioner Charles Ramsey, left, speaks as District Attorney Seth Williams listens during a news conference Thursday, Feb. 5, 2015, in Philadelphia. Two Philadelphia police officers face brutality charges after prosecutors say they knocked a man off a scooter and beat him so severely another officer thought the bloodied man had been shot. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)

Angry crowd confronts head of Obama's policing task force

Protesters were hauled away in handcuffs Thursday night after an angry crowd confronted the head of President Obama's task force on policing over a decision not to charge Philadelphia police officers in the shooting death of a young black man. Published March 19, 2015

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu attends a Likud party meeting in Or Yehuda near Tel Aviv on March 16, 2015, a day ahead of legislative elections. (Associated Press) **FILE**

Best frenemies: Obama finally calls to congratulate Netanyahu

Amid escalating tensions, President Obama spoke by telephone Thursday with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to congratulate him on his reelection and reaffirm U.S. support for a two-state solution to resolve the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Published March 19, 2015

FILE - In this Nov. 19, 2013 file photo reviewed by the U.S. military, a U.S. flag flies above buildings used for military tribunals for suspected terrorist prisoners at Guantanamo Bay Naval Base, Cuba. A military judge is trying to decide whether the attempt to prosecute five prisoners at the U.S. Navy base in Guantanamo Bay for the Sept. 11 attacks can resume after stalling for nearly a year because of the revelation of an apparent FBI investigation into members of one of the defense teams. The five defendants are expected back in court Monday, Feb. 9, 2015, for a hearing focused on whether more time is required to explore any potential conflict of interest arising from the questioning by FBI agents of defense team support staff. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak, File)

Obama thinks he should've closed Gitmo on first day

After scandals ranging from the IRS to Benghazi to the botched Obamacare rollout, President Obama said Wednesday his biggest regret is not closing the terrorist detention center at Guantanamo Bay on his first day in office. Published March 18, 2015

President Barack Obama speaks about the economy and the middle class, Wednesday, March 18, 2015, at the City Club of Cleveland. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

Obama calls for mandatory voting in U.S.

President Obama, whose party was trounced in last year's midterm election due to poor turnout among Democrats, endorsed the idea of mandatory voting Wednesday. Published March 18, 2015